Union Public Secondary Commission Indian Engineering Service (UPSC IES) Exam Pattern

Published on : 11th November 2017    Author : Tanvi Mittal
IES/ESE Exam

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Engineering Service Examination (ESE) (also known as Indian Engineering Services (IES) examination) for recruitment of candidates to various posts in Indian Engineering Services. The examination is conducted in the following stages:

Stage I: Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type Papers)

Stage II: Engineering Services (Main) Examination (Conventional Type Papers)

Stage III: Personality Test

Only those candidates who qualify the preliminary stage are eligible to appear in the Main examination provided they fulfil the other eligibility requirements.

The UPSC IES Exam Schedule for 2018 is:

Exam Events

Important Dates

Engineering Services Examination (Preliminary)

07 January 2018 (Sunday)

Engineering Services Examination (Main)

O1 July 2018 (Sunday)

Let’s have a detailed look at the UPSC IES Exam pattern:

Stage I: Engineering Services Examination (Preliminary)

This stage includes two papers for every stream. Candidates choose different stream according to their subject of engineering.

Civil Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Paper I)

200

2 hours

Civil Engineering (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

500

5 hours

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Mechanical Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Paper I)

200

2 hours

Mechanical Engineering (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

500

5 hours

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Electrical Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Paper I)

200

2 hours

Electrical Engineering

(Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

500

5 hours

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Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Paper I)

200

2 hours

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

 (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

500

5 hours

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Stage II: Engineering Services Examination (Main)

The second stage also includes two papers; both of them are subject-related.

Civil Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Civil Engineering (Paper I)

300

3 hours

Civil Engineering (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

600

6 hours

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Mechanical Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Mechanical Engineering (Paper I)

300

3 hours

Mechanical Engineering (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

600

6 hours

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Electrical Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Electrical Engineering

(Paper I)

300

3 hours

Electrical Engineering

(Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

600

6 hours

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Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Papers

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

(Paper I)

300

3 hours

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

 (Paper II)

300

3 hours

TOTAL

600

6 hours

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Negative Marking: There is a penalty of one-third marks in the objective type questions. For every wrong answer, 0.33 of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted. No marks will be deducted for the questions not answered. If the candidate marks more than one answer for any question, it will be considered as wrong (even if one of the marked answers is correct.)

Stage II: Engineering Services Examination (Personality Test)

In the third stage of ESE/IES exam, candidates are accessed on the parameters of leadership, intellectual curiosity, initiative, social qualities, practical application skills and integrity. The paper is of 200 marks. Candidates are required to consider the following points for stage III examination:

  • Candidates should write the paper in their own handwriting; help of a scribe will not be allowed under any circumstances. However, blind candidates and candidates with Cerebral Palsy and Locomotor Disability where writing is affected (minimum 40% impairment) will be allowed the help of a scribe.
  • Blind candidates and candidates with Cerebral Palsy and Locomotor Disability (minimum 40% impairment) will be provided a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour.
  • In the question papers, SI units will be used (wherever required.) Standard chart/tables in SI units will be provided if necessary.
  • Candidates are allowed to carry battery-operated calculators only for conventional type papers. Sharing of calculators will not be allowed in the examination hall.
  • Answers written in an effective and orderly manner with exact expression will be given credit.
  • Upto 5% of the maximum marks for the written papers will be deducted for illegible handwriting.

Conventional question papers at all stages will be set only in English language and should be answered in English only.


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