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UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination 2015

Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam 2014

IFS (Preliminary) Exam 2014 Date: 24th August, 2014

IFS (Main) Exam 2014 Date: 22nd November, 2014

IFS (Preliminary) 2014 Important Dates:

a. Date of Notification: 17.05.2014
b. Last Date for Receipt of Applications: 16.06.2014
c. Date of Examination: 24.08.2014
d. Duration of Exam: 1 Day

IFS (Main) 2014 Important Dates:

a. Date of Examination: 22.11.2014
b. Duration of Exam: 10 Days

UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAMINATION - 2014


IMPORTANT: CANDIDATES SHOULD NOTE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED THE PATTERN OF INDIAN FORESTS SERVICE EXAMINATION FROM THE CURRENT YEAR BY INTRODUCING A COMPONENT OF SCREENING MECHANISM THROUGH CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATION. ALL THE CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR INDIAN FORESTS SERVICE EXAMINATION ARE THERFORE REQUIRED TO APPEAR IN THE CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATON AND QUALIFY THE SAME FOR GOING TO THE SECOND STAGE OF INDIAN FORESTS SERVICES MAIN EXAMIANTION (WRITTEN AND INTERVIEW).

CANDIDATES DESIROUS OF APPLYNG FOR INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAMINATION AS WELL AS FOR THE CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION CAN APPLY THROUGH A COMMON ONLINE APPLICATION FORM SUBJECT TO MEETING THE REQUISITE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA BY THEM.

CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITIY FOR THE EXAMINATION:

Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of Admission Certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. Verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents is taken up only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

2. HOW TO APPLY : Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website www.upsconline.nic.in Brief instructions for filling up the online Application Form have been given in Appendix-II. Detailed instructions are available on the above mentioned website.

3. LAST DATE OF SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: The Online Applications can be filled upto 16th June, 2014 till 11.59 PM, after which the link will be disabled.

4. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post. All the applicants are required to provide valid active E-Mail I.D. while filling up Online Application Form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting them at different stages of examination process.

5. PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS : Candidates should note that there will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

6. For both writing and marking answers in the OMR sheet [Answer Sheet], candidates must use black ball pen only. Pens with any other colours are prohibited. Do not use Pencil or Ink pen. Candidates are further advised to read carefully the "Special Instructions" contained in Appendix-III of the Notice.

7. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES : In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near ‘C’ Gate of its campus in person or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.

8. Mobile Phones Banned:

(a) Mobile phones, pagers or any other communication devices are not allowed inside the premises where the examination is being conducted. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.

(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned item including mobile phones/pagers or any valuable/costly items to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safekeeping can not be assured. Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.

CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY ONLINE ONLY.
NO OTHER MODE IS ALLOWED FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION.

The Union Public Service Commission will hold a Screening Test for selection to Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2013 through Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2013 which will be held on 26th May, 2013, in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in the Gazette of India dated the 5th of March 2013.

(A) The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centers:

AGARTALACHANDIGARHIMPHALLUCKNOWRANCHI
AHMEDABADCHENNAIITANAGARMADURAISAMBALPUR
AIZAWLCUTTACKJAIPURMUMBAISHILLONG
ALIGARHDEHRADUNJAMMUNAGPURSHIMLA
ALLAHABADDELHIJODHPURPANAJI (GOA)SRINAGAR
AURANGABADDHARWADJORHATPATNATHIRUVANANTHAPURAM
BANGALOREDISPURKOCHIPUDUCHERRYTIRUPATI
BAREILLYGANGTOKKOHIMAPORT BLAIRUDAIPUR
BHOPALHYDERABADKOLKATARAIPURVISHAKHAPATNAM


The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Delhi, Dispur, Kolkatta and Nagpur. Allotment of Centres will be on the "first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.

NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Commission reserve the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

Blind candidates will, however, be required to take the examination at anyone of the seven centres viz. Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dispur and Mumbai.

Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.

(B) PLAN OF EXAMINATION: The Indian Forest Service Examination will consist of two successive stages.

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and

(ii) Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service.

1. Applications are now invited for the Preliminary Examination only. Candidates who will be declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will have to apply again, in the Online Detailed Application Form which would be made available on the Website of the Commission after declaration of Results of Preliminary Examination. The Main Examination is likely to be held in September/October, 2013.

2. The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 85. The number of vacancies is liable to alteration. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Handicapped Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Eligibility:

Age: Should be between 21 years and 30 years (Upper age limit is relaxable for SCs/STs, OBCs and certain other categories) as on 1st July of the year of applying.

Educational Qualification: Should hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the following subjects;
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Botany
Chemistry
Geology
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics
Zoology.

OR

A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry, Engineering (agricultural, civil, mechanical and chemical of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Nationality: A candidate must be either;

(a) A citizen of India, or
(b) A subject of Nepal, or
(c) A subject of Bhutan, or
(d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
(e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

A candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Number of Attempts: Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination.

Physical Fitness: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination as per regulations given in Appendix-III of the rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination published in Gazette of India in the year of examination or as specified in the examination notification.

Exam Pattern: The Entrance Examination will consist of – Group A: Written Examination and Group B: Interview and Personality Test.

(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers;

Paper I General English 300 marks
Paper II General Knowledge 300 marks
Paper III Any two subjects to be selected from the
list of the optional subjects mentioned below.

Each subject will have two papers.
200 Marks for
each paper
Paper IV
Paper V
Paper VI
Total1400 Marks


Optional Subjects:

Agriculture
Agricultural Engineering
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
Botany
Chemistry
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Forestry
Geology
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Physics
Statistics
Zoology

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects;
(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(c) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
(d) Mathematics and Statistics
(e) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering - not more than one subject

Note: All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. All Question Papers must be answered in English. Question Papers will be set in English only. The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.

(B) Interview for Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission– Maximum marks: 300. The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of this career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him both within and outside his own State or country, as well as in modern currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination, but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal mental qualities of the candidate. The Board will pay special attention to assessing the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of observation and assimilation, balance of judgement and alertness of mind, initiative, tact, capacity for leadership; the ability for social cohesion, mental and physical energy and powers of practical application; integrity of character; and other qualities such as topographical sense, love for out-door life and the desire to explore unknown and out of way places.

Syllabus: The standard of papers in General English and General Knowledge will be such as may be expected of a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.

The Scope of the Syllabus for optional subject papers for the examination is Broadly of the Honours Degree level i.e. A level Higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower than the Masters Degree. In the case of Engineering subjects, the level corresponds to the Bachelors Degree.

There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

General English: Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.

General Knowledge: General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of a nuture which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.

Optional Subjects: Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions. Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. One question in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer three more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question from each Part. In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.

Agriculture: Paper I & Paper II
Agricultural Engineering: Paper I & Paper II
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science: Paper I & Paper II

Notification of Examination: February/March
Conduct of Examination: July

Application Form: Candidates must apply in the Common application form of UPSC examinations, which can be purchased from the designated Head post Offices/Post Offices throughout the country. Each such Form can be used only once and only for one examination. In case of difficulty in obtaining Application Forms, the candidates should immediately contact the concerned post Master or UPSC's "FORMS SUPPLY MONITORING CELL" over Telephone No. 011-23389366/FAX No. 011-23387310.

Contact:

Under Secretary (CSP)
Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi - 110 011.
Website: www.upsc.gov.in

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