Forest Services (FS)

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The Ministry of Environment and Forests is the Cadre Controlling Authority for the Indian Forest Service (IFS), an All India Service which consists of 26 State Cadres (including two joint cadres, namely the Assam-Meghalaya and the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram Union Territories (AGMUT). The present authorized strength of the Service is 3186.

The works relating to direct recruitment of IFS Officers, induction through promotion from State Forest Service Cadres, Cadre reviews for revising the composition and strength of IFS of various Cadres, allocation of IFS probationers to various state cadres, determination of year of allotment of promote officers, selection/appointment of IFS personnel against Central Deputation Reserve forestry posts/Central Secretariat positions under Central Staffing Scheme, Deputation of personnel to autonomous bodies including ICFRE, IIFM, WII and foreign assignment of IFS personnel within the country and abroad, finalisation of service matters, post-retirement, inter-cadre transfers and deputations, management of AGMUT Cadre including promotions/transfers and posting and other service matters are dealt with by the IFS Division of the Ministry.

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