ISS EXAM - Eligibility, Syllabus, Career, Books, Strategy, Previous Papers - All Details.

Introduction -

Exam for Indian Statistical Service (ISS) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. The candidates who get selected through this exam serve several Government Departments. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) is the cadre controlling authority for the Indian Statistical Service.

Statistics plays an important role in formulation of any scheme, policy or decision making. Considering the importance of Statistics, MOSPI was constituted in the year 1961 as a cadre of qualified statisticians.

Presently, the officers belonging to ISS are spread over 40 Ministries/Departments/Organisations of the Government of India.

Even though the ISS officials do not deal with public directly, their significance in overall running of country cannot be undermined.

Have you heard the term GDP ??

ISS officials play important role in computation of different indices and GDP and compilation of different types of statisitcs. This gives an overall picture of outcomes of the schemes and policies; the relation between numbers and performance. This is also important to know where our country stands when compared with other countries on global set of indices.

Career -

ISS, being a specialised Group A Central Service has a great career prospects. As an ISS official you can be posted in any Government departments. With experience you can go on deputation to State/Central Government departments or Regulatory organisations.You may get an opportunity to work in several International Organisations and various bodies of United Nations.

Salary -

Being the Group A Central Service, the pay is equivalent to that of other Central Services and All India Services(IAS, IPS, Indian Forest Service).

Presently, as per 7th Pay Commission the entry level Basic Pay is Rs

56100/- (Level 10 ). Besides basic pay, as an ISS official you are entitled to allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance(HRA), Transport Allowance(TA), Children Education Allowance(CEA) and several perks.

You also get to pursue your career in relevant field from reputed Indian or Foreign Institues funded by Government subject to some conditions.

Transfers and Postings -

You are transferred in Metro cities and State Capitals and posted in different ministries in various capacities.

If you get into this service at very younger age, you may jump to the level of Secretary to the Government of India.

After retirement too, if you are willing, you may be appointed as member of any think tank or any commitee where your skills and experience can be put to use.

Enjoyed this part...Let's get to know about Exam details.

Who can apply for this exam ?

A candidate for the Indian Statistical Service must have obtained a

Bachelor's Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subject


a Master's degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutes established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or a Foreign University approved by the Central Government from time to time.

Here the advantage is, only the graduates with above minimum qualification can apply but then you should not forget that you are competing against your own peers. You have to be the best in your academics because the vacancies are generally in double digits. Considering the fact the competition is tough.

One of the advantages of opting for this exam is - If you are preparing for UPSC Civil Services exam too, then you can choose Statistics as an optional subject for your main exam. This will reduce the burden of preparation to great extent as you will be well aware of your optional subject; rather than choosing some new optional subject.

Age Limit -

Minimum 21 - Maximum 30 -

Unreserved Category

Minimum 21 - Maximum 33 -

Other Backward Class,

Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof

Minimum 21 - Maximum 35 -

Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe Category

ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August of the year of publication of advertisement.

Minimum 21 - Maximum 40 -

in the case of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities viz;

(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; (e) multiple disabilities from amongst person under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf blindness.

Frequency of the exam -

The Exam is conducted once in a year.

Scheme of Exam -

Part-I Written examination carrying a maximum of 1000 marks in the subjects as shown below.

Part II - Viva voce of such candidates as may be called by the Commission carrying a maximum of 200 marks. It is nothing but your Personality Test.

Syllabus -

Click to download the Syllabus.

Books/Guides/Resource Study Material -

You can click on the images below to see the details of these books.

This is not the complete list but indicative only.

Don't forget to visit the the official site of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation-

Previous Question Papers -

Previous Question Papers are important for the preparation of this exam.

Click here to go through Previous Questions Papers.

Strategy to Prepare for this Exam -

Will it not be nice to know the strategy from topper itself ??

You can see the following video from topper.

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