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ESE

Engineering Services Examination

A engineering services that meet the technical functions of the Government of India.The exam is conducted for selection of engineers for Government of India's engineering organizations, such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Central Engineering Service (CES), Military Engineering Services (MES), etc. A combined four-stage competitive examination (comprising six tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. The career progression goes smoothly attaining high esteem . The examination constitutes a written examination (five tests) and followed by an interview. ESE is considered as one of the toughest examination in India due to the difficulty related to the examination and the selection procedure. Also there are less number of posts and more number of aspirants.

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality

In case of nationalities, an aspiring candidate has to be one of the following mentioned below:

  • Candidate should be the citizen of India.
  • Candidate can be the citizen of Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Any person who hails from the Indian origin and has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kenya , Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with a purpose of his/her permanent settlement in India.
Age Eligibility

You need to be between 21 years to 30 years as on 1st January of the exam year. (However certain categories of persons (SC, ST & OBC) and certain departmental candidates are eligible for age relaxation).

Academic Qualification Eligibility

A degree in Engineering from a recognized university or equivalent. M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects are also eligible. Final year students can also appear in IES exam.

Scheme of Examination
Stage-1:Engineering Services (Preliminary/State-1) Examination (Objective Type Papers)
Paper-1:
{Common for all Candidates}
General Studies and
Engineering Aptitude Paper
2 hours duration
200 marks(max.)
Paper-2:
Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper
3 hours duration
300 marks(max.)
Stage-1:
Sub-Total500 marks(max.)
  • -Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission.
  • -Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be permitted to
    appear for Stage-II examination
Stage-2:Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II)) Examination (Conventional Type Papers)
Paper-1:Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper-1
3 hours duration
300 Marks (max.)
Paper-2:Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper-2
3 hours duration
300 Marks (max.)
Stage-2:
Sub-Total600 marks(max.)
Stage-1 + Stage-2 :
Sub-Total1100 marks(max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage-I + Stage-II) to be permitted to appear for Stage-III examination
Stage-3:Personality Test200 marks(max.)
Stage-1 + Stage-2 +
Stage-3
Grand-Total1300 marks(max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engg. Services Exam. Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers) of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II (Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.

Stage-1:Engineering Services (Preliminary/State-1) Examination (Objective Type Papers)
Paper-1:
{Common for all Candidates}
General Studies and
Engineering Aptitude Paper
2 hours duration
200 marks(max.)
Paper-2:
Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper
3 hours duration
300 marks(max.)
Stage-1:
Sub-Total500 marks(max.)
  • -Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission.
  • -Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be permitted to
    appear for Stage-II examination
Stage-2:Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II)) Examination (Conventional Type Papers)
Paper-1:Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper-1
3 hours duration
300 Marks (max.)
Paper-2:Engineering Discipline-specific
Paper-2
3 hours duration
300 Marks (max.)
Stage-2:
Sub-Total600 marks(max.)
Stage-1 + Stage-2 :
Sub-Total1100 marks(max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage-I + Stage-II) to be permitted to appear for Stage-III examination
Stage-3:Personality Test200 marks(max.)
Stage-1 + Stage-2 +
Stage-3
Grand-Total1300 marks(max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engg. Services Exam. Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers) of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II (Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.

Syllabus
ESE 2018 Preliminary/ Stage-I (Objective Type Papers) Cutoff
Minimum qualifying standards/marks* for admission to Mains/Stage-II (Out of 500 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering207194169188114087
Electrical Engineering230218190191127071
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering213206173155125-
Mechanical Engineering256255220223138098
ESE 2018 Mains/ Stage-II (Conventional Type Papers) Cutoff
Minimum qualifying standards/marks**{Out of 1100 marks (500 marks of Preliminary/Stage-I + 600 marks of Mains /Stage-II)}
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering546502467513308161
Electrical Engineering541488452481303-
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering504476405403301-
Mechanical Engineering611611542564374288
**Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC & ST) having secured minimum 20% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.
ESE 2018 Final stage after PT/ Stage-III Cutoff
Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1300 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering710679609671476425
Electrical Engineering711691603624473-
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering660648567524429-
Mechanical Engineering767782699699505551
ESE 2017 Preliminary/ Stage-I (Objective Type Papers)
Minimum qualifying standards/marks* for admission to Mains/Stage-II (Out of 500 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering202177148151102068
Electrical Engineering257241210208169073
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering221205167171123-
Mechanical Engineering231207165147108099
*Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC, and ST) having secured minimum 15% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two objective papers.
ESE 2017 Mains/ Stage-II (Conventional Type Papers)
Minimum qualifying standards/marks**{Out of 1100 marks (500 marks of Preliminary/Stage-I + 600 marks of Mains /Stage-II)}
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering520459415439315145
Electrical Engineering618562511530367268
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering549508447479350-
Mechanical Engineering553485428399275278
**Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC & ST) having secured minimum 20% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.
ESE 2017 Final stage after PT/ Stage-III
Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1300 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering691650564578437311
Electrical Engineering769742658698575428
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering713675611590471-
Mechanical Engineering723673576550452502
ESE 2016 Objective Stage Cutoff
Minimum qualifying standards/marks* in the Objective Type papers for evaluation of Conventional papers (Out of 600 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering229214187183083076
Electrical Engineering320304251262136118
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering322298251231184104
Mechanical Engineering301274229212099092
* Subject to General, OBC, SC and ST candidates having secured minimum 15% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the three objective papers.
ESE 2016 Written Stage Cutoff
Minimum qualifying standards/marks** in the written examination (Out of 1000 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering464418387395223143
Electrical Engineering541502452461275-
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering322298251231184104
Mechanical Engineering529479420402212174
** Subject to General, OBC, SC & ST candidates having secured minimum 20% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.
ESE 2016 Final Stage Cutoff
Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (Out of 1200 marks)
DisciplineGeneralOBCSCSTPH-1PH-3
Civil Engineering623588538539414217
Electrical Engineering694662611600458-
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering692656578546470379
Mechanical Engineering686634557544399330
Departments Allocation through ESE Departments Allocation through ESE

For Civil Engineers after ESE

Candidates who do have specialization in Civil Engineering can find the job prospects in the following departments:

  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Central Water Engineering
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Border Roads Engineering Service
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)

For Mechanical Engineers after ESE

Candidates who do have specialization in Mechanical Engineering can find the job prospects in the Group A (Mechanical Engineering Posts) in the following departments:

  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Naval Armament Service
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a branch in the Indian Army
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Indian Navy
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Supply Service

For Electrical Engineers after ESE

Candidates who do have specialization in Electrical Engineering can find the job prospects in the following departments:

  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Inspection Service
  • Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical

For Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Students

Candidates who do have Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering can find the job prospects in the following departments:

  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts)
  • Junior Telecom officer in Indian Telecommunication Service
  • Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade- I
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Indian Telecommunication Service
  • Indian Inspection Service Group

The post to the candidates in the different departments will be awarded on the basis of grades and marks. Candidates belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Schedule Tribes (ST) and Female candidates can have relaxation in age and they would be provided with some other benefits as well as according to the norms issued by the Govt. of India.

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