One of the most sought examinations in India is the UPSC Indian Engineering Service examination. This exam attracts a large number of engineers each year. Candidates who pass this examination will have the opportunity to use their engineering abilities to assist the country.

Candidates are chosen based on their performance in the preliminary and main exams. Each level of the examination consists of two papers. The ultimate decision is made based on an interview. As a result, the choosing procedure is not simple.

Let’s discuss the exam pattern, syllabus and salary for the prestigious examination.

UPSC Engineering Services 2022 Notification

The official notices for the Indian Engineering Services (IES) examinations 2022 were announced on 23rd September 2021, by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The UPSC IES online application process has begun. Interested and eligible candidates should visit the official website to fill out an application form. The deadline for applications is October 12, 2021, at 6 p.m.

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How to Apply?

#Step 1: Go to the official website.

#Step 2: Select ‘Online application for various exams’ from the drop-down menu.

#Step 3: On the new website, click on the IES test part 1 registration link.

#Step 4: Fill in the required information and credentials.

#Step 5: Submit your work and register for the second stage.

#Candidates should be aware that their registration will only be considered complete if they have submitted both parts of the registration form.

UPSC Engineering Services Exam Pattern

For recruitment to the Services Exam, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds a combined competitive examination. The examination consists of a written examination followed by a personality test interview. The following are the categories in which competent applicants are recruited:

#Civil Engineering

#Mechanical Engineering

#Electrical engineering

#Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

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Exam Pattern

The following procedure will be obeyed during the examination:

#Phase-I: Services (Phase-I/Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Phase-II: Services (Phase-II/Main) Examination.

#Phase-II: Engineering Services (Phase-II/Main) Examination (Conventional Type Papers).

#Phase-III: Personality Test.


Only those candidates who are pronounced qualified in the year’s Phase-I/Preliminary Examination by the Commission will be eligible for admission to the year’s Phase-II /Main Examination if they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Phase-II/Main Examination.

Candidates who are pronounced qualified for admission to the Stage-II/Main Examination will have their Phase-I/Preliminary Examination marks counted in establishing their final order of merit.

The number of candidates admitted to the Phase-II/Main Examination will be approximately six to seven times the total number of vacancies to be filled through this examination in the year.

Stage One: Preliminary Exam

Stage 1 Paper Type Duration Marks
Paper 1 Aptitude and General Studies 2 hours 200
Paper 2 Engineering Discipline (ME/EE/CE/EandT) 3 hours 300
Total Marks 500

The commission that is UPSC will decide on the minimum qualifying marks for each paper.

Only those candidates who pass this phase are allowed to take the Stage II examination.

Stage Two: Mains Exam

Stage 1 Paper Type Duration Marks
Paper 1 Engineering Discipline (ME/EE/CE/EandT) 3 hours 300
Paper 2 Engineering Discipline (ME/EE/CE/EandT) 3 hours 300
Total Marks (Mains) 600
Total Marks (Mains+Prelims) 1100

Only those candidates who pass this step (i.e. Stage I + Stage II) are invited to move on to Stage III, the Personality Test (Interview).

Stage Three: Personality Test

Stage Three Marks
Personality Test 200
Stage 1+Stage 2+Stage 3 1300

Candidates that pass all three stages (Stage I, Stage II, and Stage III) will be placed on the ESE final list (Engineering Service Exam).

UPSC Engineering Services Syllabus 2022

The quality of the General Studies and Aptitude (Preliminary Stage-I Examination) papers will be comparable to that of an Engineering/Science Graduate. The standard of other disciplines’ papers will be similar to that of an Indian university’s Engineering Degree Examination. In none of the subjects will there be a practical examination.

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General Studies

#Current economic, social, and industrial development challenges of national and worldwide importance.

#Engineering aptitude, which includes analytical skills and logical reasoning.

#Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis.

#Drawing, Design Principles, and the Importance of Safety.

#Production, maintenance, construction, and service quality practises and standards.

#Energy and Environment Fundamentals: Environmental Impact Assessment, Conservation, Pollution, Climate Change, and degradation of the environment.

#Project Management Fundamentals.

#Engineering Fundamentals and Material Science.

#Engineering tools based on communication and information technologies (ICT), such as e-governance, networking, and technology-based education.

#Engineering values and ethics.

Want to know the rest of the syllabus? Then, click here.

UPSC Engineering Services Salary

According to the recent 7th CPC, IES executives are entitled to a generous remuneration package. The IES has classified cities into three categories, and candidates will be paid according to the classification of the city in which they are assigned. The IES Entry-level Pay Scale will be determined by the locations available. The following are the three classes:

#Class A: Metropolis

#Class B: Metropolis + Other Big Cities

#Class C: Village + Small Cities

Salary Structure

Component Class A Cities (In Rupees) Class B Cities (In Rupees) Class C Cities (In Rupees)
Basic Pay 15,600 15,600 15,600
Grade Pay 5,400 5,400 5,400
Net Basic Pay 21,000 21,000 21,000
Dearness Allowance (125 percent of basic) 26,250 26,250 26,250
House Rent Allowance 6,300 (30% of Basic) 4,200 (20% of Basic) 2,100 (10% of Basic)
Transport Allowances ((15% of Basic + DA) 7,087 7,087 7,087
IES Gross Salary 60,637 58,537 56,437
IES Deductions (Approx.) 10,000 10,000 10,000
IES Salary in Hand 50,637 48,537 46,437

In-Hand Salary

Various deductions will be made from the salary. As a result, the IES officers’ take-home pay varies depending on their gross pay. The in-hand wage is further affected by the posting location and any applicable allowances. These are reductions will be made from the salary.

#Income Tax

#Employer’s Provident Fund

#Professional Tax


#Central Government employees group insurance scheme

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ESE Officers: Salary Rank-Wise

Rank Pay Scale Grade Pay Time Frame
Junior Level INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 5400 On Joining
Senior Scale INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 6600 5 – 6 years of joining
Junior Administrative Grade INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 7600 Minimum 10 years after joining
Selection grade scale( Jt.G M/Chief Engineer L2) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700 20 years or more after joining
Super time grade (Additional GM/Chief Engr.) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
Cabinet Secretary Grade INR 90,000 N/A Fixed
Apex Pay Scale INR 90,000 N/A Fixed

Benefits and Perks

To pass the UPSC IES exam, you must put in a lot of effort and preparation. However, working really hard is rewarded not just with a good income, but also with a slew of advantages and benefits.

#Residential Quarters or HRA

#Dearness Allowance

#Official Vehicle


#CGHS medical facility

#Personal Assistant

#Leave Travel Allowance/ Tour Allowance

#Provident Fund

#Leave Encashment, etc.


Both UPSC and IAS exams necessitate mental strength, extensive preparation, and stamina. Those with an engineering background, on the other hand, will find IES to be much easier and may even benefit from it at work. The IES is a technical exam, and passing it may only necessitate a certain level of expertise.

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