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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
  • Mode of Conduction
  • Exam Duration
    Prelims: 4 hours Mains: 3 hours for each paper
  • Exam Frequency
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
    Prelims: 400 Mains; 1400 Interview : 275
  • Medium of the exam
    Hindi and English
  • Marking Scheme
    Prelims: -0.33 for every incorrect answer
Exam Dates
  • Start of Registration Process
    February 02, 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    February 22, 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    Prelims: May 10, 2022
  • Exam Date
    Prelims: June 05, 2022 Mains: October 20-29, 2022
  • Result
    Prelims: June 22, 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

A candidate must fulfill any one of the nationality conditions:

  • A citizen of India
  • The subject of Nepal
  • The subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugees who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries like Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Candidates belonging to categories b, c, d, and e should produce a certificate of eligibility, which has been issued by the Government of India.

Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree with a specialization in one of the subjects specifically, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's certification in Agriculture Forestry or Engineering are also eligible for the UPSC IFoS exam.

Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

The candidates can be minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 32 years on August 1, 2022, on the year of examination. However, candidates from reserved categories are offered age relaxations in the upper age. The age relaxation is tabulated below:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
SC/ST 5 years
Ex. Servicemen 5 years
Ex. Defence Services 5 years
Differently-abled Candidates 10 years

Number of Attempts

The number of attempts permitted for the candidates from various categories is tabulated below:

Category Number of Attempts
General Candidates 6 Attempts
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates No Limitation
Other Backward Classes 9
Physically Challenged 9
General and Other Backward Caste (OBC) 6
Exam Pattern

The UPSC IFoS is a three-tier-based examination. There are three stages in the UPSC IFoS exam pattern:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

The candidates have to first clear the Prelims. The candidates who qualify in the Prelims exam are shortlisted for the Mains exam. Those who will clear the Mains will be called for the Interview. The UPSC IFoS Exam Pattern is discussed in detail below.

Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The UPSC IFoS Prelims exam has two papers- General Studies 1 and General Studies 2.
  • Each paper carries 200 marks, i.e, 400 marks in total.
  • Both the papers in UPSC IFoS Prelims have objective-type questions.
  • Each question carries 1 mark. The candidates will get two hours for each paper.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.33 marks for each wrong answer.
Paper Subjects Maximum Marks Time Duration
Paper 1 General Studies 200 2 hours
Paper 2 Civil Services Aptitude Test 200 2 hours

Mains Exam Pattern

The candidates who will clear the Prelims exam will be shortlisted for the Mains exam. The Mains paper is a descriptive essay-based paper. The UPSC IFoS Mains Exam Pattern is given below in detail.

  • There is a total of six papers in the UPSC IFoS Mains exam.
  • Paper 1 and 2 have 300 marks each while Paper 3-6 carry 200 marks each.
  • The candidates will get 3 hours for each paper.
  • The total marks for the UPSC IFoS Mains exam are 1400 Marks.
Paper Subjects Total Marks
Paper-I General English 300
Paper-II General Knowledge 300
Paper-III Optional I 200
Paper-IV Optional I 200
Paper-V Optional II 200
Paper-VI Optional II 200

The candidates who further qualify in the Mains Exam are shortlisted for the Interview in which they will test based on personality.


The candidates who will qualify in the Mains Exam will be shortlisted for the Interview in which they will be tested based on their personality. The last stage is the Interview and it comprises 275 marks.

Different elements that influence the selection of the candidates are judgment ability, tolerance, mindfulness, ethics, and many more. The Interview board will test the character of the applicant and not simply information.


Prelims Syllabus 

The UPSC IFoS Prelims exam Syllabus is tabulated below:

Papers Topics
General Paper-1
  • Current affairs that are of national as well as international importance
  • Indian history with special emphasis on the Indian national movement
  • The world geography with a specific focus on India- the physical, social and economic geography of India is particularly important
  • Indian polity and governance- thorough knowledge of the constitution, Panchayati raj, political system, public policies and schemes, fundamental rights, etc.
  • Sustainable development, economic and social development, demographics of poverty, employment, inclusion, and social sector initiatives.
  • Environment, biodiversity, social issues related to the environment, climate change, on a generic basis, and subject specialization are not required.
  • General Science.
General Paper 2
  • English comprehension
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Logical and analytical reasoning
  • Problem-solving and decision-making based questions
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numerical ability- orders of magnitude, number, and their relations, charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency
  • Basic English language, grammar, and vocabulary

Mains Syllabus

The syllabus for the UPSC IFoS Mains exam is very vast. The UPSC IFoS Mains exam is absolutely different from the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam.

Mains: List of Optional Subjects

Each candidate must choose 2 optional subjects and there are certain combinations that are not allowed by the UPSC for the IFoS exam as given in the table below:

List of Optional Subjects Forbidden Subject Combinations
  • Agriculture
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Botany
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Zoology
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Engineering
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

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