IES/ISS Exam pattern and syllabus

IES/ISS Important Dates
• Date of Notification: 8 Feb 2017
• Last Date of Receipt of Applications:
3 March 2017
• Date of commencement of
Examination: 12 May 2017
• Duration of Examination: 3 days

Eligibility for IES/ISS
• Age Limits:
 A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have
attained the age of 30 years.
• Educational Qualification:
For Indian Economic Service: Candidates must have obtained a Postgraduate Degree in Economics/ Applied Economics/ Business Economics
/Econometrics from a University incorporated by of an Act of the Central or
State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutes established by an
Act Parliament.
For Indian Statistical Service: Candidate must have obtained a PostGraduate degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Applied Statistics
from a University incorporated by of an Act of the Central or State
Legislature in India or other Educational Institutes established by an Act
Parliament.

IES/ISS Examination Pattern
• The examination for IES/ISS will
follow the pattern described below:
• 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 SERVICE

S.No.

Subject

1
2
3
4

General English
General Studies
General Economics-I
General Economics-II
General EconomicsIII
Indian Economics

5
6

Max.
marks
100
100
200
200

Time allowed
3
3
3
3

hours
hours
hours
hours

200

3 hours

200

3 hours

B. INDIAN STATISTICAL SERVICE

S.No
.
1
2
3
4
5
6

Subject
General
English
General
Studies
Statistics-I
Statistics-II
Statistics-III
Statistics-IV

Max. marks Time allowed
100

3 hours

100

3 hours

200
200
200
200

3
3
3
3

hours
hours
hours
hours







The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional
(essay) type.
Question Papers will be set in English only and have to be
answered in English.
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.
The Commission can fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects
of the examination.
If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be
made on this account, from the total marks otherwise accruing to
him/her.
Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression
combined with due economy of words.
In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
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.

PART-II
Viva voce (Interview) 
• The candidate will be interviewed by a Board. The object of the interview
is to assess the suitability 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 specialized 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 judgment and alertness of mind,
the ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiation and capacity
of leadership.

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