Both UPSC IES and IAS (UPSC CSE) Exams are conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Indian Engineering Services(IES) previously known as ESE Exam is expected to execute the Techno-Managerial tasks set to be accomplished by the Central Government. Get IES 2021 latest news here.
On the contrary, the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam is conducted for the recruitment of various posts such as Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Forest Services (IFoS), and Indian Police Services (IPS). Get all IAS (UPSC CSE) latest updates here.
Here is the complete comparison between these two cadres in terms of job profile, salary, exam pattern and career growth. Catch up latest government exam news
|Particulars||UPSC IES||IAS (UPSC CSE)|
|Eligibility||Degree in Engineering||Degree of Bachelor in any discipline|
|Number of Attempts||No Limit||6 Times|
|Number of Vacancies||Approx. 800-900||Approx. 500-600|
|Salary||INR 55,135/-.||INR 56,100/-|
|Job Profile||Public Dealing and administration management||Managing Technical development and contracts|
The job profile of the selected candidates through the exams is totally different. In the following tabular, the job profile of these positions is given:
|UPSC IES Application||UPSC IES Eligibility||UPSC IES Admit Card|
|UPSC IES Syllabus||UPSC IES Result||UPSC IES Cutoff|
The salary structure of UPSC IES and IAS (UPSC CSE) officers are different as well as the allowances they receive during the time of their service. Here are the details.
UPSC IES and IAS (UPSC CSE) has three-stage of the exam such as Prelims, Mains and Personality Test.
However, the exam pattern of these stages is totally different. In the following tabular, crucial differences in the exam pattern are pointed out:
|Particulars||UPSC IES Exam Pattern||IAS (UPSC CSE)|
|Number of Paper||
|Number of Total Questions in Prelims||
|Total Marks in Prelims||600 marks||400 marks|
|Total Marks in Mains||600 marks||1750 marks|
|Total Marks in Personality Test||200 marks||275 marks|
Know more about the IAS (UPSC CSE) Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Prelims, Mains, Optional papers and Personality test.
While An IAS officer has more exposure to social and political issues, IES officers are relatively low profile and work with less political interference and maintain a low-key.
Here are the opportunities for promotion in each service under the Central Government of India.
The candidate is selected first as an Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director. Here are the details in the career growth of an IES officer:
|Promotion||Years of Service Required|
|Executive Engineer or a Director.||3-4 years|
|Joint General Manager or Chief Engineer||13 years|
|Chief Engineer or AGM (Additional General Manager)||20 years|
|Senior General Manager.||30 years|
|Managing Director or Chairperson.||34 years|
After the selection of the candidates through the exam, they will be joining as Junior Scale as per their choice in the service.
To know the salary increment with the promotion, click here.
|Grade||Years of Service Required|
|Senior Time Scale||5 years|
|Junior Administrative Grade||9 years|
|Selection Grade||12 to 15 years|
|Super Time Scale||17 to 20 years|
|Above Super Time Scale||Varies|
|Apex Scale||Varies( around 30 years)|
|Cabinet Secretary Grade||varies|
For more information on IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 Selection Process, click here
However, if one cracks the IES exam, then you will be able to work for both the defence and civil platforms particularly for the Indian Naval Stores Service, Indian Army, Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Naval Armament Service, Military Engineers Services, and Indian Ordnance Factories Services.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.