Indian Economic Service

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Indian Economic Service
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Service Overview
Country India
Civil Service academyInstitute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Controlling authorityDepartment of Economic Affairs (Economic Division), Ministry of Finance
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government service
General natureEconomic Analysis
Cadre Size477 (2015)[1]
Service Chief
A S Nikhade
Head of the Civil Services
Cabinet SecretaryPradeep Kumar Sinha

The Indian Economic Service (Hindi: भारतीय आर्थिक सेवा) (abbreviated as IES, I.E.S.) 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 unique aspect of the service is that the cadre posts are spread across various departments and ministries of central government numbering more than 55. The IES is characterised as an inter-Ministerial and inter-Departmental service thus bringing in the aspect of diversity in its work profile. It is a highly specialised and professional service within the government of India catering to economic analysis and policy advice.[4]


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 12 February 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 1 November 1961 and the Service Rules were notified on the same date. The actual operationalization of service took place in 1964.[2]

Various Grades in the IES[edit]

Authorised strength of various grades in the IES
Grade Strength
Higher Administrative Grade + (HAG +)/ Principal Adviser (Apex) 5
Higher Administrative Grade (HAG)/ Senior Economic Adviser/ Senior Adviser 15
Senior Administrative Grade (SAG)/ Economic Adviser/ Adviser 89
Junior Administrative Grade (JAG)/ Joint Director/ Deputy Economic Adviser
{including Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG)/ Director/ Additional Economic Adviser}
Senior Time Scale (STS)/ Deputy Director/ Assistant Economic Adviser/ Senior Research Officer 114
Junior Time Scale (JTS)/ Assistant Director/ Research Officer 107
Reserves 40
Total authorised strength 518

Joining the service[edit]

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts separate examination to recruit candidates to IES. For various other civil services, UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination for which the minimum eligibility criteria is graduation level. However for IES, minimum eligibility criteria is a post graduate degree in Economics and allied subjects.[5]


The direct recruits undergo a comprehensive probationary training comprising various phases ranging from Foundation Course (along with All India Services and Central Civil Services) to Applied Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG). The training programme also comprises various attachments with institutions of repute all across the country. The training course also has international attachment with Civil Service College, Singapore.[6]

Notable members[edit]


  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. ^ "About IES".
  5. ^ "IES - UPSC" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Probationary Training" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Modi and economics". Business Standard. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Obituary: Dr I.G. Patel". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Samar Ranjan Sen dead". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Noted economist Samar Sen dead". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  11. ^ "From deficits to dividends". Business Line. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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