IES vs GATE – A Complete Analysis [Similarity & Difference]


“what are the major differences between ies and gate exams ?
what are the major similarity in ies and gate exams ?
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 IES vs GATE – A Complete Analysis  – Graduate aptitude test in engineering (GATE) and Indian Engineering Services (IES) these two exams are very famous among engineering graduates. Every year lakhs of candidates prepare for these exams. Some of them prepare for GATE and some for IES. There are many candidates who want to prepare for both of these exams because the education qualification for attending both these exams are same and the syllabus for these two exams is almost same. But there are many candidates who get confused in between these two exams due to many reasons. Keep this issue in mind we created this post. So that candidates who want to prepare for both exams simultaneously can better know about these two exams clearly.

(Similarity & Difference)

1. Introduction

1. IES acronym of Indian Engineering Services or ESE acronym of Engineering Services Examination. GATE acronym of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.
2. IES exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). GATE exam is conducted by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore or any of 7 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs).
3. IES exam conducted every year. GATE exam conducted every year.

2. Syllabus

1. IES exam syllabus covers the complete engineering syllabus. GATE exam syllabus covers only those which are going to be useful in higher studies.
2. IES tests your conceptual capability. GATE tests your problem-solving capability.
3. Hard work is more important while preparing for IES. Smart work is more important while preparing for GATE.

Must Check : IIT Kharagpur | GATE 2021 | Official Website

3. Exam Paper

1. IES exam paper pattern: Objective & Conventional type questions. GATE exam paper pattern: Only Objective type questions.
2. IES written exam contain total 4 papers. GATE written exam contain only 1 papers.
3. IES written exam conducts in 2 days. GATE written exam conducts in only 1 day.
4. Calculator is allowed only for conventional type papers but not for objective papers. Calculator is allowed in GATE paper.

4. Paper Level

1. IES objective paper is relatively easy. GATE objective paper is relatively tough.
2. Questions asked in IES are single formula or concept based. Questions asked in GATE are mixed formula or concept based.

Must Check : UPSC | IES 2020 | Official Website

5. Competition Level

1. Competition ratio in terms of the number of vacancies versus the number of candidates appearing the examination is about 1:300. Competition ratio in terms of number of candidates qualified versus the number of candidates appearing the examination is nearly 1:10.
2. IES relatively tough competitive exam. GATE relatively easy competitive exam.

6. Exam Preparation

1. Speed is main factor in IES exam. Thought process is main factor in GATE exam.
2. More questions in less time. 120 questions in 120 minutes. 1 minute per question. Less questions in more time. 65 questions in 180 minutes. More than 2.5 minutes per question.
3. Crystal clear concept is required for IES exam. Concept application ability along with crystal clear concept is required for GATE exam.
4. Writing practice is required for IES conventional type paper. Writing practice is not required for GATE paper. There is no any conventional type paper.

7. Application

1. Main purpose of IES exam is: (1) Central government jobs in various Engineering Departments under Govt. of India. Main purpose of GATE exam is: (1) Higher education (i.e., M Tech, P. HD. etc.) (2) Jobs in PSUs or Govt. Organizations.

Here we have listed some basic similarities & differences in between these two exams. However these two exams have their own speciality. Above provided similarities & differences is just for information purpose. These similarities & differences will help many GATE & IES aspirants in order to understand these two most famous exams among engineering graduate.


IES/ESE Guide Books

IES Total Information & Guidance

1.IES 2021 Introduction »
2.IES 2021 Notification »
3.IES 2021 Dates »
4.IES 2021 Login »
5.IES 2021 Paper Pattern »
6.IES 2021 Syllabus »
7.IES 2021 Books »
8.IES Previous Years Papers »
9.IES Free Notes »
10.IES Free Study Material »
11.IES Free Mock Tests »
12. IES 2020 Paper Analysis »
13. IES 2021 Answer key »
14.IES 2021 Exam Schedule / Dates »
15.IES 2021 Exam Centers / Cities List »
16.IES 2021 Admit Card »
17.IES 2021 Result »
18.IES Cut-off Marks »
19.IES Helpline »
20.IES FAQs »

Click below given links to get further information.

GATE 2022 Total InfoGATE 2022 BooksFree Notes 2021
IES 2021 Total InfoIES 2021 BooksFree Mock Tests 2021
JAM 2022 Total InfoJAM 2022 BooksEngg Diploma 2021
PSUs 2021 Total InfoM Tech 2021 Total InfoUGC NET 2021 Total Info


  1. It is a common confusion among students that which is tougher GATE or IES.
    But you have given very nice difference between them. Now any one can understand the difference.

  2. If I will do my mtech from iit then can I got a core job???and Is there sufficient seats in IES for electronic and communications engineering students

    • Hello shubham,

      Yes you will have a chance to get a job in core sector if you do M Tech from IIT.
      Could you please explain more about “sufficient seats in IES for electronic and communications engineering students.”


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