Indian Economic Service

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Indian Economic Service
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Service Overview
Abbreviation I.E.S.
Formed 1961
Country  India
Civil Service academy Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Controlling authority Department of Economic Affairs (Economic Division), Ministry of Finance
Legal personality Governmental: Government service
General nature Policy Formulation
Policy Implementation
Economic Analysis
Advisors to Ministers
Cadre Size 477 (2015)[1]
Service Chief
Chief Economic Adviser to Government of India Arvind Subramanian
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha

The Indian Economic Service (Hindi: भारतीय आर्थिक सेवा) (abbreviated as IES) is the administrative inter-ministerial[2] civil service under Group A[3] of the Central Civil Services of the executive branch of the Government of India.


The Indian Economic Service was introduced by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru[2] for formulating and implementing economic policies and programmes in India. The initial steps towards formation of service can be traced to 1952.[2] A Committee under V. T. Krishnamachari submitted a report in September 1953, recommending the formation of a service to be known as the Statistical and Economic Advisory Service.[2] On the contrary, Prasanta Mahalanobis did not favour the idea of a combined Statistical and Economic Advisory Service.[2]

The Cabinet in its meeting held on 12th Feb 1958 decided that two separate services should be formed; a Statistical Service and other an Economic Service.[2] The Indian Economic Service was constituted on 1st November 1961 and the Service Rules were notified on the same date. The actual operationalization of service took place in 1964.[2]

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  1. ^ "Final Seniority List of IES officers: Ministry of Finance, Government of India" (PDF). Indian Economic Service. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "History of the Indian Economic Service". Indian Economic Service. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Complete Civil Service Schedule of the Civil Services Group A of India." Civil Service Group A - Government of India 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "G Ramesh - Public Policy: Professor, Centre for Public Policy". Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Archive: Dr. S.M. Jharwal, Chancellor - Indira Gandhi National Tribal University". Indira Gandhi National Tribal University. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 

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