Are you an engineering student applying for the IES in 2021? Are you aware of what the exam entails, and what is the syllabus for IES 2021? What are the requirements for one to become an IES Officer? What does one need to be eligible for Indian Engineering Services? What does an IES Officer do? What is the standard salary of an IES Officer in India?

In the article below, find out about all of the above questions and more about the Indian Engineering Services in UPSC.

IES Salary Per Month: What is IES?

The Indian Engineering Services (IES) or the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is organized by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) to recruit engineering graduates for multiple positions in the Government of India for technical and managerial functions. The average salary of an IES Officer per month is as follows-

Post/ Level Pay Scale (Per Month) Grade
Junior Level ₹ 15,600 – Rs. 39,100 ₹  5400
Senior Level ₹ 15,600 – Rs. 39,100 ₹ 6600
Junior Administrative Grade ₹ 15,600 – Rs. 39,100 ₹ 7600
Selection Grade Scale (Chief Engineer L2/ J. GM) ₹ 37400 – Rs. 67000 ₹ 8700
Super timegrade (Chief Engr. /Additional GM) ₹ 37400 – Rs. 67000 ₹ 8700
Cabinet Secretary Grade ₹ 90,000
Apex Pay Scale ₹ 80,000

Also Read: What is the Eligibility for IAS Exam?

IES Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to become an IES Officer is the same as those for IAS. To be eligible for Indian Engineering Services, one must qualify through the following norms-

  • Should be a candidate of India or a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan Refugee in India.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, and the maximum age of 30 years.
  • Must be physically fit as per the UPSC Norms
  • Must be an engineering graduate or possess an equivalent degree from India or a recognized university abroad.
  • An MSc. degree or an equivalent of the same with wireless communications, electronics, radiophysics, or radio engineering as special subjects.

IES Exam Syllabus 2021

Similar to the UPSC Civil Services Exam, the ESE is also divided into three stages that can be seen as follows-

  • Stage I
  1. General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
  2. Engineering Discipline Specific Paper
  • Stage II
  1. Discipline-Specific Paper-I
  2. Discipline-Specific Paper-II
  • Stage III
  1. Personality Test

IES Prelims 

The paper consists of 500 marks in total and the duration of the exam is 5 hours.

Paper I

The paper consists of Objective type questions that have to be completed within 2 hours. The paper carries 200 marks in total. The paper consists of questions such as current issues of national and international importance, Engineering aptitude, Engineering mathematics, numerical analysis, general principles of design and drawing, standard practices in production and construction, basics of energy and environment, project management, basics of material science and engineering, information and communication technologies, ethics and values in engineering, etc.


The paper includes objective type questions that carry 300 marks, and the exam is conducted over a duration of 3 hours. The questions in this paper are specific to the field chosen by the candidates that include Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

IES Mains

The Mains exam is again divided into two parts and the total marks for the exam are 600. The two papers are conducted over a period of 6 hours. The two papers are divided into categories of the specific area or subject chosen by the candidate. Paper I & II both carry 300 marks and are conducted over 3 hours each.

Also Read: UPSC Exam after Engineering: Is Preparing for IAS Exam after B.E a Good Choice?

The specific subjects available for the mains are as follows-

  • Civil Engineering (Paper I & II)
  • Mechanical Engineering (Paper I & II)
  • Electrical Engineering (Paper I & II)
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Paper I & II)

Personality Test

The IES Personality Test is the same as the Interview Round in the IAS exam. It is conducted one-on-one with the candidate, and they are supposed to answer personal questions, questions about their educational background, and technical questions related to the field of engineering the specific area of engineering.


The Indian Engineering Services are known to be one of the most well-known examinations for the field of engineering. There is a debate about whether the candidates should choose IES as their choice over the IAS. If you solely want to focus on the field of engineering then you should choose IES as your next competitive examination. For a detailed syllabus of the IES, keep watching this space. Do let us know in the comments below if you have any queries about the Engineering Services Examination.

Also Read: How to Prepare for the UPSC exam Interview Round?

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