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Career as a Forest Ranger


A concern for the environment, a desire to protect natural our resources and heritage, and a vision of sustainable forest development – these are the calling motivations of a forest ranger. The forest ranger’s task covers supervisory, executive and protective duties. His job usually involves work such as:

  • timber extraction
  • camp organisation
  • taking surveys
  • road and tramline aligned construction
  • regeneration survey
  • plantation management
  • nursery management
  • conversion of timber in mills
  • timber disposal
  • timber export
  • depotorganisationdepot organisation
  • marking
  • enumeration

Eligibility Criteria

18 – 30 years of age (limit varies among states); a degree in agri/natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, or mechanical/civil/chemical engineering

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Forest Ranger Selection Criteria

(a) Test Pattern as conducted by The State Public Service Commission:-

Written Test: Preliminary Exam in GK, English and Mathematics Main Examination: Two optional subjects that may vary from state to state.

SubjectNo.of questionsMarksDuration
General Knowledge501002.30 hr
General English501002.30 hr
Mathematics501002.30 hr
Total1503002.30 hr

The standard of tests in respect of General Knowledge, General English and Mathematics for the Preliminary Examination shall be as under:

(ii) Physical Fitness

Candidates, who qualify in the written test (Main Examination), shall conform to the following physical standard and test as required under the Orissa Forest Service, Class-II (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1984 as amended from time to time.

(a) Minimum standards for height and chest girth for a candidate shall be as under:-

GenderHeight(in centimetres)Chest Girth(in centimetres)
Male candidate16384+05
Female candidate15079+05

(b) Candidates must pass a physical test: 25 km walk for males and 16 km walk for females in 4 hours.

Job Prospects

This is a challenging job option that demands physical fitness as well as mental alertness. The incumbent starts as a forest ranger and over time, qualifies for promotion as an assistant conservator of forests.

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Training Institutes

Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education
P.O. New Forests,
dehradun – 248 006
Phone # 91-135-628614

Indian Institute of forest Management
P.O. Box – 357,
Nehru Nagar,
Bhopal – 462003, India.
Phone: +91-755-2775716, 2773799 Fax: +91-755-2772878

Note: Besides the above institutes, the following agricultural universities of India also offer courses in forestry, forestry education and its research.

  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  • Ch. Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University Hisar, Haryana
  • Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh
  • Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences And Technology, Srinagar
  • Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana – Punjab
  • Maharana Pratap University of Agrilcuture & Technology, Udaipur
  • Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agricluture & Technology, Distt Udham Singh Nagar Uttaranchal
  • Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Rajendranagar Hyderabad – 500 030 Andhra Pradesh
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
  • Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai
  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
  • Kerala Agricultural Univesity, Kerala
  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu
  • Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar
  • West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences
  • Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Orissa
  • Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Cooch Behar, West Bengal
  • Gujarat Agricultural Uiversity, Gujarat
  • Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, Seminary Hills Nagpur Maharashtra
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