Indian Engineering Service
  • About Exam

    Indian Engineering Services comprise of engineers who work under the government of India and designated as Class – 1 officer. They administer a large segment of the public sector economy, which constitutes of Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defence service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, etc. The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. The career progression goes smoothly attaining high esteem. The first position offered is that of Asst. Executive engineer and the hierarchy ends at the position of Chairman/ Managing Director.

    A combined competitive examination is conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The Examination constitutes of a written examination followed by an interview for the personality test. The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the following categories:

    • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering

  • Eligibility

    (I) Nationality:

         A candidate must be either:

        (a) A citizen of India or

        (b) A subject of Nepal or A subject of Bhutan or

        (c) A Tibetan refugee who came over to Indian before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently

        settling in India  or

        (d) A person of Indian origin who has migrated 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.


         Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above shall be a person in whose favor a
         certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.


    (II) Age Limits:

    • 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 months 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 Orthopaedically handicapped persons.


    (III) Minimum Educational Qualifications:

    • 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.

  • Test Duration & Pattern



    Paper - IObjective

    General Studies


    Engineering Aptitude

    2 hours200 marks
    Paper - IIObjective



    3 hours300 marks



    Paper - IConventional


    Discipline - I

    3 hours300 marks
    Paper - IIConventional


    Discipline - II

    3 hours300 marks

  • Exam Format


    ( Stage-I, Paper-I).

    General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

    (Stage I - Paper I, Objective type, Common to all Candidates, 2 hours duration, 200 Marks maximum)

    The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-I

    1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
    2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
    3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
    4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
    5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
    6. Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
    7. Basics of Project Management
    8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
    9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
    10. Ethics and values in Engineering profession

  • Important Dates

    Examination StageDate of NotificationLast date of receipt of ApplicationExam Date 
    Preliminary Examination28.09.201626.10.201608.01.2017
    Mains Examination------14.05.2017

  • How to Apply

    1. Candidates need to scan their photograph and signature.
    2. Now candidates should lo gin to UPSC website
    3. Fill up application form with all necessary details.
    4. Check the all details carefully and press submit button.
    5. Online application System will now generate the registration number.
    6. Get the printout of the online challan and pay the fee to your nearest SBI bank.
    7. Now visit the web portal again to finish the process.
    8. Fill the challan number and registration number and press enter.
    9. Take the print out of the system generated reference number/form for the future use.
    10. That's it.

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