What is the full form of IES?
Indian Engineering Services (IES) is an honored post opted after qualifying engineering service examinations. The exam is conducted annually for the selection of officers in civil services to meet the managerial and technical functions in the different fields of Engineering in the Indian Government.
The recruitment is done on the basis of merit and the civil servant positions are filled through the competitive exams. Every year there are Lakhs of aspirants who compete for very limited posts.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the governing center on the recommendation of which the Union Government does the selection of the IES officers. A five test exam comprising of 3 stage of competitive examination is called the Engineering Service Examination (ESE), this is conducted by UPSC in order to do recruitment of Indian Engineering Services.
ESE is considered to be the toughest exam in India with respect to the fewer posts and many applicants with a selection ratio of .00275 (as per the statistics of 2010) and its technical prospect. Generally, the IES applicants are from IITs, NITs and Indian Institute of Science, this makes the competition even tougher.
On the due course of highly competitive nature of the selection procedure, IES officers honored with high respect and versatile status to manage activities with technical and managerial profile.
The candidate should be from any one of the following country –
- A subject of Nepal, or
- A subject of Bhutan, or
- A citizen of India
- A person from the Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.
- An aspirant should have at least a bachelor degree in Engineering (B.E./B.Tech) from any recognized University or equivalent.
- M.Sc. degree or equivalent with Wireless communications, electronics, Radio Engineering or Radio Physics as of few special subjects is also acceptable for certain services and posts only.
- Aspirant should have also passed section A and B of the institutional examination.
- Passed any degree or diploma in Engineering from any foreign University or college which is recognized in India
- Qualified graduate membership examination from the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
- Passed associate membership examination of Parts II and III or section A and B from the Aeronautical Society of India
- For Naval Armament Services – M.Sc. degree or else a Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics, and Radio Engineering as a special subject
- Qualified graduate membership examination from the renowned institutions of Electronics and Radio Engineers in London, which is held after November 1959.
- For Indian Radio Regulatory Service – M.Sc. degree or an equivalent degree with Wireless Electronic Communication, Radio Engineering or Radio Physics as a special subject or M.Sc. with Physics and Radio Communication or Telecommunication or Electronics as a special subject.
Age Limit – The upper age limit is relax able up to 35 years in case of government servants who are already serving in the following positions –
- Ministry of Railways
- Directorate General Ordinance Factories
- Central Electricity Authority
- Ministry of Road transport and highways
- Ministry of Telecommunication and Information technology, Department of Telecommunication
- Border roads organization
- Central water commission
- Military Engineer Services
- Indian Navy
- Ministry of Defense, Department of Defense Production, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance
- Ministry of skills development and Entrepreneurship
- Indian skill development service
- IOFS Group ‘A’
- Central Engineering Service (Roads)Gr. ‘A’
- CPES group ‘A’ and CPES group ‘B’
- BRES Gr. ‘A’
- Engineer in Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’, Indian Telecommunication service Group ‘A’, J.T.O
- Indian Defense service of Engineers (IDSE) Group ‘A’
- Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’
- Indian Skill Development Service
- Defense Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service (DAQAS) Gr ‘A’
- Indian Naval Armament Service, Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade- 1
Apart from aforesaid officers relaxation is not given to any relative Probationary Officer who is appointed against a permanent designation.
Furthermore, relaxation is also given in the case of probation when it is considered to the officers who are appointed already retains on a permanent designation in a department or office under the sole control of authorities of the listed posts as mentioned above.
Age Relaxation in case of Railways
Officers who are serving Indian Railways are also eligible for availing age relaxation and their details are mentioned below –
- SC/ST up to 5 years
- Jammu and Kashmir domicile during up to 5 years
- OBC (those eligible for reservation) up to 3 years
- Defense service personnel, disabled in operations during in hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and are released as a consequence thereof up to 3 years
- ECOs/SSCOs who served for 5 years in Military services (completed the assignment or even the assignment has been extended and is permitted by the Ministry of Defense for applying in civil services up to 5 years
- Deaf and mute or orthopedically handicapped person up to 10 years
Reserve category in any of the aforesaid category and from any of the mentioned ex-serviceman category will get cumulative relaxation in the age limit.
Aspirants can apply online from the UPSC official website. The test is conducted every year in the month of June and the test centers are there in maximum cities across the country.
Plan of the examination
Union public service commission recommends the committee of experts; the Indian Government has given its approval for some structural changes in the scheme and syllabus of the Engineering service examination. The updated stages of the syllabus is –
Stage 1– Engineering service Preliminary stage 1 examination with objective type paper
- Paper – 1- This is common for all the candidates – This comprises of General studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper for 2 hours duration which is of 200 marks
- Paper – 2- Engineering discipline special paper – This comprises of 3 hours duration and 300 marks in maximum.
Sub-total of stage 1 consists of 500 marks in all. The minimum qualifying marks for both the papers of stage 1 – are at the discrete of commission. Candidates who qualify the preliminary stage are permitted to move towards the stage 2.
Stage 2 – Engineering service Main – Conventional paper –
- Paper – 1- Engineering discipline specific paper – 1- of 3 hours and 300 marks maximum
- Paper – 2- Engineering discipline specific paper – 2- of 3 hours and 300 marks maximum
Sub-total of stage 2 consists of 600 marks in total. Together Stage 1+ Stage 2 includes 1100 marks. Only those candidates who qualify stage 1 and stage 2 are eligible to appear in stage 3-
Stage 3 – Personality tests
Candidates who qualify the first two written tests are called for the last interview round which is of 200 marks. The main objective of the tests is to check the suitability of the aspirants for an unbiased public service. Aspirant is judged on the following points –
- Clear and logical exposition
- Mental alertness
- Critical powers of assimilation
- Balance of judgement
- Variety and depth of interests
- Intellectual and moral integrity
- Intelligence quotient and emotional quotient
Basis of interview is not strict but a natural one, based on the directive face-to-face conversation.
Remember, anything which is good is tough to qualify, however results best. All the best!!!