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IFOS Indian Forest Service (Prel.) Examination 2018 through CS(P) Examination, 2018

Date of Notification07/02/2018
Date of Commencement of Examination03/06/2018
Duration of ExaminationOne Day
Last Date for Receipt of Applications06/03/2018 – 6:00pm
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Eligibility Conditions IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

(i) NATIONALITY :

A candidate must be either :-

(a) A citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

(ii) AGE LIMITS :

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August, 2018, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:-

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

  • upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof:
  • upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2018) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
  • upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
  • upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of :-
  • Low Vision
  • Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf) and
  • Locomotor disability (sub-category : Leprosy cured and Acid attack)

NOTE I – Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii)(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, Low Vision, Hearing Impaired (Partially deaf) and Locomotor disability (sub-category : Leprosy cured and Acid attack) person etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

NOTE II-The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Reemployment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

NOTE III- The age concession under Para 3(ii)(b)(iv) and (v) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

NOTE IV- Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii)(b)(vi) above, a person with benchmark disability candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the person with benchmark disability candidates by the Government.

SAVE AS PROVIDED ABOVE THE AGE LIMITS PRESCRIBED CAN IN NO CASE BE RELAXED.

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

NOTE 1: Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

NOTE 2 : Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

Note 3 : The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the Online Application Form. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

(iii) MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

The candidate must 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, Forestry or in Engineering of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Indian Forest Service Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2018 through on-line mode.

NOTE II : In addition, the candidates who possess qualification equivalent to those specified in Rule 7 will be required to produce a certificate from University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of the Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 clarifying that the degree is at par with the Bachelor’s degree specified in Rule 7 along with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidate will not be admitted to the Main Examination.

NOTE III : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

(iv) NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS :

Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

Provided further that a person with benchmark disability will get as many attempts as are available to other candidates who do not belong to person with benchmark disability of his or her community, subject to the condition that a person with benchmark disability belonging to the General Category, shall be eligible for nine attempts. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to Indian Forest Service is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the persons with benchmark disability who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

NOTE :

  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, as a candidate for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  • Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

(V) PHYSICAL STANDARDS :

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018 as per regulations given in Appendix-III of the rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018 published in Gazette of India dated 07th February, 2018.

How to Apply IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

(a) Candidates are required to apply Online using the link www.upsconline.nic.in for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which will act as a screening mechanism for selection of candidates for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. Candidates who wish to apply for Civil Services Examination also, [subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions] have to apply once by appropriately indicating in the on-line application form that they intend to appear for both the Indian Forest Service Examination and the Civil Services Examination. Candidates, who will qualify for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, will have to fill in a Detailed Application Form subsequently as per further instructions to be provided to the candidates through the website (www.upsconline.nic.in) of the Commission. Detailed instructions for filling up Online Applications are available on the above mentioned website.

The applicants are advised to submit only single application, however, if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

(b) All candidates, whether already in Government Service, or in Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.

Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are however, required to inform their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.
NOTE I: While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice for the centre and optional subjects for the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. More than one application from a candidate giving different centres and/or optional subjects will not be accepted in any case. Even if a candidate sends more than one completed application, the Commission will accept only one application at their discretion and the Commission’s decision in the matter shall be final. If any candidate appears at a centre/optional subjects other than those indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be valued and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

NOTE-2: Providing scribe to a Low Vision candidate or allowing him/ her to bring his/ her own scribe, suitable provisons have been made in the online application programme to get the information at the time of the initial online application itself.
NOTE-3: Candidates appearing in CS(P) Examination, 2018 will be required to indicate information such as (a) detail of centres for Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (b) Optional subject to be selected for both the examinations, (c) medium of examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination and (d) compulsory Indian language for Civil Services (Main) Examination at the time of the filling up online application itself, incase he/she is applying for both the Civil Services Examination and the Indian Forest Service Examination or else requisite examination specific information, as the case may be.

NOTE 4 : Candidates are not required to submit along with their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and Person with benchmark disability etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Preliminary Examination, Main (Written) Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main (written) Examination and Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions; their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of Rule 12 of the Rules for the Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018 reproduced below :

A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of :

(i) Obtaining support for his candidature by the following means, namely :-

(a) offering illegal gratification to, or

(b) applying pressure on, or

(c) blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or

(ii) impersonating, or

(iii) procuring impersonation by any person, or

(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with, or

(v) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information, or

(vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his/her candidature for the examination, namely

(a) obtaining copy of question paper through improper means,

(b) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the examination.
(c) influencing the examiners, or

(vii) using unfair means during the examination, or

(viii) writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts, or

(ix) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like, or
(x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examinations, or
(xi) being in possession of or using any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination; or

(xii) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their admission certificates permitting them to take the examination, or
(xiii) attempting to commit or as the case may be abetting the commission of all or any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses; may in addition to rendering himself/ herself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable

(a) to be disqualified by the Commission from the examination for which he/she is a candidate and/or
(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period

(i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them;

(ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and

(c) service under Government to if he/she is already in disciplinary action under the appropriate rules.
Provided that no penalty under these rules shall be imposed except after

(i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation, in writing as he/she may wish to make in that behalf; and

(ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate with in the period allowed to him/her into consideration.
6. LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS :

The Online Applications can be filled upto 06th March, 2018 till 18.00 Hours.

7. CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE COMMISSION :

The Commission will not enter into any correspondence with the candidates about their candidature except in the following cases:

(i) The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card about three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post. If a candidate does not receive his/her e-Admit Card or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination three weeks before the commencement of the examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission. Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s office either in person or over phone Nos. 011-23381125/011-23385271/011-23098543.

In case no communication is received in the Commission’s office from the candidate regarding non-receipt of his/her e-Admit Card at least three weeks before the examination, he/she himself/herself will be solely responsible for non-receipt of his/her e-Admission Certificate.

No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds an e-certificate of admission for the examination. On receipt of e-Admit Card, candidates should check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of UPSC immediately. The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional based on the information given by them in the Application Form. This will be subject to verification of all the eligibility conditions by the UPSC.

The mere fact that a certificate of admission to the Examination has been issued to a candidate, will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission or that entries made by the candidate in his/her application for the Preliminary examination have been accepted by the Commission as true and correct. Candidates may note that the Commission takes up the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate, with reference to original documents, only after the candidate has qualified for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination. Unless candidature is formally confirmed by the Commission, it continues to be provisional.

The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Examination shall be final. Candidates should note that the name in the e-Admit Card in some cases may be abbreviated due to technical reasons.

(ii) In the event of a candidate downloading more than one e-Admit Card from the website of the Commission, he/she should use only one of these e-Admit Cards for appearing in the examination and report about the other(s) to the Commission Office.

(iii) Candidates are informed that as the Preliminary Examination is only a screening test, no marks sheets will be supplied to successful or unsuccessful candidates and no correspondence will be entertained by the Commission, in this regard.

(iv) Candidates must ensure that their E-mail IDs given in their online Applications are valid and active as the Commission may use electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.

IMPORTANT : ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE COMMISSION SHOULD INVARIABLY CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING PARTICULARS.
1. NAME AND YEAR OF THE EXAMINATION

2. REGISTRATION I.D. (RID)

3. ROLL NUMBER (IF RECEIVED)

4. NAME OF CANDIDATE (IN FULL AND IN BLOCK LETTERS)

5. COMPLETE POSTAL ADDRESS AS GIVEN IN THE APPLICATION.

6. VALID AND ACTIVE E-MAIL I.D.

N.B.I: COMMUNICATION NOT CONTAINING THE ABOVE PARTICULARS MAY NOT BE ATTENDED TO.

N.B.II : IF A LETTER/COMMUNICATION IS RECEIVED FROM A CANDIDATE AFTER AN EXAMINATION HAS BEEN HELD AND IT DOES NOT GIVE HIS/HER FULL NAME AND ROLL NUMBER, IT WILL BE IGNORED AND NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN THEREON.

N.B.III : CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO KEEP A PRINTOUT OR SOFT COPY OF THEIR ONLINE APPLICATION FOR FUTURE REFERENCES.
8. The eligibility for availing reservation against the vacancies reserved for the persons with benchmark disability shall be the same as prescribed in “The Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995.”

Provided further that the persons with benchmark disability shall also be required to meet special eligibility criteria in terms of physical requirements/functional classification (abilities/disabilities) consistent with requirements of the identified Service/Post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authority. A list of Services identified suitable for person with benchmark disability Category along with the physical requirements and functional classifications.

The physical requirement and functional classification can for example be one or more of the following :

  • PP 2. Work Performed by Pulling & Pushing
  • L3. Work Performed by Lifting
  • KC 4. Work Performed by Kneeling and Crouching
    BN 5. Work Performed by Bending
  • S 6. Work Performed by Sitting (on bench or chair)
  • W 8. Work Performed by Walking
  • SE 9. Work Performed by Seeing
  • H 10. Work Performed by Hearing/Speaking
  • C 12. Communication

Code FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION
BL 1. Both legs affected but not arms
BA 2. Both arms affected
a. impaired Reach
b. weakness of Grip.
c. ataxic
BLA 3. Both legs and both arms affected.
OL 4. One leg affected (R or L)
a. impaired reach
b. weakness of grip
c. ataxic
OA 5. One arm affected (R or L)
a. impaired reach
b. weakness of grip
c. ataxic
OAL 6. One arm and one leg affected
MW 7. Muscular weakness.

B 8. Blind

H 10. Hearing

Fees IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

  • Candidates applying (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit card.
  • Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 05.03.2018 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have generated their Pay-in-Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing i.e. during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reasons whatsoever, even if holding valid pay-in-slip will have no other offline option but to opt for available online Debit/Credit Card or Internet Banking payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 18.00 hours of 06.03.2018.
  • For the applicant in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank, they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission’s website within two weeks after the last day of submission of Online Application. These applicants shall also be intimated through e-mail to submit copy of proof of their payment to the Commission at the address mentioned in the e-mail. The applicant shall be required to submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicant, their application shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.
  • All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Person with benchmark disability categories are not required to pay any fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the full prescribed fee. There will be separate examination fee for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, for those who will qualify for the same through the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, for which appropriate notice will be issued at the time of filling up of on-line application for the second stage.
  • Persons with benchmark disability are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services/Posts to be filled on the results of this examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Services/Posts (including any concessions specifically extended to the persons with benchmark disability). A person with benchmark disability claiming age relaxation/fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with his/her Detailed Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital/Medical Board in support of his/her claim for being persons with benchmark disability.

NOTE : Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision for age relaxation/fee exemption, a person with benchmark disability will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or the appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to persons with benchmark disability by the Government.

NOTE I : APPLICATIONS WITHOUT THE PRESCRIBED FEE (UNLESS REMISSION OF FEE IS CLAIMED) SHALL BE SUMMARILY REJECTED.

NOTE II : Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

NOTE III : If any candidate who took the Indian Forest Service Examination held in 2017 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he/she must submit his/her application so as to each the Commission’s Office by the prescribed date without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.

Exam Pattern IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

SECTION I

PLAN OF EXAMINATION

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the screening & selection of candidates for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination; and
  • Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates against the vacancies identified and reported for the Indian Forest Service Examination.
  • The preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.

Note I : Since there may be common candidates for Civil Services Examination and the Indian Forest Service Examination, after the common Screening Test done through Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, separate lists will be prepared for the candidates eligible to appear in the Civil Service (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as determined by the Commission on the number of vacancies to be filled through the Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination.

Note II : There will be negative marking for incorrect answers (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.”
  • The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 6 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II. Also see Note (ii) under para I of Section II(B).
  • Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test vide sub-section ‘C’ of Section II. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

The interview will carry 300 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.

SECTION II

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION :

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.

Note :

  • Boe question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
  • 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. However, Low Vision candidates (minimum 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Low Vision candidates will also be allowed an extra time of forty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of two hours duration.

MAIN EXAMINATION :

(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers:-

Paper IGeneral English300 Marks
Paper IIGeneral Knowledge300 Marks
Paper IIIAny two subjects to be200 marks
Paper IVselected from the list of for each
Paper Vthe optional subjects setpaper
Paper VIout in para 2 below.
Each subject will
have two papers.
  • Interview for Personality Test (See Part (C) of Section II of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called by the Commission –

Maximum Marks               :               300 Marks

List of optional subjects :

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

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects :

  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
  • Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and

Mechanical Engineering- not more than one subject;

NOTE – The standard and syllabi of the subjects mentioned above are given in Section III to this appendix

General:

  • All the question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type.
  • ALL QUESTION PAPERS MUST BE ANSWERED IN ENGLISH. QUESTION PAPERS WILL BE SET IN ENGLISH ONLY.
  • The duration of each of the papers referred to above will be three hours.
  • 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. However, Low Vision candidates (minimum 40% impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe. Low Vision candidates will also be allowed an extra time of sixty minutes for each paper @ twenty minutes per hour. Each paper will be of three hours duration.

Note (1) : The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which and extent to which he/she can help the Low Vision candidate in writing the Indian Forest Service Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the Low Vision candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.

Note (2): For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a Low Vision candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is forty per cent (40%) or more. However, the extent of visual impairment should have to be corroborated by a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Government along with their Detailed Application Form.

Note (3): The concession admissible to Low Vision candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.

  • The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination.
  • If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.
  • Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  • Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in all subjects of the examination.
  • In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  • Candidates should use only international form of Indian numerals (e.g. I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) while answering question papers.
  • Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-programmable type) calculators at the conventional type examinations 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 and interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

(C) PERSONALITY TEST

  • The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/her 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/her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own state or country, as well as in modem currents of thoughts and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.
  • 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 judgment 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.·

Syllabus IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

Part A-Preliminary Examination

Paper I –               (200 marks)                         Duration : Two hours

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian an World Geography- Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance- Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development- Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II-(200 marks) Duration : Two hours

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Note 1: Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Part B-Main Examination

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.


CENTRES OF IFOS Indian Forest Service Preliminary IFS Exam 2018 CS(P)

The Preliminary Examination will be held at the following Centers:

CentresCentresCentres
AGARTALAGAYANAVI MUMBAI
AGRAGHAZIABADPANAJI (GOA)
AJMERGORAKHPURPATNA
AHMEDABADGURGAONPORTBLAIR
AIZAWLGWALIORPUDUCHERRY
ALIGARHHYDERABADPUNE
ALLAHABADIMPHALRAIPUR
ANANTHAPURUINDORERAJKOT
AURANGABADITANAGARRANCHI
BENGALURUJABALPURSAMBALPUR
BAREILLYJAIPURSHILLONG
BHOPALJAMMUSHIMLA
BILASPURJODHPURSILIGURI
CHANDIGARHJORHATSRINAGAR
CHENNAIKOCHITHANE
COIMBATOREKOHIMATHIRUVANANTHAPURAM
CUTTACKKOLKATTATIRUCHIRAPALLI
DEHRADUNKOZHIKODE (CALICUT)TIRUPATI
DELHILUCKNOWUDAIPUR
DHARWARLUDHIANAVARANASI
DISPURMADURAIVELLORE
FARIDABADMUMBAIVIJAYAWADA
GANGTOKMYSURUVISHAKHAPATNAM
GAUTAM BUDDH NAGARNAGPURWARANGAL

The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkatta 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. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.

NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, Commission reserve the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands.

All the Examination Centres for CS(P) 2018 Examination will cater to examination for Low Vision Candidates in their respective centres. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination.

The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.

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