Indian Engineering Services (IES/ESE) consists 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.

‘ESE is a 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) Nationality:

  • A candidate must be either a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal / Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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 setting in India.

Candidates belonging to categories (b) &  (c) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

 (II) Age Limits:

  • 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, 2016
  • The upper age‐limit of 30 years will be relaxable upto 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 Railway Department, Central Public Works Department, Military Engineer Service department etc

(III) Minimum Educational Qualification:

  • A degree in Engineering from a recognized 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.
  • Candidates appearing at their engineering degree or equivalent examination are also eligible to compete. Candidates qualifying on the Preliminary Examination will be required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination along with their detailed application form to be filled up at that stage

(IV) Medical Examination
Candidates finally recommended
by the Commission on the basis of Engineering Services Examination, 2016 shall be required to undergo medical examination. Every candidate, on being finally recommended by Commission will be required to undergo 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 fit/unfit on the basis of earlier examination.

(V) Physical standards
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Engineering Services Examination, 2016 as per guidelines given in Appendix‐II of the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination, 2016

  • Candidates are required to apply Online using  the  link  www.upsc online.nic.in  and fill up the form with all necessary details
  • Aspirants will have to scan the copies of photograph, signature and all the required documents to upload them online
  • Aspirants should carefully read out the instructions and fill the application form in the suggested format and submit the application form
  • A unique registration ID is provided, keep it safe for future correspondence
  • After the form is submitted it is advisable to take the hard copy of the duly filled application form and keep it safe for future use.

Note – The candidates applying for the Examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Written Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the written examination or Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature of the Examination will be cancelled by the Commission

Application Fees :

  • No application form fee for SC/ ST/Female/ PH category candidates.
  • Other category candidates need to pay online application form fee of  RS 200/-

Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination :

  • Date of Notification: 27th September 2017
  • Last Date for Receipt of Applications: 23rd October 2017
  • Date of Commencement of Exam: 7th January 2018
  • Duration of Exam: 1 DAY
ENGINEERING SERVICES EXAMINATION CUT OFF – 2017
Preliminary/ Stage-I (Objective Type Papers)
Discipline Minimum qualifying standards/marks* for admission to Mains/Stage-II (Out of 500 marks)
General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering 202 177 148 151 102 068
Mechanical Engineering 231 207 165 147 108 099
Electrical Engineering 257 241 210 208 169 073
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 221 205 167 171 123
* Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC and ST) having secured minimum 15% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two objective papers.
Mains/ Stage-II (Conventional Type Papers)
Discipline Minimum qualifying standards/marks**{Out of 1100 marks (500 marks of Preliminary/Stage-I + 600 marks of Mains /Stage-II)}
General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering 520 459 415 439 315 145
Mechanical Engineering 553 485 428 399 275 278
Electrical Engineering 618 562 511 530 367 268
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 549 508 447 479 350
** Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC & ST) having secured minimum 20% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.
Final stage after PT/ Stage-III
Discipline Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1300 marks)
General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering 691 650 564 578 437 311
Mechanical Engineering 723 673 576 550 452 502
Electrical Engineering 769 742 658 698 575 428
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 713 675 611 590 471
* ** Subject to General, OBC, SC & ST candidates having secured minimum 15% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the conventional papers.
Preliminary/Stage-I Examination (Objective Type Papers) Paper-I : Common for all Candidates General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper 2 hours duration
200 Marks (max.)
Paper-II Engineering Discipline-specific Paper 3 hours duration 300 Marks (max.)
Sub-Total 500 Marks (max.)
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission.
  • Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be permitted to appear for Stage-II examination
Paper-I : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I
Paper-II : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II
Stage-II : Sub-Total 600 Marks (max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage-I + Stage-II) to be permitted to appear for Stage-III examination
Stage-III Personality Test 200 Marks (max.)
GRAND TOTAL Stage-I + Stage-II + Stage-III 1300 Marks (max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engg. Services Exam. Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers) of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II (Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.

Standard and Syllabi

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 workman like use of words.

Part B : General Studies : The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters 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.

The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-

  • Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  • Standards and Quality practices in production construction, maintenance and services
  • Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  • Basics of Project Management
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  • Ethics and values in Engineering profession

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