Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination – Details of the test


The Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination 2015 is scheduled to be held on the 23rd of May, 2015. In a previous article, we had looked at this exam briefly. Let us now try and understand the nature of this exam in detail.

This Examination comprises two parts, the details of which are as follows:

PART I – Written stage – Conventional (essay type) Papers 

PART II – Viva voce

Part I: At this stage, candidates are required to appear for the following papers in a conventional type exam:

For Indian Economic Service

(a)    General English                    100 Marks   3 Hours

(b)    General Studies                   100 Marks   3 Hours

(c)    General Economics-I            200 Marks   3 Hours

(d)    General Economics-II          200 Marks   3 Hours

(e)    General Economics-III         200 Marks   3 Hours

(f)     Indian Economics               200 Marks   3 Hours

For Indian Statistical Service

(a)  General English                 100 Marks      3 Hours

(b)  General Studies               100 Marks      3 Hours

(c)  Statistics-I                         200 Marks      3 Hours

(d)  Statistics-II                       200 Marks      3 Hours

(e)  Statistics-III                      200 Marks      3 Hours

(f)  Statistics-IV                      200 Marks      3 Hours

These papers will have questions in English only and candidates must answer the questions in English.

Part II: Candidates who clear the written stage would be called for a Viva voce. The Viva voce is worth 200 Marks. The objective of the Viva voce is to assess the suitability of the candidate for the service for which he/ she has applied. The candidates is expected to be aware of significant events happening around him (both within and outside the country). The candidate is expected to have taken intelligent interest in not only academic study but also in current events. Candidates are also assessed on parameters such as intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgement and alertness of mind, social cohesion, integrity of character, initiation and leadership capacity.

Syllabus of the written test papers

General English: The objective of the test would be to assess the candidate’s understanding of English and usage of words. Candidates would be required to write an essay in English on a given topic. Summary writing or precis writing would also be a part of this paper.

For General Knowledge: The General Knowledge paper would include questions pertaining to daily events of national and international importance, History of India, Indian Polity, Constitution of India, Geography, latest scientific and technological developments, etc.

The General English and General Knowledge papers would be of graduation level while the other papers would be of Master’s degree level.

Economics Syllabus

The Economics papers would cover the following areas: 

General Economics – I: Theory of Consumer’s Demand, Theory of Production, Theory of Value, Theory of Distribution, Welfare Economics, Mathematical Methods in Economics, Statistical and Econometric Methods.

General Economics II – Economic Thought, Concept of National Income and Social Accounting, Theory of employment, Output, Inflation, Money and Finance, Financial and Capital Market, Economic Growth and Development, International Economics, Balance of Payments, Global Institutions.

General Economics III – Public Finance, Environmental Economics, Industrial Economics, State, Market and Planning.

Indian Economics: History of Development and Planning, Federal Finance, Budgeting and Fiscal Policy, Poverty Unemployment and Human Development, Agriculture and Rural Development Strategies, India’s Experience with Urbanisation and Migration, Industry, Labour, Foreign Trade, Money and Banking, Inflation.

Statistics Syllabus

The Statistics papers would cover the following topics:

Statistics I – Probability, Statistical Methods, Numerical Analysis.

Statistics II – Linear Models, Estimation, Hypotheses testing and Statistical Quality Control, Multivariate Analysis.

Statistics III – Sampling Techniques, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Economic Statistics, Econometrics.

Statistics IV – Stochastic Processes, Operations Research, Demography and Vital Statistics, Computer Application and Data Processing.

For additional information, view the Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Examination 2015 notification: