Friday, 29 April 2016

IFS Notification 2016 UPSC Indian Forest Service Application, Exam Date


Eligibility Criteria

Age: Your age must be between 21 years 32 years on 1st August of the year of exam. Upper age limit is relaxable in some cases. 
Education: You must hold a Bachelor's degree with at least one of the subjects - Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering.
IFS Important Dates
  • Date of Notification: 27 April, 2016
  • How to apply :   Candidates  are  required  to  apply  online  only  by  using  the  website 
  • Last Date to Apply: 27 May, 2016
  • Date of Exam (Prelims): 7 August, 2016
  • IFS Main Exam: 12 November, 2016
  • The Online Applications can be filled up to 27th May, 2016 till 11.59 PM, after which the link will  be disabled.  
To Apply for Part 1-Click Here  To apply for Part -2Click Here 
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.

What is IFS

Indian Forest Service is one of the Civil Services of India and belongs to the All India Services group The officers are recruited and trained by the Central Government but their services are placed under various State cadres, and they have the mandate to serve both under the State and Central Governments.The main mandate of the service is the implementation of the National Forest Policy which aims to ensure environmental stability and maintenance of ecological balance which are vital for sustenance of all life forms, human, animal and plant.IFS officers while in field postings in respective state cadres work for conservation, protection and development of forests and wildlife along with an aim to enhance livelihood opportunities of forest dependent communities of rural and tribal areas. An IFS officer is largely independent of the district administration and exercises administrative, judicial and financial powers in their own domain. 

All top positions in state forest department are held by IFS officers. Positions like Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Conservator of Forests (CF) and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) etc are some examples. 

Selection Process
IFS officers are recruited through the Indian Forest Service examination which is conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission. The examination is open to graduates in any science or engineering discipline. From several hundreds of thousands of candidates that apply for the examination only around 85 make it to the final selection list.
The Indian Forest Service Examination has a grueling three stage competitive selection process spanning nearly seven months.
Stage 1: All applicants have to take an objective type examination called the Preliminary Examination which is the same as that of the Civil Services Examination. It consists of two papers, where they are tested on areas such as economics, politics, history, geography, environment, awareness of current affairs, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, basic numeracy skills, inter-personal skills and decision making. Generally the qualifying cut-off marks of preliminary exam required to sit for IFS main examination is greater than that required to sit for Civil Services main examination. The marks of Preliminary Examination is not counted in making final overall merit.
Stage two : Around 1400 candidates are selected for the Main Examination which consists of six descriptive papers. Each candidate has to select two optional subject (two papers each) from among the subjects allowed by UPSC and has to take one General Studies paper and an English language paper.
Stage three : Around 230 candidates securing highest marks in the Main Examination are called for the interview conducted by UPSC board members. Interview or personality assessment is followed by a medical checkup and a physical test which requires all male candidates to complete a 25 km walk/run in under 4 hours. For ladies the distance is reduced to 14 km. The test is usually conducted at the National Zoological Park Delhi.
After selection for the IFS, candidates are allocated state cadres. There is one cadre for each Indian state, with the exception of three joint cadres: Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT). Two-thirds of the strength of every cadre is filled directly by IFS officers and the remaining are promoted from the respective states cadre officers.

Always check the official notification before applying.The above provided information is just for the basic knowledge about IFS profile and selection process.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2016 Notification Released, Apply at by 27 May


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for Civil Services Examination, 2016. No change in Age-Attempt limit No change in structure of the exam No change in the syllabus of the exam The preliminary examination of the Civil Services examination for recruitment to the services and posts will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on August 07th

The posts coming under the purview of the Civil Services examinations are:
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group A.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group A.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group A.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group A.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group A.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A.
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group A.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group B (Section Officers Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group B.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group B.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group B.

Post details:
Total number of posts: 1,079

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 1,079 which includes P.H. Category with reserved 34 vacancies (14 vacancies for LDCP, 7 Vacancies for B/LV and 13 Vacancies for H.I.). Candidates must note that the final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.

Exam Name
Total Vacancies
Age Limit
Civil Services Examination, 2016
1079 Approximately (includes 34 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category)
21 to 32 years on the 01/08/2016 [i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1983 and not later than 1st August 1994]

Age Limit-Candidates age should be above 21 years and below 32 years as on 01-08-2016. The upper age relaxation is 05 years for SC/ ST, 03 years for OBC and 10 years for PH candidates. Age relaxation is applicable as per rules.

Maximum Age
till upper age
Physically disabled
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile
depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty
same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty
* specific condition on page2 of notification
same as above

No change in structure of the exam

Preliminary Exam
Paper 1
Paper 2
General studies (GS)
Marks counted for selection in mains exam…yes
  • You need to get only 33% passing marks. i.e. 200 x 0.33 = 66 passing marks required to clear prelims.
200 marks
200 marks
0.33% negative marking
0.33% negative marking

Selection Process: The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages. Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination and Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview).

मुख्य परीक्षा दिसंबर  2016 में संभावित है। 

Civil Services New Mains Format
Paper I
Paper II, III, IV, V
General Studies with new topics (250 marks for each paper)
Papers VI,VII
Any one subject (having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)
Personality Test (Interview)
Total Marks

The training program for the selected candidates usually commences on first Monday of September every year.

Since 1959,national academy of training of mussoorie,has been imparting training to the IAS probationers.The various components of the induction of the training programme for IAS are,

-foundation training                      4 months.
-professional training (first spell)   5 months.
-district training in the state        12months.
-professional training(second spell)  3 months.
                                        total = 24 months

The foundation training course is combined for IAS,IFS,IPS and Grp A services of india(FOREIGN service too).
During the first spell of institutional training,the IAS probationary study more detail the problems of Indian administration,criminal procedure code,constitution and legal system,economic planning etc.
in the second spell the probationers discuss the administrative problems, problems and issues they were confronted with or they observed during the course of their practical training of state.The training at the stage is problem oriented .

Application Fee: Candidates have to Pay Rs.100/- either by online or offline mode. No Fee for Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates.

How to Apply: LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS.The online Applications can be filled up to 27th May, 2016 till 11:59 PM after which
the link will be disabled

Click here for Part-I Registration