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Here’s All You Want to Know About ESE/IES

On average, 2 lac students write this exam every year, and the number seems to be rising. India’s obsession with government jobs is well justified in the context of this exam. The candidates who pass ESE will get placed in various departments with an attractive salary.

Chithrakala Babu

What is ESE?

Engineering Services Exam (ESE/IES) is a yearly exam conducted by the UPSC to recruit employees in different government departments in India, such as roads, defence, manufacturing, power and telecommunications. The ESE/IES exam is conducted for four engineering fields – Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Telecommunications. Thousands of engineering graduates write this exam every year to get recruited into the limited posts in different government departments.  ESE/IES is considered one of India’s toughest competitive examinations due to its vast syllabus and the difficulty level of the three-stage exam.

Why is it Important to Write this Examination?

On average, 2 lac students write ESE every year, and the number seems to be rising. India’s obsession with government jobs is well justified in the context of this exam. The candidates who pass the ESE will get placed in various departments with an attractive salary. They can enjoy all the privileges entitled to Group A and Group B government officers. Landing a perfect career after graduation is a dream for most students. If that is a government job, we are more than happy. This is precisely why you should write ESE if you are an engineering graduate.

Application Process

The candidates need to apply for the exam through the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. The exam fee is 200 INR for general-category male candidates. Female candidates and reserved-category candidates need not pay any fee. Once the application process is completed, admit cards will be issued one month prior to the prelims exam.

Exam

ESE is a three-level exam with a prelims, a mains and an interview. The preliminary exam has objective questions from General Aptitude (200 marks) and Engineering (300 marks). The main exam follows a descriptive pattern and has two subject papers of 300 marks each. Those who clear the prelims are allowed to write the main exam, and the finalists will face a personal interview. Once the three-stage examination is over, appointments for the vacancies are made by the concerned departments.

Eligibility and Age Limit

The candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognised university. Certain M.Sc. specialisations such as Wireless Communications, Electronics and Radio-physics are also considered for some posts. The candidates’ age should not be less than 21, and it should not exceed 30. Further relaxations on the age limit are given to reserved category students and also for general category students under particular conditions.

ESE Preparation Strategy

While preparing for a highly competitive exam such as ESE, it is essential to have an effective preparation strategy. The first step a candidate should do is to understand the syllabus in a detailed manner. This will help the candidate to create a flawless study plan. Another crucial step involved in the preparation is going through the previous years’ question papers. Once these two steps are done, candidates will be able to choose the right course and study materials for the preparation. Unlike the GATE exam, ESE preparation is pretty long, owing to its multiple levels of exams. It can be stressful too. One should keep this in mind before starting the preparation. Despite all the hard work and long study hours, one may still feel low but it is part of this journey. Stay focused on what you will achieve after passing the exam – a secured life. Remember, the fruits of hard work are sweeter.

ESE/IES Exam Details in a Nutshell

ESE Exam Details

Exam Conducting Body

UPSC

Exam Type

Preliminary- Objective

Main - Descriptive

Levels

Preliminary, Main, Interview

Prelims Exam

January (Due to Covid-19, ESE 2021is postponed to July)

Exam Duration

Prelims - 5 Hrs

Mains - 6 Hrs

Eligibility

Graduation in Engineering

Age Limit

21-30

Official Website for Application

https://www.upsc.gov.in/


Application Fee

200 INR

Exam Pattern

Prelims (Objective)

  • Paper-I General Aptitude (Max. 200 marks)

  • Paper-II Engineering (Max. 300 marks)

Main (Descriptive)

  • Paper-I Engineering (Max. 300 marks)

  • Paper-II Engineering (Max. 300 marks)

Personal Interview (Max. 200 marks)

Admit Card Availability

Previous December

Final Result

December

List of Posts Offered by Government Departments

Civil Engineering

Central Engineering Service

Central Engineering Service (Roads)

Survey of India Service

Border Roads Engineering Services

Indian Defence Service of Engineers

AEE(QS&C) in MES Surveyor Cadre

Central Water Engineering Service

Indian Skill Development Service

Mechanical Engineering

AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

Indian Defence Service of Engineers.

Indian Naval Armament Service

Assistant Naval Store Officer in Indian Navy

Border Roads Engineering Services

Central Water Engineering Service

Central Power Engineering Service

Indian Skill Development Service

Central Power Engineering Service

Military Engineer Services

Electrical Engineering

Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service

Indian Defence Service of Engineers

Assistant Naval Store Officer in Indian Navy

Central Power Engineering Service

Indian Skill Development Service

Central Power Engineering Service

Military Engineer Services

Electronics and Communication Engineering

Indian Radio Regulatory Service

Indian Telecommunication Service

Indian Naval Armament Service

Assistant Naval Store Officer in Indian Navy

Central Power Engineering Service

Indian Skill Development Service

Junior Telecom Officer

Central Power Engineering Service

Military Engineer Services

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