Engineering Services Examination (ESE/ IES)

Engineering Services Examination (ESE/ IES)

What is ESE/ IES ?

Engineering Services Examination commonly known as ESE is conducted annually by UPSC to recruit engineers of four domains i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Telecommunications for the Techno –Managerial posts.

These candidates after the final selection are posted in various Ministries and Departments of GOI such as Railways, Telecom, Border Roads, CPWD, CWC, CPES, NHAI, Naval Armaments, IDSE, MES, Ordnance Factories etc., however, they can move to any cadre, organisation, agency, department, ministry or PSU of the Government of India. All these final selected candidates are designated as class-1 officers.

What is ESE/ IES ?

(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:
    • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.
    • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.
    • Up to 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 January, and have been released
      1. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
      2. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or
      3. on invalidment;
    • 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 January, 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.
    • Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
  • 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.

ESE 2019 EXAM PATTERN

Preliminary Examination Paper - I Objective General Studies & Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 200 marks
Preliminary Examination Paper - II Objective Engineering Discipline 3 hours 300 marks
Mains Examination Paper - I Conventional Engineering Discipline - I 3 hours 300 marks
Mains Examination Paper - II Conventional Engineering Discipline - II 3 hours 300 marks
  • To clear the prelims stage it is necessary to get at least 15% of marks in each paper, i.e., 30 marks and 45 marks respectively. To be sure of being eligible for Mains stage, one must aim to score at least 50% in each paper or 250+ marks overall in Prelims; this may vary branch to branch.
  • The short listing ratio for Mains Examination is considerably higher depending on the vacancies and is generally around 1:12 i.e. 12 persons are shortlisted for 1 post.
  • The minimum cut off marks to clear the Mains stage is 20% in each paper, i.e., one need to score at least 60 marks in each of the papers to be eligible for Interview stage. To be sure of getting an interview call, one must aim and score at least 50% in each of the mains paper or 300+ marks overall, however this may vary branch to branch and year to year depending on difficulty level of the paper.
  • The calling ratio for personal Interview is generally 1:3 i.e. 3 candidates will be called for filling up 1 post.
  • Next stage is the interview, interview is total of 200 marks and a good candidate gets marks in the range of 100-120. For a guaranteed selection, one must aim to score 140+ in the interview.
  • Usually, top 10 rankers score around 60 to 65% of the total marks (1300 marks). Last candidate to be recommended scores around 55 to 58 % of the total marks.
  • ESE 2019 Exam Schedule
  • Examination Stage Date of Notification Last date of receipt of Application Exam Date
    Preliminary Examination 26.09.2018 22.10.2018 06.01.2019
    Mains Examination - - 30.06.2019

CUT OFF MARKS 

STREAM  Preliminary/ Stage-I (Objective Type Papers)
Minimum qualifying standards/marks* for admission to Mains/Stage-II (Out of 500 marks)
GEN OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
CE 207 194 169 188 114 87
ME 250 255 220 223 138 98
EE 230 218 190 191 127 71
EC 213 206 173 155 125  
* Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC and ST) having secured minimum 15% marks and PH
 candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two objective papers.
STREAM  Mains/ Stage-II (Conventional Type Papers)
Minimum qualifying standards/marks**{Out of 1100 marks
(500 marks of Preliminary/Stage-I + 600 marks of Mains/Stage-II)}
GEN OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
CE 250 502 467 513 308 161
ME 611 611 542 564 374 288
EE 54 488 452 481 303  
EC 504 476 405 403 301  
** Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC & ST) having secured minimum 20% marks and PH candidates
 minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.
STREAM  Final stage after PT/ Stage-III
Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1300 marks)
candidate (Out of 1300 marks)
GEN OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
CE 710 679 609 671 476 425
ME 767 782 699 699 505 551
EE 711 691 603 624 473  
EC 660 648 567 524 429  

 

 

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