MINISTR OF ENVIRONMENT AND FOESTS

New Delhi, the 10th February 2001


NO. 17011/03/200-IFS-II-The Rules for a competitive examination to be held by the Union Public Service Commission in 2001 for the purpose of filling vacancies in the Indian Forest Service are published for general information.

1. The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination will be specified in the Notice issued by the Commission. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes the Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government. However, no reserved post for physically disabled categories has been identified by the Government.

2. Every candidate appearing at the Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. The restriction is effective from the examination held in 1984.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven.

Note 1.-A candidate shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the examination if he actually appears in any one or more papers.

Note 2.-Notwithstanding 'the disqualification /cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will Count as an attempt.

3. The examination will be conducted by the Union. Public Service Commission in the manner prescribed in Appendix I to these rules.'

The dates on which and the places at which the examination will be held shall be fixed by the Commission.

4. A candidate must be either :-

(a) a citizen of India, Or

(b) a subject of Nepal, Or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, Or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility if necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has issued to him by the Government of India.

5. (a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st July 2001 i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd July 1971 and not later than July 1980.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

(i) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;

(ii) upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;

(iii) upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989;

(iv) upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a distributed area and released as a consequence thereof;

(v) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Services as on 1st July, 2001 and have been released (I) on completion of assignment (including those, whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st July 2001 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge or account of the misconduct or inefficiency or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment;

(vi) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st July 2001 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years of Military Services as on 1st July 2001 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vii) upto a maximum of 10, years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped person.

NOTE I - Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 5 (b) above viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons, domiciled in the State of J&K, blind deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Note II - The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979 as amended from time to time.

NOTE III - The age concession under Rule 5 (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

NOTE IV - Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under rule 5 (b) (vii) above a physically handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribed) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to the physically handicapped candidates by the Government.

SAVE AS PROVIDED ABOVE THE AGE LIMITS PRESCRIBED CAN IN NO CASE BE RELAXED

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation r in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which extract must certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will be accepted.

The expression Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction include the alternative certificates mentioned above.

NOTE 1 :- Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission and-no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

NOTE 2 :- Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other examination of' the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

6. A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree with at least one of the subjects, namely, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering of any University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act. 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note I :- Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission's examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Examination. Such candidates will be admitted to the examination if otherwise eligible but their admission would be deemed to be provisional and subject to cancellation if they do not produce proof of having passed the requisite examination along with the detailed application which will be required to be submitted to the Commission by the candidates who qualify on the result of the written part of the examination.

Note II:- In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications, as a qualified candidate provided that lie has passed examinations conducted by the other institutions the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his admission to the examination.

7. Candidates must pay the fee prescribed in the Commission's Notice.

8. All candidates in Government Service, whether in a permanent or in temporary capacity or as work-charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises will be required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the examination,

Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled,

9. The decision of the Commission as to the acceptance of the application of a candidate and his eligibility or otherwise for admission to the examination shall be final.

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission 10 the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Written Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.

10. No candidate will be admitted to the examination unless he holds a certificate of admission from the Commission.

11. A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of : -

(i) obtaining support for his candidature by the following means, namely :

(a) offering illegal gratification to; or

(b) applying pressure on; or

(c) blackmailing or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of the examination, or

(ii) Impersonating; or

(iii) procuring impersonation by any person; or

(iv) submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with; or

(v) making statements which are incorrect or false, or suppressing material information; or

(vi) resorting to the following means in connection with his candidature for the examination namely :-

(a) obtaining copy of question paper through, improper means;

(b) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the examination;

(c) influencing the examiners; or

(vii) using unfair means during the examination; or

(viii) writing obscene matters or drawing obscene sketches in the scripts; or

(ix) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like; or

(x) harassing or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for the conduct of their examination; or

(xi) violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their admission certificates permitting them to take the examination; or

(xii) attempting to commit or as the case may be, abetting the commission of all or 'any of the acts specified in the foregoing clauses;

may in addition to rendering himself liable to criminal prosecution, be liable

(a) to be disqualified' by the Commission from the examination for which he is a candidate; and/or

(b) to be debarred either permanently or for a specified period :-

(i) by the Commission from any examination or selection held by them;

(ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them; and

(c) if he is already in service under Government to disciplinary action under the appropriate rules.

Provided that no penalty under this rule shall be imposed except after :-

(i) giving the candidate, an opportunity of making, such representation in writing as he may wish to make in that behalf; and

(ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate, within the period allowed to him into consideration.

12. Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion shall be summoned by them for an interview for A personality test;

Provided that candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes may be summoned for an interview for a personality test by the Commission by applying relaxed standard if the Commission is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates from these communities are not likely to be summoned for interview for a personality test on the basis of the general standard in order to fill up the vacancies reserved for them.

13. (i) After the examination, the candidates will be arranged by the Commission in the order of merit as disclosed by the aggregate marks finally awarded to each candidate and in that order so. many candidates as are, found by the Commission to be qualified by the examination shall be recommended for appointment tip to the number of unreserved vacancies decided to be filled on the results of the examination.

(ii) The candidates belonging to any of the Scheduled Castes. The Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes may to extent of the number of vacancies reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Outer Backward Classes be recommended by the Commission by a related standard, subject to the fitness of these candidates for selection to the Service.

Provided that the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who, have been recommended by the Commission without resorting to any relaxation /concessions in the eligibility or selection criteria, at any stage of examinations, shall not be adjusted against the vacancies reserved for the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.

14. The form and manner of communication of the result of the examination to individual candidates shall be decided by the Commission in their discretion and the Commission will not enter into correspondence with them regarding the result.

15. Success in the examination confers no right to appointment unless Government are satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate having regard to his character and antecedents, is suitable in all respects for appointment to the Service.

16. A CANDIDATE WHO QUALIFIES ON THE RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN PART OF THE EXAMINATION SHALL BE REQUIRED TO INDICATE IN THE DETAILED APPLICATION FORM IF HE/SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ALLOTMENT TOTHE STATE TO WHICH HE/SHE BELONGS IN CASE HE/ SHE IS APPOINTED TO THE INDIAN FOREST SERVICE.

17. A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the discharge of his duties as an officer of the service. A candidate who after such medical examination as Government or, the appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe, is found not to satisfy these requirements will not be appointed. Any candidate called for the Personality Test by the Commission may be required to, undergo Part I of the medical examination and the candidate who are: declared successful on the basis of this examination, may be required to undergo Part H of the medical examination. The details of Part I and II are given in the Appendix III to these Rules. No fee shall be payable to the Medical Board