IES/ESE Exam 2020: Notification, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Result & Vacancies


UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is a constitutional body, which derives its powers and functions under the Article 315 to 323, Part -14 of the Constitution of India. It is entrusted with a duty to conduct various important exams including Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services, Combined defence services exam, Indian Economic Services/Indian Statistical Services, National Defense Academy Examination etc.

About the IES/ESE

The UPSC conducts IES/ESE (Engineering Services Examination) every year for various posts under the PSU’s (Public Sector Undertakings) of Government of India.

The IES is responsible for administering large sized government PSU’s in various sectors of the economy like Railways, Road, Power, Central Water, and Telecommunication. They join as an Assistant Executive Engineer and get elevated to the post of Managing Director/Chairman of the PSU.

Categories in IES/ESE

There are four categories in the Engineering for which this exam is conducted. The categories are – Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Tele-Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

UPSC IES/ESE Latest Update: IES 2020 main exam is all set to be conducted on 18th October 2020. As per the UPSC timeline, the IES 2020 admit card is now available at the official website of the Commission. All the candidates are required to carry their UPSC IES/ESE admit card along with the identity proof to the exam venue mentioned in the admit card. Along with the admit card, UPSC also released the IES 2020 main exam time table.

IES/ESE Exam 2020 Important Dates

Exam Particulars

Important Exam Dates

Application form availability

25 September 2019

Closing Date of Application Form

15 October 2019

Preliminary Exam

5th  January 2020

Preliminary Exam Result

20th February 2020

Admit Card for Main Exam

22nd September 2020

Main Exam

18th October 2020

Main Exam Result

October 2020

ESE Personal Interview

October 2020

Final Result

To be announced

IES/ESE Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

The IES/ESE is conducted in the following stages. There are three rounds of the exam. The Preliminary round, the Main round and finally, the interview round.

In the Preliminary round, the candidates are given objective type questions with multiple choice answers. The candidate is required to select one of the most appropriate answers to the question from the given options.

Selection Process

The candidates, who are declared qualified in the Preliminary round are admitted for the 2nd round of the exam that is the Main exam.

The candidates, who qualify for the Main round,  are given a call for the interview.

The Interview is essentially a test of the candidate’s personality. The candidate is asked questions in scholastic aptitude, about their Engineering stream and their General Knowledge. Hence it is advised that the candidates should keep themselves updated not only in their engineering stream but also in the General awareness of the world.

The Interview board consists of seniors from different engineering backgrounds. They have the necessary experience and mental calibre to cross-examine the candidates for their knowledge in the relevant aspects of the engineering. In other words, the candidates are given weight for their practical knowledge, leadership quality, and general awareness.

IES 2020 Exam Pattern

Prelims exam

Prelims exam

Details about it

Number of Paper

2, Paper-1 and Paper-2

Type of questions



500 marks.

Paper-1-200 marks

Paper-2- 300 marks

Scheme of negative marking

1/3rd marks is deducted for every incorrect answer. For an unattempted question or no answer to a question, no marks will be deducted.

Question Pattern of the Prelims exam




Paper-1(General studies and  Engineering Aptitude)



Paper-2. Specific engineering subject chosen by the candidate- Civil Engineering/Electrical Engineering/ Electronics and Tele-Communication/ Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

3 hours





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Note – The Main exam marks are added in the final merit list of the successful candidates.

The number of candidates to be selected for the Main exam is determined by the commission. It is usually 6 or 7 times the total number of vacancies for the post.

Details of the Main Exam

There are 2 question papers of conventional type.

Main Exam


Numbers of question papers


Total marks


Duration of exam

3 hours for each paper.

The language of the question paper

English only.




Duration of exam

Paper-1- – The subject selected by the candidate from any one of the Branch-Civil Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/Electronics and Tele-Communication/ Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.


3 hours

Paper-2 –The second paper of the subject selected by the candidate from any one of the given branches – Civil Engineering/Electrical Engineering/Electronics and Tele-Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.


3 hours




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Personality Test/Interview

The final stage of the exam is the Personality test or the interview. Those candidates, who qualify the Mains exam are called for the interview by the commission.

The commission shortlists candidates for the final round of the interview based on their marks in the Stage-1, Preliminary exam and in the stage -2, Main exam.


IES/ESE Latest 2020 Syllabus

The ESE exam is conducted for different branches of Engineering and thus the syllabus for each paper is different. Only the subject of General Paper remains common for all the branches/disciplines. The General paper tests the candidates on General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Mathematical Ability, Ethics and Values in Engineering Profession, Project Management, etc. The IES Syllabus for ETE, Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical is different. Check out the detailed ESE syllabus 2019 here.

IES/ESE Exam 2020 Eligibility


  • A candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • The candidates from Nepal, Bhutan, and refugees of Tibet who have migrated to India before 1st January 1962 can also apply for the exam.
  • The PIO (People of Indian origin) who have migrated to India to settle down permanently are also eligible to appear for the exam. The countries to which they should belong to are – Myanmar, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, East African nations of – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia, and Vietnam. It is important that the candidate has been issued a certificate in their favour by the government of India.

Educational Qualifications

  • A candidate should have a B.E/ B.Tech.
  • A candidate should be eligible for the exam if he/ she has done a Diploma/ Degree from a foreign University/ Institution/College recognized by the Government of India.
  • A candidate, who has Passed as the member of the following institutions-
  1. Electronics and Telecommunication of India
  2. Aeronautical Society of India,
  3. Electronics and Radio Engineers.
  • A candidate appearing in his/ her final year exam can also apply for the exam.

Age –Limit

  • A candidate should not be less than 21 years of age and should not be more than 30 years of age.
  • A candidate should not have been born earlier than 2nd January 1989 and should not have been born later than the 1st January 1998.

However, the commission provides age-relaxation for the reserved category candidates.

Category of reservation

Age of relaxation.


5 years.


3 years.

J & K candidates

5 years.

Defence service Personnel

3 years.

Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers

5 years.

The candidates are also given age relaxation if they are employed by any government office or state government in the public sector undertakings.

A list of the government departments for which there is an age –relaxation of 5 years-

  1. The Ministry of Railways
  2. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
  3. Directorate of general ordnance factories
  4. Central Public works departments
  5. Central electricity authority
  6. Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology and Department of Telecommunication and Department of Posts.
  7. Director of General disposals and civil supplies
  8. Border road organization
  9. Geological service of India
  10. Military Engineer Services
  11. Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Science and Technology.
  12. Central water commission
  13. Indian Navy
  14. Ministry of defence, Corporation of the Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.

IES/ESE Exam 2020 Application Process

The application forms for the examination are submitted online through the official website - Candidates are advised to complete the application form filling process within the prescribed period of time. The process for application submission is stated under:

How to Apply for ESE Exam?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC mentioned above.
  • Click on the link for online application for various examination of UPSC.
  • In front of the ESE exam, click on the link under Part-I registration. You are required to complete both the parts of the application process for successful registration.
  • After completing the registration, candidates can log-in using their Login ID and password for completing the remaining form later or continue with the application form.
  • Candidates are required to upload the scanned images of their recent photo and signature in the given sizes. Thus, a candidate should keep these particulars ready before he/ she starts filling the form.
  • After successful fee payment, candidates must take a print of the confirmation page. Please note that it is not required to send the hard copy of the confirmation page to the commission through email or by post.

Important - A candidate should apply for the exam only through one Application form. However, if due to any reason or uncalled-forth circumstances, the candidate has filled more than one application form, then he must ensure that the other application form with higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects as only it will be considered by the commission. Also, the fee paid for one RID will not be considered for other RID.

Application Fee

  • Applicants are required to pay an Application fee ₹ 200/.
  • Applicants of reserved category SC/ST/PH and Female candidates are exempted from paying any fee. They are not required to pay any fee.
  • The OBC candidates are NOT Exempted from paying the Application fee. They are required to pay their full fee i.e. ₹200/.
  • Candidates can pay their Application fee either by online mode or by offline mode.
  1. They can pay by the online mode through the Net Banking, Credit Card or Debit Card. For Net Banking candidates can use the following banks – State Bank of India/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur / State Bank of Mysore / State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore.

Candidates can also pay in cash through any branch of SBI.

Other Details

IES 2020 Exam Admit Card

The candidates are advised to download their Admit Card or e-Admission ticket online. The Admit card is now available on the website of the commission. The commission will not send any hard copy of the Admit card at the address of the candidate. Candidates can get it by entering their Registration id on the website of the commission.

Candidates should carry their UPSC ESE 2020 Admit card at the centre of the exam. Without the admit card/hall ticket, the candidate will not be permitted to enter the examination hall. Separate admit cards are issued for Preliminary and Main examination.

How to download IES 2020 admit cards online?

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC.
  2. Navigate to the “E-Admit cards” link for various UPSC exams
  3. Select IES 2020 exam admit card link
  4. Carefully read the instructions mentioned and take a print out of the same
  5. Now, submit the details as required and press enter
  6. IES 2020 admit card will be displayed on the screen
  7. Download the IES 2020 admit card and take two printouts of the IES admit card

Check all the details mentioned and in case of discrepancy immediately inform the authorities at UPSC.

IES 2020 Exam Result

Separate results are released for the Preliminary and Main phase examination. And, the final result is released after the completion of all the phases. The commission prepares the final merit list of the candidates based on their performance in the Preliminary, Main, and the Interview phase.

UPSC had released IES prelims result 2020 on 20th February 2020. The candidates can download the IES prelims result 2020 pdf and search their roll number. The final results of the UPSC IES exam 2020 are presented in the pdf form. Below you can check the proven steps on how to check the UPSC IES Merit List 2020:

  • Go to the official UPSC website.
  • Now, under “What’s new” section, tap the link that reads UPSC engineering services (main) result.
  • A PDF will open your computer screen, scroll down the page and check your roll number in the merit list.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. When will be the exam of the IES/ESE, 2020 be held?

The IES/ESE preliminary 2020 exam was performed on 05th January 2020, while the Mains is going to be held on 18th October 2020. The Interview phase will be tentatively conducted in the month of October 2020.

Q. In how many stages the IES/ESE is conducted?

This exam is conducted in three stages. The stage -1 is Preliminary, the stage -2 is Mains exam and the final stage is the Interview stage.

Q. If the marks of the Preliminary round of exam is added while preparing the final merit list of the successful candidates?

Yes, the marks of the Preliminary exam is not merely qualifying in nature rather it is scoring in nature. The candidate is required to score well in the Preliminary round of the exam also to gain the competitive edge over other candidates and gain good ranks in the merit list.

Q. How many question papers are there in the Preliminary exams?

There are 2 question papers in the Preliminary exam. The Paper-1 is the General Aptitude paper and the Paper-2 is the specific Engineering paper which has been selected by the candidate for the exam.

Q. What is the total marks of the Preliminary exam?

The total marks of the preliminary exam are 500 marks. The paper -1 is of 200 marks and the paper-2 is of 300 marks. The marks scored by the candidate in both the papers are added while preparing the final merit list of the successful candidates.

Q. How many question papers are there in the Mains exam of the IES/ESE 2020 exam?

There are two papers in the IES/ESE exams. Both the question papers are from the specific area of the subject of engineering which is selected by the candidate for the exam above. The candidate is advised to score as much he can in these papers of his specialization because the marks of these papers provide them with the competitive edge over the other candidates. The marks scored in the Mains papers play a crucial role in determining the standing of the candidate in the merit list.

Q. What is the maximum marks for which the Mains exam is conducted?

The maximum marks of the IES/ESE exam are 600 marks. There are 2 papers and each paper carries 300 marks. Both papers are the engineering papers or the subjects which the candidate has chosen for the exam. It is the conventional type of question paper, where candidates are asked to write about the theories and solve the question from the practical engineering difficulties.

Q. What is the final stage of the exam?

The final stage of the exam is the Interview or the Personality test. The candidate overall personality standing Measured by the interview board. The interview board aims to reveal about the various personality dimensions of the candidates. The board looks for the leadership skills of the candidate. In addition, it also looks for his social skill, capacity to judge the situation, his creativity, his problem-solving skills, his friendliness etc. In other words, the interview measures all the aspects of the personality of the candidate.

Q. How does the commission prepare the Merit list of the successful candidates?

The commission takes into account the marks scored by the candidate along with all the three stages of the exam. It is the aggregate marks of the candidate which forms the basis for the preparation of the final merit list. The candidate can check their result online on the official website of the commission.

Q. What is the age-limit for the exam?

The candidate should be between the age group of 21 years and 30 years. It means he should not be less than 21 years of the age and should not be more than 30 years of the age.

Q. Is there any age relaxation for the reserved category of candidates?

Yes, there is provision for the age relaxation of the candidates as per the government rule. For further details about it check above the article.

Q. If there is any age relaxation for those candidates who are already employed under the government department?

Yes, there is such provision of age relaxation for the candidates who are already employed in the government sector jobs either at the centre or at the state government public sector undertakings. The maximum age relaxation is of 5 years. It means that they can appear for the exam up to the age of 35 years.

Q. What should be the educational qualification of the candidate for the exam?

The candidate should have done his B.E. or B.Tech from any recognized University or Institutions or Board. Those candidates who have obtained their Engineering degree from any foreign university/institution or board are also eligible for the exam provided that the university has been recognized by the Engineering Association of India.

Q. What should be the nationality of the candidate?

The candidate should be the citizen of India. The persons from Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan refugees are also eligible for the exam provided that they have migrated to India to permanently settle down in India. In addition, they are also issued a certificate by the government of India in their favour citizenship.

Q. If the People of Indian origin are also eligible to appear for the exam?

Yes, people of Indian origin from some countries are also eligible to appear for the exam. But there are only a few selected countries from where the Indian people can be made eligible for the exam.