About UPSC ESE 2020

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC) for group A and B posts in Indian Railway, Indian Ordnance Factories, Indian Skill Development Service, etc. UPSC has released 495 vacancies for different posts and services. UPSC ESE 2019 notification was released on September 25, 2019. The online application form is available from September 25 to October 15, 2019. UPSC also releases the facility to withdraw the application form of UPSC ESE. Those candidates who successfully fill the registration form can only withdraw the application form. However, the application fee paid by them is not refunded by the commission.

Candidates who have bachelor’s degree in Engineering and are between 21 to 30 years age can apply for UPSC ESE. The selection procedure of UPSC ESE involves three stage – preliminary, mains exam and personality test. UPSC ESE preliminary exam is to be conducted on January 5, 2020. Every year 2 to 2.5 lakh students appear for UPSC ESE exam.

Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Union Public Service Commission
UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam - Duration 5 Hours +1 More

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UPSC ESE 2020 Important Dates

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

05 Jan, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

UPSC ESE Main Exam (Session 2020)

Upcoming Dates and Events

27 Jun, 2020 - 28 Jun, 2020

Exam | Mode: Offline

UPSC ESE (Session 2020)

Past Dates and Events

30 Oct, 2019

Stage wise cut off - Start Date | Mode: Online

22 Oct, 2019 - 28 Oct, 2019

Application withdrawal | Mode: Online

25 Oct, 2019

Result - Final Result | Mode: Online

25 Sep, 2019 - 15 Oct, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

Aspirants must check the eligibility criteria to be eligible for UPSC ESE 2019.

Eligibility Criteria


Educational Qualification

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering

Age Limit 

21 to 30 years



UPSC ESE 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Offline and Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Bank Challan

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General, OBC Offline, Online Male ₹ 200

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Application Details

The application form of UPSC ESE is available from September 25, 2019. The last day to apply for UPSC ESE application form was  October 15, 2019. Candidates have to fill the application form in two parts. In part 1 of application form, candidates had to enter the basic details like father’s name, name, mobile number, gender etc while in part 2 candidates had to candidates have to select the mode of payment, upload the scanned signature and photograph and submit the application fee. 

The candidates who qualify the preliminary exam have to fill the detailed application form along with the required certificates like caste certificate (if applicable), educational certificates, age certificate etc.

UPSC ESE Preliminary Examination

To appear in the preliminary exam of UPSC ESE, candidates had filled the common application form released by the commission. Candidates had to fill the details, pay requisite fee, upload scanned photograph and signature. 

UPSC ESE Main Exam Application Details

The Detailed Application Form (DAF) is filled by the candidates who qualify the prelims exam. While filling UPSC ESE Detailed Application Form, candidates first have to register themselves and fill the details like name, roll number, email – id, date of birth and all the other details and click on ‘Submit’ button. The details about the login credential are sent to the email id provided by the candidates. Candidates have to login with the roll number and password generated and fill the modules of all the six modules including Personal, parental, educational, Employment information,  and upload the documents and finally submit the application form.

Documents to be uploaded along with DAF

  • Educational   Qualification

  •  Age proof Certificate

  • PH Certificate 

  • Community   Certificate etc

UPSC ESE 2020 Syllabus

Civil engineering paper I
Building materials
Solid mechanics
Structural analysis
Design of steel structures
Design of concrete and masonry structures
Construction practice, planning and management
Civil engineering paper II
Flow of fluids, hydraulic machines and hydro power
Hydrology and water resources engineering
Environmental engineering
Geo-technical engineering and foundation engineering
Surveying and geology
Transportation engineering
Mechanical engineering paper I
Fluid mechanics
Thermodynamics and heat transfer
IC engines, refrigeration and air conditioning
Turbo machinery
Power plant engineering
Renewable sources of energy
Mechanical engineering paper II
Engineering mechanics
Engineering materials
Mechanisms and machines
Design of machine elements
Manufacturing ,industrial and maintenance engineering
Mechatronics and robotics
Electrical engineering paper I
Engineering mathematics
Electrical materials
Electric circuits and fields
Electrical and electronic measurements
Computer fundamentals
Basic electronics engineering
Electrical engineering paper II
Analog and digital electronics
Systems and signal processing
Control systems
Electrical machines
Power system
Power electronics and drives
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Paper I
Basic electronics engineering
Materials science
Electronic measurements and instrumentation
Network theory
Analog and digital circuit
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Paper II
Analog and digital communication systems
Control systems
Computer organization and architecture
Electro magnetics
Advanced electronics topics
Advanced communication topics

UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Pattern

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of UPSC ESE has been prescribed by UPSC.  As per UPSC ESE exam pattern, the preliminary exam has 2 papers - General Studies and Engineering Aptitude and Engineering Services (as per specific disciplines). Paper 1 of the preliminary exam carried 200 marks while paper 2 was conducted for 300 marks. The total time allotted to answer for paper 1 was 2 hours whereas, for paper 2, it was 3 hours. There was negative marking where 0.33 marks were deducted for each wrong answer.

Structure of UPSC ESE Exam Pattern of Preliminary Exam


Minimum Marks


Paper I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)


2 hours

Paper II (Engineering Services Exam as per Specific disciplines)


3 hours



UPSC ESE Main Exam Exam Pattern

As per UPSC ESE exam pattern, the mains exam also comprises of 2 papers of specific details, For each paper candidates get 300 marks and 3 hours to answers the questions. There will be no negative marking in these papers.

Structure of UPSC ESE Exam Pattern of Mains Exam


Minimum Marks


Paper I (Engineering Exam)


3 hours

Paper II (Engineering Exam)


3 hours



UPSC ESE 2020 Admit Card

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Admit Card

UPSC ESE admit card is issued to the candidates who successfully fill the application form. Candidates must download the admit card of preliminary exam by entering their roll number/registration number and date of birth. The details mentioned on the admit card were time and date of the exam, venue of the exam, category, exam centres etc. It was important for the candidates to carry one photo-identity proof along with the admit card on the day of examination.

UPSC ESE Main Exam Admit Card

The mains admit card of UPSC ESE  is issued to the candidates who qualify the preliminary exam. The admit card of mains exam is available to download from in online mode. To download UPSC ESE mains admit card, candidates must enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth.

UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Centers

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Exam Centers

State City
Tripura Agartala
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Uttar Pradesh Aligarh
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Odisha Cuttack
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi New Delhi
Sikkim Gangtok
Telangana Hyderabad
Manipur Imphal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Assam Jorhat
Kerala Kochi
Nagaland Kohima
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Goa Panaji
Bihar Patna
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Andhra Pradesh Tirupati

UPSC ESE Main Exam Exam Centers

State City
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Mizoram Aizawl
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad
Karnataka Bengaluru
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Odisha Cuttack
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Delhi Delhi
Telangana Hyderabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai
Bihar Patna
Chhattisgarh Raipur
Jharkhand Ranchi
Meghalaya Shillong
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Kerala Thiruvananthapuram
Andhra Pradesh Visakhapatnam

Documents Required at Exam

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhaar card
  • Passport
  • Voter card
  • Driving licence
  • PAN card
  • Photo ID card issued by the state/central Government

UPSC ESE Main Exam Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit card
  • Aadhaar card
  • PAN Card
  • Voter card
  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • Photo ID card issued by the state/central government

UPSC ESE 2020 Answer Key

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Answer Key

The answer key of UPSC ESE preliminary exam will be released after the final recruitment. Candidates can check the answer key online by downloading it from the official website. With the help of the official answer key candidates can calculate the probable scores and check the number of correct and incorrect answers.

UPSC ESE 2020 Result

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Result

The result of UPSC ESE for prelims phase is announced in the form of PDF on the official website. Candidates qualifying in the mains exam will have to further appear in the mains exam.

UPSC ESE Main Exam Result

The candidates who qualify in mains exam have to appear for personality test. The final merit list of the selected candidates is prepared by the commission. The total marks obtained candidates in preliminary and mains exam are added together in the final result and all India merit list is prepared. 

UPSC ESE 2020 Cutoff

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam Cutoff

The cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks the candidate need to score to get selected for the next stage. UPSC ESE cutoff 2020 will be released with the final result. On the basis of UPSC ESE cutoff candidates will be selected for the various posts. The cut off preliminary exam will be released by the commission. Candidates will have to secure minimum qualifying marks which will be calculated out of total 500 marks.

UPSC ESE Main Exam Cutoff

The cut off of the mains exam will be calculated out of 600 marks. Candidates will have to secure above or equal to the cutoff released by the commission to be eligible for personality test.

UPSC ESE Final Cut off – Final

UPSC ESE final cutoff will be calculated adding the marks of prelims, mains and interview. The cut off is also based on the last recommended candidates for selection. On the basis final cutoff the merit list is prepared and candidates are allotted post as per their rank and preference. 

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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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