TNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment 2018 : Notification, Apply Online, Application Form

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 notification is out. As per notification, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission has invited online applications from eligible candidates for the post of forest apprentice under Tamil Nadu Forest Subordinate Service. Interested candidates should apply online before the last date i.e. 1st of August 2018. But before that, they should know few important things such as date of release of official notification, no. & distribution of vacancies, important dates & time, fees, examination fee concession, mode of payment of examination fee, qualifications, scheme of main written examination, centre for examination, selection procedure, how to apply, admit card, result etc.

TNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment 2018 Official Notification & Vacancies

On 4th of July 2018, TNPSC has released a notification against notification no. 12 / 2018 for direct recruitment of eligible candidates on the post of forest apprentice under Tamil Nadu Forest Subordinate Service. To view or download it now, click hereAccording to notification, total number of vacancies is 158. Out of which, 148 vacancies are for regular and 10 vacancies are for SC-Shortfall. To know more about distribution of vacancies, please refer to official notification.

TNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment


Examination nameTNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment 2018
Conducted byTamil Nadu Public Service Commission
Notification released on4th of July 2018
No.12 / 2018
No. of vacancies & department158 & Tamil Nadu Forest Subordinate Service
Last date for submission of online application1st of August, 2018
Last date for payment of examination fee through bank (Indian Bank or SBI)3rd of August, 2018
Admit card for written testYet to be announced
Date and time of written examination23rd to 30th of September, 2018 F.N & A.N
Physical test (walking test) will be onYet to be announced
Oral test will be onYet to be announced
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TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Age limit (As on 1st of April, 2018)

Sl. no.Category of candidatesMinimum Age (must have completed)Maximum Age (should not have completed)
iEx-Servicemen18 years37 years
iiMBCs/DCs, SCs, SC(A)s, STs, BCs, BCMs and DWs of all castes18 years35 years
iiiOthers18 years30 years

Note: For more details, go through official notification.

Educational Qualification (As on July 4th, 2018)

Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in forestry or its equivalent degree from any UGC recognized Institution or University.


Candidates having a Bachelor’s or its equivalent degree in any 1 of the following subjects – Zoology / Wildlife biology / Physics / Marine Biology / Horticulture / Geology / Environmental Science / Engineering (all engineering subjects including agricultural engineering) / Computer Science / Computer Applications / Chemistry / Botany / Animal husbandry & veterinary science / Agriculture are also eligible to apply.


Applicant should have knowledge in Tamil language

Physical Qualification

(not less than)
Chest Measurement not less than (round the chest)
on full inspirationon full expirationDifference
Women150 cms84 cms79 cms5 cms
Men163 cms89 cms84 cms5 cms
(not less than)
Minimum height criteria for persons belonging to STs & races like Nepalese, Garhwalis, Gorkhas, Sikkimese, Assamese, Bhutanese, Kumoanis, Ladakhes, Mizo, Naga, Meghalaya, Lahaul and Spiti.Women145 cms
Men152 cms

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 & Exam Fee and Mode Of Payment

All the new candidates should have to pay an amount of Rs. 150/- towards one time registration charges. OTPR fee is only for new applicants. A candidate who has already registered in OTPR system within the validity period of five years is exempted.

On top of that, applicants should also have to pay an amount of Rs. 150/- towards examination. It should be paid at the time of attempting the online application. However, applicants belonging to SCs, SC(A)s & STs are fully exempted from the payment of examination fee. For more details, please refer to official notification.

Both OTR charges and examination fee should be paid either online or offline. To pay charges and fee online, candidates should have to use a credit / debit card or net banking service. For offline fee submission, applicants should have to submit fee in cash at any branch of Indian Bank / SBI within two working days from the date of submission of online application.

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Application Form & Process

TNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment 2018 application forms are available online @ The process of attempting the online application is explained below in simple steps:

  • Open TNPSC’s official website
  • Since you are a new user so firstly go through OTR process; because it is mandatory to apply for any post under TNPSC
  • Click on OTR tab; it is available on the homepage of TNPSC’s online portal
  • Click on ‘New User’ tab
  • You will see a ‘One Time Registration’ form
  • Enter your name, father’s & mother’s name etc.
  • Select date of birth, gender, mother tongue, nationality etc.
  • Enter your S.S.L.C. qualification details
  • Enter your communication details such as email ID, mobile no., correspondence & permanent address etc.
  • Read all the points given under section ‘Declaration’ then accept the declaration
  • Enter the characters as given in box
  • Recheck all the filled details
  • Then click on ‘Save & Continue’ tab
  • Select any payment option and make the payment towards OTR charges
  • Instantly, you will get a TSPSC ID
  • Use your TSPSC ID to login and complete application
  • After filling all the details, upload scanned copies of your passport size photo and signature
  • Submit all the details
  • Select any payment option and make payment against examination fee (if you are eligible)
  • Otherwise skip payment section and submit your filled application
  • Take print out of your final submitted application form

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Scheme

There will be three stages of tests / examinations:

  • Stage I Written Examination
  • Stage II Physical test (walking test)
  • Stage III Oral test

Stage I Written Examination

Stage I Written Examination will be consists of three papers- Paper- I, II & III. Paper I & II will be for optional subjects. Paper III will be for compulsory subject.

Format of Paper I & II is same. Both papers have 200 multiple choice questions of degree standard to be solved in 3 hours. Maximum marks allotted to each paper are 300. There are total 17 optional subjects divided into 4 sections i.e. 3 groups and 1 other subjects section. For both optional papers, a candidate can select any 2 subjects (should be from different groups) from below given groups:

Optional Subjects for Paper I & II (choose any 2 subjects from different groups; 1 for each paper)
Group 1Group 2Group 3Other subjects
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceComputer ScienceStatisticsPhysics
HorticultureComputer ApplicationsMathematicsWildlife biology
Marine Biology
Environmental Science
Engineering (all engineering subjects including agricultural engineering)

Paper III will be for compulsory subject. However, no. of MCQs is same as Paper I & II i.e. 200 and 150 MCQs will be of General Studies of degree standard and 50 questions will be for Aptitude and Mental Ability Test of S.S.L.C. standard.

There will be also an interview (oral test) of 120 marks. Total marks for Stage 1 test will be 1020. Out of which, minimum qualifying marks for selection of candidates belonging to SCs, SC(A), STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs and BCM categories are 306 and 408 for candidates belonging to others category.

Subject-wise Syllabus

  • Optional Papers – I & II (Degree Standard) Objective Type

Agriculture: Importance Of Agriculture, Fundamentals Of Crop Production, Natural Resource Management, Crop Management & Allied Agricultural Activities, Crop Improvement, Seed Science & Technology, Crop Protection Principles And Practices, Farm Business & Finance Management, Agricultural Marketing & Market Intelligence And  Agricultural Extension: Principles & Methods.

Animal Husbandry And Veterinary Science: Livestock Management / Nutrition, Livestock Breeding And Genetics, Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology & Biochemistry, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Pathology & Parasitology, Pharmacology, And Livestock Products Technology.

Botany: Phycology, Mycology & Lichenology, Bryology & Pteridology, Gymnosperms & Paleobotany, Angiosperm Morphology, Taxonomy & Economic Botany, Anatomy & Embryology, General Microbiology & Plant Pathology, Physiology, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Cytology, Genetics & Evolution, Horticulture & Plant Breeding.

For rest optional subjects’ syllabi, please refer to official notification.

Paper – III  General Studies (Compulsory Subject)

  • General Science (Physics, Chemistry, Botany & Zoology)
  • Current Events (History, Political Science, Geography, Economics & Science)
  • Geography
  • History & culture of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy
  • Indian National Movement
  • Aptitude & Mental Ability Tests

Written examination date & centres

Written examination will be held from 23rd to 30th of September, 2018 F.N & A.N at several centers all over the state such as Villupuram, Vellore, Tirunelveli, Tiruchirappalli,Thanjavur, Salem, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai.

Stage II Physical test (walking test)

Walking Test will be held only at Chennai centre. Male candidates should have to complete a 25 kms walk in 4 hours whereas for female candidates, the walking distance will be 16 kms to be completed in same time duration.

Stage III Oral test

Candidates who will appear in all the papers and walking test shall get a chance to appear in the Oral test. It will be of 120 marks. Marks obtained by candidates in oral test will be considered for final selection.

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Selection Procedure

Final selection of candidates on the post of Apprentice will be done on the basis of the total marks obtained by them at the written & oral test taken together.

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Hall tickets

Hall tickets for eligible candidates shall be available to download from few days before the date of examination. The commission will release a separate call letter / admit card / hall ticket for each stage’s examination.

How to download hall tickets / admit cards / call letters?

  • Open commission’s official website
  • Find section ‘candidate’s corner’
  • Click on ‘Hall Ticket Download’ tab
  • A new page will be opened having notices and links related to ongoing recruitment events
  • Click on the respective ‘Download Admit Card’ link
  • Enter your application no. / Login ID
  • Select date of birth
  • Click on ‘Submit’ tab
  • You will see your hall ticket / call letter / admit card
  • Download and print your hall ticket / call letter / admit card

TNPSC Forest Apprentice 2018 Results

Final result announcement date is still not disclosed by TNPSC. Once dates announced, we will update this article. The method through which you can check your TNPSC forest apprentice 2018 results is explained below:

  • Open TNPSC’s official website
  • On homepage, you will see a section named as ‘Candidate’s corner’
  • Under the same section, you will have to find and click tab ‘Results’
  • A new page will be opened having several result fetching links
  • Click the appropriate result fetching link to download a copy of result in PDF format
  • Open downloaded PDF and find your name

We wish you Best of Luck for TNPSC Forest Apprentice Recruitment 2018


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