Indian Engineering Service (IES) is the civil services examination directed by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment of engineers to administer railways, roads, defence, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, telecommunications, etc in India.

Engineering Service Examination (ESE) is a combined 3 stage competitive examination comprising 5 tests conducted by UPSC for recruitment. A huge number of candidates take this exam competing for the limited number of posts. The initial entry post offered is Asst. executive Engineer and the hierarchy end up with Chairman/Managing Director.

IES 2017 Syllabus, Exam Dates, Pattern, Eligibility & Cutoffs

IES conducts ESE to recruit engineers under the following categories

  1. Electrical Engineering
  2. Electronics & communication Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Mechanical Engineering

IES –ESE Examination Syllabus & Pattern

IES examination comprises written exam followed by an Interview.

Written exam in turn comprises 2 sections

Section-1 Objective Questions

Section -2 Conventional questions (Essay)

Sections Papers Time Marks
Section-1 General Ability Test

(English, General Studies)

2hours 200 marks
Technical Paper 1 2 hours 200 marks
Technical Paper 2 2 hours 200 marks
Section-2 Conventional Paper -1 2 hours 200 marks
Conventional Paper -2 2 hours 200  marks


1000 marks

: Syllabus is entirely based out of specific Engineering stream.

Personal Interview

  • In personality test special attention is paid on leadership qualities, social qualities, practical applications, initiatives. It is not a strict as descriptive examinations whereas it is a purposive conversation. This the final round to assess the personal stability in social traits, interests of candidates and integrity.

Eligibility for IES 2017

Age limit

  • Candidates must be in the age of 21 to 30 years.
  • Age relaxation is provided for SC/ST and OBC candidates


  • Aspirant must be a citizen of India or Nepal or Bhutan.
  • Citizen of India migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Vietnam who are intended to settle in India.

General Instructions to be noted:

  • 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.
  • The second day is allocated for the Objective Technical Papers (1 & 2). There is one objective exam for each paper separately for 2 hours.
  • The third day is allocated for the Conventional Technical Papers (1 & 2). There is one subjective exam for each paper separately and each being of 3 hours in duration
  • Candidates who are qualified in Objective papers are further tested in Conventional/Descriptive papers.
  • Examination papers are totally in English. Not available in any other language.
  • There will be Negative Marking (5% of max marks) for each wrong answer marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.
  • Candidates can use battery operated calculators only for conventional(essay) exams
  • SI units tables are provided in the conventional exam whenever required.

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