Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Exam SYLLABUS 2020-Pre and Mains


Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Exam SYLLABUS 2020-Pre and Mains

Welcome to Mynotesadda.com, Here you will get detailed syllabus and useful information about Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS) which is conducted by UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (UPSC).

Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service: is the administrative inter-ministerial civil service under Group A of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.

The Indian Economic Service was introduced for formulating and implementing economic policies and programmes in India.

With the initiation of large-scale economic reforms in 1991 and the proliferation of the regulatory role of the government, such analysis and advice within the domain of the service have increased manifold.For Indian Statistical Service, all statistical positions of various ministries and departments were pooled together in the initial constitution of service.

A joint competitive examination for recruitment to Junior Time Scale of the Services will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in compliance with the rules published by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation in the Gazette of India.

What is the IES / ISS Exam?

Provided below are the basic details about the examination the will give you a quick overview of the same.

Examination Name

Indian Economic Service (IES)/ Indian Statistical Service (ISS) Examination

Conducting Authority

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Examination Level

National Level

Conducted For

Recruitment for vacancies in the IES and ISS

Examination Mode


Application Mode


Key Stages Involved

Written Test and Interview

Minimum Education Qualification Required

A Postgraduate Degree

Exam Indian Economic Service (IES)/ Indian Statistical Service (ISS) Conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Frequency Once a year Exam mode Pen and paper-based (Offline) Number of attempts 6 Duration of the examination 3 days Vacancies (approximately) IES – 32 & ISS – 33 Test centres 19 Expected registrations More than 2 lakh Official Website www.upsc.gov.in

A comprehensive UPSC syllabus for Indian Economic Services and Indian Statistical Service syllabus of the exam is indicated online.The written review is conducted in offline mode on the OMR sheets and candidates are asked questions based on the specified UPSC IES ISS syllabus.To pass and secure good marks in the UPSC IES ISS 2020, candidates must refer to the syllabus of UPSC IES ISS and prepare accordingly.As such, we bring you the full revised UPSC IES ISS Syllabus 2020 in this report.Also, find a full list of latest recommended books to prepare for the exam effectively.

UPSC IES ISS Syllabus 2020

The question paper of the IES ISS 2020 written exam consists of 06 subjects bearing total marks of 1000.Between these, some articles are analytical in nature and some consists of concise questions.General Studies and General Science are typical subjects for both the study.We have included the full indicative UPSC IES ISS Syllabus 2020 here in a subject-wise manner.

General English

Candidates have to write an essay in English.Other questions asked aredesigned to test the comprehension capacity of the applicant.

General Studies 

  • Questions based on general knowledge,
  • Current affairs will be asked.
  • Current events and their effects on everyday life.
  • Indian polity.
  • History.
  • Geography.
  • Constitution of India.


Part A

  • Theory of Consumer’s Demand – Simple games of complete information, Cardinal utility Analysis, Concept of Nash equilibrium, Duality and indirect utility function and expenditure function.
  • Theory of production – Factors of production and production function, Forms of Production Functions, Duality and cost function, Partial Equilibrium versus General Equilibrium approach.
  • Theory of value – Pricing under different market structures, Marshallian and Walrasian stability analysis, Pricing with incomplete information and moral hazard problems.
  • Theory of Distribution –  Neoclassical distribution theories,  Euler’s theorem, Macro distribution theories of Ricardo, Kaldor, Marx, Kalecki.
  • Welfare economics – Public goods and externalities, social choice and other recent schools, interpersonal comparison, and aggression.

Part B

Quantitative methods in Economics

  • Mathematical methods in Economics
  • Statistical and Econometric Methods


  • 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


  • Public Finance
  • Environmental Economic
  •  Industrial Economics
  • State, Market and Planning


  •  History of development and planning
  • Federal Finance
  •  Budgeting and Fiscal Policy
  • Poverty, Unemployment and Human Development
  •  Agriculture and Rural Development Strategies
  •  India’s experience with Urbanisation and Migration
  • Industry: Strategy of industrial development
  • Labour
  •  Foreign trade
  •  Money and Banking
  • Inflation


  • Probability – Standard discrete and continuous probability distributions,  Modes of convergences of sequences of random variables, Classical and axiomatic definitions of Probability and consequences.
  • Statistical Methods – Standard errors and large sample test, Non-parametric tests-Goodness of fit, Collection, compilation, and presentation of data, histograms, charts.
  • Numerical Analysis – Finite differences of different orders, Numerical differentiation, the summation of series, Inverse interpolation, Concept of interpolation and extrapolation.
  • Computer application and Data Processing – Basics of Computer, Basics of Programming.


  • Linear Models -Theory of linear estimation, One way and two-way classifications, Analysis of variance (two-way classification).
  • Statistical Inference and Hypothesis Testing – Characteristics of a good estimator, Hypothesis testing.
  • Official Statistics – National and International official statistical system, National Statistical Commission, National Statistical Organization, Sector Wise Statistics, Index Numbers, National Accounts, Population Census, miscellaneous.


  • Sampling Techniques – Concept of population and sample, Subjective or purposive sampling, Ratio, product and regression methods of estimation, Systematic sampling, Sampling with probability proportional to size, Equal size cluster sampling, Concept of multistage sampling and its application.
  • Econometrics -Nature of econometrics, Linear regression and stochastic regression, Simultaneous linear equations model and its generalization, Estimation in simultaneous equations mode, recursive systems, Autocorrelation, its consequences and tests.
  • Applied Statistics -Index Numbers, Time Series Analysis, Detailed study of the stationary processes, Spectral analysis of weakly stationary process,


  • Operations Research and Reliability – Definition and Scope of Operations Research, Transportation and assignment problems, Queuing models, Sequencing and scheduling problems, Replacement problems, PERT, and CPM.
  • Demography and Vital Statistics – Measurement of Fertility, Measurement of Mortality, Internal migration and its measurement, Sources of demographic data, Complete life table,  its main features, and its uses.
  • Survival Analysis and Clinical Trial- Semi-parametric regression for the failure rate, Concept of time, order and random censoring, likelihood in the distributions, Introduction to clinical trials, Data management, Design of clinical trials, Reporting, and analysis.
  • Quality Control – Statistical process and product control, Basic concepts of process monitoring and control,  O.C. and A.R.L. of control charts moving average and exponentially weighted moving average charts, Cu-Sum charts using V-masks and decision intervals,  Economic design of X-bar chart.
  • Multivariate Analysis- Multivariate normal distribution and its properties, Wishart matrix’s distribution and properties, Classification problem.
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments – Analysis of missing data, Split Plot Design and Strip Plot Design, complete analysis and layout of the completely randomized design,  Need for the design of experiments, analysis of variance for one way and two-way classifications.
  • Computing with C and R – Basics of C, Control statements, Functions, Structure, Array of structures, Files in C, Statistics Methods, and techniques in R.

UPSC Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam

(a) a Citizen of India, or (b) a subject of Nepal, or (c) a subject of Bhutan, or (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b ) , ( c), (d ) and ( e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him / her by the Government of India
2.Educational Qualification:
1. For Indian Economic Service (IES):
The candidates haven to obtained a Post Graduate Degree in Economics / Applied Economics / Business Economics / Econometrics from a recognized university or a foreign university grant by the Central Government of India.
2. For Indian Statistical Service (ISS):
The candidates have to get a Bachelor’s Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subject or else the candidates should have a Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a recognized university or a foreign university granted by the Central Government of India.
3.Age Limit :

The candidates must  on the age of 21 years and must not have over the age of 30 years as on August 1, 2020, i.e. he/she must have been born not before than August 2, 1990, and not later than August 1, 1999.
The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable as mentioned for the below categories:

  • Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe-5 Years
  • Other Backward Classes-3 Years
  • Unless a applicant has ordinarily been residence in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989,-5 Years
  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations at the time of wars with any foreign country or in a troubled region, and discharge as a consequence thereof
  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen like Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have made at least five years Military Service as on August 1 2020
  • Up to a period of 10 years in the case of (a) blindness & poor vision, (b) deaf & hard of hearing, (c) locomotor impairment including cerebral palsy, leprosy healed, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, (d) autism, intellectual disability, severe learning disorder and mental illness, (e) more other disabilities from between individual under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness

How to Apply for IES/ ISS Exam 2020?

The application or registration process for IES and ISS examination for 2020 will be completed in an online mode. Here are some easy steps that you need to follow for apply the application.

  • Go to the official website of UPSC i.e., upsc.gov.in.

  • Search for the online application link on the home page.

  • Initial step in the process would be registration. Fill in the registration form using the valid email address and phone number.

  • Now give in or submit the registration form and log in to the website to start filling the application form.

  • The application of the exam is finished in two stages so it is essential for you to ended both the parts as per the official instructions.

  • After uploading the supporting documents and reviewing the form, proceed to payment.

  • You can pay the application fee in online mode and finally submit it.

Size Requirements for IES/ ISS 2020 Application Documents



Maximum Size

Minimum Size

Candidate’s Photograph


40 KB

3 KB



40 KB

1 KB

Application Fee for IES/ ISS Exam 2020

Application Fee Amount for Unreserved, OBC and EWS Category

INR 200/-

Application Fee Amount for Female Candidates


Application Fee Amount for SC/ ST/ PwD Candidates


Mode of Payment

Online and Offline

Means for Online Payment

Internet Banking of SBI/ RuPay/ Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Master Cast/ Visa Card

Means for Offline Payment

Remitting Money in any SBI Branch

IES/ ISS 2020 Exam Pattern

The examination for IES and ISS is done in 3 days. It includes 6 subjects, each with different time duration and maximum marks.

The detailed pattern for IES examination 2020 is introduced below.


Maximum Marks


Genera Studies


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

Genera English


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

General Economics – I


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

General Economics – II


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

General Economics – III


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

Indian Economics


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

The detailed pattern for ISS examination 2020 is introduced below.


Maximum Marks


Genera Studies


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

Genera English


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

Statistics – I (Objective)


2 Hours/ 120 Minutes

Statistics – II (Objective)


2 Hours/ 120 Minutes

Statistics – III (Descriptive)


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

Statistics – IV (Descriptive)


3 Hours/ 180 Minutes

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