The Indian Engineering Services is one of the exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) among the other examinations to recruit candidates to the Services/ Posts under the following categories:

  • Category I‐Civil Engineering
  • Category II‐Mechanical Engineering
  • Category III‐Electrical Engineering
  • Category IV‐Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely conditional subject to filling the recommended eligibility conditions.

Read through to know the eligibility for IES in detail.


A candidate must fulfill the below-mentioned criteria:

  1. a candidate should be a citizen of India, or
  2. a candidate should be a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a candidate should be a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a candidate should be a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a candidate should be who is 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 setting in India.

Candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) mentioned above should produce the eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India when the offer of appointment is given and a mere issue of e-admit card to the examination does not mean that the candidature is accepted by the commission for the appointment to the Government of India.

II. Age Limit

To take this exam a candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st august of 2018 i.e. a candidate birth date should not be before 2nd of August 1988 and not after 1st of August 1997.

Read below to know the age limit criterion for IES Exam in detail.

Sl. No. Category Upper age limit
1. General Category 30 Years
2. Government servants

  • employed in a Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 in the below-given table and can apply for admission to the examination for all any of the services/posts mentioned in column 2 of the table

A candidate who holds substantively a permanent post in the particular Department/Office concerned.

  • *the relaxation is not applicable for the probation officer appointed against a permanent post in the Department/Officer.
  • But a probation officer with a lien of a permanent post in Department/Officer is eligible for relaxation.
Relaxation up to 5 years / 35 Years
  • A candidate who has been continuously in a temporary service on regular basis in a particular department or office
Relaxation up to 3 years / 33 Years
3. Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Maximum of 5 years
4. Other Backward Classes (OBC) eligible for reservation 3 years
5. Candidate domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir from the period of 1st January, 1980 to the 31st of December, 1989 5 Years
6. Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a a significance thereof 3 Years
7. Ex‐servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs

  • with 5 years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and have been released
  • on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due) to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2018
5 Years
8. ECOs/ SSCOs

  • completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2018
  • whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
5 Years
9. Deaf‐mute and Orthopedically handicapped persons 10 Years

For Category 2 candidates (mentioned in the IES Age Limit)

Column 1 Column 2
Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) I.R.S.E.
Directorate General Ordnance Factories Directorate General Ordnance Factories
Central Electricity Authority C.P.E.S. Gr ‘A’ & C.P.E.S. 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


  • Candidates who belong to SC, ST, and OBC and come under the category of Ex-Servicemen persons domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for a cumulative relaxation under both the categories.
  • The term ex‐servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex‐servicemen in the Ex‐servicemen (Re‐ employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
  • The Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officer including ECOs/SSCOs who are released from the service on own request will not be eligible for age relaxation.
  • A physically handicapped candidate will be eligible for the provision of relaxation of age and appointment only if he/she satisfies the requirements of physical and medical standards as prescribed by the government or the appointing authority for the concerned Service/Posts reserved for the physically handicapped candidate
  • If a candidate mentions General Category in his/her Engineering Services Examination application form and later contacts the commission to change his/her category to a reserved one, then the Commission shall not entertain such cases. The candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of reservation on caste basis which is based only on the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. But the commission, do consider such changes in the caste when there is a gap of 2 to 3 months between the issuance of a Government Notifications to enlist in the reserved communities and the submission of the application by the candidates.
  • Candidates should possess all the required certificates in the prescribed format in the support of their claim as specified in the Rules/Notice or any other ostensible proof in support of his/her claim in case if they have any genuine difficulty in obtaining the certificate issued by the proficient authority in support of his/her claim of reservation benefit.
  • Physically Handicapped candidates should submit Disability Certificate in the prescribed format i.e. as per the Form IV of Department of Personnel & Training’s Office Memo.
  • The date of birth should be entered as mentioned in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or an equivalent examination certificate or an excerpt from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University authorized by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary.
  • Candidates should ensure to mention the date of birth as mentioned in the matriculation/secondary examination while filling the Indian Engineering Services Exam as the commission will not entertain any requests for change in the date of the birth after accepting the submission of IES Exam Online Form.
  • Candidates should enter the correct date of birth, as the commission would take action against them if any discrepancy is found on verification at any following stage.

III. Minimum Educational Qualification

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have the minimum qualification as mentioned below.
a) A degree obtained in Engineering from a University integrated 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;
b) A candidate should have passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India);
c) A degree/diploma in Engineering from any foreign university/college/institution which is recognized by the Government for the purpose time to time;
d) A candidate should have passed Graduate Member Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India);
e) A candidate should have passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India;
f) A candidate should have passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London conducted after November, 1959.
g) A candidate should have any of the educational qualification mentioned above in order to fill the Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) and the Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’ or any of the qualification mentioned below namely:

h) A candidate should have obtained a degree in M.Sc. or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject for the Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts)

i) A candidate should have obtained a degree in M.Sc. or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as special subject.


  • A candidate who has given the examination and waiting for the result may also apply for the exam but their admission would be considered to be conditional and subject to cancellation if they do not submit the proof of having cleared the examination which the minimum qualification which should be submitted along with the Detailed Application Form (DAF).
  • In some cases, the commission may allow a candidate who may have not any of the above-mentioned any of the qualification but provided the candidate has passed examinations held by other institutions the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission validates the admission of the candidate for the examination.
  • A candidate who has obtained a degree from a foreign university which is not recognized by the Government may also apply to the Commission and the candidate may be admitted to the examination at the Commission’s discretion.

IV. Medical Examination

Candidates recommended by the Commission based on the final merit ranking of Engineering Services Examination are required to undergo the medical examination.

a) Candidates recommended by the Commission in the final merit list should undertake medical examination as and when decided by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) even if candidates have given the medical examination previously and was found to be fit/unfit in the previous examination.

b) The medical examination will be conducted at various Railway Hospitals under Ministry of Railways. The findings of the Railways Medical Board will be taken as final binding for all allocation purposes.


Candidates must be physically fit according to the physical standards for admission to Engineering Services Examination as per the guidelines given in the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination published in the published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary.

These are the eligibility condition that a candidate should fulfill in order to appear for the Engineering Services Exam.