UPSC ESE 2020 - Exam Dates, Application, Admit Card, Result
UPSC ESE 2020 - UPSC has released UPSC ESE mains exam admit card 2020 at its official website on September 22. Earlier, UPSC shared a notice on July 14, 2020, related to the postponement of the mains exam of ESE 2020. The exam was previously scheduled for August 09, 2020, but it stands deferred. Previously, Union Public Service Commission released the result of UPSC ESE 2020 prelims exam on February 20. Candidates can check the roll numbers of qualified candidates in the result PDF. Those who qualify the prelims exam will be invited to appear for the mains exam. The commission will release UPSC ESE admit card for mains stage at least 20 days before the exam in online mode @upsc.gov.in. The ESE Prelims exam was conducted on January 5, 2020. Candidates who qualify the mains exam will be able to appear for the interview stage of UPSC ESE exam. Earlier UPSC ESE 2020 application form was released on September 25, 2019.
UPSC has released a total of 495 vacancies under the UPSC ESE 2020 recruitment. Candidates will be recruited for services in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. UPSC will release the final merit list of all shortlisted candidates and their recruitment will be based on their performance in the mains as well as interview round. Read the detailed article below for more information on the application form, eligibility criteria, exam dates, exam centres, and selection process of UPSC ESE 2020.
Latest: UPSC ESE admit card 2020 for mains exam has been released on September 22 at the official website.
Click here for more - UPSC ESE Mains postponed. UPSC ESE 2020 Result for Prelims Declared! Check the list of candidates shortlisted for the mains exam.
What is UPSC ESE?
The Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam which is also known as Engineering Services Examination (ESE), is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on a national level. UPSC ESE is conducted to recruit candidates for Group A and B in various departments under the Government of India on the post of engineer. ESE is conducted for the four branches as mentioned below:
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
UPSC ESE is one of India's toughest exams for which around 2 lakh students apply every year. To be recruited, candidates have to go through a three-step recruitment process, which includes - Preliminary, Main and the Personality Test. On the basis of candidates performance in all these stages, they are recommended to the Union Government for the available posts.
UPSC ESE 2020 - Overview
Union Public Service Commission Engineering Services Exam
Union Public Service Commission
Release date of Application
September 25, 2019
Rs. 200 (Gor General and OBC)
SC/ST/PH and Female candidates are exempted from paying the application fee
Mode of Exam
Language of Exam
Number of papers
2 Papers in Preliminary - 500 marks
(Paper I of 200 marks and Paper II of 300 marks)
2 Papers in Mains - 600 marks
(Both papers carrying 300 marks each)
Type of paper
Preliminary - Objective Type Questions (Multiple Choice)
Mains - (Conventional Type Papers)
Duration of exam
Paper-I - 2 Hours
Paper-II - 3 Hours
Paper-I - 3 Hours
Paper-II - 3 Hours
Stages of exam
Preliminary - January 05, 2020
Prelims - 42
Mains - 24
Total number of vacancies
Number of attempts and age limit
21-30 years as on 1st January 2020
Estimated number of Applicants
Name of Services/Posts
Category I—CIVIL ENGINEERING
Category II—MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Highlights of UPSC ESE- 2018
|Number of candidates filled application form||3,46,773|
|Applicants appeared in exam||1,73,094|
|Qualified candidates in ESE Prelims||4,205|
|Applicants qualified in mains exam of ESE||1,488|
UPSC ESE 2020 Important Dates
UPSC has released the important dates of ESE Exam 2020, in the table below we have mentioned all the major events like the application form release date, exam date, admit card release and result declaration dates. Candidates who are preparing for the UPSC ESE exam can check the table:
Important Dates of UPSC 2020 ESE
Release date of UPSC ESE 2020 notification
September 25, 2019 (Released)
October 15, 2019
Last Date to fill Applications
Admit card release date
December 11, 2019 (Released)
January 5, 2020
October 18, 2020 (Fresh Dates)
February 20, 2020 (Declared)
Date of Personality Test
|To be notified later|
Declaration of final result
UPSC has declared the ESE result for prelims on February 20, 2020. The exam authorities declare the result for each stage of the examination (prelims, mains, and interview) separately. UPSC releases the result in online mode after the respective exams are over. The UPSC ESE 2020 result includes the list of the roll numbers of qualified candidates. The exam body will also release the scorecard in which candidates can check their individual marks for each stage. Candidates who are shortlisted in the UPSC ESE result 2020 of one stage will be eligible to appear for the next one.
Steps to Check UPSC ESE 2020 Result?
1. Visit the official website
2. Click on the UPSC ESE result link
3. Enter application number and date of birth
4. Click the Submit button
5. UPSC ESE 2020 result will be displayed on your screen
UPSC released UPSC ESE admit card 2020 on September 22, 2020 at the official website for the mains exam. Candidates who have successfully filled the application form can download the UPSC ESE 2020 admit card. The last date to download the admit card was January 05, 2020. Candidates will have to use their registration number/roll number and date of birth to download the admit card. UPSC ESE 2020 admit card will include information like candidate's name, registration number/roll number, address of examination centre and other essential details. Candidates must carry their admit card to the exam hall on the day of exam along with a valid photo identity proof and a passport size photo.
How to Download UPSC ESE 2020 Admit Card?
Go to the official website
Click on the "Admit Card" link.
Now click on "UPSC ESE 2020".
Enter application number and password/date of birth.
Click on “Submit” button
The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Read all the details carefully and check admit card for any discrepancies.
After downloading UPSC ESE admit card 2020 applicants have to take print.
Documents to carry along with UPSC ESE Admit Card
Original and valid Photo ID - Aadhaar Card/Aadhaar Enrollment Number/PAN Card/Voter ID/Driving License/Passport/Ration Card.
Commission released the application form of ESE 2020 along with the notification on September 25, 2019. The last date to apply for ESE 2020 was October 15, 2019. The application form of UPSC ESE can be filled through online mode only.
How to Fill UPSC ESE Application Form 2020
Visit the official website of UPSC- upsconline.nic.in.
Click on the link “Online applications of various exams”.
Click on Registration Part I and fill all the details.
Fill the details in UPSC ESE Registration Part-II.
Upload scanned copy of Photograph, Signature, and Photo ID.
Pay the application fee and save payment receipt for future reference.
Documents to upload with the application form of UPSC ESE 2020
20 kb to 300 kb
Steps to fill UPSC ESE Mains Application Form
Candidates who will qualify the prelims exam will have to fill out a detailed application form (DAF) to appear for the UPSC ESE mains exam. The application form of UPSC DAF can be filled in 6 steps
Step 1: Fill Personal details
Step 2: Educational Information
Step 3: Parental Information
Step 4: Employment Information
Step 5: Upload documents
Step 6: Final Submission.
Once submitted no changes can be edited in the mains application form, so candidates are advised to pay strict attention while filling the form and enter the details carefully.
UPSC ESE 2020 Application Fee
General and OBC
SC/ST/PH and Female
Important Update regarding Application Form of UPSC ESE 2020
Applicants who opt for "Pay by Cash" mode should print the system generated Pay‐in slip during Part-II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.
Pay by cash" mode option will be deactivated on October 14 at 11.59 PM, one day before the closing date of UPSC ESE application form 2020. However, applicants who have generated their Pay‐in‐slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date.
UPSC provides a list of cities where they conduct the engineering services exam. There are separate centres allotted for prelims exam and mains exam. UPSC ESE Prelims exam will be conducted across 42 centres in while the mains exam will be held in 24. Candidates will have to enter exam centre choices while filling out the application form. UPSC ESE exam centres will be allotted on the basis of availability and choices filled by the candidate. Detailed information about the exam centres like venue address, centre code, reporting time, etc. will be mentioned in UPSC ESE 2020 admit card.
In the table below we have mentioned the cities where the exam centres of preliminary as well as the mains will be located.
Preliminary Exam Centres - 42 Centers
Mains Exam Centres - 24 Centres
UPSC prescribes the eligibility criteria for the ESE exam in its official notification. To apply for the engineering services examination, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria specified in the official notification. Candidates must meet the age criteria, nationality and educational qualifications while not crossing the allowed number of attempts. In the table below, we have mentioned the UPSC ESE eligibility criteria in detail, to be eligible for ESE 2020 candidates need to fulfil the following criteria:
UPSC ESE 2020 Eligibility Criteria
A candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India,
(b) a subject of Nepal,
(c) a subject of Bhutan,
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention to permanently settle in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda,
the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention to permanently
reside in India.
A candidate must have obtained a degree in Engineering from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3
of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
A candidate must have passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India).
The aspirant must have obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such
conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time.
The aspirant must have passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
Must have passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.
Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) and Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’ may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely:‐
For Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engg. Posts) ‐ M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless
Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.
For Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’– M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have crossed the age of 30 years on 1st January, 2020. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1990 and not later than 1st January, 1999.
Age Relaxation for Various Categories
Domicile of Jammu and Kashmir
Deaf‐mute and orthopedically handicapped person
UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Pattern
As per the official exam pattern of ESE 2020 released by UPSC in its notification, there will be two papers in the prelims as well as the mains exam. UPSC ESE 2020 exam will be conducted in offline mode. Check the detailed UPSC ESE exam pattern in the table below:
Papers in Preliminary Stage
Number of Questions
Paper I - General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
Paper II - Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
Papers in Mains Stage
Number of Questions
Paper I -
Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
Paper II -
Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
UPSC ESE Paper Scheme 2020
Mode of exam
Offline (Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions)
Offline (Convention Type Questions)
Duration of each paper
No of papers
Total number of questions
Paper I - 100
Paper II- 150
Paper I - 8
Paper II - 8
Marks allotted for each paper
Paper I - 2 marks per question
Paper II- 2 marks per question
UPSC ESE Syllabus 2020
After knowing Exam pattern candidates must have the idea regarding the syllabus of UPSC ESE. Exam conducting authorities prescribes the syllabus of UPSC ESE 2020 exam for all the papers. Candidates who are interested to appear in ESE 2020, must go through the syllabus of UPSC ESE thoroughly, to get an idea about all the important subjects and topics on which the ESE 2020 question paper will be based. Candidates can check the syllabus highlights in the table below:
UPSC ESE Prelims : Syllabus for Prelims (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)
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
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
Basics of Material Science and Engineering
UPSC Prelims Paper II and Mains Paper I & II
Paper - I
Building Materials, Solid Materials, Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structures, Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures, Construction Practice, Planning, and Management
Paper - II
Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Foundation Engineering, Surveying and Geology, Transportation Engineering
Paper - I
Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat transfer, IC Engines, Refrigeration, and Air conditioning, Turbo Machinery, Power Plant Engineering, Renewable Sources of Energy
Paper - II
Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Mechanisms and Machines, Design of Machine Elements, Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics
Paper - I
Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Materials, Electric Circuits and Fields, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Computer Fundamentals, Basic Electronics Engineering
Paper - II
Analog and Digital Electronics, Systems and Signal Processing, Control Systems, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Power Electronics and Drives
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
Paper - I
Basic Electronics Engineering, Basic Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation, Network Theory, Analog and Digital Circuits
Paper - II
Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Control Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Electro Magnetics, Advanced Electronics Topics, Advanced Communication Topics
UPSC releases the official question paper of ESE in PDF format after the exam is conducted. Candidates can check the official question paper and practice the UPSC ESE question papers to superior their grip on the subject matter be it Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. In the below table candidates can check the UPSC ESE 2019 question papers for all the subjects.
Previous Year UPSC ESE Question Papers
Union Public Service Commission will release the answer key of ESE 2020 in online mode, PDF format after the declaration of the final result. The answer key will contain all the correct answers asked in the examination. Candidates can find question IDs and correct answer options in the answer key. By checking the answer key of UPSC ESE 2020, aspirants will be able to calculate their marks and predict their chances of qualifying for the next stage of the UPSC ESE 2020 exam. Candidates can use the answer keys and UPSC ESE previous years question papers and prepare for the exam. UPSC doesn’t provide an answer key challenge window for the ESE exam.
Exam conducting authorities will release the cut off for UPSC ESE after declaring the final results. UPSC ESE 2020 cutoff is the minimum marks a candidate needs to score in order to be selected for the next stage. UPSC ESE cut off is released after the declaration of the final result. On the basis of the cut off candidates will be declared qualified for the various posts they have applied for. It is to be noted that candidates should secure minimum qualifying cut off along with overall cut off to qualify in the respective stage. Candidates can check previous years’ UPSC ESE 2020 cutoff from the tables below:
Previous Year UPSC ESE Cut off
UPSC ESE 2019 Cut off
Marks scored by the last recommended candidate
GEN - 702
OBC - 665
SC - 596
ST - 640
GEN - 704
OBC - 709
SC - 649
ST - 639
GEN - 709
OBC - 677
SC - 629
ST - 577
Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
GEN - 698
OBC - 668
SC - 593
ST - 560
UPSC ESE 2020 Selection Process
Commission conducts UPSC ESE (Previously known as UPSC IES) exam in three-stages. To get recruited as an engineer in government organisations, candidates need to pass successfully through the 3-step selection process. The following are the stages of the selection process:
Personality Test (Interview)
First stage: IES Preliminary Exam 2020
The first step is the preliminary exam, candidates qualifying this stage will be eligible to appear in the mains exam. The prelims exam result will be declared by UPSC on its official website and candidates will be able to view their results by entering their application number and date of birth on the website.
After checking the result, the qualified candidates will have to fill out the IES Main Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the Main Exam.
Second stage: IES Main Exam 2020
Students who clear the preliminary exam will be eligible to appear in the UPSC ESE main exam. To check their qualification in the main exam, candidates will have to follow the same step as during the preliminary exam and check their results. Candidates who clear the main exam will be called for final round interview (also known as personality test).
Third and last stage: IES Interview 2020
The interviewers during the personal interview will analyse the candidate on various parameters like intellectual, in-depth knowledge and to check whether the candidate is suitable for a career in the engineering services. Only those candidates are allowed to appear in the interview who have qualified the pre and main examination.
After conducting the interview, UPSC will release the final result, this will be the final step of the selection process. Candidates who will find their name in the result list will be recruited as engineers in government offices.
After the result, UPSC will release final IES cut-off along with a reserve list. This reserve list will work as a backup in case a candidate withdraws their name from joining the services due to any circumstances. In this case, UPSC will forward the name of a candidate from the reserved list.
The final appointments will be made strictly in accordance with the number of vacancies available in the respective departments. Allotment of candidates into these posts or services will be made according to the ranks obtained by them and also the choice of Services expressed by the candidates.
UPSC IES Salary 2020
The salary scales of IES officers is same as of other All India Services/ Civil Services. Candidates can check the detailed salary structure of IES from the table below.
Salary Details of IES Officer
Junior (Entry) Level
Rs.15600 – 39100/-
Junior Administrative Grade
Selection Grade Pay
Super Time Scale
Rs.37400 – Rs.67000
Super Time Scale
Rs.37400 – Rs.67000
Super Time Scale
Rs.37400 – Rs.67000
Apex Pay Scale
No Grade Pay
Cabinet Secretary Grade
No Grade Pay
UPSC Contact Details
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi - 110069
Facilitation Counter : 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC ESE 2020 - Exam Dates, Application, Admit Card, Result
Question: What is next step after filling the application form ESE exam ?
Authority will issue ESE Admit card for the candidates to appear in the examination.
Question: How can i check whether i am elligible to fill the application form of ESE exam ?
Candidates before filling the application should check the eligibility criteria to apply for the exam
Question: What is maximum age limit to apply for the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) exam ?
The maximum age limit to apply for the Indian Engineering Services Exam (IES) which is also known as Engineering Services Examination (ESE) exam is 30 years.
Question: What is difference between IAS and IES?
The major difference between IAS and IES is that IAS is employed in administrative department of the Indian Government while IES is employed in technical departments of PSUs and other government bodies.
Question: What is salary of IES officer?
The pay scale of IES is same as a IAS officer. At the initial level, the pay scale varies from Rs.15,600 – 39,100.
Question: What is IES exam eligibility?
Candidates must have a degree/diploma in Engineering to be eligible for UPSC IES exam.
Question: Is IAS better than IES?
IAS is better than IES because of more administrative power. The role of an IES is mainly in technical field while IAS works at the administrative level only.
Question: Which branch is best for IES?
For cracking UPSC ESE, No engineering branches in particular gets preference for the selection process. So all branches of engineering are considered equally important and will be the best choice to score good in ESE exams.
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How Can I Download UPSC ESE Syllabus
UPSC will conduct the ESE or IES Mains exam on 18.10.2020 for the recruitment in the categories of Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. Candidates recruited will get posted as Group A or Group B posts.
The selection process of UPSC IES Exam involves:
StageI: Preliminary Exam
StageII: Mains Exam
StageIII: Personality Test
Note that each round is an elimination round and you need to clear oe round to proceed to another.
Follow this link to find syllabus and other relevant details:
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