Forestry Optional for Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam 2024 – Batch 1

by Vajiram & Ravi

Date of Commencement

6th July 2024


Classroom / LIVE-Online (Hybrid)


2-3 Months


Rs. 21,000 (Incl. GST)

Course Time

11 AM to 2 PM

Forestry Optional for Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam 2024 – Batch 1

Forestry Optional for Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam

Forestry is a specialised knowledge about forest ecosystems, forest management, wildlife conservation, forest laws and policies, and sustainable practices. This knowledge is highly valuable if you aspire to work in the field of forestry or environmental conservation.Recognizing its significance, the Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Exam provides Forestry as an optional subject for candidates appearing for the IFoS examination.

Why Choose Forestry as an Optional Subject?

1.Relevance to the Exam: If you have a genuine interest in forestry, nature, wildlife, and environmental conservation, selecting forestry as your optional subject can be highly rewarding. It allows you to delve deeper into the subject and explore your passion while preparing for the exam. It helps you develop a strong understanding of the subject matter and its practical applications.

2.Career Prospects: Choosing forestry as an optional subject for the IFoS exam opens up various career opportunities in the field of forestry and wildlife conservation. If you are genuinely interested in working in these domains, selecting forestry as your optional subject can provide you with a solid foundation and a competitive edge in your future career.

3.Domain Expertise: Opting for forestry as your optional subject allows you to develop expertise in the field. It equips you with specialised knowledge about forest ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife management, forest conservation, and sustainable forest practices. This expertise is highly valuable if you aspire to work in the field of forestry or conservation.

Pros of Forestry as an Optional Subject

  • The syllabus of Forestry is short, easy and interesting.
  • The syllabus of the forestry optional overlaps with the general studies paper of the preliminary and main exams. This overlap provides you an unique advantage to consolidate your knowledge and save time in your overall preparation.
  • Forestry is the optional subject with the highest success rate (27.2%) in the IFoS exam.
  • The subject- content is straightforward.
  • There is little factual data involved in this subject and hence you do not have to memorise too many dates and events.
  • Forestry is considered a scoring subject in the IFoS examination.

Features of Vajiram & Ravi Forestry classroom Program for IFoS 2024 – Batch 1

This batch suits those who prepare exclusively for IFS examination 2024, those who prepare for IFS examination 2025, and State Forest service PSC examinations.

  • Printed subject book will be provided.
  • Classroom Program is inclusive of 6 tests (4 sectional tests & 2 full length tests)
  • Classroom Program is inclusive of Daily Answer Writing Practice.
  • Class will also cover discussion on UPSC PYQ
  • Class will cover both core forestry subjects and enable one to the dynamic pattern change of UPSC Forestry question paper of last 5 years.
  • Science optional answer writing is unique compared to writing a non-science optional paper. The classroom program will Impart the Skill of writing science in optional papers to the candidate.
  • Strengthening the subject knowledge and interlinking the subjects to score high marks.
  • One on one discussion and mentoring with the faculty either in personal or via call whenever required.

Class Details: 

  • Classes - 3 Days a week – Saturday, Sunday, Monday 
  • Class timing: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Classes would be held in both Offline cum Online class modes at Chennai Centre and Live Online at Delhi centre.

Classes available in offline, online and hybrid mode

Test schedule for classroom program.

  • Total of 6 tests (4 sectional tests and 2 full length tests). 
  • All tests answer paper will be evaluated, and feedback will be provided within the timeline of maximum 10 days from the date of your submission.
  • Students can write the test up to 7 days from the scheduled date. Submission after deadline is not entertained.
  • Test discussion by the optional faculty through recorded video. 

Daily Answer Writing Schedule

  • Daily answer writing starts on 01st November and ends on 20th November 2024 
  • Test discussion for daily answer writing practice by the optional faculty will be provided through the live online discussion and recorded video.

Vajiram & Ravi Forestry Class schedule

1.06/07/24SaturdayOrientation session on how to score marks in science paper and PYQ analysis.
3.08/07/24Monday Silviculture
6.15/07/24Monday Silviculture & Forest Ecology
7.20/07/24SaturdayForest Ecology
8.21/07/24SundaySilviculture System
9.22/07/24Monday Silviculture System
10.27/07/24SaturdayMangroves and Cold Desert,
11.28/07/24SundayForest Mensuration
12.29/07/24Monday Forest Mensuration
13.03/08/24SaturdayForest Mensuration
14.04/08/24SundayForest Management
15.05/08/24Monday Forest Management
16.10/08/24SaturdayWorking plan
17.11/08/24SundayForest survey & Forest engineering important topics
18.12/08/24Monday Agroforestry, Social Forestry, JFM, Tribology
19.17/08/24SaturdayForest Soils, Soil Conservation, & Watershed
20.18/08/24SundayTree Improvement and Seed Technology
21.19/08/24Monday Tree Improvement and Seed Technology
22.24/08/24SaturdayTree Improvement and Seed Technology
23.25/08/24SundayForest Resources and Utilization
24.26/08/24Monday Forest Resources and Utilization
25.31/08/24SaturdayForest Protection & Forest Legislation
26.01/09/24SundayForest Protection & Forest Legislation
27.02/09/24Monday Miscellaneous Important Topics

Vajiram & Ravi Forestry test batch for classroom program

S. noDateSyllabusDiscussion venue
109/08/2024Paper 1 (Section ASilviculture, Silviculture-Systems, Silviculture – Mangrove and Cold desert, Silviculture of trees)Recorded video
223/08/24Paper 2 (Section A - Forest Mensuration and Remote Sensing, Forest Management and Management Systems, Forest Working Plan, Surveying and Forest Engineering)Recorded video
306/09/24Paper 1 (Section B - Agroforestry, Social Forestry, Joint Forest Management and Tribology, Forest Soils, soil Conservation and Watershed Management, Environmental Conservation and Biodiversity, Tree Improvement and Seed Technology)Recorded video
420/09/24Paper 2 (Section B- Forest Ecology and Ethnobotany, Forest Resources and Utilization, Forest Protection & wildlife Biology, Forest Economics and Legislation)Recorded video
518-10-24Paper 1Recorded video
631-10-24Paper 2Recorded video

V&R - Exclusive Forestry Daily Answer Writing Program for IFS 2023

  • Daily answer writing starts on 01st November and ends on 20th November 2024
  • 3 questions per day (30 to 45 marks)
  • Questions will be uploaded in the portal for the scheduled syllabus or portion daily.
  • Test discussion will be hybrid mode. (live session or recorded video)
  • Test answer discussion will be held live or by recorded video, which will take place on 4.30 pm on the same day of the test.

Forestry Daily Answer Writing Schedule

S noDateSyllabus / topic
1.01-11-24Basic silviculture, Natural regeneration and artificial regeneration, nursery techniques
2.02-11-24General silvicultural operations, Afforestation, cultural operations and tending operations
3.03-11-24Clear felling system, shelterwood system (all types), Selection system of high forest
4.04-11-24Accessory systems of high forest, all coppice forest systems, and conversion
5.05-11-24Silviculture of mangrove and cold desert, silviculture of tree species
6.06-11-24Forest mensuration – diameter, height and form factor
7.07-11-24forest mensuration – age and volume, Working plan
8.08-11-24Forest biometry and inventory - entire topic
9.09-11-24Forest management – rotation, growth of stand, increment, normal and abnormal forest.
10.10-11-24Forest management – yield, yield regulation, site quality, yield table
11.11-11-24Working plan and Forest survey
12.12-11-24Agroforestry and social forestry
13.13-11-24Joint forest management, forest soils and water shed management
14.14-11-24Tree breeding and improvement - entire topic
15.15-11-24Study break / test
16.16-11-24Forest ecology - entire topic
17.17-11-24Logging and wood science (basics of wood science, seasoning and types, sawing techniques, classification of timber)
18.18-11-24Wood science –wood defects, drying defects, wood preservation, manufactured wood
19.19-11-24Forest protection – entire topic
20.20-11-24Legislation – entire topic


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