UPSC ESE Recruitment Notification 2023 [OUT] | Exam Dates, Syllabus, Eligibility & Other Tips

IES Exam

IES Exam 2023: A career in the field of engineering makes way for different kinds of opportunities and one of the main hurdles you have to cross to get a job of your choice is the IES Exam or Indian Engineering services exam.

UPSC ESE Exam 2023 Notification will be release today, Union Public Sevice Commission releases IES/ESE (Indian Engineering Services) Exam Notification on 22/09/2023 ie. on Wednesday. Interested Aspirants can fill the Application form at (Started from September 22, 2023 and Closes on October 12, 2023)

Candidates have to fill the Application form on or Before October 12, 2023, till 6 PM (Closing date)

In this blog, we will talk about the important aspects of the IES Exam like IES 2023 Notification, dates, syllabus, eligibility, IES Result 2023, and other helpful suggestions. When you go through the different parts it will become easier for you to score good marks. Read all the sections with a focused mind.

IES Exam 2023 Notification [Released]

This exam is conducted by UPSC or Union Public Service Commission and the main purpose of conducting this exam is to recruit engineers in various government departments. There are a total of 3 rounds and you have to clear all the rounds to secure a place in this exam.

Before starting the complete guide, you should check the key points about the exam from the table given below.

IES/ ESE Full Form Indian Engineering Services also are known as Engineering Services Exam 
Conducting Body UPSC (Union Public Service Exam)
IES Exam Level National level
IES/ ESE Official Website
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Offline
Expected number of Registration 2 lakhs (approx.)
No. of vacancies

Download IES Official Notification 2023

Must-Know IES Branches 2023

UPSC conducts the IES Exam to recruit candidates for engineering positions for the various department working under the Government of India.

Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam, also known as Engineering Services Examination (ESE), is a national-level recruitment exam organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Engineering Services Examination is conducted for four branches of engineering namely:

Important: ESE Eligibility Criteria 2023

Every competitive exam has some criteria and you have to fulfill the basic requirements to allow to take the test.

If you apply without knowing the eligibility then it will be a waste of time, money as well as effort.

You need to be familiar with the essential factors before making the necessary arrangements for an exam like IES. 


An IES 2021 Applicant must be either: 

  • a citizen of India, or 
  • a subject of Nepal, or 
  • a subject of Bhutan, or 
  • a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or 
  • a person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently setting in India.

Provided that the candidates belonging to categories (2), (3), (4), and (5) produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India at the time of final allotment.

IES Age Limit 

  • IES/ ESE aspirants must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on January 1, 2023.
  • In other words, they must have been born not earlier than January 2, 1990, and not later than January 1, 1999.  
  • Government servants and reserved category candidates will be given relaxation in the upper age limit

IES Educational Qualification Requirements

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering or equivalent from a recognized University.

Physical Standards 

  • You must be physically fit as per the standards defined by the exam authority for admission to Engineering Services Examination 2023.

Know IES/ ESE 2023 Exam Dates

UPSC has released the schedule for IES/ ESE 2023. Tabulated below are IES 2023 exam dates for all the stages and other important events:

Events Official Dates
IES/ ESE 2021 Registration Window April 7th, 2021
IES Application Withdrawal window April 27th, 201 (6:00 PM)
Issue of IES Admit Card 2021 to be Notifies
IES 2021 Prelims Exam Date July 18, 2021 
IES 2021 Prelims Result Sep 2021
IES 2021 Main Exam Date Oct 2021
IES 2021 Mains Result Dec 2021

Exclusive IES 2023 Online Application Form

IES Application Form 2023 was made available from April 7th,2023 – April 27th, 2023. Candidates can fill the application form in online mode only at

You have to follow the given steps to register themselves for ESE 2023 exam:

IES Application Form Guidelines

  • Visit the UPSC official website:
  • Enter your name, date of birth, email ID, mobile number, and other personal details.
  • Provide your preferred exam centers and your engineering core branch.
  • Enter your category, communication details, work experience details, etc.
  • You have to upload the scanned images of passport size photograph, signature and photo ID proof in prescribed formats.
  • Now you have to pay IES Registration Fee via online or offline mode.
  • You can pay the fees in cash at any SBI Bank branch or via Debit/Credit Card or SBI Net Banking.
  • The last step is to read the declaration and click on “I agree”.
  • Click on Final Submit and download the filled-in form for future reference.

IES Application Fees

You have to pay an application fee as prescribed by UPSC based on your category. You can check the category-wise application fee structure from the table below:


Application Fee (INR)

General/ OBC/ EWS






Final IES Syllabus 2023 For Prelims & Main

Before starting preparation for the exam, you should have the latest IES Syllabus of Prelims and Main for All Branches.

You should know that both Prelims and Main exam will have two papers each– Paper 1 and Paper 2. IES Prelims Paper 1 is General Studies and Engineering Aptitude which is the same for every candidate.

Prelims Paper 2 and both the papers in the Main exam will be based on a candidate’s choice of engineering discipline amongst civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and electronics & telecommunication engineering.

IES General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Syllabus (Prelims Paper 1)

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

Civil Engineering Syllabus

 Paper I

  • Building Materials
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Concrete and Masonry structures
  • Construction Practice, Planning, and Management


  • The flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power
  • Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Engineering
  • Surveying and Geology
  • Transportation Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Syllabus

Paper I

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and Heat transfer
  • IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Power Plant Engineering
  • Renewable Sources of Energy


  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanisms and Machines
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics

Electrical Engineering Syllabus

Paper I

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electric Circuits and Fields
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus


  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Systems and Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics and Drives

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus

Paper I

  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation
  • Network Theory
  • Analog and Digital Circuits


  • Analog and Digital Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Electro Magnetics
  • Advanced Electronics Topics
  • Advanced Communication Topics

IES Interview Syllabus

Once a candidate successfully clears the prelims and the mains round, he will be eligible to appear for the interview round. The exam is conducted for a maximum of 200 marks.

Various aspects are tested in the personality test round to assess the candidate for the final selection; some of the points of assessment include:

  • Mental aptitude and special capabilities.
  • Suitability of personality to render civil services.
  • Leadership qualities
  • Intellectual potential
  • Interest in current affairs, national and international.
  • The energy of the candidate to pursue different higher roles.
  • Proactiveness, enthusiasm to pursue the social role, and task defining personality.

Updated IES 2023 Exam Pattern

IES 2023 has three stages i.e. Prelims, Main Exam, and Personal Interview. IES Exam Pattern 2023 is defined by Union Public Service Commission. 

IES Preliminary exam is an objective paper whereas IES Main exam is a descriptive paper. You have to clear prelims to appear for the Main examination.

After qualifying for the main exam, you will proceed to the personality test also known as the Interview round. 

Both the sections of the written test cover the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subjects (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering).

IES Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

Sections Paper 1 Paper 2 Total
Time Duration 2 Hours 3 Hours 5 Hours
Marks 200 Marks 300 Marks 500 Marks
Negative  1/3rd of the marks assigned to the question will be deducted as a penalty
Medium Only in the English Language
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (Each question has 4 options) 

IES Main Exam Pattern 2023

Papers Duration Maximum Marks
Paper 1 (CE/ EE/ ME/ ECE) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper 2 (CE/ EE/ ME/ ECE) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Total 6 Hours 600 Marks

IES Interview Round 

In this stage, your leadership skills, personality, and intellect skills will be tested. 

A maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the personality test (interview test).

Download IES Books & Other Study Materials

To prepare for any exam correctly, you must have the right study materials with the latest syllabus and exam patterns. You should know that Good quality study materials play a great role to accomplish your IES preparation. So you can score a better mark on the exam.

You can easily find the IES books and other study materials by clicking the link given below.

Download Free IES/ESE Preparation App

IES Previous Year Papers

You must solve the previous year’s papers before the exams. It will give you an idea about nature and the exam pattern of the exam. You will know the difficulty level of the questions asked in the exam. 

Practicing IES previous year papers will help you to build your confidence level and also boost the speed of solving questions in the real exam.

It will also help students in knowing their conceptual weaknesses so that they can easily cover those before the ESE exam.

Detailed IES Preparation Tips

IES exam is not an easy exam. But with a solid study plan and the right study materials, you can easily crack the exam with a high score. As an aspirant for the IES/ESE Exam 2021, you have to study really hard as the difficulty level of this exam is very high.

You have to do the IES exam right analysis based on the latest syllabus and exam pattern. By solving more previous year papers and sample question papers, you will increase the chance to score high.

Here we are providing helpful tips to crack the IES Exam.

  • Know the latest ESE Syllabus
  • Make a Study Plan
  • Develop Reading Habits
  • Clear Your Basics
  • Best Study Materials
  • Make Notes
  • Memorize Formulas
  • Go Through Example Problems
  • Practice Previous Year Papers:
  • Solve Sufficient Practice Questions
  • Take Mock Tests
  • Improve Your Test-Taking Skills

Download IES Admit Card 2023

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) yet to Notify the date for IES Admit Card Release. for more Info about the IES Admit Card Check the official website of UPSC i.e. 

Candidates can download the UPSC ESE 2023 Admit Card by entering their Registration ID or Roll Number, and Date of Birth. Refer to this article to know about UPSC IES Exam Admit Card 2023.

Must-Read IES Exam Centers 2023

Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam center while registering for IES 2023. IES Exam centers are different for Preliminary exam and Main exam:

IES 2023 Prelims Exam Centers

Agartala Aligarh Bareilly
Ahmedabad Aizawl Allahabad
Bhopal Bangalore Chandigarh
Chennai Cuttack Dehradun
Dharwad Gangtok Imphal
Itanagar Jorhat Kochi (Cochin)
Delhi Dispur (Guwahati) Hyderabad
Jaipur Jammu Kolkata
Kohima Madurai Nagpur
Lucknow Mumbai Patna
Panaji (Goa) Port Blair Sambalpur
Raipur Ranchi Shillong
Srinagar Tirupati Udaipur
Shimla Thiruvananthapuram Visakhapatnam

IES 2023 Main Exam Centers

















Dispur (Guwahati)








IES Exam Result 2023

Checking the exam IES result online is now possible by the click of a button. All you need to do is visit the official website of UPSC and then follow the steps which we have mentioned below.

Candidates can check the result by following the below procedure:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  • After that, you need to select the ‘Written Results’ option from the right side menu.
  • The result will be available in the form of a PDF file. You will be able t witness the roll numbers of qualified candidates in each branch
  • Your next step is to download the PDF file and after some time you will be able to view your result.
  • You can also save a copy of the UPSC IES result PDF file for future reference.

IES Answer Keys 2023

IES Answer Keys for Prelims Exam will be uploaded by UPSC on the official website. You will also find the unofficial answer keys from top coaching centers will also be released. 

Complete guide to check the IES Answer Key 2023

You should know that the Official IES Answer keys will be released soon after the conclusion of the exam. The Representations against answer keys can be submitted via Email within the stipulated time period.

Any representation without textual or documentation proof will not be entertained.

IES Cutoff 2023

IES 2023 Cutoff for Preliminary exam will be disclosed at the time of result declaration. You can check the cut-off of IES online by visiting the official website of UPSC.

You should note that to qualify for the next stage i.e. IES Main, it is important to score equal or more marks than the set qualifying marks.

The cut-off is different for all the exams. The following factors determine the cutoff:

  • Total number of students who appeared for IES
  • Number of vacancies 
  • The difficulty level of the engineering service examination
  • Candidates’ performances

IES Cutoff 2023

To get an estimate of the competition, go through the following statistics of the previous years’ cutoff.

IES 2023 Preliminary Exam Cutoff

Discipline General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering (CE) 207 194 169 188 114 87
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 256 255 220 223 138 98
Electrical Engineering (EE) 230 218 190 191 127 71
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE) 213 206 173 155 125 (-)

IES 2023 Main Exam Cutoff 

After qualifying IES Stage 1, candidates have to appear for Main i.e. Stage 2. Minimum qualifying marks will be out of 1100 marks.

Discipline General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering (CE) 546 502 467


308 161
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 611 611 542 564 374 288
Electrical Engineering (EE) 541 488 452 481


Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE) 504 476 405 403 301 (-)

IES 2023 Final Cutoff

Final Cutoff is released after the conclusion of the Interview round. The marks are calculated out of 1300 marks.

Discipline General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-3
Civil Engineering (CE) 710 679 609 671 476 425
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 767 782 699 699 505 551
Electrical Engineering (EE) 711 691 603 624 473 (-)
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE) 660 648 567 524 429 (-)

IES 2023 Selection Procedure

The two-staged IES Selection Procedure adopted by UPSC for IES 2023 exam is:

  • Written Examination
  • Personal Interview

The written exam comprises two exams- Preliminary and Main exam.

  • Candidates are required to qualify for the IES cutoff set by the commission.
  • Clearing IES 2023 Prelims is essential to proceed to IES 2023 Main Exam.
  • The main exam is the qualifying criteria for the Personal Interview session.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for the final stage i.e. Personality Test.
  • The final results and merit list form the basis of an appointment letter in the name of the candidate.

IES Salary & Future Scope

You will find various scopes after clearing the IES Exam. You can be appointed in various Government Organizations. The Salary Structure of an IES Officer is quite high.

You can see the IES Officer Salary Structure From below

IES Salary Structure Details

You should know that previously the IES In Hand salary was 42,000. But after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the approximate IES Salary is Rs.55,135/-.

The IES Salary and Pay Scale for different posts are tabulated below:


Pay Scale

Grade Pay

Junior level INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 5400
Senior Scale INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 6600
Junior Administrative Grade INR 15,600 – INR 39,100 INR 7600
Selection grade scale (Chief Engineer L2 / Jt. G M ) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
Super time grade (Chief Engr. /Additional GM) INR 37400 – INR 67000 INR 8700
Cabinet Secretary Grade INR 90,000 N/A
Apex Pay Scale INR 80,000 N/A

Departments Allocation via IES/ ESE Exam

Here you can check the list of organizations recruited via ESE Exam Result.

Civil Engineering

  • AEE in P&T building works Group-A Services
  • AEE in Border Road Engg. Services GR-A
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  • Central Water Engineering Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Services

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  • Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  • Central Power Engineering Service (E&T Posts)
  • Engineer GCS Group A in WPC/MO(M/O Communication & IT)
  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Telecom Service Group-A
  • Indian Inspection Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  • Indian Supply Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  • Indian Naval Armament Service

Electrical Engineering

  • Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  • Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  • Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  • Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers(Electrical Posts)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  • Indian Supply Service Group A (Electrical Posts)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service

Mechanical Engineering

  • Assistant Executive Engineer Group A Geological Survey of India
  • Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  • Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  • Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  • Central Water Engineering Service Group-A (Mechanical Post)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  • Indian Inspection Service Group A
  • Indian Supply Service Group A (Mechanical Posts)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service

We have covered a detailed guide on IES/ESE Exam 2023. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.

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