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UPSC IES EXAM PATTERN – Marks & Paper Structure

UPSC IES EXAM PATTERN: UPSC conducts Indian Economic Service/ Indian statistical service Exam every year. UPSC has announced Notification for the IES/ ISS exam. A candidate may compete for any one of the services only. UPSC ISS/IES exam consists of two stages. Stage one consists written exam followed by viva(interview). The candidates who qualify in the written examination will be called for interview. Here you can find detailed UPSC ISS/IES exam pattern.

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UPSC IES Exam Pattern – Marks & Paper Structure

UPSC Indian Economic/ Statistical Examination Exam Pattern:
1. The examination shall be conducted according to the following Plan:
Stage I. Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as shown below.
Stage II. Viva voce of such candidates as may be called by the Commission, carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

The subjects of the written examination under Part I, the maximum marks allotted to each subject/paper and the time allowed shall be as follows:-

.SL.NO. Subject  Max. marks Time allowed
1 General English 100 3 hours
2 General Studies 100 3 hours
3 General Economics-I 200 3 hours
4 General Economics-II 200 3 hours
5 General Economics-III 200 3 hours
6 Indian Economics 200 3 hours
SL.NO. Subject  Max. marks Time allowed
1 General English 100 3 hours
2 General Studies 100 3 hours
3 Statistics-I 200 3 hours
4 Statistics-II 200 3 hours
5 Statistics-III 200 3 hours
6 Statistics-IV 200 3 hours


Stage -I
The subjects of the written examination under Part I, the maximum marks allotted to each subject/paper and the time allowed shall be as follows:

  • 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, 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.
  • The papers on General English and General Studies, common to both Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service will be of subjective type.
  • All other papers of Indian Economic Service will be of subjective type.
    The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type.
  • All question papers must be answered in English. Question paper will be set in English only.
  • The Commission can fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances, will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them
  • If a candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, a deduction will be made on this account, from the total marks otherwise accruing to him/her.
  • Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.
  • In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  • Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculator at the examination. Programmable type calculators will, however, not be allowed. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
  • Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

Stage -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 career. The object of the interview is to assess his suitability for the Service for which he has competed. The interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialized knowledge and abilities of the candidate. The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his subjects of academic study but also in events which are happening around him both within and outside his own State or country, as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.

  1. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination, but of a natural, through directed and purposive conversation, intended to reveal mental qualities of the candidate and his/her grasp of problems. The Board will pay special attention to assessing the intellectual curiosity, critical powers of assimilation, balance of judgement and alertness of mind, the ability for social cohesion, integrity of character, initiation and capacity of leadership.

For more details of UPSC ISS/IES exam pattern you can go through UPSC Official Website.