UPSC IFS (IFoS) Civil Services Examination Exam – Syllabus

UPSC IFS Exam – Syllabus

Indian Forest Service Examination

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development -Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation
  • General Science.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Note 1: Paper II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%
Note 2: The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.


(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 200 marks
  • Paper IV selected from the list of for each
  • Paper V the optional subjects set paper
  • Paper VI is out in para 2 below.

Each subject will have two papers.
(B) Interview for Personality Test (See Part (C) of Section II of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called by the Commission ‐
Maximum Marks: 300 Marks

List of optional subjects:

(i) Agriculture
(ii.) Agricultural Engineering
(iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
(iv) Botany
(v) Chemistry
(vi) Chemical Engineering
(vii) Civil Engineering
(viii) Forestry
(ix) Geology
(x) Mathematics
(xi) Mechanical Engineering
(xii) Physics
(xiii) Statistics
(xiv) Zoology
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engg.
(b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
(c) Agriculture and ·Forestry.
(d) Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
(e) Mathematics and Statistics.
(f) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering‐ not more than one subject;
NOTE ­ The standard and syllabi of the subjects mentioned above are given in Section III to this appendix General:
1. All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.

Optional Subjects Detailed Syllabus:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering

  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

  • Botany Syllabus

  • Chemical Engineering Syllabus

  • Chemistry Syllabus

  • Forestry Syllabus

  • Geology Syllabus

  • Mathematics Syllabus

  • Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

  • Physics Syllabus

  • Statistics Syllabus

  • Zoology Syllabus

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