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How to prepare for IES/ISS examination?
The economic advisers play a vital role in the development of a nation. If you want to contribute in the progress of your country, this is one excellent opportunity for you. UPSC has invited applications for IES (Indian Economic Service) and ISS (Indian Statistical Services) examination. The last date for online application is 1/12/2012. Don’t wait till the last date please to apply for this examination.
A nation can prosper only if there is an economic planning in place and there are able and trained professionals in abundance to implement that plan in action. The Indian Government has always the need for such economic professionals in huge numbers. This is why able professionals are selected every year round through the medium of examination. If you want to be an important link into this, you can apply for this examination. UPSC has recently invited applications from the eligible professionals to join the Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service. This is one golden chance for you if you wish to yourself with this. The online application Last date is 1st, October, 2012.
For Indian Economic Service, a candidate has to be a PG in Economics/Applied Economics/Business Economics/Economics from a recognised university. For the Indian Statistical services, the candidate should be a PG Degree holder in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Mathematical statistics.
For the general category of candidates the age limit is 21-30 years. There is the provision for further age relaxation in this examination for the candidates of reserved category under the government rules and regulations prescribed for the purpose.
Format of examination
This examination will be held in two phases- written test and interview. A total of 1000 marks are allocated in the written test. There shall be four papers for the Indian Economic Service of General English, GS, and Economics. For the Indian Economic Service, apart from the GS and General English, there shall be four papers related to statistics. The candidates successful in the written examination shall be called for interview.
Standard and syllabus
Questions in General Studies are chiefly asked from polity, current national and international events of importance, logical reasoning, general knowledge, Indian history and culture, Indian independence movement, Indian Constitution and administration. The syllabus of the subjects would be of graduation standard. The general English would also be of the graduation level. Economics shall have four papers. The first paper shall be theory based. The questions in it that would be asked shall relate to micro and micro economics, International and welfare economics. Under the environmental economics, questions relating to monitoring and fiscal theory, development, challenges of planning and Indian economics will be asked.
How to prepare for IES/ISS?
Questions of general studies are asked from polity, economy, geography, important historical places, persons, sports and important events obtaining within the country and abroad. The applicant who is giving the civil services exam from before will not feel any particular difficulty in this subject. Answers on this subject have to be given in limited words. Therefore pay attention to the limit of words.
A micro study of the syllabus is a must in order to succeed in any examination. According to experts, this go a long way in preparing in the subjects in a smoother manner and better score could be obtained within a shorter period. Go through the questions asked during the previous 5 years. You shall be able to know the newer trend from this. Bring in the necessary changes in your preparation method also after ascertain the points of the newer changes being effected into the latest trend of patterns of questions.
- Questions in GS relating to modern history of India: In the question paper of GS, from the section of modern history of India, the portion pertains to the important events happened after 1850, the phases of the progress of independence struggle and the roles played by different organizations, the aspects of thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi including the then entire leaders and their contribution in India’s independence and impact of British colonial power on India etc.
- Questions from geography section: Questions from geography section are asked relating to the India’s geography.
- Indian Constitution: The fundamental components of the constitution of India and contemporary Indian political system and modern-day social issues contain the part of the GS.
- Questions from India and the world: Questions under India and world contain related to modern relevant issues vis–a-vis India’s political, economic and diplomatic relations with its neighbouring nations.
- India’s economic relation with world: Under the mutual economic activities with the nations of the world, questions asked are based on relationships with the business organizations of different countries and world bodies.
- Science and technology questions asked under GS: Questions from this area contain related to India’s and world’s technological developments and their applied aspects.
Paying attention to some other aspects
- If you will look at the questions of previous 5 years, you will find that often the questions aren’t asked in a straightforward manner.
- An in-depth study is essential to understand such type of questions.
- Apart from the above, understand clearly the questions before giving answers to them. When you shall be able to comprehend questions clearly, you shall have no difficulties in giving exact answers to them.
- Prepare smaller notes to be revised before the commencement date of the examination.
- Make it a daily routine of reading national dailies of renown such as ‘The HINDU’ daily and Times of India, standard books and magazines, science journals and NCERT books up to the 12th standard.
- Take helps from the books of fame like the ‘Indian Constitution’ authored by D D Basu and Subhas Kashyap, ‘India’s Freedom Struggle’ by Bipin Chandra, Indian economy by Mishra and Puri.
- For keeping abreast with the latest developments obtaining in the country and abroad, read the chronicle or the ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ available in the market. Keep sharp eye/ears on TV/radio for news items related to important events, détente sports etc developing from time to time.
- In general English, such type of questions would be asked from which you could be tested of your knowledge of English and the uses of its words. For this, the knowledge of English literature is essential.
- For comprehension, exercise is utterly important. For this, practice on the questions asked during the last 10 years as much as is possible for you to do.
- For preparing for the Indian economics focus to the maximum extents over the 5th year plan and the economic survey. For this, besides the Yojna’ magazine, reading standard oriented news papers is quite imperative.
Wrap: If you follow the stratagem stated above, you could succeed in this examination. Good luck to you from me too!
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