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Crack the All India Entrance Examination of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun


Last date of filling Application form: 8th April 2024 (Application must be received at FRI on or before the date through Post)
Date of Online Remote Proctored Admission Exam: 19th May 2024

Follow the official website regularly for updates (http://fridu.edu.in/)


Forest Research Institute (F.R.I.), Dehra Dun made a humble beginning as Forest School established in 1878, Initially named as Imperial Forest Research Institute. The Forest Research Institute (FRI), name changed in 1906, is a premier institute in the field of forestry research, education and extension. Forest Research Institute, Dehradun was conferred the status of University in the year 1991 on the recommendation of the UGC, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. FRI has a rich history of over a century of pioneering research and education in forestry and allied sciences. Over the years, FRI has played a pivotal role in the development of forestry in India, with its research and training programs contributing to the conservation and sustainable management of forests and biodiversity in the country. Today, FRI continues to be a leading center of excellence in forest research and education in India and the world.


Forest Research Institute conducts four (4) courses for M.Sc. programme, i.e. M.Sc. Forestry, M.Sc. Environment Management (EM), M.Sc. Wood Science and Technology (WST) and M.Sc. Cellulose and Paper Technology (CPT).

The M.Sc. programmes in Forest Research Institute are well designed to cope with the ever dynamic field of forestry, environment and wood science. Equal emphasis is laid on theory sessions and field exposure during the entire programme. In Forest Research Institute, you will have an opportunity to learn from excellent faculty having significant field experience who are engaged in education and impactful research, drawn from Forest Research Institute, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Wildlife Institute of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) etc.

There are lot of other activities outside the classroom such as library sittings, sports, cultural get-togethers, wildlife week celebration, nature club and many more to engage the students which are of immense value for overall development. University provides you a beautiful campus; please enjoy it while taking care of the same with love and thoughtfulness.


Forest Research Institute have multiple divisions and disciplines in research as a sign of an institute’s strength in the breadth and depth of its research capabilities. The institute brings together experts from various fields to collaborate and tackle complex problems from different angles. By having multiple divisions and disciplines, Forest Research Institute can explore diverse research areas and provide comprehensive solutions to real-world problems. It also creates an environment for interdisciplinary research and encourages cross-disciplinary interactions, fostering innovation and creativity. In a nutshell, Forest Research Institute, with multiple divisions and disciplines in research can boast of a diverse and dynamic community of scholars and researchers, who can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and make significant contributions to society. The following are the most prominent and actively working divisions and disciplines in Forest Research Institute where you can foster your research capabilities –

  • BOTANY (Systematic Botany, Wood Anatomy)
  • CHEMISTRY & BIO-PROSPETING (Chemical Extracts from Trees, Forest based Oilseeds, Medicals and Aromatic Plants, Resins and Gums)
  • EXTENSION (Social Forestry and Extension, Agroforestry)
  • FOREST ECOLOGY & CLIMATE CHANGE (Forest Productivity, Biodiversity, Environment and Pollution Wasteland, Reclamation, Soil Geology and Mineralogy, Climate Change & Forest Influence)
  • FOREST PROTECTION (Forest pathology, Forest Diseases, Forestry Bio-fertilizers, Control Measure and Taxonomy)
  • FOREST PRODUCTS (Timber Mechanics, Wood Seasoning, Wood Preservation, Composite Wood, Wood Working and Finishing, Timber Engineering, Cellulose & Paper Technology)
  • GENETICS AND TREE IMPROMENT (Genetics, Tree Improvement, Plant Physiology, Tissue Culture, Breeding and Forest Biotechnology)
  • SILVICULTURE & FOREST MANAGEMENT (Experimental Silviculture, Forest Mensuration, Forest Economics Logging & Seed Technology)
  • FOREST INFORMATICS (Forest Bio-Informatics & Forest Geo-Informatics)


The Forest Research Institute conducts “ALL INDIA ENTRANCE EXAMINATION” for all the courses offered in M.Sc. degree, i.e. M.Sc. Forestry, M.Sc. Environment Management (EM), M.Sc. Wood Science and Technology (WST) and M.Sc. Cellulose and Paper Technology (CPT). The examination is a common entrance test, i.e. for all four subjects/courses, there is one examination. So you can apply one or more than one subjects in a single attempt as per your eligibility. However, you have apply with separate application forms for each subject/course and pay for each course accordingly.

The entrance examination is conducted as a REMOTE-PROCTORED ONLINE COMPUTER BASED TEST (CBT) of three (3) hours with questions grouped under the following four sections:

  1. Basic Sciences (100 questions) : Includes questions from Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences, Forestry, General Agriculture including Social Science
  2. Numeric Aptitude (40 questions): Includes Arithmetic and Quantitative abilities, Computational ability, Quantitative reasoning, Interpretation of Tables, Graphs, etc.
  3. General Knowledge and Current Affairs (30 questions): Includes questions from last 1 year GK and current affairs related to environment, forestry and agricultural sectors of India as well as the world.
  4. English Language (30 questions): English basics, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Idioms, etc.

So the entrance examination will be consisting of 200 questions. There will be negative marking for wrong answer to the extent of one-fourth (¼) of the marks allotted to the questions.


UPDATE: In pre-Covid-19 situations the examination was conducted as offline examination with OMR sheets. But for the ease of conductance in the post-Covid era, FRI has changed its mode of entrance examination to Online CBT entrance examination. You have to give the entrance exam from your home or preferred place through a computer (Desktop/Laptop) in the prescribed date and time of the examination. The exam will be conducted under thorough surveillance through video meeting in another mobile device (apart from the computer in which you are giving exam) from FRI administrators. Hence you will need 1 computer device, 1 mobile device and uninterrupted high speed internet connection for both of the devices in-hand ready for giving the examination. We suggest all of the aspirants to get assured of these necessary arrangements well before the entrance examination to avoid any unnecessary confusions or inconveniences on the day of examination.


Courses of Studies Eligibility requirement
M.Sc. ForestryB.Sc. degree with at least one of
the subjects namely Botany, Chemistry,
Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology
or a B.Sc. degree in Agriculture or Forestry.
M.Sc. Environment
B.Sc. degree in any branch of Basic or
Applied Sciences or Bachelor‟s degree
in Forestry or Agriculture
or BE/B.Tech in Environment Science.
M.Sc. Wood Science
& Technology
B.Sc. degree with Physics, Mathematics
and Chemistry (PCM)
or B.Sc. degree in Forestry.
M.Sc. Cellulose &
Paper Technology
B.Sc. degree with minimum 50% marks
in aggregate in Science with Chemistry
as one of the subjects. BE/B.Tech.
(Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
with minimum 50% aggregate).

The maximum age limit in respect of in-service candidate to M.Sc. Environment Management course shall be 50 years. The age shall be reckoned as on 31st July of the year of admission and no further relaxation will be given in any case.

UPDATE: Kindly check your eligibility properly before applying to the institute. Also check if you are eligible to apply for more than one courses. Recheck your eligibility degree with your college administration to comply with the required degree for applying in the institute. Please note that the eligibility criteria shown here are taken from the official bulletins and website of the institution which may change over time, and hence we suggest to double-check the eligibility criteria from the official website or bulletins before applying. Also there are several third-party websites showing wrong information about the institutional examination procedure and eligibility criteria. Please do not trust their information and always check with the official notifications. At Krishi Pathshala, we regularly check and update the information with the institutional officials for your ease.


As the coverage for the entrance examination is very vast, the question relies in the mind of the aspirants that HOW TO PREPARE BEST FOR FRI M.Sc. ENTRANCE EXAMINATION?

Trust us, there is no need to worry. Remember, consistency and discipline are key to cracking the exam. Allocate specific time for each topic and stick to the study plan. Take breaks in between study sessions to avoid burnout. With a systematic approach and dedication, you can cover all the topics and ace the exam. You can get the subjective study materials provided by us here which is enough to make you compatible to crack this exam.

Basic Sciences: Start by studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences, Forestry, General Agriculture including Social Science. Divide the topics into smaller units and allocate specific time for each unit. Make notes and revise them regularly. The question standard is generally kept as +2 level.

Numeric Aptitude: Next, focus on improving your Numeric Aptitude skills. Practice arithmetic problems, quantitative reasoning, and interpretation of tables, graphs, etc. The question standard is generally kept as 10th level, some numeric can come from +2 level. However, Calculus is not in the syllabus of the examination to be clear. Numeric aptitude is the part where you can score 100% which will help you to be ahead of your competitors in the examination. You can take our online CBT mock tests and practice regularly to monitor your progress.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Dedicate specific time for reading and staying updated with the latest news and events related to environment, forestry, and agricultural sectors of India and the world. Read newspapers, magazines, and other relevant resources. Current affairs play a very crucial role in cracking the examination. Generally, last 1 years’ current affairs and general aptitude is enough for being able to answer the questions asked in the exam. Make notes and revise them regularly. Join our WhatsApp Discussion Group where we discuss about the GK and Current Affairs regularly and updates are given as free PDFs in G-Drive!

English Language: Allocate specific time for improving your English language skills. Focus on basics, comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, idioms, etc. English Language is also the part where you can score 100%. Reading English books, newspaper, watching English movies, documentaries and listening to English song can heavily improve your English language skills in real life!

Revision: Set aside specific time for revision of all the topics covered. Regular revision will help you retain the information and boost your confidence for the exam. Practice sample questions and previous year papers to get an idea of the exam pattern. FRI M.Sc. Entrance Exam is one of its kind examination as getting hold of Previous Year Questions (PYQs) for the exam is very much difficult. Except Krishi Pathshala, you can not find any other online website where the genuine and original PYQs of FRI M.Sc. Entrance is available, that too for FREE OF COST! There are several third-party websites circulating fake exam papers, we will suggest the aspirants not to believe in those resources. We procure these original papers from FRI Alumni and also provide apt solutions to the PYQs solved by the FRI Alumni. Subscribe to our FREE PYQs and its apt solutions by FRI Alumni (Solutions are to be subscribed) right now and get ahead of your competitors in the exam!

Students coming from Agriculture or Forestry or Life Science backgrounds may find the exam a little bit easy to crack as you can see the Basic Science along with social science carries 100 question. It covers all the aspects of General Agriculture, Forestry, Zoology, Botany, Chemistry and Physics etc. Moreover, you must cover the General Agriculture part to be safe if you are not familiar with or you are coming from another subject sectors. Apart from our study materials, we suggest to go through these books: Competitive Book of Agriculture by Nem Raj Sunda, Objective Agriculture by S. R. Kantwa, General Agriculture by Muniraj Singh Rathore. You can opt our General Agriculture Mock Test for free here. You can also go through any current affair book or general knowledge book like Pathfinder CDS Entrance Examination Guide by Arihant Publication to make better preparation than others. If you are not from Life sciences background, you can also get Indian Forestry: A Breakthrough Approach to Forest Service by Manikandan and Prabhu for getting a holistic view of Indian Forestry Sector beforehand. The link for buying the suggested books are given in the following booklist.


1 Competitive Book of Agriculture by Nem Raj Sundabuy now
2 Objective Agriculture by S. R. Kantwabuy now
3 General Agriculture by Muniraj Singh Rathorebuy now
4Indian Forestry: A Breakthrough Approach to Forest Service by Manikandan and Prabhubuy now
5 Pathfinder CDS Entrance Examination Guide by Arihant Publicationbuy now


Ayushman Malakar is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Krishi Pathshala. He is also an expert mentor of Krishi Pathshala, guiding aspirants for more than 4 years. Malakar is a B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture graduate from Palli Siksha Bhavana (Institute of Agriculture), Visva Bharati. He cleared All India Entrance Examination of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun with AIR 8 and completed his M.Sc. Forestry with specialization in Forest Genetics and Biotechnology. He cleared GATE in 2020 with AIR 67 (Ecology and Evolution) and UGC NET in 2019. Currently, Malakar is perusing his Ph.D. in Forest Genetics as an Senior Research Fellow (SRF) from ICFRE-Institute of Forest Productivity (MoEFCC, GoI), Ranchi. He has authored more than 25 scientific literatures in several national and international journals as well as conferences. He is the recipient of several honorary awards for his contribution in the field of research and academia like Young Researcher Award and Young Research Scholar Award.
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6 responses on "Crack the All India Entrance Examination of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun"

  1. Which books helpful to Crack fri entrance exam

  2. Can a bsc environmental student appear for fri dehradun entrance

  3. Hi sir!
    I’m second year zoology student
    Am I eligibility for msc forestry and environment science
    Is krishi pathshala material enough for fri entrance??

    • Yes you are eligible to seat in the FRI Entrance. However, you must complete your degree before admission. As you said that you are a second year student, I assume you will be academically eligible for the exam in 2025. Rest, you can sit in the exam in 2024 also for preparation purposes. And as descripted in the blog, Krishi Pathshala resources are all you need to easily crack FRI Entrance.

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