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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Engineering Service Exam also known as Indian Engineering Service (IES) examination every year for the recruitment under the post of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. Notification of the examination is released between January/February month every year and the exam is held in June/July month at centers across India. In ESE Exam, 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 negative marking penalty on wrong answers. There is a three-day schedule of the written examination, comprising all five written examinations. ESE is considered as the toughest exam in India and among the toughest in the world due to less number of posts. Group of posts which come under individual categories are as follows:

CATEGORY I
CIVIL ENGINEERING
CATEGORY II
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
CATEGORY III
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
CATEGORY IV
ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATION
ENGINEERING
– Indian Railway Service of Engineers.
– Indian Railway Stores Services (Civil Engineering Posts).
– Central Engineering Service
– Indian Defense Service of Engineers (Civil Engineering Posts).
– Indian Ordnance Factories Services
– Central Water Engineering Gr. ‘A’ Service (Civil Engineering Posts)
– Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A. (Civil Engg. Posts)
– Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil Engineering Post) (in Border Roads Engineering Service Gr. ‘A’)
– Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers.
– Indian Railway Stores Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Central Water Engineering Gr.’A’ service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Central Power Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Indian Ordnance Factories Service.
– Indian Naval Armament Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Assistant Executive Engineer Group’A’ (Mech. Engg. Posts) in the corps of EME, Ministry of Defense.
– Assistant Navel Stores Officer, Grade I (Mechanical Engineering Posts) in Indian Navy.
– Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)
– Assistant Executive Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical) [Mechanical Engineering post] in Border Roads Engineering Service Group ‘A’).
– Indian Supply Service, Group ‘A’ (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Indian Defense Service of Engineers (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
– Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group ‘A’ [Mechanical Engg. posts].
– Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers.
– Indian Railway Stores Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
– Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Electrical Engg. Posts).
– Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
– Indian Ordnance Factories Service.
– Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
– Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Electrical Engineering Posts).
– Assistant Naval Stores Officer, Grade-I (Electrical Engineering Posts) in Indian Navy.
– Assistant Executive Engineer Gr ‘A’ (Electrical Engineering Posts) in Corps of EME, Min. of Defence.
– Indian Supply Service (JTS Gr ‘A’ ) (Electrical Engineering Posts)
– Indian Inspection Service (Asst. Dir. Grade-I)
– Indian Railway Services of Signal Engineering.
– Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts).
– Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts).
– Assistant Executive Engineer Group’A’ (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Posts) in the Corps of E.M.E., Ministry of Defence.
– Central Power Engg. Service, Group ‘A’ [Electronics and Tele Communication Engg. Service]
– Engineer (GCS-Gr-‘A’) in Wireless Planning and Co-ordination Wing/Monitor ing Organisation. (M/o Communications & I.T., D/o Telecommunications).
– Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade-I Electronics & Telecom Engineering Posts) in Indian Navy.
– Indian Supply Service, Group ‘A’ (Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Posts).
– Indian Inspection Service Group ‘A’ [Electronics and Telecommunication Engg. Posts].
– Indian Telecommunication Service Gr. ‘A’.
– Junior Telecom officer [General Central Service Group ‘B’ Gazetted Non Ministerial].

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria: Candidates must fulfill following eligibility criteria to apply for IES posts-
Age Limits: Candidate must be between the age of 21 to 30 years at the time of applying.
Education Qualification: Candidate must have a degree in Engineering from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act.
– Candidate who has appeared at an examination the passing of which would render him educationally qualified for this examination, but has not been informed of the result, may apply for admission to the examination i.e. Final year candidates can apply.

UPSC Indian Engineering Service (IES) Examination Pattern: UPSC IES Exam selection process consist of two main parts i.e. written exam followed by personality test carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

UPSC IES Written Examination Pattern: IES Written Examination comprise of two sections—Section I consists only of objective types of questions and Section II of conventional papers. Both Sections covers the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering disciplines i.e. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical, Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. The details of the written Examination is as below:

Section Subject PartsMax. Marks Time Allotted

Section-I
Objective Papers
General Ability Test
Part A: General English
Part B: General Studies
2002 hours
Engineering
Choose any one: (Civil/Electrical/
Mechanical/Elec. & Telecom)
Paper-I
Paper-II
200
200
2 hours
2 hours
Section II
Conventional Papers
Engineering
Choose any one: (Civil/Electrical/
Mechanical/Elec. & Telecom)
Paper-I
Paper-II
200
200
3 hours
3 hours

NOTE: Candidates have to appear only in their relative discipline Engineering exam Paper I and Paper II in both the sections(Objective Papers / Conventional Papers).
– Conventional papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only.
– Deduction upto 5 per cent of the maximum marks for the written papers will be made for illegible handwriting.
– Negative Marking will be done for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

UPSC IES Personality Test Pattern: Personality Test will be of 200 marks. During the personality test special attention will be paid to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.

Some of the books which can help candidates to prepare for UPSC Indian Engineering Service (IES) Exam or UPSC IES exam are suggested as below-

Books For UPSC Indian Engineering Service (IES) Exam Preparation :

1) Book for UPSC IES Exam – General English, General Studies:

2) Book for UPSC IES Exam – Objective Engineering (Paper I): Electronics & Telecommunication, Electrical, Mechanical & Civil Engineering respectively.

3) Book for UPSC IES Exam – Objective Engineering (Paper II): Electronics & Telecommunication, Electrical, Mechanical & Civil Engineering respectively.

4) Book for UPSC IES Exam – Conventional Paper (Paper I): Electronics & Telecommunication, Electrical, Mechanical & Civil Engineering respectively.

5) Book for UPSC IES Exam – Conventional Paper (Paper II): Electronics & Telecommunication, Electrical, Mechanical & Civil Engineering respectively.


These books consists of all the related topics at one place.

UPSC Indian Engineering Service (IES) Exam Syllabus: The standard of paper in General Ability Test will be such as may be expected of an Engineering/Science Graduate. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be that of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

GENERAL ABILITY TEST
Part A: General English. The question paper in General English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
Part B: General Studies: The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.

Download UPSC IES Civil/Electrical/Mechanical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus.

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