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Scheme of Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Services Exam

The Scheme / Exam Pattern of Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Services Exam that is conducted by the UPSC to be effective from 2016 is explained hereunder:

   The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan

   Part I - Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as shown below.

   Part II - Viva voce of such candidates as may be called by the Commission carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

Part - I

A. Indian Economic Services(IES)

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
General English 100 3 Hours
General Studies 100 3 Hours
General Economics-I 200 3 Hours
General Economics-II 200 3 Hours
General Economics-III 200 3 Hours
Indian Economics 200 3 Hours

B. Indian Statistical Service (ISS)

Subject Maximum Marks Duration
General English 100 3 Hours
General Studies 100 3 Hours
Statistics-I 200 3 Hours
Statistics-II 200 3 Hours
Statistics-III 200 3 Hours
Statistics-IV 200 3 Hours


Note - 1 : Statistics I& II will be of Objective Type Questions (80questions with maximum marks of 200 in each paper) to be attempted in 120minutes.

Note - 2 : Statistics III& IV will be of Descriptive Type having Short Answer/Small Problems Questions (50%) and Long Answer and Comprehension problem questions (50%]. At least one ShortAnswer and One Long Answer Question from each section is compulsory. In Statistics-IV,equal number of questions i.e.50% weightagefrom allthesub-sections below and candidates have to chooseany two sub-sectionsand answer.

Note - 3 : The person General English and GeneralStudies,common to both Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service will be of subjective type.

Note - 4 : All other papers of Indian Economic Service will be of subjective type.

Note - 5 : The details of standardand syllabi for the examination are given in Section II below.

2. The question papers in all subjects in Indian Economic Service Examination and in Indian Statistical Service Examination will be of Conventional(essay)type except in Statistics PaperI and Statistics PaperII which are Objective Type Papers.


Part - II

    Viva voice - The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the service for which he/she has competed.

    The interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialised knowledge and abilities for the candidate. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own State or Country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiousity of well educated youth.

    The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, through directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate's mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems. The Board will pay special attention to assess the intellectual curiousity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, integrity of character initiative and capacity for leadership.

Syllabus of IES/ISS Exam