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Jobs - Government Sector : Indian Engineering Services

A combined competitive examination is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engg. Services (IES).

The test is conducted in June every year at centres across India, namely: Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwar, Dispur (Guwahati), Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Simla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakapatnam.

However, the commission may alter this list of centres. Recruitment to Group - A Services / Posts and Group - B Services / Posts are made under the following categories of Engineering:

  • CATEGORY I - CIVIL ENGINEERING
  • CATEGORY II - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
  • CATEGORY III - ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CATEGORY
  • IV - ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATION ENGG.

CATEGORY-I (CIVIL ENGINEERING) Group - A Services / Posts

  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Military Engineer Service (IDSE - Building and Roads cadre)
  • Military Engineer Service (Surveyor of Works cadre)
  • Survey of India Service, Group - A (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group - A, (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) in Border Roads Engineering Service, Gr. - A
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Engineering Branch) (Civil Engg posts)

CATEGORY-II (MECHANICAL ENGINEERING) Group - A Services / Posts

  • Indian Railway Service of Mech Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Engg. Branch) (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Military Engg. Service (IDSE - Electrical & Mech. Cadre) (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engg. Service (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer (Electrical and Mech.) (Mech. Engg. posts)
  • Border Roads Engineering Service, Group - A
  • Drilling Engineer (Junior) Group - A in Geological Survey of India
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group - A, (Mech. Engg. posts)

CATEGORY-III (ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING) Group - A Services / Posts

  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Electrical Engg. posts)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engg. Service (Electrical Engg. posts)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Engg. Branch) (Electrical Engg. posts)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering posts)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering posts)
  • Military Engg. Service (IDSE - Electrical & Mech. Cadre) (Electrical Engg. posts)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer Group - A (Electrical Engg. posts) in the Corps of E.M.E., Ministry of Defence

CATEGORY-IV (ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS) Group - A Services / Posts

  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication / Electronics Engg. posts)
  • Engineer in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing / Monitoring Organisation; Ministry of Communication (Department of Telecommunications) ! Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Engg. branch) (Electronics Engg. posts) ! Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering posts)
  • Central Power Engg. Service (Telecommunications Engg. posts)
  • Survey of India Service, Group - A, (Electronics & Telecom Engg. posts)
  • Assistant Executive Engineer, Group - A, (Electronics Engineering posts) in the Corps of E.M.E., Ministry of Defence
    Group-B Services / Posts
  • Assistant Engineer, Group - B (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering posts) in the Corps of E.M.E., Ministry of Defence

A candidate may apply for admission to all or any of the Services / Posts mentioned. The current number of vacancies is approximately 150 and is liable to alteration.

Academic Eligibility

  • An Engineering graduate 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 a Deemed University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956; or
  • Passed Sections A and B of the institutional examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India); or
  • A Degree / Diploma in Engineering from such foreign University / College / Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time; or
  • Passed the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (India); or
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III / Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination (Sections A and B) of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India); or
  • Passed the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London, held after November, 1959.
  • A candidate for the posts of Engineer, Group - A, in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing / Monitoring Organisation, Ministry of Communications and Indian Broadcasting (Engineers) Service (Electronics Engineering posts) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification of an M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

Candidates who have appeared for a qualifying examination and are awaiting results may also apply provided proof of having passed the said examination is produced after qualifying in the Written Paper of the IES test. Till such time, the admission will be considered provisional.

Candidates with equivalent qualification other than those given above or with a degree from a foreign university may be admitted at the discretion of the commission.

Other Eligibility Conditions

(i) Nationality - A candidate must be either of the following:

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 January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
E) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Zaire or Zambia with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Candidates belonging to either of the categories of b., c., d., or e., must produce an eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India.

(ii) Age Limit :

A) The candidate's age must lie between 21 and 30 years as on August 1 of the year of examination. The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST candidates and by 3 years for OBC candidates.

B) A Further, the age limit is relaxed in the case of others, some of which are:

  • By 5 years for candidates ordinarily domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980 to December 31st, 1989.
  • By 3 years for defence personnel disabled during hostilities with a foreign country or in a disturbed area and consequently released.
  • By 5 years for ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs fulfilling certain criteria.
  • By 10 years for blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons. Details regarding the extent of relaxation for departmental candidates and others are specified by the UPSC in their notification.

(iii) Physical Standards - Candidates must ensure that they satisfy the physical standards that are mentioned in the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination published in the Gazette of India dated 10th January, 2004.

Scheme of the Examination : The examination is conducted in two stages :

  • Written Test (1000 marks).
  • Interview (200 marks).

Written Test : The entire format can be summarised as follows:

The standard of the questions is approximately on the level of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University with both sections covering the entire syllabus of the respective Engineering disciplines. The medium of Conventional Papers is English only.

Interview : This is to assess the personality of those who obtain minimum qualifying marks in the Written Examination. Subsequently, successful candidates are appointed to the services according to merit, based on their aggregate marks.

Application Procedure : The Application Form, an Information Bulletin, the Acknowledgement Card and an Envelope for sending completed applications can be purchased for Rs. 20/- from designated Head Post Offices / Post Offices. The examination fee is Rs. 100/-. It should be in the form of a Single Central Recruitment Fee Stamp and affixed to the application. Only SC/ST and physically handicapped candidates are exempted from the payment of this fee.

Contact Information : The UPSC operates a Facilitation Counter near 'C' gate of its campus.

Any information regarding the application / candidature can be sought between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. in person or over telephone at 011 - 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098543.

In case of difficulty in procuring the application form or the central recruitment fee stamp,contact the concerned postmaster or UPSC's Forms Monitoring Cell (Ph: 011 - 23389366. Fax: 011 - 23387310).

For more details regarding syllabi and other information, interested candidates are advised to check the notification issued during January - February in the 'Employment News' & in the website http://www.upsc.gov.in

Plan of Examination: Engineering Services

  • The EXAMINATION shall be conducted according to the following plan:-
    Part IThe written examination will comprise two sectionsSection I consisting only of objective types of questions and Section II of conventional papers. Both Sections will cover the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering disciplines viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. The standard and syllabi prescribed for these papers are given in Schedule to the Appendix. The details of the written examination i.e. subject, duration and maximum marks allotted to each subject are given in para 2 below.
    Part II Personality test carrying a maximum of 200 marks of such of the candidates who qualify on the basis of the written examination.
  • The following will be the subjects for the written examination:-
    Note: Candidates are advised to read carefully special instruction to candidates for conventional type tests and objective type tests given including the procedure regarding filling in the Answer Sheet of objective type tests in the Examination Hall.
  • In the Personality Test special attention will be paid to assessing the candidate's capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.
  • Conventional papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only.
  • Candidates must write the papers in their own hand. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.
  • The Commission have discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination. The Objective Type papers as contained in Section-I of the Plan of the Examination will be evaluated first and evaluation of the Conventional Type papers contained in Section-II of the Plan of Examination will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Objective types papers, as fixed by the Commission.
  • marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  • Deduction up to 5 per cent of the maximum marks for the written papers will be made for illegible handwriting.
  • Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in the conventional papers of the examination.
  • In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.
    NOTE: Candidates will be supplied with standard tables/charts in SI units in the Examination hall for reference purpose, wherever considered necessary.
  • Candidates are permitted to bring and use battery operated pocket calculators for conventional (essay) type papers only. Loaning or inter-changing of calculators in the Examination hall is not permitted.
    It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type paper (Test book lets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.
  • Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers



Standard and Syllabi : The standard of paper in General Ability Test will be such as may be expected of a Engineering/Science Graduate. The standard of papers in other subjects will approximately be that of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University. There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.

General Ability Test :

  • Part A : General English. The question paper in General English will be designed to test the candidate's understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
  • Part B : General Studies : The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.




 
 

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