Engineering Services Examination (ESE/IES)

About IES / ESE

Engineering Services Examination commonly known as (IES) is conducted annually by UPSC to recruit engineers of Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Telecommunications for the Techno managerial posts. The examination constitutes a two-stage written examination followed by an interview.

ESE is considered as one of the toughest examinations in India due to fewer posts and high competition. Owing to the highly competitive selection procedure, IES officers carry high respect and status and are mandated to manage and execute activities in diverse technical and managerial fields.

These candidates after the final selection are posted in various Ministries and Departments of GOI such as Railways, Telecom, Border Roads, CPWD, CWC, CPES, NHAI, Naval Armaments, IDSE, MES, Ordnance Factories, etc., however, they can move to any cadre, organization, agency, department, ministry or PSU of the Government of India. All these final selected candidates are designated as class-1 officers.

ESE Paper Pattern

Engineering services examination shall comprise of three parts.
StagesExaminationMarks
Stage-IPreliminary500
Stage-IIMains600
Stage-IIIPersonality Test200
Stage-I + Stage-II + Stage-IIIGrand Total1300
Preliminary/Stage-I Examination (Objective Type Papers)
PaperName of PaperTime DurationMaximum Marks
Paper-IGeneral Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper2 Hours200
Paper-II

Engineering Discipline-specific Paper

3 Hours300
Paper-I + Paper-IIGrand Total5 Hours500
Mains/Stage-II Examination (Subjective Type Papers):
PaperName of PaperTime DurationMaximum Marks
Paper-IEngineering Discipline-specific Paper-I3 Hours300
Paper-II

Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II

3 Hours300
Paper-I + Paper-IIGrand Total6 Hours600

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 Examination.

IES Exam Schedule

 (Stage I - Paper I, Objective type, Common to all Candidates, 200 Marks maximum). The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-I

  1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  6. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  7. Basics of Project Management
  8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  10. Ethics and values in engineering profession

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Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Syllabus

 (Stage I - Paper I, Objective type, Common to all Candidates, 200 Marks maximum). The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-I

  1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  6. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  7. Basics of Project Management
  8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  10. Ethics and values in engineering profession

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Note

The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics as may be expected from an engineering graduate, without special study. Questions from all the 10 topics mentioned above shall be set. Marks for each Topic may range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.

Branch/Discipline

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