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Indian Engineering Services (IES)

Updated: Mar 17, 2024

What is IES/ESE?

IES/ESE are the same thing. ESE or Engineering Services Examination is an all-India examination held by UPSC for the post of IES which stands for Indian Engineering Services. UPSC civil services examination or CSE and ESE are different. This examination is focused on engineering services and only engineers can appear for the same. 

However, other traits like the eligibility criteria and exam pattern are pretty similar. Candidates need to go through three stages of examination before they finally become IES officers.

The syllabus is different for students belonging to different engineering departments, you need to focus on your stream of engineering. Students coming from Mechanical backgrounds will have to answer questions from the same stream. 

On September 6, 2023, the Commission made the UPSC ESE notification 2024 available online. Along with the UPSC ESE notification, the commission also released the UPSC ESE application form for 2023. Candidates can complete and submit the UPSC ESE 2024 application form by September 26, 2023.

The UPSC ESE 2024 selection procedure consists of a preliminary exam, a major exam, and a personal interview. Applicants can find all exam-related information in the UPSC ESE notification 2024. Applicants preparing for the UPSC ESE test should review the UPSC ESE question papers 2024 to ensure efficient preparation. Candidates can read this post-in-depth to get more about the UPSC ESE test 2024.

IES/ESE 2024 Dates to Remember

The dates for the ESE 2024 examination are mentioned in the table - 

Important Events


First Notification out

6th Sep 2023

Application Process Begins

6th Sep 2023

End of Application Submission

26th Sep 2023

Fee Payment Period

Same as Above

Admit Card Out

To be notified

ESE Prelims Date

18th Feb 2024


No Updates Regarding It

First Notification for ESE Mains Out

Yet to Be Updated

Registration Process Begins

No Date Has Been Specified

Last Date of Registration

No Updates

Fee Payment Deadline

No Updates

Admit Card Collection

No Updates

ESE Mains Exam Date

26th June 2024


Yet to Be Updated

Eligibility Criteria

IES 2024 eligibility criteria check candidates' age, nationality, educational background, and attempts. The detailed information is here:


The candidate must not be younger than 21 and not older than 30 years. However, UPSC has given age relaxation to these below-mentioned categories. To claim the age relaxation, the candidate is required to show proof.

  • SC/ST category people can claim 5 years of age relaxation

  • OBC category people can claim 3 years of age relaxation

  • Individuals who are Jammu and Kashmir Domicile can claim 5 years of age relaxation

  • Ex-servicemen can claim 5 years of age relaxation

  • Physically handicapped people are allowed to claim 10 years of age relaxation

Educational Qualifications:

Only a BE/B. Tech graduates are eligible to appear for the IES/ESE examination. 

National Identity:

Only Indian citizens can apply for this examination. Refugees from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya who came to India to permanently settle down before 1962 will also be considered Indian citizens. Therefore, they can also apply.


Until a candidate reaches the age limit, they can appear as many times as they please. 

ESE Application Process 2024

The ESE 2024 application link is Follow these below-mentioned steps to successfully submit your application.


Candidates need to click on the link given above and register for the ESE examination. To do that, they need to provide some basic identification details and create a password that will help them to log in to their account again.

Application Form Filling

After that, the application form will be accessible and they can fill the same with their academic, identification, and examination preferences details.

Document Upload

After rechecking everything, they may proceed to upload the documents. (PDF format)

Fee Payment

In the end, candidates need to pay the fees otherwise the application will not be accepted.

Admit Card Collection

As the notification regarding the IES 2024 admit card gets out, they need to collect the same by logging in to their account on the UPSC site.

IES 2024 Fee Structure

Male Candidates from the OBC, General, and EWS categories need to pay 200 rupees while others including female candidates are not required to pay any fees. 

IES 2024 Exam Centers

Candidates can choose their preferred exam centers at the time of registration. However, it is suggested by UPSC to choose the nearest exam centers.

Prelims Exam Centers:













  • JAMMU 




  • DELHI 


  • PATNA 
























Mains Exam Centers:














  • PATNA 




  • JAMMU 




  • DELHI 



IES Vacancy for 2024

Each department of engineering has several vacancies for IES officers which are:

Civil Engineering Department:

  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers

  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)

  • Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service

  • Indian Skill Development Service.

  • Group-A (Civil Engineering Posts)

  • AEE (Civil) in Border Roads Engineering Service

  • IAEE (QS&C) in MES Surveyor Cadre

Mechanical Engineering Department:

  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts)

  • AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

  • Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service

  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO-II (Mechanical)

  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers

Electrical Engineering Department:

  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ (Electrical Engineering Posts)

  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers

  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ (Electrical Engineering Posts)

  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO-II (Electrical)

  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Department:

  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts)

  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts)

  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO-II (Electronics & Tele)

  • Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’

  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’

  • Indian Telecommunication Service Gr ‘A’

ESE 2024 Exam Pattern

The ESE 2024 exam is conducted in 3 stages. Prelims, Mains, and interviews. The pattern for the respective stages is elaborated below:

Prelims Exam Pattern:

Exam Mode: Objective Type


Paper Names: 1. General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 2. Specific Engineering Subject (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication)

Total Marks: 500 ( Paper 1: 200, Paper 2: 300)

Time: 2 hrs for paper 1, 3 hrs for paper 2. Total 5 hrs

Mains Exam Pattern:

Exam Mode: Descriptive


Paper Names: Specific Engineering papers

Total Marks: 600 ( Paper 1: 300, Paper 2: 300)

Time: 3 hrs for each paper.

Interview Pattern:

It is a personality test consisting of 200 marks.

IES 2024 Syllabus

Here is a brief of the ESE 2024 syllabus covering all the engineering streams. You can get the more detailed syllabus in the same first notification pdf. 

     Civil Engineering

Paper I

  1. Building Materials

  2. Solid Mechanics

  3. Structural Analysis

  4. Design of Steel Structures

  5. Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures

  6.  Construction Practice, Planning and Management

Paper II

  1. Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow

  2. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering

  3. Environmental Engineering

  4. Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering

  5. Surveying and Geology

  6. Transportation Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

Paper I

  1. Fluid Mechanics

  2. Thermodynamics and Heat transfer

  3. IC Engines, Refrigeration, and Air conditioning

  4. Turbo Machinery

  5. Power Plant Engineering

  6. Renewable Sources of Energy

Paper II

  1. Engineering Mechanics

  2. Engineering Materials

  3. Mechanisms and Machines

  4.  Design of Machine Elements

  5.  Manufacturing, Industrial, and Maintenance Engineering

  6. Mechatronics and Robotic


    Electrical Engineering

Paper I

  1. Engineering Mathematics

  2. Electrical Materials

  3. Electric Circuits and Fields

  4. Electrical and Electronic Measurements

  5. Computer Fundamentals

  6. Basic Electronics Engineering

Paper II

  1. Analog and Digital Electronics

  2. Systems and Signal Processing

  3. Control Systems

  4. Electrical Machines

  5. Power Systems

  6. Power Electronics and Drives



            Electronics and   Telecommunication

Paper I

  1. Basic Electronics Engineering

  2. Basic Electrical Engineering

  3. Materials Science

  4. Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation

  5. Network Theory

  6. Analog and Digital Circuits

Paper II

  1. Analog and Digital Communication Systems

  2. Control Systems

  3. Computer Organization and Architecture

  4. Electro Magnetics

  5. Advanced Electronics Topics

  6. Advanced Communication Topics

IES 2023 Cut-Off

The cut-off is different for all the departments. UPSC has released a detailed cut-off chart explaining all the cut-offs. To get the same, click on

How Many Students Appeared for IES/ESE 2023?

4 Lakh students applied for IES examination 2023.

IES/ESE 2024 Response Sheet

UPSC will release the response sheet on their official site. Candidates can predict their marks before the actual result comes out.

IES/ESE 2024 Answer Key Challenge

UPSC result is considered to be the final one. The option to challenge the answer key is not there.

IES 2023 Toppers

  • Vineet Jain

  • Romit Sharma

  • Atul Kumar Singh

  • Gorantla Sai Charan

  • Kapil Dalmiya

  • Jyoti Krishna Panda

  • Avantika Rathore

  • Ankit Singh

  • Tunga Manohar Reddy

  • Aditya Prakash Sharma

  • Bhanu Mahto

Preparation Tips

Preparing for UPSC examinations is not child’s play. One needs discipline and dedication to crack the exam. However, you don’t need to study everything and stress yourself out. Just follow these simple steps.

  • Always make sure that you have the syllabus with you and that you are marking the chapters once you are done with it. This way, you will not miss out on anything. 

  • Solve previous years’ question papers to understand the question quality. It will also help you to know what kind of questions are most likely to come next year.

  • Take video lectures as they are more effective. 

  • Make a schedule and try to stick to that. Give equal importance to each paper and practice them daily. This way, you will develop a strong grip on each one.

  • Take mock tests when you are done with completing the syllabus.

  • Take some time out for relaxation. It is needed. Don’t sacrifice your food timings or sleep. Watch some news, and analyze some concepts, it will give you variety and eliminate your boredom.

  • In the end, never hesitate to take coaching, it is far more powerful and beneficial than you think.

Benefits of Good IES Coaching

  • Easy understanding of concepts

  • Effective learning 

  • Increased efficiency

  • Motivational environment

  • Premium resources

  • Better practice

  • Helpful mentors

All these above-mentioned benefits not only make you learn more but also create the ability in you to learn all the time and efficiently. This happens when you engage yourself in a routine. Some best coaching institutes for IES are in Chandigarh, Lucknow, and New Delhi. However, to find the best IES coaching in your city, reach out to us.





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