UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Applications, Admit card, Eligibility, Exam dates, Exam Patterns, Syllabus & Cutoff

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Apr 8, 2021

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The UPSC Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS) is an all India Exam that is conducted annually by the UPSC. The IES and ISS is the administrative inter-ministerial civil service under Group A of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India. The online application for ISS/IES 2021 will begin from April 7, 2021 and the exam is scheduled for July 16-18, 2021. 

Latest Updates:

  • April 07, 2021: UPSC has released the application form for the IES ISS 2021 Exam on its official site. Apply now here
  • January 22, 2021- The UPSC IES/ISS 2020 result is out. Check details here

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Highlight

Name of Exam Indian Economic Service (IES)/Indian Statistical Service (ISS)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Vacancies yet to be notified
Periodicity Annually
Exam Level National
Mode of Application Online
Application Fees INR 200/-
Mode of Exam  Offline
Negative Marking 0.33 marks
Selection Process
  1. Written examination.
  2. Interview test.
Official Website 
IES/ISS 2020 Important Dates

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Important Dates

Events Dates
Date of Notification April 7, 2021
Start of Online Application Process April 7, 2021
Last Date to apply online April 27, 2021
Starting of application Withdrawal yet to be notified
Last date to withdrawal application  yet to be notified
ISS Exam Date July 16 - 18, 2020
Results August 2021
Interview To be notified
IES/ISS 2020 Eligibility

IES/ISS 2021 Exam Time-Table

Date Time Subject
July 16, 2021 9 AM-12 PM General English
2 AM-5 PM General Studies
July 17, 2021 9 AM-12 PM General Economics-I
9 AM- 11 AM Statistics-I (Objective)
2 PM-5 PM General Economics-II
2 PM-4 PM Statistics-II (Objective)
July 18, 2021 9 AM-12 PM General Economics III
9 AM-12 PM Statistics III
2 PM- 5 PM Indian Economics
2 PM-5 PM Statistics IV

UPSC IES/ISS Eligibility Criteria

All the Indian candidates who satisfy the below-mentioned criteria can apply for UPSC IES/ISS exam:

  • Age Limit: For unreserved candidates, the Minimum is 21 Years and the Maximum age is 30 Years. There is age relaxation for reserved category candidates.
  • Educational Qualification:
    • Candidates should possess a Post Graduate Degree in Economics OR Applied Economics OR Business Economics OR Econometrics for the IES exam.
    • Candidates should possess a Bachelor's Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics or a Master's degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics for the ISS exam.

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Eligibility Criteria in more detail.

IES/ISS 2020 Application Form

UPSC IES/ISS Registration and Application

Before you start the application process, make sure you have a valid and active email id and contact no. UPSC IES ISS 2021 Exam comprises two stages: Part-I Registration and Part-II Login.

Part-I Registration

  1. Click on the official link,
  2. Click on the Apply link given on the page. A registration link will open up in the new window.
  3. Click on New Registration in the application window.
  4. Provide personal credentials like name, parents’ name, date of birth, email id, mobile number etc.
  5. Click on the submit button to the completed online registration form of SBI PO.
  6. After the Registration, a Registration ID and a password will be sent to your mobile no. and email id.

Part-II Login

  1. Login with the provided Registration ID, date of birth and password to complete registration for UPSC IES ISS 2021.
  2. Upload the photograph and signature.
  3. The candidates will then be required to verify the details. Preview and verify the application form carefully.
  4. Lastly, pay the required application fee online.
  5. Take out a print out of the application form for future use.

Application Fees

  • Application fees can be paid either in online mode or offline mode.
  • For offline payment or pay by cash, visit any nearest SBI Branch during the banking hour before the closing time.
Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD/Female Exempted
General and Others INR 200/-

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Registration Process and Fees in detail.

IES/ISS 2020 Admit Card

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Admit Card

Candidates must go through the following steps to download the admit card of UPSC IES/ISS 2020.

  • Visit official website
  • Click on "e-admit cards for various examinations of UPSC"
  • Click on the link ‘UPSC IES admit card 2020’
  • Enter your credentials - registration ID and date of birth or roll number and date of birth or candidate's name or father’s name and date of birth.
  • Choose any of the mediums to download and click on ‘submit’.
  • Candidates will be able to see the admit card/hall ticket on the screen. Download it and take a printout of the hall ticket of UPSC IES/ISS 2020.

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Admit Card and Instruction minutely.

IES/ISS 2020 Exam Center

Examination Centers of UPSC IES/ISS 2021

The candidates should note that no request for change of center will be entertained. All the examination centers for the examination will cater to the examination for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities also. Candidates check the list of exam centers given in the table below:

Ahmedabad  Bengaluru
Bhopal Chandigarh
Chennai  Cuttack 
Delhi  Dispur 
Hyderabad Jaipur 
Jammu Kolkata
Lucknow Mumbai 
Patna Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Shillong Shimla 
IES/ISS 2020 Exam Pattern

UPSC IES/ISS Exam Pattern

The examination is conducted in two parts – Part-I and Part II. Part 1 is a written examination and part 2 is Viva Voce or interview. Here is the exam pattern of the written test:

Subject  Maximum marks Duration
General English 100 3 hours
General Studies 100 3 hours
Statistics-I (Objective) 200 2 hours
Statistics-II (Objective) 200 2 hours
Statistics-III (Descriptive) 200 3 hours
Statistics-IV (Descriptive) 200 3 hours
  • 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 and 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, an equal number of questions i.e. 50% weightage from all the sub-sections below and candidates have to choose any two subsections and answer.
  • The papers on General English and General Studies will be of subjective type.

To know more, check the UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Exam Pattern in details

IES/ISS 2020 Syllabus


UPSC IES Syllabus

  • General Economics I: Theory of Consumer’s Demand, Theory of Production, Welfare Economic, Theory of Value, Theory of Distribution, Quantitative Methods in Economics.
  • General Economics II: Economic Thought, the Concept of National Income and Social Accounting, Theory of Employment, Money & 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 & Planning, Federal Finance, Budgeting, Poverty, unemployment, and Human Development, Agriculture, The strategy of Industrial development.  
    Labour, Foreign Trade, Money and Banking, Inflation.

UPSC ISS Syllabus 

  • General Studies: Current Events -National & International, Indian Geography, Polity & Governance, Indian History, Indian Polity, Environmental Studies, Indian Constitution, Science & Technology etc.
  • General English: Passages, Precise Writing, Essays, Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms, Letter Writing etc.
  • Statistics-I: Probability, Statistical Methods, Numerical Analysis, Computer Application, Data Processing etc.
  • Statistics-II: Linear Models, Statistical Inference, Hypothesis Testing, Official Statistics, Sector Wise Statistics, Population Census, Socio-Economic Indicators etc.
  • Statistics-III: Sampling Techniques, Estimation of Population, Econometrics, Applied Statistics, Time Series Analysis, Fourier Transform etc.
  • Statistics-IV: Operations Research and Reliability, Branch and Bound Method, PERT and CPM, Exponential Distributions, Demography and Vital Statistics, Survival Analysis and Clinical Trial, Data Management, Quality Control, Multivariate Analysis, Design and Analysis of Experiments, Computing with C and R etc.

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Syllabus in details to download in PDF format.

UPSC IES/ISS Selection Process

The section process of UPSC IES/ISS 2020 includes 2 stages

  1. Written Examination - 1000 marks
  2. Viva Voce (Interview) - 200 marks

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Selection Process for detailed information.

IES/ISS 2020 Results & Cutoffs

UPSC IES/ISS Results and Cutoffs

The conducting board will release the result. The cutoff marks of UPSC IES/ISS 2020 will be released after results. The result and cutoff marks will be released on each stage of the selection process. The candidates will get the cutoff marks or above will be eligible for the next round. Here is glimpse of the previous years’ cutoff:

Category Minimum marks in each of the 6 subject /papers Minimum of marks in all 6 papers (out of 1000 marks) Minimum marks of the last candidate Finally recommended for appointment (out of 1200 marks)
UR 20% 447 608
SC 20% 359 538
ST 20% 374 536
PH 10% 200 290
OBC 20% 364 499

To know more, check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Results and Cutoff Marks

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Vacancy and Reservations

The vacancy details for the year is published soon after the exam notification is out. Hence, the IES/ISS 2021 vacancy details is not yet available. The vacancy for UPSC IES ISS 2020 is given below. The Post wise vacancy distribution is given below:

  • Indian Economic Service – 15
  • Indian Statistical Service – 47

Note: 01 vacancy has been kept reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the category of Blindness or Low Vision.

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Vacancies, Salary and Job Profile to get detailed knowledge.



Ques. Has UPSC IES/ISS 2020 notification been released by UPSC?

Ans. Yes, the notification of UPSC ISS 2020 has been released in June, 2020 and the UPSC IES 2020 notification has been released on August 11, 2020 on the official website of UPSC.

Ques. Is there any negative marking in UPSC IES/ISS 2020?

Ans. Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.33 marking for the objective papers of UPSC IES/ISS 2020 written test.

Ques. Has the UPSC IES 2020 application process started?

Ans. Yes, the application process of UPSC IES 2020 has started on August 11, 2020 and will be closed on September 01, 2020.

Ques. When will be the UPSC IES/ISS 2020 held?

Ans. The written test of UPSC IES/ISS 2020 will be held on October 16 - 18, 2020 as per the latest news released by the conducting body.

Ques. What is the selection procedure for UPSC IES ISS 2020?

Ans. First candidates have to qualify the written examination and then he/she will be called for an interview round.

Ques. What are the eligibility criteria to apply for UPSC IES ISS 2020?

Ans. Candidates must fulfill the eligibility criteria which is to have a postgraduate degree in Economics and bachelor's degree in Statistics for IES and ISS respectively.

Check UPSC IES/ISS 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Ques. What is the salary of ISS officers?

Ans. The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100 and can go on to reach Rs.2,500,00 for a Cabinet Secretary.

Ques. How many vacancies are there in UPSC IES 2020?

Ans. As per the recent notification of UPSC, there are 15 vacancies for the UPSC IES 2020 exam .

Ques. Will the object paper of UPSC IES ISS 2020 be taken in online mode?

Ans. No, all the papers of UPSC IES ISS 2020 will be in offline mode i.e. pen-paper mode.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.