Indian Economic Services and Indian Statistical Services Examination

UPSC IES/ ISS Exam Pattern: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts exam for the recruitment of Indian Economic Services (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS). Exam pattern details are given below…

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 in below.

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


The  subjects  of  the  written  examination  under  Part-I,  the  maximum  marks  allotted  to  each subject/paper and the time allowed shall be as follows :

  1. Indian Economic Service
S. No.SubjectMax. MarksTime Period
1.General English1003 Hrs
2.General Studies1003 Hrs
3.General Economics-I2003 Hrs
4.General Economics-II2003 Hrs
5.General Economics-III2003 Hrs
6.Indian Economics2003 Hrs


  1. Indian Statistical Service
S. No.SubjectMax. MarksTime Period
1.General English1003 Hrs
2.General Studies1003 Hrs
3.Statistics-I (Objective)2002 Hrs
4.Statistics-II (Objective)2002 Hrs
5.Statistics-III (Descriptive)2003 Hrs
6.Statistics-IV (Descriptive)2003 Hrs


Note: –

  1. Statistics-I & II will be of Objective Type Questions (80 questions with maximum marks of 200 in each paper) to be attempted in 120 minutes.
  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 Short Answer and One Long Answer Question from each section is compulsory.
  3. The papers on General English and General Studies, common to both Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service will be of subjective type.
  4. All other papers of Indian Economic Service will be of subjective type.
  5. 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 Paper-I and Statistics Paper-II which are Objective Type Papers.
  6. All question must be answered in English, question paper will be set in English only.



Interview: – 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 curiosity 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 curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgment and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, integrity of character initiative and capacity for leadership.

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