Engineering Services selection process

UPSC will hold Engineering Services Examination for recruitment to the services/Posts under following categories:

Category I – Civil Engineering

Category II – Mechanical Engineering

Category III – Electrical Engineering

Category IV – Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

A candidate may apply for admission to the examination in respect of anyone of the above categories of the Services/Posts viz. Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.


The approximate number of vacancies is 475. The number of vacancies is liable to alteration. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC and Physically Disabled Category as per Government Rule.

Educational Qualification:

For admission to the examination a candidate must have

(i) obtained in Engineering a degree from a University; or

(ii) passed Section A and Section B of the Institution Examination of the Institution of Engineers (India); or

(iii) obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University recognised by Govt.; or

(iv) passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or

(v)  passed Associate Membership ExaminationParts II and III/ Sections A and B of Aeronautical Society of India; or

(vi) passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after Nov. 1959.

Note: Candidates who have appeared at an examination or intend to appear at such the passing of which would render them eligible to appear at the Examination may also apply.

Age Limit:

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st January of every year. (Upper age limit relaxation as per prescribed rules, e.g. SC/ST-5 yrs, OBC- 3 yrs etc.).

Scheme of Examination:

The examination will consist two parts as below:
Part I : Written Examination will comprise two sections; Section I consisting only of objective types of questions and Section II of conventional papers, Written tests will comprise of total 1000 Marks.

Section Subject  Time Duration Max Marks
Section I – Objective Papers General Ability Test (Part-A: General English, Part-B: General Studies) 2 Hrs 200
Section I Engineering Paper-I * * 2 Hrs 200
Section I Engineering Paper-II * * 2 Hrs 200
Section II: Conventional Papers Engineering Paper-I * * 3 Hrs 200
Section II Engineering Paper-II * * 3 Hrs 200

Note: * * Papers of the relevant engineering disciplines viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
Part II :
Personality Test carrying a maximum marks of 200 marks in respect of only those candidates who are declared qualified on the result of Written Examination.

10 Important points to be noted regarding Conventional Papers:

(i) Conventional papers must be answered in English only. Question papers will be set in English only.

(ii) Candidates must write the papers in their own hand.  In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write the answers for them.

(iii) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.

(iv) Deduction upto 5% of the maximum marks for the written papers will be made for illegible handwriting.

(v) Credit will given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in the conventional papers.

(v) In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used.

(vi) Candidates will be supplied with standard tables/charts in SI units in the Examination hall for reference purpose.

(vi) Candidates are permitted to bring and use battery operated pocket calculators for conventional papers only. Loaning or interchanging of calculators are not permitted.

(vii) Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.) while answering the question papers.

(viii) Do not write your roll number on answer books, graph/precis sheet, drawing papers or additional answer book.

(ix) Answers in excess of prescribed number will be ignored. Only the questions attempted first up to the prescribed number shall be valued.

(x) Questions relating to graphs/precis should be attempted only on graphs/precis sheets to be supplied on demand by the invigilators.

10 Important points to be noted regarding Objective type Papers:

(i) Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering Objective Type Paper. Mathematical and drawing instruments, Log Tables stencils of maps and slide rules are not permitted to bring in to Examination hall.

(ii) There are four alternatives for answer to every question. You have to choose one response for each question.

(iii) If you think there is more than one correct response, then choose what you consider the best response.

(iv) You have to mark your response by completely blackening to indicate your response.

(v) They should use black ball pen only to darken the circles on the Answer Sheet. Ink pen or pencil should not be used for blackening the circles.

(vi) There will be penalty (Negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Papers.

(vii) For each question for which a wrong answer has been given,  1/3rd (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(viii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as wrong answer and there will be same penalty for that question.

(ix) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

(x) Candidates are required to fill the relevant particulars with black ball pen only against their columns in the Scannable Attendance List.

Personality Test of Engineering Services:

In the Personality Test special attention will be paid to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.

Minimum qualifying marks:

The commission have discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination.

Mode of selection:

(i) The Objective Type papers as contained in Section-I of the plan of the Examination will be evaluated first.

(ii) The Evaluation of the Conventional Type papers contained in Section-II of the Plan of Examination will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Objective Types papers, as fixed by Commission.

(iii) Candidates will be short listed for the Personality Test on the basis of their performance (qualifying marks) in the Written Examination.

(iv) Candidates who are declared qualified on the result of written part of the examination will be required to indicate their preferences for services/Posts at the appropriate time in the Detailed Application Form.

(v) All written qualified candidate will have to undergo a Medical Examination. The Medical Examination will be conducted at various Railway Hospitals under Ministry of Railways.

(vi) The candidates will be allotted to various Services/Posts strictly in accordance with their merit position, preferences exercised by them and number of vacancies, subject to their medical fitness.

Standard of Question Papers:

(i) The standard of paper in General Ability Test will be such as may be expected of an Engineering/Science Graduate.

(ii) The standard of other subjects will approximately be that of an Engineering Degree Examination of an Indian University.

Note: Candidates may also check UPSC’s official website for detailed Examination Notification, date of examination and Selection Process of Engineering Services Exam.

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