Indian Engineering Services

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The Indian Engineering Services (IES) are the civil services that meet the technical 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 such as the Civil Service Examination, Indian Forest Service examination, Indian Engineering Service examination(ESE) and several others. Since large number of candidates take these exams,competing for limited posts it is considered to be one of the toughest examination among candidates (given the nature and pattern of exam). All officers of the All India Services and other Group-A and Central Services are appointed by the President of India[1] for the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Recruitment[edit]

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.[2]

In the year 2010, a total of 157,649 candidates applied for 434 vacancies (includes all branches and cadres).[3][4] 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 PH (Physically Handicapped category).[5] 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 category.[6] 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 category.[7]

Most toppers of this exam are graduates of institutes like the Indian Institutes of Technology,[8][9] Birla Institute of Technology and Science(BITS) Pilani, National Institutes of Technology,[10][11] Indian Institute of Science 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.[12][13]

Civil Engineering[edit]

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

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)
  15. For development industries only for mechanical engineering

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. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  2. Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  3. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  4. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  5. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  6. Indian Radio Regulatory Service
  7. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  10. Indian Telecommunication Service
  11. Junior Telecom Officer(Group 'B')

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 organisation, agency, department, ministry or PSU of the Government of India on deputation. They are appointed to 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.[14][15]

Eligibility[edit]

A Bachelors degree in Engineering from a recognized university or equivalent (B.E/B.Tech)

An M.Sc degree or equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects are acceptable for certain services / posts

Nationality[edit]

The candidate must be one of the following:

Educational qualifications[edit]

At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering and also final year students (B.E./B.Tech) from a recognised university (or) an Associate Membership of Institution of Engineers (India) i.e., A.M.I.E., (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.[16]

Age limits[edit]

21–30 years on 1 january of the year of Engineering Services Examination.[17]

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 200 (US$3.10), 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, Vishakapatnam, Almora and Kanpur

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.

Notable officers[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/702-candidates-clear-indian-engg-services-exam-114022800099_1.html
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  7. ^ http://www.upsc.gov.in/
  8. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/education/careers/article2601317.ece
  9. ^ http://www.idse.org/aboutidse.php
  10. ^ http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/may/16civil.htm
  11. ^ http://nitwaa.in/profile/view/mutyala-raju-r
  12. ^ Indian Engineering Services
  13. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-educationplus/ies-opens-new-avenues-for-young-engineers/article533758.ece?css=print
  14. ^ "UPSC". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Central Staffing Scheme 2008-List of Services". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Engineering Services Examination". Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Engineering Services Examination (Overview)". Union Public Service Commission. Retrieved 27 September 2014.