Procedure to become IES Officer


Engineering graduates in streams like Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, ECE and Civil Engineering can try for the job profile of ‘IES Officer’. Selection of suitable candidates to the position is done via a written test and personality test conducted by UPSC. Written test include questions on general studies, general English and the concerned engineering subject.

Step I: Obtain Adequate Educational Qualifications

Engineering degree from any of the recognized University is the basic qualification required. It is desirable to obtain the necessary qualification in any of the following disciplines.

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Communications Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

PG holders in Science having studied any of the following subjects as part of the course curriculum can also apply (to certain special posts).

  • Wireless Communication
  • Electronics
  • Radio Physics
  • Radio Engineering

Final year students holding the required qualification can also appear for IES exam.

Other than the mentioned educational qualifications, eligible candidate must satisfy certain age requirements too. Age of the candidate must be between 21 and 30 years. Government servants as well as SC/ST candidates can have 5 year relaxation in age.

Step II: Apply for IES Exam

Candidates having obtained the required qualification can apply for IES exam. Applications can be submitted online through the web portal of UPSC that conducts the exam. From the pool of applications received, eligible candidates are issued with an e-admission certificate. This certificate can be downloaded from the website of UPSC and no admission certificate will be sent by post. Candidates without this downloaded e-admission certificate will not be allowed for attending the exam.

Step III: Participating in the Recruitment Process

The last step to get in to the job is to qualify the selection process of UPSC. Selection of eligible candidate is done through written test and interview. There will be two sections for the written test, Section I and Section II. In Section I, there will be objective model questions based on general English and general studies. Section II is a conventional paper is based on the concerned subject of engineering. There will be 600 questions for Section-I that needs to be answered within 6 hours. In section II, there will be 400 questions and time allotted for the completion of the section is 4 hours. Qualified candidates in the written test should undergo the next level of selection, personality test.

Based on the marks obtained in the written test and personality test, aspirants are selected to different departments (Indian Railway Service, Indian Defense Service) under the concerned engineering category.



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2 Responses to “Procedure to become IES Officer”

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    rakhesh g.s:

    am an mca student can i also apply for this ies exam.

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    Prabhjot singh:

    I am student of mechanical engineering .want to know the list of tests for which I m eligible during or after my B.Tech?????