IES-ESE Selection-Procedure Contributed by Sreejesh updated on May 2019
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IES Examination Pattern

The entrance for Indian Engineering Service comprises of a Written Exam (section I and II) and an Interview. The details follow:

One Engineering Discipline should be chosen from the following categories:

Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
The written examination will comprise two sections:
Section I - objective types questions
Section II – conventional (essay) type questions papers.
Both Sections will cover the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering subject.

Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

Section I – Objective Paper

General Ability Test:

Part A – General English

Part B – General Studies


Interview for Personality test of selected candidates : 200marks

General (but important) instructions

All Question Papers must be Answered in English. Question Papers will be set in English only.

Candidates must write the papers themselves. They will not be allowed a scribe to write the answer for them under "any circumstances".

Points (upto 5%) may be deducted from the total points of a candidate if his/her handwriting is not easily legible.

Put in a serious and sincere effort.

Marks are not allotted for mere superficial knowledge. Orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words will be rewarded.

SI units will be used in the papers and Candidates should use only International form of Indian numerals (i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc.) while answering question papers.

The Commission have discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination.

The Objective Type papers will be evaluated first and evaluation of the Conventional Type papers is done only for those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Objective types papers, as fixed by the Commission.

Details of Examination:

The examination is conducted in two parts: Written Tests & Personality Test.

Written Tests are of 1000 marks total consisting of 5 papers of 200 marks each.

First paper is General Ability Paper consisting of objective type questions from General English and General Studies which includes knowledge of current events, Indian History and Geography.

Rest 4 papers are specific to the relevant engineering discipline.

Of these first two papers will be objective type and the rest two papers will be subjective type.

For objective type questions each question will have 4 options and there is a negative marking of 1/3rd marks allotted to the question for an incorrect answer.

Personality Test consists of an interview to judge the candidate's knowledge in the relevant engineering field and General Knowledge and other skills and requirements like the candidate's capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.
Part A : General English. The question paper in General English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
Part B : General Studies: The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.
NOTE : IES Syllabus for all branches is same and question papers are also same.
Total = 120 Question carry 200 Marks.
Time: 2 Hour