IES - ESE Exam Pattern

Highlights of IES Exam Pattern

Branch Section Subject Time Duration Maximum Marks
Civil Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Section 1: Objective (Prelims)Total: 500 marks Paper 1 (General and Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours 200 marks
Paper II (according to the branch) 3 hours 300 marks
Section 2: Conventional (Mains)Total: 600 marks Paper 1 (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude) 3 hours 300 marks
Paper II 3 hours 300 marks

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Exam Pattern For IES Prelims Exam

Civil Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 200 marks
Paper II Civil Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Mechanical Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 200 marks
Paper II Mechanical Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Electrical Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 200 marks
Paper II Electrical Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 200 marks
Paper II Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks
  • The exam paper will be of total 500 marks.
  • This stage is objective in nature.
  • 5 hours will be given to solve the entire paper.
  • 0.33 marks will be deducted for the wrong answers as a penalty. If more than one answer is given to any question, it will be treated as a wrong answer and negative marking will apply. No marks will be deducted if a question is left unanswered.

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Exam Pattern For IES Mains Exam

Civil Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 3 hours 300 marks
Paper II Civil Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Mechanical Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 3 hours 300 marks
Paper II Mechanical Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Electrical Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 3 hours 300 marks
Paper II Electrical Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Paper Subject Duration Marks
Paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 3 hours 300 marks
Paper II Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Paper 3 hours 300 marks
  • The paper will be worth 600 marks
  • 6 hours will be given to finish the entire paper (Paper I & Paper II)
  • The conventional paper needs to be written in English only

Exam Pattern For IES Personality Test

  • The Personality Test will be worth 200 marks
  • This Personality Test is the third and the final round of the selection procedure and is conducted to check the communication and verbal ability of the candidate.
  • Special attention will be paid to the aspirant's leadership ability, mental and physical energy, intellectual curiosity etc.

Day-wise Schedule of IES Written Exam

  • Day 1: General studies and engineering aptitude exam (The exam will be for 2 hours and of 200 marks in total)
  • Day 2: Objective type technical paper - II and III (Four options are given to every question)
  • Day 3: Conventional type technical paper

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