Indian Forest Service

IFS is one of the most prestigious All India Services of the Government of India. The Ministry of Environment and Forests is the body Controlling Authority for the Indian Forest Service and also the Nodal Ministry in respect of the Indian Forest Service.

Career Options

  • - Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) - Conservator of Forests (CF) - Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) etc are some examples - Head of Forest Forces (HoFF)

Educational Qualifications

  • - Civil Service Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) - 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 at their degree examination (with prescribed subjects) can also compete. If they qualify on the result of the written part of the examination, they will have to submit the proof of passing the required examination along with their detailed application form to be filled in at that stage.

Personal Skills

  • - A Scientific Temper - Patience - Perseverance - Practical Approach - Physical Fitness - Willingness to Work Outdoors

Courses to be pursued

  • - B. Sc. in Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science - B. Sc. in Botany - B.Sc. in Chemistry - B. Sc. in Geology - B. Sc. in Mathematics - B. Sc. in Physics - B. Sc. in Statistics - B. Sc. in Zoology - B. Tech in Agriculture or Forestry

Top Colleges

  • Forest Research Institute Address: Mason Rd, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248003 Phone: 0135 222 4222 Website:
  • The Energy and Research Institute Address: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003, INDIA Phone: +91 11 2468 2100 Website:

Working Conditions

The Indian Forest Service has inherent time-bound promotions and higher scales which are comparable to the best in government sector in the country. After completion of training, the IFoS officers are usually posted as Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs)/Deputy Conservators of Forests (DCF) with the independent charge of a forest division with a large number of Forest Guards, BlockOfficers, Range Officers and Assistant Conservators of Forests working under them. IFoS need to keep a check on illegal logging of trees and work with the forest guards and security personnels.

Top Companies

  • Jim Corbett National Park Address: Nainital District, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715 Phone: 05947 253 977 Website:
  • Forest Research Institute Address: Mason Rd, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248003 Phone: 0135 222 4222 Website:

Successful Persons

Hari Singh

Hari Singh was the Inspector General of Forests of India in the 1960s. He was awarded with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), a distinguishing honor bestowed upon him by the British Government. He held India's highest office of forest administration, namely, Inspector General of Forests, from 1964 to 1969, and graced innumerable national and international bodies on the development of the forestry sector.

Sonali Ghosh

Sonali Ghosh, A topper of the Indian Forest Service batch of 2000-2003, she is armed with a slew of degrees including post-graduate degrees in forestry and wildlife science, a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Law from the National Law School of India, and another one in systems management. She has also won a doctorate in remote-sensing technology concerning habitat suitability for tigers in the Indo-Bhutan Manas landscape.

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