INDIAN ECONOMIC SERVICE
1. The examination shall be conducted according to the following Plan:
Part I. Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as
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:-
Sl.No. Subject Maximum 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
2. The question papers in all the subjects will be of Conventional (essay) type.
3. ALL QUESTION PAPERS MUST BE ANSWERED IN ENGLISH. QUESTION PAPERS
WILL BE SET IN ENGLISH ONLY.
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
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/her.
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, 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
11. Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6
etc.) while answering question papers.
Viva voce–The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased
observers who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the
interview is to assess his/her suitablity for the Service for which he/she 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/her subjects of academic
study but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside
his/her 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, 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.