UPSC ESE 2017 Selection Process – Revised Exam Scheme

Here is UPSC ESE 2017 Selection Process and Exam Scheme. UPSC will hold Engineering Services Examination for recruitment to the services/Posts under following Engineering discipline:

Civil Engineering – Category I

Mechanical Engineering – Category II

Electrical Engineering – Category III

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering – Category IV

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.

Educational Qualification for ESE 2017 Selection Process:

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

ESE Exam Scheme 2017:

UPSC has revised ESE Exam Scheme and Syllabus of Engineering disciplines to be implemented from the Engineering Services Examination, 2017 onwards. Revised Scheme of the Engineering Services Examination as under:

The examination will consist three stages for ESE 2017 selection process: 

Stage I -Preliminary stage (Objective Type Papers, Total- 500 Marks)

Written Examination will comprise two papers; Paper – I i.e. General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper which is Common for all Candidates. Paper – 2 is Engineering Discipline specific.


Paper Subject Max. Marks Exam Duration
Paper-1 General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper 200 2 hours
Paper-2 Engineering Discipline-specific 300 3 hours

Stage-II, Main Stage: (Conventional Type Papers, Total – 600 Marks) (Engineering Services – Discipline-specific)


Paper Subject Max. Marks Exam Duration
Paper-1 Engineering Discipline-specific 300 3 hours
Paper-2 Engineering Discipline-specific 300 3 hours

Stage-III : Personality Test, Total- 200 Marks

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.

Grand Total Marks (Stage-I + Stage-II + Stage-III) = 1300 Marks (max.)

ESE 2017 Selection Process:

  • Only those candidates qualifying at Stage-I to be permitted to appear for Stage-II examination.
  • Those Candidates qualifying at Stage-II will be permitted to appear for Stage-III examination.
  • Only those Candidates qualifying at Stage -III (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit List of Engg. Services Exam.
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper should be at the discretion of the Commission.
  • Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers) of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II (Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test) and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.
  • Candidates who are declared qualified on the result of written part of the examination i.e. Stage-I & Stage-II will be required to indicate their preferences for services/Posts at the appropriate time in the Detailed Application Form.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Note: Papers of the Engineering Disciplines -specific means Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/ Electrical Engineering/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

ESE Aptitude Paper Syllabus – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude ( Stage-I, Paper-I):

The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-I for ESE 2017 selection process:

  1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development,
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability,
  3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis,
  4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety,
  5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services,
  6. Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment,
  7. Basics of Project Management,
  8. Material Science Basics and Engineering,
  9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  10. Ethics and values in Engineering profession.

Important points regarding aptitude paper (Stage -I, Paper-I):

  • The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics as may be expected from an engineering graduate, without special study.
  • Questions from all the 10 topics mentioned above shall be set.
  • Marks for each Topic may range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.

Main points to be care in Objective type Papers (Stage -I, Paper-I & Paper-2):

  • 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.
  • There are four alternatives for answer to every question. You have to choose one response for each question.
  •  Use only black ball pen to darken the circles on the Answer Sheet. Ink pen or pencil should not be used for blackening the circles.
  • There will be penalty (Negative marking) 1/3rd (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty for wrong answers.

Important points regarding Conventional Papers (Stage -II):

  • Conventional papers must be answered in English only. Question papers will be set in English only.
  • 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.
  • Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
  • Deduction upto 5% of the maximum marks for the written papers will be made for illegible handwriting. Credit will given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in the conventional papers.
  • In the question papers, wherever required, SI units will be used. Candidates will be supplied with standard tables/charts in SI units in the Examination hall for reference purpose.
  • Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.) while answering the question papers.
  • Candidates are permitted to bring and use battery operated pocket calculators for conventional papers only. Loaning or interchanging of calculators are not permitted.
  • Do not write your roll number on answer books, graph/precis sheet, drawing papers or additional answer book.
  • Answers in excess of prescribed number will be ignored. Only the questions attempted first up to the prescribed number shall be valued.
  • Questions relating to graphs/precis should be attempted only on graphs/precis sheets to be supplied on demand by the invigilators.

UPSC ESE Model Question paper of General Studies & Engineering Aptitude:

Candidates may check UPSC ESE 2017 selection process, Model Question paper of General Studies & Engineering Aptitude at UPSC’s official website www.upsc.gov.in  and may be downloaded from here.

Revised Syllabus of four Engineering Disciplines i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Communication Engineering may be downloaded from here.

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