UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Exam Information

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS) every year. The IES and ISS is the administrative ministerial civil service under Group A of the central civil service of the executive branch of the Government of India.

The IES was introduced for formulating and implementing economic policies and programmes in India. With the beginning of large-scale economic reforms in 1991 and the increase of the regulatory role of the Government, such analysis and advice within the area of the service have increased manifold.

For ISS, all statistical posts of different ministries and departments were pooled together in the initial constitution of service.

A combined competitive exam for the recruitment to the time scale of the services will be held by UPSC in accordance with the rules prescribed by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation in the Gazette of India.

The vacancies for the post of IES are about 32 and for ISS are about 33 for the year 2019. One vacancy has been kept reserved for PwBD (deaf and hard hearing) for ISS and one vacancy for PwBD (deaf and hearing) for IES by the government through the exam 2019.

The places of posting will be mostly in the state capitals or New Delhi. A candidate selected at a favourable age can expect to raise quiet high in the career and touch the level of even secretary to the Government of India, in any ministry concerned with economic affairs.

UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Exam Date

The candidates appearing for the exam should first be thorough with the dates. The dates are also a part of the preparation process. The candidates must be cautious about the dates that are given for stress-free preparation. The important dates for the exam of IES/ISS are given below:

The candidates can check the up to date information about the dates on the official website.

Date of Notification Last Date for receipt of Applications Date of commencement of Exam Duration of Exam
20.03.2019 16.04.2019 28.06.2019


25.03.2020 13.04.2020 26.06.2020



UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC has certain eligibility criteria to be followed by the candidates. The eligibility criteria that are to be followed by the candidates are as follow:

  • Nationality:

  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1962 January 1, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, The United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, or from Vietnam with the point of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to the categories of 2, 3, 4, and 5 above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

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UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Registration

The candidates applying for the exam should fulfil the eligibility criteria and they must be very cautious in filling the application form. The documents that are needed for filling the form should be kept ready by the candidates. The following are the steps to fill the application form of UPS IES/ISS 2019:

  • Visit the official website
  • The candidates are required to submit only one application.
  • The candidate who is submitting more than one application should note that only the application with Higher RID (registration number) shall be entertained by the commission and the fee paid against one RID will not be accustomed against any other RID.
  • There are two parts to be filled in the application part 1 and part 2
  • In part 1 the candidates have to fill the general registration form
  • Fill the general application form by entering the valid details like name, address; email id, DOB, mobile number, the name of the exam IES/ISS etc.
  • After checking the application form the confirmation page will be generated.

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UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Exam Pattern

The candidates must know the exam pattern as it is one of the important part. Without the exam pattern, the candidates cannot be able to prepare for the exam. The exam pattern for IES/ISS 2019 shall be according to the following given below:

Part 1:

Indian Economic Services:

Serial no Subject Maximum marks Duration of the exam
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

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UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus for the exam of IES/ISS is given below. The candidates first have to know the syllabus for preparing for the exam.

General economics 1

Part A

Theory of consumer demands- cardinal utility analysis, marginal utility and demand, consumer surplus, indifference curve analysis and utility function, price income and substitution effect, Slutsky theorem, and derivation of the demand curve, revealed preference theory, duality, and indirect utility function, expenditure function, choice under risk and uncertainty.

Theory of production– factors of production, and production function, forms of production function, cob-Douglas, CES and fixed coefficient function, returns to scale and returns to factors of production, laws of returns, duality and cost function, measure of productive efficiency of firms, technical and allocative efficiency, partial equilibrium versus general equilibrium approach, equilibrium of firm and industry.

Theory of value– pricing under different market structures, public sector pricing, marginal cost-pricing, peak load pricing, cross-subsidy free pricing and average cost pricing, pricing with incomplete information and moral hazard problems.

Theory of distribution– neo-classical distribution theories, marginal productivity theory of determination of factor prices, factor shares and adding up problems, Euler’s theorem, pricing of factors under imperfect competition, monopoly and bilateral monopoly, macro-distribution theories of Ricardo, Marx, Kaldor, Kalecki.

Welfare economics– inter-personal comparison and aggregation problems, public goods and externality, a divergence between social and private welfare, compensation principle, Pareto optimality, social choice and other recent schools, including coase and sen and game theory.

Part B quantitative methods in economics

Mathematical methods in economics– differentiation and integration and their application, optimization techniques, sets, matrices and their application in economics, linear algebra, and linear programming in economics and input-output model of Leontief.

Statistical and econometric methods-measures of dispersions and central tendency, regression, and correlation, time series, index numbers, sampling and survey methods, testing of hypothesis simple non-parametric tests, drawing of curves based on linear and non-linear functions, least square methods and other multivariate analysis. Analysis of variance, factor analysis, principal component analysis, discriminate analysis, income distribution, Pareto analysis of distribution, igonormal distribution, measurement of income inequality, Lorenz curve and Gini coefficient.

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UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Admit Card

The candidates who have applied for the exam can download the admit card on the official website. The candidates can download the admit card by entering the registration number/roll number. The admit card will not be sent by post to any of the candidate. If any of the candidate’s does not receive the admit card or any other communication regarding the candidature for the exam three weeks before the commencement of the exam the candidate should contact the commission at once.

The steps to download the admit card of UPSC IES/ISS is given below:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Log in by using the registration number/roll number (its candidate’s option)
  • If the candidate chooses by registration tab, then they have to enter the registration Id and DOB.
  • Those candidates who choose by roll number tab, they have to enter roll number and DOB.
  • After filling the details as required click on the submit button.
  • The admit card of IES/ISS 2019 will appear on the screen.
  • Download and take a print out of the UPSC IES/ISS admit card for future reference.

The details on the IES/ISS admit card is as follows:

  • Candidates name
  • Candidates fathers name
  • Date of birth
  • Category of the candidate (ST/SC/OBC etc)

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UPSC IES/ISS 2019 Result

After the written exam is over the result for the same will be declared on the official website. The result will be released in the PDF format containing the roll number of the qualified candidates. The candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks will be treated as qualified. The admit card to all the qualifiers for the interview will be issued by the commission and for that; they have to fill the detailed application form.

The following are the steps to check the results of the written exam of IES/ISS:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the results of UPSC IES/ISS written exam result tab
  • The result of UPSC IES/ISS 2019 will appear on the screen in PDF format.
  • The candidates can check the roll number in the columns given.
  • Download and take a print out of the result of IES/ISS 2019 for future reference.

The candidates who are qualified for the next round will have to submit the detailed application form (DAF). It is mandatory to submit the form in a given time frame. The candidates have to submit some sort of documents. The candidates are advised to keep ready the attested copies of the documents for submitting it to the commission soon after the declaration of the results of written exam

  • Proof of age
  • Certificate of educational qualification
  • Caste certificate
  • Certificate in support of fee concession/a claim for age
  • Disability certificate.

The candidates after the written exam have to qualify the personality test and for appearing for viva voce they have to fill the DAF. The main aim of the personality test is to test the candidate’s personality for services and general knowledge and general awareness.

After the interview and personality test, the candidates can check the final result in the official website.


The cut off is the minimum marks that all the candidates should take for qualifying in the exam.

The cut off will be based on the following factors:

  • Total number of vacancies
  • of candidates appearing for the exam.
  • The Difficulty of the exam.

The cut off marks for the previous year are as follows:

Cut off marks for IES 2018:

Category Minimum marks in each of the 6 subjects Minimum marks in 4 economics papers out of 800 marks Minimum of marks in all 6 papers out of 1000 marks Minimum marks of the last candidate finally recommended for an appointment out of 1200 marks
General 15% 361 418 584
OBC 15% 303 366 524

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