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IES Application Form 2018 (Available)

Updated On - December 12th 2017 by KRITIKA GUPTA


Union Public Service Commission has released IES Application Form 2018 at IES 2018 (Prelims) is scheduled for January 07, 2018 and Mains is scheduled for July 01, 2018. Last date to Apply Online for engineering examination was October 23, 2017. Check IES 2018 Exam Dates

The minimum eligibility to apply for IES is possession of a Degree in Engineering.

  • Candidates who registered successfully can download their IES Admit Card from
  • Registration for IES 2018 contains 2 parts namely Registration I (Providing basic information) and Registration II (Payment of fee, Selection of IES Exam Center and Uploading of Signature & Photograph).
  • The application fee for the Indian Engineering Services examination is INR 200.
  • Online Application Form is available in English and Hindi language but it can be filled in English language only.
  • There is no provision of editing the details in IES Form after final submission.
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IES 2017 Latest Updates

  • UPSC has published IES Answer Keys online at
  • The final cutoff for IES 2017 is released on the official website of UPSC. IES Cut Off marks for General category in Electrical Engineering is 769 marks while for Mechanical Engineering is 723 marks.

Indian Engineering Service examination or IES is conducted every year by UPSC. It is alternatively known as ESE (Engineering Service Examination). Through ESE, engineers are recruited in various government services or sectors of roadways, railways, energy, defense, and telecommunication. The examination will be conducted in offline mode. All the questions in Preliminary Exam are objective in nature. Whereas, questions in Mains Exam are conventional in nature. Check UPSC Official Website for more Details

Highlights of IES Application Form

Availability of IES Application 2018September 27, 2017
Conducting BodyUPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
IES Official
Minimum qualification to fill IES Application FormBachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognized University
Documents required at the time of form-fillingScanned copy of all academic certificates, recent photograph, and signature
IES Application Fee 

For General Category- INR 200 

For Females & Reserved Category – Exempted

Candidates expected to register for IES 2018Over 2 lakh
IES Contact Details011-23385271/ 23381125/ 23098543

IES 2018 Application Form Dates

As per IES 2018 Notification, UPSC will release the application form of IES on September 27, 2017. Tabulated below is the schedule for the registration of engineering examination.

EventDateReference Links
IES 2018 NotificationSeptember 27, 2017ESE Notification released on Sept. 27
Availability of IES Application FormSeptember 27 – October 23, 2017UPSC will issue IES Admit Card Online
Date of examinationPrelims – January 07, 2018
Mains – July 01, 2018
IES will be conducted in Offline mode

How to fill IES Application Form 2018?

IES Online Application Forms are now available at the official website of UPSC IES. Participants must note that the forms can be submitted via online mode only. All the engineering candidates who have paid the requisite application fees can appear for the test.

Here are the pre-requisites for filling IES Application Form:

  • Valid mobile number and email address
  • Class 10th Mark sheet and class 12th Mark sheet
  • Mark sheets for all the semesters of Graduation/ Qualifying exam Degree
  • Scanned images of Photograph & Signature of applicant
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Physical disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificate of qualifying examination

The registration for IES comprises of 2 major stages. They are as follows:


To access the application form link, candidates are required to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  • Click on the link “online application for various examinations of UPSC” on the home page.
  • Already registered candidates can apply directly for the examination by clicking on the link.
  • New candidates should enter on “new users” for one-time registration process of IES.
  • Candidates will be redirected to a new web page with online application form.

Stage 1: Registration

  • This is the first step involved in IES Registration, where candidates are required to provide their personal details.



  • Details required in this stage are as follows:
    • Name – Enter the name of candidate who is appearing for IES. The name should be the same as mentioned in the 10th or 12th passing certificate. 
    • Parents Name – Candidate has to provide the names of his/ her parents' in the form. One must make sure to not prefix Shri/ Mr. Dr. etc while entering the names.
    • Gender – Select your gender i.e. male or female.
    • Date of Birth – Provide the date of birth as mentioned in passing certificates of class 10th and 12th. 
    • Nationality – Interested candidates are required to select their nationality. All candidates except citizens of India are required to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
    • Email Address – Provide a valid and active email ID. All the communication related to IES is done on the ID provided.
    • Password – Here, choose a maximum 10 digit password for future logins. It should have at least 1 character and 1 number.
    • Mobile Number – Provide a working mobile number. Make sure to enter it correctly because this is another medium where all the communication related to IES will be done.
    • Academic Details  The following details are required under this head: 
      • Details of 10th class examination-Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
      • Details of 12th class examination- Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
      • Details of B.Tech: Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and the name of university.


  • After completing the Stage 1 of registration, click on ‘Save and Continue’. 
  • A Registration Number and Password will be issued. Save these credentials for Stage 2 and future logins.
  • The completion of Stage 1 is also communicated on the email and mobile number provided.
  • A link to step onto Stage 2 is provided. Click on it, to complete the registration procedure of IES.

Stage 2: Fee Payment, Choosing Exam Center & Uploading Documents

  • After clicking on the link provided for Stage 2, candidates have to complete 4 steps. They are as follows:
    • Fee Payment
    • Selecting IES Exam Center
    • Uploading of scanned images of Photograph and Signature
    • Agreeing to Declaration
  • To start with this step, login by using the ‘Registration Number’ and ‘Date of Birth’.

IES Fee Payment

UPSC has stipulated a specific application fee a candidate needs to pay in order to access IES Application Form. Tabulated below is the fee as per candidate’s category:

Candidate CategoryApplication Fee (INR)
  • IES Application Fee can be paid via online or offline mode.
    • Online mode – Payment can be done through SBI Net Banking/ credit card/ debit card.
    • Offline mode – Submit bank challan of INR 200 at the nearest branch of State Bank of India. 
Note: Candidates making payment via cash should take a printout of challan generated online after completion of registration. Candidate has to visit nearest SBI branch for depositing fee after 24 hours of generation of challan.

Choice of IES Exam Center

  • Next, select the location preference for IES exam center.
  • Candidates will have an option to select just one exam center for Indian Engineering Services examination.
  • The exam center options need to be made from a drop-down menu.
IES Exam Centers 2018
DelhiDispurl (Guwahati)Hyderabad
Check IES Exam Center 2018

Uploading of Photograph & Signature

  • This is the last step in the entire registration procedure for IES.
  • The scanned photograph and signature should be in JPG format.
  • In this step, candidates are required to upload their scanned Photo and Signature as per the specifications defined by UPSC.

Tabulated below are the Photograph & Signature dimensions by the conducting body:

ImageNot less thanNot more thanPixel sizeBit Depth
Photograph3 KB40 KB140 height x 110 width24 bit
Signature1 KB40 KB110 height x 140 width24 bit

There are few points that one should consider before finally submitting IES Application Form. The points are listed below:

  • Make sure that the photograph and signature are properly cropped and clear.
  • The photograph should not contain any mark such as signature etc.
  • The signature file should contain your recent signature only without any marks.
  • In case of poor quality images, not properly cropped or swapping of photograph/signature file, the application is liable to be rejected.
  • After filling the application form, candidates should check if all the details furnished by them are accurate.
  • Corrections can be done in the application form of IES before submitting the form.
  • Once the form is submitted, it can neither be withdrawn nor corrected.
  • Therefore, candidates are advised to verify all the details that they have entered in the application form before they submit it.
  • They should carefully navigate through all the sections in the application form and see if all the details entered are accurate.
  • After checking thoroughly, click on “submit” button.
  • Candidates must take a printout of the filled application form for future use.
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Important Instructions related to IES 2018 Application Form

  • It is advisable to submit a single application. If a candidate submits multiple applications, it will result in cancellation of candidature.
  • If due to any unavoidable reason, candidate submits more than one application, the application with higher RID (Registration ID) will be accepted by UPSC. Also, the fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.
  • Candidates in Government Service/ in Government owned industrial undertakings/ other similar organisations/ in private employment should apply online directly to the Commission.
  • Choice of exam center and engineering discipline should be made carefully. No changes will be entertained regarding the same at later stages.
  • Information regarding use of scribes by PwD candidates will be clearly mentioned in IES Application Form. One must go through the same thoroughly.
  • Applications found incomplete or defective will be rejected immediately. No representation regarding the same will be entertained under any circumstances.

IES 2018 Official Notification

IES Eligibility Criteria 2018

Union Public Service Commission has prescribed particular eligibility criteria for aspiring engineers. Candidates must satisfy the following standards in order to appear for IES 2018:

  • As per Nationality:
    • A citizen of India, or
    • A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan, or
    • A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before Jan. 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan/ Burma/ Sri Lanka/ East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India
  • As per Age Limits:
    • Candidates who have attained age of 21 years as on August 1, 2018 can apply for IES 2018.
    • The upper age limit to appear for the engineering examination is 30 years.
    • For Govt. Servants, the upper age limit of 30 years will be relaxed to 35 years.
  • As per Minimum Educational Qualification:
    • Candidates must have a degree in Engineering from a recoganised university.
    • Degree/ Diploma in Engineering from a Foreign University/ College can also apply for the examination.

Check IES Eligibility 2018


Ques. When and where will IES 2018 application form be available?

Ans. Union Public Service Commission or UPSC will release IES Application Forms from September 27, 2017. Candidates have to visit UPSC Official Website in order to access the application form. The last date to register for IES exam is October 23, 2017. 

Ques. There was a small mistake while filling the application form. Can I rectify it now?

Ans. No. One must take note that after finally submitting the application form for engineering services examination no changes will be entertained by the authorities.  In case of any mistake in filling application, candidate is responsible. Hence, it is important to review the form thoroughly before submitting it.

Note: If the registration window is still open, candidate can resubmit a new application again and has to pay the application fee as well.

Ques. The size of the photograph that I have is larger than what is specified for filling IES application form. What should I do now?

Ans. UPSC has defined specific dimensions for images to be uploaded in the application form of IES. In case, the size is exceeding the specifications, one can compress the same. The size of the photograph should not be more than 40KB. After compressing it to the desired size, you can upload it.

Steps to Resize or Crop Pictures

There are two methods to resize the documents in Microsoft Paint (Click Start, Programs, Accessories, then Paint). They are as follows:

  • First Method – 
  1. Open the image file that needs to be edited.
  2. Click the Image Menu at the top and select Stretch/Skew Image.
  3. Choose a percentage figure to resize the image. 
  4. Click ‘Ok’.
  5. Once you have the desired size, click File, then Save or click Save As
  • Second Method – 
  1. Enable Num Lock by pressing the Num Lock button on your keyboard.
  2. Select the entire image.
  3. Hold down Ctrl and press the - or + button on your number pad to resize the image. (The number pad is a square arrangement of numbers and symbols on your keyboard, that can only be enabled with the Num Lock. )

Ques. What is the application fee for IES 2018?

Ans. As per the authorities, the application fee for the examination is INR 200 for general category candidates.  Females candidates and reserved category candidates do not have to pay the application fee.

Ques. Can I pay the application fee through offline mode?

Ans. Yes. There is a provision to pay the application fee via offline mode. Candidates have to visit the nearest branch of State Bank of India and pay a Bank Challan of INR 200.



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shivani tiwari

I am 28 years of age, am I eligible for filling application form of IES/ ESE?

19 Sep, 2017 18:33
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Shivani, Yes, You can appear in this exam because, as per the eligibility for IES/ ESE, the lower age limit is 21 years and the upper age limit is 30 years.

20 Sep, 2017 11:24
shivani tiwari

If I undergo a name change after filling IES Online Application, am I still eligible for writing the exam?

19 Sep, 2017 18:33
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Shivani, Yes, at the examination hall you are required to produce supporting document to support the identity and the reason for a name change. Failing to do so will result in cancellation of candidature.

20 Sep, 2017 11:28
Soumya Sehgal

If I have a backlog in my engineering degree, am I still eligible to apply?

19 Sep, 2017 18:25
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Soumya, Yes, you can apply for IES 2018 but before the final results are declared you need to clear the backlog, otherwise you are not eligible for final seat allotment.

20 Sep, 2017 11:43
Soumya Sehgal

If there is some information found incorrect in IES 2018 Form, how can I correct it?

19 Sep, 2017 18:24
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Soumya, Let me inform you that, There is no way to correct the information once the application form is submitted. If in case, you are yet to submit the same then you can make the corrections in ESE Application as per your convenience.

20 Sep, 2017 11:45
pankaj pathak

I have not received the email sent by UPSC on my registered email address, what to do?

19 Sep, 2017 18:13
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Pankaj, No need to worry so much Just wait for 24 hours or check your spam folder for the email, if it does not arrive in this duration then contact the helpdesk. IES Help Desk Details:

Phone No. - 011 2309 8591/ 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

20 Sep, 2017 12:36
Vivek Bansal

If I have qualified for IES prelims, do I need to register again for IES mains?

19 Sep, 2017 18:13
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Vivek, There is no need to fill in and submit any separate application for IES Mains. UPSC will release an official notification (Online/ SMS/ Email) informing all the shortlisted candidates to download their admit card for IES mains

20 Sep, 2017 12:42
Vivek Bansal

A 404 error popped after I have submitted my application form, what to do, how to be sure about my IES application status?

19 Sep, 2017 18:12
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Vivek, No need to worry about it, just You need to close the web browser and re-launch the session, in order to check if your IES form has been accepted or not. If it is showing incomplete then redo the steps where the information is missing.

20 Sep, 2017 12:44
Sonal Rohatgi

IES application form portal is not accepting my password, what to do?

19 Sep, 2017 18:08
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Sonal, Please Check your password length, it must be between 10 to 8 digits. As per the guidelines, the password must contain at least one character and one number.

20 Sep, 2017 12:47
Sonal Rohatgi

I am confused about the dimensions defined for images to be uploaded in ESE 2018 Application, can you give some clarity?

19 Sep, 2017 18:08
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Sonal, Please check the following to resolve your confusion regarding Image Uploading:

Yes, as per the dimensions defined by UPSC, the following things should be kept in mind:

  • Only a .jpg format is allowed to be uploaded on the official website. 
  • The dimensions are:

File name




3 Kb- 40 KB

140X 110


1 KB – 40 KB

110X 140

20 Sep, 2017 12:49

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