IES- Indian Engineering Services

What is IES?
Indian Engineering Services (IES) is a top level exam conducted by UPSC to meet the technical and managerial functions of Government of India. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central agency authorized to conduct various examination like Civil Services Examination, IES & NDA. 
Engineering graduates consider IES as a sought-after career choice and it is the dream of many aspirants in the country. The importance of the exam can be established by the fact that in the past 3 years, a large number of students have appeared in this examination for the limited number of seats available. The nature and pattern of the exam is considered as toughest in the world due to its very small selection ratio. IES is considered as a prestigious career choice for engineering students as it helps students to gain entry into the bureaucratic mechanism of the country at an officer level.
Areas of Opportunities
IES offers candidates the opportunity to work in a number of Government departments in various technical roles. A list of some of these departments:
  • Department of Railways
  • Department of Central Engineering
  • Military Engineering
  • Department of Telecom
  • Indian Ordinance Factories
  • Geological Survey of India
  • And many more government departments
Written Exam Pattern for IES:
The IES exam takes place over the course of 3 days. The exam consists of 2 sections. Section 1 is an objective type paper and section 2 is a conventional subjective type exam. Both papers cover entire syllabus of relevant engineering disciplines. The objective exam is held over the course of two days. There is a negative marking for the objective section of the paper.
The detailed exam pattern is as follows:
Category Section Subjects Duration Max Marks
Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Section I – Objective Paper General Ability Test:
Part A – General English
Part B – General Studies
2 hours 200
Paper I 2 hours 200
Paper II 2 hours 200
Section II – Conventional Paper Paper I 3 hours 200
Paper II 3 hours 200
Total 1000
Areas of Opportunities
Engineering Discipline Topics covered in PAPER I Topics covered in PAPER II
Civil Engineering Building Materials, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Steel Structure Design, Concrete & Masonry Structure Design, Construction Practice, Planning & Management. Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Surveying.
Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics, IC Engine, Heat Transfer, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Machinery & Steam Generators. Theory of Machines, Machine Design, Strength of Materials, Engineering Materials, Production & Industrial Engineering, Elements of Computation.
Electrical Engineering EM Theory, Electrical Materials, Electrical Circuits, Control System, Measurements & Instrumentation. Electrical Machines & Power Transformers, Power Systems, Analog & Digital Circuits, Microprocessors, Communication System, Power Electronics.
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Materials & Components, Signals & Systems, Electronic Devices & ICs, Network Theory, EM Theory, Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation. Analog & Digital Electronic Circuits, Control System, Communication System, Microwave & Computer Engineering.
Final Stage for Selection: Interview
The candidates who qualify in the written exam are then required to appear in Personality Test and Personal Interview, which carries 200 marks. Officially labeled as the "Personality Test", the objective of the interview is to assess the suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The interviewer judges the mental aptitude, intellectual qualities, social knowledge and current affairs knowledge of the candidate. Along with the above, the character of the individual is also assessed. The marks of the interview round are added to the marks obtained by the candidate in the written round.
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