Last Updated on January 19, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
UPSC conducts the Indian Engineering Services or Engineering Services Examination to recruit suitable candidates under the Indian Government as Class-1 officers. They are usually in charge of administering significant parts of the economy such as Railways, Power, Defense service of Engineers, Telecommunications, and much more. To get into the prestigious posts, candidates need to undergo strict ESE IES selection criteria of UPSC. Read on to know more about this.
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Selection Process For The ESE IES Exam:
Prelims and mains are two phases of ESE IES written exams. After clearing, the candidates are called for a Personality test. This test judges the applicants based on their presence of mind and their potential for handling a task.
The official website of UPSC shows the provisional list of candidates who have cleared the personality test. They are then called for document verification. It requires them to provide relevant proof of age, the category to which they belong, along certifications related to their educational qualifications. The ESE IES exam pattern is as follows:
i. Prelims test:
It is the initial phase of the selection process and is a written test. There are two sections in it:
a. General ability:
For the engineering branch, the questions in this section will be at graduation level and questions from the Engineering course. It is 200 marks for 2 hrs.
b. Engineering questions:
These will be from the engineering degree obtained from any government-recognized university. It is 300 marks for 3 hrs.
ii. Mains exam:
It has two papers:
a. Paper 3:
This has questions from Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering and 300 marks.
b. Paper 4:
It also includes questions from the concerned engineering branch and is of 300 marks.
iii. Personality test:
Once a candidate scores minimum cut-off marks in preliminary and mains, they would be called for the IES personality test, also called a personal interview. It is of 200 marks. Some attested documents are needed to be kept ready before this round. It includes a birth certificate, Certificate indicating educational qualification, reservation for category certificate, and a certificate showing claim for fees or age.
Who can appear for the ESE interview?
Here are the eligibility criteria for an ESE interview:
The candidate has to be a citizen of India, subject of Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee who came to India before Jan 1, 1962, to settle permanently in India. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Burma, or Sri Lanka to settle permanently in India can also appear for the exam. In these cases, the government of India should have issued a certificate of eligibility to support the status of the individual.
The candidate should be 21 years old and must not have attained 30 years on Jan 1, 2021. In the case of government servants belonging to certain categories under the certain authorities and that temporary service in a particular dept or office for about three years on 1st Jan 2021, are eligible for relaxation up to 35 years.
The relaxation does not apply to a probationer recruited against a permanent post in the department or office during the probationary period. But if he already retains a lien on the permanent post in the office or department under the authorities specified in column 1, the age relaxation can be availed.
Further, age relaxation is applicable for:
- Candidates belonging to SC or ST.
- Those from OBC are allowed a maximum relaxation of 3 years.
- Three years relaxation for defence service personnel who have been disabled during hostilities with foreign nations.
- Five years relaxation for veterans who had at least five years military service on Jan 1, 2021
- Up to 10 years relaxation for candidates of PwBD
- A candidate gets the benefit of reservation for the economically weaker section only when he meets the criteria issued by the Central Government and has the requisite Income & Asset Certificate based on the income of the financial year 2020-2021.
iii. Educational qualification:
The candidate should have obtained an Engineering degree from a recognised university, a degree/ diploma from a foreign university, and be recognised by the government.
A candidate for the Indian Naval Armament Service post, possessing above or M.Sc. degree, or equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject can be selected. For Indian Radio Regulatory Service, the candidate should have an M.SC degree or equivalent with subjects as Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication.
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