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Indian Engineering Services (IES) is the most preferred exam for graduate engineers for career opportunities in government departments’. It employs engineers to work under the Government and are designated as Class – 1 officer. They command a substantial part of the public sector economy that comprises Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defence service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, NHAI, Naval Armaments, and IDSE, MES, Ordnance Factories, etc. The specific engineering branch and the Service or cadre recruited determines the work of these officials.
UPSC conducts ESE annually to enlist engineers in four realms such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunications for the techno-managerial jobs. The examination consists of two-stages written exams succeeded by an interview. It is one of the most stringent tests in India due to fewer jobs and fierce competition. But IES officers bear tremendous honor and status, making it one of the most desirable government jobs for our country’s engineers.
A candidate must be either
Provided that a candidate belongs to categories (b), (c), and (d) above shall be a person in whose approval an eligibility certificate has been issued by the Indian Government.
Applicants should ensure that they satisfy all the eligibility criteria and certification at all the examination stages. The ESE test shall be conducted according to the following plan:
Stage-I: Preliminary Stage Examination (Objective Type Papers)
Prelims are the screening test to qualify for the mains examination. The prelims exam is an objective type of paper. There will be two papers in the prelims exam: General Studies and the other is engineering paper (according to candidates choice – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Electronics, and Telecommunications).
Stage-II: Mains Examination (Written Type Papers)
Candidates who qualify for prelims can appear for the IES mains exam. There are two conventional papers based on the candidate’s engineering discipline in the IES mains exam – Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Electronics, and Telecommunications. In the IES mains exam, UPSC tests the candidates’ engineering knowledge vigorously.
Stage-III: Personality Test.
The Interview or Personality test is attended by only those candidates who qualify for the Mains examination.
The syllabus for the IES (Indian Engineering Services) exam is at the graduate level, with topics traversing the engineering syllabus. The syllabus is organized on the basis of the engineering branch the candidate is from, i.e., Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Electronics & Telecommunication. The official syllabus can be downloaded from the UPSC website.
Candidates who satisfy all the eligibility conditions should fill the online application form on UPSC’s official website – www.upsc.gov.in.
Candidates are required to pay Rs 200 as an application fee to successfully submit the application form. The fees can be paid either by cash or through an online payment.
Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates are excused from the application fee.