Indian Forest Service Exam, 2012

Indian Forest Service Exam, 2012 or IFS is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit individuals as Forest Service officers under the government of India.

Important Dates and Parameters
Date of Notification 31st March, 2012
Last Date for receipt of Application 30th April, 2012 (Monday)
Commencement of Examination 14th July, 2012 (Saturday)
Duration of Examination 10 days
Application Mode Candidates need to fill up the applications online from UPSC website. Payment can also be made online through net banking, debit or credit card (MasterCard/Visa). While filling up the applications, candidates need to attach scanned signature and photograph as well. Applicants can also collect the forms from designated post offices or head post offices. Offline mode is applicable only for applicants residing in remote areas. The age of the candidates should be between 21 years and 30 years. Relaxation in age is as per the India government rules. Completed application forms along with the examination fee and documents should be sent to the address as follows -Contact Address:Controller of Examinations,

Union Public Service Commission,

Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,

New Delhi-110069

Eligibility Criteria Candidates aspiring for this service need to complete graduation degree with at least one of the following subjects- Chemistry, Physics, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Zoology, Mathematics, Botany, Geology or Statistics. Candidates having a graduation degree in Engineering, Forestry or Agriculture can apply as well. Candidates appearing for final year degree examination are also eligible to apply.


The syllabus of the Indian Forest Service Exam, 2012 is as follows:

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
I General English 300 3 hours
II General Knowledge 300 3 hours
III Optional I – Paper I 200 3 hours
IV Optional I – Paper II 200 3 hours
V Optional II – Paper I 200 3 hours
VI Optional II – Paper II 200 3 hours

** The candidates are selected on the basis of performance in the written examination and interview. Short listed candidates will be called for a 300-mark interview. Upon qualifying the interview round, list of selected candidates will be finalized.

Candidates need to choose any 2 subjects from the following options:
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Statistics
  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Geology
  • Forestry
  • Mathematics

The detailed syllabus of IFS Examination for different subjects is as follows:

General English

  • Nouns
  • Sentence Formation
  • Passages and essays
  • Adverbs
  • Punctuation
  • Grammar
  • Verbs and Proverbs
  • Vocabulary
  • Direct& Indirect speech

General Knowledge

  • Current affairs
  • Indian History and Social Development
  • Socio- economic related topics


  • Marketing of Agricultural Products
  • Natural Resources
  • Agricultural extension
  • Soil Properties
  • Ecology
  • Water-use efficiency and Farm Management


  • Probability
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Statistical Inference
  • Demography and Psychometry
  • Linear Inference and Multivariate Analysis
  • Optimization Techniques
  • Sampling Theory and Design of Experiments
  • Sample Quantitative Economics and Official Statistics

Agricultural Engineering

  • Agricultural Structures
  • Irrigation and Drainage
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Farm Power and machinery
  • Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing
  • Agro-energy and Agricultural Process Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Computer Applications in Agricultural Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Elements of Computation
  • Theory of Machines
  • I.C. Engines
  • Manufacturing management
  • Manufacturing Science
  • Engineering Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Fuels and Combustion
  • Heat Transfer
  • Turbo-Machines and Power Plants
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


  • Photochemistry
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Electrochemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Polymeric Systems
  • Atomic Structure
  • Reactive Intermediates
  • Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  • Synthetic uses of reagents
  • Surface Phenomena and Catalysis
  • Principles of Spectroscopy and Applications in Structure Elucidation
  • Thermodynamics and statistical thermodynamics


  • Ethology
  • Non-chordata and chordata
  • Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Economic
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Instrumental methods
  • Biochemistry
  • Systematics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • Evolution

Chemical Engineering

  • Process Dynamics and Control
  • Mass Transfer
  • Process Equipment Design
  • Material and Energy Balances
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Chemical Technology and Process Engineering Economics


  • Igneous ad Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geomorphology and Remote Sensing
  • Structural geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Mining Geology
  • Paleontology
  • Mineralogy
  • General Geology
  • Stratigraphy and Geology of India
  • Geochemistry and Environmental Geology
  • Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology


  • Analytic Geometry
  • Basic concepts of Linear Algebra
  • Dynamics
  • Calculus
  • Statistics and Hydrostatics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Partial differential equations
  • Vector Analysis
  • Real Analysis
  • Algebra
  • Linear Programming
  • Complex Analysis
  • Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Analysis and Computer programming


  • Physical Optics
  • Special Relativity
  • Electromagnetic Theory & Black Body Radiation
  • Waves & Geometrical Optics
  • Quantum Mechanics I
  • Electronics
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics II & Atomic Physics
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Particle Physics & Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Livestock Production and Management
  • Animal Diseases and Veterinary Public Health
  • Genetics and Animal Breeding


  • Phanerogams
  • Cryptogams
  • Plant Utility and Exploitation
  • Microbiology and Plant Pathology
  • Cell Biology
  • Morphogenesis
  • Plant Breeding
  • Evolution
  • Ecology and Plant Geography
  • Physiology and Biochemistry


  • Silviculture and its principles
  • Silviculture – systems
  • Silviculture of trees
  • Silviculture – Mangrove and Cold desert
  • Social Forestry
  • Agroforestry
  • Forest Soils
  • Joint Forest Management and Tribology
  • Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Soil Conservation and Watershed Management
  • Forest Management and Management Systems
  • Tree Improvement and Seed Technology
  • Forest Ecology and Ethnobotany
  • Forest Economics and Legislation
  • Forest Protection & Wildlife Biology

Recommended Books for IFS (INDIAN FOREST SERVICE) Examination

Apart from regular study materials Indian Forest Service Exam, 2012 aspirants can also refer to these books, as per the choice of subjects:

  • Pathology by Singh
  • Soil Science by D.K Das
  • Physiology by Pandey & Singha
  • Handbook of Agriculture by ICAR
  • Mechanism by D.S.Mathur
  • Genetics by B.D Singh
  • Entomology – Vasantha Raj & David
  • Engineering Mechanics by Shames
  • Soil Minerology by I.E.Grim
  • Strength of Material by V.N Vazaram
  • Plant Breeding by B.D Singh
  • Agronomy by Yellamananda Reddy
  • Physiology – by Pandey & Sinha
  • Irrigation Engineering by S.K.Garg
  • Concrete Technology by M.S Shetty
  • Introduction To Horticulture by Kumar