About UPSC IES/ISS 2020

Union Public Services Commission (SSC) conducts UPSC IES/ISS exam for the recruitment of Junior Time Scale in Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. The selection process of UPSC IES/ISS is done in 2 stages- written exam followed by Viva voce or Interview. Candidates must be 21 to 30 years of age to be eligible to appear for UPSC IES/ISS exam. To apply for Junior Time Scale in Indian Economic Service, candidates must be post-graduate in Applied Economics/ Economtrics /Economics/ Business Economics/ from a University or Foreign University approved by the Central Government. 

Candidates applying for Indian Statistical Service must have bachelor's degree or Master's degree with Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics/Statistics/ as one of the subjects from a University or equivalent. The written exam for Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service is conducted separately. Candidates who qualify the written exam will be called for Viva-voce. The allotment of various posts of IES/ISS will be done on the basis of candidates’ performance in written exam and Viva-voce/Interview.

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name UPSC Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service Exam
Short Exam Name UPSC IES/ISS
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 200 Rs [Offline] +1 More
Mode of Exam Offline

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UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Important Dates

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Upcoming Dates and Events

25 Mar, 2020 - 13 Apr, 2020

Application | Mode: Online Ongoing

26 Jun, 2020

Exam | Mode: Online

Past Dates and Events

25 Mar, 2020

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UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must check the eligibility criteria to be eligible to appear for UPSC IES/ISS. 

Post Name

Age Limit

Educational Qualification

Junior Time Scale in Indian Economic Service

21 to 30 years age (As on August 1, 2019)

Post Graduation degree  in Applied Economics/ Economtrics /Economics/ Business Economics/ from a University or Foreign University approved by the Central Government

Junior Time Scale in  Indian Statistical Service

Bachelor's degree or Master's degree with Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics/Statistics/ as one of the subject from a University or Foreign University approved by the Central Government


Candidates applying for UPSC IES/ISS must be 

  1. an Indian citizen, or Tibetan refugee ( before January 1962), or a subject to Nepal or Bhutan, or

  2.  Migrants from Pakistan, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, with the intention of permanently settling in India with certificates of eligibility issued by Government of India.

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Other

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the online application form of UPSC IES/ISS exam. Candidates have to fill the application form in 2 parts. The candidates have to fill the basic details like name, category, gender etc in Part 1 of application whereas in Part 2, candidates must select mode of payment, upload photograph, signature and select the exam centre. The application fee of UPSC IES/ISS is Rs. 200 for General and OBC candidates while Persons with Benchmark Disability/SC/Female/ST candidates are exempted from fee payment. Candidates can choose the mode of payment either online or offline through SBI challan or net banking or by using Debit Card/

Master/RuPay/Visa/ Credit card. Candidates also have to fill the details of any one photo identity proofs like Aadhar Card/Driving LicensePAN Card/Voter Card/Passport.

Steps to fill the UPSC IES/ISS Application form

To know the steps to fill the online application form of UPSC IES/ISS check the steps given below.

UPSC IES/ISS Registration – Part 1

  • Click on Part 1 of  UPSC IES/ISS application form.

  • Fill the basic details like name, father’s name, mother’s name, gender, date of birth, nationality etc.

  • Click on ‘Submit’ button.

UPSC IES/ISS Registration – Part 2

  • Log in to part 2 of registration with registration id and password generated at part 1 of application form.

  • Select the exam centre as per preferences.

  • Pay the requisite application fee by choosing the mode of payment. 

  • The payment method and payment gateway are given below. 

Specification of payment and payment gateway

Mode of payment

Payment gateway


Visa/RuPay Credit/Master/Debit Card or net banking


Bank challan

  • Upload the scanned photograph and signature. The dimension about the photograph and signature is given below

Specifications of Documents 


File Format

File Size



3KB to 40KB



1KB to 40 KB

Documents required while filling UPSC IES/ISS Application Form 

  • Active Email ID

  • Scanned Signature

  • Scanned photograph

  • One photo identity proof like Aadhar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving License

UPSC IES/ISS Detailed Application Form

The Detailed Application Form (DAF) of UPSC IES/ISS will be filled by the candidates who qualify the prelims exam. Candidates first have to register themselves and fill details including their name, roll number, email ID, date of birth and submit the UPSC IES/ISS detailed application form. The login credential details will be sent to the email id provided by the candidates. To proceed further to fill the detailed application form, candidates will have to log in with the roll number and password generated and fill details including Personal, parental, educational, Employment information,  and upload the documents submit the application form.

Documents to be uploaded along with UPSC IES/ISS Detailed Application Form

  • Educational Qualification Certificates
  • Age Certificate
  • Category Certificate (for SC, ST, OBC candidates if applicable)

  • Certificate in support of claim for age/fee concession, where applicable

  • PH certificate (if applicable)

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Male ₹ 200

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Syllabus

General English

General studies

General economics – I+

General economics – I: Unit 01
Theory of consumer’s demand
General economics – I: Unit 02
Theory of production
General economics – I: Unit 03
Theory of value
General economics – I: Unit 04
Theory of distribution
General economics – I: Unit 05
Welfare economics
General economics – I: Unit 06
Quantitative methods in economics

General economics – II+

General economics – II: Unit 01
Economic thought
General economics – II: Unit 02
Concept of national income and social accounting
General economics – II: Unit 03
Theory of employment, output, inflation, money and finance
General economics – II: Unit 04
Financial and capital market
General economics – II: Unit 05
Economic growth and development
General economics – II: Unit 06
International economics
General economics – II: Unit 07
Balance of payments
General economics – II: Unit 08
Global institutions

General economics – III+

General economics – III: Unit 01
Public finance
General economics – III: Unit 02
Environmental economics
General economics – III: Unit 03
Industrial economics
General economics – III: Unit 04
State, market and planning

Indian economics+

Indian economics: Unit 01
History of development and planning
Indian economics: Unit 02
Federal finance
Indian economics: Unit 03
Budgeting and fiscal policy
Indian economics: Unit 04
Poverty, unemployment and human development
Indian economics: Unit 05
Agriculture and rural development strategies
Indian economics: Unit 06
India’s experience with urbanization and migration
Indian economics: Unit 07
Industry: strategy of industrial development
Indian economics: Unit 08
Indian economics: Unit 09
Foreign trade
Indian economics: Unit 10
Money and banking
Indian economics: Unit 11


Statistics-I: Unit 01
Statistics-I: Unit 02
Statistical methods
Statistics-I: Unit 03
Numerical analysis
Statistics-I: Unit 04
Computer application and data processing

Statistics- II+

Statistics- II: Unit 01
Linear models
Statistics- II: Unit 02
Statistical inference and hypothesis testing
Statistics- II: Unit 03
Official statistics

Statistics- III+

Statistics- III: Unit 01
Sampling techniques
Statistics- III: Unit 02
Statistics- III: Unit 03
Applied statistics


Statistics-IV: Unit 01
Operations research and reliability
Statistics-IV: Unit 02
Demography and vital statistics
Statistics-IV: Unit 03
Survival analysis and clinical trial
Statistics-IV: Unit 04
Quality control
Statistics-IV: Unit 05
Multivariate analysis
Statistics-IV: Unit 06
Design and analysis of experiments
Statistics-IV: Unit 07
Computing with C and R

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Exam Pattern

Union Public Service Commission has prescribed exam pattern for UPSC IES and ISS. As per the exam pattern of IES (Indian Economic Service), all the questions are subjective in nature. All the question for all each subject in IES and ISS will be of Conventional type except Statistics Paper 1 and Statistics Paper 2. These 2 papers will be objective in nature.

UPSC IES Exam Pattern

All the questions asked in IES is in subjective in nature. Candidates will have to answer each paper in 3 hours.


Type of questions

Maximum Marks


General English



3 hours

General Studies



3 hours

General Economics 1



3 hours

General Economics 2



3 hours

General Economics 3



3 hours

Indian Economics



3 hours

UPSC ISS Exam pattern

As per the exam pattern of UPSC ISS, the questions asked in Statistics  1 and 2 will be of objective type. Each paper of UPSC IES will have 80 questions with maximum of 200 marks. The questions asked in Statistics 3 and 4 will be of the descriptive type with short answer and the long answer. It is compulsory for the candidates' short answer and one long answer question from each section. In Statistics paper 4, candidates have to choose any two sub-sections from the subsections available. All the subsection will have 50% weightage.


Type of questions

Maximum Marks


General English



3 hours

General Studies



3 hours

Statistics 1



2 hours

Statistics 2



2 hours

Statistics 3







3 hours

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Admit Card

The admit card card of UPSC IES/ISS is released separately for written exam and Viva voce online. The admit card of written exam is issued to only those candidates who fill the application form successfully. UPSC ISS/IES admit card can be downloaded by entering the registration ID or roll number and date of birth. Candidates who do not receive the admit card must inform the commission three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The admit card contains details like exam centre, candidate’s name, signature, time, photograph, date and guidelines for the exam. Candidates who qualify written exam will be issued admit card for viva- voce.

Details printed on Admit card

UPSC IES/ISS admit card contains the following details:

  • Candidate’s roll number

  • Candidate’s name

  • Address of examination centre

  • Registration number

  • Candidate’s photograph

  •  Reporting time

  • Category of the candidate

  • Candidate’s signature

  • Exam time

  • Date of examination

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Delhi Delhi
Odisha Cuttack
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Bihar Patna
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhar card
  • Voter id card
  • Passport
  • Driving License

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Result

UPSC releases the result of IES and ISS separately. The roll number of qualified candidates for written exam is released by the commission in pdf format. Only those candidates who qualify the written exam are eligible to appear for Viva-voce. The commission also releases the final result of the candidates who qualify the Viva-voce.

UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Cutoff

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the cutoff separately for written exam and Viva-voce for IES and ISS. The commission will release the category-wise cutoff. The cutoff of UPSC IES/ISS will be released in 3 phases - minimum qualifying cutoff, cutoff for written exam and final cutoff.

UPSC IES Cutoff 

As per previous year cutoff, candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks fixed by the commission which was 15% for OBC and General category candidates. The cutoff for the written exam was calculated out of 800 marks for 4 Economics Papers. UPSC IES cutoff for all the 6 papers was calculated out of  1000. The final cutoff was based on marks obtained by the last recommended candidate and calculated out of 1200 marks.


On the basis of previous year cutoff, the candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks fixed by the commission. The minimum qualifying cutoff for General, OBC, ST and PH candidates were 10%. The marks of all four Statistics papers will be calculated out of 800 marks. For all 6 papers of ISS was calculated out of 1000 marks. The final cutoff of UPSC ISS was calculated out of 1200 marks.

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