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Indian Forest Services


The Indian Forest Service the four following categories of the officers. Initial Recruits (IR); EC/SSC – Emergency Commissioned/Short Service Commissioned Direct Recruits or Regular Recruits (DR/RRs); and Promotees (appointed from State Forest Service.) Direct Recruits constitute 66.33 per cent of the cadre strength of the service is filled by Direct recruitment  through the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for Science background students. The candidate  have to appear for test of personality, a walking test and a medical fitness test after passing the written exam.

ELIGIBILITY for Indian Forest Services


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 to India before 01.01. 1962 with  permanently residing intention in India.

(e) a person of Indian origin who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with permanently settling intention in India. Provided a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person  whose eligibility certificare has been issued by the Government of India. Age Limits A candidate must have  the age of 21 years and must not have  the age of 30 years on 1st  of August, in the year of examination .

The maximum age limit prescribed above will be relaxable  only in the following cases:

  • SC or ST: maximum five years.
  • OBC: three years  maximum.
  • Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 01.01. 1980 to 31.12.1989): five years  maximum.
  • Defence Services personnel : five years  maximum

(disabled in  the operations during the hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)

  • Ex-servicemens including  the Commissioned officer  and ECOs/SSCOs who have served at least five years Military Service and have been released (i) on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on  account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment:  upto a maximum of five years.
  • ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment : upto a maximum of five years.
  • Blind, deaf-dumb and physically handicapped persons:  upto a maximum of ten years.


Cumulative Age relaxation for Indian Forest Services: SC, the ST and the OBC who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Ex-servicemen eligibility for Indian Forest Services: Ex-servicemen  Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time. The age concession will not be applicable to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.   NOTE II

Date of Birth Certificate: The date of birth accepted by the Commission as in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. No other document  like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted. Once the date of birth is submitted in the Commission, no change is allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

Educational Qualifications for Indian Forest Services

The candidate must have a degree 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. NOTE: Candidates who have appeared at an examination which would educationally qualify them for the UPSC examination but have not received the the results will also be eligible for admission to the Pre Examination. They have to produce the proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination.

In  some exceptional cases, UPSC may also treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate, provided that he has passed examination conducted by other Institutions, which UPSC deems fit. Candidates who is having professional and technical qualifications, recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination. Candidates who have passed the final M.B.B.S. Examination or any other Medical Exam but have not completed their internship at the time of submitting applications for the Civil Services (Main) Exam, will also be admitted provisionally to the  Indian Forest Services Examination.

However, they will  have to submit a copy of a certificate from the concerned University/Institution that they have passed the final medical examination alongwith their application . In such cases, the candidates will have to produce original Degree or a certificate from the University/Institution at the time of their interview .

Number of attempts for Indian Forest Services

The maximum number of attempts restriction is for Indian Forest Services is effective from the examination held in 1984. General candidates: four attempts. SC,ST : No restriction. OBC : seven attempts. NOTE 1 : An attempt at a Pre  Exam  will be considered as one attempt at the examination. If a candidate appeared  in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he is considered to have made an attempt at the examination. The disqualification and cancellation of candidature at the fact of appearance of the candidate at the Indian Forest Services  examination will  also counted as an attempt.