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IES 2020 Result(Out),Answer Keys, Cutoff, Main Exam Date, Syllabus and Selection Process

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Mar 27, 2020

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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. 

Latest: UPSC IES Prelims results have been declared on February 20, 2020. Check here
  • Candidates clearing the prelims cutoff declared by UPSC will have to appear in IES Main exam on June 28, 2020. 
  • As per IES 2020 Exam Pattern, the main exam will be a pen-paper based test of 600 marks with a time constraint of 6 hours. 
  • The main exam has two descriptive papers on engineering discipline chosen by the candidate. Read IES 2020 Syllabus
  • Candidates clearing IES Main Exam will have to appear for Interview rounds.
  • UPSC has announced a total of 495 vacancies this year.

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IES 2020 Highlights

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
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Offline
Expected number of Registration 2 lakhs (approx.)
No. of vacancies 495

Download IES 2020 Official Notification


IES/ ESE 2020 Exam Dates

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
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 (Declared)
IES 2020 Main Exam Date June 28, 2020
IES 2020 Personal Interview Dates September 2020 

IES Eligibility 2020

UPSC has segregated various norms that a candidate needs to fulfil before applying for IES 2020. UPSC IES eligibility criteria is defined by the following standards:

Nationality 

An IES 2020 Applicant must be either: 

  1. a citizen of India, or 
  2. a subject of Nepal, or 
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or 
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or 
  5. 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, 2020 .
  • 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 upper age limit

IES Educational Qualification Requirements

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

Physical Standards 

  • Candidates must be physically fit as per the standards defined by exam authority for admission to Engineering Services Examination 2020.

IES Application Form 2020

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:

IES Application form

Step 1: IES Registration 2020

  • Visit the official website of UPSC – upsc.gov.in
  • Enter your name, date of birth, email ID, mobile number and other personal details.

Step 2: Pay IES Application Fee

  • IES Registration Fee can be remitted via online as well as offline mode.
  • Candidates can pay the fees in cash at any SBI Bank branch or via Debit/Credit Card or SBI Net Banking.
  • The application fees is INR 200, however, women, SC, ST and PWD candidates are exempted from fee payment. 
  • Last day to generate e-challan was October 14 and to pay fees was October 15, 2019.

Step 3: Fill IES Application Form

  • Indicate your preferred exam centers and your engineering core branch.
  • Enter your category, communication details,work experience details etc.

Step 4: Upload Photo, Sign & ID Proof

Candidates have to upload their scanned images of passport size photograph, signature and photo ID proof in prescribed formats.

Document Size Pixels  Format
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 PDF

Step 5: Declaration & Submission

  • Candidates are advised to fill the form very carefully and proofread it before submitting it. 
  • 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.
  • Candidates can make correction in the form till October 15, 2019
Note: There is a provision for withdrawing of IES application who do not want to appear for the exam.

IES Exam Centers 2020

Candidates have to indicate their preferred exam center while registering for IES 2020. IES Exam centers are different for Preliminary exam and Main exam:

IES 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 Thiruananthapuram Visakhapatnam

IES 2020 Main Exam Centers

Ahmedabad Aizawl Allahabad Bangalore Bhopal Chandigarh
Chennai Cuttack Dehradun Delhi Dispur (Guwahati) Hyderabad
Jaipur Jammu Kolkata Lucknow Mumbai Patna
Raipur Ranchi Shillong Shimla Thiruvananthapuram Vishakhapatnam

IES 2020 Admit Card

  • IES Admit card for both the written papers and interview round are issued separately.
  • IES Prelims Admit Card has been released on December 11, 2019 while IES Main Admit Card will be released in the month of June, 2020.
  • Last date to download the admit card is the day of exam i.e January 5, 2020.
  • IES admit card 2020 can be obtained from the official website of UPSC by entering your registration number and password.

Steps to Download IES Admit Card

  • Go to the official website of UPSC
  • Click on the link “Download IES Admit Card
  • Choose the method of downloading i.e. through Registration ID or Roll Number or Name.
  • Enter the Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the Date of Birth
  • Enter the Captcha and click on ‘submit’,
  • Print the displayed IES Admit Card

IES 2020 Exam Pattern

  • IES Exam Pattern 2020 is defined by Union Public Service Commission. 
  • IES 2020 comprises three stages- Prelims, Main exam and Personal Interview.
  • IES Preliminary exam is an objective paper whereas IES Main exam is a descriptive paper.
  • Candidates will have to clear prelims to appear for Main examination.
  • Those who qualify main exam will proceed to the personality test also known as Interview round. 
  • Both the sections of the written test cover the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subject (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering).
IES Exam Pattern, ESE Exam Pattern, IES Paper Pattern, ESE Paper Pattern

IES Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims)

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) 
Note: Candidates who will qualify for IES Cutoff set by UPSC will proceed to IES 2020 Main exam.

IES Main Exam Pattern 2020

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
  • The medium of Mains exam paper will be English only.
  • 5% marks will be deducted from the total marks scored by candidate if the handwriting is not easily legible.

IES Interview Round 

  • Candidates shortlisted after IES Main exam will be called for personal interview session.
  • It is officially known as ‘Personality Test’ round.
  • Candidates are required to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF) online. 
  • In this stage, selected candidates will be judged on his/ her leadership skills, personality, and intellect. 
  • A maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the personality test (interview test). Read Tips to Prepare Better for IES Interview Round

Provision for PwD candidates 

  • UPSC has made provision of providing a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour for candidates belonging to PwD category.
  • Also, candidates with (minimum of 40% impairment) will be allowed to write Engineering Services Examination (ESE) with the help of a scribe.

IES Result 2020

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.

  • Only those candidates who qualify the prelims shall be able to proceed to the IES 2020 Main exam.
  • Similarly, a list will be prepared for candidates who will be called for Personal Interview. Furthermore, a final list of the selected candidates will be disclosed.
  • The Result for each tier will be declared separately.

Steps to obtain IES Results are listed below:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC and  search for result link.
  • A PDF file will be uploaded declaring the results of candidates.
  • Download and open it.
  • Enter your roll number to search for your result.

IES Answer Keys 2020

IES Answer Keys for Prelims Exam will be uploaded by the commission on the official website.

  • The unofficial answer keys from top coaching centers will also be released. 
  • Official IES Answer keys will be released soon after the conclusion of exam.
  • The Representations against answer keys can be submitted via Email within stipulated time period.
  • Any representation without textual or documentation proof will not be entertained.

Check IES Answer Keys here


IES Cutoff 2020

  • IES 2020 Cutoff for Preliminary exam will be disclosed at the time of result declaration.
  • Candidates can check the cut off of IES online by visiting the official website of UPSC.
  • 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 appeared for IES
    • Number of vacancies 
    • Difficulty level of the engineering service examination
    • Candidates’ performances

IES Cutoff 2018

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

IES 2018 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 (-)
Note: Subject to candidates (General, OBC, SC and ST) having secured minimum 15% marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two objective papers

IES 2018 Main Exam Cutoff 

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).

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

513

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

303

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

IES 2018 Final Cutoff

Final Cutoff is released after conclusion of 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.

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 2020 Selection Procedure

The two-staged IES Selection Procedure adopted by UPSC for IES 2020 exam is:

  • Written Examination
  • Personal Interview

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

  • Candidates are required to qualify IES cutoff set by the commission.
  • Clearing IES 2020 Prelims is essential to proceed to IES 2020 Main Exam.
  • The main exam is qualifying criteria for Personal Interview session.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for final stage i.e. Personality Test.
  • The final results and merit list form the basis of an appointment letter in the name of candidate.

Departments Allocation via IES/ ESE Exam

Civil Engineering

  1. AEE in P&T building works Group-A Services
  2. AEE in Border Road Engg. Services GR-A
  3. Central Engineering Service
  4. Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  5. Central Water Engineering Service
  6. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Services

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  1. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  2. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  3. Central Power Engineering Service (E&T Posts)
  4. Engineer GCS Group A in WPC/MO(M/O Communication & IT)
  5. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  6. Indian Railway Stores Service
  7. Indian Telecom Service Group-A
  8. Indian Inspection Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  9. Indian Supply Service Group A (E&T Posts)
  10. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  11. Indian Naval Armament Service

Electrical Engineering

  1. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  2. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  3. Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  4. Central Power Engineering Service (Electrical Post)
  5. Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  6. Indian Railway Stores Service
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers(Electrical Posts)
  8. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  9. Indian Supply Service Group A (Electrical Posts)
  10. Indian Naval Armament Service

Mechanical Engineering

  1. Assistant Executive Engineer Group A Geological Survey of India
  2. Assistant Naval Store Officer Grade-I in Indian Navy
  3. Assistant Executive Engineer in Corps of EME, Ministry of Defence
  4. Central Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  5. Central Water Engineering Service Group-A (Mechanical Post)
  6. Central Power Engineering Service (Mechanical Post)
  7. Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A
  8. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  9. Indian Railway Stores Service
  10. Indian Defence Service of Engineers
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Services
  12. Indian Inspection Service Group A
  13. Indian Supply Service Group A (Mechanical Posts)
  14. Indian Naval Armament Service

Also Read: Join the Elite League: IES or PSU Jobs


IES 2020 FAQs

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:

  • Department of Indian Railways
  • Power Department
  • Department of Telecommunications 
  • Department of Central Engineering
  • Military Engineering
  • Central Water engineering 
  • Defence Service of Engineers 
  • Geological Survey of India, etc.

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 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: 

  • Civil Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication 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:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Personality Test

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 candidates’ score. 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 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 is 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 is 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 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 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 question of 300 number 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 question will carry different marks. There is no negative marking for the wrong answer in IES Main Paper. However, 5% 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 Mains stage?

Ans. The syllabus for 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 the examination.

Ques.  What is the cutoff for IES Main 2020?

Ans. The minimum marks required to qualify for IES Main is 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 test 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.

Comments


15 Comments
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raza inamdar
Can I fill new form to correct my mistake in old ies form of this year 2020
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Raza, no, form correction facility is not provided by UPSC. You can still contact the authorities for suitable guidelines.
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boska akhila
Greetings Sir, I was born on 11th April,1997. Am i eligible to apply for IES 2019
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akansha expert
Hi Boska, 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.
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amar uchibagle
Can we join the IES exam on the basis of diploma in electrical engineering
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priya sharma
Hi Amar, your diploma in electrical engineering must be equivalent to the degree.
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sirimilla meharmai
want all updates about ies exam
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bhawna vedwal

To get All updates fro IES Examination you can use this link : Application Process or you can visit the official website i.e. www.upsconline.nic.in

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sachin
What is the approx time duration to prepare for ies?
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bhawna vedwal
Hello Sachin, I think it varies for different candidates as it is highly dependent on one's potential, Hard work. Some may complete in 3 months and some may take 2 years depending upon their interest,Ability,Concentration,Sincerity and etc.
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sachin
can you provide syllabus for mech ies prelims and mains?
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bhawna vedwal

Hello Sachin, To get information regarding Syllabus you can use this link : Syllabus

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sakshi gupta
I'm pursuing b.tech, computer science Breach Can I prepare for IES exam?
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bhawna vedwal
Hello Sakshi, You can apply for it as Candidate should be engineering graduate only.Final year students can apply too. But only civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics
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aayush sharma
For a wrong answer 0.66 marks will be deducted and not 0.33
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bhawna vedwal
Hello Ayush, For a wrong answer 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
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santosh shivaram kalshetti
sir i have registered ies exam 2018 successfully, but i dont get e admit card till now,then how can i download this?
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bhawna vedwal

Hello Santosh, Candidates can download Admit card from the official website of UPSC that is upsc.gov.in.

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mansi singhal
I had filled my part 1 of the form but i couldn't fill my part 2 since it required desktop/laptop and cannot be filled by mobile. And i was out of station so was unable to access destop/laptop. I request you to please reopen the link so that i can submit my form. Its really important for me to fill this form.
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bhawna vedwal
Hello Mansi,In such cases Candidates can visit cyber cafe's or can borrow someone's laptop. Once date to fill application form expired no candidate able to complete registration