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Introduction of Combined Engineering Services Exam/IES

A combined three-stage competitive examination called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. IES remain the most sought-after careers for the engineering graduates in India.In 2015, a total of 434 candidates were recommended through ESE with least selection ratio ever. ESE is therefore considered as the toughest exam in India and amongst the toughest in the world. Most toppers of this exam are graduates of institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science. Because of this difficult selection procedure, IES officers carry high respect and status in society and are able to manage activities in diverse areas.

Eligibility of IES

Nationality for IES

The candidate must be one of the following:
  1. A citizen of India
  2. A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  3. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Educational qualifications for IES

At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering (B.E. / B. Tech) from a recognised university or equivalent. M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects also acceptable for certain services / posts only.

Age limits

21–30 years on 1 January of the year of Engineering Services Examination. Upper age limit relaxation is provided to candidates as follows:
  • A maximum of Three years for OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only]
  • A maximum of Four years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof
  • A maximum of Five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe
  • A maximum of Five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989
  • A maximum of Five years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 August.

Exam Pattern IES

Revised Scheme of Examination
Stage-I: Engineering Services (Preliminary / Stage-I)Examination (Objective Type Papers)
Paper-I :{Common for all Candidates} General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper 2 hours duration200 Marks (max.)
Paper-II : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper 3 hours duration300 Marks (max.)
Stage-I : Sub-Total 500 Marks (max.)
Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at thediscretion of the Commission. Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be permitted to appear for Stage-II examination
Stage-II: Engineering Services (Mains / Stage-II))Examination (Conventional Type Papers)
Paper-I: Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I 3 hours duration300 Marks (max.)
Paper-II: Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II 3 hours duration300 Marks (max.)
Stage-II: Sub-Total 600 Marks (max.)
Stage-I + Stage-II Sub-Total 1100 Marks (max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage-I + Stage-II) tobe permitted to appear for Stage-III examination
Stage-III: Personality Test 200 Marks (max.)
Stage-I + Stage-II +Stage-III Grand Total 1300 Marks (max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II +Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engineering Services Exam. Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers) of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II (Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.

Recruitment under IES happen for below services: Civil Engineering
    • Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
    • Central Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
    • Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
    • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
    • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
    • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
    • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
    • Indian Railway Stores Service
    • Survey of India Service
    • P & T Building Works Service (DoT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology)
    • Military Engineer Services ( QS & C )
Mechanical Engineering
  • Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  • Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
Electrical Engineering
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • P & T Building Works Service (Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications)
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  • Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service
  • Indian Railway Service , Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Indian Telecommunication Service


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