Engineering Services Preliminary Examination

The Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Prelims is open examination to all who have a degree in engineering or equivalent. The examination is held for the selection of candidates to appear for Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Main. The Preliminary Test is screening which serves the purpose to shortlist candidates who are truly serious about Engineering Services of India. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India conducts ESE Preliminary test i.e. Written Test .

The first round of testing i.e. ESE Prelims asks multiple choice questions so as to measure what you have learnt during college years. The candidates who pass this examination are invited by the commission to apply for the Engineering Services Main Examination. The ESE Main examination is held in two stages i.e. Written Test and Interview.

Following four branches of Engineering are included in the testing process of Engineering Services Examination at both stages
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
Please note that the application procedure for Engineering Services Examination is fully online for all the stages.

Important Dates Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination 

Eligibility Criteria Engineering Services Preliminary Examination 

There are various eligibility criteria that the candidates are required to fulfill to apply UPSC Engineering Services Exam. These include:
Age: The candidates should be minimum of 21 - 30 years as on 1st August of the year that the student sits for the examination. However, there is age relaxation up to 35 years for candidates belonging to certain categories including departmental candidates as per the UPSC's notice.
Educational Qualifications: The candidates must have the following educational qualifications to apply for UPSC Engineering Services Exam:
(a) A engineering degree from a University that is incorporated by an Act of the State or Central Legislature in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or deemed Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956;
(b) Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India);
(c) If the candidate has a diploma or a degree in Engineering from a foreign Institution/ College/ University under certain conditions that the Indian government has recognised,
(d) If he/she has cleared the Examination of Graduate Membership of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India);
(e) If he/she has cleared the Examination of Associate Membership Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India;
(f) If he/she has cleared the Examination of Graduate Membership of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November, 1959.

N.B.: If he/she is a candidate for the Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts), then they are required to fulfill the above qualification or the following qualification:

M.Sc. or its equivalent degree with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

All candidates who are in their final year of Engineering degree or its equivalent exam are also eligible to compete for UPSC Engineering Services Exam 2010, however such candidates will have to submit their proof of passing the engineering examination, after the clearing the written exam.

Nationality: The candidates applying for  UPSC Engineering Services Exam must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Bhutan, or
(c) a subject of Nepal, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who has come to India before January 1st, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) if he/she is a person of Indian origin and has migrated from Vietnam, Zaire and Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, East African countries of Kenya, Sri Lanka, Burma or from Pakistan, with the motive to permanently settling down in India.
All candidates those who belong to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) mentioned above would require a certificate of eligibility that shall be issued by the Government of India. Thus the appointment letter to those candidates will only be given after the Government of India issues the necessary eligibility certificate.

Test Pattern: Engineering Services Preliminary Examination

The UPSC conducts Engineering Services Preliminary Examination in two papers as detailed below

ESE Paper - I
  • General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
  • Maximum Marks: 200
  • Time allowed: 2 Hours
  • Type of Exam: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) / Objective Type Questions
ESE Paper – II
  • Subject Specific Paper (Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics & Telecommunication)
  • Maximum Marks: 300
  • Type of Exam: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) / Objective Type Questions
Total Marks for Prelims = 500

Test Centres Engineering Services Examination Prelims

The Indian Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Preliminary Test / Screening Test / ESE Prelims held across following cities

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

How to apply for Engineering Services Preliminary Examination 

The candidates are required to fill up online application form using the official website

Candidates (except Female/SC/ST/ PH who are exempted from payment of fee) have to pay an exam fee of Rs. 200  either using SBI Net Banking/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur Netbanking/ State Bank of Mysore Netbanking/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore Netbanking or Depositing the cash in any SBI branch or online payment using Visa/ Master debit or credit card. Please read official instructions carefully and fill your application in walking steps as 1, 2, 3. This is mandatory to submit application successfully.

Admit Card Engineering Services Preliminary Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) makes available ESE Prelims Admit Card for Download from official website for all successful applicants. The candidates are required to download and print admit card to appear for the examination. The release of admit card is also informed by the commission through email and SMS. This is important document and serves as Hall Ticket to appear for the examination and further use through other official procedures till the recruitment process is over.

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Preliminary Result

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declares Engineering Service Preliminary Examination Result for various stages. The candidates qualified in the preliminary test also called screening test are eligible to apply for Engineering Services Main Examination. Check Your Result, Click Here

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