How to Prepare for Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam?


Union Public Service Commission holds the Indian Economic/Statistical Service Exam. This examination is carried out to recruit Grade IV officers for Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. This test is regularly held in the month of November. ISS and IES are services under the central government. These services are involved, in economic analysis and planning.

Vacancies in these services come up in the planning commission, state board and other government owned bodies. The selected applicants are placed in the planning commission. They can also get chance in ministry of economic affairs. For qualifying in IES, they should have finished graduation with statistics or economics. To appear for ISS, they should have passed graduation with Statistics or Mathematics or Economics.

Structure of Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam

The Entrance test consists of written test and viva examination. The written exam includes of essay type questions. The duration of every paper is 3 hours. The written exam carries 900 marks. The IES test will have questions from General English, General studies, General Economics I, General Economics II and Indian Economics. The ISS test will have questions from General English, General Studies, Statistics I, Statistics II and Statistics III. The applicants who have cleared the written test can appear for Viva. This test carries maximum of 250 marks. The General English paper questions are asked to test the understanding of English language.

Syllabus of Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam

  • General English
  • Antonyms
  • Articles
  • Essay writing,
  • Grammar usage
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Prepositions
  • Synonyms

General studies

  • Current events
  • History of India
  • Indian politics
  • Scientific aspects


  • Computer application
  • Data processing
  • Design and analysis of experiments


  • Economic statistics
  • Estimation
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Linear models
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Numerical analysis
  • Operations research
  • Operations research
  • Probability
  • Sampling techniques
  • Statistical methods,
  • Statistical quality control
  • Stochastic processes
  • General economics
  • Balance of payments
  • Consumer’s demand
  • Distribution
  • Econometric and Statistical methods
  • Economic growth and development
  • Economic thought
  • Financial and capital market
  • International economics
  • Mathematical methods in Economics
  • Theory of Production
  • Value

Reference Books for Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam

Referring to NCERT guides will be helpful. Other than this referring to past papers will help.

Study Plan for Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam

The aspirant must learn all portions thoroughly without any topics being left. They have to write descriptive answers in a clear way. They can find guide books in online as well in the market. They have to go through last year question papers, this will give them a clear idea about the examination.



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9 Responses to “How to Prepare for Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam?”

  1. 9

    Initial salary of an IES officer?After passing IES entrance exam,in which sector an officer get the job?

  2. 8
    bikash sharma:

    please tell me the books and others materials for preparing for ies exam

  3. 7
    Ravi B:

    Hi Sir,
    This is Ravi from Hyderabad, preparing for Indian Statistical Service, 2012, Please can you guide me regarding the reference books for statistics. I am already having Fundamentals of Mathematical Statistics , Fundamentals of Applied Statistics in which the total syllabus is not covered. Please suggest me some reference books in this regard.

    Thanking you sir,

  4. 6
    sujata tyagi:

    please tell me the books or study materialsrequired for the preparation of Indian Economic Services prel. exams

  5. 5

    please suggest me the books or study material for iss general studies and general english. other tahn NCERT books, are there any other books for general atudies and general english

  6. 4
    Moumita Karmakar:

    please tell me the names of some books required for the prepration of paper-3 of I.E.S

  7. 3
    amit garg:

    helloo, i am dng eco (h) , i want 2 knw is dr prelminary in ies? hw to strt prepare for ies? pls reply me

  8. 2

    i am doing msc maths. Am i eligible to appear for ISS? What will they pay to selected candidates?

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