Indian Engineering Services

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Indian Engineering Services (Hindi: भारतीय अभियांत्रिकी सेवाएं), abbreviated as IES are the services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. Like most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. Large number of candidates take these exams, competing for limited posts. IES officers are selected by the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A combined four-stage competitive examination (comprising six tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services.[1]

IES remain the most sought-after careers for the engineering graduates in India.[2][3][4] In the year 2010, a total of 157,649 candidates applied for 434 vacancies (includes all branches and cadres).[5][6] In 2011, a total number of 693 candidates were recommended for appointments in these four lists include 317 General, 209 Other Backward Classes, 113 Scheduled Castes and 54 Scheduled Tribes (including 44 candidates belonging to Physically Handicapped category).[7] ESE 2012 was conducted for the recruitment of candidates to as many as 560 posts, which also includes 47 vacancies available only for the PH (physically handicapped) category.[8] ESE 2013 was conducted for the recruitment of candidates to as many as 763 posts, which also includes 19 vacancies available only for the PH (physically handicapped) category.[9]

IES officers carry high respect and stature in society and are able to manage activities in diverse areas. Government spending comprises more than 15 percent of India's GDP and given the extent of tasks and functions managed by the public sector, this extends to a fairly broad segment of the economy covering the railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, telecommunications, etc.[10] [11] All appointments to the Group A services are made by the President of India.[12]

Civil Engineering[edit]

  1. Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  2. Central Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  3. Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  4. Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  5. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  6. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  7. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Bandel civil engineering.

Mechanical Engineering[edit]

  1. Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  2. Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  3. Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  4. Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  5. Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  6. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  8. Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  9. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  10. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  12. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  13. Indian Railway Stores Service
  14. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)

Electrical Engineering[edit]

  1. Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  2. Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  3. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  4. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  5. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  6. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  7. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  8. Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  9. Indian Railway Stores Service
  10. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering[edit]

  1. Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  2. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  3. Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  4. Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  5. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  6. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  7. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  8. Indian Radio Regulatory Service
  9. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  10. Indian Railway Stores Service
  11. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  12. Indian Telecommunication Service

Career progression[edit]

  • At the time of selection – Assistant Executive Engineer / Assistant Works Manager / Assistant Director.
  • after 3–4 years of service (including probation period) – Executive Engineer / Works Manager / Deputy Director (equivalent to Under Secretary to Government of India).
  • after 8 years of service – Superintending Engineer / Deputy General Manager / Joint Director (equivalent to Deputy Secretary to Government of India).
  • after 13 years of service – Chief Engineer level-2 / Joint General Manager (equivalent to Director to Government of India).
  • after 20 years of service – Chief Engineer / Additional General Manager (equivalent to Joint Secretary to Government of India).
  • after 30 years of service – Engineer-in-Chief / Senior General Manager (equivalent to Additional Secretary to Government of India).
  • after 34 years of service - Chairman / Director General / Managing Director (equivalent to Secretary to Government of India).

Promotions are subjected to availability of vacancies and may take more time than mentioned above. The age of superannuation is 60 years for all civil servants in India.

Functions of the officers[edit]

The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. However, they can move to any cadre, organisation, agency, department, ministry or PSU of the Government of India. They are appointed in the posts analogous to their present one, either on deputation basis which is of a fixed tenure (at least 5 years and extensible) after which the officer returns to their parent cadre or on absorption basis where the official leaves the parent cadre and is "absorbed" permanently into the new cadre.[13] [14]

Eligibility[edit]

Nationality[edit]

The candidate must be one of the following:

Educational qualifications[edit]

At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering (B.E. / B. Tech) from a recognised university or equivalent. M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects also acceptable for certain services / posts only.[15]

=== Age limit 21-30 years on 1st August of the year of Engineering Services Examination.

Upper age limit relaxation is provided to candidates as follows:

  • A maximum of three years for OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only]
  • A maximum of three years in case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof
  • A maximum of five years for candidates belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe
  • A maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989
  • A maximum of five years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1 August and have been released on either of the following basis:
    • on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1 August) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency
    • on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service
    • on invalidment
  • A maximum of five years in case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1 August and 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 that they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
  • A maximum of ten years in case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons

The age relaxation will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.

Examination[edit]

Application[edit]

Candidates are required to apply online only by using the website www.upsconline.nic.in

Application fee[edit]

The application fee of the online form for General category male candidates is INR200 (US$3.30), while no fee is required by female and the reserved category applicants.

Test centres[edit]

The test is conducted in June every year at centres across India, namely: Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Udaipur and Vishakapatnam.

Plan of examination[edit]

There are objective as well as conventional (descriptive) papers. One paper for GA (General Ability) is part of the assessment system apart from the engineering subject of the candidate. The entire technical subject is divided into four papers (Papers II, III, IV & V). There is a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by the candidate in the objective type papers. There is a three-day schedule of the written examination, comprising all five written examinations.

Scheme of Examination
Paper I (Objective type) General Ability Test (Part A: General English) (Part B: General Studies) 200 Marks
Papers II & III (Objective type) Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 200 Marks for each paper
Papers IV & V (Conventional type) Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 200 Marks for each paper
Total marks for written examination 1000 Marks
Interview Personality Test 200 Marks

First stage[edit]

The first day is allocated for the General Ability (GA) paper. This exam is of 2 hours duration. On the first day there is just one exam. This exam consists of General English and General Studies. Paper is maximum of 200 marks.

Second stage[edit]

The second day is allocated for the Objective Technical Papers (II & III). There is one objective exam for each paper separately and each being of 2 hours in duration. Each paper is maximum of 200 marks.

Third stage[edit]

The third day is allocated for the Conventional Technical Papers (IV & V). There is one subjective exam for each paper separately and each being of 3 hours in duration. Each Paper is maximum of 200 marks.

The conventional answer sheets of a candidate are evaluated only when he / she qualifies the objective examination.

Interview[edit]

This is the fourth and final stage; candidates who qualify the written exam are called for the interview. Interview carries 200 marks. Officially called "Personality Test", the object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.

The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.

These four stages ensure that the candidates selected, are best suited to handle the responsibilities which will be entrusted to them. The selected candidates then undergo training at the academies / institutes of their respective cadres that makes them acquainted with the area of work, the cadre / service is engaged in.

Cut off marks from last 5 years[16][edit]

Objective Cut off Marks 600 (GA I : 200, objective II : 200, objective III : 200)
General OBC SC ST
2011 228 208 176 141
2010
2009 245 220 192 158
2008
2007
Interview Call 1000 Marks ( 600, Conventional Paper IV : 200, Conventional Paper V : 200)
General OBC SC ST
2011 432 390 339 304
2010 410 360 312 288
2009 440 401 348 296
2008 388 346 306 297
2007 392 376 347 319
Final Cutoff Marks : 1200 Marks
General OBC SC ST
2011 576 541 451 446
2010 554 514 450 420
2009 579 547 467 430
2008 526 500 438 460
2007 594 557 505 463

Notable officers[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ http://www.niecdelhi.ac.in/about/media_center/?media=29
  5. ^ http://www.upsc.gov.in/general/rti/61annual_report/61Annual%20Report%202010-11%20Eng.pdf
  6. ^ https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:lrVGmQFnynIJ:www.iesacademy.com/docs/ENGINEERING%2520SERVICES%2520EXAMINATION%25202010%2520vacancy.pdf+&hl=en&gl=in&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgv48gDqOhqqI8nQmAou6pgT_-cBhxBC31ZYChrynKmrSHc0ONFAqSo0YZJd1M6t0ZoL-CBuBJG9DMsRy-46DVrhtJjVfcNLprjQAf5QG23UWTP0xfEfve8objugRb-qQRZZDRf&sig=AHIEtbQwsyQ-eM4ikv_d2D4TW7Plc-3bMQ
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  9. ^ http://www.upsc.gov.in/
  10. ^ Indian Engineering Services
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-educationplus/ies-opens-new-avenues-for-young-engineers/article533758.ece?css=print
  12. ^ http://www.persmin.gov.in/DOPT/EmployeesCorner/Acts_Rules/ccs%28cca%29/ccstotal1.htm
  13. ^ http://www.upsc.gov.in/
  14. ^ http://centralstaffing.gov.in/WebOfferList/List%20of%20Services%20Participating%20under%20css.htm
  15. ^ http://www.upsc.gov.in/general/engg.htm
  16. ^ Annual Reports http://www.upsc.gov.in