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The Indian Economic Service is career opportunities for those who have a keen interest to be a part of the Indian economic policy formulation team. They get an opportunity to be a part of planning commission and other government owned bodies in the country.

The UPSC conducts the Indian Economic 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 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.



(I)   The candidate must be an Indian Citizen, subject to Nepal and Bhutan.


(II)  Tibetan refugee candidates shifted their base to India before 1st January, 1962.

(III) The candidates of Indian origin migrated from neighbour counties like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam etc.


(IV)      For the candidates of subject to Nepal, Bhutan , Tibetan refugee and migrated are required to submit a “Certificate Of Eligibility” issued by the Government Of India.


Educational Qualifications:

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have:

(I)   Post-graduate degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics /Econometrics for IES


(II)  Degree should be from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutes established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or a foreign university approved by the Central Govt. from time to time.


Age limits

21-30 years on 1st August

Upper age limit relaxation is provided to candidates as follows:


(I)   A maximum of three years for OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only]


(II)  A maximum of three years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof


(III) A maximum of five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe


(IV)      A maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989


(V) A maximum of five years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 August and have been released on either of the following basis:


(A) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1 August) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency


(B) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service


(C) on invalidment

(VI) A maximum of five years in case of ECOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1 August and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.


(VII) A maximum of ten years in case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons


The age relaxation will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs who are released on own request.

 IES Examination Pattern

The examination for IES 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



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:-




Max. marks

Time allowed


General English


3 hours


General Studies


3 hours


General Economics-I


3 hours


General Economics-II


3 hours


General Economics-III


3 hours


Indian Economics


3 hours

 (I) The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type.


(II) Question Papers will be set in English only and have to be answered in English.


(III) 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.


(IV) The Commission can fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

(V) 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.


(VI) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.


(VII) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.


(VIII) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.


(IX) 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.


(X) Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals(e.g.1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.



Viva voice (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 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.



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