IFS EXAM notification 2020

Indian Forest Services Exam Date 2020

The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for  hiring the officers at the All India level by the Government of India for the scientific management of its forests.

IFS (Prelims) 2020 New Date 

The UPSC has announced the new exam date for IFS 2020. Now the prelims exam will be held on October 4, 2020. The result will be released in November. Candidates who will clear in the screening round will be called for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2020, to be held from February 28, 2021, onwards. Earlier it was postponed by UPSC.  The postponement of the Prelims exam will affect the Indian Forest Service (IFS) selection process.

Indian Forest Service (IFS) 2020:

The IFS selection procedure consists of three stages – preliminary, main examination and personality test. This is to be noted by the candidates that they need to appear for the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify the same for the second phase of the examination, i.e., IFS (Main Examination). The desiring candidates can apply for the Indian Forest Service examination through a common online application form of Civil Services Examination (CSE). The application form can be submitted through online mode only. The UPSC has released the dates of Indian Forest Service Prelims & Main 2020 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2020 will take place on October 4, 2020, Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on from February 28, 2021. The online registration process( closed) will start from February 12, 2020, and it will end on March 03, 2020.

IFS 2020 Notification 

February 12, 2020

Organising body 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam mode 

Number of Attempts  6
Number of Vacancies  90 (Approximately)
Starting date to apply online

February 12, 2020
Last date to apply online 

March 03, 2020
IFS Admit card

September 2020
Preliminary exam

October 04, 2020
Preliminary result

November 2020
IFS Main Examination

February 28, 2021 (10 days)

IFS Main result 

March 2021
IFS Interview 

April 2021
IFS final result 
May 2021

IFS Number of Vacancies 2020

The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 90. However, candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and PWD categories will be provided with the reservation according to the Government. According to the official notification released by the UPSC, a few vacancies are reserved.

Total number of vacancies

90 (Approximately)
Reserved vacancies

 Low Vision category: 1
 Partially Deaf category: 1

 Locomotor disability (sub‐category: Leprosy cured and Acid attack): 1



Candidates who are aspiring for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) should apply only through the Civil Services (Preliminary). There is no separate IFS application form. However, there are a few important points aspirants should know before IFS registration.

1. Candidates should satisfy the educational prerequisites set by the Commission to get eligibility for IFS. 

2.Aspirants should register for the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify in the screening test for going to the second stage of IFS (Main) examination. 

3.The qualified candidates in the Preliminary will be eligible to fill a Detailed Application Form available on official site.  

4. The IFS Main Examination will be held from February 28, 2021. However, the Civil Services (Main) exam will be conducted from January 8, 2021, onwards. 


Physical Criteria

The candidates aspiring must be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination. Candidates are advised to visit the IFS official notification to check the detailed rules and regulations. 


A candidate must be :

  • A citizen of India, or
  • The subject of Nepal, or
  • The subject of Bhutan, or
  • Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Candidate belonging to categories b, c, d, and e should produce a certificate of eligibility, which has been issued by the Government of India.

Centers in India

The Examination will be held at the most of states Centres in India like Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat etc.

Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.

Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen.

The Main Examination will be held on the following Centres like Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur, Port Blair and Shimla.


Candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or Forestry or Engineering of a recognised university or equivalent.

Candidates appearing for their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also apply. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they have to submit the proof of passing the required examination along with their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.


Age of a candidate should be minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years on 1st August, 2020 of the year of examination, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1988 and not later than 1st August, 1999.

While the upper age limit will be relaxable in the following cases:

For Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC /ST): Up to 5 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC): Up to 3 years

State of Jammu & Kashmir (Domiciled during the period from the 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989: Up to 5 years.

Defence Services personnel: Up to 5 years

Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on and have been released: Up to 5 years

ECOs/ SSCOs: Up to a maximum of five years.

Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons: Up to 10 years.

Number of attempts:

The maximum number of attempts restricted for candidates are as follows: 

General Candidates: 6 attempts

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates: No restriction

Other Backward Classes: 9 attempts

Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while unlimited for SC/ST Appearing for one or more papers of an examination will be counted as an attempt at the examination even if the candidate failed to qualify for the selection.

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