UPSC ESE (Engineering Services Exam)

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Date of Exam –  05th January 2020.

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UPSC ESE 2019 Exam Information

Civil services or UPSC Exam is considered as one of the most challenging examinations in the country and still, every year Lakhs of candidates take this exam to become the civil servants of India. Indian civil services started in the year 1757, from the time of de-facto rules of India, East India Company. Then it used to be recognized as the Covenanted Civil Services (CCS) because the candidates have to sign covenants with the company board. Later after the revolt of 1857 when the power shifted from East India Company to British Crown, this service was rebranded as the Imperial Civil Service (ICS). After the independence, the ICS service is divided into various categories like IFS, IAS, IES, IRS and so on and through UPSC exam the candidates get selected for the for the job.

Instead of the patronage-based recruiting, the merit-based recruitment through a competitive examination started only in 1855 on the recommendation of Macaulay Committee. Since then this examination is the sole way to select the civil servants for the country, and it is restricted for the Indians only. Indian Engineering Service or IES is one of the most important categories and through this government of India selects the engineering civil servants every year. The IES examination is a combined in three stage examination namely preliminary exam, main exam, and interview test. Through this exam, government recruits engineering offices in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, And Telecommunication Engineering.

According to the reports, every year almost two Lakhs candidates apply for the IES examination. According to the rules, only 7 times the number of vacancies can be selected for the main examination. Therefore, it is imperative to mention that how much preparation the candidates have to take to secure a seat for the main. Amongst them, only 1 out of 3 candidates is selected and make it to the final list of the selected candidates to join as the civil servants of the country.

UPSC ESE 2019 Exam Date

UPSC or Union Public Service Commission recruits candidates for different posts and services for the Indian Government through the Civil Services Examination. IES is one of them. There are two different phases in which this exam is conducted which are Mains and Objective type. The results of the preliminary exam would determine the candidates for the Mains exam. It is the result of Mains exams that are used to select candidates for different posts; IES is one of them/

All the important dates pertaining to 2019 IES exam has been declared. They are as follows

Date of Notification Last Date for receipt of Applications Date of commencement of exam Duration of Exam
26.09.2018 22.10.2018 06.01.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY


UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Date

Event Dates
Application process starts 25th September 2019.
Application process ends 15th October 2019 (6 PM).
Date of Exam 05th January 2020.

Now that the dates have been announced, it’s time for the students to pull their socks and give more than a hundred percent.

UPSC ESE 2019 Eligibility Criteria

IES is considered to be as one of the toughest examinations in India, The aspirants need to meet the certain criterion in order to be eligible to appear for the entrance exam. There are various aspects as very as the eligibility criterion is concerned. In the following section, a detailed discussion on made on various different aspects pertaining to the eligibility criterion and other important and relevant issues which students can benefit from

Educational Qualification – Graduation

As far as educational qualifications are concerned, the followings are applicable:

  • The incumbent must have a degree in any branches of engineering from a reputed college or institute with the required percentage of marks.
  • The candidate should have cleared the section A & B from the institutions of engineers of India.
  • Should possess a diploma or degree from any foreign university and the course should be equivalent to a degree of engineering in India.
  • Passed the graduation membership exam from the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers of India.
  • Should have passed part I and II of Associate Membership Examination from the Aeronautical Society of India or Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London.

Education criteria by the UPSC IES Examination

  • The candidates who have passed the examination of IES but not received the results of the final exam will be allowed to sit for the interview round if he can furnish the result at the time of the interview.
  • The candidates who have already passed the IES examination but having a degree of engineering from a foreign university which is not recognized or equivalent to Indian education standard, his selection is solely dependent on the interview board only.
  • The candidates who don’t possess any engineering degree but passed the IES exam they can also be allowed but the degree he possesses must be equivalent to an engineering degree.

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UPSC ESE 2019 Registration

Those who are planning to appear for the 2019 IES examination, for them there are a couple of important details pertaining to the registration process that needs to be shared. In order to register or apply for the exam, there is a couple of minimum criterion that needs to be fulfilled. Here is a brief overview of them

General Criterion

Here is some of the general criterion that students need to be aware of

  • He/she needs to be a citizen of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibetan refugee who is migrated to India before January 01, 1962 for permanent residency.
  • Any person migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, or Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia and Vietnam and having the necessary educational qualification and intention to reside in India permanently can also apply.
  • There are standard physical requirements which the candidates must satisfy.
  • At any stage, a candidate can be disqualified for appearing the further rounds
  • The minimum and maximum age limits are 21 years and 30 years respectively. This is for general candidates. In case of SC/ST, OBC and other categories, there are certain relaxations.
  • A candidate must be engineering graduate from any University that has been recognized by the Central Government. Final year students can also apply.

Step 1.

The Registration Process

Those who are planning to apply for the IES entrance exam in 2019, need to go through the following steps for registration. The registration process completed in two parts namely registration I and registration II.

  • First, they must visit the official website
  • Then they should click on the “IES 2019” button. If you already have an account, you can carry on but if you are a new user then you first need to open an account.
  • Then they need to fill in the ORA or the Online Recruitment Application
  • The details pertaining to registration needs to be entered; like the name of the candidate, parent’s name, correspondence address, date of birth, email address, academic qualification, contact number, and others. In addition, you have to furnish all the details of the examinations passed.
  • It is very important to provide a functional email address as all the future correspondence will be made via email
  • Then one needs to click on the “Submit” button
  • The candidate will be redirected to the payment section

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UPSC ESE 2019 Exam Pattern

Those who are planning to appear for IES 2019 exam, it is now time for them to know a few details pertaining to the pattern of the exam. IES is considered to be as one of the toughest competitive exams in India and you need to be thorough with the exam pattern. This will not only help you to get a better understanding of the nature of the exam but at the same time, will help you in the process of preparation.

Besides, in the following section, you will be also offered a couple of tips, which you might find to be quite useful while preparing for the exam.

Preliminary Exam Pattern for IES

  • Exam Nature: The preliminary exam is basically screening tests which are conducted for selecting the candidates for the final exam. The marks of the prelims are not taken into consideration during the process of recruitment
  • Language: The question papers for the exam are available in English.
  • Duration: As far as duration is concerned, for each paper, candidates will be allowed a time of 2 hours for the first part and 3 hours for the second part.
  • Paper/Section: It comprises of two papers, the first paper will be of 200 marks and the second one will be of 300. There are two parts and the questions will be based on the selected subject like civil, mechanical, or electrical and so on. In order to make yourself eligible for evaluation, it is mandatory for you to attempt both the papers.
  • The first part of the stage I will be based on the Current issues, Engineering Mathematics, Basic Engineering Aptitude, and Numerical Analysis etc. whereas in the second part the questions will be on chosen engineering discipline. In addition to that, in paper II, both the papers will be on the specific engineering disciplines.
  • Questions Type: All the questions will be of graduation level MCQ types.
  • Marking Scheme: For every wrong answer, there will be negative marking of 0.33. Therefore, in order to avoid negative marking, it is essential for you to be sure of the answers. The questions that will be left unattempted will not bear any negative marking.

In order to pass, you would need to secure cut off marks, which will be declared by the examination board every year and it can vary from one year to another.

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UPSC ESE 2019 Syllabus

The IES Prelims are to be conducted on the month if January 2019. Over the years, the syllabus of IES has been the same. Here is a brief overview on the syllabus

  • For the engineering exam, the syllabus is of the graduation level
  • When it comes to the Engineering exam, the subjects of the syllabus remains the same as the students had studied in their graduation programs.
  • The syllabus has been segregated according to different disciplines of engineering, which are as:


When it comes to civil engineering, it is about planning, construction, designing, maintaining, and operating of infrastructures. The ones appearing for Civil Engineering need to prepare on the following subjects

  • Current Affairs
  • Engineering Aptitude
  • Numerical Analysis and Engineering Mathematics
  • General Principals of Drawing and Designing
  • Standards and Quality Practices
  • Basics of Energy Environment
  • Basics of Project Management
  • Basics of Engineering and Material Science
  • ICT
  • Values and Ethics in Engineering


The syllabus of Mechanical Engineers is as follows:

  • Current Affairs
  • Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • General Principals of Drawing and Design
  • Standards and Quality Practices
  • Basics of Energy and Environment
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  • ICT
  • Project Management

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UPSC ESE 2019 Admit Card

Availability of IES 2019 Prelims Admit Card Dec 12, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
Availability of IES 2019 Mains Admit Card Apr 2019
IES 2019 Exam Date Prelim Exam – Jan 6, 2019

Mains Exam – Jul 1, 2019

Issuing body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Mode of availability Online
Admit Card can be downloaded from
Number of exam centers 42
Admit Card can be accessed using Registration ID, Roll number, and Date of birth
Details on IES/ ESE Admit Card  Candidate’s name, application number, test center, test date & time, category, photo and signature
Documents to carry along with admit card Copy of application form and a photo ID

The hall tickets for IES Prelims have been released by UPSC and can be downloaded from The first stage is scheduled to be held on 6th January, which would be a written exam. The recruitment exam will be conducted over 42 different centers all over India

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UPSC ESE 2019 Result

UPSC would declare the results of IES Stage 1 for the Prelims and Stage 2, for the Mains. Candidates who have qualified the Prelims will be eligible to appear for Mains. Upon securing the qualifying marks, candidates will be eligible to appear for the interview.


There are 3 stages in which this exam is being conducted, which is Stage I, II and III. There are total of 4 papers, 2 are subjective and 2 are objective. The total marks assigned for the written exam is 1100 and 200 marks assigned for personal interview. The cut off mark is as follows:

  • Cut off marks out of 500 – Only Objective paper marks
  • Cut off marks out of 1100 – Includes objective and subjective paper marks
  • Cut off marks out of 1300 – Includes the marks of objective and subjective exam along with the personal interview

Recruitment Process and Vacancy Details

After cracking the written exams, the candidates need to appear for an interview. This is the final phase of the recruitment process and perhaps the most difficult one. There has been an instance when someone has done exceedingly well in the written exams got rejected during the interview session. Therefore, it is very important for the students to make sure that they prepared themselves thoroughly prior to appearing for the interview. They will be bombarded with very tough and tricky questions that would require the presence of mind as well as strong IQ to answer. In the following section, a brief overview will be presented in the interview. The total recruitment process is in pointer given below.

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