UPSC IES/ISS 2021: Notification (Out), Exam Dates, Syllabus, Admit Card & Vacancies


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian Economic Services (IES) and Indian Statistical Services (ISS) exam every year for recruiting candidates for the Indian Economic department and Indian Statistical department.

The IES/ISS exam is highly competitive and selects only the best out of the crowd. If you are interested in working with the Central government, it is the best option. Find out more details about the IES/ISS 2021 exam in the article.

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Latest Updates:

  • UPSC has released the official notification for Indian Statistical Services (ISS) exam 2021.
  • As per the officials, the online application process for the IES/ISS exam has begun on 7th April 2021.
  • Interested candidates can submit their applications by 27th April 2021 (06.00 pm).
  • The exam is scheduled to commence on 16th July 2021.

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Exam Overview

Have a look at the UPSC ISS 2021 exam overview and find out the complete details regarding the exam below:

Exam Name

Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service

Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission




Once a Year

Exam Level

National Level

Mode of Exam


Key Stages

Written Exam

Personal Interview

Exam Fees

₹ 200

Official Website

Commencement of Exam

16h July 2021

UPSC IES ISS 2021 Notification (Out)

The Union Public Service Commission has issued the notification regarding the application process of the UPSC IES ISS 2021 exam. Candidates can apply online for the exam, as the application window is now available at the official website of the commission. Aspirants can apply online from 7th April to 27th April 2021 till 06.00 pm.

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Vacancy Details

This year, the commission has come up with a total number of 26 vacancies. Out of these, 15 vacancies are for Indian Economic Service and 11 are for the Indian Statistical Service. Those who are interested to apply online for the exam can do so by using the right application steps, as guided below on this page.

Note: Candidates must keep a note that one vacancy has been kept reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the category of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Indian Statistical Service.

Available Application Forms

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Important Dates

Check out the important dates for UPSC IES/ISS exam 2021 as per the official schedule:

UPSC IES/ISS Exam Events

Important Dates

Notification release date

7th April 2021

Online application process begins

7th April 2021

Last date for application submission

27th April 2021 (till 6:00 PM)

Last date to pay the application fee (₹ 200)

26th April 2021 (Pay by Cash)

27th April 2021 (online payment)

Application withdraw facility

4th to 10th May 2021

Date of commencement of examination

16th July 2021

Availability of admit card

Three weeks before the exam

Result declaration

August/ September 2021

UPSC IES/ISS Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC IES/ISS exam 2021 is going to be held on 16th July 2021. The exam will be conducted in two parts:

  • Part I – Written Examination
  • Part II – Viva Voce/Interview

Written Examination Pattern

Indian Economic Service (IES)



Maximum Marks



General English


3 Hours


General Studies


3 Hours


General Economics-I


3 Hours


General Economics-II


3 Hours


General Economics-III


3 Hours


Indian Economics


3 Hours

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Indian Statistical Service (ISS)



Maximum Marks



General English


3 Hours


General Studies


3 Hours


Statistics-I (Objective)


2 Hours


Statistics-II (Objective)


2 Hours


Statistics-III (Descriptive)


3 Hours


Statistics-IV (Descriptive)


3 Hours

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Important Notes:

  • General English and General Studies common to both IES and ISS will be subjective type.
  • All papers for IES will be subjective type.
  • Statistics I and II will have Objective Type Questions.
  • Statistics III and IV will be the descriptive type with both short and long-type questions.
  • The question paper will be set in English only and the answers should also be given in English.

Part II - Interview

The structure of the interview will not be that of a strict cross-examination but a general conversation on his subject related topics. The aim of the interview will be to test the mental qualities and problem-solving capabilities of the candidate.

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Eligibility

Interested applicants must take care to review the eligibility conditions of the exam before applying for the UPSC IES ISS 2021. The complete eligibility conditions of UPSC IES ISS 2021 are indicated here below.

Age Limit

Must have attained 21 years of age and not attained 30 years of age as on 01 August 2021. In other words, the candidate should be born between 2nd August 1991 and 1st August 2000. Relaxation will be provided within the upper age limit.

Educational Qualification

  • For Indian Economic Service, a candidate must have a Post-Graduate Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Econometrics from a recognised University. Candidates who are appearing/appeared (result waiting) for the above degree are also eligible to apply for the exam.
  • For Indian Statistical Service, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree with any one of the subjects Statistics/Applied Statistics/Mathematical Statistics OR a master’s degree in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Mathematical Statistics from a recognised University. Candidates who are appearing/appeared (result waiting) for the above degree are also eligible to apply for the exam.

Physical Standard

The candidate’s physical fitness for the exam is decided as per the prescribed physical standards for IES ISS 2021.

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 Application Process

The application process for UPSC IES/ISS recruitment 2021 will remain active from 7th to 27th April 2021. Candidates can apply for the exam through the online mode only. Here are the steps to fill the application form:

  • Go to the official website -
  • Click on the link ‘Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC
  • Choose the exam you want to apply for. Separate applications need to be submitted for IES and ISS examination. Please note that the application process will get complete in two parts. Start with Part-I.
  • Provide the details asked for to complete the registration process.
  • Now, click the link under Part-II registration, log in using your registration Id and password, and complete your application process.
  • Upload scanned images of your signature and photograph in the pre-defined format. It is advised to keep the scanned images ready beforehand.
  • Make application fee payment and take a printout of the confirmation page.

It is advised to fill the application fee well before the last date to avoid any last-minute rush.

IES/ ISS Exam Application Fee

Candidates are required to pay ₹ 200/- (Two Hundred) as an application fee using the net banking facility of SBI or using the Master/Visa/RuPay/Credit/Debit card facility. The fee can also be paid through offline mode by depositing cash at any SBI branch.

Female candidates and those belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories will be exempted from the fee payment.

Note: The last date to pay the application fee for the exam is 26th April 2021 (for payment by cash) and 27th April 2021 (for online payment).

Other Details

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Selection Procedure

Selection for UPSC IES ISS 2021 examination post will be done in two rounds. Those two rounds are

  • Written examination
  • Interview test

Both the rounds are qualifying in nature. Also, selection in all the stages is the provisional and final selection done only on the basis of verification of eligibility criteria. Candidates should make sure that they are fulfilling the eligible norms for admission to the examination. If on verification, the candidate is not found eligible then, the candidature of the candidate will be cancelled.

UPSC IES/ISS Exam 2021 – Preparation Tips and Guide

One should start preparing for the exam to complete the syllabus of UPSC IES ISS 2021 before the commencement of the examination. Furthermore, revision time should be reserved for the last few days. Therefore, here on this page, we have provided some important tips to take your preparations for the UPSC IES ISS 2021 to the next level. Read on to find out.

  • To begin with, creating a study plan by referring to the syllabus. And, make sure to leave enough time for last-minute revisions.
  • Obtain ample learning resources such as previous year papers, mock tests, guides and questions banks.
  • Clear out your basic concepts from each subject with time in hand.
  • Prepare short notes as these will later serve as quick notes to revise from.
  • Study and revise previous year papers to get questions commonly repeated over the years.
  • Solve mock tests as much as possible to get an idea of the exam and improve time management.
  • Reserve time for revisions at last and make sure to revise topics on a regular basis

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Admit Card

The e-admit card/ admission certificate will be issued by the Commission three weeks before the commencement of the examination. Candidates have to download the e-admit card from the official website - using a registration ID and password. Please note that the admit cards will not be sent by post.

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Result

As per the official notification, the result of the UPSC IES/ISS written test will be declared in August/ September 2021. After the declaration of the written test, the successful candidates are required to appear for the interview process.

UPSC IES/ISS 2021 Exam Centres

Check the list of exam centres provided in the table below:

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UPSC IES/ISS Exam - FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently asked questions related to the IES/ ISS 2021 exam will help you in clarifying your doubts related to the exam.

Q: When will be the IES/ISS exam 2021 conducted?

A: The exam will commence on 16th July 2021.

Q: When will be the result declared?

A: The IES/ISS 2021 result will be declared in August/ September 2021.

Q: What is the fee for SC/ST category candidates?

A: Candidates belonging to SC/ST category are exempted from fee payment.

Q: When can I download the e-admit card?

A: The e-admit card will be available three weeks before the exam.

Q: What if I submit more than one application form?

A: In case you submit multiple application forms, the form with a higher Registration ID will be accepted so make sure it is complete.