The IFS was set up in 1966 to preserve and regenerate the natural resources of the country. Entrance examination for being recruited in the office of the Indian Forest Services is generally done in the month of July.
The Indian Forest Service exam is conducted by UPSC every year in order to recruit officers for the Indian Forest Services. This is an exam similar to the TPS and IAS, i.e., it is a national level exam. The Indian Forest Service was created in 1966 in order to protect, conserve and to ensure the regeneration of forest resources in the country. Since it is an all India service, the exam is conducted by the center, but their services are put under various state cadres.
Since the maintenance of the natural resources of the country is an extremely important task, the IFS offers an extremely challenging and rewarding career. Further, as there is an entire academy that has been set up exclusively for this purpose, the officers recruited for this purpose are handpicked after a series of tests to ensure that only the very best are finally given the responsibility to take charge of preserving the country's natural resources. The IFS exam is generally conducted in the month of July, and the pattern of the same is similar to that of the civil services. Selection is done in three phases, a written test, a personality test, and a final interview. and selected candidates are sent to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration for foundation training. The next stage is a specialized orientation for forest services at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun.
After the training is over, these candidates are posted as one of the following; assistant conservator, district conservator, chief conservator, principal conservator, and the inspector general of forests. The highest rank in the IFS is that of the Environment Secretary in the Central government. Further, those who are finally recruited in the IFS enjoy benefits of both the benefits, those of the central as well as the state governments, thus making it one of the most sought after careers in the country.