UPSC IES/ISS Exam Scheme of Examination & Syllabus

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

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

PART-I
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:
A. Indian Economic Service

Sl.No. Subject Maximum Marks Time Allowed
1 General English 100 3 hrs.
2 General Studies 100 3 hrs.
3 General Economics-I 200 3 hrs.
4 General Economics-II 200 3 hrs.
5 General Economics-III 200 3 hrs.
6 Indian Economics 200 3 hrs.

B. Indian Statistical Service

Sl.No. Subject Maximum Marks Time Allowed
1 General English 100 3 hrs.
2 General Studies 100 3 hrs.
3 Statistics-I (Objective) 200 2 hrs.
4 Statistics-II (Objective) 200 2 hrs.
5 Statistics-III (Descriptive) 200 3 hrs.
6 Statistics-IV (Descriptive) 200 3 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.
Note-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. In Statistics-IV, equal number of questions i.e. 50% weightage from all the sub-sections below and candidates have to choose any two sub-sections and answer.
Note 3 : The papers on General English and General Studies, common to both Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service will be of subjective type.
Note 4 : All other papers of Indian Economic Service will be of subjective type. Note-5 : The details of standard and syllabi for the examination are given in Section-II below.
2. 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.
3. ALL QUESTION PAPERS MUST BE ANSWERED IN ENGLISH; QUESTION PAPERS WILL BE SET IN ENGLISH ONLY.
4. 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. However, blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40 % impairment) will be allowed to write the examination with the help of a scribe.

Compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour for each paper will also be allowed to a blind candidate and the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment).
Note (1): The eligibility conditions of a scribe, his/her conduct inside the examination hall and the manner in which an extent to which he/she can help the blind candidate in writing the Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Examination shall be governed by the instructions issued by the UPSC in this regard. Violation of all or any of the said instructions shall entail the cancellation of the candidature of the blind candidate in addition to any other action that the UPSC may take against the scribe.
Note (2): For purpose of these rules the candidate shall be deemed to be a blind candidate if the percentage of visual impairment is forty per cent (40 %) or more. However, the extent of visual impairment should have to be corroborated by a certificate in the prescribed proforma from a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Government along with their Detailed Application Form.
Note (3): The concession admissible to blind candidates shall not be admissible to those suffering from Myopia.
5. The Commission have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
6. 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.
7. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
8. Credit will be given for orderly effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.
9. In the question papers, wherever required, SI Units will be used.
10. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the examination. Programmable type calculators will, however, not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
11. Candidates should use only International Form of Indian numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.) while answering question papers.

PART – II
Viva voce—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.

SECTION-II
STANDARD AND SYLLABI

The standard of papers in General English and General Studies will be such as may be expected of a graduate of an Indian University.
The standard of papers in the other subjects will be that of the Master’s degree examination of an Indian University in the relevant disciplines. The candidates will be expected to illustrate theory by facts, and to analyse problems with the help of theory. They will be 11 expected to be particularly conversant with Indian problems in the field(s) of Economics/Statistics.

Subject Syllabus
GENERAL ENGLISH Click here
GENERAL STUDIES Click here
GENERAL ECONOMICS – I Click here
GENERAL ECONOMICS – II Click here
GENERAL ECONOMICS – III Click here
INDIAN ECONOMICS Click here
STATISTICS-I (OBJECTIVE TYPE) Click here
STATISTICS- II (OBJECTIVE TYPE) Click here
STATISTICS- III (DESCRIPTIVE TYPE) Click here
STATISTICS-IV (DESCRIPTIVE TYPE) Click here