Piyush.Dixit, 28 Sep 2019, #UPSC ESE

UPSC ESE 2020 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification of Engineering Service Examination (ESE) on September 25, 2019. Along with releasing the notification, the authority has also activated the link to fill the UPSC ESE application form 2020. Candidates can apply online for UPSC ESE 2020 up to October 15 at It is to be noted that applications can be withdrawn from October 22 to 28 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled. Candidates who fill the application form UPSC ESE 2020 successfully will only be issued the admit card of exam. Commission will release the admit card before a month of the exam in online mode. The prelims phase exam of UPSC ESE will be conducted on January 5, 2020. Candidates who will qualify the prelims stage will further have to appear for mains and interview stage of UPSC ESE exam.
Based on Mains and Interview, UPSC will release the final merit list of shortlisted candidates. Selected candidates will be recruited to the Group A/B services in Indian Railway, Indian Ordnance Factories, Central Water Engineering Service, Indian Skill Development Service etc. Recruitment is made to the services/posts under Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication engineering categories. A total of 495 vacancies have been announced in UPSC ESE 2020 recruitment process. Read below for more details on the application form, eligibility criteria, exam dates, exam centres, and selection process of UPSC ESE 2020.

Latest: The UPSC ESE Application Form 2020 available now, Apply till October 15.

UPSC ESE 2020 – Overview

Name of the exam

UPSC ESE Recruitment

Examination name


Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

Total number of vacancies


Exam mode



Engineering degree

Age limit

21 to 30

Pay scale


UPSC ESE Exam Dates 2020

The dates related to the application form, exam, admit card and result are given below. Candidates who are preparing for UPSC ESE exam can track the events through these dates.

UPSC ESE 2020 Important Dates



UPSC ESE 2020 notification release date

September 25, 2019 (Released)

UPSC ESE application form starting date

September 25, 2019 (Released)

UPSC ESE application form last date

October 15, 2019

UPSC ESE admit card release date

December 2019

UPSC ESE prelims exam date 2020

January 5, 2020

UPSC ESE result of prelims exam 2020

March, 2020

Admit card of mains exam

June, 2020

UPSC ESE mains exam date 2020

June 28, 2020 (Paper I - 9 am to 12 noon)

(Paper II - 2 pm to 5 pm)

UPSC ESE result of mains exam

August 2020

UPSC ESE interview 2020

To be notified later

UPSC ESE final result date 2020

To be notified later

UPSC ESE Application Form 2020

The application form of UPSC ESE 2020 is released along with the notification on September 25, 2019. Candidates can fill the application form till October 15, 2019. The application form of UPSC ESE can be filled through online mode only. The application fee is Rs. 200 for General and OBC whereas candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH and female were exempted from paying the fee. The application fee of UPSC ESE 2020 can be filled through both online and offline mode.

UPPSC ESE Application Fee



General and OBC

Rs 200

SC/ST/PH and female

No fees

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 ESE Eligibility Criteria 2020

Commission prescribes the eligibility criteria of UPSC ESE 2020 in official notification only. UPSC ESE eligibility criteria 2020 includes nationality, age limit, educational qualification, medical examination and physical standards. To be eligible for UPSC ESE 2020 candidates need to fulfill the following criteria.

UPSC ESE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality - Candidate must be a citizen of India.

  • Age limit - The minimum and maximum age limit as on January 1st, 2020 is mentioned below.

Minimum age of candidates – 21 Years

Maximum age of candidates – 30 Years

  • Age Relaxation

Age relaxation for various categories


Age Relaxation


5 Years


3 Years

Domicile of Jammu and Kashmir

5 Years


5 Years


5 Years

Deaf‐mute and orthopedically handicapped person

10 Years

Education Qualification – Candidate should have a degree in Engineering

  • Medical Examination- Candidate who qualify the prelims and mains exam have to undergo a medical examination. Candidate must be fit to qualify the medical exam.

  • Physical Standards - According to UPSC ESE 2020 physical standards, a candidate must be physically fit.

UPSC ESE Exam Pattern 2020

UPSC ESE 2020 exam will be conducted in three stages – prelims, mains and interview. Prelims exam comprises two papers – Paper I and II. Paper I will be conducted for 200 marks and the time allotted to the candidates will be 120 minutes. Paper II will be of 300 marks and time allotted to the candidate will be 180 minutes. UPSC ESE 2020 mains exam consists of two papers – Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers are of 300 marks each. The time allotted to attempt the exam for the candidate is 180 minutes for each paper. The last stage of UPSC ESE exam is interview, which is a personality test. The interview will be of 200 marks. The exam pattern of UPSC ESE 2020 for prelims and mains is listed below

UPSC ESE Prelims Exam Pattern 2020



Minimum Marks

Paper I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)

120 minutes


Paper II (Engineering Exam)

180 minutes




UPSC ESE Mains Exam Pattern 2020



Minimum Marks

Paper I (Engineering Exam)

180 minutes


Paper II (Engineering Exam)

180 minutes




UPSC ESE Syllabus 2020

Candidates who aspires to get themselves inducted into Indian Engineering Services should know syllabus in detailed way. Knowing syllabus and exam pattern compliment each other. UPSC ESE syllabus 2020 is mentioned in below given table.

  1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
  2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical
  3. ability
  4. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  5. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  6. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction,maintenance and services
  7. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  8. Basics of Project Management
  9. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  10. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e‐governance and technology based education.
  11. Ethics and values in Engineering profession.

Above mentioned syllabus will be common to each candidates, to know more information on subject wise syllabus, candidates can refer official notification

  • The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics.

  • Questions from all the 10 topics mentioned above shall be set.

  • Marks for each Topic may range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.

UPSC ESE Admit Card 2020

Candidates who fill the application form of UPSC ESE exam will only be issued the admit card. UPSC ESE 2020 admit card for prelims exam will be issued before a month of exam. Since UPSC ESE 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on January 5, 2020 hence we can expect that admit card will be issued in the first week of December. The admit card of UPSC ESE 2020 included information like name, registration number/roll number, the address of the examination centre and other essential details. UPSC ESE admit card 2020 can be download by entering registration number/roll number and date of birth.

UPSC ESE Exam Centres 2020

While filling the application form of UPSC ESE 2020 candidates should know about the exam centres. Commission will be allot UPSC ESE exam centre to the candidates according to their preferences. UPSC ESE prelims 2020 will be conducted across 42 exam cities and mains in 24 exam cities in India. The exam centre cannot be changed once the application form is submitted. The list of few exam centres are mentioned in below given table.

UPSC ESE Exam Centres 2020 for Prelims Exam


State/Union Territory




Uttar Pradesh




West Bengal


Madhya Pradesh



UPSC ESE Exam Centres 2020 for Mains Exam


State/Union Territory


Uttar Pradesh











UPSC ESE Answer Key 2020

The answer key of UPSC ESE will contain all the correct answers asked in the examination. The answer key of UPSC ESE 2020 by coaching institutes will be available shortly after the conclusion of exam. Though final UPSC ESE answer key can only be downloaded after the final result will be released by the exam conducting authority. UPSC ESE Answer key 2020 can be downloaded online in pdf format. Candidates can not challenge the answer key of UPSC 2020 ESE exam.

UPSC ESE Result 2020

UPSC will declare the stage wise result of UPSC ESE 2020 in online mode only. UPSC ESE 2020 result will be available in pdf format containing the roll numbers of all the qualified candidates. The final result of UPSC ESE will be calculated on the basis of prelims, mains and interview. After the declaration of final UPSC ESE Result 2020 authority will release the score card of the candidates.

UPSC ESE Cutoff 2020

The cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks the candidate need to get selected for the next stage. UPSC ESE cut off 2020 is released after the declaration of final result. On the basis of UPSC ESE 2020 cut off candidates will be declared qualified for the various posts they applied for. It is to be noted that candidates should secure minimum qualifying cut off along with over all cut off to qualify the respective stage.

UPSC ESE Selection Process 2020

UPSC ESE 2020 recruitment process takes place in three stages – prelims, mains and interview. Candidates who qualify the prelims exam will be eligible to appear for mains. After qualifying the mains exam candidates will be further invited to interview process. Those who will qualify the interview stage will be recruited for UPSC ESE exam.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC ESE 2020

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.

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My DOB is 23 April 2003 then can i eligible to appear in 2024 upsc exam which is my last year of graduation?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019


Yes, candidate who have attained 21 years age and have graduated or in final year of graduation are eligible to apply for UPSC. There's no specific aggregate required to apply for this exam, one just needs to be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.

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