Plan of Examination
The competitive examination for the Indian
Forest Service comprises :�
(A) The written examination
consisting of the following papers :�
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
two subjects to be selected from the list of the
optional subjects set out
in para 2 below. Each subject will have two papers.
for each paper
(B) Interview for
Personality Test of such candidates as may be called by the Commission� Maximum
marks : 300
2. List of
Optional Subjects (subject to
Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the
following combination of subjects :�
(a) Agriculture and
(b) Agriculture and Animal
Husbandary and Veterinary Science.
(c) Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
(d) Mathematics and Statistics.
(e) 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 Schedule to this Appendix.
1. All the question
papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
2. All Question Papers
must be Answered in English. Question Papers will be set in English only.
3. The duration of
each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.
4. Candidates must
write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be
allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.
5. The Commission have
discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the
6. If a candidate�s
hadwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account
from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.
7. Marks will not be
allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
8. Credit will be
given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy
of words in all subjects of the examination.
9. In the question
papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
10. Candidates should
use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while
answering question papers.
11. Candidates will be
allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the
conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC. Programmable type
Calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators
shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or
interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
Personality Test�The candidates will be interviewed by a Board of competent and
unbiased observers who will have before them a record of this career. The object
of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the
Service. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest
not only in his/her subjects of academic study but also in events which are
happening around him both within and outside his own State or country, as well
as in modern currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the
curiosity of well-educated youth.
technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination, but of a
natural, though directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal mental
qualities of the candidate. The Board will pay special attention to assessing
the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of observation and assimilation,
balance of judgment and alertness of mind, initiative, tact, capacity for
leadership; the ability for social cohesion, mental and physical energy and
powers of practical application; integrity of character; and other qualities
such as topographical sense, love for out-door life and the desire to explore
unknown and out of way places.
standard of papers in General English and General Knowledge will be such as may
be expected of a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.
of the Syllabus for optional subject papers for the examination is Broadly of
the Honours Degree level i.e. A level Higher than the Bachelors Degree and lower
than the Masters Degree. In the case of Engineering subjects, the level
corresponds to the Bachelors Degree.
be no practical examination in any of the subjects.