UPSE Engineering Services Exam (ESE)

Indian Engineering Services remains the most sought-after career for the engineering graduates in India. An all India level competitive examination, called Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The examination constitutes a two-stage written examination and followed by an interview. ESE is considered as one of the toughest examinations in India due to the difficulty related to the examination and the selection procedure. Also, there is less number of posts and number of aspirants.

The candidates who get selected for ESE, enjoy a very high respect and stature in the society. Candidates who are selected for ESE are appointed as Assistant Executive Engineer in various departments under central government for Group A and Group B posts. The various services in which recruitment is made through ESE include Indian Railways, Central Engineering, Central Water Engineering, Border Roads Engineering, Indian Defence Service of Engineers, Indian Ordinance Factories, Central Power Engineering, Indian Naval Armament Service, Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Indian Telecommunication Service, Wireless Planning & Co-ordination Wing etc.

Scheme of Examination

STAGE – I ENGINEERING SERVICES (PRELIMINARY/STAGE – 1)
EXAMINATION (OBJECTIVE TYPE PAPERS)
MARKS DURATION
Paper I
(Common for All Candidates)
General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper. Duration: 2 hours
Marks : 200 (Max)
Paper II Engineering discipline – Specific Paper (CE/ME/EE/E&T) Duration: 3 hours
Marks : 300 (Max)
STAGE – I Sub – Total 500 Marks (Max)
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper will be at the discretion of the commission.
  • Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage to be permitted to appear for Stage – II examination.
TAGE – II EXAMINATION (MAINS/STAGE – II)
EXAMINATION (CONVENTIONAL TYPE PAPERS)
MARKS DURATION
Paper I
(Common for All Candidates)
Engineering discipline – Specific Paper – I (CE/ME/EE/E&T Duration: 3 hours
Marks : 300 (Max)
Paper II Engineering discipline – Specific Paper – II (CE/ME/EE/E&T) Duration: 3 hours
Marks : 300 (Max)
STAGE – II Sub – Total 600 Marks (Max)
STAGE – I + STAGE – II  Total 1100 Marks (Max)
  • Only those Candidates qualifying at this stage (i.e. Stage – I + Stage – II) to be permitted to appear for Stage – III examination
STAGE III MARKS
STAGE – III Personality Test Marks : 200 (Max)
STAGE -I + II + III Grand Test Marks : 1300 (Max)
  • Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage ( i.e, Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engg. Services Exam.
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