UPSC ISS Exam (Indian Statistical Service) is a part of the Central Civil Services. Candidates recruited through ISS are Group ‘A’ Officers concerned directly with the administration and permanent bureaucracy of the Govt. of India.
The aspirants recruited through ISS are also concerned and responsible for various surveys and studies conducted by the Govt. of India.
About UPSC ISS Exam
The ISS 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 –
- The written examination and
- The personal interview.
**NOTE: Only candidates clearing the written examination will be called for the 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 ISS Exam Dates 2020
The UPSC has released its Exam Calendar for the year 2020. The following dates are in reference of the same.
|Starting Date of Application||25 March 2020|
|Last Date of Application||13 April 2020|
|Date of Examination||26 June 2020|
**NOTE: The Dates mentioned are as per UPSC academic calendar 2020
UPSC ISS 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 voce of such candidates called by the UPSC carrying a maximum of 200 marks.
Part-I: Written Examination
There are six subjects in the written examination out of which two of them are objective type.
|Sl. No.||Subject||Marks||Time Allowed|
|1.||General English||100||3 hrs.|
|2.||General Studies||100||3 hrs.|
- 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.
- 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, an 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.
- All question papers must be answered in English;
- Question papers will be set in English only.
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.
To appear in Indian Statistical Service (ISS) 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.
A candidate appearing for the ISS 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.
A candidate for the Indian Statistical Service must have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subjects or a Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a recognized University.
UPSC ISS 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.
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 precis.
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 a nature which a candidate should be able to answer without special study.
Statistics – I
|4||Computer Application & Data Processing|
Statistics – II
|2||Statistical Inference & Hypothetical Testing|
Statistics – III
Statistics – IV (Descriptive)
|1||Operational Research & Reliability|
|2||Demography & Vital Statistics|
|3||Survival Analysis and Clinical Trial|
|6||Design & Analysis of Experiments|
|7||Computing with C & R|
The application process for applying in the ISS 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.
- Certificate of Age.
- Certificate of Educational Qualification.
- Certificate in support of a claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
- Certificate in support of a claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
- Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable).
ISS is the gateway to the central service as Group A officers. Aspirants who successfully pass ISS examination are placed in various cadre posts in the
- Planning commission,
- Planning board,
- Ministry of economic affairs,
- National sample survey and
- 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, ISS officers go on deputation to serve in various domestic and international organizations such as:
- United Nation bodies,
- Foreign governments,
- 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 ISS officer:
|Principle/Chief Advisor||₹ 80,000 (fixed)|
|Senior Advisor||₹ 67,000 – (annual increment @3%)- ₹ 79,000|
|Advisor||Pay Band-4: ₹ 37,400 – 67,000 + Grade Pay: ₹ 10,000|
|Director/Additional Advisor||Pay Band-4: ₹ 37,400 – 67,000 + Grade Pay: ₹ 8,700|
|Joint Director/Deputy Advisor||Pay Band-3: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay: ₹ 7,600|
|Senior Research Officer||Pay Band-3: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay: ₹ 6,600|
|Assistant Director/Junior Research Officer||Pay Band-3: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 + Grade Pay: ₹ 5,400|