IES Eligibility 2021: Age Limit, Minimum Qualification and Reservation Criteria

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Mar 19, 2021

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IES Eligibility Criteria 2020 is set by the Union Public Service Commission. Engineering graduates or those in their final year can apply online for IES 2020. This year, IES Prelims and Main examination are scheduled for January 5, 2020, and June 28, 2020, respectively. 

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IES Eligibility parameters are based on the following factors:

  • Nationality
  • Age Limits
  • Minimum Educational Qualification
  • Medical Examination

A brief about IES Eligibility is listed below:

  • Resident of India, Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee can apply for IES 2020.
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering from a recognized University.
  • IES Age limit: 21-30 years as on January 01, 2020.

Read further to learn about IES nationality, age limit, academic qualification, and physical fitness criteria in detail.

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IES Eligibility

IES Eligibility – Nationality 

UPSC IES aspirants must note that the following nationals are eligible to apply for IES Exam:

A candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or 
  • a Tibetan refugee migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India
  • 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.
Note: Except Indian citizens, all other nationals are required to produce certificate of eligibility issued by the government of India at the time of document verification. 
IES Age Limit

IES Age Limit (as on 1.1.2020)

IES Age Limit Criteria states that the lower age limit for the UPSC IES exam is 21 years and Upper Age Limit is 30 years.

  • The aspirant must not have been born earlier than January 02, 1990 and not later than January 01, 1999.
  • Candidate applying for IES 2020 must meet the mentioned IES Age Eligibility by January 01, 2020.
  • For those who have served in any government organization will get an age relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.
  • As per UPSC, any government official applying for IES/ ESE will get the age relaxation even if he/she is already working on a post which is considered of a higher officer cadre.
  • There is an age relaxation for the ones who have worked with any government organization on a contractual basis for a period of 3 years or more. The service on the contractual basis will be counted till January 1, 2020.
  • SC, ST, OBC, PWD, Ex-servicemen, and Jammu and Kashmir domiciled candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years on the upper age limit.
Note: Candidates of SC/ ST/ OBC/ Ex-servicemen quota will receive cumulative reservation benefits on upper age limit if applicable. Read IES Syllabus
Educational Qualification

IES Educational Qualifications Requirements

IES educational qualification Criteria as defined for the UPSC requires the applicant to have cleared one of the following criteria:

  • must possess a degree in Engineering from a recognized institute with the minimum percentage required.
  • should have cleared sections A and B from the Institutions of Engineers (India).
  • obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/ College/ Institution and the certificate is valued as equivalent to the degree received in India.
  •  passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
  • passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India.
  • passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

IES Education Criteria has the following exceptions:

  1. If a candidate has cleared UPSC IES and has not received the result of the final examination will be admitted only if he/she furnishes the final mark sheet during the UPSC selection process.
  2. A candidate who has cleared the UPSC IES exam but has received a degree from a foreign university that is not accepted as equivalent to the Indian education standards may get selected. The selection, in this case, is dependent on UPSC selection committee discretion. 
  3. If a candidate does not have an engineering degree but has cleared IES exam will also be selected for the post if the degree is considered equivalent to standards of the engineering degree. Check IES Exam Pattern
Medical Exam

IES Eligibility- Medical Examination Standards

  • All candidates irrespective of IES reservation criteria have to undergo a medical examination.
  • The process requires the applicant to undergo a series of physical fitness tests.
  • The standards are to be cleared by all candidates irrespective of their previous appearance for the examination.
  • The medical examination defined by UPSC will be conducted at the various Railway hospitals.
  • Medical examination schedule, venue, and the final status of the candidate will be uploaded on the official website of Indian Railways –
  • Candidates are required to carry three sets of forms for Medical Board Report 2020 to be downloaded from the official website of Indian Railways.
  • One must carry a valid government-issued photo ID card and three passport size photographs with them.
  • Candidates belonging to the PwD category must carry their Disability Certificate in original as per the format prescribed along with additional photocopy of the same.
  • Candidates who are found unfit will be disqualified from the further procedure.

Details of Zonal Railway Hospitals

Zone full Hospital Name Hospital Adress
Central Railways B.A.M. Hospital Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Railway Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai- 400027
Eastern Railway B.R. Singh Hospital B.R. Singh Hospital, Seldah, Kolkata- 700001
East Central Railway Central Hospital EC Railway, Karbhigahiya, Patna- 803118
East Coast Railway Central Hospital Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar-75017
Northern Railway Central Hospital Basant Lane, Chelmsford road, Connaught place, Delhi- 110001
North Central Railway Central Hospital Allahabad- 211001
North Eastern Railway LNMR Hospital Lalit Narayan Mishra Hospital, Gorakhpur-273012
North East Frontier Railway Central Hospital Maligaon, Guwahati- 781011
North Western Railway Central Hospital Ganpati Nagar, Near Jaipur Railway Station, Jaipur- 302006
Southern Railway Central Hospital Constable Road, Ayanavaram, Perambur, Chennai- 600209
South Central Railway Central Hospital Lalaguda Railway Colony, Secunderabad- 500003
South Eastern Railway Central Hospital Garden Reach Road, Kolkata- 700043
South East Central Railway Central Hospital Bilaspur- 495004
South Western Railway Central Hospital Gadag Road, Hubli- 580023
Western Railway J.R.H. Hospital Jagjivan Ram Hospital, Maratha Mandir Marg, Mumbai Central, Mumbai- 400001
West Central Railway Central Hospital Indira Market, Jabalpur- 482001
Note: Only successful registered and eligible candidates will be issued IES Admit Card.
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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


abineet sharma
Can a diploma holder apply for ies exam
common admission test

Hii Abineet. No, only candidates with degree in Engineering from a recognized institute with the minimum percentage are eligible for IES exam. For more details Click Here

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kavita rani

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basavaraj s alur
I have one backlog subject in final semester.. Can i apply for ies exam
kavinkumar s
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Kavin, Oct 28, 2019 was the last date to apply for this exam. Thus, you cannot apply now.
manish mote
i am working with central government organisation since last 10 years. i am considered as OBC candidate. My present year is 32years completed. what will be my age relaxation for IES exam? is it (30+5=35 years as a govt employee) or (30+5+3=38 years as govt employee+OBC candidate)? Please guide.
shobhna chaturvedi
You can avail age relaxation under one category only.
manish mote
i am working with central government organisation since last 10 years. i am considered as OBC candidate. My present year is 32years completed. what will be my age relaxation for IES exam? is it (30 5=35 years as a govt employee) or (30 5 3=38 years as govt employee OBC candidate)? Please guide me the same?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Manish, this totally depends on you. You can select the category as per your choice under which you are seeking reservation benefits.
payel chatterjee
i ma working in public sector bank. am i eligible for age relaxation as my bank is govt of india undertaking?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Payel, yes, you are eligible for age relaxation.
chandan kr sah
Hello I got 59% in 10th class. Can i eligible in ese or ies exam ? Please help
sujata gaur
Hi Chandan, Yes you are eligible for the exam.
sujata gaur
Hi, yes you are eligible for the exam
I am wearing spectacles and power is about -4 in both the eyes. Whether i will be eligible or not??
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi, kindly check the parameters from the official website of IES to know whether you are eligible or not.
nandhakumar mani
Sir I am doing final year BE (MECH) in the last semester. I am keen interest to do IES 2019 .can I apply for this exam?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Nandhakumar, kindly refer the article above to know about the eligibility in the exam.
navneet goyal
I am currently in 3rd year of from IIT Delhi. I want to appear for IES exam in my 4th year (Year 2020). My date of birth is 13 Jan 1999. So, can i appear for the exam? What is the min age to appear for exam?
akansha expert

Hi Navneet, IES Eligibility- Age Limit

  • Age Limit Criteria in IES states that lower age limit for UPSC IES exam is 21 years and Upper Age Limit is 30 years.
  • The aspirant must not have been born earlier than January 02, 1988 and not later than January 01, 1997.
  • Candidate applying for IES 2019 must meet the mentioned IES Age Eligibility by January 01, 2019.
fatima fouzia
while filling the application form what are the certificates required?? at what stage do we need medical certificate?? should medical certificate also be uploaded in the online application process itself?? or later after prelims??
akansha expert
hi Fatima, Scanned copy of all academic certificates, recent photograph, and signature for Application documents for IES Exam.
sarbajit dash

,from when the age will be calculated.then what is right . a candidate must not attain 30 on 1st jan of the exam year or 1st august of the exam year? plz inform

garima bansal
Hi Sarbajit, The candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st August