The competitive examination for the Indian Forest Service
(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers :-
Paper III Paper IV Paper V Paper
Any two subjects to be selected from the list of
the optional subjects set out in para 2 below. Each subject will have two
papers. 200 Marks for each paper
Total 1400 Marks
(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 provisions below):-
ii) Agricultural Engineering
iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
vi) Chemical Engineering
vii) Civil Engineering
xi) Mechanical Engineering
Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following
combination of subjects :-
(a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
(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
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)
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 examination.
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.
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.
-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 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. 2. The 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 judgement 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.
The 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. The Scope 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. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.
Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions
will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike
use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or precis.
Total number of questions in the question papers of optional subjects will
be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided
into two parts, viz. Part A and Part B, each part containing four questions.
Out of eight questions, five questions are to be attempted. One question
in each part will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer three
more questions out of the remaining six questions, taking at least one question
from each Part. In this way, at least two questions will be attempted from
each Part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.