IFS Application process: The application process of Indian Forest Services (IFS)2017 preliminary exam will end on March 17. The online application process of IFS 2017 commenced from February 22, 2017. The preliminary exam of IFS will be conducted on June 18 as mentioned in the UPSC calendar. The month for the preliminary exam of IFS has been preponed to June from August by UPSC after a period of three years. Candidates also have to pay Rs. 200/- as application fees either through online or offline mode while submitting their application form. Applications submitted without payment of fees will be deemed as incomplete and treated under the fictitious fee cases. A large number of candidates will sit for the exam which will be conducted in 72 cities across the nation.
The IFS Admit Card for the preliminary examination will be issued to all the eligible candidates by last week of May 2017. Only those candidates who submit their complete application form by the last date and also satisfy the eligibility conditions prescribed by UPSC will be issued the admit card. The hall ticket of IFS 2017 will be made available online for downloading and the candidates will have to enter their registration number, roll number or name to download it.
The IFS Exam Pattern for the preliminary exam is the same as civil services. The preliminary exam will consist of two papers namely, paper 1 on General Studies (GS) and paper 2 on Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The exam will be objective type and qualifying in nature. The marks secured by the candidates in the preliminary exam will not be counted while preparing the final result.
As per the IFS Syllabus 2017, the GS paper I will have questions from topics such as current affairs of national and international relevance, History of India and the national movement, Indian and world geography, Indian polity and governance.
CSAT Paper II will contain questions from topics such as Comprehension, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Decision-making and problem solving, General mental ability etc.
The number of vacancies to be filled in the Indian Forest Services Department through the medium of examination is 110.