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Indian Engineering Services (IES) : Some Useful Facts

Written By: Gourav Singh

IES! It’s a dream of most of the Engineers to serve the nation through their knowledge of technological advancements, analytical ability & the power of imagination and the field of Indian Engineering Services (IES) provides the opportunity exactly for the same. IES being the government sector job attracts many engineers especially who are pursuing core engineering specialization. Most of us are fond of government high post jobs because of their status, power, popularity, facilities in the society. Nearly everyone knows that, to be a government officer we have to go through a very tough competition. Before deciding any profession a person should know some key facts about it, like what effort they have to give to be in that profession, what is the future over here, where would they reach in few years?All these questions are very usual and important to be asked to oneself before deciding upon any particular profession. Here you will find where to concentrate, where to spend maximum time through preparation, how and what to prepare.

In particular, to become an IES officer first of all, one should be very focused towards the major specialization subject. IES exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service commission) every year in the month of June that is in summer, so guys first of all have a jug full of water on your study table and then start studying. The point is that, avoid distractions. In a day it does not matter how many hours you study, but what actually matters is how much quality time you spend. There is an old quote that “practice makes a man perfect”, actually it is true. No matter how much intelligent you are, the only thing matters is your practice. Even if an intelligent guy is not practicing he will definitely screw himself in the exam. Every student is giving any exam only by seeing the future perspective. So engineers you are glad to know that how bright is your future in IES. First of all the IES jobs itself are very powerful with high status in the society, government job, fixed salary, facilities like house, vehicle, medical etc. throughout life. In a career of around 32 years, the officer will go through the following posts, like, initially he will work as Assistant Executive Engineer, then Executive Engineer, Chief Engineer level-2, Chief Engineer level-1 and finally Engineer-in-Chief, being the highest post. It always sounds extremely attractive for a technical person. But apart from these there are some eligibility criteria to take this exam. Like, candidates should have done their engineering from any recognized University. It can be of any discipline but they need to choose one, from only the following four disciplines– Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Electronics and last but not the least, the most important criteria is the age limit. The candidate must have attained the age of 21 and must not have attained the age of 30 on 1st august on the year of the examination. The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST, and 3 years for OBC candidates. There are only 4 attempts for Generals, 7 attempts for OBC and no restriction for SC/ST. A handicap candidate is treated as a normal one but a blind, deaf and mute people got a relaxation of 10 years on the upper age limit, so the suggestion for all the candidate is to prepare accordingly and do not compare yourself with other candidates as the candidature differs according to the criteria.

The exam is scheduled for 3 days covering 5 papers and each paper consists of maximum 200 marks.

Day-1:  Objective paper of General Studies and General English with duration of 2 hours.

Day-2:  Two papers of technical objective questions with duration of 2 hours each.

Day-3:  Two papers of technical descriptive questions with duration of 3 hours each.

And after clearing all these hurdles the final round is the HR interview.

Now the unusual part about the evaluation system is that, if the candidate clears the objective paper then only their descriptive answer sheet will be evaluated otherwise rejected. Now if the candidate succeeds in clearing all the 5 papers then they are called for the interview. The interview carries a maximum mark of 200.

Being an IES officer, it offers the opportunities to work as an engineer in the Indian Railway Services, Indian Defense Services, Indian Ordnance Factories Services (IOFS); where the military weapons are made, Indian Naval Armament Services, Indian Navy, Geological Survey of India, and in as many reputed government organizations.

So IES aspirants let’s compete this stuff and be the part of public sector and take the first step to turn India towards glory and improve India with our power and skills.

All the best!

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