UPSC Engineering Services Exam Plan 2017

UPSC ESE Exam Plan 2017

1. Indian Engineering Service Examination 2017 shall be conducted according to the following plan :

  1. Stage-I : Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Stage-II : Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination;
  2. Stage-II : Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination (Conventional Type Papers) and
  3. Stage-III : Personality Test

2. The Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination will consist of two objective type (multiple choices) questions papers and carrying a maximum of 500 marks (Paper 1 – 200 Marks & Paper II – 300 Marks). Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary/Stage-I Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Mains/Stage-II Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Mains/Stage-II Examination. The Marks obtained in Preliminary/Stage-I Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Mains/Stage-II Examination will be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Mains/Stage-II Examination will be about six to seven time the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.

Note I : The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper (Paper-I) and Engineering Discipline specific paper (Paper-II) of Preliminary/Stage-I Examination.

Note II : There will be penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.

  1. There are four alternative for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  2. If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
  3. If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

The Engineering Services (Mains/stage-II) Examination will consist two conventional type papers in Engineering Discipline specific with duration of three hours and maximum marks of 600 (300 Marks in each paper).
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The Stage-III will consist of Personality Test carrying 200 Marks.

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Stage-I : Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage-I) and Stage-II : Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination as may be fixed by the Commission as per its discretion, shall be summoned by them for Stage-III (Personality Test). The number of candidates to be summoned for Personality Test will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The Personality Test will carry 200 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

Marks obtained by the candidates in the Stage-I : (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination, Stage-II : (Mains/Stage-II) Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preference expressed by them for the various services/posts.

Candidates are advised to read carefully special instructions to candidates for conventional type tests and objective type tests given in Appendix-III (Part A and Part B) including the procedure regarding filing in the Answer Sheet of objective type tests in the Examination Hall uploaded on the Commission’s website ( on 28th September, 2016.

In the Personality Test special attention will be paid to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.

Conventional papers must be answered in English. Question paper will be set in English only.

A. Stage – I (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination :

The Examination shall comprise of two papers.

Category - I Civil Engineering
SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Civil Engineering) 3 hours300
Category-II Mechanical Engineering
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)3 hours300
Category-III Electrical Engineering
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours200
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)3 hours300
Category-IV Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours200
Paper-II (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)3 hours300

B. Stage-II (Mains/Stage-II) Examination :

The Examination shall comprise of two papers.

CategorySubjectDurationMaximum Marks
I - Civil Engineering
Paper I Civil Engineering3 hours300
Paper II Civil Engineering3 hours300
II - Mechanical Engineering
Paper I Mechanical Engineering3 hours300
Paper II Mechanical Engineering3 hours300
III - Electrical Engineering
Paper I Electrical Engineering 3 hours300
Paper II Electrical Engineering3 hours300
IV - Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Paper I Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering3 hours300
Paper II Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering 3 hours300

C. Stage-III(Personality Test) – 200 Marks.

Note : Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them. However, blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write Engineering Services Examination with the help of a scribe.

Compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour shall be permitted for the blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment) will also be allowed in the Engineering Services Examination.

The Commission have discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination.

Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

Deduction upto five per cent of the maximum marks for the written papers will be made for illegible handwriting.

Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in the conventional papers of the examination.

In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

Note : Candidates will be supplied with standard tables/charts in SI units in the Examination hall for reference purpose, wherever considered necessary.

Candidates are permitted to bring and use battery operated pocket calculators for conventional (essay) type papers only. Loaning or inter-changing of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test booklets). They should not therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.) while answering question papers.

Section III

Standard and Syllabi

The standard of paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Preliminary Stage-I Examination) will be such as may be expected of an Engineering/Science Graduate. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be that of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

UPSC Engineering Service Exam 2017 : Exam DateEligibilityQualificationApplicationApplication Last DateGeneral Ability SyllabusCivil Engg. SyllabusMechanical Engg. SyllabusElectrical Engg. SyllabusElectronics Telecommunication Engg. SyllabusExam Center

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UPSC Engineering Services Exam Plan 2017


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16 Responses to “UPSC Engineering Services Exam Plan 2017”

  1. sreenivasalu January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm # Reply

    sir,i am stdying 3 ,i am eligible to write this exam and i want to know where the appilication can be available

  2. ravi January 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm # Reply

    i m doin my b.e in cse…….are we people eligible for applying in ies….and whats the syllabus for cse students………

  3. krupanshu January 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm # Reply

    i am in last sem of computer engg……….i want to ask you that am i able to give this exam..?
    pls reply..

  4. pooja kanwar January 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm # Reply

    i m 3rd year ece student…i m eligible for this exam?

  5. bheeshm sahu January 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm # Reply

    dear sir i m a student of elecronic & telecommumunication ,please give me information about procedure of selection of candidate upsc and give information about no. of post.

  6. vicky March 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm # Reply

    Can you mail me the last date for filling the app;ication form for IES

  7. pankaj singh April 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm # Reply

    i m verry preparing of the IES exam ,,,,,

    so the most help me

    i m 1st bar attanding of IES ,,,,,, paper

    I m civil engineer…..

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  8. himanshu upadhyay May 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm # Reply

    sir i want to know the exam time on 14 th of may
    i mean when it will start & when it will end on 14 th may 2012
    plz reply as early as possible its urgent.
    thank you

  9. karthikeyan May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm # Reply

    Sir, I am doing ECE under Anna University ,are we eligible for writting IES exam ?,If so wat are the procedurer sir ,Please reply sir….

  10. supriya July 15, 2012 at 12:03 am # Reply

    sir, can u send me the exam dates n application dates for the above mentioned (UPSC IES-2013) exam.

  11. RAJENDRAN August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm # Reply

    Sir,what is the procedure to next main exam after the qualifing premlinary exam ?

  12. santosh August 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm # Reply

    I have ATKT in FE, can i eligible for IES exam

  13. Sharad Dhakne August 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm # Reply

    Now, i am in 2nd year electrical. Am i able to give this exam?

  14. yatish bhole September 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm # Reply

    which books are reffred for general knowledge syllabus?

  15. Abhishek Singh Rathore September 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm # Reply

    I am likly to complete my B Tech in Feb 2012 from SPSU Udai pur. And had been a a leading student of my class. I am confident that i would be able to pass this. Please intimate me about the notification of this exam on

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