Indian Forest Services (IFS) Exam: Question pattern and selection process

Appearing at the Indian Forest Services (IFS) examination? Check out the exam structure, question pattern and selection process in IFS exam for administrative jobs in forestry.

Indian Forest Service (IFS) exam is a lucrative career for the Indian youth interested in administrative jobs in India. The IFS exam allows you to be an IFS officer to act as the custodian of forests, thus a protector of the environment and wildlife. If you are a nature loving, exotic person, the IFS exam is going to be the right career option for you. Here in New Recruitments, we have an IFS exam mock practice test where you can practise lots of IFS exam sample questions in our Job Exams section; but before you proceed to take the actual exam, you must be familiar with the exam structure and selection process of IFS exam. Let's take a look at it.

IFS exam structure and selection process

Indian Forest Service (IFS) Exam official website logo The date of IFS exam usually falls in the month of July every year. The IFS exam official advertisement or announcement usually comes out around December or January in all leading newspapers of India including the Employment News. The details of IFS exam, subject combinations and other necessary details are provided there. If you are preparing for Indian Forest Services exam you must be alert and collect that piece of advertisement to gather the necessary IFS exam detailed information.

Indian Forest Services (IFS) exam eligibility criteria

If you are going to apply for the Indian Forest Services (IFS) exam you must fulfil the following eligibility criteria for IFS exam given below:

(a) On the date of submitting the IFS exam application form, the age of the applicant must be between 21 and 30 years of age.

(b) The minimum educational qualification for IFS exam is that the candidate must be a graduate with at least any one of the subjects mentioned below from a recognized university. The subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Statistics and Geology. Alternatively, the candidates must be graduates in agriculture, engineering, or forestry from a recognised Indian university.

Indian Forest Services (IFS) examination scheme or structure

The Indian Forest Services (IFS) Examination constitutes of two stage. The stages of IFS exam includes a written examination, followed by a personal interview. The candidates eligible as par the criteria mentioned above have to take the IFS Exam Written Test, the structure of which consists of two compulsory and two optional subjects. The compulsory subjects for IFS exam are General Knowledge and General English. Along with these you have to take any of the two optional subjects from the list given below.

IFS Exam Optional Subjects List: (1) Physics (2) Chemistry (3) Botany (4) Zoology (5) Forestry (6) Statistics (7) Mathematics (8) Geology (9) Agriculture (10) Civil Engineering (11) Agriculture Engineering (12) Mechanical Engineering and (13) Chemical Engineering.

Question pattern of compulsory papers in IFS Exam

The compulsory papers of IFS exam, i.e. English and General Knowledge, are meant for testing the mastery of the applicant over the English language, his or her comprehensive and analytical competence, and the general awareness overall. The IFS Exam General English Paper will have questions on topics like writing passages and précis, comprehension, idioms, phrasal verbs and so on. Also, you will be asked to write an essay for which few options will be provided. The main difference in number between successful and failing candidates happen in the writings, including précis and essay, so prepare for these well.

IFS Exam Interview or Personality Test

If you can clear the IFS written exam, you will be asked to attend the IFS Exam Personality Test, also often referred simply as IFS exam personal interview. The IFS exam interview (or oral test or viva voce, whatever you may call it) takes places within a few days after the declaration of the IFS written exams result. The marks you will score in the IFS exam interview will be added to the marks you scored in the written test. The final merit list will be prepared only on the basis of the sum of the marks obtained in the written exam and the interview together.

The IFS exam personality test is meant to analyse the aptitude and the aptness of the applying candidate as a future officer of the Indian Forest Service. You can expect questions on current affairs, civics, Indian polity, planning, budgets, economic geography, Indian topography and of course her forests and wildlife. Developing your soft skills is also necessary as your mental alertness, team management skills, communicative competence, leadership qualities, negotiation skills and so on might be tested by the experts as well in the IFS exam interview.

Do not forget to check out the list of IFS exam books and study materials. If you practise IFS exam mock practice test regularly in our website, there is no reason for not succeeding for you. Team New Recruitments wish you best of luck for your ensuing examinations.

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