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Forest Ranger & Conservator Exams Complete Study Notes available

If you have a real interest in caring and protecting the natural forestry, birds, animals then a career in forestry as a forest ranger is most suitable for you. Forest ranger is a person who is not only in charge of the Forest but also performs executive, supervisory, and protective functions of the range.

Forest rangers perform a wide range of tasks for state and national forests. For example, they may help maintain campground facilities and trails, and help with fire prevention and firefighting. Some enforce laws and regulations on public lands, roads, and campgrounds. They may also interact with the public during their patrols and visits to campgrounds. Some give fire education programs,provide information to visitors, and explain regulations to the public. They also enforce these regulations, taking appropriate action when necessary.

A forest ranger's duties include helping conquer forest fires, educating the public about forest safety, controlling wild animals, patrolling the area, and maintaining the environment. A bachelor's degree in forestry or an associate's degree with experience is required for this job.

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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.

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