IES Exam

Indian Engineering Services Exam

What is IES Exam?

Indian Engineering Services (IES) or Engineering Services Examination (ESE) comprise of engineers who work under the government of India and designated as Class – 1 officer. They administer a large segment of the public sector economy, which constitutes of Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defence service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, namely.

The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. The career progression goes smoothly attaining high esteem. The first position offered is that of Asst. Executive engineer and the hierarchy ends at the position of Chairman/ Managing Director.

UPSC IES 2023 Notification Released

UPSC IES Notification for 2023 has released today 14 September, 2022. Candidates will be able to check the notification on the official website - upsc.gov.in.

Indian Engineering Services (IES) Exam 2023

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for conducting the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) also known as Indian Engineering Services Exam 2023. The Commission will shortlist the candidates for the posts through Preliminary and Main Examination. The Online Applications can be filled from 14 September, 2022 to 04 October, 2022 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled. The Engineering Services Prelims examination is going to be held on 19 February 2022, and the Main will be conducted on 25 June 2022.

IES Exam 2023 Details 

Exam  Engineering Services Examination (ESE)
Conducted by  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 
Exam level National 
Frequency  Once in a year
Educational qualifications  Engineering 
Age limit  21-30 years
Number of vacancies  339
Selection process  Preliminary, Main Exam & Interview 
Preliminary exam   Objective-type 
Main exam  Conventional
Admit card availability  3 weeks before the exam
Withdrawal of application  Yes
Application fee  Rs 200
Official website www.upsc.gov.in 

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2023 Exam Date 

IES Notification 2023 14 September, 2022
Online application starting date  14 September, 2022
Last date to apply online  04 October, 2022
Preliminary Exam Date 2023 19 February, 2023
Preliminary Result Date April 2023
Main Exam Date 2023 25 June, 2023
Main Exam Result  August 2023
Interview  September 2023
Final result  October 2023

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2023 Notification 

The UPSC has released Indian Engineering Services Exam 2023 notification for over 339 vacancies. One should explore the IES notification meticulously that describes all the key details such as exam pattern, eligibility, number of vacancies, syllabus, etc. The official notification will also assist the candidates with the registration process and withdrawal of an application.

Indian Engineering Services (Prelims) Exam 2023 Time Table 

Date Time Paper Subject Duration
19 February, 2022  10 AM to 12 NOON 1 General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper  2 hrs
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM  2 Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunications 3 hrs

Indian Engineering Services – IES Vacancy 2023

The Commission has released the notification for a total of 339 vacancies. The total number of vacancies to be filled for the post will include vacancies for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD). However, the number of vacancies is liable to alteration. 

IES Vacancy 2023 Vacancies
Vacancies excluding PWD 327
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD)
(i) Low vision 01
(ii) Locomotor disability 07
(iii) Hard of hearing 02
(iv) Specific Learning Disability 01
(v) Multiple Disability 01
Total 339

Note: Reservation is also provided for SC, ST, OBC, EWS and Physically Disabled categories.  

The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 327 including 11 vacancies for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) (7 vacancies for Locomotor Disability including Leprosy Cured, Dwarfism, Acid Attack Victims and Muscular Dystrophy, 02 Vacancies for Hard of Hearing 01 Vacancy for Specific Learning Disability and 01 Vacancy for Multiple Disability). The number of vacanices is liable to alteration.

Reservations will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Schedules Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) as well as Persons with Benchmark Disability Category in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government of India.

ESE Exam Group-A Services/Posts

A combined competitive examination is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the following categories: 

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
Category Group-A Services/Posts

Category I

Civil Engineering

  • Central Engineering Service
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads),  Group-A (Civil Engineering Posts)
  • Survey of India Group ‘A’ Service
  • AEE (Civil) in Border Road Engineering Service
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • AEE (QS&C) in MES Surveyor Cadre
  • Central Water Engineering (Group 'A') Service.

Category II

Mechanical Engineering  

  • AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers.
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  • Central Water Engineering (Group 'A') Service.
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Services / SSO-II (Mechanical).
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering).
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  • *AEE (Electrical and Mechanical) in Border Roads Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
  • Assistant Development Officer (Engineering).
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Mechanical Engineering Posts).

Category III

Electrical Engineering 

  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO-II (Electrical).
  • Assistant Development Officer (Engineering).
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Electrical Engineering Posts).

Category IV

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • Indian Telecommunication Service Gr 'A'
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts).
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts)
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service / SSO-II (Electronics & Tele.).
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Electronics & Telecom Engineeering Posts).
  • Assistant Development Officer (Engineering).
  • Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’ .
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Electronics & Telecom Engineering posts).

ESE Online Application Form 2023

Candidates who satisfy all the eligibility conditions set by the UPSC should visit its official website to apply. The ESE online application form 2023 will be available on the Commission's website 14 September, 2022 to 04 October, 2022. 

We have described the IES registration steps briefly. Candidates can refer the IES Application Forms and Procedure page for detailed information.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC – www.upsc.gov.in 
  • Go to ''Apply Online'' 
  • Click on ''Online Application for Various Examinations''
  • Find the ESE online application form. 
  • Start filling-up all the details such as name, address, age, etc. in the Part I registration. 
  • Under the Part-II registration, upload the documents such as photograph and signature. 
  • Pay the prescribed application fee amount. 
  • Submit the IES application form. 
  • Download the ESE application form and take a printout of the same for future reference. 

IES Application Fee 

Candidates are required to pay Rs 200 as application fee to successfully submit the application form. One can pay IES application either by depositing the money in any SBI branch by cash or through an online payment. Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates are exempted from the payment of IES application fee. 

Candidates who opt for "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system generated Pay-in Slip during Part-II Registation and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. "Pay by Cash" option will be deactivated at 11:59 PM of 03.10.2022 i.e. one day before the closing date.

Note: In the case of withdrawal of the application, the fees will not be refunded. 

ESE Exam Pattern

Aspirants should ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria and admission at all the stages of the examination. Candidates are advised to check the complete details about IES Exam Pattern before kick-starting the application form and preparation. The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:

  • Stage-I: Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Main Exam
  • Stage-II: Engineering Services (Main/Stage-II) Examination (Conventional Type Papers) 
  • Stage-III: Personality Test.

IES Preliminary Exam Pattern

Paper Subject Question-type Marks Duration
Paper I General Studies And Engineering Aptitude Objective  200 2 hours
Paper II Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunication) Objective  300 3 hours
Total     500 5 hours

IES Main Exam Pattern 

Paper Subject Question-type Marks Duration
Paper I Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunication) Descriptive   300 3 hours
Paper II Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunication) Descriptive  300 3 hours
Total     600 6 hours

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Physical criteria:

    1. Medical Examination

    • Candidates finally recommended by the Commission on the basis of Engineering Services Examination, 2023 shall be required to undergo a medical examination.
    • Every candidate, on being finally recommended by Commission will be required to undergo a medical examination as and when so decided by the Ministry of communications, Department of Telecommunications irrespective of the fact that he/she has appeared for such medical examination in the past and found the fit/unfit on the basis of earlier examination.
    • The findings of the Medical Board will be taken as final and binding for all allotment purposes.

    2. Physical standards

    • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Engineering Services Examination, 2023 as per guidelines are mentioned in official notification of the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination, 2023 which is going to be published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary.
  2. Nationality:

    ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS.

    (I) Nationality

    A candidate must be either:

    (a) a Citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

    Note:

    • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India
    • A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.
  3. Education qualification:

    For Admission to the examination, A candidate must have:

    • Obtained a degree in Engineering from a university incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as universities under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956 or
    • Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) or
    • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time or
    • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India) or
    • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India or
    • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959
    • Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) and Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group 'A' may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: For Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) - M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.
    • For Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group 'A' - M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.

    NOTE : Eligibility of the candidates of the Institutions concerned will be subject to the decision of the Government in pursuance of the Judegement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the MA 2367/2018 in the Civil Appeal No. 17922/2017 dated 13.08.2019.

  4. Age limit:

    (a) A candidate for this examination must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st January, 2023. i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1993 and not later than 1st January, 2002.

    (b) The upper age limit of 30 years will be relaxable up to 35 years in the case of Government servants of the following categories, if they are employed in a Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 below and apply for admission to the examination for all or any of the Service(s)/Posts mentioned in column 2, for which they are otherwise eligible.

    (c) A candidate who has been continuously in a temporary service on a regular basis in the particular mentioned below Department/Office for at least 3 years on 1st January, 2023.

    List of Departments:

    Department Post in Each Department
    Cental Public Works Department C.E.S. Group 'A', CE&MES Gr 'A'
    Ministry of Road Transpoprt and Highways Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr. 'A'
    Ministry of Communication, Deptt. of Telecommunication Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group 'A' Indian Telecommunication Service Group 'A', J.T.O. (G.C.S. Gr. 'B')
    Min of Defence, Deptt. of Defence Production, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service (DAQAS) Gr. 'A'
    Min of Science and Technology, Deptt of Science and Technology Survey of Indian Gr 'A' Service
    Geological Survey of India Assistant Executive Engineer Gr. 'A'
    Border Roads Organisation BRES Gr. 'A'
    Indian Navy Indian Naval Armament Service, Indian Naval Material Management Service
    Military Engineer Services

    Indian Defence Service of Engineers (IDSE) Group 'A' AEE (QS&C) in Military Enigneer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre

    Min of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development of Ganga Rejuvenation, Central Water Commission Central Water Enigneering Group-A Service.
    Central Electricity Authority CPES Gr 'A' & CPES Gr 'B'.
    Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade and Ministry of Heavy Industries Assistant Development Officer (Engineering)

    Upper Age Limit prescribed above will be further relaxable:

    • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.
    • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.
    • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of defence service personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof.
    • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st Januray, 2023 and have been released (a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January 2023) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or (c) on invalidment
    • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Services as on 1st January 2023, and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
    • Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • In the starting of their career after selection, they are designated as an Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director
  • After the experience of 3 to 4 years, they are promoted to executive engineer, director or work manager. In completion of 8 years of services, they become deputy general manager or joint director
  • Over 13 years of experience, they are able to get promoted to joint general manager or chief engineer of level 2
  • After 20 years of experience is enough to become a chief engineer or additional general manager
  • Providing 30 years of services to the government of India able them to be in the position of senior general manager or engineer-in-chief
  • The best performance of the IES officers with experience of 34 years leads them to become chairman or managing director of a governmental organisation

Salary For IES Officer 

After the revision of 7th Pay Commission, the salary for IES Officer is almost equal to an IAS Officer. Here, we have described the IES salary in detail. 

Level IES Salary  Grade Pay
Junior (Entry) Level Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 Rs. 5,400
Senior Scale Level Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 Rs. 6,600
Junior Administrative Grade Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 Rs. 7,600
Selection Grade Pay Rs. 37,400 – 67,000 Rs. 8,700
Super Time Scale Rs. 37,400 – 67,000 Rs. 8,700
Super Time Scale Rs. 37,400 – 67,000 Rs. 10,000
Apex Pay Scale Rs. 80,000/- Not Available 
Cabinet Secretary Grade Rs. 90,000/- Not Available 

Indian Engineering Services Admit Card 2023

Candidates who have successfully completed their online application process are only eligible to download the Indian Engineering Services admit card 2023. The admit card will be available on the official website at least three weeks before the exam. Aspirants should use their login details such as registration number/ roll number to access the admit card. Candidates should know all the details about the admit card starting from how to download to what to carry along with admit card.

ESE Exam Analysis 2023 (Preliminary) 

The UPSC will be conducting the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2023 (Preliminary) on 19 February, 2023. The IES Preliminary exam consists of two papers. Paper I is of General Studies and Engineering Aptitude. The second paper will be of engineering discipline (CE/ME/EE/E&T). 

The overall level of the Preliminary examination was easy to moderate. Many candidates who have appeared for the written examination felt that the question paper was easy compared to previous years. Candidates who obtain more than 75 marks in ESE Prelims Paper-1 can expect a positive result. 

Paper 1: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 

Topics Number of Questions
Current Issues of National and International Importance relating Social, Economic and Industrial Development  10
Engineering Aptitude covering Logical Reasoning and Analytical ability 10
Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis 12
General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety  9
Standards and Quality Practices in Production, Construction, Maintenance and Services  10
Basics of Energy and Environment, Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment 10
Basics of Project Management 12
Basics of Material Science and Engineering  11
Information and Communication Technologies based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, E-governance and Technology-based Education  11
Ethics and Value in the Engineering Profession  5
Total 100

Latest Updates

UPSC ESE Notification 2023 will be released today

Union Public Service Commission is likely to release the UPSC ESE Notification 2023 online today - 14 September, 2022 on the official website at upsc.gov.in.

The commission will mention the Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and other important details related to the exam in the UPSC IES Notification 2023.

14 September 2022
UPSC Engineering Services (Main) Exam 2022 Time Table Released

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released time table for the Indian Engineering Services Main Exam 2022.

UPSC Engineering Service (IES) Exam will be held on 26 June, 2022 (Sunday) in two shifts. First Shift will start from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & Second Shift will begin at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Candidates can donwload the UPSC IES Main Time Table 2022 on the official website - upsc.gov.in.

24 May 2022
UPSC ESE 2022 Application Form Released

The UPSC has released the Indian Engineering Service (IES) application form 2022 online mode on the official website - upsc.gov.in. The UPSC ESE 2022 application form till October 12, 2022 (06:00 PM).

A total number of 247 vacancies have been announced for UPSC IES 2022 recruitment. 

22 September 2021
UPSC Releases ESE Prelims Result 2021

The UPSC has released the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Preliminary result 2021. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam on July 18 can check their UPSC ESE Prelims result 2021 on the official portal. 

Candidates who qualify in the Prelims exam will be eligible for the Mains exam scheduled on November 21. The admit card and other details will be released in due course. 

10 August 2021
UPSC Releases Engineering Services Prelims Admit Card 2021

The UPSC has released the Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 admit card on June 24. Candidates who have registered for the exam can download the IES admit card 2021 on the official website with their credentials. 

The IES written exam will be held on July 18, 2021. One should carry the admit card along with a valid photo identity card to the examination centre. 

24 June 2021
UPSC Releases Engineering Services Prelims 2021 Time Table
UPSC ESE 2021: Last Day To Withdraw Applications
UPSC ESE 2021 Application Withdrawal Link Activated
UPSC ESE Application Form 2021 Last Day
UPSC Releases Engineering Services 2020 Marks
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