IFoS Syllabus


Union Public Service CommissionIndian Forest Service Exam Syllabus covers topics of 6 papers like General English and General knowledge (compulsory) and some optional papers from which candidate have to choose two papers.

UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam Pattern:


Paper Subject Mark
Paper I General English 300
Paper II General Knowledge 300
Paper III Optional Subject 1 200
Paper IV Optional Subject 1 200
Paper V Optional Subject 2 200
Paper VI Optional Subject 2 200
Total 1400
Interview for Personality Test 300

Paper 1st:General English


  • English paper comprises an essay and passages to write summary.
  • Level of standard for General English and General Knowledge papers are designed for a Science or Engineering graduate of an Indian University.
  • Other questions are framed to examine general understanding of English and use of words that are used every day.

Paper 2nd: General Knowledge

  • Current Event of National and International importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and world Geography
  • Indian polity and Governance
  • Economic and social Development
  • General Science

Paper 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th (Optional Subjects)

Candidates appearing for UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam 2018 are required to select any two subjects from this list of optional subjects as given under:

  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology