UPSC ESE (Engineering Service Exam): Dates | Syllabus | Pattern | Salary

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UPSC ESE Engineering Service Exam

Engineering Services Examination commonly known as ESE is conducted annually by UPSC to recruit engineers of four domains i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Telecommunications for the Techno –Managerial posts.

The examination constitutes a two-stage written examination followed by an interview. ESE is considered as one of the toughest examinations in India due to fewer posts and high competition.

The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the following categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

**NOTE: Even if you possess a degree in any other Engineering discipline, you may opt for any one of the above mentioned papers, in order to appear for the UPSC Engineering Service Exam.

UPSC ESE Important Dates 2019

Date of NotificationSeptember 2019
Last Date of ApplicationNovember 2019
Exam Date (Prelims)January 2020

 

**NOTE: The above mentioned dates are tentative and may vary from actual

UPSC Engineering Service Exam Pattern

In 2017, UPSC announced three-stage pattern for Engineering Services Examination:

Stage-I: Preliminary Examination (Objective Papers)

PapersType of PaperDurationMarks
Paper IGeneral Studies and Engineering Aptitude2 hrs200
Paper IIEngineering discipline (CE/ ME/ EE/ E&T)3 hrs300
TOTAL500

 

**NOTE:

  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper will be at the discretion of the commission.
  • Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage are permitted to appear for Stage – II examination.

Stage-II: Mains Examination (Conventional Papers)

PapersType of PaperDurationMarks
Paper IEngineering discipline-I (CE/ ME/EE/E&T)3 hrs300
Paper IIEngineering discipline-II (CE/ ME/EE/E&T)3 hrs300
TOTAL MAINS600
TOTAL PRELIMS + MAINS1100

 

**NOTE: Only those Candidates qualifying at this stage (i.e. Stage – I + Stage – II) are selected for Stage – III examination.

Stage-III: Personality Test

The candidate will be interviewed by a Board of competent and unbiased observers who will have before them a record of his/her career. The object of the interview is to assess his/her suitability for the service for which he/she has competed.

Stage IIIMarks
Personality Test200
TOTAL (Prelims + Mains + Personality Test)1300

 

Eligibility Criteria

To appear in Engineering Service Examination (ESE) a candidate is to be eligible on three grounds viz. Nationality, Age limit and Educational Qualification.

Nationality

A candidate must be either:

(a) a Citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has 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 settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age limit

A candidate appearing for the Engineering Service Exam must have attained 21 years and have a maximum age limit of 30 years. It has some upper age relaxation for certain categories of candidates. Please refer the latest notification for that purpose.

Education Qualification

  • Obtained a degree in ANY Engineering field, from a university incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as universities under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956 OR
  • Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) OR
  • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognized by the Government for the purpose from time to time OR
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India) OR
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India OR
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group ‘A’ in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organization) may possess any of the above qualifications or an M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

UPSC Engineering Service Syllabus

The standard of paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper (Stage I, Paper I) will be at par with the expectations of an Engineering graduate level and will be common to all the engineering disciplines of the exam.

Syllabus for Stage I – Paper I (Objective)

**NOTE: This section is common to all and the paper type will be objective

  • Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  • Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  • Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  • Basics of Project Management
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  • Ethics and values in Engineering profession

**NOTE: The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics as may be expected from an engineering graduate, without special study.

Syllabi of Four Engineering Disciplines

This is the revised syllabus as per the current UPSC Notification. This syllabus is same for Stage I – Paper II (objective) and Stage II – Paper I & II (Conventional)

Civil Engineering

  • Building Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Concrete & Masonry Structures
  • Construction Practice, Planning and Management
  • Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering
  • Surveying and Geology
  • Transportation Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Heat transfer
  • IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Power Plant Engineering
  • Renewable Sources of Energy
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanisms and Machines
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing ,Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics

Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electric Circuits and Fields
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Systems and Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics and Drives

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Network Theory
  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Analog and Digital Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Electro Magnetics
  • Advanced Electronics Topics
  • Advanced Communication Topics

Job Prospects

UPSC ESE (Engineering Service Exam) is the gateway to the central service as Class-I officers. Aspirants who successfully pass Engineering Service examination are placed in various engineering posts in several different central organizations.

The posts are primarily located in Central Organizations/Departments dealing in engineering sectors.

Civil Engineering Services

  • Border Roads Engineering Service (BRES) (Border Roads Organisation)
  • Central Engineering Service (CES) (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (CWES) (Central Water Commission)
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (IDSE) (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE)
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (IRSS)
  • Military Engineer Services (QS & C)
  • P & T Building Works Service (DoT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology)
  • Survey of India Service

Mechanical Engineering Services

  • Border Roads Engineering Services (BRES) (Border Roads Organisation)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  • Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals
  • Indian Naval Armament Service or INAS (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Indian Skill Development Services

Electrical Engineering Services

  • Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • P & T Building Works Service (Department of Telecommunications (DOT), Ministry of Communications)
  • Indian Skill Development Services

Electronics & Telecommunication Services

  • Indian Naval Material Management Service (INMMS)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  • Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Radio Regulatory Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Indian Telecommunication Service

Salary of UPSC ESE (Engineering Service) Officers

The starting salary of an UPSC ESE officer:

  • Pay-Scale: ₹ 15,600 – 39,100 /-
  • Grade-Pay: ₹ 5,400 /-
  • Total Salary: ₹ 56,100 /-

Rank wise distribution of pay-scale, grade pay and salary is given in the following table:

Designation LevelPay ScaleGrade PayTotal Salary
Apex Level₹ 80,000₹ 2,25,000
Higher Admin Grade+₹ 67,000 – 79,000₹ 1,82,200
Higher Admin Grade₹ 37,400 – 67,000₹ 10,000₹ 1,44,200
Senior Admin Grade₹ 37,400 – 67,000₹ 8,700₹ 1,18,500
Junior Admin Grade₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 7,600₹ 78,800
Senior Grade Officer₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 6,600₹ 67,700
Junior Grade Officer₹ 15,600 – 39,100₹ 5,400₹ 56,100

 

UPSC ESE (Engineering Service) officers are among the top recipients of a good deal of privileges and allowances. Below is a list of allowances and privileges available for UPSC ESE Officers apart from the basic pay scale:

  • Residential Quarters (Type IV to Type VIII) OR HRA (presently 24% of basic pay)
  • Official Vehicle
  • Dearness Allowance (presently 9% of basic pay)
  • CGHS Medical Facility
  • Leave Travel Allowance/ Tour Allowance
  • National Pension Scheme
  • Gratuity
  • Leave Encashment
  • Mobile and Briefcase Allowance
  • Newspaper and Mobile Bill Reimbursement
  • Laptops
  • Children Education Allowance
  • Transport Allowance (approx. 8000 per month), etc.

UPSC ESE Application Process

The application process for applying in the ESE (Engineering Service Exam) is as same as it is for other UPSC exams. Candidates have to apply online through UPSC official site.

The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-admit card weeks before the commencement of examination.

Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the part of the examination.

  • Certificate of Age.
  • Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  • Certificate in support of claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes where applicable.
  • Certificate in support of claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.
  • Certificate in support of being Person with Benchmark Disability (where applicable).

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