The government plans to expand the eligibility criteria for the Indian Forest Service examination, to include Indian Institute of Forestry Management graduates and other science and technology graduates.

This decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, considering the recommendations of the J.C. Kala Committee to improve IFS recruitment over the next 20 years.

Other languages

It was also decided that the examination, now conducted only in English, will soon be held in all other national languages too.

In a further reform, specialisations in remote sensing and GIS will be introduced for IFS probationers, similar to the current wildlife specialisation.

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