Group for IFos / Forest Service Preparation - Official Thread - Optional, Strategy + Guide - ForumIAS

Group for IFos / Forest Service Preparation - Official Thread - Optional, Strategy + Guide

Hello All,

This is the active thread for Forest Service Preparation. Those of you who are preparing for it can ask questions here and connect with co aspirants. I have also tried to compile a guide below with article written by various community members.

The guide is listed here

https://blog.forumias.com/ifs

Guidance Session for IFoS Mains 2020 by Shikhar Choudhary, AIR 9 (IFoS, 2019) & AIR 97 (IAS, 2019):


@root Can we announce this till the Forest mains Examination?

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Dear friends,

This is to inform you that ForumIAS will be conducting a LIVE Guidance Session for IFoS Mains Examination 2020 by Shikhar Choudhary, AIR 9 (IFoS, 2019) & AIR 97 (IAS, 2019). 

Date and Time : 1st February 2021 at 8 PM

You can also ask doubts which you want us to take up in the Live Session.

For registration, visit: https://go.forumias.com/285

Wishing you success,

Always,

ForumIAS Academy

 

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Neyawnsaid

RBIsaid

@Neyawn 

Can we prefer Agriculture Engineering as an optional over Geology. (with forestry being the other optional. I don't have any background in Agriculture) 
 

People have done that. 

& got selected...? 

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RBIsaid

Neyawnsaid

RBIsaid

@Neyawn 

Can we prefer Agriculture Engineering as an optional over Geology. (with forestry being the other optional. I don't have any background in Agriculture) 
 

People have done that. 

& got selected...? 

Yes, many. Everytime I have met some from forest, I have asked them the optional question. And eight out of ten times I have got the same reply.

Because of COVID I have not been able to meet many people from last year list. But the year before that, 7 out of top 10 of IFoS  people were in one forum program so I knew them and asked them. I have got the same answer.

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Geology people have taken usually when they either had it for Civils or had geography optional. But Agri engineering wins because of Scorability.

Take a look at the ifs guide athttps://blog.ForumIAS.com/ifs 

It was written eight years ago, by drsheldon and then edited by a user VIP (dfo of Andaman right now) and last year also when I was working on updating it with current year forum members who cleared the exam , some of the things remained the same. And optional choosing was one of them.

HotBloodPrince,
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@Neyawn Thanks for the info sir :). I wrote this year IFoS Mains but didn't prepare Geology as I was unable to. Will go through Agriculture Engineering syllabus & above blog based on your response. Do mention if there is anything else regarding this optional.  

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Can anyone pls guide how much time does geology optional needs?
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RBIsaid

@Neyawn Thanks for the info sir :). I wrote this year IFoS Mains but didn't prepare Geology as I was unable to. Will go through Agriculture Engineering syllabus & above blog based on your response. Do mention if there is anything else regarding this optional.  

Please speak to other co aspirants  as well. I am merely passing on what has been consistently said to me through the years.

I have personally been scared of something like agricultural engineering - which I feel

must be having  degree level maths. But the issue is that the people who have recommended it are not IITians . I had a feeling earlier that IIT people had done plus two maths very well and therefore they are saying it’s scoring. But then I did encounter a lot of tier 2 and 3 college students who very confidently said the same.

( My unsaid response : fear has been - to do that subject at least we need to know differentiation integration of plus two level ( my assumption ). )

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@Neyawn OK sir, I'll talk with Co aspirants & will take a final decision before applying. 

Thanks for informing the unsaid fear, it's a crucial point to me. I'm not perfect in complex maths topics. If it's integration & differentiation, I've to think twice. 


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Neyawnsaid

RBIsaid

@Neyawn Thanks for the info sir :). I wrote this year IFoS Mains but didn't prepare Geology as I was unable to. Will go through Agriculture Engineering syllabus & above blog based on your response. Do mention if there is anything else regarding this optional.  

Please speak to other co aspirants  as well. I am merely passing on what has been consistently said to me through the years.

I have personally been scared of something like agricultural engineering - which I feel

must be having  degree level maths. But the issue is that the people who have recommended it are not IITians . I had a feeling earlier that IIT people had done plus two maths very well and therefore they are saying it’s scoring. But then I did encounter a lot of tier 2 and 3 college students who very confidently said the same.

( My unsaid response : fear has been - to do that subject at least we need to know differentiation integration of plus two level ( my assumption ). )

i have a degree in agriculture engineering. trust me it is not that tough. each year one of my senior is in interview or have qualified.

definitely would score better if i get the chance to write forest mains.....

any advice to get 130+ in prelims would be a lot of help.

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and how to clear pre for IFoS?
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@Neyawn  sir I have honours in microbiology with chemistry and zoology as other subjects in graduation.In my graduation certificate only microbiology is mentioned, not the other subjects though they are mentioned in the final mark sheet. will it be a problem? Also in the final mark sheet percentage is given for hons subject only.should I mention only that? or total percentage after taking all the subjects including the compulsory papers?

lastly I tried to fill up the form for IFoS only but after in preview section it is showing examination applied for civil services preliminary examination. I want to know is it okay? or should it be showing applied for Indian forest service?


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@Neyawn  sir I forgot my exact number of attempts with IFS in prelims ... Roughly i remembered i have opted only once .. will there be any issues if I couldn't clearly mention number of IFS prelims ? Please suggest a solution..
AzadHindFauz,
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Hello, anyone here giving 2021 IFoS mains only (not civil)?? 
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