Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Engineering Services Examination as a combined competitive examination for recruitment to the services or posts of Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

The exam is conducted for selection engineers for Government of India's engineering organisations, such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Central Engineering Service (CES), Military Engineering Services (MES), and others.

Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 26 September, 2018
  • Last Date to Apply: 22 October, 2018
  • Date of Preliminary Exam: 06 January, 2019
  • Date of Main Exam: 30 June, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

Age Eligibility: You need to be between 21 years to 30 years as on 1st January of the exam year. Age relaxations exist as per the government rules.

Academic Qualification Eligibility: You must be a graduate in Engineering from a recognised university. Final year students can also appear in ESE exam.

Exam Pattern

Stage - I (Preliminary) Objective Papers Duration Marks
Paper I (Common to all) General Studies & Engineering Aptitude 2 Hours 200
Paper II Engineering Specific 3 Hours 300
Stage I Total     500
Stage II (Mains) Subjective Papers    
Engineering Paper I   3 Hours 300
Engineering Paper II   3 Hours 300
Stage II Total     600
Stage I + II Total     1100
Stage III Personality Test   200
Grand Total     1300

There is penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers in the Objective Type Question Papers.

Only those candidates qualifying at Stage I are permitted to appear for Stage-II examination. Similarly, only those Candidates qualifying at Stage-I + Stage-II are permitted to appear for Stage-III examination.

Engineering Specific Syllabus

Recruitment on the results of this examination are made to the Services or Posts under the following categories:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics & Communication Engineering

ESE Question Papers

Admit Card

The eligible candidates are issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. No Admission Certificate is sent by post. You are requested to provide valid and active email id while filling up online application form as the Commission may use electronic mode for contacting you.