Indian Economic Service Exam 2020

Dates | Eligibility | Exam Pattern | Syllabus | Salary

UPSC IES Exam (Indian Economic Service) is a part of the Central Civil Services. Candidates recruited through IES are Group ‘A’ Officers concerned directly with the administration and permanent bureaucracy of the Govt. of India.

The aspirants recruited through IES are also concerned and responsible for various surveys and studies conducted by the Govt. of India.

About UPSC IES Exam

The IES Exam is normally conducted in the month of June once a year. For which the notification is generally published in the month of March of the same year while the online applications can be submitted till mid of April or so.

Just like other UPSC exams, Indian Statistical Service is segregated into two parts –

  1. The written examination and
  2. The personal interview.

**NOTE: Only candidates clearing the written examination will be called for a personal interview. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the service he/she is competing for.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural yet directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate’s mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems.

The Interview Board will pay special attention to assess the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, a balance of judgment and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, the integrity of character initiative and capacity for leadership.

UPSC IES Exam Dates 2020

The UPSC has released its Exam Calendar for the year 2020. The following dates are in reference to the same.

Starting Date of Application25 March 2020
Last Date of Application13 April 2020
Date of Examination26 June 2020

**NOTE: The Dates are as per UPSC academic calendar 2020

UPSC IES Eligibility

To appear in Indian Economic Service (IES) examination a candidate is to be eligible on three grounds viz. Nationality, Age limit and Educational Qualification.


A candidate must be either:

(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 the 1st January, 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.

Age Limit:

A candidate appearing for the IES exam must have attained 21 years and have a maximum age limit of 32 years. It has some upper age relaxation for certain categories of candidates. Please refer the latest notification for the purpose.

Education Qualification

The candidates must have obtained a Post Graduate Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Econometrics from a recognized university or a foreign university approved by the Central Government of India from time to time.

UPSC IES Exam Pattern

There are two parts of the examination. Part I consists of a written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks. And Part II is a viva voie of such candidates called by the UPSC carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

Part-I: Written Examination

Sl. No.SubjectMaximum MarksTime Allowed
1.General English1003 hrs
2.General Studies1003 hrs
3.General Economics – I2003 hrs
4.General Economics – II2003 hrs
5.General Economics – III2003 hrs
6.Indian Economics2003 hrs

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.

UPSC IES Exam Syllabus

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.

General English

Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or preci.

General Studies

General knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject.

The paper will also include questions on Indian Polity including the political system and the Constitution of India, History of India and Geography of nature which a candidate should be able to answer without special study.

General Economics I

Sl. No.Topic
1.Part ATheory of Consumer’s Demand
2.Theory of Production
3.Theory of Value
4.Theory of Distribution
5.Welfare Economics
6.Part BMathematical Methods in Economics
7.Statistical Econometric Methods

General Economics II

Sl. No.Topic
1.Economic Thought
2.Concept of National Income and Social Accounting
3.Theory of Employment, Output, Inflation, Money & Finance
4.Financial & Capital Market
5.Economic Growth and Development
6.International Economics
7.Balance of Payments
8.Global Institutions

General Economics III

Sl. No.Topic
1.Public Finance
2.Environmental Economics
3.Industrial Economics
4.State, Market & Planning

Indian Economics

Sl. No.Topic
1.History of Development & Planning
2.Federal Finance
3.Budgeting and Fiscal Policy
4.Poverty, Unemployment & Human Development
5.Agricultural & Rural Development Strategies
6.India’s Experience with Urbanisation and Migration
7.Industry: Strategy of Industrial Development
9.Foreign Trade
10.Money & Banking

UPSC IES Application Process

The application process for applying in the IES examination is as same as it is for other UPSC exams. Candidates have to apply online through UPSC official site.

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-admit card weeks before the commencement of the examination.

Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination.

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  3. Certificate in support of a claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of a claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
  5. Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable).

UPSC IES Job Prospects

IES is the gateway to the central service as Group A officers. Aspirants who successfully pass IES examination are placed in various cadre posts in the

  1. Planning commission,
  2. Planning board,
  3. Ministry of economic affairs,
  4. National sample survey and
  5. Allied offices where specialists in statistics/economics are required.

The posts are primarily located in Ministries/Departments dealing with economic and social sectors. Besides Cadre posts, IES officers go on deputation to serve in various domestic and international organizations such as:

  1. United Nation bodies,
  2. Foreign governments,
  3. State governments and regulatory bodies.

Officers from the service are also appointed on deputation to posts in the Central Ministries/ Departments under the Central Staffing Scheme. The places of posting are usually in the State capitals or New Delhi.

A candidate selected at a favourable age can expect to rise quite high in the career and touch the level of even Secretary to the Government of India, in any Ministry concerned with economic affairs.

Salary of an IES officer

The starting salary of an IES officer:

  • Pay-Scale: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 /-
  • Grade-Pay: ₹ 5,400 /-
  • Total Salary: ₹ 56,100 /-

Rank wise distribution of pay-scale, grade pay and salary is given in the following table:

DesignationPay ScaleGrade PayTotal Salary
Principle/Chief Advisor₹ 80,000₹ 2,25,000
Senior Advisor₹ 67,000 – 79,000₹ 1,82,200
Advisor₹ 37,400 – 67,000₹ 10,000₹ 1,44,200
Director/Additional Advisor₹ 37,400 – 67,000₹ 8,700₹ 1,18,500
Joint Director/Deputy Advisor₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 7,600₹ 78,800
Senior Research Officer₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 6,600₹ 67,700
Assistant Director/Junior Research Officer₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 5,400₹ 56,100

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    • The candidates must have obtained a Post Graduate Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Econometrics from a recognized university or a foreign university approved by the Central Government of India from time to time.


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