IES 2021 Application Form, Registration Dates, Fees and Process

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Mar 19, 2021

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IES 2020 Registration Window 2020 was open from September 25 – October 15, 2019. Candidates filled ESE/ IES Application Form in online mode only at the official website of UPSC –

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Latest: Registered candidates were given the option to withdraw their IES Application from October 22 – 28, 2019. 

  • Candidates who register successfully will be issued IES Admit Card in December 2019.
  • Candidates had to register online, pay application fees, fill the form, and upload scanned documents to fulfil the requirements of the application process. 
  • IES Application Fees is INR 200, however, women, SC, ST, and PWD candidates are exempted from fee payment.
  • Candidates had to upload their passport size photograph, signature, and photo ID proof. 
  • IES Application Form was available in English and Hindi, but it can only be filled in the English language.

Direct link to withdraw IES Application Form 2020

IES Highlights

IES Application Form 2020 Highlights

The key points about registration for IES 2020 are highlighted below:

Conducting Body UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
Mode of Application Online
IES Official Website
Minimum qualification to fill IES Application Form Bachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognized University
Documents required at the time of form-filling Scanned copy photograph, signature and photo ID proof
IES Application Fee 

 INR 200, Women & Reserved Category – Exempted

Candidates expected to register for IES 2020 Over 2 lakhs
IES Vacancies Announced 495
IES Contact Details 011-23385271/ 23381125/ 23098543

Download IES 2020 Official Notification

IES Dates

IES/ ESE 2020 Registration Dates

As per IES 2020 Notification, UPSC had released IES Application Form on September 25, 2020. Tabulated below is the schedule for the registration of ESE 2020 examination.

Events Official IES 2020 Dates
Release of IES 2020 Notification September 25, 2019
IES 2020 Registration Window September 25 – October 15, 2019
Last day to pay IES Application Fees  October 15, 2019
IES Application Withdrawal Window October 22 – 28, 2019 (6:00 PM)
Issue of IES Admit Card for Prelims exam December 2019
IES/ ESE 2020 Preliminary Exam Date January 05, 2020
IES/ ESE 2020 Main exam Date August 09, 2020 (Revised)
IES Applications

How to fill IES Application Form 2020?

IES 2020 Application Form was available at the official website of UPSC from September 25 – October 15, 2019. Candidates can register for the exam in online mode only. The application process involves online registration, payment of application fees, choosing exam center and engineering discipline, uploading scanned documents, and submitting the form.  

IES 2020 Application Form

Pre-requisites for IES Registration 2020

Candidates must keep the following documents handy before beginning with IES Application Process:

  • A valid mobile number,
  • An active email address
  • Class 10, 12, and graduation mark sheets. Check IES Eligibility
  • Candidate’s recent colored passport size photograph
  • Scanned image of candidate’s Signature 
  • Scanned image of candidate’s Photo ID proof
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Physical disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Banking details to pay fees online

Steps to Register for IES 2020

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  • Click on the link “online application for various examinations of UPSC” on the home page.
  • Already registered candidates can apply directly for the examination by clicking on the link.
  • New candidates should enter on “new users” for a one-time registration process of IES.
  • Candidates will be redirected to a new web page with an online registration form.

Step 1: IES Registration 2020

  • This is the first step involved in IES Registration, where candidates are required to provide their personal details.
IES 2020 Registration
  • Details required in this stage are as follows:
    • Name – Enter the name of the candidate who is appearing for IES. The name should be the same as mentioned in the 10th or 12th passing certificate. 
    • Parents Name – Candidate has to provide the names of his/ her parents' in the form. One must make sure to not prefix Shri/ Mr. Dr. etc while entering the names.
    • Gender – Select your gender i.e. male or female.
    • Date of Birth – Provide the date of birth as mentioned in passing certificates of class 10th and 12th. 
    • Nationality – Interested candidates are required to select their nationality. All candidates except citizens of India are required to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
    • Email Address – Provide a valid and active email ID. All the communication related to IES is done on the ID provided.
    • Password – Here, choose a maximum 10 digit password for future logins. It should have at least 1 character and 1 number.
    • Mobile Number – Provide a working mobile number. Make sure to enter it correctly because this is another medium where all the communication related to IES will be done.
    • Academic Details  The following details are required under this head: 
      • Details of 10th class examination-Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
      • Details of 12th class examination- Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
      • Details of B.Tech: Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out, and the name of the university.

Step 2: IES Application Fees

UPSC has stipulated a specific application fee a candidate needs to pay in order to access IES Application Form. Tabulated below is the fee as per candidate’s category:

Category Application Fee (INR)
General/ OBC/ EWS 200
Female Exempted
SC/ST/PH Exempted
  • IES Application Fee can be paid via online or offline mode.
    • Online mode – Payment can be done through SBI Net Banking/ Any Credit card/ Debit card.
    • Offline mode – Submit bank challan of INR 200 at the nearest branch of State Bank of India. 
Note: Candidates making payment via cash should take a printout of challan generated online after completion of registration. Candidate has to visit the nearest SBI branch for depositing fees after 24 hours of generation of challan. The last day to generate SBI e-challan was October 14, 2019.

Step 3: IES Exam Center selection

  • Next, select the location preference for IES exam center.
  • Candidates will have an option to select just one exam center for the Indian Engineering Services examination.
  • The exam center options need to be made from a drop-down menu.

Step 4: Uploading of Photograph, Signature and ID Proof

  • This is the last step in the entire registration procedure for IES.
  • The scanned photograph and signature should be in JPG format.
  • In this step, candidates are required to upload their scanned Photo, Signature, and Photo ID proof as per the specifications defined by UPSC.
Documents Not less than Not more than Pixel size Format
Photograph 20 KB 300 KB 350 x 350 to 1000 x 1000 JPG
Signature 20 KB 300 KB 350 x 350 to 1000 x 1000 JPG
Photo ID Proof 20 KB 300 KB - PDF

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There are few points that one should consider before finally submitting IES Application Form. The points are listed below:

  • Make sure that the photograph and signature are properly cropped and clear.
  • The photograph should not contain any mark such as signature etc.
  • The signature file should contain your recent signature only without any marks.
  • In the case of poor quality images, not properly cropped or swapping of photograph/signature file, the application is liable to be rejected.
  • After filling the application form, candidates should check if all the details furnished by them are accurate.
  • Corrections can be done in the application form of IES before submitting the form.
  • Once the form is submitted, it can neither be withdrawn nor corrected.
  • Therefore, candidates are advised to verify all the details that they have entered in the application form before they submit it.
  • They should carefully navigate through all the sections in the application form and see if all the details entered are accurate.
  • After checking thoroughly, click on the “submit” button.
  • Candidates must take a printout of the filled application form for future use.
IES Instructions

Important Instructions related to IES Application Form 2020

  • It is advisable to submit a single application. If a candidate submits multiple applications, it will result in cancellation of candidature.
  • If due to any unavoidable reason, the candidate submits more than one application, the application with higher RID (Registration ID) will be accepted by UPSC. Also, the fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.
  • Candidates in Government Service/ in Government owned industrial undertakings/ other similar organisations/ in private employment should apply online directly to the Commission.
  • Choice of exam center and engineering discipline should be made carefully. No changes will be entertained regarding the same at later stages.
  • Information regarding the use of scribes by PwD candidates will be clearly mentioned in IES Application Form. One must go through the same thoroughly.
  • Applications found incomplete or defective will be rejected immediately. No representation regarding the same will be entertained under any circumstances.

Read IES Syllabus


IES (ESE) Application Form FAQs

Ques. When and where will IES 2020 application form be available?

Ans. Union Public Service Commission or UPSC released IES Application Forms from September 25, 2019. Candidates have to visit UPSC Official Website in order to access the application form. The last date to register for IES exam was October 15, 2019. 

Ques. There was a small mistake while filling the application form. Can I rectify it now?

Ans. No. One must take note that after finally submitting the application form for engineering services examination no changes will be entertained by the authorities.  In case of any mistake in filling application, the candidate is responsible. Hence, it is important to review the form thoroughly before submitting it. If the registration window is still open, the candidate can resubmit a new application again and has to pay the application fee as well.

Ques. The size of the photograph that I have is larger than what is specified for filling the IES application form. What should I do now?

Ans. UPSC has defined specific dimensions for images to be uploaded in the application form of IES. In case, the size is exceeding the specifications, one can compress the same. The size of the photograph should not be more than 300 KBs. After compressing it to the desired size, you can upload it.

Steps to Resize or Crop Pictures

There are two methods to resize the documents in Microsoft Paint (Click Start, Programs, Accessories, then Paint). They are as follows:

  • First Method – 
  1. Open the image file that needs to be edited.
  2. Click the Image menu at the top and select Stretch/Skew Image.
  3. Choose a percentage figure to resize the image. 
  4. Click ‘Ok’.
  5. Once you have the desired size, click File, then Save or click Save As
  • Second Method – 
  1. Enable Num Lock by pressing the Num Lock button on your keyboard.
  2. Select the entire image.
  3. Hold down Ctrl and press the - or + button on your number pad to resize the image. (The number pad is a square arrangement of numbers and symbols on your keyboard, that can only be enabled with the Num Lock. )

Ques. What is the application fee for IES 2020?

Ans. As per the authorities, the application fee for the examination is INR 200 for general category candidates.  Females candidates and reserved category candidates do not have to pay the application fee.

Ques. Can I pay the application fee through offline mode?

Ans. Yes. There is a provision to pay the application fee via offline mode. Candidates have to visit the nearest branch of State Bank of India and pay a Bank Challan of INR 200.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


shruti verma
What is the process for the IES exam?
kavita rani

HI Shruti. The candidates appearing for the UPSC IES process has to clear several stages including Prelims and Mains, which is followed by Personality Interview, and Document Verification. Candidates who have cleared the Prelims & Mains round will be called for a personal Interview. Kindly refer here, to check out the detailed IES Exam process.

puja sao
Is the GATE paper and IES paper related to some extent?
kavita rani

Hu puja. There are some differences between the GATE paper and IES paper. For instance, one of the main differences is that GATE paper is Objective type Paper while IES has both Subjective and Objective Papers. GATE is an entrance exam conducted to offer admissions into ME/ M. Tech in IITs, NITs and other prominent colleges. The candidates can also apply for several posts in PSUs based on the GATE Score. When it about the IES Examination, this exam is conducted to appoint the selected candidates within the central government departments of engineering.

Can Electronics and communication engineering students appear for IES exam?
kavita rani

Hi pradeepraj. Yes, electronics and communication engineering students can give the IES exam. UPSC conducts IES/ESE exam for 4 branches including Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunications, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

sourajit mukherjee
What is the application process for the post of assistant engineer (civil) in PWD Delhi?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. PWD Delhi don’t appoint AEs directly. All the employees working at PWD Delhi are actually the encadred employees of CPWD, which are recruited through SSC at JE level and later got promoted to AE.

prajakta ravindra chinchanikar
I was unaware of the ESE exam registration date i.e., 15/10/2019. But i want to appear for exam. What is the best possible way i can find? which is the next possible date of registration for exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Prajakta, registration dates for new session has not been announced yet by the exam authorities. However, you can expect the application process to start in Sep, 2020.
tejsvi ch
i got my application part1 and part 2 successfully completed message but when can get accepted message????
sharana basavana gouda
can we write ese exam in fourth year of engineering ?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Sharana, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria of the exam from here.

I am born on 21st March 2019. I am belonging to the handicap category will i able to attend the exam of IES.
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Aniket, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria for this exam in detail from here to know whether you are eligible or not.

srinath sunny
Mam ,once again I can apply the application of IES with same details like mail and phone number
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Srinath, yes, you can apply again but that will show "Already Registered". Therefore, you must put one or the other detail like mail id or phone number different from the previous one.
srinath sunny
Hello mam I submitted the application but I wrongly placed the date of caste certificate .can I recorrect it
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Srinath, UPSC does not provides facility for making correction in the application form once submitted. However, you may take guidelines from the exam authorities for the needful.
abhinav kumar singh
how to know that your ese application form is accepted or not?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Abhinav, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email-id stating that your registration has been completed and the form is accepted. But do remember to pay the application fee (as applicable).
raza inamdar
I want to change my centre,ihv filled it online,can I fill aform again
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Raza, application forms cannot be edited after final submission and payment of application fee. However, you can contact the exam authorities to make amendments in the application form.
gayathry p
Can I fill ESS form again?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Gayathry, yes, form can be filled again if last date to do the same has not gone yet. However, you can check other Eligibility Criteria for this exam from here.
naresh sharma
Ma'am, While filling ES form again there is a column in part I registration asking "Do you want to submit another application form". Should we fill YES or NO in it?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Naresh, in that space, you will fill "No" as you consider your existing application form as final.
naresh sharma
But Ma'am there is no such column when you are filling the form fresh. While I was filling the Part I registration again due to mistake committed in part II and therefore this column appeared. Now I have filled the form by marking Yes in it and completed my registration what should I do now?

In that case, take preview of the application form and check whether the changes made by you are reflected in the new form or not. If yes, then it means the corrections made have been accepted.

bharath kumar
Hai sir...i have lost my application form how to generate my application form again please suggest me sir...
indla naresh
Hai if any mistakes in the application can I change it
akansha expert
Hi Indla, Corrections can be done in the application form of IES before submitting the form. Once the form is submitted, it can neither be withdrawn nor corrected.
rakesh ksheerasagar
thank u Akanksha
priya sydney
I tried to apply for ies 2019 exam.but i cant apply due to server there any possibility for time extension
akansha expert
Hi Priya, It depends upon the exam authority that they will extend the date or not for the application.
vanka praneeth
how to apply for ies ?? as the site was not working for me
akansha expert
Hi Vanka, Maybe the internet was not working you can try after some time. Internally the server was down.
mayank bagaria
Do we have to submit the category certificate on time of application filling or we have to submit it afterwords?
akansha expert
Hi Mayank, Yes You need to carry all the document at the time of verification procedure.
poushali sarkar
which books should we refer to study the compleat syllabus
akansha expert

Hi Poshali, You may please check this link for getting the IES Exam Syllabus information.

gaurav srivastava
Can any branch of engineering apply for this post
akansha expert

Hi Gaurav, You may please check this link for getting the IES Eligibility.