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UP Assistant Conservator of Forest and Range Forest Officer Exam 2024 Chapterwise Study Notes


The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) conducts the recruitment process for the positions of Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) and Range Forest Officer (RFO) in the state forest department. Here's a general overview of the recruitment process for these positions:

  1. Notification: UPPSC releases a recruitment notification for the positions of Assistant Conservator of Forest and Range Forest Officer, specifying the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, application process, and important dates. Candidates are advised to thoroughly read the notification for detailed information.

  2. Application Process: Interested candidates need to apply for the Assistant Conservator of Forest and Range Forest Officer exam through the official website of UPPSC. They must fill out the online application form, upload necessary documents, and pay the application fee within the specified deadline.

  3. Admit Card: Eligible candidates receive the admit card for the written examination after the completion of the application process. The admit card contains details such as exam date, time, venue, and instructions for the exam. Candidates must carry the admit card to the examination center on the day of the exam.

  4. Written Examination: The selection process typically begins with a written examination, which may consist of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) or descriptive questions. The exam covers various subjects such as forestry, wildlife conservation, environmental science, general knowledge, aptitude, and English language skills. Candidates need to qualify in this exam to proceed to the next stage.

  5. Physical Test: Candidates who qualify in the written examination are usually required to undergo a physical test to assess their physical fitness and endurance. The physical test may include tasks such as walking, running, and other physical activities.

  6. Interview: Candidates who clear the written examination and physical test are called for a personal interview. The interview panel assesses candidates based on their knowledge, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and suitability for the roles of Assistant Conservator of Forest and Range Forest Officer.

  7. Final Selection: The final selection of candidates is based on their performance in the written examination, physical test, and interview. A merit list of selected candidates is prepared, and appointment letters are issued to successful candidates.

Candidates should regularly check the official website of UPPSC for updates, notifications, and detailed information regarding the Assistant Conservator of Forest and Range Forest Officer recruitment process. Thorough preparation according to the prescribed syllabus and effective time management during the examination are crucial for success in the UPPSC ACF and RFO Exam.


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Preferential Qualification:

A candidate who has: (I) Served in the Territorial Army for a minimum period of two years, or (II) Obtained a ‘B’ Certificate of National Cadet Corps, or (III) Represented the state in any game, shall, other things being equal, be given preference in the matter of direct recruitment.

What Does a Forest Ranger Do?

Forest Ranger is trained to handle many of the situations that may arise in the forest. He supervises the work of timber extraction, camp organization, survey, road and tramline aligning constructions, regeneration survey, plantation, nursery, conversion of timber in mill, timber disposal, timber export, depot organization, marking, enumeration and other preliminary works. While this is often a part of the job, forest rangers may be involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Planting seedlings
  • Monitoring seedling growth and inspecting tree stands for signs of pests and disease
  • Spraying or injecting pesticides to protect trees and shrubs
  • Counting numbers of trees examined during forest inventories
  • Removing diseased trees with hand or power equipment
  • Loading cut trees onto trucks
  • Operating skidders and trucks
  • Preventing fires through construction of fire lines
  • Fighting forest fires
  • Improving trails
  • Conducting informational and educational programs
  • Participating in search and rescue missions
  • Maintaining and repairing agency vehicles
  • Collecting GPS data with handheld global positioning systems (GPS) devices

Forest Ranger Eligibility Criteria

Age: Candidates between 18 years and 30 years of age are eligible to apply. The age limit varies from state to state.

Qualification: A candidate interested in becoming a forest ranger should possess degree in natural sciences, pure mathematics, geology, statistics, mechanical/civil/chemical engineering or agriculture. 

The competitive exam has compulsory subjects which are general knowledge and English. The candidate also has to select two of the optional subjects from the various subject options given by different states.

The candidates also have to get through some of the physical standards like height of the candidate should be around 163 cms, chest 79 cm normal and expandable upto 5 cms. For the walking test the candidate has to cover 25kms in 4 hours. The parameters may differ from state to state. 

The respective state/union territory governments are responsible for management of the cadre of forest range officers. Selection of forest range officers is done by the state public service commission by conducting a competitive exam. 

Forest Ranger Selection Pattern

Plan of Examination

The Competitive Examination, to be conducted by the Commission, shall comprise the following, namely:-

(1) Written test shall be in two stages as given below, i.e., Preliminary Examination for Compulsory Subjects and Main Examination for Optional Subjects.

Preliminary Examination

Question Paper Duration Marks
General Studies-Ist Paper 2 hours 200
General Studies-IInd Paper 2 hours 200

Paper-II of the General Studies will be a qualifying paper where students must attain at least 33%.

Main (Written) Examination

Question Paper Duration Marks
Paper-I General Hindi and Essay (Conventional Type) 2 hours 200
Paper-II General Studies-Ist Paper (Objective Type) 2 hours 200
Paper-III General Studies-IInd Paper (Objective Type) 2 hours 200
Paper-IV Optional Subject-I (First Question Paper)
(Conventional Type)
3 hours 200
Paper-V Optional Subject-I (Second Question Paper)
(Conventional Type)
3 hours 200
Paper-VI Optional Subject-II (First Question Paper)
(Conventional Type)
3 hours 200
Paper-VII Optional Subject-II (Second Question Paper)
(Conventional Type)
3 hours 200
Total Marks of all the question papers 1400
Personality Test (Interview) 150 Marks
Grand Total – (1400 + 150) 1550 Marks

Instructions to Candidate

  • You will not be allotted a different Roll No. for the Main exam. You will use the roll number issued to you at the time of Preliminary exam Registration
  • The dates and venue for the Main examination shall be informed on the e-Admit cards.
  • Candidates who clear the Main Examination will be called for the further process i.e. interview
  • You will be required to mention the desired post at the time of Interview which will be treated final and no change therein will be worthy of being admitted.
  • No application in this regard to error correction/modification shall be accepted
  • Original certificates will be verified at the time of Interview.
  • Carry four passport size Photographs, two unattested and two attested by Head of Department or Head of the Institution last attended
  • Candidates employed in Central or State Government will produce a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from their employer issued by the competent authority.




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