IES Exam Pattern for CE (Civil Engineering)

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Apr 28, 2020

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Civil Engineers basically deals with planning, constructing, maintaining, designing & operating Infrastructure. Civil Engineers appearing for ESE are selected for the following posts-

  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers,
  • Indian Railway Stores service,
  • Central Engineering services,
  • Military Engineer Service,
  • Assistant Executive Engineer,
  • Survey of India Service,
  • Central Water Engineering

IES (Indian Engineering Services) the toughest and the most sought- after careers for the Engineering graduates in India. It comes under civil services which meet the managerial & technical requirement of the Government of India. Selection of IES Officers is totally on merit basis and is done by Union Government as per the recommendation of UPSC. Engineering Services Examination is a combined 4-stage competitive exam. According to the survey, ESE is appeared by around 2 lakhs candidates for 763 vacancies of Assistant Executive Engineer.  Read About IES Exam Pattern

The foundation of success can be laid on the resolute efforts but a sound strategy accompanied by never say die spirit makes the recipe of success spied. Success can’t be achieved overnight hence a prudent strategy matters a lot. For success in Engineering Services Exam, a candidate is required to have excellent fundamentals in the core subjects, along with thorough update on general awareness, current affairs and no less, all the traits of matured personality.

IES Exam Pattern for CE

Stages Examination Marks
Stage 1 Preliminary 500
Stage 2 Mains 600
Stage 3 Personality Test 200
stage 1 + 2 + 3 Grand Total 1300

IES 2020 CE Major Topics

IES Exam takes place over the course of 3 days. The exam consists of 2 sections. Section 1 is an objective type paper and section 2 is a conventional subjective type exam. Both papers cover entire syllabus of relevant engineering disciplines. The objective exam is held over the course of two days. There is negative marking for the objective section of the paper.

Engineering Discipline Topics covered in Paper 1 Topics covered in Paper 2
Civil Engineering Building materials, solid mechanics, structural analysis, design of steel structures, design of concrete and masonry structures Fluid mechanics, open channel flow, pipe flow, hydraulic machines and hydropower, hydrology, water resources engineering, waste water engineering, solid waste management, soil mechanics, surveying

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

The questions from the following topics will be set in Paper 1 of Stage 1-

  • Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development.
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability.
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis.
  • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety.
  • Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services.
  • Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, climate change, environmental impact assessment.
  • Basics of Project Management.
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering.
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
  • Ethics and values in Engineering profession.

IES 2020 CE Paper-wise Syllabus

For each subject, a detailed syllabus is chalked out. You can refer to the syllabus of the CE (Civil Engineering) subject, get well acquainted with the same, and begin your preparation accordingly-

IES CE Paper 1 Building materials, solid mechanics, structural analysis, design of steel structures, design of concrete and masonry structures, construction practice, planning and management
IES CE Paper 2 Fluid mechanics, open channel flow, pipe flow, hydraulic machines and hydropower, hydrology, water resources engineering, environmental engineering, water supply engineering, waste water engineering, solid waste management, air and noise pollution & ecology, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, surveying, transportation engineering

IES Preliminary/ Stage 1 Exam Pattern

  • IES Exam Pattern for preliminary examination is same for all the streams in the IES.
  • This stage consists of 2 papers- General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper and Engineering Discipline Paper. These are conducted on two different sessions.
  • Questions in IES Prelims are objective in nature.
  • The distribution of marks is 200+300 (500 marks).
  • The duration of these papers is 2 hours (paper 1) and 3 hours (paper 2) in IES Prelims.
Paper Name of Paper Time Duration Maximum Marks
Paper 1 General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper 2 hours 200
Paper 2 Engineering Discipline – specific paper 3 hours 300
Paper 1 + 2 Grand Total 5 hours 500

IES Mains/ Stage 2 Exam Pattern

  • IES Mains consists of 2 papers that are subjective in nature and are conducted in different sessions.
  • Both papers are Engineering Discipline.
  • The distribution of marks for both the papers is IES is 300+300 (600 marks).
  • The duration of both these papers is 3 hours each.
  • The paper pattern for IES Mains only involves the change in the type of questions.
Paper Name of Paper Time Duration Maximum Marks
Paper 1 Engineering Discipline – specific Paper 1 3 hours 300
Paper 2 Engineering Discipline – specific paper 2 3 hours 300
Paper 1 + 2 Grand Total 6 hours 600

IES 2020 Final Stage for Selection

Candidates who qualify in the written exam are then required to appear in Personality Test and Personal Interview, which carries 200 marks. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. Officially labeled as the "Personality Test", the objective of the interview is to assess-

‘Candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical application and integrity of character’.

The marks of the interview round are added to the marks obtained by the candidate in the written round.


Topic-wise Reference Books for IES Exam (Civil)

  • Strength of Materials by Gere and Temoshenko, B C Punamia
  • Structural Analysis by Negi, S Ramamurtham, C K Vang
  • Reinforced Concrete Structures by Punamia & Jain, H J Shah
  • Steel Structures by Duggal
  • Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. by Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S K Garg
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics by Modi & Seth, R K Bansal, Subramanyam
  • Hydrology by Subramanyam
  • Irrigation by S K Garg
  • Highway Engg. by Khanna & Jasto, Kadiyali

Hope above study materials for the IES 2020 exam helps you in your preparation for the exam. I would post more materials as and when I can spot them.

All the Best!


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

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