Life after clearing ESE/IES exam

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Jul 23, 2020

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An engineer treads in the path of preparing for Engineering Service Examination [ESE], dreaming to bring a change and play a role in the development of the nation. ESE is an annual examination undertaken by Union Public Service Examination [UPSC], to recruit officers into Engineering services under the Central Indian Government. This examination evaluates your technical and managerial competency to be considered fit, into the post drafted.

Every year around 500 vacancies are available across four different branches –

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Civil Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering

You can graduate from any branch of Engineering but have to apply for the ESE via one of the four streams. Maximum marks of ESE are 1300 distributed across three stages-

Exam stages Question Paper or objective Maximum marks Duration
Stage I-Preliminary Paper I-General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
Paper-II- Engineering discipline-specific paper
2 hours
3 hours
Stage II-Mains Discipline-specific
Paper I


3 hours
3 hours
Stage III- Interview Gauging your personality 200 -

The preparation for this examination is quite taxing. Clearing all three stages of ESE will take you to that proud moment of being announced an IES officer, worth every drop of blood, sweat, and tears you shed on the journey.

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What to expect after becoming an IES officer?

It would help if you mustered up every ounce of motivation you can to charge up and march on the passage of becoming an IES officer. Here are some of the advantages and luxuries that can be yours if you pass ESE with flying colors.

  • Meet the President of India

Your journey as an IES officer begins at a high note by receiving a letter from the President of India on your successful selection. You will have a training program to undergo before induction. On completion of training, you can meet the President of India at his residence where the first citizen of India lauds you on your achievements and encourages you to work with enthusiasm and dedication for the progress of our country. This is a unique honor that only a very select few get in their lifetime.

  • Across mountains and oceans

The training program itself is very thrilling. During the training session, you are treated best with excellent food and other amenities. You get to travel across different places across the country. Extensive travel is a trailer, providing a glimpse into what your job entails.

  • Job security

You are paid handsomely on your first post. Your first payment will be around 57,000 INR sans the incentives. Medical bills coverage, traveling privileges, LTC, Gratuity, Provident fund, helping hands at household are the added benefits you would be enjoying down the road. Your kids' education fee will be covered marginally. You will be at peace, knowing you and your family are secure in the future.

  • Spend time with your family

You might have heard a common saying, 'All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy'. You'll not lead a stressed-out life, as you'll get plenty of leisure time to spend with your family. There are plenty of government holidays for you to look forward to. You can go on vacation once in a few years and stay in posh hotels. You will get reimbursement on your expenses within limits.

  • Challenging career to look forward to

Word around is that a government job is stable and does not have many challenges. If you are an IES officer, one thing assured is no two days will be the same. Work can never be repetitive and everyday poses with a new challenge. You are in for regular promotion; the period may vary across different departments and your work skills.

Once every three years, you'll be transferred to a new post. You are on the constant move across various cadre, organization, agency, department, or ministry of the government of India. One year you would be in the Ministry of Defense, and a few years later you would be involved in the works of the Ministry of Railways. You may be deputed for a particular job if it is a requirement.

  • Changing sceneries

With varying job responsibilities, you can be posted in any unimaginable location from a remote village to hilly areas to tier-2 cities or the never-sleeping metro cities. Point a region on the Indian map, and you could see yourself there in service. As an IES officer, you live a diverse life experiencing new cultures and traditions of India.

  • Growth and learning

You have numerous opportunities to learn new skills and continuously update yourself. You can pursue your Master's in a reputed University, and the expenses will be covered. You will get two years of paid leave for educating yourself further. You can go on abroad trips during training as well as service years for skill training and learning opportunities.

  • Reputation and respect

With other perks, one benefit that beats the rest is the reputation and respect you get as an officer. You have the power to create a change and be the catalyst in the development of India. You get to lead various projects and meet well-respected people daily like other gazette officers and ministers. You are a source of inspiration for countless youth and seen in high regard by other citizens.

As immense opportunities lay ahead of you, keep hustling and work hard. Paint the comfortable and reputed picture mentioned above in your head and never lose sight of it. Keep visualizing yourself leading this life. With great zeal and determination, you will achieve your goal.

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