UPSC IES / ISS Syllabus, Exam Pattern / Indian Economic Service / Indian Statistical Service

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UPSC IES / ISS Examination Pattern and Syllabus

The SELECTION procedure is done with two sets of examination. The first set comprises of written examination. The second set consists of Personal Interview.

Written Examination

A. Indian Economic Service – Applicants have to appear for six papers for this post.

a) General English, b) General Studies, c) General Economics I, d) General Economics II, e) General Economics III, f) Indian Economics.

For subjects (a) and (b) maximum marks allotted are 100. For rest of the subjects maximum marks allotted are 200. Time limit for all the subjects is 3 hours.

B. Indian statistical Service – It consists of six papers

a) General English, b) General Studies, c) Statistics I, d) Statistics II, e) Statistics III, f) Statistics IV

Maximum 100 marks are allotted for papers (a) and (b) and maximum 200 marks are allotted for rest of the papers. 3 hours are provided for the applicants to complete their paper.


Personal Interview

Candidates who get success in written examination are selected for next part of selection. Those candidates are interviewed by the Board of competent observers. The applicants’ knowledge and ability to handle the situation are determined by the board. No pressure is exerted on the candidate.


General English – Write an essay, passages with questions

General Studies – General knowledge of current affairs, trends, everyday observation, Indian politics, history and geography of India.

General Economics I – Part A – Theory of consumers demand; theory of production; theory of value; theory of distribution; welfare economics.

Part B – Quantitative methods in economics (mathematical methods in economics, statistical and econometric methods).

General Economics II – Economic thought, concept of national income and social accounting; theory of employment, output, inflation, money and finance; financial and capital market; economic growth and development; international economics; balance of payments; global institutions.

General economics III – Public finance; environmental economics; industrial economics; state, market and planning

Indian Economics – History and development planning; federal finance; poverty, unemployment and human development; agricultural and rural development strategies; India’s experience with urbanization and migration; industry; labor; foreign trade; money and banking; inflation; budgeting and fiscal policy

Statistics I – Probability; statistical methods; numerical analysis

Statistics II – Liner models; estimation; hypothesis testing and statistical quality control; multivariate analysis

Statistics III – Sampling techniques; design and analysis of experiments; economics statistics; econometrics

Statistics IV – Stochastic processes; operations research; demography and vital statistics; computer application and data processing.

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