IES Aspirants

Mode of Direct Recruitment

Direct recruitment to the IES is on the basis of an all-India open competitive examination, called the IES Examination, conducted by the UPSC at such time and place as specified in the Employment News. The notification for conduct of the Examination will, as far as possible, announce the number of vacancies (including reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Physically Disabled categories and Other Backward Classes) to be filled, as indicated by the Cadre Controlling Authority.

Age Limit

The age limit will be as mentioned in the UPSC notification for the IES Examination of the respective year.

Educational Qualifications

A candidate must possess Post-graduate Degree in Economics or Applied Economics or Econometrics or Business Economics from a recognized University. A candidate who has appeared at a qualifying examination, the passing of which shall render him/ her eligible to appear at the IES Examination, but has not been informed of the result, can also apply for admission to the examination.

Scheme of Examination

The IES examination is structured into: (i) Written Examination [consisting of papers viz. General English (100 marks), General Knowledge (100), Economics Paper-I (200), Economics Paper-II (200), Economics Paper-III (200) and Indian Economy (200)]; followed by (ii) Viva-voce (200). Economics Papers-I, II and III include mainstream Economics topics such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Public Finance, International Economics, Monetary Economics, Growth and Development, Econometrics and Environmental Economics.

A candidate who obtains the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination, as fixed by the UPSC at their discretion, is called by UPSC for viva-voce. Candidates called for viva-voce are also required to undergo Medical Examination Part-I (i.e. Medical Examination minus X-Ray examination of Chest) by the Central Standing Medical Board.

Steps for Appointment

UPSC recommend to the Government, candidates successful in the IES Examination, for appointment to the service. Successful candidates are required to undergo Medical Examination Part-II (i.e. X-Ray examination of the Chest) by the Central Standing Medical Board. Offer of appointment is made to those successful candidates, who have been declared fit consequent to the Medical examinations, and after receipt of their satisfactory antecedent and character verification reports.

To see details of the IES examination including schedule of forthcoming examination and question papers of examinations already conducted, please refer to the UPSC website (

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