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                      IFS : Indian Forest Services


The modern Indian Forest Service is an All India class I service created in 1966 under the All India Services Act 1951, for protection, conservation, and regeneration of forest resources. According to satellite imagery it comprises 639600 sq km. (Approx.) or about 19.5% of the land area of India.  Out of this about 4.5% of total geographical area in the country lie within 84 national parks and 447 wildlife sanctuary.


Some Facts:-

The present form Of Indian Forest services and its methodologies is mainly developed under its first Inspector General of Forests Mr. Hari Singh.

The various ranks In the Indian forests Services are as follows-

·      Director General of Forests - highest post at Centre

·       Principal Chief Conservator of Forests  - highest post in a State

·      Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests

·      Chief Conservator of Forests (CCFs)

·      Conservator of Forests

·      Divisional Forest Officer / Deputy Conservator of Forests Probationary  Officer / Assistant Conservator of Forests

How to start Career in Indian Forest Service-

Recruitment to the Indian Forest Service is made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) through an All India level exams process’ starts in the month of July (Now from May as introduction of new filter level!) and ends in the next year April- May with the declaration of final Result.

The selected candidates are sent for the foundation training at the “Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration” situated at Mussourie in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. This is the same academy where the newly recruited IAS officers get their foundation training. After successful completion of the foundation course the IFS officers are sent to “Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun” for their Forest Service-specific orientation. Here they get training on Forest and wildlife management, soil conservation along with handling of weapons. After completing training at the academies, candidates go through a year of on-the-job field training in the state to which he or she is assigned.





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