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UPSC IES EXAM ELIGIBILITY, AGE LIMITS, PATTERN AND IMPORTANT DATES: Indian Engineering Services remains the most sought-after career for the engineering graduates in India. The Engineering Services Examination is conducted to cater the requirement of Engineers in four streams of engineering viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering for various posts/services to the Govt. of India. Here you can find complete details on UPSC IES exam date, age limit, eligibility, application form and exam pattern.

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Schedule of IES Exam (Engineering Services Examination)

Notification of Examination September/October of preceding year of examination
Preliminary Examination January/February of the year of examination
Main Examination July/August of the year of examination
  • Date of Notification: 26th September 2018
  • Last Date for Receipt of Applications: 22st October 2018
  • Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination: 6th January 2019
  • Engineering Services (Main) Examination: 30th June,  2019

Age limits for IES Exam (Indian Engineering Services)

  • 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, of the exam year.
  • The upper age-limit of 30 years will be relaxable 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.
  • The upper age-limit prescribed above will be further relaxable:

(i) Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.

(ii) Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.


(iii) 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.

(iv) Upto a maximum of three years in the case of defence service personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof.

(v) 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 Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vii) Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopedically handicapped persons.

Educational Qualification for ESE/IES (Engineering Services Examination):

  • 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
  • Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) or
  • 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
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India) or
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India or
  • 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 Organization) 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.

Pattern of ESE/IES Exam (Engineering Services Examination)



Paper – I Objective General Studies


Engineering Aptitude

2 hours 200 marks
Paper – II Objective Engineering


3 hours 300 marks


Paper – I Conventional Engineering

Discipline – I

3 hours 300 marks
Paper – II Conventional Engineering

Discipline – II

3 hours 300 marks

Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission.

Only those candidates qualifying at ESE/IES  prelims to be permitted to appear for ESE/IES  mains examination. Only those Candidates qualifying at ESE/IES  mains to be permitted to appear for  Personality Test(200 marks).

Candidates are required to apply online only, using UPSC’s official website. the application fee of the online form for General/Obc category male candidates is ₹200 (US$3.00), while no fee is required by female and the reserved category applicants.

The candidates who get selected for ESE/IES will get a very high respect and stature in the society. Candidates who are selected for ESE are appointed as Assistant Executive Engineer in various departments under central government for Group A and Group B posts.

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