Scheme of Examination: Indian Economic Services Examination

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The examination shall be conducted according to the following Plan:

Part I. Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as shown below:

Part 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:

Subject allowedMaximum marksTime
General EnglishMarks 100Hours 3
General StudiesMarks 100Hours 3
General Economics-IMarks 200Hours 3
General Economics-IIMarks 200Hours 3
General Economics-IIIMarks 200Hours 3
Indian EconomicsMarks 200Hours 3


  1. The details of standard and syllabi for the examination are given in Section II below:
  2. The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type.
  3. All questions must be answered in English. Papers will be set only in English Language.
  4. 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.
  5. The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.
  6. 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.
  7. Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  8. Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.
  9. In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
  10. Candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculator at the examination. Programmable type calculators will, however, will not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.
  11. Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e. g. 1, 2, 3,4, 5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.


  1. 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 suitablity for the Service for which he has competed. The interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialised 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.
  2. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross examination, but of a natural, though 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.