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IES Exam Overview

What is IES?

Indian Engineering Service - IES is a group of engineers who manage the technical functions of the Indian Government. IES officers serve a wide variety of public sectors of India like railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, construction, power and more. In other words, they are making India emerge as a technologically advanced nation. With the advancement in digital era evolving, Indian Government is in constant search of upgraded engineers for IES. So, huge IES vacancies yet to come!

What is ESE?

Engineers for Indian engineering services are recruited through a competitive exam called Engineering Service Exam (ESE/IES). They are appointed based on merit. Union Public Commission Service (UPSC) conducts the Engineering Service Exam.

Which engineering branches are eligible for IES ?

Many computer science engineers have the question ‘Can CS/IT student give IES exam?’. In general, many ask the question ‘Which branches can apply for IES?’. So, here is the answer for all of your questions:

UPSC in its IES official notification has specified that anyone with a degree in engineering is eligible to take up UPSC engineering service exam. Provided they also have to qualify other IES eligibility like IES exam age limit and more.

However, it is true that there are only four discipline in Indian Engineering Service

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Even though there is no specification of branches in UPSC official notification. But, as the working domain of IES officers will be in the above-mentioned subjects. UPSC offers the same engineering subjects as IES optional subjects for ESE. In other words, you have to write the UPSC exam with any one of these four engineering subjects.
In spite of this scenario, many CSE and IT engineers have got success in IES. With proper planning and preparations, anyone can clear the IES exam.

What is UPSC? What is engineering services in UPSC?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a central department for recruiting suitable candidates for various government departments.
The History of UPSC began in the British colonial period. The British introduced merit-based recruitment for civil services. After independence, UPSC continued this recruitment system. Now, UPSC recruitment is for both administrative positions as well as technical positions.

Next question, Does IES come under UPSC?
Yes, Indian engineering service recruitment comes under the UPSC recruitment section. The commission conducts the Engineering Service Exam (ESE full form) annually for recruiting engineers to the Indian engineering services.

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