Syllabus for the Post of Range Forest Officer (RFO) – HPPSC Shimla

By | March 23, 2021

The eligible candidates will be short listed to be called for written examination by
subjecting them to a screening test (objective type) of two hours duration. In the objective
type screening test, there will be 100 multiple choice questions of one mark each on the
basis of following syllabus:-

(A) For Non- Forestry Graduates:

(i) History, Geography and Socio Economic development of Himachal Pradesh.  – 30 Marks.

(ii) Knowledge of current events of national and international importance and such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. – 30 Marks

(iii) Modern History (From 1857 onwards) of India, Indian Culture, Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Geography of India, Disaster Management, Environment and Gender issues and teachings of  Mahatma Gandhi. – 40 Marks

(B) For Forestry Graduates:

(i) Forestry Subject – 80 Marks
(ii) General Knowledge of Himachal Pradesh – 10 Marks
(iii) General Knowledge of National and International Affairs. – 10 Marks


The marks obtained in the above screening test by the candidates, who are declared qualified for admission to written examination, will not be counted for determining final order of merit;

(b) The number of candidates to be admitted to the main written examination will be 20 (twenty)
times of the total number of vacancies to be filled; and

(c) The number of candidates to be called for Physical Test after qualifying the written examination
shall be 05 (five) times of the number of vacancies to be filled thereof in order of merit.

Note: There will be negative marking for incorrect answer(s) (as detailed below) for all questions:-

(i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidates, one fourth (0.25) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the
given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


1. The main written examination shall include two compulsory and two optional papers.

2. A candidate shall specify in his / her application form the optional subjects he / she desires to take, but may intimate any change of intention to the Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Public Service
Commission not later than the last date notified for submission of online applications.

3. A candidate shall answer the optional papers in English or Hindi only which is at his / her option

4. 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.

5. 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 interview / personality test.

6. The names of the candidates who are called for the interview / personality test shall be arranged
in order of merit on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in the written examination.

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

8. The final ranking shall be determined on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates in the
main examination (written as well as interview/ personality test).

9. In the event of a tie, order of merit shall be determined in accordance with highest marks secured
by a candidate in interview/ personality test and if the marks in the interview / personality test
are also equal, then the order of merit shall be decided in accordance with the highest marks
obtained by such candidates in the compulsory papers and if the marks in the aggregate of the
compulsory papers are also equal, then the elder candidate shall be placed higher in the merit.

10. 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.

11. All papers shall be of three hours duration.

Syllabus: The written examination shall consist of two compulsory and two optional
papers as follows:-


1. General Knowledge:

General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and 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. …..100 marks

2. General English:

The question paper will be designed to test the candidate‟s understanding of his power to write English correctly and idiomatically. It will also include questions to test the candidate‟s knowledge of grammar, idiom and usages. 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. …..100 marks

“Note:- The standard of examination for this compulsory paper of General English will be of 10 +2 level”

3. Optional Subjects:
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Botany
(iii) Chemistry
(iv) Computer Applications/ Computer Science;
(v) Agricultural Engineering
(vi) Chemical Engineering
(vii) Civil Engineering
(viii) Computer Engineering
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(x) Electronics Engineering
(xi) Mechanical Engineering
(xii) Environmental Science
(xiii) Forestry
(xiv) Geology
(xv) Horticulture
(xvi) Mathematics
(xvii) Statistics
(xviii) Physics
(xix) Veterinary Science
(xx) 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 at least one question from each part. In
this way, at least two questions will be attempted from each Part i.e. one compulsory question
plus one more. …200 marks each subject.

Note-I: The standard of examination in these optional subjects will be that of 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 Applications / Computer Science & Computer Engineering.
(iv) Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering
(v) Mathematics and Statistics.

Note-III: The standard of examination for compulsory paper will be 10 + 2 intermediate or
equivalent level.

Read also:

  1. Solved Paper Range Forest Officer 2007
  2. Solved Paper Range Forest Officer 2017

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One thought on “Syllabus for the Post of Range Forest Officer (RFO) – HPPSC Shimla

  1. DK Sharma

    Sir kya MCA candidate apply kar sakte RFO ke liye. BA kiya hai us ke baad MCA kiya hai BCA nahi kiya hai.


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