Become an ISS Officer-Indian Statistical Service

Become an ISS Officer
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Become an ISS Officer

Dear Students, I am going to Discuss How to Become an ISS Officer in India?. if you are a Statics graduate or postgraduates, you should think about Indian Statistical Services. and you really don’t know what is that, so don’t worry I am discussing here from the scratch. its’ Eligibility, Plan of the Examination (Selection Procedure), Syllabus Preparation Strategy, and Cut off, which help you, how to Prepare Yourself in the Right Way to save your Precious time and crack the Examination soon. So let’s start.

Indian Statistical Services

Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

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Who is Cadre Control body of Statistical Services:
Ministry of Statics and Programme Implementation of India is a Government body responsible for manage the database of the country. it is a cadre control body of the Indian Statistical services. The data may be official, unofficial, Public, Private, and foreign affairs. this ministry has wide department and wing to manage, data. these wings are -National Statistical Office(NSO) which is further divided in-

  • Central Statistical Office (CSO)
  • Computer center and the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)

these three wings of the ministry execute their operations to handle the data. all the departments hire the candidates through ISS Exam which is conducted by UPSC every year.

About ISS Officer

Who is ISS Officer:
An ISS Officer is the same as IAS Officer having its own responsibilities. it is technical civil services responsible for all governmental Statistical data and its management. the Officer is used its technical skill to perform Statistical calculation in official statistics, economics, financial statistics, survey methodology, etc… The Main Objective of the ISS Officer is

Responsibilities of ISS Officer

What are the responsibilities of ISS Officer:

  • To Manage and Process the Statistical data across the country.
  • All the Calculations of the Census.
  • Calculations of the Economics Affairs.
  • Calculation of the GDP.
  • Calculation of all the Taxes and its Expenditure. etc…
  • And all the National Surveys in India
  • Conducts large scale all-India sample surveys for creating the database
  • Examines the survey reports
  • etc..

As you can say Statistical Department is responsible for all the Calculations, and Management of the database.

Facilities and Status of ISS Officer

What facilities and Power get an ISS Officer:
ISS Officer is work with data of the country so that responsibility of privacy of data that’s why the government provide some facilities and status to ISS Officer-

  • Indian Statistical Service is a Group ‘A’ service of the Union Government that’s why it is a higher status job in the Country.
  • The facilities like government house, conveyance allowance, LTC, HTC Maternity benefits, GPF, Group Insurance, gratuity, contributory pension, earned leave, and medical leave.
  • Vehicles (Car) may be allotted.
  • ISS officers go on deputation to serve in various domestic and international organizations such as UN bodies, foreign governments, state governments, and regulatory bodies.

Pay-scale of ISS Officer

What is the Salary of ISS Officer:
The Pay-scale of the ISS officer is based on grade and position of the services as below-

Grade / DesignationPay- Scale
RS. Monthly
Higher Administrative Grade-1
(DG, NSSO, and DG, CSO)
75,500 – 80,000/-
Higher Administrative Grade-2
(Additional Director General)
67,000 -79,000/-
Senior Administrative Grade
(Dy Director Gen / Chief Director /
Director/ Director- Professor/ Advisor)
37,000 – 67000/-
Junior Administrative Grade
(Director/ Jr. director/ Additional
Statistical Advisor/ Chief Statistical
Adviser/Dy Statistical Adviser/
15,600 – 39,100/-
Senior time Scale
(Dy Director/ Sr Research officer/
Senior Statistician/ Chief Statistician
15,600 – 39,100/-
Junior time Scale #
(Assist. Director/ Assist. Mineral
Economist/ Research officer/
15,600 – 39,100/-
Pay Scale of ISS Officer

Indian Statistical Services examination

What is Statistical Services in India:
This Examination is conducted by the UPSC once in a year separately along with the Indian Economic Service. So here we talk about only ISS Exam. The examination consists of two parts. first is written type and second is the viva-interview type. The Written exam is carried 1000 marks and Viva Carry 200 Marks so examination carries a total of 1200 marks. Only Selected candidates can appear in the Viva. There is a Negative Marking of ¼ for each Wrong Answer. so let’s discuss all the important steps.

Examination Fee:-

Candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- Rupees either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI. Relaxation in fee as per rules please read full Notification.


What is the Eligibility for ISS Officer Exam:
For the ISS exam, Educational and Eligibility criteria are as follows.

  • Candidate must be an Indian or Subject of Nepal, Bhutan, etc…
  • Candidate must have Age in Between 21 to 30 years. (Relaxation Applicable as per Govt. rules.)
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subjects.
  • Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a recognized University.
  • And The Candidate must be fit physically in all aspects

Selection Procedure of Indian Statistical Services:-

What is the selection process of ISS Officer:
There are two main Stages of the exam. The First Stage is part-1 (Written Exam) and Second Stage is Viva-Interview Type as Discuss below.

Part-1: Written Exam

This part is Comprises of 6 written exams which are Objective and Conventional Descriptive type, as follows.

Subject / PaperMaximum MarksDuration
General English (Descriptive)100 Marks3 Hour
General Studies (Descriptive)100 Marks3 Hour
Statistics-1 (Objective)200 Marks3 Hour
Statistics-2 (Objective)200 Marks3 Hour
Statistics-3 (Descriptive)200 Marks3 Hour
Statistics-4 (Descriptive)200 Marks3 Hour
Total1000 Marks 
table of Papers

These 6 Subjects are asked separately as Paper and Carrying respective Marks. This is Part one of the Examination let’s Move on Part 2 which is Viva- Interview type Examination.

Part-2: Viva – Interview

  • After the Exam only Selected Candidates will allow attending the Viva-Interview.
  • Viva will be taken by one of the most experienced Board members of The Statistical Services Examination.
  • The Questions will be relevant to the written exam to assess his/her suitability for the service for which he/she has competed.
  • The Objective of the Interview is to check the personality, Psychology, Mental Ability, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition.
  • To test the balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
  • The Candidates should Aware Current Event of national and International in all Fields.

Syllabus of Indian Statistical Services:-

What is the Syllabus of ISS Officer Exam:
The syllabus is asked in the ISS consist mainly 6 subjects- General English General Studies and 4 others are

Statistics-1 (Objective)
Statistics-2 (Objective)
Statistics-3 (Descriptive)
Statistics-4 (Descriptive)
Other 4 Papers of ISS Exam

General English: Paper-1

Candidates will be required to write an essay in English. Other questions will be designed to test their understanding of English and workman like use of words. Passages will usually be set for summary or précis.

General Studies: Paper-2

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Statistics-1: Paper-3

  1. Probability
  2. Statistical Methods
  3. Numerical Analysis
  4. Computer application and Data Processing

Statistics-2: Paper 4

  1. Linear Models: Theory of linear estimation, Gauss
  2. Statistical Inference and Hypothesis Testing:
    1. Characteristics of good estimator.
    1. Hypothesis testing
  3. Official Statistics:
    1. National and International official statistical system
    1. National Statistical Organization
    1. National Statistical Commission
    1. Index Numbers
    1. Sector Wise Statistics
    1. Sector Wise Statistics
    1. National Accounts
    1. Population Census
    1. Misc: Socio-Economic Indicators, Gender Awareness/Statistics, Important Surveys and Censuses

Statistics-3: Paper 5

  1. Sampling Techniques
  2. Econometrics
  3. Applied Statistics

Statistics-4: Paper 6

  1. Operations Research and Reliability
  2. Demography and Vital Statistics
  3. Survival Analysis and Clinical Trial
  4. Quality Control
  5. Multivariate Analysis
  6. Design and Analysis of Experiments
  7. Computing with C and R

All the Subjects are listed here according to official Notification of (UPSC) ISS, Please always Read full Notification before apply


this is all about Plan of the examination and I hope, you will understand it well so now move on the next that is Preparation Strategy

Preparation Strategy

  1. First of all, you have to understand there is no short track to crack any exam,
  2. Yes, any of the exams is crack only through smart Preparation Strategy, hard Working, and Continuity.
  3. If you have set your mind for the Statistical Services you have to Study Continue and Never Break your Daily Routine.
  4. Make a Habit of Reading Competitive Magazines, Good Newspaper, Economics News (National and International).
  5. This will help you to gain knowledge for the Interview and General Study.
  6. Always read from Standard textbooks of your syllabus.
  7. Make your own notes, which helps to Revision at the time of Examination.
  8. Always attend Group Discussions and Seminars relevant to your Field.
  9. Open yourself up to others; it will help you to gain confidence.
  10. That’s all are also part of the job profile, it will be your daily routine of the Service too.

How to Apply

Official Notification released once in a year in the month of (Feb to March) on the Website or through Newspapers, Candidate, who want to apply to click on the link to Check Active Examination. Always read full Requirements notification before apply. all the Instruction available in the Official Notification. Go through the instruction to fill the Application form.

Other information about examination

Cut Off of 2019 Statistical services Exam

last year (2019) Cut-off list as below.

CategoryMinimum qualifying
standards at
Written Stage
Cut-off marks
at Final Stage
(Out of 1200)
PwBD-1 (OBC)164371
PwBD-2 (GEN)202292
Last Year Cut-off

Model Test paper of Indian Statistical Services

Click the link to access the Model Test paper of Economic Subject- link-

This is all about Statistical Services and its’ Requirement Process, eligibility, subjects, and syllabus, and Preparation strategy, I hope you like the information. If you have an Doubt Please Comment Below, i will Reply soon.

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What is the Mean of ISS Officer in India?

ISS- Indian Statistical Services, also a part of Civil Services. and ISS Officer also a Civil Service Union Government Agent.

What are the Functions of ISS Officer ?

To Manage and Process the Statistical data across the country.

Who Conduct the Exam of ISS ?

UPSC Conduct the Exam for ISS Every year along with IES Exam.

What is the Nature of the ISS Exam?

Exam Have two Stages- Pre and Main. Pre Exam Consist of 6 papers of total 1000 Marks and main is Viva type Consist 200 Marks. Papers are Objective Type and Descriptive type both

How Many Papers in the ISS Exam?

These are total 6 paper in Pre and a Viva in mains.

How Many Total Marks in ISS Exam ?

1000 marks in Pre Exam that are Written type and 200 marks for the main exam that is Viva-Interview. Total 1200 Marks

What are the Educational Qualifications for ISS Exam?

1. Bachelor’s Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subjects.
2. Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics from a recognized University.

What is the Age Limit for the ISS Exam?

Age Limit- 21 to 30 Years, Relaxation Applicable as per Govt. Rules.

What is the Syllabus Asked in ISS Exam?

General Studies, General English and 4 Papers of Statistical Cover Statistical math, theories etc…

how can i become an ISS Officer ?

if you are Statics Graduate/post-graduate, can appear the Indian Statistical services exam conducted by UPSC one in year.

what is the selection process of Indian Statistical Services exam?

There are two main Stages of the exam. The First Stage is part-1 (Written Exam) and Second Stage is Viva-Interview Type both exam carry 1000 and 200 marks respectively. selection of the candidates based on merit list or cut-off

what is the Salary and pay scale of the Indian Statistical Service officer?

The salary and pay scale is based on the grade and position of services. the pay scale may vary from ( Basic 15600 to 80000) + other benefits.

what are the facilities provided to ISS Officer ?

The facilities like government house, conveyance allowance, LTC, HTC Maternity benefits, GPF, Group Insurance, gratuity, contributory pension, earned leave, and medical leave.
Vehicles (Car) may be allotted.
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