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IES Exam Pattern

IES Exam Pattern describes the complete question paper pattern, weightage and the time duration for each of the exam papers. A candidate must clear all the 3 rounds of IES to be able to get recruited. Final selection of candidates will be made on their performance in all three rounds viz. IES Preliminary Examination (Objective Type), IES Main Examination (Conventional Type) and IES Personality Test. Here is IES Exam Pattern in brief:

IES Prelims

  • This stage consists of 2 papers- General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper and Engineering Discipline Paper. These are conducted on two different sessions.
  • Candidates can choose any one of the engineeing streams. The marks allotted to this stage are 500.

IES Mains

  • IES Mains consists of 2 papers that are of Engineering Discipline.
  • The distribution of marks for both the papers in IES will be 300+300 (600 marks).

Personality Round

  • Candidates who successfully clear both the written exams will appear for the Interview round.
  • This stage involves the comprehensive screening of a candidate.
  • All candidates who successfully clear this stage will be considered for recruitment by UPSC.

Check complete  IES Syllabus


IES Exam Pattern for Prelims

  • IES exam pattern for preliminary examination is same for all the streams in the IES.
  • This stage consists of 2 papers- General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper and Engineering Discipline Paper. These are conducted on two different sessions.
  • Questions in IES Prelims are objective in nature.
  • The distribution of marks is 200+300 (500 marks).
  • The duration of these papers is 2 hours (paper 1) and 3 hours (paper 2) in IES Prelims. 

Here is the subject-wise IES Exam Pattern for your reference:

1. Civil Engineering

The preliminary exam for IES Civil branch comprises of 2 subjects- General Knowledge and Civil Engineering subject exam. The details of IES Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering is given here:

Subject DetailsTime DurationMarks
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Civil Engineering)3 hours300
Total5 hours500

2. Mechanical Engineering

  • IES exam pattern for mechanical is the same as the civil exam.
  • The IES mechanical exam requires the candidate to clear the basic preliminary subject based exam and the general aptitude exam.
  • The preliminary exam for the IES Mechanical branch also comprises of 2 subjects- General Knowledge exam and Mechanical Engineering subject exam. The details of IES Exam Pattern for Mechanical Engineering is given here:
Subject DetailsTime DurationMarks
Paper -I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)3 hours300
Total5 hours500

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3. Electrical Engineering:

IES exam pattern for electrical contains 2 papers. The paper 1 is to test the general knowledge and general engineering aptitude and paper 2 is to test the subject knowledge. The details of hours and marks distribution are as follows:

Subject DetailsTime DurationMarks
Paper -I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)3 hours300
Total5 hours500

4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

  • The IES ECE exam pattern for preliminary round is designed to test the knowledge of the general studies and the subject knowledge.
  • This paper can sometimes can appear lengthy. In the following table.

IES exam pattern for Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering is represented:

Subject DetailsTime DurationMarks
Paper -I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)2 hours200
Paper-II (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)3 hours300
Total5 hours500

IES Exam Pattern for Mains 

  • IES Mains consists of 2 papers that are subjective in nature and are conducted in different sessions.
  • Both papers are Engineering Discipline.
  • The distribution of marks for both the papers is IES is 300+300 (600 marks).
  • The duration of both these papers is 3 hours each.
  • The paper pattern for IES Mains only involves the change in the type of questions.

IES exam pattern for all the subjects in mains exam is as follows:

Civil Engineering-

A candidate has to clear two sets of papers. The papers are designed for the subjects defined in IES syllabus for the civil stream. The course for both paper 1 and paper 2 are different. In the following table, the IES exam pattern for Mains (Civil Engineering) is represented:

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Civil Engineering Paper 13 hours300
Civil Engineering Paper 23 hours300
Total 6 hours600

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Mechanical Engineering

IES Mains exam for mechanical engineering is designed such that the candidate lose more marks in the IES exam. The mechanical stream exam sometimes appears lengthy. The standards are defined and formulas are given in the questions paper. The candidates must sure that they attempt questions in a proper format.

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Mechanical Engineering Paper 13 hours300
Mechanical Engineering Paper 23 hours300
Total6 hours600

IES Electrical and Electronics

The IES electrical and electronics main paper has two parts. A candidate has to clear both the exams independently. IES Exam Pattern of the paper is given below:

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Electrical Engineering Paper 13 hours300
Electrical Engineering Paper 23 hours300
Total6 hours600

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IES Electronics and Telecommunication Paper

  • This paper is designed from the IES electronics and telecommunication syllabus.
  • The syllabus is same as it was in preliminary IES exam. The candidate has same marks for both the exam.
  • The candidate must thus prepare well for both the papers which are part of the main IES ECE exam.

IES Exam Pattern of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering is given below:

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Paper 13 hours300
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Paper 23 hours300
Total6 hours600

IES Syllabus for Prelims

General Studies Syllabus

  1. Current issues of National and International importance relating to Social, Economic and Industrial Development
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  6. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact
  7. Basics of Project Management
  8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education
  10. Ethics and values in engineering profession.

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Stream-wise Syllabus

IES Civil Engineering Syllabus 

Building Materials, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structures, Design of Concrete and Masonry structures, Construction Practice, Planning and Management, Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering.

IES Mechanical Engineering Syllabus 

Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat transfer, IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Turbo Machinery, Power Plant Engineering, Renewable Sources of Energy, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Mechanisms and Machines, Design of Machine Elements, Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics.

IES Electrical Engineering Syllabus 

Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Materials, Electric Circuits and Fields, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Computer Fundamentals, Basic Electronics Engineering, Analog and Digital Electronics, Systems and Signal Processing, Control Systems, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Power Electronics and Drives

IES Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus 

Basic Electronics Engineering, Basic Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation, Network Theory, Analog and Digital Circuits, Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Control Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Electro Magnetics, Advanced Electronics Topics, Advanced Communication Topics.


IES Syllabus for Mains 

IES Mains examination is designed separately for each of the 4 streams of IES. The IES main examination contains 2 papers. Each of the main subject paper is of 300 marks. The candidate has to clear both the papers to qualify the IES. The main 4 streams are as follows:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

The detailed syllabus of the subjects for each of the stream are as follows:

IES Syllabus for Civil Engineering 

Paper 1: Building Materials, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structures, Design of Concrete and Masonry structures, Construction Practice, Planning and Management.

Paper 2: Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering.

IES Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering 

Paper 1: Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat transfer, IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Turbo Machinery, Power Plant Engineering, Renewable Sources of Energy.

Paper 2: Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Mechanisms and Machines, Design of Machine Elements, Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics.

IES Syllabus for Electrical Engineering 

Paper 1: Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Materials, Electric Circuits and Fields, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Computer Fundamentals, Basic Electronics Engineering.

Paper 2: Analog and Digital Electronics, Systems and Signal Processing, Control Systems, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Power Electronics and Drives.

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IES Syllabus for Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 

Paper 1: Basic Electronics Engineering, Basic Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation, Network Theory, Analog and Digital Circuits.

Paper 2: Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Control Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Electro Magnetics, Advanced Electronics Topics, Advanced Communication Topics.

With the stage 2 just round the corner, the below PPT talks about all that you need to know about IES Mains 2017.


IES Personality Test 

  • IES Personality test is the last stage of IES exam.
  • The candidates who have cleared the stage 1 and stage 2 will only qualify for the Personality Test.
  • A total of 200 marks are awarded for the IES Interview.
  • Candidates will be tested on following skills:
  1. Initiative and intellectual curiosity: The candidate may be given a group to lead or may be asked to describe his response in a virtual scenario.
  2. Tact and other social qualities: The ability to adapt to the dynamic changes taking socially in the work environment.
  3. Mental and physical energy: The response to the various stressors in the environment. The ability to cope up without being exhausted is checked. This generally requires the candidate to work in a scenario presented to him/her.
  4. Powers of practical application: The ability to demonstrate practical skills or present the information through practical demonstration of the event. This is designed to check the innovation or creativity.
  5. Integrity of character: The ability to bind by the rules or the moral code of character keeping in mind the best possible outcome with minimum losses.

Read about How to ace IES Interview?


Marking Scheme in IES

The marking scheme in IES is same for all the subjects but different for each stage. It is set by UPSC each year. The maximum marks of stage 1 or preliminary exam are 500 marks, while they are 600 for the second stage.

Marking Scheme for IES (Prelims)

  1. Candidate will lose 1/3 or 0.33 marks for every wrong marked answer.
  2. In case 2 options are encircled by the candidate in any answer, such questions will be considered incorrect and the candidate will lose 0.33 marks on the same.
  3. In case no options are marked by the candidate in the OMR sheet, such questions will not be evaluated.
  4. The damaged or torn answer sheets will not be evaluated.
  5. The candidate must not write the name on the answer sheet. The name written answer sheets will not be considered.

Marking Scheme for IES (Mains)

  • Candidates who clear the stage 1 or IES preliminary exam will be qualified for the IES engineering main exam. The IES main exam is the subjective exam.
  • The maximum marks defined for stage 2 or IES main exam is 600.
  • The candidates whose writing is not good or it is illegible will lose additional 5 % marks. 

Marking Scheme for IES (Personality Test)

Marks in this stage are allotted depending on the confidence of the candidate, ability to present information, communication skills and other parts of personality like the ability to lead, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.


IES 2017 OMR Sheet 

The OMR sheet in IES has to be filled by the candidate only after the instructions have been given by the invigilator. The rule of filling the bubbles with a BLACK BALLPOINT pen only must be remembered. The OMR sheets not filled with black ball point pen will not be evaluated. The result of such candidates will not be displayed. Candidates have to fill the following details first on receiving the OMR sheet:

  1. Center code: This is given on the IES admit card. For example Delhi center code 09.
  2. Roll number- In the field, fill the corresponding bubbles with the black pen. Do not omit zeros by your personal choice. Example: 081276 is your roll number on the IES admit card then you must write it properly as “081276” and NOT “81276”. The absence of zero may make you lose your candidature.

IES 2017 Exam Pattern

  1. Subject details along with the subject code. For example general studies paper has code 99 then put in the field asked as “99” and fill the corresponding bubbles in the same columns.

IES 2017 Exam Pattern

  1. Test book series code: The test book series has codes A, B, C and D.
  2. You do not have to encode the name of the center.

How To Mark Answers In OMR Sheet? 

IES exam pattern also is designed to give details about how to fill the IES exam answer sheet. The answer sheet requires the candidate color the bubbles properly. The candidate must please check the rules below for filling the OMR sheet:

  1. As soon as the answer sheets are received by the applicant he/she must check for the code on the OMR sheet.
  2. The applicant must get the answer sheet changed if the IES OMR sheet is missing the code. The test book series will contain the code A, B, C and D.
  3. Fill the details of the center code, subject and subject code.
  4. Following these details fill the IES roll number provided in the IES admit card on the OMR sheet.
  5. Do not erase any zero’s while marking any field or roll number on the OMR sheet.
  6. The bubbles have to be colored with the black ball pen.
  7. The name of the IES test center must not be encoded.
  8. The answers must be marked in the OMR sheet only after the IES subject code, test book series and other relevant details have been filled.
  9. The candidates have to check the question number and the answers have to be marked by coloring the bubbles properly. The bubbles have to be colored with a BLACK PEN only. 
  10. Just mark one answer to each question. The options are printed for each of the questions separately.

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