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Aug 5, 2017

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IES 2018 will be conducted by UPSC for recruitment to various posts in Indian Engineering Services. IES is also known as ESE (Engineering Services Exam). IES 2018 notification will be released in the last week of September 2017. Interested candidates can apply till 1st week of November 2017. Check IES 2018 Notification.

  • IES is held to recruit core engineers in various Government services and posts.
  • Engineers who can apply are Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.
  • Candidates must have a degree or diploma in engineering from any recognized university.
  • Applicants must be physically fit to apply for the examination.
  • IES 2018 Application Form will be available online at

IES 2018 will be conducted in 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. Candidates will be recruited for various fields such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering and Telecommunication Engineering based on their performance in IES 2018.

IES 2018 Exam Dates

IES 2018 notification is yet to be released by UPSC. IES Application Form 2018 will be available till the last week of September, 2017. IES 2018 exam date for all the stages and other important events are listed below:

Event Date
IES 2018 notification Last week of September, 2017
IES 2018 Commencement of Application Procedure Last week of September, 2017
Last date of applying online for IES 2018 1st week of November, 2017
IES 2018 Prelims 1st week of January, 2018
IES 2018 Mains Exam date 2nd week of May, 2018
IES 2018 Personal Interview 1st week of November, 2018 onwards

IES 2018 Eligibility

To apply for various job posts in the core engineering fields such as Civil, Mechanical, Telecommunication and Electronics and Electrical Engineering, candidates must fulfill following eligibility conditions:

  • Candidates must be a resident of India, Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee.
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering from a recognized University.
  • Age limit for IES 2018 is between 21-30 years of age.

IES 2018 Application Form

IES 2018 registration process is completely online. Candidates are required to visit the official website of UPSC to apply for IES 2018. Candidates shall be able to begin the IES 2018 Application Form filling process in the last week of September, 2017, as soon as the notification is released. The registration for IES 2018 is done in two parts- Registration Part I and Registration Part II.

Registration I

In the first part of registration, candidates will have to visit the official website to enter personal details and submit them. This will bring them to the next step of registration process i.e. Application Fee payment.

Payment of Application Fee

The application fee can be remitted via online as well as offline mode. Candidate will be redirected to a new page where he/she will have to choose the mode of payment. If the candidate chooses to pay online, facilities like credit card/debit card or net banking will be available. In case of offline mode of payment, a pay-in-slip shall be provided for cash payment at nearest branch of State Bank of India.

Registration II

Fill in your exam centre choices along with engineering core branch once you have successfully paid your application fee. Candidates will have to communicate other details as well before moving to the next step.

Upload required documents

Submit all the required information and move on to upload your scanned copy of passport size photograph and clearly visible signatures in the given dimensions. Check mark the declaration to complete the registration process.

IES 2018 Admit Card

IES admit card for both the written papers are released separately. Candidates must take note that the admit card is released 3 weeks before the commencement of the exam. IES admit card 2018 can be obtained from the official website of UPSC by entering the required details. Following are the steps to download the IES 2018 Admit Card:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC
  • Click on the link to download the 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 2018 Exam Centers

While in the Part II registration of IES 2018, candidates are asked to choose the IES Exam center for preliminary examinations, according to their preference. It must be noted that the exam center for Mains examination are different. Following is the list of exam center choices available for candidates:

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
Patna Port Blair Raipur Ranchi Sambalpur Shillong
Shimla Srinagar Thiruvananthapuram Tirupati Udaipur Vishakhapatnam

IES 2018 Mains Examination Centers

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

IES 2018 Exam Pattern

IES 2018 comprises of three stages- Prelims, Mains and finally Personal Interview. Preliminary exam is an objective paper whereas Mains exam is a conventional paper. Candidates will have to clear prelims to appear for Mains examination. Those who qualify will proceed to the personality test. Both the sections of the written test cover the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subject (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering).

Following are the details regarding IES 2018 Preliminary Examination:

Sections Paper 1 Paper 2 Total
Time Duration 2 Hours 3 Hours 5 Hours
Number of Questions 120 Questions 120 Questions 240 Questions
Marks 200 Marks 300 Marks 500 Marks
Marking Scheme 1/3 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty
Medium Only in English Language
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (Each Question has 4 options) 

Candidates who will qualify to the IES Cut off set by UPSC will proceed to IES 2018 Mains exam. There are 2 conventional type papers- Paper 1 and paper 2, in the IES 2018 Mains exam, each weighing 300 marks.

The following table highlights IES 2018 Mains Exam Pattern:

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper 1 (CE/EE/ME/CE) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper 2 (CE/EE/ME/CE) 3 Hours 300 Marks

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

Personal Interview: shortlisted candidates will be called for personal interview session. Candidates will be judged of his/her leadership skills, personality and intellect. 200 marks are allotted to the personality test (interview test).

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IES 2018 Result

IES 2018 Results will be declared separately for each stage of the examination. Candidates must regularly check the official website of UPSC to stay updated with the status of result declaration. Candidates who will qualify the prelims shall only proceed to the mains examination, those who do not qualify will not be able to sit for IES 2018 Mains exam.

Similarly, a list will be prepared for the candidates who will be called for Personal Interview. Furthermore, a final list of the selected candidates will be disclosed. The steps to obtain IES 2018 results have been listed below:

  • Go to the official website of UPSC, search for result link.
  • The candidates will get a pdf file declaring the results.
  • Download and open it. Enter your roll number and search the result.

IES 2018 Cut Off

Once the exam results are declared, candidates must check the IES 2018 cut off by visiting the official website and ensure that they qualify to the next stage. The cut off will be released within a week of the declaration of results. Candidates will need to score over or equal to the qualifying marks to enter the next stage of the examination.

IES 2018 Selection Procedure

The two-staged IES recruitment process adopted by UPSC for IES 2018 exam is:

  • Written Examination
  • Personal Interview

The written exam comprises of two exams- Preliminary and Mains. Candidates are required to qualify to the IES cut off set by commission. Clearing IES 2018 Prelims is essential to proceed to the IES 2018 Mains Exam. The mains 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 the candidate.

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