Engineering Services Examination(ESE), WHY ESE ?

Indian Engineering Services (IES) remains the most sought-after career for engineering graduates in India. The Engineering Services Examination, commonly known as ESE, is conducted annually by UPSCto recruit engineers in four domains, namely Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunications for technical managerial posts.The UPSC ESE 2024 notification has been released, and a total of approximately 167 vacancies are to be filled through the UPSC ESE 2024. It's a golden opportunity for aspiring engineers to secure highly desired & prominent positions within various government departments and organizations. The examination is a two-stage written examination (Prelims & Mains) followed by an interview. The Engineering Services Examination is a prestigious and challenging examination in India due to its unique difficulty level and limited available positions. Owing to a highly competitive selection procedure, IES officers carry high respect and status and are mandated to manage and execute activities in diverse technical and managerial fields

As we look forward to the year 2024, the UPSC ESE 2024 promises to be an important milestone in the careers of aspiring engineers across the country.

These candidates, after the final selection, are posted in various Ministries and Departments of the GOI such as Indian Railways, Telecom, Border Roads Organization, CPWD, CWC, CPES, NHAI, Naval Armaments, IDSE, MES, Indian Ordnance Factories, etc.; however, the selected candidates can move to any cadre, organization, agency, department, ministry, or PSUs of the Government of India. All these final selected candidates are designated as class-1 gazetted officers.

ESE2024 Eligibility

Acandidate must be either:

Acitizen of India or A subject of Nepal or A subject of Bhutan or ATibetan refugee who came to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or 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 belongs to categories (b), (c) and (d) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits: (As on 01/01/2024)

Acandidate for this examination must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st January, 2024 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1994 and not later than 1st January, 2003.

The upper age-limit of 30 years will be relax able upto 35 years in the case of Government servants of the following categories, if they are employed in a Department/ Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 below and apply for admission to the examination for all or any of the Service(s)/Post(s) mentioned in column 2, for which they are otherwise eligible.

Acandidate who holds substantively a permanent post in the particular Department/Office concerned. This relaxation will not be admissible to a probationer appointed against a permanent post in the Department/Office during the period of his probation. However, this relaxation will be admissible to a probationer so appointed provided he/she already retains a lien on a permanent post in a Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 below.

Acandidate who has been continuously in a temporary service on a regular basis in the particular Department/Office for at least 3 years on the 1st January, 2024.
Column 1 Column 2
Central Public Works Department C.E.S. Group ‘A’, CE&MES Gr ‘A’
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways ‘A’ Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr
Ministry of Communication, Deptt. of Telecommunication Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A” Indian Telecommunication Service Group ‘A’,J.T.O. (G.C.S. Gr. ‘B’)
Ministry of Defence, Deptt. of Defence Production, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance Defence Aeronautical Quality
Assurance Service(DAQAS)Gr ‘A’ Ministry of Science and Technology, Deptt. of Science and Technology Geological Survey of India Border Roads Organisation Indian Navy Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service Assistant Executive Engineer Gr ‘A’ BRES Gr. ‘A’ Indian Naval Armament Service, Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I Indian Defence Service of Engineers
Military Engineer Services Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre
Ministry of Jal Shakti, Deptt. of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Central Water Commission Central Water Engineering Group-A Service.
Central Electricity Authority CPES Gr ‘A’ & CPESGr‘B’.
Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Indian Skill Development Service

The upper age-limit prescribed above will be further relaxable:

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have -

Obtained a degree in Engineering 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 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 the qualification mentioned below namely:

For Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engg. Posts)- M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

For Indian Radio Regulatory Service– M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.

IES Officer’s Salary Indian Engineering Officers join as Assistant Executive Engineers or Assistant Directors at the level of Junior Time Scale with a basic salary of Rs. 56,100/- per month and net salary of around Rs. 85,000/- per month.(As per 7th Pay Commission)

Level PayScale Time Frame
Junior Time Scale (JTS) INR 56100-177500 On Joining
Senior Time Scale (STS) INR 67700-208700 3-5 years
Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) INR 123100-215900 10-15 years
Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) INR 144200-218200 15-20 years
Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) INR 182200-224100
HAG+ INR 205400-224400
Apex Scale INR 225000
Indian Engineering Service Officers are among the top recipients of a good deal of privileges and allowances.

ESE 2024 Exam Pattern

Stage-I: Preliminary Examination (Objective Papers)

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: Main Examination (Conventional Papers)

Only those candidates qualifying at this stage (i.e. Stage– I + Stage– II) are selected for Stage– III which is the Personality Test (Interview).

Stage-III: Personality Test
STAGE-III Personality Test: 200

The Candidates who have qualified all stages (Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) ,will be included in the final list of ESE(Engineering Services Exam)

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