Indian Economic Services

It is the administrative inter-ministerial Group ‘A’ Central Service. The IES was constituted in 1961 with the aim of institutionalizing a core professional capacity within the government to undertake economic analysis and render advice for designing and formulating development policies, strengthening delivery systems, and monitoring and evaluating the public program.

Career Options

  • - Higher Administrative Grade (Principal/Chief Advisor) - Higher Administrative Grade (Senior Economic Advisor / Senior Advisor
  • - Senior Administrative Grade (Economic Advisor) - Non-Functional Selection - Junior Administrative Grade (Joint Director/ Deputy Economic Adviser/Deputy Adviser
  • Equivalent to the posts of Deputy Secretary to the Government India) - Senior Time Scale (Deputy Director/ Assistant Adviser/ Assistant Commissioner/Senior Research Officer
  • Equivalent to Under Secretary to the Govt. of India) - Junior Time Scale (Assistant Director)

Educational Qualifications

  • - For Indian Economic Service Post Graduate Degree from a recognized university in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/ Econometrics. - For Indian Statistical Service Post Grade Degree from an Indian university in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Mathematical Statistics.

Personal Skills

  • - Good interpersonal skills - Good English communication skills - Leadership and management skills - Good advisory skills - Expertise in economics

Courses to be pursued

  • - UPSC - IES Entrance Exam

Top Colleges

  • Shri Ram College of Commerce Address: University of Delhi North Campus, Maurice Nagar, New Delhi Phone: 011 – 27667905 Website:
  • St. Xavier's College, Kolkata Address: 30 Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016 Phone: (+91 33) 22551101 Website:

Working Conditions

The service is an inter-Ministerial and inter-Departmental service. You would be required to work in departments dealing with economic and social sectors. In the rapidly globalizing environment, decision-making is increasingly guided by economic rationality. Besides cadre posts, you would go on deputation to serve in various domestic and international organizations such as UN bodies, foreign Governments, state Governments and regulatory bodies. Officers from the service are also appointed on deputation to posts in the Central Departments under the Central Staffing Scheme.

Top Companies

  • NYK Line India Address: 1205-1208, Windfall Building,12th Floor, Sahar Plaza Complex,Sir M.V. Road,Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 059 Phone: +91-22-46138181 Website:
  • Evergreen Shipping Agency Address: Plot No. 51, 1St Floor, Phase III, Okhla Industrial Estate, Delhi 110020 Phone: 912261657900 Website:

Successful Persons

Shri A. S. Nikhade

Shri A. S. Nikhade is an IES officer who has entered in this service on 19-July-1974 and he is still serving this sector.

Shri Abu Huzaifa

Shri Abu Huzaifa is an IES officer who entered in this sector in 2014 and currently he is working as an Assistant Director in the state of Uttar Predesh.

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