UPSC Indian Engineering Services IES 2018 Examination Eligibility, Pattern, Schedule and Other Details
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UPSC Indian Engineering Services IES 2018 Examination Eligibility, Pattern, Schedule and Other Details

UPSC Indian Engineering Services (IES) Exam also known as Engineering Service Exam (ESE) is the most sought after and prestigious examination for the engineering graduates. The Union Public Selection Commission (UPSC) will release the IES 2018 Exam (Preliminary) notification on September 27, 2017, and the last date to fill the application form is October 23, 2017. 

The IES Preliminary Exam 2018 will be conducted on January 7, 2018 and all the technical graduate candidates who will clear the preliminary exam will be shortlisted to appear in IES Mains Exam, which will be conducted on July 01, 2018. Every year lakh of aspirants apply for UPSC IES/ESE Exam for the esteemed posts under the direct government ministries for engineering discipline like Power, Railroads, Telecommunications, Public Works, etc across the nation.

Through this examination, candidates can work under the Government of India in the following public sectors:

  • Department of Indian Railways
  • Power Department
  • Department of Telecommunications 
  • Department of Central Engineering
  • Military Engineering
  • Central Water engineering 
  • Defence Service of Engineers 
  •  Central Engineer Services (CES)
  • Geological Survey of India etc.

This class -I officer designation job serves the purpose relevant to their branch or the cadre in which they are recruited. The primary position offered to selected candidates is Assistant Engineer which upgrades to various positions and then ultimately ends on the Chairman/Assistant Managing Director.  Aspirants can get full details regarding IES 2018 Exam Dates, Exam Pattern, Age Limit, Eligibility Criteria, Educational Qualification, etc.

Branches Included in IES 2018 Exam

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

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IES 2018 Exam Important Dates

UPSC has released the below schedule for IES/ESE 2018-

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IES 2018 Exam Important Events Time & Hour Dates & Day
ESE / IESE 2018 Notification Declaration Date and Starting Date of Online Application September 27, 2017 (Wednesday)
ESE / IESE 2018 Last Date to Fill Application Form / Online Registration October 23, 2017


IES 2018 Preliminary Exam (Objective Paper) General Studies and Engineering Aptitude


09:00 AM-11:00 AM

2 hours

January 07, 2018


Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II 02:00 P.M-05:00 P.M

3 hours

IES 2018 Main Exam (Conventional Type Papers) Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I 9:00 AM-12:00 AM

3 hours

July 01, 2018


Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm

3 hours

ESE 2018 Personality Test/ Interview Date November to December 2018

IES Application Form will be available online at the official website from September 27, 2017.

UPSC IES 2018 Exam Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who aspire to appear for the UPSC IES 2018 Exam on Jan. 07, 2018 shall fulfil the requisite eligibility criteria for the exam. The eligibility criteria for the UPSC IES 2018 Exam are set by the Commission in terms of age limit allowed and the minimum requisite educational qualifications making them eligible to take the prestigious UPSC IES 2018 Examination.

Age Limit

As far as the UPSC IES 2018 Exam age limit criteria is concerned, candidates whose age lie between 21 years to 30 years in the exam year are eligible by UPSC. Also, age limit relaxation for UPSC IES 2018 Exam is allowed to certain categories of candidates as per government norms.

  • Government servants will be given a 5-year relaxation in upper age limit.
  • For SC/ST candidates 5 years and for OBC candidates 3 years relaxation will be provided.
  • The candidate who is found to be a subject of Jammu Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 will also be provided with an age relaxation of 5 years.
  • Ex-Serviceman will be offered an age relaxation of 5 years.
  • Physically Handicapped (PH) and disabled will be given an age relaxation of 10 years.

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Education Qualification

  • Candidates who have graduated in the Engineering discipline from a recognized University or Institute by the Government of India.
  • Candidates who have completed their M.Sc in subjects like Wireless Communications like Radio Technology, Radio Physics and Electronics are also eligible to apply for the IES 2018 Exam. Though, such candidates with non-engineering but degrees in science disciplines have access to be considered only for certain posts under the UPSC IES recruitment exam.

IES 2018 Exam Pattern

IES 2018 exam basically includes Objective Type General Studies & Engineering Discipline in the Prelims Exam while in Mains Examination it will consist of two conventional paper of Engineering Discipline. Prelims will consist of two papers of 200 marks and 300 marks. Similarly, Mains also comprise of two papers of 300 marks each. The candidates who’ll qualify in the preliminary test will be eligible for the IES Main Exam and those who clear the Mains will be further called for next process of Personality Test.

The medium of Prelims exam paper will be English only.

Negative Marking – 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty for the wrong anser in the Prelims exam.

Test Type Paper Subject Marks
IES Preliminary Examination Objective Paper I General Studies & Engineering Aptitude 200
Paper II Engineering Discipline 300
IES Mains Examination Conventional Paper I Engineering Discipline 300
Paper II Engineering Discipline 300
Prelims Paper I & II Timing 2 hours & 3 Hours
Mains Paper I & II Timing 3 Hours each

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IES 2018 Selection Procedure

IES 2018 Selection Procedure comprises of three staged processes. Stage 1st is known as Preliminary Examination followed by Stage 2 i.e. Mains Examination and at last Stage 3 is conducted called the Personality Test/Interview. The candidates who qualify stage I are eligible for the Stage II process. And the score obtained in the Mains examination will determine the qualification of students for the personality test on the basis of merit list. The final result will be declared after the analysis of marks obtained in the final round or an aggregate of all the three rounds will be judged to form the final merit list. Three stages involved are

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Personality Test

UPSC IES 2018 Exam Expected No. of Vacancies

UPSC provides a huge no. of vacancies for the people who qualify this examination. The most prestigious recruitment examinations in India under IES 2018 Exam is held to select well-deserved candidates for various posts under the Government departments and certain ministries.

Every particular branch consists of various posts in Group A, Group B etc. Around 500 vacancies are expected inclusive of PH to be filled via the IES examination. These jobs are distributed according to merit and preferences at the national level anywhere in India.

Here you got the details about Engineering Services 2018 Exam.Wishing all the aspirants of the UPSC IES 2018 Exam to burn their midnight oils to crack the UPSC recruitment test 2018. Have any feedback or queries regarding “UPSC Indian Engineering Services IES 2018 Examination Eligibility, Pattern, Schedule and Other Details”, you can post and discuss with us via the AfterGraduation Forum. Connect with us for more updates on AfterGraduation Facebook and Twitter account also.

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