IES Exam 2021

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IES Exam

IES exam is a national-level exam organised by the UPSC to recruit candidates for engineering positions in various departments under the Government of India. It is one of the toughest exams in India with nearly two lakh candidates appearing for the examination every year. Also known as Engineering Services Examination recruits the Group A and Group B officers in 4 engineering branches namely: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

Let us take a look at everything you need to know about the IES exam, dates, eligibility criteria, application and selection procedure, etc.

IES Exam Highlights

Event Details
Name of the Examination Indian Engineering Services (IES) or Engineering Services Examination (ESE)
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission
Examination Level National Level
Number of Vacancies 495
Expected Number of Registration  2 lakhs (approx.)
Examination Fee ₹200, however, women/SC/ST/PWD applicants are exempted
Mode of Examination Offline (both Prelims and Mains)
Mode of Application Online
Official Website https://www.upsc.gov.in/

What is the IES Exam?

Indian Engineering Services or the Engineering Service Examination is an exam conducted for engineers who wish to work under government-related services. The career of a Government Engineer entails them to understand and head projects in their own field of work. A Government engineer can start from the Assistant Engineer position and can go to the Chairman/ Director level.

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2021 Notification

The IES Exam 2021 is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and will be conducted through preliminary and main examination. Below are given all the important details for IES Exam 2021. These are the possible dates according to the previous year details. The exacted dates will be updated as soon as UPSC releases the dates. 

Indian Engineering Services Exam Dates 2021

Applicants can go through important IES exam dates 2021 shown below:

Date Event
IES Notification 2021 First Week of April 2021
Online Application First Week of April 2021
Last date of application Last Week of April 2021
Preliminary Exam  July, 2021
Preliminary Exam Result September 2021
Main Exam Date October 2021
Main Exam Result November 2021
Interview December 2021
Result January 2021

ESE Exam Posts 2021

IES Exam is also referred to as Engineering Services Examination (ESE) exam. Here are the engineering fields that can apply for ESE Exam:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering

The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the following categories: 

Category l: Civil Engineering

Group-A Services/Posts 
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers 
  • Indian Railway Stores Service [Civil Engineering Posts]  
  • Central Engineering Service 
  • Central Engineering Service [Roads], Group‐A [Civil Engineering Posts]  
  • Survey of India Group ‘A’ Service
  • AEE [Civil] in Border Road Engineering Service
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • AEE [QS&C] in MES Surveyor Cadre  
  • Central Water Engineering [Group ‘A’] Service   
  • Indian Skill Development Service

Category II: Mechanical Engineering

Group‐A/B Services/Posts 
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service [Mechanical Engineering Posts]
  • AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Naval Armament Service [Mechanical Engineering Posts]
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade‐I [Mechanical Engineering Posts] in Indian Navy
  • AEE (Elec & Mech) in Border Roads Engineering Service [Mechanical Engineering Posts]
  • Central Water Engineering [Group ‘A’] Service
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ [Mechanical Engineering Posts]
  • Indian Skill Development Service
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ [Mechanical Engineering Posts]

Category III: Electrical Engineering

Group‐A/B Services/Posts
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service [Electrical Engineering Posts]
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service [Electrical Engineering Posts]
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade‐I [Electrical Engineering Posts] in Indian Navy
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ [Electrical Engineering Posts]
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO‐II [Electrical]
  • Indian Skill Development Service
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ [Electrical Engineering Posts]

Category IV: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Group‐A/B Services/Posts
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service [Telecommunication/Electronics Engineering Posts]
  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Telecommunication Service Gr ‘A’
  • Indian Naval Armament Service [Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts]  
  • Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade‐I [Electronics and Telecom Engg. Posts] in Indian Navy 
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ [Electronics & Telecom Engineering Posts]
  • Indian Skill Development Service
  • Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ [Electronics & Telecom Engineering Posts]

IES Exam Pattern 2021

IES exam comprises 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam and Personal Interview where IES Preliminary exam is an objective paper while IES Main test is a descriptive one. The candidate has to clear each stage in order to clear the IES.

Exam Pattern
Both the sections of the written examination covers the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subjects.

IES Interview Round, officially known as ‘Personality Test’ and candidates will be judged on their leadership skills, personality and intellect. Also, a maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the candidates.

Eligibility Criteria for IES Exam 2021

Famed as one of the toughest exams in the world, in order to be eligible for the IES exam, applicants need to comply with certain guidelines that have been specified by the UPSC:

Nationality

The candidate must be either be:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India prior 1st January 1962 with the purpose of permanently settling in India.
  • Any person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intent to stay in India.

Note: For 2,3 and 4 the candidate should have a certificate or proof of eligibility issued by the Government of India. 

Educational Qualification

The candidate must have:

  1. An engineering degree from a recognised institution.
  2. Passed the Sections A and B of the institution exams of the Indian Institution of Engineers.
  3. Degree or Diploma in Engineering from a foreign university recognised in the Indian subcontinent.
  4. Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
  5. Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India.
  6. Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

Note: The candidates for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering post) and Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’ should possess any of the above qualifications or specific qualification like MSc or equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Engineering or Radio Physics, Physics, Electronics or Telecommunication.

Age Limit

The candidates aspiring for the IES exam must have attained the age of 21 years and must be below the age of 30 as of 1st January 2020. Neither should the candidate be born before 2nd January 1990 nor after 1st January 1999. Government servants and reserved category applicants will be given relaxation in the upper age limit.

Age limit also has relaxations as per categories. Here are the age limits for different categories:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC Upto 3 years
SC/ ST Upto 5 years
Jammu and Kashmir Domicile Upto 5 years
Defense Personnel Upto 3 years
ECO/ SSCOs serving for 5 years in Military Upto 5 years
Deaf and Mute/ Handicapped Persons Upto 10 years

Physical Criteria

The candidate must be physically fit as per the physical standards for admission to the Engineering Services Examination 2020 as per guidelines that are given in the Appendix‐II of the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination 2020 and are published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 25.09.2019.

IES Exam Vacancy- 2021

The commission has mentioned 495 vacancies for the upcoming exams. These vacancies are as per categories. 

IES Vacancy 2021 Vacancies
Vacancies excluding PwD 474
Vacancies for PwD
Low Vision 03
Locomotor Disability 11
Hard of Hearing 07

IES Exam Centers

IES Exams can be taken in different cities in the country.

Following are the IES Exam centers for preliminary exams:
Agartala Bareilly
Ahmedabad Allahabad
Bhopal Chandigarh
Chennai Dehradun
Dharwad Imphal
Itanagar Kochi (Cochin)
Delhi Hyderabad
Jaipur Kolkata
Kohima Nagpur
Lucknow Mumbai
Panaji (Goa) Port Blair
Raipur Ranchi
Srinagar Tirupati
Aligarh Patna
Aizawl Sambalpur
Bangalore Shillong
Cuttack Udaipur
Gangtok Visakhapatnam
Jorhat Madurai
Dispur (Guwahati) Thiruvananthapuram
Jammu
Following are the IES Exam centers for preliminary exams:
Ahmedabad Aizawl Allahabad
Chennai Cuttack Dehradun
Jaipur Jammu Kolkata
Raipur Ranchi Shillong
Bangalore Bhopal Chandigarh
Delhi Dispur (Guwahati) Hyderabad
Lucknow Mumbai Patna
Shimla Thiruvananthapuram Vishakhapat

IES Application Form 2021

If you are eligible for IES Exams, you can fill the application form for IES 2021. Here is how you can fill the form:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC- www.upsc.gov.in
  • Select ‘Apply Online
  • Select apply for various examinations
  • Look for the ESE Online application form
  • Fill in your details like name, address, age, etc.
  • Attach your documents like photograph and signature
  • Pay the mentioned fees
  • Submit IES application form
  • Download IES application form and keep it with you for future reference

IES 2021 Fees

You need to pay INR 200 as your application fee. You can fill your application through online payment or by cash. Females applicants and SC/ST/ PwD applicants are exempted from paying the fees. 

It is important to note that the fees will not be refunded if you withdraw your application. 

IES Exam 2021 Application and Selection Process

  1. IES Application Form
    • The candidates need to fill the IES application form online on the official website of UPSC.
    • You can choose the preferred test centre and submit the prescribed application fees as per their category.
  2. Download IES Admit Card
    • You can download the IES admit card 2021 from the official website using your application number and date of birth. 
  3. IES Preliminary Exam 2021
    • You need to appear for the IES Preliminary exam as per the scheduled date.
    • Candidates are advised to reach their exam venue an hour prior to the commencement of the exam. 
  4. IES Prelims Result
    • UPSC will be releasing the results on its official website.
    • Candidates who qualify this round need to fill out the IES Mains Detailed Application Form (DAF)
  5. IES Main Exam 2021
    • Those who have cleared the prelims, need to appear for the IES Mains exam as per the scheduled date.
  6. IES Main Result
    • UPSC will be releasing the results on its official website.
    • Candidates who qualify for this round will be called for the interview stage, which marks this final stage of the IES exam selection process.
  7. IES Interview 2021
    • If you have cleared both prelims and mains, you are now eligible to participate in the Personal Interview round.
    • Those who clear this round will be qualified for the recruitment process.
  8. IES Result
    • UPSC will commence the recruitment of shortlisted candidates at various government offices as executive engineers, mid-level managers or bureaucrats.
  9. IES Cut-off and Reserve List
    • This will be released after the final result which includes cut-off marks and the number of candidates for each category and for every Engineering branch

IES Salary

After qualifying for the IES exam, you will be positioned as Assistant Executive Engineer. Your position will increase with time and so will your salary. Since the 7th pay commission’s introduction, the salary for IES has increased. Here are position divisions for IES. 

These salaries are exclusive of  the following:

  1. Dearness Allowance (125% of Basic Scale)
  2. House Rent Allowance (10-30% of Basic Scale) [Depending on location]
  3. Transport Allowance (15% of Basic Pay + Dearness Allowance)
  4. Deduction of Income Tax, Provident Fund, Professional Tax, Gratuity, and Central Government employees group insurance scheme.
Level Basic Pay Scale Grade Pay
Junior Level INR 15,600- INR 39,100 INR 5400
Senior Level INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 6600
Junior Administrator Grade INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 7600
Senior Administrator Grade INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
High Administrator Grade INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
Cabinet Secretary Grade INR 90,000
Apex Scale INR 80,000

There is no doubt in the fact that India has produced world-class engineers through its dynamic education system. Despite huge salary packages being offered in private companies, individuals aspire to work in government departments and companies. With job security, desire to serve the nation and earn respect, this inclination has led to students opting for IES exam day by day. If you’re looking forward to take your engineering career abroad, then you can talk to our experts at Leverage Edu and we’ll equip you with the required guidance, be it academics or professional.

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