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Karnataka Range Forest Officer Exam 2024 Syllabus based topicwise Study Notes available


The Karnataka Range Forest Officer (RFO) exam pattern typically consists of multiple stages, including a written examination followed by physical tests and an interview. Here's a general overview of the exam pattern based on previous years' patterns:

  1. Written Examination:

    • The written examination consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
    • The questions are usually divided into several sections covering subjects such as:
      • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
      • Environmental Science and Ecology
      • Forestry and Silviculture
      • Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity
      • Quantitative Aptitude
      • English Language
      • Reasoning and Analytical Skills
    • The total number of questions, as well as the marks allotted for each section, may vary from year to year.
    • There may be negative marking for incorrect answers, so candidates should answer carefully.
  2. Physical Tests:

    • Candidates who qualify in the written examination are usually required to undergo physical tests.
    • The physical tests typically include tasks such as:
      • Physical endurance test (e.g., walking, running)
      • Physical fitness test (e.g., height, weight, chest measurement)
    • The criteria for passing the physical tests may vary depending on the specific requirements set by the Karnataka Forest Department.
  3. Interview:

    • Candidates who clear the written examination and physical tests are called for a personal interview.
    • The interview panel assesses candidates based on their knowledge, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and suitability for the role of Range Forest Officer.
    • The interview process may also include questions related to forestry, wildlife conservation, environmental issues, and current affairs.
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Forest Ranger Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: As per KFD official notification candidate should have completed Degree, B.Sc, B.E or B.Tech from any of the recognized boards or Universities.

 Age Limit: As per the Karnataka Forest Department Recruitment Notification, Candidate should have a minimum age of 18 years and Maximum of 28 years.

Age Relaxation:

  • SC/ST/Cat-I Candidates: 05 years

  • Cat-2A/2B/3A & 3B Candidates: 03 years

Application Fee:

  • SC/ST/Cat-I Candidates: Rs.100/- + Rs.20/- Service Charge

  • General, Cat-2A/2B/3A & 3B Candidates:: Rs.200/- + Rs.20/- Service Charge

  • Mode of Payment: Online

Selection Process:

Competitive Exam, Physical Fitness, Physical Endurance Test, Physical Efficiency Test, Medical Exam.

Karnataka Range Forest Officer Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No Subject Marks Duration
1. General Knowledge 100 2 Hours
2. Aptitude Test 100 2 Hours

In the Prelims Exam Candidates will have two subjects General Knowledge Paper for 100 Marks and Time Duration 2 Hours. and Aptitude Test for 100 Marks and Time Duration 2 Hours.

Karnataka Range Forest Officer Mains Exam Pattern

S.No Subject Marks Duration
1. Kannada 100 3 Hours
2. English 100 3 Hours

In the Mains Exam Candidates will have two subjects Kannada Paper for 100 Marks and Time Duration 3 Hours. And English Paper for 100 Marks and Time Duration 3 Hours.

Forestry Subject (Optional) For B.Sc (Forestry)

S.No Subject Marks Duration
1. Forestry – Part I 100 3 Hours
2. Forestry – Part II 100 3 Hours

Optional Subjects for Others

S.No Subject Marks Duration
1. Botany 100 3 Hours
2. Zoology 100 3 Hours
3. Mathematics 100 3 Hours
4. Chemistry 100 3 Hours
5. Physics 100 3 Hours
6. Agriculture 100 3 Hours
7. Civil Engineering 100 3 Hours

Pattern of the question paper

PART-A Objective type questions

Twenty questions (without internal choice) which includes filling in the blanks or choosing

the correct answer from a multiple choice or giving one sentence answers. Twenty questions

from the entire syllabus for one mark each – 20 marks

PART-B : Descriptive type questions


Five short notes questions (with internal choice) covering the entire syllabus for four marks each – 20 marks


Five questions (with internal choice) from the entire syllabus for twelve marks each – 60 Marks.


Preliminary Exam -Two hours duration, 100 marks

The question paper would be of hundred multiple choice questions divided into six sections.

  1. Current events – 30 marks
  2. History of India – 20 marks
  3. Indian and World geography – 15 marks
  4. Indian polity – 10 marks
  5. Indian Economy – 10 marks
  6. General Science – 15 marks.

Scope and coverage

Current events

Significant national and international events, personalities (both Indian and International) in news, including sports events and personalities.

History of India

Ancient, medieval and recent history including the Indian national movement, its social, economic and political aspects including the nature and character of the 19th century resurgence, growth of nationalism and attainment of independence.


The earth, its shape and size, latitudes and longitudes, ocean currents and tides, atmosphere and its composition including physical, social and economic geography of India, its climate, vegetation, natural resources, location and distribution of agricultural and industrial activities.

Indian Polity

The country’s political system and Constitution of India, covering broadly its framework, main features, different organs of Government and their functioning at the Centre, State and local levels including Panchayath Raj institutions. Fundamental rights, Fundamental duties and Directive principles of state policy, Functioning of Indian democracy and elections.

Indian Economy

Economic developments in India, basic foundation of the economy, features and sectors of Indian economy, process of planning and five year plans, markets and State controls, process of liberalization and globalisation, inflation, poverty and unemployment.

General Science

General appreciation and understanding of science including matters of every day observation and experience, as may be expected of a well-educated person who may not have made a special study of any particular scientific discipline.


Preliminary Exam -Two hours, 100 marks

The aptitude test shall measure the candidate’s comprehension, memory, reasoning, speed, analysis, evaluation of facts, data, events and judgement. The question paper would be of hundred multiple choice questions divided into six sections.

  1. Numerical ability – 30 marks
  2. Verbal and non-verbal ability -15 marks
  3. Logical and analytical reasoning -20 marks
  4. Statistics-15 marks
  5. Science aptitude- 20 marks

Scope and coverage

Numerical ability

Candidates would be tested on their understanding of basic arithmetic and speed of calculation, number systems, averages, percentages, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, sequences, indices, ratio and proportion, partnership, time and work, speed and distance, algebra, trigonometry , heights and distances, mensuration, geometry.

Verbal and non-verbal ability

Letters and words as symbols, analysis relationship between groups of letters or words, completing series or order of letters or word analogy, finding odd man out, coding and decoding based on illustrated principles. Shapes and patterns, arranging shapes or designs into associated groups and finding out the odd man and completing the sequence.

Logical and analytical reasoning

Application of logic and making judgments in given situations. General reasoning and determination of the validity of an inference from a statement based on some given parameters.


Elementary statistics such as mean, median, mode, making deductions from pie and bar charts, graphs, figures and tables.

Science aptitude

Fundamentals of physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, environment and their application in day to day life.

Karnataka Forest RFO Syllabus for Kannada Language

Karnataka Forest Range Officer Syllabus for the English Language

II – English
Duration – 3 hours, 100 Marks

Section-1 – Comprehension

From a given passage (prose or poem) comprehend and identify the central theme and answer
questions based thereon. The candidate would not be asked to evaluate or assess the
argument, its tone or style.
Section-2 – Use of verbs, articles and prepositions
Use of verbs, articles and prepositions in a different context, Construction of sentences.
Detecting common mistakes in the usage of verbs, articles and prepositions.
Section-3 – Vocabulary
Knowledge of words, phrases and idiomatic expressions in common English usage to
describe different activities, situation and context. Differentiate between the usage and
meaning of words having similar vocalization (example: flora / fauna: efficiency / efficacy
/effectiveness; price / prize; affect / effect, etiquette / attitude etc,) and detect the commonly
committed mistakes. Construction of sentences.
Section–4 – Letter writing
Writing letters on following themes:
a) seeking leave of absence from duty to attend to a personal work from the employer /
official superior.
b) writing a letter to the editor of a leading newspaper or magazine expressing
candidate’s views on a topic of general or local importance.
c) writing a letter of condolence to a friend or a colleague on the demise of a close
relative or friend
d) writing a letter congratulating a friend on his promotion or election to an office
of prestige or influence or on his passing a public exam or on a happy event like
wedding or birth in the friend’s family.
e) writing a letter to a close friend or family member informing him or her about the
candidate’s travel to an existing place and witnessing an unusual event
Section- 5 – Precis writing
Read and understand a given passage, shifting the essential from the non-essential
information and prepare a cohesive summary not exceeding 1/3rd the size of the given
passage and to give a suitable eye-catching title.
Section-6 – Essay writing
Write an essay of 250 to 300 words on a matter of topical interest (political, economic
religious, cultural, environmental, social, socio-economic etc.)

A pattern of the question paper
Part-A Objective type
Fill in the blanks, choosing the correct answer from a multiple choice or giving one
sentence/word answer, stating true or false- twenty five questions for one mark each -25
Part -B: Descriptive type
Comprehension – 5 marks
Vocabulary – 5 marks
Letter writing -15 marks
Precis writing -25 marks.
Essay writing -25 marks.




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