Indian Engineering Servicess (IES/ES)

Indian Engineering Servicess (IES/ES) are the Technical Services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. Government spending comprises more than 15 percent of India’s GDP. Given the extent of tasks and functions managed by the public sector this extends to a fairly broad segment of the economy covering the Railroads, Military, Public works, Power, Telecommunications, etc.[1]

Like in most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit. The middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. Large number of people take these exams competing for limited seats. Some seats are Reserved in India for the underprivileged sections of society.

A combined competitive examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC); for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services (IES).

The test is conducted in June every year at centres across India, namely: Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar,Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Sambalpur, Shillong, Simla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur, Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Vishakapatnam.

Recruitment to Group – A Services / Posts and Group – B Services / Posts are made under the following categories of Engineering:

* CATEGORY I – Civil Engineering
* CATEGORY II – Mechanical Engineering
* CATEGORY III – Electrical Engineering
* CATEGORY IV – Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

The Indian Railways cadres are the most sought after in all these categories.

Civil Engineering :

Group A Services/Posts

(i) Indian Railway Service of Engineers.

(ii) Indian Railway Stores Service (Civil Engineering Posts).

(iii) Central Engineering Service.

(iv) Indian Defense Service of Engineers (Civil Engineering Posts).

(v) Indian Ordinance Factories Services (Engineering Branch) (Civil Engineering Posts)

(vi) Central Water Engineering (Gr. ‘A’) Service (Civil Engineering Posts).

(vii) Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A (Civil Engineering Posts).

(viii) Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) in P&T Building Works (Gr’A’) Service

About IES Selection Process


The Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) in the month of June India wide. There are objective as well as subjective papers. One paper for GS (General Science) is part of the assessment system apart from the engineering subject of the candidate. The entire technical subject is divided into two papers (PAPER 1 and PAPER 2. There is a three day schedule of the written examination, comprising of in all 5 written examination.

The first day is allocated for the General Studies (GS) paper. This exam is of 2 hrs duration. On the first day there is just one exam.

The second day is allocated for the Objective Papers. There are two objective exams for each paper separately and each being of 2 hrs in duration.

The third day is allocated for the Conventional (Subjective) Papers. There are two subjective exams for each paper separately and each being of 3 hrs in duration.

The subjective answer sheets of a candidate are evaluated only once he qualifies the objective examinations.

Interview The candidates who qualify the written exam are called for Interview by the board which is appointed by The President of India.

The notification of the examination is updated in the UPSC calender and is available on their web site.



A candidate must be either:
(a)    A citizen of India or
(b)    A subject of Nepal or A
(c)    A Tibetan refugee who     January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in
(d)    A person of Indian origin, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries  of Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia settling in India.
Provided that a candid     and (d) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit:
(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 August, of the current year.
(B)The upper age-limit of 30 years will be relax able up to 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 mentioned in column 1 below and apply for admission to the examination for all or any of the Service(s)/Posts mentioned in column 2, for which they are otherwise eligible.

(c) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be further relaxable :
Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.
Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.
Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
Upto a maximum of three years in the case of defense service personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof;
Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or (iii) on invalidment; (vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Services as on 1st August, and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

Educational qualification:
Obtained a Degree in Engineering from a university incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as universities under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956; or
(b) Passed Section Aand B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India); or
(c) Obtained a Degree/Diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time, or
(d) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or
(e) Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or
(f) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November, 1959.
Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group ‘A’ in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/ Monitoring Organisation) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.


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