The Indian Forest Service (IFS) is one of the important All India Services of the Government of India; other two services being the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).


The Indian Forest Service was created in 1966 for protection, conservation and regeneration of forest resources. The recruitment to this Service is made through the Union Public Service Commission on the basis of annual Competitive Examination. While the service is an All India Service, it is not to be confused with Indian Foreign Service, which is commonly thought to be in the same league as Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service. A separate examination, which is slightly different from the Civil Services Examination as having Science background compulsory for candidates, is held for the Indian Forest Service.

India is one of the first countries in the world to have introduced scientific management of its forests.

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