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Forest Research Institute PhD Entrance Test (FRI PhD ET)


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  1. Important Dates
  2. Eligibility Criteria
  3. Application Fee
  4. How to Apply
  5. Exam Pattern
  6. FRI PhD 2017 Exam Centres
  7. Syllabus
  8. Admit Card / Hall Ticket
  9. Cutoff
  10. Counselling
  11. Contact Details

Established as Imperial Forest Research Institute in 1906, Forest Research Institute (FRI) Dehradun, is a premier institution under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE). Styled in Greeko Roman Architecture by C.G. Blomfield, the main building is a National Heritage which was inaugurated in 1929The Institute's history is vertually synonymous with the evolution and development of scientific forestry, not only in India, but over the entire Indian sub-continent. Set in a lush green estate spread over 450 hectares, with the outer Himalaya forming its back drop, the Institute's main building is an impressive edifice, marrying Greco-Roman and Colonial styles of architecture, with a plinth area of 2.5 equipped laboratories,library, herbarium, arboreta, printing press and experimental field areas for conducting forestry research, quite in keeping with the best of its kind anywhere in the world. Its museums, in addition to being a valuable source of scientific information, are a major attraction for tourists.

Candidates can get the full details of FRI PhD ET Exam 2017 such as Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Dates and much more on this post.

About FRI PhD ET Exam
Exam Name: Imperial Forest Research Institute PhD ET Exam
Conducting Institute: Imperial Forest Research Institute
Commonly called as: FRI PhD ET
Exam Level: University Level
Stream: PhD Entrance Exam

Important Dates

FRI PhD ET Exam Dates
Events Dates
Last date for submission of form : 3rd Week Of May 2017
Date of Entrance Test : 1st Week Of July 2017

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral program, a candidate must :

  • Hold a master’s degree or its equivalent from any recognized university / institute in a subject approved by F.R.I University.
  • Have received grades 55% or above in Post graduate examination for General / OBC category and 50% or above for SC / ST category.
  • A candidate who meets the requirements mentioned above may select a field of study out of the following :
S.No Discipline( Subject of study) Qualification for admission in doctoral program
1 Silviculture Post-graduate degree in Forestry / Agriculture/Botany
2 Forest Seed Tech. Post-graduate degree in Forestry / Agriculture/Botany
3 Forest Genetics Post – graduate degree in Botany, Agriculture or Forestry with specialization in Genetics
4 Forest Botany Post – graduate degree in Botany with specialization in Systematic Botany / Plant Physiology / Wood Anatomy / Biodiversity Conservation / Ethno Botany or Post-graduate degree in Agriculture with specialization in Plant Physiology or Post – graduate degree in Forestry
5 Forest Pathology Post graduate degree in Botany / Forestry / Wood Science & Technology / Agriculture, with specialization in Plant Pathology / Microbiology or Project work / dissertation in Forest Pathology / Plant Pathology.
Post graduate degree in Microbiology with specialization or Project work / dissertation in Forest Pathology / Plant Pathology
Post graduate degree in Plant Pathology / Mycology / Plant Pathology.
6 Forest Entomology Post – graduate degree in Forestry or P.G. Degree in Zoology with specialization in Entomology or P.G. Degree in Agriculture with specialization in Entomology
7 Soil Science Post – graduate degree in Chemistry, Microbiology Geology, Soil Science or Agriculture ( with specialization in Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Science )
8 Forest Ecology & Environment Post – graduate degree in Biological Science / Life Science/Environmental Science / Forestry / Marine Biology / Environmental Engineering / Aquatic Biology
Candidate must have studied ecology as one of the subjects in above Post – graduate degree courses
9 Forest Management Post – graduate degree in Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Application / Forestry / Agriculture Forestry
10 Wood Science & Technology Post – graduate degree in Physics / Chemistry / Engineering or Botany with specialization in Wood Anatomy or Post Graduate Degree in Wood Science & Technology
11 Chemistry of Forest Products Post-graduate degree in Organic Chemistry / Bio – Chemistry / Agricultural Chemistry, MD in Pharmacology or equivalent in Indian System of Medicine, Post Graduate degree in Pharmacology / Industrial Chemistry
12 Pulp & Paper Technology Post – graduate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Paper Technology
13 Forestry Extension Post – graduate degree in Agriculture Extension/Forestry
14 Non Wood Forest Products
( NWFP )
Post Graduate degree in Botany / Forestry, Organic Chemistry, Agriculture with specialization in cultivation of medicinal plants, MD in Pharmacology or equivalent in Indian System of Medicine
15 Forest Biotechnology Post Graduate degree in Biotechnology or Post graduate degree in life sciences with specialization in Biotechnology or Post Graduate degree in Biochemistry / Molecular biology / Microbiology
16 Forest Bio informatics Post Graduate degree in Bio informatics or Post graduate degree in Forestry / Botany with minimum one year PG Diploma in Bio informatics from a recognized institution or Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science or Post Graduate Degree in Information Technology or Post Graduate Degree in Maths / Physics / Statistics with P.G. Diploma in Computer Science.
17 Environment Management Post Graduate degree in Environment Management / Environmental Science or M.Tech Environmental Engineering or Post Graduate degree in Chemistry with specialization in Environmental Chemistry.
18 Wildlife Science Post – graduate degree in Forestry / Wildlife Science / Zoology / Botany / Environmental Management or Postgraduate degree in any science subjects with recognized Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management.
19 Forest Geo-informatics M. Tech in Remote Sensing & GIS or Post Graduate Degree in any science subject with Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing / GIS from IIRS, Dehra Dun or Postgraduate degree in Geo – informatics.
20 Forest Hydrology Post Graduate Engineering Degree in Hydrology / Water Resource Engineering / Civil Engineering, Post Graduate Degree in Forestry, and Environment Management / Sciences with specialization in GIS / Remote Sensing / Watershed Management.
21 Plant Physiology Post Graduate Degree in Plant Physiology, Post Graduate Degree in Botany with specialization in Plant Physiology.
22 Application of Information Technology in Forestry Post Graduate Degree in Forestry with at least one year P.G Diploma in Information Technology / Computer Science from recognized institution.
23 Climate Change & Forest Influence Post Graduate Degree in Physical Sciences / Biological Science / Life Science / Environment Science / Environment Management / Forestry / Botany / Physics / Chemistry / Agriculture / Climate Change / Natural Resource Management / Marine Biology
M.Tech. in Remote Sensing & GIS/M.Tech. in Environmental Engineering

Application Fee

FRI PhD ET Registration & Examination Fee Structure
Application Fee Is Rs. 1000

How to Apply

  • The candidates, who are interested for registration as research scholar for the Ph.D. Degree in Forestry in Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University, Dehradun for the term of March 2017 are advised to apply in prescribed form latest by 20th May 2016 with a fee through Bank Draft in favour of Registrar, FRI (Deemed) University, Dehradun.
  • No application form will be entertained after the prescribed date.
  • The prescribed form may be downloaded from the Official website.

Exam Pattern


General Awareness: : 25 questions

General English: : 25 questions

Research Aptitude: : 30 questions (The questions will be based on reasoning & Statistics)


Basic & Applied Sciences :120 questions ( attempt any two sections)

There will be 60 questions in each sub-section of Section-B. The questions will be based on Forestry, Agriculture, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Wood Science & technology and Mathematics.

FRI PhD 2017 Exam Centres

  1. Forest Research Institute ( Deemed ) University, P.O.I.P.E. Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun.
  2. Tropical Forest Research Institute, P.O. R.F.R.C., Mandla Road, Jabalpur – 482 021
  3. Arid Forest Research Institute, P.O. Krishi Mandi, New Pali Road, Jodhpur – 342 005
  4. Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding, P.B. No. 1061, Coimbatore – 641 002
  5. Institute of Forest Productivity, ‘Aranyodaya’, Ranchi-Gumla, N.H.-23, Lalgutwa, Ranchi – 834 002
  6. Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi – 680 653, Thrissur Distt., Kerala State.
  7. Institute of Wood Science and Technology, 18thCross, P.O. Malleswaram, Bangalore – 560 003.
  8. Rain Forest Research Institute, Post Box No. 136, Deovan, Jorhat – 785001, Assam.
  9. Himalayan Forest Research Institute, Conifer Campus, Panthaghati, Shimla – 171 009.
  10. Indian Institute of Forest Management, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal – 462 003.
  11. Institute of Forest Biodiversity, Dulapally, P.O. Kompally, Hyderabad-500100


  1. Basic Sciences including Social Science
  2. Arithmetic and Quantitative abilities, Computational ability, Quantitative reasoning,
  3. Interpretation of Tables, Graphs, etc.
  4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  5. English Language, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Idioms, etc.

Admit Card / Hall Ticket

The candidate should verify all the information in the admit card. If any issue is found, then get it corrected with the concerned authority.

The candidates are required to carry the admit card to the examination hall. Without it, you will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. It is also very important to document for the further admission processes.


The cut off score depends on difficulty level of exam, availability of seats, number of applicants, etc. Based on the cut-off score examination authority prepares the merit list and candidates are called for counselling.


Candidates who are qualified in Imperial Forest Research Institute PhD ET Exam will be called for the counselling process of FRI PhD ET 2017.

Contact Details

Forest Research Institute,
P.O. New Forest-
Dehradun (India)

Fax :+91 135-2756865

Telephone : (+91 135-2755277)

email : [email protected]


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