The test paper/exam pattern for Indian Economic Services (IES), which is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), is discussed in the article.

Indian Economic Service Exam Pattern

The Union Public Service Commission conducts Indian Economic Service (IES) exam for recruitment of most deserving fields in various departments of the Government of India, in the field of economics. The job entrance test is generally conducted in the month of November or December, every year. Candidates selected through IES exam are placed at Tariff Commission, Labour Bureau, the Planning Commission, Central Electricity Authority, Economic Advisers to many ministries, Forward Market Commission, Planning Board, Tariff Commission National sample survey and other allied offices where specialists in Economics are required. Before attempting the job entrance exam, it is better to get a broad idea about the examination pattern. The test paper pattern of UPSC IES exam is given below.
UPSC Indian Economic Service Test Paper Pattern
  • In part 1, there is will be a written examination of 1000 marks of the following subjects.
  • General English- 100 Marks
  • General Studies- 100 Marks
  • General Economics-I- 200 Marks
  • General Economics-II- 200 Marks
  • General Economics-III- 200 Marks
  • General Economics- 200 Marks
  • The duration of examination for each subject is three hours.
  • Questions papers of the subjects are based on conventional (essay) type.
  • The medium of answering IES exam is English only.
  • Qualified candidates must write the papers in their own handwriting, whatsoever the circumstances are.
  • The qualifying marks for a particular or all the subjects can be fixed by the Commission.
  • If candidate’s handwriting is not easily legible, then there will be deduction from the total marks.
  • No marks are awarded for mere superficial knowledge.
  • Credit is given for giving orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words.
  • SI units should be used in the answers, wherever necessary.
  • Non-programmable scientific calculator type is allowed to use.
  • The candidates must use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.) while answering the question papers.
  • In part 2, the candidates qualified in the written examination may be called by the Commission, for Viva Voice of maximum 200 marks.

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