Indian Engineering Services or IES consists of a select base of engineers working under the GOI (Government of India). IES officials hold the Class-1 officer post/designation. Their prime responsibility includes administering the Public Sector Indian economy. The IES job role can be broadly classified as managing PSUs such as Indian Railways, Telecom, Power sector to working for Central Water engineering, Central Engineering Service, Defence Service of Engineers, etc., depending upon individual engineering specialisation or the nature of service they are recruited for.
Candidates seeking recruitment for an IES post, need to appear for a competitive exam called the Engineering Services Examination or IES exam. UPSC IES is a single exam, including all engineering branches, held by the UPSC or the Union Public Services Commission to recruit candidates for the IES posts. The IES exam pattern is the same every year, constituting of a written exam and an interview.
Those who qualify the Engineering Services Examination are eligible for recruitment in the identified four categories:
IES officials perform various job roles, spanning across technical and managerial work delivery for the GOI. The initial designation an IES officer holds is of Assistant Executive Engineer and going up in the hierarchy; the highest post is Chairman or Managing Director. The entire career tenure of an IES office is smooth and the career progression positive, with IES officers gaining high esteem and job value. The IES salary is good depending upon the esteemed position and their critical role under the GOI.
After having gained an experience of 3-4 years, an IES official is given a promotion to the next designation of an Engineer, Work Manager or Director. Post eight years of IES service, an individual is officially designated as Joint Director/Deputy General Manager.
Post that, the Joint Director is eligible for the position of Chief Engineer/Joint General Manager-level 2 IES officer. Mostly, engineers with at least 20 years of experience are in consideration for the post of Chief Engineer/Additional General Manager, and after 30 years an individual is entitled to the position of Senior General Manager/Engineer-in-Chief. The best IES performers with an experience of over 34 years are eligible for designation of CM or MD of a governmental unit or organisation.
UPSC ESE 2018 Examination dates have been recently declared. The Commission is inviting applications from engineering graduates. ESE 2018 Prelims will be conducted on January 07, 2018 followed by the Mains on July 07, 2018. All engineering graduates with a degree or an equivalent qualification can apply till the last date of submission, i.e. October 23, 2017, until 6.00 pm.
A. Citizen of India
B. A subject of Nepal
C. A subject of Bhutan
D. A Tibetan Refugee who is permanently staying in India until January 01, 1962
E. Indian origin individual 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 settling in India
Note: Candidates in B, C, D and E categories need to have a certificate proof of eligibility issued by the GOI. An offer of appointment will be issued on the submission of the eligibility certificate copy.
At least 21 years old and not above 29 years old on August 01, 2018.
SC/ST candidates – relaxed upper age limit up to 35 years.
OBC candidates- relaxed upper age limit up to 33 years.
Candidates from the State of Jammu & Kashmir staying from January 1980 to December 1989 –relaxed upper age limit of up to 35 years.
Candidates Ex-servicemen- –relaxed upper age limit of up to 35 years. This relaxation is subject to Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs, who have been in the Military Services for at least 5 years as on August 01, 2018. The ex-servicemen should have completed assignment or in process of completion due within one year from August 01, 2018.
a) Engineering degree holder from a University recognized under the Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
b)An engineering degree holder from any other Educational Institutions set up under an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities u/s 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
c) Engineering students who have cleared Sections A & B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India).
d) Candidates who have secured an Engineering degree or diploma from a foreign University or College and Institution recognized by the Government of India.
e) Candidates who have cleared the Graduate Membership Exam of the Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
f) Candidates who have cleared the Associate Membership Exam Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India.
g) Candidates who have cleared Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959
Note 1. Candidates who have appeared for any of the above-exams and awaiting their results are considered eligible to apply for the IES exam. Their admission, however, is provisional and can be cancelled if they fail to submit the proof of passing the exam.
Note 2. Only in certain cases, the UPSC may accept candidate applications who do not necessarily qualify as mentioned above but are qualified candidates from other educational institutes considered to be at par (in standards) in the opinion of the UPSC IES examination authorities.
Note 3. Any qualified candidate from a foreign university not recognized by the GOI can apply subject to admission at the UPSC discretion.
Candidates on a recommendation by the UPSC for the IES exam will undergo a medical examination. The medical exam is held at various Railway Offices by the Ministry of Railway Officials.
IES ESE 2018 Selection Procedure is three-staged:
Stage 1 – the Preliminary exam which is the qualifying stage.
Stage 2 – candidates who clear the Preliminary examination stage are eligible to appear for the level 2 exams called the Mains.
Stage 3 – the Interview or personality test is for candidates who are in the merit list prepared on the basis of the Mains.
The outcome will be based on reports analysis or marks scored in the final round or through an aggregate evaluation of the three rounds.
The syllabus for IES exam is of graduate level, with topics spanning the syllabus of engineering. The syllabus is categorised on the basis of the engineering stream the aspirant is from, namely Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Electronics & Telecommunication. The detailed IES 2018 syllabus is given below.
This year UPSC has published 588 vacant IES engineers post to be filled through the ESE 2018, according to the notification.
Check UPSC ESE 2018 Notification.
After the 7th pay commission, the IES salary is like an IAS Officer’s salary. Now, the IES officers are entitled to additional benefits and a higher salary and many allowances as well.
After the initial appointment as Assistant Engineer, the IES officers are entitled to the total salary and allowance as follows:
Yearly package considering CTC is around 8 lac.
IES applicants need to check the eligibility criteria for admission to the Engineering Services Examination. The admissions at various stages of the IES exam are strictly provisional and are subject to confirmation only if the candidate meets the specified eligibility conditions.
The online application process for IES 2018 begins from September 27, 2017. Candidates can apply online through UPSC’s official website.
To apply online for IES exam, follow these instructions:
Apply online for UPSC ESE 2018 Exam.
During the submission of UPSC ESE 2018 Application Form, the fee payment can be made using the preferred online mode such as the debit or credit card, net banking, pay-in-slip, etc. from an Indian (state) Bank recognised by the Government of India.
SC/ST or physically handicapped and female candidates- no fees.
General or OBC category candidates fee- Rs 200.
The application fee is non-refundable.
It is compulsory to carry the IES exam admit card to the examination hall. It is released online and carries important candidate details including the name, exam centre details, roll number etc.
IES Exam Admit Card 2018 is available for download using the link.
Important details of the UPSC ESE exam include the following
Employment Kind– Central Govt Jobs
Post Name: ESE (Engineering Services Examination)
Post Location: Across India
Number of Vacancies: 588 including 18 PH (LDCP-15 & HI-03) vacancies
The total vacancies of around 588 posts will include reservations for candidates in the SC/ST, OBC and Physically Disabled Categories as recognised by the Government of India.
The UPSC IES applicants will be recruited under set (refer to the table below) categories.
The Prelims cut-off marks for IES exam 2018 will be released around the same time as the result announcement of the Prelims. Examinees must score more or an equal of the cut-off marks to be eligible for the Mains. The cut-off point is different for the two exams. The cut-off tip evaluation is based on the number of students appearing for the IES exam and the average passing percentages etc. The cut-offs are released on the official web page of UPSC at the time of result declaration.
The UPSC IES results are announced on the official website of UPSC.
The Prelims results for IES exam will be declared in March/April 2018.
The Mains result will be announced in September/October 2018.
The UPSC IES 2018 final result is yet to be notified.
UPSC also releases the list of candidates, put in order of merit, based on the Mains exam results of the IES exam and the personality test/interview held with the candidates. The list is the recommendation of the Commision to appoint deserving candidates for the engineering posts under the Government of India in the concerned Ministries and Departments.
Online test series/mock tests are constructed keeping in mind the current year’s trend of the IES exam and the previous year’s IES question papers. Only experienced faculty members and professors from reputed universities are enrolled to prepare the mock test series. The online test series includes subject-wise and full syllabus tests. It is important for all candidates to practice using the mock test formats and do regular performance assessment apart from acquiring effective time management exam habits. Online coaching institutes assist in analysing the individual score and suggest ways to improve performance.
IES exam previous year question papers are a must practice for the current year aspirants. It helps them to analyze the exam format and study the questions pattern over the years. Candidates have access to the best data for preparation. In addition to practising the questions, the IES exam aspirant will also notice that many questions are repeated in the UPSC IES over the years. It is recommended to solve the questions and refer to the answer key to evaluate own performance.
NOTE (1) :
(a) In respect of the Technical Service mentioned above, the total amount of myopia (including the cylinder) shall not exceed—4,00 D. Total amount of Hypermetropia (including the cylinder) shall not exceed+400D : provided that in case a candidate in respect of the Services classified as “Technical” (other than the Services under the Ministry of Railways) is found unfit on the grounds of high myopia the matter shall be referred to special boards of three Ophthalmologists to declare whether this myopia is Pathological or not. In case it is not pathological, the candidate shall be declared fit provided he fulfils the visual requirements otherwise.
(b) In every case of myopia funds examination should be carried out and the results recorded. In the event of any pathological condition being present which is likely to be progressive and affect the efficiency of the candidate, he shall be declared unfit.
(c) Radial Keratotomy/Laser Correction etc. shall be considered as a disqualification for appointment in Railway Technical Services (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics). Permitted correction for conforming to prescribed visual standards is spectacles only.
NOTE (2): The testing of colour vision shall be essential in respect of the Technical Services as mentioned above. Colour perception should be graded into higher and lower grade depending upon the size of the aperture in the lantern as described in the table below
For the Railway Engineering Services (Civil, Electrical, Signal and Mechanical) and other service connected with the safety of the public, a higher grade of colour vision is essential. However, for other services lower grade of colour vision should be considered sufficient.
(1) Railway Engineering Services
(2) Indian Defence Service Engineer (IDSE)
(3) Central Engineering Service (Roads)
(4) Central Power Engineering Service. (Gr. ‘An’ and Gr. ‘B’)
(5) Assistant Executive Engineer (Group ‘A’) in the Corps of EME
(6) BRES Group ‘A’ in Border Roads Organisation
(7) Survey of India, Group ‘A’ Service
(8) Assistant Executive Engineer(QS&C) in Military Engineer Service(MES) Cadre
(9) Indian Inspection Service (Asst. Dir. Grade-I)
(1) Central Engineering Service
(2) Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service
(3) Indian Naval Armament Service
(4) Indian Naval Stores Service
(5) Indian Ordnance Factory Service
(6) Central Water Engineering Service
(7) Indian Radio Regulatory Service
(8) Geological Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service
(9) Asstt. Executive Engineer in P&T Building Works Gr ‘A’ Service
(1) Indian Telecommunication Service Group ‘A’
(2) Junior Telecom Officer (General Central Service Group ‘B’ Gazetted, Non-ministerial)
(3) Indian Railway Store Service, Group ‘A’
(4) Indian Supply Service Group ‘A’
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