IES 2020 Mains Exam Centres, Eligibility, Syllabus & Registration

IES 2020 Mains Exam Centres, Eligibility, Syllabus & Registration


UPSC announced new exam dates on its website on July 14. Earlier, UPSC on July 1 issued a one-line notice to postpone the IES 2020 main exam. In the original UPSC exam calendar, the IES main exam was scheduled to be conducted on June 28 but it was postponed because of coronavirus to August 9. Now the UPSC has rescheduled the IES main exam 2020 to October 18.

The UPSC has issued new exam calendar for the remaining year 2020. The candidates can strengthen their IES 2020 exam preparation because now there is plenty of time to prepare and revise the full IES syllabus.

Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam, also known as Engineering Services Examination (ESE), is a national level recruitment exam organised by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The exam is conducted to recruit candidates for engineering positions for the various department working under the Government of India. The Engineering Services Examination is conducted for four branches of engineering namely:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

In the past, this exam had been conducted with the name of Indian Engineering Services(IES) exam. The IES exam is considered as one of the toughest examinations in the country. Nearly, two lakh candidates appear for the examination every year. Engineering Services Exam or IES exam recruits the Group A and Group B officers at the technical positions for Government of India. The IES exam is a three-stage recruitment process – IES Preliminary, IES Main and Personality Test. On the basis of merit of candidates in IES exam, they are recommended to the Union Government for the available posts. Nature of work for an engineering officer selected through IES exam depends on the engineering branch and the cadre s/he is recruited for.


IES Exam Dates 2020

Candidates can go through important IES exam dates 2020 given below:

IES Exam Events IES Exam Dates
Notification 25 Sep, 2019
Applications 25 Sep – 15 Oct 2019
Application Withdrawal dates 22 – 28 Oct 2019
Preliminary exam 5 Jan 2020
IES Prelims Result 2020 20 Feb 2020
Main exam 28 Jun 2020 9 Aug 2020 17 & 18 October

IES Exam Eligibility

It is mandatory for candidates to comply with the eligibility norms as prescribed by UPSC in order to be able to appear for the Engineering Services Examination. The admissions at all the three stages of the examination will be purely provisional and are subject to fulfilling the eligibility norms.

Criteria Eligibility
Nationality Candidates should be:

  • A citizen of India/A subject of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962.
  • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia or Vietnam, intending to stay 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 Aspirants must have attained an age of 21 years and must not have attained an age of 30 years on January 1, 2020. Candidates should not be born earlier than January 2, 1990 and not later than January 1, 1999.
Physical Examination Candidates must be physically fit for the admissions to Engineering Service Examination as per the guidelines mentioned
Educational Qualification A candidate must possess:

  • Degree in Engineering from a recognised university
  • Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India)
  • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University college which is recognised in India
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II & III or Sections A & B of the Aeronautical Society of India
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics & Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

For Naval Armament Service – MSc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

For Indian Radio Regulatory Service – MSc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or MSc with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.

IES Exam Age Limit

The upper age limit of 30 years is relaxable up to 35 years in case of government servants serving in the following categories:

Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in the below table:

Column 1 Column 2
  Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)  IRSE /IRSME /IRSEE /IRSSE /IRSS
  Directorate General Ordnance Factories  IOFS Group ‘A’
  Central Electricity Authority CPES  Gr ‘A’ & CPES  Gr ‘B’
  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr. ‘A’
  Ministry of Telecommunication and

Information Technology, Deptt. of Telecommunication

Engineer in Indian Radio Regulatory Service  Gr ‘A’ Indian  Telecommunication Service Group ‘A’,  J.T.O. (G.C.S. Gr. ‘B’)
 Central Water Commission  Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’
 Border Roads Organisation  BRES Gr. ‘A’
 Military Engineer Services Indian Defence Service of Engineers (lDSE) Group ‘A’
 The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Min of Defence. AEE Gr ‘A’(Elect. Engg. Posts) in Corps of EME, Min of Defence.
 Min of Defence, Deptt. of Defence Production, Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service(DAQAS) Gr ‘A’
 Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Indian Skill Development Service
 Indian Navy Indian Naval Armament Service, Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I

Note: Relaxation will not be considered to probationary officers appointed against a permanent post. However, relaxation in case of probation will be considered of the officer appointed already retains a lien on a permanent post in a Department/Office under the control of authorities as listed above.

Age relaxation in case of Railways

Officers serving Indian Railways will also be treated at par with the Indian Railway officers for age relaxation. The upper age limit for various categories is given below:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST Upto 5 years
OBC Upto 3 years
Jammu and Kashmir domicile during Upto 5 years
Defence Services personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof Upto 3 years
ECOs/SSCOs served for 5 years in Military services (Completed the assignment or assignment has been extended and the Ministry of Defence has permitted him to apply for Civil Services) Upto 5 years
Deaf/Mute and Orthopedically handicapped person Upto 10 years

Note: Candidates belonging to reserved category and from any of the mentioned ex-servicemen category will get cumulative age relaxation.

IES Exam Process

Step 1: IES Application Form 2020

  • The candidates need to fill the IES application form 2020. The forms are available online on the official website of UPSC
  • While filling up the form, candidates have to select the preferred venue for the test centre
  • After filling the form, the candidates need to submit the prescribed application fees as per their category

Step 2: Download IES Admit Card 2020

  • The IES admit card 2020 will be issued on the official website for downloads. The candidates will need their application number and date of birth to download the admit card
  • UPSC admit card is an important document having a variety of information. We suggest preserving the admit cards until the admission process is successfully conducted

Step 3: IES Preliminary Exam 2020

  • Students need to appear for IES 2020 preliminary entrance exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section
  • Aspirants are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the exam

Step 4: IES Prelims Result 2020

  • UPSC will be declaring the results for IES 2020 preliminary exam on their official website.
  • Candidates shall check their IES 2020 preliminary results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.
  • After the IES Result for prelims 2020, the candidates need to fill out the IES Main Detailed Application Form(DAF) for the IES Main Exam 2020.

Step 5: IES Main Exam 2020

  • Students who clear the IES preliminary examination will be allowed to appear for IES 2020 main entrance exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section
  • Aspirants are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the IES Main exam

Step 6: IES Main Result 2020

  • UPSC will be declaring the results for IES 2020 main entrance exams on their official website.
  • Candidates will be able to check their IES 2020 main results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.
  • Candidates who clear the IES 2020 main exam will then be called for the interview round. This will be the final stage of the IES exam selection process.

Step 7: IES Interview 2020

IES selection process comprises the Personal Interview round. Candidates who clear both IES pre and main examination are only allowed to participate in the final interview round. Only those candidates who clear the personal interview round will be qualified for the recruitment process.

Step 8: IES Result 2020

UPSC will commence with the recruitment of IES 2020 qualified candidates at various government offices on the basis of the chosen branch if engineering and vacancies available. This will be the final process after which candidates will join the government offices as Executive engineers, mid-level managers or bureaucrats.

Step 9: IES Cut-off and Reserve List

IES cut-off will be released after the final result. In addition to the IES cut-off marks, IES reserve list will also be issued stating the number of candidates for each category and for each Engineering branch.

This will mark the end of the IES Exam process 2020.

ESE Preliminary Exam Centres

Agartala Chennai Itanagar
Ahmedabad Cuttack Jaipur
Aizawl Dehradun Jammu
Aligarh Delhi Jorhat
Allahabad Dharwad Kochi (cochin)
Bangalore Dispur(Guwahati) Kohima
Bareilly Gangtok Kolkata
Bhopal Hyderabad Lucknow
Chandigarh Imphal Madurai,
Mumbai Shimla Port blair
Nagpur Srinagar Raipur
Panaji (Goa) Thiruvananthapuram Ranchi
Patna Tirupati Sambalpur
Vishakhapatnam Udaipur Shillong

IES Main Exam Centres

Ahmedabad Chandigarh Dispur(Guwahati)
Aizawl Chennai Hyderabad
Allahabad Cuttack Jaipur
Bangalore Dehradun Jammu
Bhopal Delhi Kolkata
Lucknow Shillong Patna
Mumbai Shimla Raipur
Vishakhapatnam Thiruvananthapuram Ranchi

IES 2020 Contact Information

Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069

Facilitation Counter : 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Email : feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in


IES 2020 Admit Card (Out) – Check Direct Links to Download Prelims Hall Ticket Here

IES 2020 main exam will be conducted on October 18. As per the UPSC timeline, the IES 2020 admit card is schedule i.e. three weeks before the exam date. But UPSC can release the IES 2020 admit card well before the official time as done for the IAS admit card. The UPSC has changed the format of the exam admit card and now the Government identity card number is also printed on the admit card. The candidates are required to carry the same identity proof to the exam venue mentioned in the admit card

IES News & Notifications

Indian Engineering Services (IES)/ Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is a national-level exam conducted by Union Public service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment of engineers for the posts available under the Government of India. Get all latest news and updates about UPSC IES exam below.

Latest Update:

September 8: UPSC has activated the IES 2020 main exam centre change option for the candidates. The candidates can change the IES 2020 main exam centre til September 13 till 6 PM. See here

IES 2020 Exam Centres: Choose City-wise Test Centres for Mains Exam

UPSC has activated a window to change the IES 2020 main exam centre for the candidates. The IES 2020 main exam centre can be changed as per the convenience of the candidates until September 13 till 6 PM.

IES is a prestigious exam conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of Engineers for various technical departments of the Union Government of India. Union Public Service Commission conducts the Engineering Services exam every year for the above-said purpose. IES stands for Indian Engineering Servic

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