UPSC Engineering Service Examination

Jan 16, 2023, 16:45 IST

The Union Public Service Commission conducts ESE examinations every year to recruit engineers for senior positions in various departments of the Government of India. The commission conducts the ESE /IES exam for major engineering streams such as civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics, and telecommunications.

UPSC ESE gets candidates selected in various departments like Railways, CPWD, MES, etc. Candidates preparing for UPSC ESE 2023 should prepare hard to get their names shortlisted.

UPSC Engineering Service Examination

UPSC ESE 2023 Exam Pattern

Candidates preparing for UPSC ESE 2023 should understand the exam pattern to get familiar with the exam. The exam is divided into 3 stages.

  • Stage 1 Premilenary Exam
  • Stage 2 Mains Exam
  • Stage 3 Personality Assessment Test

The Engineering Services Examination(ESE) is conducted in different stages mainly:

Stage-1 Premilenary Exam(Objective Types)

UPSC ESE the Prelims are the first stage on the way to qualification for the ESE exam. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam are admitted to the main exam. The preliminary exam has two parts:

  • Paper I
  • Paper II

Given below is the exam pattern of the Premilenary Exam

Stage I Papers ESE Prelims Objective Type Duration Marks
Paper-I (Common for all Candidates)

General Studies and Engineering

Aptitude Paper

2 Hours 200
Paper-II Specific Engineering specific paper 3 Hours 300
Total Marks     500

Candidates who qualify the stage-1 will be eligible for the next stage.

Stage-2 Mains exam (Descriptive Type)

Candidates who have cleared the preliminary stage will appear for the UPSC ESE Mains exam. The main exam is the descriptive type which consists of 2 papers.

  • Paper I
  • Paper II

Given below is the exam pattern of the Mains exam

Stage II Papers ESE Mains Descriptive Type Duration Marks
Paper-1 Engineering specific Paper-I 3 Hours 300
Paper-2 Engineering Specific Paper-II 3 Hours 300
Total Combined Marks(Paper1+2)     1100

Stage-3 Personality Assessment Test

Stage III is a personality assessment test which consists the weightage of 200 marks.

Stage-III ESE Personality Test Duration Allotted Marks
Personality Test/Interview Interview Not mentioned 200
Subtotal Paper(1+2+3)     1300

UPSC ESE Exam Date 2023

Candidates who are applying for UPSC ESE should aware of Exam Dates. The date of UPSC ESE is mentioned below.

UPSC ESE Exam Dates of Preliminary Exam:

Date and Day Time Subject
19th February 2023 (SUNDAY) 10 am To 12 Noon



(2 hours duration) ( 200 marks)

19th February 2023 (SUNDAY) 2.00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.



( PAPER-II) (OBJECTIVE) (3 hours duration)

( 300 Marks)

As per the UPC the main exam of UPSC ESE will held on 5th June 2023.

UPSC ESE Registration 2023

The UPSC ESE 2023 application form was closed on October 4 on the official website, On September 14 2022 UPSC Form was out. Steps for the registration of UPSC ESE Application Form:

  1. Visit the Commission website -
  2. Click on the ESE button to apply.
  3. Register and provide all basic details
  4. Upload the required documents and pay the application fee from UPSC ESE 2023
  5. Verify all details before submitting the final application


The Detailed Application Form (DAF) is filled out by applicants who have passed the pre-selection exam. While filling out the Detailed Application Form ( UPSC ESE ), the applicants have to first register and enter details like name, matriculation number, email ID, date of birth, and all other details and then click on the submit button

The registration details will be sent to the email address provided by the applicants. Applicants need to log in with the roll number and generated password and complete all six modules including personal, parental, educational, and employment details and upload the documents and finally submit the application form.

Documents that need to be uploaded along with the DAF

  • Educational qualification
  • Proof of age certificate
  • PH Certificate
  • Certificate from the municipality, etc

UPSC ESE Eligibility Criteria

UPSC sets the UPSC ESE Eligibility Criteria for all aspiring candidates. Before filling out the application form, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria were determined based on the candidates' nationality, age, and educational qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria Specification
Educational Qualification Bachelors Degree In Engineering
Age Limit 21 to 30 years
Nationality Indian, Nepal, Bhutan, etc.

Age Relaxation Eligibility:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Domicile of Jammu Kashmir 5 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
Defence Service Personel 3 years
ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
PwDs 10 year

UPSC Exam Cutt Off 2023

UPSC ESE 2023 Cut Off is calculated based on the prelims and the main exam and is determined using 1100 points. Which is 500 for the preliminary exam and 600 for the main exam. As in the previous analysis, the minimum score for general, OBC, SC, and ST applicants was 20%, while the minimum score for physically disabled applicants was 10%.

The final score of UPSC ESE is based on the results obtained by the candidates recommended for selection and is calculated from 1300 points (500 points for the pre-selection, 600 points for the main examination, and 200 points for the interview). Based on the final allotment, a merit list will be prepared to select suitable applicants for the examination. Applicants are allocated to various positions based on their rank in the merit list and their preferences for specific industries and positions.

How To Calculate the Final Marks of UPS ESE

Final minimum score (1300) = preliminary exam (500) + main exam (600) + personality test (200)

UPSC ESE Syllabus 2023

The requirements in the general education and engineering subjects (Preliminary Examination Level I) are comparable to those of an engineering graduate. The level of work in the other subjects is comparable to that of an engineering examination in an Indian university. There will be no practical exam.

Objective type, shared with CE, ME, EE, EC (all applicants)

  • Current issues of international and national importance related to industrial development and social economics.
  • Technical aptitude that includes logical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Engineering mathematics and numerical analysis.
  • General design principles, drafting, and importance of safety.
  • Quality practices in production, construction, and services.
  • Fundamentals of energy and environment: environmental protection, pollution, and degradation, climate change, environmental impact assessment.
  • Fundamentals of project management.
  • Fundamentals of materials science and engineering.
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT) and their applications in engineering, e.g., networking, e-government, and technology-based education.
  • Ethics and values in the engineering profession.

Note: General Studies and Engineering assignments include knowledge of relevant topics that may account for between 5% and 15% of the total score.

Stream-wise Syllabus is mentioned on the UPSC ESE Syllabus 2023.

UPSC ESE 2023 Notification

The UPSC ESE 2023 Notification will be published on September 14, 2022. ESE 2023 Exam Notification is the main document that contains all the recruitment details in short form. Applicants preparing for ESE Exam 2023 must read the detailed notification before applying online. The application deadline for the UPSC ESE 2023 exam is October 4, 2022.

UPSC ESE Previous Year Question Paper

In this smart world, you should prepare for your exam in a smart way, and along with the study material, you should be aware of the exam pattern. In the previous year's exam paper, mock tests play an important role to analyze and understand the exam pattern. If you are looking for the previous year's paper you can check physic wallah for the paper of UPSC ESE.

UPSC ESE Vacancy 2023

On September 14, 2022, the Union Public Service Commission issued the UPSC ESE 2023 notification to recruit candidates for the position of IES Officer in various departments of the Central Government. The UPSC ESE 2023 vacancy details were also announced on the Commission's official website. The available positions are divided into three categories: post, department, and category. There are 327 open positions in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

UPSC ESE 2023 Salary

Salaries 2023 are published on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission UPSC ESE. Applicants interested in taking the Engineering Service Exam should have a look at UPSC ESE Salary 2023 to know more about the UPSC ESE salary scale and UPSC ESE salary in hand. Base salary, allowances, and grade are all part of the UPSC ESE salary. Additional benefits are available to qualified applicants at UPSC ESE. The following section contains information about the UPSC ESE salary structure, UPSC ESE salary and job profile, and UPSC ESE salary at your fingertips.

UPSC ESE 2023 Results

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will publish the UPSC ESE 2023 prelims exam result on its official website, The UPSC ESE result 2023 will be published as a PDF file. The UPSC ESE 2023 preliminary exam will be held on February 19, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Are IES and ESE the same?

Ans. The UPSC engineering services exam (ESE), also known as the UPSC IES (Indian Engineering Services), recruits officers to serve the country's technical and engineering needs.

Q2.Who is eligible for UPSC ESE?

Ans. Candidates who have done their bachelor's in engineering can appear for this exam. The age Limit of the candidates should be between 21 years and to 30years.

Q3. What are the posts under UPSC ESE?

Ans. For every branch, they offer different posts

Branch Post Offered
Civil Engineering
  • Central engineering service
  • Survey of India Group A
  • AEE in border road construction
  • Indian defense service of engineers
  • AEE(QS&C) in MES surveyor cadre
  • Central Water Engineering Office
  • Indian Skill Development Service
Mechanical Engineering
  • AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr 'A'.
  • Indian defense service of engineers.
  • Indian Naval Ordnance Service (mechanical engineering posts).
  • Central Hydraulic Engineering Service (Group 'A').
  • Indian Skill Development Service.
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Services/ SSO-II (Mechanical).
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Mechanical)
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A'
Electrical Engineering
  • Indian Engineers Defence Service
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electrical Engineering)
  • Central Power Engineering Service Gr 'A' (posts for electrical engineers).
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (electrical engineering posts)
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/ SSO-II (electrical engineering).
  • Indian Skills Development Service
Electronics And Telecommunication Engineering
  • Indian Broadcasting Regulatory Service Gr 'A'.
  • Indian Telecommunication Service Gr 'A'.
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Post).
  • Indian Naval Materiel Management Service (Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Posts)
  • Junior Telecom Officer Gr 'B'.
  • Central Power Engineering Gr 'A' (Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering posts).
  • Indian Skill Development Service


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