Scheme and Syllabus of HP Forest Range Officer 2017 PDF


1. The candidates who qualify the Written Examination will be called for physical Standard Test, and the candidates, five times of the number of vacancies will be declared successful in the written examination.

2. The written examination shall include three compulsory and two optional papers.

3. A candidate shall specify in his/her application form the optional subjects he/she desire to take, but may intimate any change of intention to the Secretary H.P. Public Service Commission not later than the last date for the receipt of application.

4. A Candidate shall answer the Optional papers in English or Hindi only which is at his/her option choice.

5. No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written examination unless he/she obtains at least 40% marks in each compulsory papers and 45% marks in aggregate.

6. Provided that in case there is a tie between or amongst the candidates on account of having obtained equal minimum qualifying marks in the written examination all such candidates shall be called for the viva-voce test.

7. The names of the candidates who are called for viva-voce test shall be arranged in order of merit on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in the written examination.

8. The ranking will be decided on the basis of the marks obtained in all compulsory and optional papers excluding marks of English and Hindi papers though it would be necessary to obtain 40% marks in each optional paper to qualify.

9. The final ranking shall be determined on the basis of marks obtained by the candidates in the main examination as well as interview.

10. In the event of a tie, order of merit shall be determined in accordance with the highest marks secured by a candidate in viva-voce and in case the marks in the viva-voce of the candidates tie, then the order of merit shall be decided in accordance with the highest marks obtained by such candidates in the aggregate of compulsory subjects.

11. If a candidate’s hand writing is not legible, a deduction which may be considerable shall be made on this account from the marks otherwise accruing to him/her.

12. Credit will be given for good English/ Hindi including orderly, effective and exact expression combined with the economy of words in all subjects of the examination and not only in subjects which are especially devoted to English/ Hindi.

13. All papers shall be of three hours duration.


The examination shall consist three compulsory and two optional papers as follows:-

General Knowledge = 100 Marks

General knowledge including knowledge of current event and of such matters of every day observation experience in their scientific aspects as is expected from an educated person who has not made special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of nature which the candidate should be able to answer without special study.

General English = 100 Marks
The question paper will be designated to assess the candidate’s understanding of his power to write English correctly and idiomatically. It will also include questions to test the candidates knowledge of grammar, idiom and usage. Passages will be set for summary or précis. Besides there will be an essay on current topics on State, National, International events. The essay will carry 30 marks. Summary on précis 20 marks and other shall be of 50 marks.

 (i) Essay on current topics on State/ National/ International event 30 marks
 (ii) Translation of an English Passage into Hindi 10 marks
 (iii) Explanation of Hindi Prose and Poetry in the same language 20 marks
 (iv) Idioms/connections comprehension and grammar etc. 40 marks

Optional Subjects:-
Agriculture, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Application/Science, Agriculture Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering. Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics Veterinary Science & Zoology .

Candidates are required to offer two of the above subjects. Total number of questions in the question papers of optional papers will be eight. All questions will carry equal marks. Each paper will be divided into two parts viz Part-I and Part-II and each part shall contain four questions. Out of eight questions five questions are to be attempted. One question from each part will be compulsory. The candidates will be required to answer three other questions out of the remaining six questions , taking atleast one question from each part. In this way atleast two questions will be attempted from each part i.e. one compulsory question plus one more.

Note-I:- The standard of examination in these subjects will be that of a Bachelor’s degree.
Note-II:- No candidate shall be allowed to take more than one subject from the following:-
i) Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering and Veterinary Science
ii) Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
iii) Computer Application/Science & Computer Engineering.
iv) Electrical Engineering and Electronic Engineering.
v) Mathematics and Statistics.

Interview and Selection:
The candidates who will qualify written examination will be called for physical standard test, and the candidates, five times will be declared successful in the written examination. The total number of candidates called for interview will be three time of total vacancies. The candidates will be interviewed by the Commission who will have before them a record of their career. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for the post of H.P. Forest Service (ACF). The test is intended to judge mental caliber of the candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment not only of candidate’s intellectual qualities but also his social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be adjudged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, care and logical exposition, balance of judgment, Variety & depth of interests, ability for social cohesion & leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

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