UPSC Engineering Service Exam ESE/IES 2021 – Notification, Eligibility Criteria, Vacancy Details, Exam Date, Syllabus, Selection Process, Exam Pattern, Result, Admit Card, Answer Key, etc


Upsc Engineering Service Exam Ese 2021, UPSC is going to release the notification for the UPSC Engineering Services Exam (ESE) 2021 exam on the official website soon.  Candidates desirous of joining civil engineering or other fields such as engineering services will have to apply online for UPSC ESE 2021 to appear in the examination and be shortlisted for appointment.  Typically, UPSC announces vacancies under the ESE examination in the fields of civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electronics and telecommunications engineering.  After the interview round, candidates are recruited for engineering services through prelims and mains examinations.

UPSC ESE 2021 Notification

Take a look at the important details of Engineering Services Exam 2021 like ESE exam date, eligibility criteria, age limit, educational qualification, exam pattern, syllabus and other details.

UPSC Engineering Services Exam (ESE) 2021: Important Dates

* UPSC ESE Notification 2021 Release – April 2021

* ESE Online Application Started – 7 April 2021

* Online application deadline – 27 April 2021

* Issuance of Engineering Services Admit Card – To be notified soon

* ESE Preliminary Examination Date – 18 July 2021

* ESE Exam Date – 10 October 2021

UPSC Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Eligibility Criteria 2021


Candidate should be a citizen of India / Subject of Bhutan and Nepal / Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 / Person of India who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia  , Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

To prove their nationality, candidates are required to produce a certificate obtained by the Indian authorities to validate their claim.

Age Limit

The minimum age limit to apply for UPSC ESE is 21 years and the maximum age limit is below 30 years.  However, this upper age limit is relaxable up to 35 years for the following government employees:

(A look at the upper age limit relaxation for different categories)

* SC / ST – 5 year

* Other backward classes – 3 year

* The candidate dominated Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 – December 31, 1989  –  5 year

* Defense service personnel who were unable to operate during hostilities – 3 year

* Ex-servicemen – 5 year

* Persons with Benchmark Disability – 10 years

Educational Qualification

To apply for UPSC ESE, candidates have to fulfill any of the following educational qualifications:

Degree in Engineering from a recognized University


Passed A and B of Institutes of Engineers (India) examinations


Degree / Diploma in Engineering from a foreign university / college / institute


Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III of the Aeronautical Society of India


Passed the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London

Vacancy Details for UPSC Engineering Services

Those candidates who will pass in all the three rounds of ESE recruitment – Preliminary, Mains and Interview, will be admitted to the following posts notified by the UPSC in the notification:

1. Civil Engineering (Category I)

 Indian Railway Stores Services

 Central Engineering Service

 Indian Railway Service of Engineers

 Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group ‐ A

 Indian Defense Service of Engineers

 Survey of India Group ‘A’ Service

 AEE in Border Road Engineering Service

 AEE (QS&C) in MES Surveyor Cadre

 Indian Skill Development Service

 Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service

2. Mechanical Engineering (Category II)

 Indian Railway Service

 Indian Railway Stores Service

 Indian Naval Armament Service

 Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade ‐ I in Indian Navy

 AEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

 Indian Defense Service of Engineers

 AEE in Border Roads Engineering Service

 Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’

 Indian Skill Development Service.

3. Electrical Engineering (Category III)

 Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers

 Indian Railway Stores Service

 Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service

 Indian Defense Service of Engineers

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’

 Defense Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service

 Indian Skill Development Service

 Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade ‐ I in Indian Navy

4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (Category IV)

 Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers

 Indian Railway Stores Service

 Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’

 Indian Telecommunication Service Gr ‘A’

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

 Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’

 Indian Skill Development Service

 Indian Naval Armament Service

 Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade ‐ I in Indian Navy

 Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’

Note: These posts are based on UPSC ESE Notification 2020.  UPSC ESE Notification 2021 will contain the latest details of the vacancies and posts to be filled through the Engineering Services Examination.

 UPSC ESE Selection Process 2021

A look at the UPSC IES / ESE Selection Procedure below for Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics Engineers:

  Stage I: Preliminary Examination

  Stage II: Mains Examination

  Stage III: Personality Test

UPSC ESE Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2021

The UPSC ESE exam is conducted in two stages – Prelims and Mains.  The UPSC ESE Prelims 2021 consists of two objective type papers and the UPSC ESE Mains 2021 exam will be conducted in a descriptive format.  Take a look at the exam pattern of both the steps given below:

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Pattern 2021

Paper – I: 200 Marks & 2 hrs

General Studies & Engineering Aptitude

Paper – II: 300 Marks &  3 hrs

Related to Branch

The Prelims Exam consists of General Studies and Multiple Aptitude Questions (MCQ) from Engineering Aptitude Paper and other papers in the concerned Engineering Branch.  There is a negative marking of 1 / 3rd mark for each wrong answer.  The number of candidates shortlisted for ESE Mains 2021 examination will be 6-7 times the total vacancies.

UPSC ESE Mains Exam Pattern 2021

Paper – I: 300 Marks & 3 hrs, Related to Branch

Paper – II: 300 Marks & 3 hrs, Related to Branch

UPSC ESE/IES 2021 Admit Card

UPSC ESE/IES 2021 Answer Key

UPSC ESE/IES 2021 Result

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