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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
  • Mode of Conduction
  • Exam Duration
    Prelims: 5 hours Mains: 6 hours
  • Exam Frequency
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
    Prelims: 500 Mains: 600 Interview: 200
  • Total No. of Questions
    Prelims: 250 Mains: 10
  • Marking Scheme
    Prelims: -0.33 for every incorrect answer Mains: no negative marking
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    September 22, 2021
  • Start of Registration Process
    September 22, 2021
  • End of Registration Process
    October 12, 2021
  • Admit Card Release Date
    Prelims: January 31, 2022
  • Exam Date
    Prelims: February 20, 2022 Mains: June 26, 2022
  • Result
    Prelims: March 31, 2022 Mains: July 2022 (Expected)
Eligibilty Criteria

IES Eligibility – Nationality

A candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India
  • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia, or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India.

IES Age Limit 

IES Age Limit Criteria states that the lower age limit for the UPSC IES exam is 21 years and Upper Age Limit is 30 years.

  • The aspirant must not have been born earlier than January 02, 1990 and not later than January 01, 1999.
  • Candidates applying for IES 2022 must meet the mentioned IES Age Eligibility by January 01, 2020.
  • Those who have served in any government organization will get an age relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.
  • As per UPSC, any government official applying for IES/ ESE will get the age relaxation even if he/she is already working on a post that is considered of a higher officer cadre.
  • There is age relaxation for the ones who have worked with any government organization on a contractual basis for a period of 3 years or more. The service on a contractual basis will be counted till January 1, 2020.
  • SC, ST, OBC, PWD, Ex-servicemen, and Jammu and Kashmir domiciled candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years on the upper age limit.

IES Educational Qualifications Requirements

IES educational qualification Criteria as defined for the UPSC require the applicant to have cleared one of the following criteria:

  • must possess a degree in Engineering from a recognized institute with the minimum percentage required.
  • should have cleared sections A and B from the Institutions of Engineers (India).
  • obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/ College/ Institution and the certificate is valued as equivalent to the degree received in India.
  •  passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
  • passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India.
  • passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

IES Education Criteria has the following exceptions:

  1. If a candidate has cleared UPSC IES and has not received the result of the final examination will be admitted only if he/she furnishes the final mark sheet during the UPSC selection process.
  2. A candidate who has cleared the UPSC IES exam but has received a degree from a foreign university that is not accepted as equivalent to the Indian education standards may get selected. The selection, in this case, is dependent on UPSC selection committee discretion.
  3. If a candidate does not have an engineering degree but has cleared the IES exam will also be selected for the post if the degree is considered equivalent to the standards of the engineering degree.

IES Eligibility- Medical Examination Standards

  • All candidates irrespective of IES reservation criteria have to undergo a medical examination.
  • The process requires the applicant to undergo a series of physical fitness tests.
  • The standards are to be cleared by all candidates irrespective of their previous appearance for the examination.
  • The medical examination defined by UPSC will be conducted at the various Railway hospitals.
  • The medical examination schedule, venue, and the final status of the candidate will be uploaded on the official website of Indian Railways – indianrailways.gov.in.
  • Candidates are required to carry three sets of forms for Medical Board Report 2022 to be downloaded from the official website of Indian Railways.
  • One must carry a valid government-issued photo ID card and three passport size photographs with them.
  • Candidates belonging to the PwD category must carry their Disability Certificate in original as per the format prescribed along with an additional photocopy of the same.
  • Candidates who are found unfit will be disqualified from further procedure.
Exam Pattern

During the examination, the following selection process is followed:

  • Stage-I: (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for Stage-II.
  • Stage-II: Engineering Services (Main/Stage-II) Examination
  • Personality Test

IES Prelims

The IES Prelims exam is held in offline mode. The prelims test will consist of two papers. Multiple-choice questions will be included in both papers. For each incorrect answer, one-third of a point is deducted.

The detailed aspects of the Preliminary stage of the IES Exam Pattern are tabulated below:

Papers Questions Total Marks
Paper I( General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) 100 200
Paper-II(ENgineering field) 150 300
Total 250 500

IES Mains

There are two papers in IES Stage-II. Questions from the chosen Engineering subject (Civil Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering/ Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) will appear on both papers. There is no provision of negative marks in Mains papers.

Papers Questions Marks
Paper I (Engineering Stream) 5 300
Paper-II (Engineering Stream) 5 300
Total 10 600

IES Prelims Syllabus

Paper I syllabus is similar for all the branches while paper II syllabus differs as per the choice made by the candidate.

Papers and Subjects Topics
Paper I
  • Current affairs (national and international)
  • Environment: conservation, pollution, climate change, and so on.
  • Construction and production
  • Maintenance
  • Importance of Safety, General Design & Drawing Principles
  • Material Science and relevant
  • Technologies of Information and Communication (ICT)
  • Energy Basics Project Management
  • Ethics and Values in the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Mathematics Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
Paper-II (Civil Engineering)
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Building Materials
  • Steel Structures Design
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Concrete design and Masonry structures
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Power Planting Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • IC Engines
  • Refrigerations
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Paper
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electronic Measurements
  • Electric Circuits
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Basic Electronic Engineering
Paper-II (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)
  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Network Theory
  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Instrumentation and Measurements

IES Mains Syllabus

The syllabus for the IES Mains Paper I and IES Preliminary Paper II is the same. The difference lies that, in the preliminary examination, only objective questions are asked while in the mains paper, subjective questions are asked.

Papers and Subjects Topics
Paper-II (Civil Engineering)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Geology and Surveying
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Engineering Materials
  • Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Mechanisms and Machines
  • Engineering Machines
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)
  • Systems and Signal Processing
  • Digital and Analog Electronics
  • Electrical Machines
  • Control Systems
  • Power Drive and Electronics
Paper-II (Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering)
  • Advanced Electronics Topics
  • Advanced Communication
  • Digital and Analog Communication Systems
  • Electro Magnetics
  • Architecture and Computer Organization
  • Control Systems

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