IES(Engineering Services)

Indian Engineering Services (IES/ES) constitute of engineers that work under the government of India to manage a large segment of public sector economy which constitutes of Railroads, Public works, Power, Telecommunications, etc.
A combined competitive examination is conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The Examination constitutes of a written examination followed by an interview for personality test.
What is IES Exam?
Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam (also called as Engineering Services Exam) is a premier competitive examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), for selecting aprox. 500-600 engineers for Government of India’s engineering organizations, such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers (IRSE), Central Engineering Service (CES), Military Engineer Services (IDSE) etc. The examination is conducted for the branches of Civil. Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

The popularity of this exam can be gauged from the following analysis, compiled from UPSC Annual Reports:
As you can see from above, only two to four persons per thousand who applies for IES exam, cuts the grade and becomes an IES officer. Thus the popularity of IES exam can be compared to another cream services of Government of India – IAS (Civil Sevices) exam.
This blog post is made to introduce you to IES exam: telling you when IES notification comes out, what are the eligibilities for IES exam and where you can get the IES exam application forms.
IES Exam statistics:
You can find from above IES exam statistics that close to 30% -40% people who applies for IES exam, does not appears for the IES exam. Also majority of the screening is done at the Written test - only 1.5% - 3% of those who writes the exam are called for interview. However, once you are called for the interview, chances of being finally selected is pretty good- 30%- 40%.

What were the branch-wise vacancies in IES exam from IES-2003 to IES-2006? Following analysis tells you that:

IES Exam Notification:
If you are an IES exam aspirant, you would definitely wish to know when the IES exam notification comes out. UPSC conducts IES examination every year in the 1st/2nd Saturday of June, notification for which comes out in the 1st/2nd Saturday of January month.
With above, following exam dates for IES-2010/2011 can be safely projected:

IES Exam-2010 Dates:
IES Exam-2010 Notification: 9th January, 2010 (Saturday)
IES Exam-2010 last date of form receipt: 8th February, 2010 (Monday).
IES Exam-2010 Written Exam date: 5th June, 2010 (Saturday)

IES Exam-2011 Dates:
IES Exam-2011 Notification: 8th January, 2011 (Saturday)
IES Exam-2011 last date of form receipt: 7th February, 2011 (Monday).
IES Exam-2011 Written Exam date: 4th June, 2011 (Saturday)

By following above logics, you can find the exam dates for future IES exams like IES-2012/2013 etc. Nearer this time, check this UPSC website for the IES exam notification.

IES Exam Eligibility:
Age Eligibility:
You need to be between 21 years to 30 years on the 1st August of the year of examination. For example, for IES-2010, you should be born not earlier than 2nd August, 1980 and not later than 1st August, 1989.
Age relaxations exist as per Govt. rules.

Academic Eligibility:
You must be a graduate in Engineering from a recognized university.

Downloads Question Papers:
IES ECE Objective Paper Last 15 year 1997-2010

IES ECE Convolution Paper Last 29 year 1980-2009

IES General Ability Papers

IES ECE Objective Paper Solution 2010

IES General Ability Paper Solution 2010

IES General Ability Paper of 2011

IES ECE Genetal ability & Objective paper Solution 2011

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