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IES Exam

Written by  Rachit Agrawal, MBA

Published on Sat, February 29, 2020 12:46 PM   Updated on Fri, October 16, 2020 7:41 AM   12 mins read

IES exam is conducted to recruit officers for the services that carter to the technical and managerial functions of the government of India in the field of engineering. Indian Engineering Services (IES) 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, constituting Indian Railways, Power, telecommunications, Central Water engineering, defense service of engineers, and central engineering service.

In most countries, the Indian government recruits its civil servants and officials through competitive examinations. Many candidates take the exam, competing for a limited number of posts. The union government selects officers on the recommendation of the Union Public Service Commission. A three-stage competitive examination (Preliminary, mains, Personality test), The Engineering services Examination, is conducted by UPSC to recruit to the Engineering Posts.

Officers recruited through ESE are mandated to manage and conduct activities in diverse technical fields in the country. Government spending makes up over 15% of India’s gross domestic product in a board segment of the economy and infrastructure, including railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, and telecommunications. The president makes appointments to A-grade services in the country.

  • This exam is conducted to recruit the engineers for government
  • IES officers are called as A class or a grade officers
  • UPSC conducts this exam
  • The president makes appointments to A grade
  • This exam has three-stage 

IES Exam 2020

The UPSC had released the notification about the Engineering Service Examination 2020 for over 580 vacancies. Interested candidates had checked all the details on the official website and filled the registration form. The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting the Engineering Services Examination, also known as Indian Engineering Services Exam 2020.

The commission will shortlist the candidates for the posts through preliminary and main Examination. The Online Applications was filled from September 25, 2019, to October 15, 2019, till 6 PM, after which the link was disabled. The examination of the engineering Services prelims was held in January 2020, and the main exam will be conducted in July 2020.

IES Exam Details

Notification dateSeptember 25. 2019
Application start date25 September 2019
The end date of application15 October 2019
Preliminary exam dateJanuary 5, 2020
Main Exam dateAugust 9, 2020
InterviewOctober 2020
Final resultDecember 2020

What is the IES Exam?

The IES exam is the examination for recruiting engineers for the government of India. Indian engineering services comprises of engineers who work under the government of India and designated as Class-1 officers. They administer a large segment of the public sector, railways, roadways, power, Tele-communications central water engineering, Defence services, etc.

The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. 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.

  1. IES exam is related to the engineers
  2. This exam is conducted to recruit the engineers for the government
  3. The engineers who clear this exam called class – 1 officer
  4. The UPSC conducts this exam
  5. The first position in this is Asst. Executive engineer

IES Exam Pattern

The UPSC sets the exam pattern of the IES (Indian Engineering Services) exam (Union Public Service Commission. This exam is conducted to hire the best engineers for the country who helped build the country’s strong foundation in terms of Railways, water Supply, dams, etc.

The exam pattern of this exam is simple but not easy to crack the exam. These engineers are responsible for the country’s future development, which is why the government wants the most efficient and effective engineers.

  • It contains general English and general Studies of 100 marks each
  • It contains four parts of statistics weighted of 200 marks each
  • It has two objective and two descriptive exams of statistics
  •  Descriptive exams contain 50% problems questions and 50% comprehension problem

IES Exam Date

IES exam dates are released by the Union Public service commission of the official website through notifications. Everyone can check the notifications about the exam dates, results, interviews on the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) website. Exam of the IES examinations is held after 2-3 months of the date of Application forms. The exam dates of 2020 examinations are given below.

Exam dates 

  1. January 5 – preliminary exam
  2. August 9 – main exam

IES Exam Syllabus

The IES’s exam syllabus is provided by the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) on the official website so that candidates will prepare for the preliminary exam and main exam. The complete syllabus about the IES is also available on Google, and books related to the Indian Engineering Services are also available in the market.

Sample papers are also available in the market for this exam. The syllabus of the IES examination is almost the same all the time. Here is a link for the complete syllabus of the IES examination.


IES Exam Eligibility

The complete details about the eligibility criteria appear in the examination of the Indian Engineering Services provided by the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) on the official website with the notification of Application form.

There are some restrictions related to age, Graduation, nationality. This is a national level exam, and the candidates who will clear the examinations become very important people of the country because they help a lot with the development.

Eligibility for exam

  1. Age – 21 – 30 (different for different positions)
  2. Qualification – degree in Engineering
  3. Nationality – Indian
  4. IES attempt limit – No limit

IES Exam Mechanical Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Fluid mechanics exam has some basic concepts and properties of fluids, Manometry, fluid Statistics, Buoyancy, Equations of Motion, Bernoulli’s equation and applications, Viscous flow of incompressible fluids.

Laminar and turbulent flows, Flow through pipes and head losses in pipes. Pressure-density-height relationship, Manometers, pressure transducers, pressure on a plane and curved surfaces, the center of pressure. This all concepts have great importance in this exam.

  1. Syllabus about this exam is very technical
  2. UPSC conducts this exam
  3. Age limit is 21-30 years
  4. An engineering degree is required to appear in this examination.


The UPSC conducts the IES (Indian Engineering Services) examination. The Union Public Services Commission sets the complete syllabus related to this examination.

The UPSC sets all the eligibility criteria. UPSC uploads all the notifications about this exam on the official website with complete details of eligibility, exam dates, interviews, etc. UPSC is responsible for the complete exam process until the final selections. The UPSC also provides the syllabus for this exam.

  1. UPSC set all the requirements and details about the exam.
  2. The UPSC conducts this exam
  3. The UPSC sets exam dates and interview date
  4. UPSC provides notifications about this exam on the official website

IES Exam Age Limit

IES (Indian Engineering Services) also has an age limit as other government exams have. The limit in this exam is set by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). UPSC sets the age limit according to requirements like Degree in Engineering.

That’s why they set the starting age limit 21 so that candidates have complete their degree in engineering and also get prepared for the exam. UPSC also has no restrictions on the number of attempts.

Age Limit – 21 – 30 (Different for different positions)

IES Exam Form

The IES (Indian Engineering Services) exam form is provided by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) on the official website. Candidates need to fill the application form.

Admit card of the exam will be issued to only those candidates who have filled the exam form successfully. Candidates need to fill the application form and pay the application fee through online mode of payment. Candidates need to upload the passport size photo, signature, and id proof.

Link of exam form:

IES Exam Details

IES exam has three stages, which have to clear by the candidates to become an IES officer. The three stages of the exam include a preliminary exam, the main exam, and the interview. Different positions have a different syllabus and different eligibility criteria. Notifications and requirements are available on the website while application forms released by the UPSC.

IES (Indian Engineering Service) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to hire engineers for India’s government. The details about the examinations are provided by the UPSC on the official website while releasing the notification about the IES job application form. Candidates who want to appear in the examination can see the complete details and then fill the form.

IES Exam Result

The Union Public Service Commission provides an IES exam result on the official website. Candidates can check the result on the UPSC website. IES exam has three stages, and the results of all three stages are released one by one.

UPSC releases the preliminary exam results after 1-2 months of the preliminary exam, and selected candidates will appear in the mains exam after 2-3 months. After the main exam, UPSC releases the result, and selected candidates need to give the interview in the final round, and then final results declared by the UPSC.

How to check the IES exam result?

  1. Visit the official website of the UPSC
  2. Select the result option on the right side of the page
  3. The result is available in the PDF form
  4. Download the result

IES Exam Fee

IES exam is a government exam, and candidates need to pay the registration amount. The government takes exam fees so that only interested candidates fill the application form because if more and more candidates fill the form unnecessarily, the government needs to expend more to conduct the exam without any interest.

So the government put some fees to eliminate the extra candidates. The exam fee is different for different categories and also for gender. Exam fee – 200 for the OBC and general candidates and women, SC, ST, are exempted from the fee payment.

IES Exam Centers

IES exam centers are available in every state because this is a national level exam, and candidates will appear in this exam from the whole country. A large number of candidates will appear in this exam and government need center in every state or more than one center in each state.

This very important exam and UPSC take care of this so that there must be no cheating at all, so this exam is conducted in very security. These centers are under the camera range so that UPSC look at every activity.

List of IES Exam Centers:

  • Chandigarh
  • Allahabad
  • Bangalore
  • Bareilly
  • Bhopal
  • Port Blair
  • Raipur
  • Agartala
  • Ahmedabad
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Tirupati
  • Dehradun
  • Delhi
  • Dharwad

IES Exam For CSE

CSE candidates are eligible or the IES exam. IES exam is paper-pen based exam, and the UPSC directs this exam. IES exam includes only four branches for the recruitment of the engineers. There is no field where computer engineers are not required.

Lakhs of computer science engineering graduates passed out every year and prepare for the IES exam. CSE students read out many electronics subjects to qualify for this exam.

  • UPSC approved that CSE students are eligible for this exam
  • This exam is Paper-pen based exam 
  • CSE students read many electronics subjects to clear this examination
  • CSE candidates have the same syllabus for this exam as other engineering students have


How to crack IES exam in the first attempt?

Ans. IES exam is one of the most important exams, and everyone has a dream to crack it and become an IES class – 1 officer. IES exam is not easy to crack in 1st attempt, but it’s possible. Candidates who want to clear this in 1st attempt need to study very hard during engineering because this exam contains a lot of questions from engineering degree courses.

Candidates need to study their weak subjects very carefully and give importance to practical subjects. They need to study sample paper and take coaching classes from the best institutions.

Here is a link that contains a lot of tips to crack the exam in a single attempt, but the candidate needs to follow the routine and study hard.

How to prepare for the IES exam?

Ans. For the IES exam preparation, candidates first need to get a degree in engineering, and then the candidates become eligible for the exam. Candidates have to learn as much as they can during the engineering classes so that after engineering, they easily prepare the rest of the things. This exam is related to engineering, and most of the questions are coming in the examination, which the candidates already read during engineering.

To prepare for the IES exam, candidates need to start learning during engineering classes. They also need to read out the sample paper and previous year question papers to get some idea about the exam question paper. Preparation is also depends on the job profile for which candidates are preparing.

What is the IES Exam?

Ans. The IES exam is the examination for recruiting engineers for the government of India. Indian engineering services comprises of engineers who work under the government of India and designated as Class-1 officers.

They administer a large segment of the public sector, railways, roadways, power, Tele-communications central water engineering, Defence services, etc.

About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

Author • MBA • 20 Years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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