Here candidates will find the detailed and complete UPSC Syllabus for Indian Engineering Services Prelims Exam.

The Prelims exam of the IES/ESE consists of two papers viz.

  1. Paper 1: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
  2. Paper 2: Engineering Category-Wise Paper

The maximum marks allocated to paper 1 of ESE Prelims exam is 200 and the duration of paper is 2 hours. The standard of the General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper I is of a science/engineering graduate.

The standard of paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Preliminary Stage-I Examination) will be such as may be expected of an Engineering/Science Graduate.While the standard of Prelims Paper II on specific Engineering categoryis that of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University.



  1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  6. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  7. Basics of Project Management
  8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance, and technology-based education.
  10. Ethics and values in the Engineering profession.


  • There will be no practical examination in any of the subjects.
  • The Prelims Paper-I: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude is common for candidates of all Engineering Categories of IES/ESE
  • The questions asked in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude includesawareness of relevant topics which would be expected from an engineering graduate and does not requires any special study.
  • Questions will be set from all the above mentioned 10 topics.
  • Marks allocated for each topic may range between 5% and 15% of the total marks of the Paper 1.


The UPSC IES/ESE Prelims syllabus of the Paper II is on a Specific Engineering Category of the Indian Engineering Service, and the syllabus of the prelims Paper 2 is same as the IES/ESE Mains Syllabus. Click the below links to know the detailed UPSC Syllabus of ESE Prelims Paper II category wise.

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