Indian Statistical Services comes under the Group ‘A’ category of the civil services of India. The executive branch of the Government of India facilitates this. Moreover, all the posts of technical expertise required in several ministries are under the ISS.  

In order to fill in the vacancies of ISS, the UPSC council conducts a combined recruitment exam for both the IES and the ISS. The aspirants should know that posting of these officers is nationally as well as internationally in varied statistical-technical staffing programs. However, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Ministry of AYUSH, etc are some of the departments where ISS performs their duties. 

We have prepared this article to enlighten our students with the introduction to the Indian Statistical Services. Moreover, in the end, the aspirants will have an idea about the exam pattern, eligibility criteria, and the preparation strategy of the ISS. 

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ISS Eligibility Criteria

The candidate needs to be a citizen of India in order to serve in the civil services departments. Apart from this, the aspirant can be eligible on the following grounds:-

– He/she can be a subject of Nepal, or

– a subject of Bhutan, or

– a Tibetan refugee who has stayed in India before 1962 and is looking for a permanent settlement, or

– a person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, and East African countries or from Vietnam with the purpose of having a domestic settlement in India. 

It should be noted that the certificate of eligibility to sit for ISS has been approved and sanctioned by the Government of India.

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Academic Qualifications

The aspirants who wish to prepare and join ISS are to fulfill the below academic requirements.

– The candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics/Mathematics or any applied branch of Statistics and Maths, or;

– The aspirants shall have completed his/her Master’s in Statistics/Mathematics or any applied branch of Statistics and Maths.

It should be highlighted that the degree should be from any recognized university in India or a foreign country. However, it should be the Central government approve from time to time.

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Age limit

The candidate must be of 21 years or above and 30 years or below of age before August 2019. He/she must have not been born before 1988 and after 1997.

There are several other reservation quotas for minority classes. 

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ISS Exam Pattern

Indian Statistical Services exam is in two parts. Like IES, there is a written exam and the interview process. The aspirants should know that the written exam comprises 1000 marks, while the interview is for 200 marks. 

ISS conducts the testing with the help of six subjects namely, General English, General Studies, and four papers of Statistics. It should be highlighted that the first two papers are of objective nature while the paper 3 & 4 are subjective in nature.

The descriptive section contains small questions requiring immediate small answers. At the same time, there are long questions with comprehensive solution demands. The aspirants need to attend at least one small and one comprehensive question. 

The second round of viva is to test the mental statistical abilities of the candidate in question. Moreover, the purpose is to analyze their decisive power to comprehend an underlying situation.

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Tips to Prepare for the ISS

Some enriching tips for our readers to understand how to prepare for the ISS.

As we know that there are six different subjects under ISS like IES, the tactic for each subject differs.

– Talking about General English, the students should focus on improving their vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Aspirants should have a strong language skill set.

– General Studies comprise mainly topics of generic specified nature. These 100 marks relate to the day-to-day happening of certain events. All this is concerned with the economy, polity, and various social issues of general up-gradation. 

– Statistics Paper I & II are of objective nature. Therefore, here in-depth knowledge regarding statistical reforms of national importance is not required. This can be a win-win situation for the aspirants to score good marks.

– Viewing the other two papers, here the subjective statistical understanding of the candidates is assessed. Therefore, the aspirants should indulge in deep reading and writing practice to memorize case studies and certain figures. This will help to complement the answers in the exam. 

Looking into the ISS 2020 curriculum, the ISS exam is on 26th June 2020 (tentatively). 

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