IES Exam, previously known as ESE Exam, is organized by UPSC to recruit aspiring engineers for various posts in Indian Engineering Services. IES Exam is conducted through three stages – Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and Interview Round. UPSC ESE Prelims Exam 2020 was conducted on January 5, 2020. IES Main was scheduled to be conducted on June 28, 2020, but had been postponed due to extension in countrywide lockdown.
The key points about IES/ ESE 2020 exam are highlighted below:
|IES/ ESE Full Form||Indian Engineering Services also known as Engineering Services Exam|
|Conducting Body||UPSC (Union Public Service Exam)|
|IES Exam Level||National level|
|IES/ ESE Official Website||upsc.gov.in|
|Expected number of Registration||2 lakhs (approx.)|
|No. of vacancies||495|
UPSC has released the schedule for IES/ ESE 2020. Tabulated below are IES 2020 exam dates for all the stages and other important events:
|Events||Official Dates (Revised)|
|IES/ ESE 2020 Registration Window||September 25 – October 15, 2019|
|IES Application Withdrawal window||October 22 – 28, 2019 (6:00 PM)|
|Issue of IES Admit Card 2020||December 11, 2019|
|IES 2020 Prelims Exam Date||January 05, 2020|
|IES 2020 Prelims Result||February 20, 2020|
|IES 2020 Main Exam Date||August 09, 2020 (Postponed)|
|IES 2020 Personal Interview Dates||September 2020|
UPSC has segregated various norms that a candidate needs to fulfil before applying for IES 2020. UPSC IES eligibility criteria are defined by the following standards:
An IES 2020 Applicant must be either:
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 Application Form 2020 was made available from September 25 – October 15, 2019. Candidates filled the application form in online mode only at upsc.gov.in. Candidates have to follow the given steps to register themselves for ESE 2020 exam:
Candidates have to upload their scanned images of passport size photograph, signature, and photo ID proof in prescribed formats.
|Photograph||20 – 300 KBs||350x350 to 1000x1000||JPG|
|Signature||20 – 300 KBs||350x350 to 1000x1000||JPG|
|Photo ID Proof||20 – 300 KBs||350x350 to 1000x1000|
Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam center while registering for IES 2020. IES Exam centers are different for Preliminary exam and Main exam:
|Panaji (Goa)||Port Blair||Sambalpur|
|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 penalty|
|Medium||Only in English Language|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions (Each question has 4 options)|
|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 Result for Prelims exam held on January 5, 2020 will be declared in the month of February 2020. IES Result will be published only at the official website of UPSC.
Steps to obtain IES Results are listed below:
IES Answer Keys for Prelims Exam will be uploaded by the commission on the official website.
To get an estimate of the competition, go through the following statistics of the previous years’ cutoff.
|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||(-)|
Candidates qualifying IES Stage 1 have to appear for Main i.e. Stage 2. Minimum qualifying marks will be out of 1100 marks (Prelims- 500 marks + Main- 600 marks).
|Civil Engineering (CE)||546||502||467||
|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||(-)|
Final Cutoff is released after the conclusion of the Interview round. The marks are calculated out of 1300 marks. Candidates are recruited on the basis of marks secured by them in IES Stage 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||(-)|
The two-staged IES Selection Procedure adopted by UPSC for IES 2020 exam is:
The written exam comprises two exams- Preliminary and Main exam.
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Ques. Why is IES examination conducted?
Ans. IES Examination is conducted to recruit eligible candidates to various posts in Indian Engineering Services in the various department of Civil, Electrical, Electronics & Telecommunication, and Mechanical engineering disciplines.
Ques. What are the departments I can work if I get recruited through IES 2020?
Ans. You may get recruited in the following departments under the Government of India through IES 2020:
Ques. Who will conduct IES 2020?
Ans. Indian Engineering Services(IES) also known as Engineering Services Examination(ESE) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission.
Ques. How can I apply for the IES exam?
Ans. You can apply for the UPSC IES examination through online mode at the official website of UPSC.
Ques. What is the qualification eligibility for IES examination?
Ans. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent from a recognised institution.
Ques. I am in the final year of Engineering. Am I eligible for IES 2020?
Ans. Yes, you are eligible for IES 2020, but you will have to provide the certificate of proof at the time of IES selection process
Ques. What is the eligibility to apply for IES 2020?
Ans. The basic eligibility to apply for IES is that candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and his/her age should be in between 21 to 30 years as on January 1, 2020.
Ques. Which branches of Engineering are eligible to apply for IES 2020?
Ans. IES is conducted by the UPSC for the following branches of engineering:
Ques. I have already attempted for IES examination 4 times in the past, Am I eligible to appear in IES 2020?
Ans. Yes, there is no restriction by the commission over the number of attempts. You can appear for IES examination as long as you satisfy all the eligibility criteria.
Ques. When will the application form for IES 2020 be available?
Ans. IES 2020 Application Form was available from September 25 to October 15, 2019, on the official website of UPSC.
Ques. Is the application process online?
Ans. Yes, IES 2020 Application can be done in an online mode only.
Ques. What is the Application fee for IES 2020?
Ans. IES Application Fee is INR 200. Female and SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted to pay any application fee. Candidates have the option to pay the application fee by both online and offline mode. It is non-refundable.
Ques. How can I pay the application fee online?
Ans. You can use SBI net banking/ any credit card/ debit card and pay cash in SBI bank branch.
Ques. In how many stages does UPSC conduct IES examination?
Ans. UPSC IES examination is conducted in three stages:
Ques. What is the date for IES 2020 preliminary exam?
Ans. IES 2020 Prelims was conducted on January 05, 2020, in online mode.
Ques. What is the exam pattern of IES Prelims examination?
Ans. IES Prelims 2020 will consist of two paper, Paper 1 will have 100 questions from General Studies and Paper 2 will have 150 questions from Engineering Discipline. The questions are of Multiple Choice. Each question will have 4 choices in which one answer is correct.
Ques. What is the marking scheme for IES Prelims?
Ans. In IES Prelims, for each correct answer, 2 marks are awarded. For each wrong answer, one-third mark is deducted from the candidates’ scores. Marks obtained in this stage are counted for determining the final order of merit.
Ques. What is the syllabus for the Preliminary stage?
Ans. Paper 1 will have questions from General Studies and Engineering Aptitude and Paper 2 will have questions from the Engineering background of the candidate(Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering).
Ques. Are IES 2020 Prelims marks taken into account while preparing the final merit list?
Ans. Only the marks scored by the candidate in Paper 1 are considered for the final merit list. However, to qualify for IES 2020 Main, it is essential for candidates to qualify the cutoff of IES 2020 Prelims.
Ques. When will the result of IES 2020 Prelims will be released?
Ans. IES Prelims 2020 Results will be released by UPSC on February 17, 2020 tentatively on the official website.
Ques. What is the cut off for IES Prelims 2020?
Ans. The minimum marks required to qualify for IES prelims are set to 15% i.e. 75 marks out of 500 for General and reserved categories candidates.
Ques. What is the procedure after IES Prelims 2020 Results?
Ans. After the declaration of the result, UPSC will release the list of candidates who have qualified for the Second stage i.e. IES 2020 Mains. UPSC does not release any merit list for this round.
Ques. When will the second stage of IES 2020 be held?
Ans. IES Main 2020 is scheduled for June 28, 2020.
Ques. What is the exam pattern of the IES Main examination?
Ans. IES Main 2020 will be conducted in offline mode. The second stage will also consist of two paper, both will contain conventional type questions of 300 marks each. Candidates will be given 180 minutes to solve each paper. The questions will be from the selected Engineering discipline.
Ques. What is the marking scheme for IES Main?
Ans. Different questions will carry different marks. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer in IES Main Paper. However, 5% of marks will be deducted in case of illegible handwriting. Marks obtained in this stage are counted for determining the final order of merit.
Ques. What is the syllabus for the Mains stage?
Ans. The syllabus for the Main paper will consist of the topics from the selected engineering discipline of the candidate(Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering).
Ques. When will the result of IES 2020 Main will be released?
Ans. The date of release of the result for IES Main 2020 Results will be notified by the commission after the conduction of the examination.
Ques. What is the cutoff for IES Main 2020?
Ans. The minimum marks required to qualify for IES Main are set to 20% i.e. 120 marks out of 600 for General and reserved categories candidates.
Ques. How are the cutoff marks for IES 2020 decided?
Ans. UPSC decides IES cut off for preliminary exams in two stages, minimum qualifying score needed to be shortlisted and the score of the last qualified candidate selected.
Ques. How will I get called for the Personality Test?
Ans. If you qualify the cutoff set up by the commission you will be notified for the personality test(personal interview) through email, you will then have to download your Call letter and report for the interview along with all the essential documents as mentioned in the call letter.
Ques. When will IES Stage 3 be held?
Ans. IES 2020 Personal Interview is expected to be conducted in September 2020.
Ques. What is the importance of Personality tests in IES 2020?
Ans. A maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the personality test (interview test). The final IES 2020 result will be declared after preparing a merit list based on candidates' performance in all the three stages of IES 2020.
Ques. How many vacancies are there to be filled through IES 2020?
Ans. Approximately 495 candidates will be recruited in the various departments after the conclusion of IES 2020.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.