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.

IES Exam 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  495
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 

UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Result 2020 

The UPSC has declared the Indian Engineering Services (IES) Preliminary exam result 2020. Candidates who have appeared for the written test held on January 5 can visit the official site to check the result. Candidates can check their result through roll number and name. It is advised to download the result pdf and keep the hard copy for future reference. The qualified candidates have to appear for the ESE  Main exam which scheduled on June 28, 2020. 

Download ESE (Preliminary) result 2020 

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020 

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is responsible for conducting the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) also known as Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020. The Commission will shortlist the candidates for the posts through Preliminary and Main Examination. The Online Applications can be filled from 25th September 2019 to 15th October 2019 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled. The Engineering Services Prelims examination is going to be held on January 5, 2020, and the Main will be conducted on June 28, 2020. 

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020 Exam Date 

IES notification 2020 September 25, 2019 
Online application starting date  September 25, 2019 
Last date to apply online  October 15, 2019
Preliminary exam date  January 5, 2020
Preliminary result date February 2020
Main exam date  August 9, 2020
Main exam result  September 2020
Interview  October 2020
Final result  December 2020

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020 Notification 

The UPSC will release Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020 notification for over 580 vacancies. Interested candidates can check all the details about the exam in the IES 2020 notification pdf. 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.  

Click here for Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020 Notification

Indian Engineering Services – IES Vacancy 2020 

The Commission has released the notification for a total of 495 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 2020 Vacancies
Vacancies excluding PWD 474
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD)
(i) Low vision 03
(ii) Locomotor disability 11
(iii) Hard of hearing 07
Total 495

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

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: 

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

Category I

Civil Engineering

  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Civil Engineering Posts)
  • 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.
  • Indian Skill Development Service.

Category II

Mechanical Engineering  

  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
  • AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers.
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I (Mechanical Engineering Posts) in Indian Navy
  • AEE (Elec & Mech) in Border Roads Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  • Central Water Engineering (Group 'A') Service.
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  • Indian Skill Development Service.
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Mechanical Engineering Posts).

Category III

Electrical Engineering 

  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I (Electrical Engineering Posts) in Indian Navy.
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO-II (Electrical).
  • Indian Skill Development Service.
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Electrical Engineering Posts).

Category IV

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/Electronics Engineering Posts)
  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Telecommunication Service Gr 'A'
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts)
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I(Electronics and Telecom Engg. Posts) in Indian Navy.
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (Electronics & Telecom Engineeering Posts).
  • Indian Skill Development Service.
  • Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’ .
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'B' (Electronics & Telecom Engineering posts).

ESE Online Application Form 2020

Candidates who satisfy all the eligibility conditions set by the UPSC should visit its official website to apply. The ESE online application form 2020 will be available on the Commission's website between September 25 and October 15, 2019. 

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 – 
  • 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. 

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, 2020 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 Railways (Railway Board) 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 medical examination will be conducted at various Railway Hospitals under the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board). Other additional instructions for candidates are listed in the official notification of UPSC. The findings of the Railways 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, 2020 as per guidelines are mentioned in official notification of the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination, 2020 which is going to be published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary.
  2. 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.


    • 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. Educational Qualification:

    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 Engineer Group 'A' in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organization) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject
    • For Indian Radio Regulatory Service - 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
  4. Age Limit :

    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, 2020. i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 and not later than 1st January, 1999.

    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.

    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, 2020.

    List of Departments:

    Department Post in Each Department
    Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) I.R.S.E.
    Central Public Words Department  C.E.S. Group 'A', CE& MES Gr 'A'
    Ministry of Road Transport 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, Asstt. Naval Store Officer
    Military Engineering Services  Indian Defence Service of Engineer (IDSE) Group 'A' AEE (QS&C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre
    Min of Jai Shakti, Deptt of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Central Water Commission  Central Water Engineering Group-A Service.
    Central Electricity Authority  CPES Gr 'A' CPES Gr 'B'
    MInistry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship  Indian Skill Development Service

    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 five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989.
    • 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, 2020 and have been released (a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January 2020) 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 2020, 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
Engineering Services (Main) Exam 2020 Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the Engineering Services (Main) 2020 admit card. Candidates who have qualified in the Preliminary exam and obtain the cutoff score will be eligible for the Main exam. 

One can download the admit card using their registration id or roll number. One should download the admit card and take the hard copy to the exam centre. The exam will be held on October 18. The exam will be conducted in two sessions. It has also released the exam time table for the IES 2020 Main exam. 

22 September 2020
ESE Main 2020: UPSC Reopens Window To Revise Choice of Centre

The UPSC has opened the window to revise the choice of centre for Engineering Services (Main) Examination 2020. Candidates can change the exam centre from September 8 to 13, 2020. The ESE Main exam will be conducted on October 17 and 18, 2020. 

The official notice reads, "The window of submitting the revised choice of Centre by the candidates will be operational from 8th -13th September, 2020 (06.00 PM) on the Commission’s website for aforesaid Examination. The candidates are advised to visit the website and submit their revised choices of Centre of the above Examination, where they are facing difficulty in taking the Examination from the Centre already chose, because of Covid-19 related difficulties. where they are facing difficulty in taking the Examination from the Centre already chose, because of COVID-19 related difficulties." 

It also reads, "The candidates, who are not interested to change their Centre, are not required to log into the online system of Centre change."

8 September 2020
Engineering Services (Main) Exam 2020 Rescheduled On October 18

The UPSC has rescheduled the Engineering Services (Main) examination 2020. The IES Main exam 2020 will be conducted on October 18, 2020. Earlier, the IES exam was scheduled on August 9. Aspirants can download the admit card at least two weeks prior to the exam date. 

According to the UPSC revised exam calendar, the Commission has rescheduled the exam dates of Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) and Engineering Service Main (Main) exam 2020. Earlier, the UPSC has deferred the exam dates of several exams due to COVID outbreak. 

18 July 2020
Engineering Services (Mains) 2020 Postponed

The UPSC has postponed the Engineering Services (Mains) exam 2020. The Commission has deferred the examination and exam date not announced yet. Candidates who have qualified in the IES Preliminary exam are advised to visit the official website to check the revised exam date. 

The official website reads, "Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2020 scheduled on August 9, 2020 stand deferred till further notice." 

Earlier, the UPSC has postponed the Engineering Service (Mains) exam 2020 scheduled on June 28 due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The admit card and other dates will be announced soon. 

2 July 2020
Engineering Service (Mains) 2020 Scheduled On August 9

The UPSC has announced that Indian Engineering Services (Main) 2020 Examination. The IES Mains written test will be conducted on August 9, 2020. The sources suggest that the admit card will be released in July for the Main exam.

Earlier, the Commission held a special meeting on June 5 and released the revised exam calendar 2020. The new exam dates were also announced for Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 and others. The recruitment exams were postponed due to the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. 

6 June 2020
UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Result 2020 Declared
UPSC IES (Preliminary) Admit Card 2020 Released
UPSC ESE (Preliminary) Examination 2019 Answer Key Released
UPSC Releases List Of Rejected Applications For Engineering Services Exam 2020
Engineering Services (Main) Exam 2019 Final Result Declared
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