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UPSC IFoS 2024 Notification (OUT) at upsc.gov.in: Apply Online Now

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the notification for the Indian Forest Service Exam 2024 on its official website on 14 February 2024. All male, female and transgender candidates with certain educational qualifications, including a Bachelor's degree in the subjects mentioned in the notification can apply for the UPSC IFoS Exam 2024 online through the commission's official online application portal, upsconline.nic.in. 

The Commission begins the registration process along with the release of notification on 14 February and the deadline to apply is 05 March 2024. Continue reading to learn how to apply for the UPSC IFoS 2024 and receive a direct link to the online application.

UPSC IFoS Examination 2024 - Overview

The Commission has posted a detailed notification for the IFS Exam 2024, including the online application schedule, on its official website. Candidates applying for the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Examination should be aware that they must appear in the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination and qualify for the same to be eligible to appear for the second stage of the IFoS (Mains), i.e. written and personality test. 

You can find more information about this examination in the table below.

UPSC Indian Forest Service (IFoS) 2024 - Important Details

Exam Conducting Organisation

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Name

Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2024 through CS(P) Examination 2024

Exam Level




Application Mode


Application Dates

14 February to 5 March 2024

Modification in OTR Profile

6 March to 12 March 2024

Exam Mode (Prelims + Mains)


Prelims Exam Date

26 May 2024

Mains Exam Date

24 November 2024

Selection process

Prelims (CSE)

Main Exam

Personality Test (Interview)

UPSC Official Website


Official Notification

UPSC CSE Notification 2024 

Note: The CSE Prelims and IFoS Mains Exam dates are announced earlier through the official UPSC Annual Examination Calendar.

UPSC Indian Forest Service Vacancy 2024

Approximately 150 vacancies are expected to be filled through the recruitment drive. These vacancies include 09 vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disability Categories, including 02 vacancies for candidates with Low Vision, 03 vacancies for candidates with Hard of Hearing and 04 vacancies for candidates with Locomotor Disability (Leprosy Cured and Acid Attack Victims). 

Note: The number of vacancies can be changed by the commission. 

How to Apply for the UPSC IFoS Exam 2024?

Candidates are advised to carefully read the official advertisement before applying for the Forest Service examination. Candidates must apply online for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, which serves as a screening mechanism for selecting candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. Candidates who wish to apply for the Civil Services Examination must apply only once, indicating in the online application form that they intend to appear.

Before submitting the online examination application, the applicant must first register at the Commission's One Time Registration (OTR) platform, which is available on the website.

Candidates can apply for the UPSC Indian Forest Service Examination 2024 easily by following the steps listed below:

Step 1: Go to the commission's official website upsc.gov.in.

Step 2 - Click on the “Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2024 through CS(P) Examination 2024” link provided under 'What’s New'.

Step 3: After clicking on the apply online link you will be redirected to upsconline.nic.in 

Step 4: Click on the “One-time registration (OTR) for examinations of UPSC and online application” link to complete the OTR for the exam.

Step 5: After successful registration, log in with your valid credentials.

Step 6: After login, click on the application form and fill out all the details.

Step 7: Upload any necessary documents in the prescribed format.

Step 8: Pay the online application exam fee.

Step 9: Submit the application form after carefully verifying all details and take a printout of the final application form.

Note: The candidates will not be allowed to withdraw their applications after submission of the same.

Application Fees

Candidates must pay a fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred Only) for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash, using the net banking facility of State Bank of India, using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit card/UPI payment, or using any bank's Internet Banking.

Note: Female Candidates/SC/ST/PwBD candidates are exempted from payment of the fee.

UPSC IFoS 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility standards set by the commission, otherwise, their candidature will be cancelled:

  • Nationality: Indian Citizen
  • UPSC IFoS Age Limit: On August 1st, 2024, the candidate must be at least 21 years old but not yet 32 years old.
  • UPSC IFoS Educational Qualification: A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree in at least one of the following subjects: Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology, or a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Forestry, or Agriculture.

UPSC IFoS Selection Process

The Indian Forest Service Examination will have two stages: 

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) to select candidates for the Main Examination. It is a qualifying stage, and the commission will not consider the score when determining final merit. 

Main Examination (Written and Interview): This stage is divided into two parts. The first is a written descriptive exam that evaluates knowledge, comprehension, and analytical skills across six papers. Candidates who pass the exam will be invited to a Personality Test (interview) conducted by a Board of competent and unbiased observers to assess their personal suitability for a career in public service.


Yes, the UPSC IFoS Notification 2024 for the Indian Forest Service Examination 2024 has been released on 14 February 2024 for 150 posts.

Candidates must have graduated in a post-concerned subject from a recognized university. The age limit (as on 01 August 2024) for general candidates is 21 to 32 years, with upper age relaxation for reserved categories.

You can apply for the UPSC IFoS 2024 through the online application portal of the commission. The steps to apply online and the direct link are provided in the article above.

Yes, the candidates who will qualify the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2024 will have to fill DAF and apply for the UPSC Indian Forest Service Mains 2024.

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