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Indian Economic/Statistical Service

The Indian Economic Service (IES) constituted in 1961, was conceived by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru for formulating and implementing economic policies and programmes of the country. The Indian Economic Service (IES) is an organised Group A central service. Indian Economic/Statistical Service offers a very attractive opening to graduates in Economics and Statistics. ISS and IES are central government services which are involved in economic planning and analysis through state boards, planning commission and other government owned bodies in the country. IES is an inter-Ministerial and inter-Departmental service as its Cadre posts are spread across different Ministries/ Departments of the Central Government, numbering around 55. Selection to this service is through Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Indian Economic/Statistical Services Exam is generally conducted in the month of November. The role of the IES can be broadly categorized in terms economic advice, economic administration, implementation of development programmes, besides dealing with other areas such as economic reforms, regulation, price fixation, monitoring and evaluation. Eligibility Nationality • A citizen of India • People of the following counties are also eligible for the exam provided a certificate of eligibility has been issued in their favor by the Government of India. • A subject of Nepal • A subject of Bhutan • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India Educational Qualification A candidate for Indian Economic Service must have obtained a degree with Economics or Statistics as a subject and a candidate for the Indian Statistical Service must have a degree with Statistics or Mathematics or Economics as a subject from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3 of the Universities Grant Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification. Age A candidate should have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st January of the year of examination The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and such other categories of persons as may from time to time be notified in this behalf by the Government of India to the extent and subject to the conditions notified in respect of each category.

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