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Indian Engineering Services (IES/ES) constitute of engineers that work under the government of India to manage a large segment of public sector economy which constitutes of Railroads, Public works, Power, Telecommunications, etc.

A combined competitive examination is conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The Examination constitutes of a written examination followed by an interview for personality test.



(I) The candidate must be an Indian Citizen, subject to Nepal and Bhutan.

(II) Tibetan refugee candidates shifted their base to India before 1st January, 1962.

(III) The candidates of Indian origin migrated from neighbour counties like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma and East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam etc.

(IV) For the candidates of subject to Nepal, Bhutan , Tibetan refugee and migrated are required to submit a “Certificate Of Eligibility” issued by the Government Of India.

Educational qualifications

At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering (B.E. / B. Tech) from a recognised university or equivalent. M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects also acceptable for certain services / posts only.

Age limits

21-30 years on 1st August Age limit of the year of Engineering Services Examination.

Upper age limit relaxation is provided to candidates as follows:

(I) A maximum of three years for OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only]

(II) A maximum of three years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

(III) A maximum of five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe

(IV) A maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989

(V) A maximum of five years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 August and have been released on either of the following basis:

(A)  on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1 August) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency

(B) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service

(C) on invalidment

(VI) A maximum of five years in case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1 August 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 that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(VII) A maximum of ten years in case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons

The age relaxation will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.

Plan of examination

There are objective as well as conventional (descriptive) papers. One paper for GA (General Ability) is part of the assessment system apart from the engineering subject of the candidate. The entire technical subject is divided into four papers (Papers II, III, IV & V). There is a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by the candidate in the objective type papers. There is a three-day schedule of the written examination, comprising all five written examinations.

Scheme of Examination

Paper I (Objective type)

General Ability Test (Part A: General English) (Part B: General Studies)

200 Marks

Papers II & III (Objective type)

Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

200 Marks for each paper

Papers IV & V (Conventional type)

Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

200 Marks for each paper

Total marks for written examination

1000 Marks


Personality Test

200 Marks

First stage

The first day is allocated for the General Ability (GA) paper. This exam is of 2 hours duration. On the first day there is just one exam. This exam consists of General English and General Studies. Paper is maximum of 200 marks.

Second stage

The second day is allocated for the Objective Technical Papers (II & III). There is one objective exam for each paper separately and each being of 2 hours in duration. Each paper is maximum of 200 marks.

Third stage

The third day is allocated for the Conventional Technical Papers (IV & V). There is one subjective exam for each paper separately and each being of 3 hours in duration. Each Paper is maximum of 200 marks.

The conventional answer sheets of a candidate are evaluated only when he / she qualifies the objective examination.


This is the fourth and final stage; candidates who qualify the written exam are called for the interview. Interview carries 200 marks. Officially called "Personality Test", the object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

These four stages ensure that the candidates selected, are best suited to handle the responsibilities which will be entrusted to them. The selected candidates then undergo training at the academies / institutes of their respective cadres that makes them acquainted with the area of work, the cadre / service is engaged in.

General (but important) instructions

(I) All Question Papers must be Answered in English. Question Papers will be set in English only.

(II) Candidates must write the papers themselves. They will not be allowed a scribe to write the answer for them under "any circumstances".

(III) Points (upto 5%) may be deducted from the total points of a candidate if his/her handwriting is not easily legible.

(IV) Put in a serious and sincere effort.

Marks are not allotted for mere superficial knowledge. Orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words will be rewarded.

(V) SI units will be used in the papers and Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

(VI) The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

The Objective Type papers will be evaluated first and evaluation of the Conventional Type papers is done only for those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Objective types papers, as fixed by the Commission.


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