IES / ESE New Examination Pattern – Official



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Understand the IES examination pattern. Gain insights into the structure, marking scheme, and subjects for the Indian Engineering Services.

“What would new in upsc ese/ies 2018 exam?
What would be the syllabus for upsc ese/ies 2017 exam?
You all must have this kind of questions in your mind. 
Below article will solve this puzzle of yours. Just take a look.”

What’s New

 IES / ESE New Examination Pattern – Official  – Main points of this new Engineering Services Examinations (ESE) / Indian Engineering Services (IES) 2017-2018 examination structure are as follows :

(1) Three tier examination :
[1] Preliminary examination
[2] Main examination
[3] Personal Interview

(2) Syllabus changed/updated (Preliminary & mains)
[1] IES 2017 Changes – Civil Engineering (CE)
[2] IES 2017 Changes – Electrical Engineering (EE)
[3] IES 2017 Changes – Mechanical Engineering (ME)
[4] IES 2017 Changes – Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (E&T)

IES Paper Pattern & Syllabus

S. No.IES PaperPaper Pattern & Syllabus
0.General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (GS&EA) Follow me
1.Electronics and Communication Engineering Follow me
2Electrical Engineering Follow me
3.Civil Engineering Follow me
4.Mechanical Engineering Follow me

Must Check : PDF – IES 2017 New Scheme & Pattern

UPSC Annual Calender


[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]Union public service commission(UPSC) have changed pattern of Engineering Services Examination (ESE/IES) for the year 2017. So, Candidates who are preparing for ESE/IES for the year 2017 must follow this New pattern & syllabus for their ESE/IES 2017 exam preparation.[/box]

IES Scheme & Schedule

Revised Scheme and Schedule Engineering Services Examination 2017 may be summarized as under, which clearly specifies the dates for ESE(Prelims) , ESE(Mains), Personality Test, Medical Examination and Joining of respective Engineering Services.

S.No. Activities Time Frame
1. Engineering Services Examination (prelims) 08.01.2017 (Sunday)
1.1 Objective Paper-I : General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper
1.2 Objective Paper-II : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper
2. Result of Engineering Services Examination (prelims) 15th March
3. Last date for application to ESE (Mains) 30th April
4. Engineering Services Examination (Mains) 14.05.2017 (Sunday)
4.1 Paper-III : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I
4.2 Paper-IV : Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II
5. Result of Engineering Services Examination (Mains) End of September
6. Personality Test (Interviews) 1st November-15th December
7. Medical Examination Within 10 working days of date of interview of candidate
8. Submission of Medical Examination reports to Ministry of Railways 15th January
9. Final Result of ESE after Personality Test End of january
10. Allotment of services End of fabruary
11. Appointment letter First week of March
12. Date of joining First Monday of April


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UPSC IES New Examination Pattern FAQs

What is the new examination pattern for UPSC IES?

The new examination pattern for UPSC IES consists of a preliminary examination (Objective type), followed by a main examination (Conventional type), and finally, a personality test (Interview).

What is the purpose of the preliminary examination in the new pattern?

The preliminary examination serves as a screening test. It tests the candidates' knowledge and understanding of general studies and engineering aptitude.

How many papers are there in the preliminary examination?

The preliminary examination consists of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 1 is on General Studies and Engineering Aptitude, while Paper 2 focuses on the candidate's engineering discipline.

Are both papers in the preliminary examination objective type?

Yes, both Paper 1 and Paper 2 in the preliminary examination are objective type with multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

What is the duration of each paper in the preliminary examination?

Each paper in the preliminary examination is of 2 hours duration.

How is the main examination different from the preliminary examination?

The main examination is a conventional (subjective) type examination. It tests the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the candidates in their respective engineering disciplines.

How many papers are there in the main examination?

The main examination consists of two papers - Paper 1 and Paper 2, both specific to the candidate's chosen engineering discipline.

What is the duration of each paper in the main examination?

Each paper in the main examination is of 3 hours duration.

What is the weightage of the personality test (interview) in the final selection?

The personality test, or interview, carries a weightage of 200 marks in the final selection process.

Is there negative marking in the new examination pattern?

No, there is no negative marking in the UPSC IES examination. The objective type papers are marked based on correct answers only.

It's important to note that the information provided above is based on the general understanding of the UPSC IES new examination pattern, and candidates are advised to refer to the official UPSC website or notifications for the most accurate and updated information.

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  1. I am confused with stage 1 paper 2 syllabus. Can anyone explain what is the syllabus for stage 1 paper 2 ? Is that it include both the papers of stage 2 ?

    • Hello sir/ma’am,

      You can appear under any category out of four categories defined by UPSC.
      1. Electronics and Communication Engineering
      2. Electrical Engineering
      3. Civil Engineering
      4. Mechanical Engineering

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  2. Hello sir I m Subham. I want to attend ies examination 2017.but I don’t know with out couching is it possible or not. And I want to know the registration date for ies examination 2017.thank you.

    • Hello sidhant,

      We have provided a PDF named “IES 2017 New Pattern & Scheme” attached with this article. Which is provided by UPSC. For more details refer UPSC official website.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  3. Sir please tell me where to study these topicsm “Ethics and values in Engineering profession” and “Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services” and “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.”

  4. sir please put some mock test papers foe ese 2017 new pattern first prelims paper ,,,i shall be thankful ti u for this….sir

  5. Sir acoording to new ies EE syllabus … maths is in paper 1 with few subjects and there are remaining subjects in paper 2 … maths is in conventional paper … which book to prefer for that or any study material …. and whats is syllabus for preliminary paper 2 ?? plzz help

    • Hello abhishek,

      Yes you are eligible.
      You can choose any subject for IES as per your interest from Civil, mechanical, Electrical & Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
      It doesn’t depends upon your engineering stream. You can choose any of the written above.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  6. hello sir,
    What if I clear the ESE mains exam 2017 but not get degree that time (I will get my degree in december 1st week 2017)?
    Will UPSC give me some time to submit my degree.
    please tell me in detail about when to submit the degree and can this date of submission be extended for a little time ?

  7. hello sir
    in Table 5 how did u anticipated time frame?
    is there any official link for that or just assumption?

  8. Dear sir ,
    I am Harish (OBC Candidate ) born in the month of June 1984 and currently working with State Electricity Board . Now i am planning to appear ( first attempt ) for Indian engineering Services exam to be conducted in year 2017. Please let me know the exam schedule which will help me to plan my study chart .

  9. Now i am working in CPWD Central Govt. Job (joined in 26-11-2015), now i want to take ESE couching, Please tell me, is it possible to take leave for one year.

  10. Hello,
    Can any one guide me with the IES syllabus of Maths specially for Mechanical Engineering department as it is not specifically mentioned in the Syllabus.

    • Hello Mohit,

      Engineering mathematics is not a major part of Mechanical engineering as GATE exam. Please check IES official notification for more details.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

      • Hello,
        Thanks for the support.
        But Can you at least let me know the syllabus of Maths in Objective paper-1 of IES,as it is common for all.

        • Hello Mohit,

          Thanks for appreciating our work.
          It would be closely related to GATE Maths syllabus. You may follow that.

          Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

    • Hello rks,

      At present there is no news about changes in age limitation in IES – 2017. If we find any, we will update here.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  11. hello sir ,

    is it possible to crack i.e.s by scoring good marks in gate ? i listen about the direct interview of i.e.s by scoring good marks in gate .is it true???

    • Hello aryan,

      GATE & IES are totally different examinations.
      Yes if you prepare for GATE you will get advantage in IES preparation. But there is no any surety that those who score well in GATE also score well in IES.
      No. Both exam have separate exam and exam structure. You have to prepare for both exams separately if you want to clear both.
      You must check below post.
      Difference between IES & GATE :

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  12. hello sir,

    Is it final year students of engineering are eligible for the mains as well if they passed the mains exams….
    because at that time they are not actually completed their respective degree of engineering..
    so is it they are eligible for ESE 2017…do plz rly..

    • Hello sourabh,

      Final year candidates are eligible for IES. You must have degree certificate at the time of document verification.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  13. Hi, engineering aptitude paper means general aptitude (logical reasoning, quantitative aptitude etc) right ? If so, RS Agarwal may be used…

  14. Hello Sir,
    Scheme and schedule is not given on UPSC website.Please provide the link if you have the same for the tentative dates.

  15. Hi, thanks for this detailed information. Can you please tell me that is there any changes in the age limit from 2017 onwards which is now below 30 on 1 January of the examination year.

    • Hello ,

      Only IES 2017 notification can answer this question because age related matter is solely defined by UPSC.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.


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