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IES 2018 - Admit Card, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

Updated On - March 13th 2018 by PRAKRITI BHAT

Union Public Service Commission or UPSC holds IES 2018 each year. The engineering service examination is conducted for recruiting aspiring engineers to various posts in Indian Engineering Services. IES is also known as ESE (Engineering Services Exam). Nearly 2 lakh candidates register for IES each year. IES 2018 was conducted on January 7, 2018 in online mode. UPSC Declared IES Prelims Result 2018 on February 17.There are 3 stages in the engineering services examination namely - Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. Check IES Exam Pattern


Latest Updates

  • UPSC has scheduled IES 2018 Mains on July 1Practice IES Question Papers
  • IES 2018 Prelims Result was declared on February 17, 2018.
  • UPSC plans to recruit 588 engineers through IES examination in Civil, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electrical, and Mechanical Department. 

Highlights of IES 2018

IES/ ESE Full FormIndian Engineering Services also known as Engineering Services Exam 
Exam LevelNational
Conducting BodyUPSC (Union Public Service Exam)
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOffline
Candidates expected to Register2 lakh (approx.)
No. of vacancies588

Trending Questions for IES (Indian Engineering Services)

Ques. What is IES/ ESE?

  • IES stands for Indian Engineering Services. It is also known as ESE (Engineering Services Examination).
  • IES is a top most engineering examination conducted at national level.
  • Every year, Union Public Service Commission organises it.
  • Through this examination, candidates can work under the Government of India in the following public sectors:
    • Department of Indian Railways
    • Power Department
    • Department of Telecommunications 
    • Department of Central Engineering
    • Military Engineering
    • Central Water engineering 
    • Defence Service of Engineers 
    • Geological Survey of India etc.

Ques. What are the functions of an IES Officer?

  • The work performed by the officers largely depends on the chosen engineering branch.
  • Also, the functions also depend on the service or cadre they are recruited or appointed in.
  • The first position offered is that of Assistant Executive Engineer and the hierarchy ends at the position of Managing Director or Chairman. 

Ques. What is the pay scale of an IES Officer?

  • The basic pay for IES starts from INR 15,600 along with a Grade Pay of INR 5,400.
  • There are additional incentives like DA, HRA etc.
  • The gross amount would be around INR 47,000. 

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IES 2018 Exam Notification

IES 2018 Exam Dates

UPSC has released the schedule for IES/ ESE 2018. Tabulated below are IES 2018 exam dates for all the stages and other important events:

EventDateReference Links
IES 2018 NotificationSeptember 27, 2017UPSC will hold IES 2018 (Prelims) on Jan. 7
Availability of IES 2018 Application FormSeptember 27 – October 23, 2017Steps to register for ESE/ IES
Release of IES Admit Card 2018 (Prelims)December 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018Download ESE Admit Card online
IES 2018 Prelims Exam DateJanuary 07, 2018Important Topics for IES Prelims
IES 2018 Mains Exam DateJuly 01, 2018ESE 2018 is conducted in Offline mode
IES 2018 Personal InterviewFirst week of November 2018 onwardsPrepare better for IES Interview

IES 2018 Result

IES 2018 Prelims Results were declared on February 17, 2018

  • Only those candidates who qualify the prelims shall be able to proceed to the IES 2018 Mains exam.
  • Similarly, a list will be prepared for candidates who will be called for Personal Interview. Furthermore, a final list of the selected candidates will be disclosed.
  • The Result for each tier will be declared separately.

The steps to obtain IES Results are listed below:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC and  search for result link.
  • A pdf file will be uploaded declaring the results of candidates.
  • Download and open it. Enter your roll number to search for your result.

IES 2018 Cut Off

  • IES 2018 cut off for Preliminary exam was disclosed at the time of result declaration
  • Candidates can check the cut off of IES online by visiting the official website of UPSC.
  • To qualify for the next stage i.e. IES Mains, it is important to score equal or more marks as per the set qualifying marks.
  • The cut off is different for all the exams. The following factors determine the cutoff:
    • Total number of students appeared for IES
    • Number of seats available
    • Previous year IES cut off
    • Average Percentage of passing
    • Difficulty level of the engineering service examination
    • Marking Scheme for the year

IES Cut off 2017 for Prelims, Mains and Final Stage

To get an estimate of the competition, go through the following statistics of the previous years’ cutoff.

IES Preliminary Stage

DisciplineCandidate’s Category
Civil Engineering (CE)20217714815110268
Mechanical Engineering (ME)23020716514710899
Electrical Engineering (EE)25724121020816973
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE)221205167171123(-)
Note: 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

IES Written Stage

Candidates qualifying IES Stage 1 have to appear for Mains i.e. Stage 2. Minimum qualifying marks will be out of 1100 marks (Prelims- 500 marks + Mains- 600 marks).

DisciplineCandidate’s Category
Civil Engineering (CE)520459415439315145
Mechanical Engineering (ME)553485428399275278
Electrical Engineering (EE)618562511530


Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE)549508447479350(-)

IES Final Stage

Stage 3 is conducted after Personality Test. The marks are calculated out of 1300 marks. Candidates are recruited on the basis of marks secured by them in IES Stage 3.

DisciplineCandidate’s Category
Civil Engineering (CE)691650564578437311
Mechanical Engineering (ME)723673576550452502
Electrical Engineering (EE)769742658698575428
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE)713675611590471(-)

IES 2018 Selection Procedure

The two-staged IES recruitment process adopted by UPSC for IES 2018 exam is:

  • Written Examination
  • Personal Interview

The written exam comprises of two exams- Preliminary and Mains. Candidates are required to qualify for IES cut off set by the commission. Clearing IES 2018 Prelims is essential to proceed to IES 2018 Mains Exam. The mains exam is qualifying criteria for Personal Interview session. Shortlisted candidates will be called for final stage i.e. Personality Test. The final results and merit list form the basis of an appointment letter in the name of candidate.

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IES 2018 Exam Pattern

  • IES 2018 Exam Pattern is defined by Union Public Service Commission. 
  • IES 2018 comprises of three stages- Prelims, Mains and finally Personal Interview.
  • Preliminary exam is an objective paper whereas Mains exam is a conventional paper.
  • Candidates will have to clear prelims to appear for Mains examination.
  • Those who qualify will proceed to the personality test also known as Interview round. 
  • Both the sections of the written test cover the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subject (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering).


Details Regarding IES 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern:

SectionsPaper 1Paper 2Total
Time Duration2 Hours3 Hours5 Hours
Marks200 Marks300 Marks500 Marks
Marking Scheme1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty
MediumOnly in English Language
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (Each question has 4 options) 
Note: Candidates who will qualify for IES Cut off set by UPSC will proceed to IES 2018 Mains exam. There are 2 papers- Paper 1 and paper 2, in IES 2018 Mains exam, each weighing 300 marks.

Details Regarding IES 2018 Mains Exam Pattern:

SubjectDurationMaximum Marks
Paper 1 (CE/ EE/ ME/ ECE)3 Hours300 Marks
Paper 2 (CE/ EE/ ME/ ECE)3 Hours300 Marks
Total600 Marks
  • The medium of Mains exam paper will be English only.
  • 5% marks will be deducted from the total marks scored by candidate if the handwriting is not easily legible.

IES Personal Interview Round: 

  • Candidates shortlisted after IES Mains round will be called for personal interview session.
  • It is officially known as ‘Personality Test’ round.
  • Candidates are required to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF) online. 
  • In this stage, selected candidates will be judged on his/her leadership skills, personality, and intellect. CheckTips to Prepare Better for IES Interview Round
  • A maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the personality test (interview test).

Provision for PwD candidates 

  • UPSC has made provision of providing a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour for candidates belonging to PwD category.
  • Also, candidates with (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write Engineering Services Examination (ESE) with the help of a scribe.

IES 2018 Admit Card

  • IES Admit card for both the written papers is released separately.
  • Last date to download the document is January 1.
  • IES admit card 2018 can be obtained from the official website of UPSC by entering the required details.

Official Screenshot of IES Admit Card


Following are the steps to downloadIES Admit Card:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC
  • Click on the link to download IES admit card
  • Choose the method of downloading i.e. through Registration ID or Roll Number or Name.
  • Enter the Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the Date of Birth
  • Enter the Captcha and click on ‘submit’,
  • Print the displayed IES Admit Card

IES 2018 Eligibility

UPSC has segregated various norms that a candidate needs to fulfill before applying for IES. The eligibility criteria for IES is defined by the following standards:

  • Nationality – Candidates must be a resident of India, Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee.
  • Age Limit – Age limit for IES 2018 is between 21-30 years of age.
  • Academic Qualification – Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering from a recognized University.
  • Physical Standards – Candidates must be physically fit according to the standards defined by exam authorities for admission to Engineering Services Examination.

IES 2018 Application Form

  • IES Application Form filling process is completely online.
  • Candidates are required to visit the official website of UPSC to apply for IES 2018.
  • Candidates can start filling in IES Application Form from September 27, 2017.
  • The registration for IES 2018 is done in two parts - Registration Part I and Registration Part II.

Official Screenshot of IES Registration


IES Registration I

  • In the first part of registration, visit the official website of UPSC to enter personal details and submit them.
  • This will bring them to the next step of registration process i.e. Application Fee payment.

Payment of Application Fee

  • The application fee can be remitted via online as well as offline mode.
  • Candidate will be redirected to a new page where he/she will have to choose the mode of payment.
  • If candidate chooses to pay online, facilities like credit card/debit card or net banking will be available.
  • In case of offline mode of payment, a pay-in-slip shall be provided for cash payment at the nearest branch of State Bank of India.

Registration II

  • Fill in your exam center choices along with engineering core branch once you have successfully paid your application fee.
  • Candidates will have to communicate other details as well before moving to the next step.

Upload required documents

  • Submit all the required information and move on to upload your scanned copy of passport size photograph and clearly visible signatures in the given dimensions.
  • Checkmark the declaration to complete IES Registration.

IES 2018 Exam Centers

While in the Part II registration of IES 2018, candidates are asked to choose IES Exam Center for preliminary exam, according to their preference. It must be noted that the exam center for Mains examination is different.

Official Notification for Delhi Center candidates


Following is the list of exam center choices available for candidates:

IES Prelims Exam Centers 2018
ItanagarJorhatKochi (Cochin)
DelhiDispur (Guwahati)Hyderabad
Panaji (Goa)Port BlairSambalpur

IES 2018 Mains Examination Centers

IES Mains Exam Centers 2018
ChennaiCuttackDehradunDelhiDispur (Guwahati)Hyderabad

Departments Allocation via IES/ ESE Exam

Civil Engineering

  1. AEE in P&T building works Group-A Services
  2. AEE in Border Road Engg. Services GR-A
  3. Central Engineering Service
  4. Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  5. Central Water Engineering Service
  6. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Services

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  1. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  2. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  3. Central Power Engineering Service (E&T Posts)
  4. Engineer GCS Group A in WPC/MO(M/O Communication & IT)
  5. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  6. Indian Railway Stores Service
  7. Indian Telecom Service Group-A
  8. Indian Inspection Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  9. Indian Supply Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  10. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  11. Indian Naval Armament Service

Electrical Engineering

  1. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  2. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  3. Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  4. Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  5. Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  6. Indian Railway Stores Service
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers(Electrical Posts)
  8. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  9. Indian Supply Service Group A (Electrical Posts)
  10. Indian Naval Armament Service

Mechanical Engineering

  1. Assistant Executive Engineer Group A Geological Survey of India
  2. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  3. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  4. Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  5. Central Water Engineering Service Group-A (Mechanical Post)
  6. Central Power Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  7. Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  8. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  9. Indian Railway Stores Service
  10. Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  12. Indian Inspection Service Group A
  13. Indian Supply Service Group A (Mechanical Posts)
  14. Indian Naval Armament Service

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IES 2018 FAQs

Ques. How many stages are there in the IES 2018 exam?

Ans. The selection procedure for IES includes three stages- Prelims, Mains and Personality Test (Personal Interview)

Ques. I am in the final year of my graduation. Can I appear for the exam?

Ans. Yes, you are eligible to appear for IES 2018.

Ques. Which departments can I apply for through IES?

Ans. Engineering services Examination facilitates recruitment into 4 departments- Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

Ques. Can students from Open School/University apply for IES 2018.

Ans. Yes

Ques. When will the IES Mains Exam be conducted?

Ans. The Main exam is scheduled for July 1, 2018.

Ques. Will PwD candidates be given any extra time?

Ans. Yes. A compensatory time of 20 minutes will be given to candidates from PwD category.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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i'm pursuing B.E mechanical engineering final year.. can i apply for IES 2018 exam??

30 Sep, 2017 00:20
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Baskaran, Yes, you can apply for IES 2018 exam and to know eligibility criteria of this exam by this link: IES Eligibility Criteria

04 Oct, 2017 18:40

I am an NRI candidate, can I apply for IES exam? If yes, then how to fill IES Online application form?

20 Sep, 2017 11:35
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Arindam, Yes, you can apply but your eligibility must match the eligibility criteria defined by the authorities. To know the IES Eligibility Criteria, please check this link Eligibility of IES exam

20 Sep, 2017 16:59

I am facing problems in uploading the name details of my parents, what is the problem?

20 Sep, 2017 11:34
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Arindam, I want to tell you that, In case you are facing this problem in uploading the name, make sure that you are have not prefixed Shri./ Mr./Ms./Mrs. before their names. Doing this, the system will not allow you to upload the prefix.

20 Sep, 2017 17:11

which is better course to pursue acc. to salary package nd trend wise among BHMS/BAMS/B.PHARM/B.TECH (BIO.TECH)??

06 Mar, 2017 12:00

i want to write ies exam can u help me how to apply process

06 Mar, 2017 12:00
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Arun, To know about the Application Process for Apply IES exam, please check this link Application Process

20 Sep, 2017 17:02

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