IES Exam Centers for Prelims and Main Exam

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Mar 4, 2020

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Union Public Service Commission or UPSC organizes IES Exam (Prelims and Mains) each year for recruiting aspiring engineers to various posts in Indian Engineering Services. The official notification for IES 2020 is expected to be released in the last week of September 2020

Union Public Service Commission or UPSC authorizes IES Exam Centers each year. For IES Prelims and Mains examination, the centers are released separately. For this year, preliminary exam is scheduled for January 07, 2020 (tentative).

Listed below are facts about IES 2020 Exam Centers:  

  • While filling in IES Application Form, candidates are required to choose any one exam center for ESE 2020
  • The total number of exam centers for IES Prelims is 42
  • Commission has rectified the venue for Delhi center candidates (Prelims)
  • For IES Mains there are 24 centers in total
  • All candidates appearing for the test must not forget to carry their IES Admit Card
  • The conducting authority will not entertain any requests for change of exam centers

IES 2020 Exam Center for Preliminary Test

Exam Centers for IES are allocated on first-apply-first-allot basis. For Prelims Exam, there are a total of 42 venues where Engineering Services Examination or ESE will be conducted. For the academic year 2020, UPSC has scheduled the exam for January 07, 2020 (tentative). Candidates have the choice to choose the center as per their preference from 42 cities.

Tabulated below are the options for IES 2020:

Centers for Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination
Center name Center code Center name Center code Center name Center code
Chandigarh 35 Kohima 43 Srinagar 18
Allahabad 02 Jaipur 11 Ranchi 41
Bangalore 03 Jammu 34 Sambalpur 53
Bareilly 54 Jorhat 46 Shillong 16
Bhopal 04 Kochi (Cochin) 24 Shimla 17
Port Blair 37 Aizawl 47 Imphal 44
Raipur 49 Aligarh 21 Itanagar 48
Agartala 45 Gangtok 42 Panaji (Goa) 36
Ahmedabad 01 Hyderabad 10 Patna 15
Thiruvananthapuram 19 Chennai 12 Kolkata 06
Tirupati 50 Cuttack 07 Lucknow 26
Dehradun 14 Madurai 40 Udaipur 52
Delhi 08 Mumbai 05 Vishakhapatnam 51
Dharwad 39 Nagpur 13 Dispur (Guwahati) 09
Official Notification for Delhi Center candidates


IES 2020 Exam Centers for Mains Exam

Candidates qualifying IES Prelims are only eligible to appear for Stage II i.e. Mains exam. UPSC is scheduled IES Mains 2020 for July 01, 2020 (tentative). For this stage, the choice of centers is limited to 24 cites only. Candidates can choose the center of their choice from the table given below:

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

IES Exam Center Guidelines

Candidates must adhere to the below-mentioned guidelines by UPSC for smooth conduct of Indian Engineering Services examination.

  1. Reach Exam Center at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of exam.
  2. Go through the sitting arrangement and note down your room number and other relevant information that will help you in locating your seat.
  3. Remember to carry ESE Admit Card with a valid Photo ID Proof at the examination center. Acceptable Photo ID Proofs are as Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Voter Card, Passport etc.
  4. It is important to listen and follow all the instructions given by invigilator in the examination hall.

Also Check IES Exam Pattern

Important Note:
  • The examination centers and date of various stages of IES Exam are liable to change only at the legal orders of the Union Public Service Commission. In such cases, the UPSC holds the responsibility to inform the admitted candidates.
  • Each examination center has a limited capacity to accommodate candidates. After attaining the maximum limit, there will be a ceiling on the number of applicants allotted to each of the examination centers.
  • All the examination centers except Chennai, Dispur, Delhi, Nagpur, and Kolkata after attaining the maximum limit of candidates will be frozen.
  • Generally, no request for change of center is granted to candidates. However, the UPSC reserves right to change the test centers in the most genuine cases. In such cases, candidate can file a request for the change of their examination giving full and proper justification as to why he/she wishes to change the examination center. The request is to be addressed to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission.
  • All the registered candidates will be notified of the exam schedule and venue by UPSC.

IES Admit Card

  • IES Admit Card is expected to release in the month of January 2020
  • Candidates can download their admit card from the official website i.e.
  • Credentials such as Registration Number and DOB and Password will be required to obtain IES Admit Card.
  • The Admit Card for IES is a mandatory document to be presented at the exam centers. It must be supported by a valid photo id issued by Government of India.
  • Candidates must check and verify all the details mentioned in IES Admit Card.
  • Any error, mismatch or discrepancies should be immediately reported to the concerned authority.

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