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What is Indian Engineering Services (IES)?

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Indian Engineering Services (IES) are the civil services just like IAS, IFS and others in the list. Indian Engineering Services cater to the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. It has a huge demand among the engineering graduates in India.

This write up would try to focus on what is it that makes Indian Engineering Services popular among the engineering students, its various disciplines, exam pattern and selection procedure for the aspirants.

What are the disciplines for which candidates can apply and get selected for Indian Engineering Services?

Category I Civil Engineering

Group A Services

1. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
2. Indian Railway Stores Services (Civil Engineering Positions)
3. Central Engineering Service
4. Indian Defence Service of Engineering (Civil Engineering Positions)
5. Indian Ordnance Factories Services AWM/JTS (Civil Engineering Positions)
6. Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group A (Civil Engineering Positions)
7. Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) P&T Building Works, Group A Service
8. Assistant Executive Engineer (QS & C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre

Category II Mechanical Engineering

Group A Services

1. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
2. Indian Railway Stores Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
3. Central Power Engineering Service, Group A (Mechanical Engineering Post)
4. Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/JTS (Mechanical Engineering Post)
5. Indian Naval Armament Service (Post: Mechanical Engineering)
6. Asst. Executive Engineering, Group A (Mechanical Engineering Posts) in the corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
7. Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Posts: Mechanical Engineering)
8. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Posts: Mechanical Engineering)

Category III Electrical Engineering

Group A Services

1. Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
2. Indian Railway Stores Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
3. Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
4. Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
5. Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/JTS (Electrical Engineering Post)
6. Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Post)
7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Electrical Engineering Post)
8. Assistant Executive Engineer, Group A in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence

Category IV Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Group A and B Services

1. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
2. Indian Railway Stores Service (Post: Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering)
3. Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Post)
4. Assistant Executive Engineering, Group A (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering post) in the Corps of EME, Defence Ministry
5. Central Power Engineering Service, Group A (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Service)
6. Indian Inspection Service (Assistant Director, Grade-I)
7. Indian Telecommunication Service, Grade A
8. Junior Telecom Officer (General Central Service, Group B, Gazetted Non-Ministerial)

What is Indian Engineering Services (IES)?

What are the eligibility criteria for Indian Engineering Services?

• Candidates should be Indian citizens
• Candidate should be an Engineering Graduate
• The Engineering Degree should be given by a recognized university
• Those who have passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) etc. are eligible to apply
• Candidate's age should not be less than 21 years and more than 30 years
• Candidates of certain categories will enjoy relaxation on the upper age limit mentioned above

What is the exam pattern for Indian Engineering Services?

IES aspirants need to choose any one of the following Engineering disciplines:

• Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

The written examination will have two sections,

Section I will have only objective type questions (General Ability Test)

Section II will have conventional papers.

Both these sections cover the entire syllabus related to the four disciplines mentioned above.
The following table will give you a clear picture about the exam pattern of IES:

Paper I

(Objective Type Questions)

General Ability Test

(Part A - General English)

(Part B - General Studies)

200 Marks

Paper II and III

(Objective Type Questions)

Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

200 Marks for each paper

Paper IV and V 

(Conventional Type Questions)

Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

200 Marks for each paper
 Total 1000 Marks
Marks for Interview & Personality Test200 Marks

Read: Tips for preparation of UPSC preliminary exam

How will the candidates be selected?

• The first step of selection is the performance of candidates in written examination
• Candidates who have passed the written examination need to undergo medical test in order to determine their physical fitness
• Those who successfully pass the above tests will be called for the interview round of 200 marks
• Candidates who fare well in both written exam and interview will be selected

Candidates appearing for the Indian Engineering Services exam 2017 should complete their application procedure by tomorrow. The last date to apply for IES exams is 03 November 2016, till 6 pm.

Below are a few question papers for your reference. The aspirants can prepare practicing with these question papers to understand what kind of questions come their way and how they can answer them.

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