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Indian forest service ,constituted in 1966 is a part of All India Services of Government of India. Before that British had Imperial Forest Service in 1867 .The body that controls the authority of this forest service is Ministry of Environment ,Forest and Climate change.

Hari Singh was the First inspector General of Forests.  Basically it is an open competitive examinations  held by UPSC through which officers are recruited .Then their training is held at Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy by the Central government for two years.

These services are placed under State and joint cadre. The main motive behind the service is implementing National Forest policy.

An IFS officer that is independent.He practices  administrative.judicial and financial powers in his own domain.


Positions Held By IFS Officer

Divisional Forest Officer

Conservator of Forests

Principle Chief Conservator Of Forests

The Highest of all in all states- Head of Forest Forces.They also are valid for State and Central deputations  that includes appointments at Deputy Secretary,Director,Joint Secretary & Additional Secretary. Appointment of IFS Officers are also possible in foreign governments like United Nations , ngo’s ,voluntary organisations.

Broadly it falls into 2 categories-

state positions

central positions

For central again there are two-

Central staffing scheme

Non central staffing scheme

Salary structure of IFS Officer

Director General of Forests–rs 2,25,000

Additional Director General of Forests–rs 2,05,400

Inspector General of Forests–rs 1,75,000

Deputy Inspector General of Forests–rs 1,50,000

Assistant Inspector General of Forests(pay level 13)–1,18,500

Assistant Inspector General of Forests(pay level 12)–78,800

Assistant Inspector General of Forests([pay level 11)–67,700

Assistant Inspector General of Forests(pay level 10)–56,100


Officer Trainees begin their training at  Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie,  After completing then they are sent to Indira Gandhi Natinal Forest Academy at Dehra dun.

After completing the training they are awarded master’s degree in Forestry Science.

They are also taught more than 56 subjects of life sciences in 2 years. After the training gets complete future forest officers go through a year of on-the-job field training in the state as Assistant Conservators of Forests . With 4 years in junior scale they are promoted to  Senior  and are  posted as Deputy Conservators of Forests or Divisional Forest Officers.


Person of Indian citizenship and Indian origin.

Candidate ‘s age- minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years.

With upper age limit in SC/ST upto 5 years

OBC upto 3years

From  Jammu & Kashmir upto 5years

Defence person upto 5 years

For General candidates 6 attempts could be done whereas no restrictions on SC/ST

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Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 7 February, 2018
  • Last Date to Apply: 6 March, 2018
  • Date of Exam (Prelims): 3 June, 2018
  • IFS Main Exam: 2 December, 2018

Exam pattern

Paper I -General English-300

Paper II- General Knowledge-300

Paper III-Optional subject I-200

PAper IV-Optional subject I-200

PAper V-Optional subject II- 200

PAper VI -Optional subject II- 200

After written test personal interview round of 300 marks.

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