UPSC Indian Economic Services (IES) Examination

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts combined written examination for the IES (Indian Economic Services) and ISS ( Indian Statistical Services). The process is being conducted to fill the vacancies in Indian Economic Services (IES) and Indian Statistical Services. The UPSC IES / ISS examination is once a year, generally in the month of November.

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The candidates will get opportunity to be a part of planning commission and other government owned bodies in the country. The selected candidates can be part of the Indian economic policy formulation team.

The UPSC conducts the Indian Economic/Statistical Services Examination to recruit officers in the planning commission, planning board, ministry of economic affairs, national sample survey and other allied offices where specialists in economics and statistics are required. Selected candidates are also placed in the Labour Bureau, Central Electricity Authority, Economic Advisers to many ministries, Forward Market Commission, Tariff Commission, Planning Board, Tariff Commission National sample survey, etc. Candidates may even go on deputations to different agencies of United Nations.

UPSC Indian Economic Services (IES) Examination

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate need to check the eligibility before applying.

Age limits

21-30 years on 1st January of the year of Examination

Educational Qualifications:

– The candidate should have Post Graduate Degree from a recognized university in Economics / Applied Economics / Business Economics / Econometric.
– Candidates appearing in qualifying degree exams are also eligible provisionally subject to producing proof of passing along with Detailed Application Form.
– Candidates who have taken a degree from a foreign University may also apply to the Commission and may be admitted to the examination at the discretion of the Commission.

How to Apply

The application Blank application forms and other particulars are published in Employment News, generally in the month of June.

Exam Pattern

Part-I : Candidates are required to appear in the following papers of conventional type papers.
(i) For Indian Economic Service
(a) General English 100 Marks
(b) General Studies 100 Marks
(c) General Economics-I 200 Marks
(d) General Economics-II 200 Marks
(e) General Economics-III 200 Marks
(f) General Economics 200 Marks
Part II : Interview for Personality Test 200 Marks


Successful candidates are then eligible for Personality Test (Interview). Personality Test carries 200 Marks.

  1. The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type.
  2. Question Papers will be set in English only and have to be answered in English.
  3. Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.
  4. The Commission can fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  5. If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on thisaccount, from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.
  6. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  7. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.
  8. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  9. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculator at the examination. Programmable type calculators will, however, not be allowed. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
  10. Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.


The candidate will be interviewed by a Board. The object of the interview is to assessthe suitablity of the candidate 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 of 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 mental qualities of the candidate and his/her grasp of problems. The Board will pay special attention to assessing the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgement and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiation and capacity of leadership.


This section will be updated once results are announced.

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