Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the prelims admit card of UPSC ESE 2020 on December 11, 2019 in online mode at its official website. Candidates can use either their registration number or roll number to download the admit card. The UPSC ESE 2020 prelims exam is scheduled to be held on January 5 in offline mode. Candidate must carry the admit card of UPSC ESE 2020 to the exam centre on the day of the exam. All those candidates who will qualify in the prelims will further have to appear for the mains examination which is scheduled to be held on June 28, 2020 (Paper I - 9 am to 12 noon and Paper II - 2 pm to 5 pm).
UPSC ESE or the Engineering Services Examination is conducted to recruit candidates in group A and B Service posts under Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication engineering categories. The shortlisted candidates are recruited in Indian Railways, 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.
To appear in the UPSC ESE examination, a candidate must be between 21 to 30 years of age and hold a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. The selection process of UPSC ESE consists of three stages i.e prelims, mains, and personality test. Candidate securing marks equal to more than the cutoff of UPSC ESE for each stage of the selection process will be shortlisted for the final recruitment. This year, the authority has announced a total of 495 vacancies for UPSC ESE 2020. Candidate who will be selected will get a pay scale of Rs 15600 - 39100.
Upcoming Dates and Events
27 Jun, 2020 - 28 Jun, 2020
Exam | Mode: Offline
Past Dates and Events
05 Jan, 2020
10 Dec, 2019
Admit Card | Mode: Online
22 Oct, 2019 - 28 Oct, 2019
Application withdrawal | Mode: Online
25 Sep, 2019 - 15 Oct, 2019
Application | Mode: Online
UPSC has determined the eligibility criteria of UPSC ESE for all the aspiring candidates. It is important for the candidates to meet the eligibility criteria before they can fill the application form. The eligibility criteria has been determined on the basis of nationality, age and education qualification of the candidates.
Aspirants must check the eligibility criteria for UPSC ESE.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering
21 to 30 years
UPSC ESE 2020 eligibility criteria - age limit
The table below contains the age limit applicable to meet UPSC ESE eligibility Criteria.
UPSC ESE 2020 eligibility criteria
Minimum age limit
Maximum age limit
However, there are certain age relaxations that have been given to the candidates belonging to the reserved category. The details about the age relaxation in UPSC ESE eligibility criteria has been mentioned in the table below.
UPSC ESE Eligibility 2020 - Age Relaxation for different categories
Domicile of Jammu and Kashmir
Defence Services personnel, (disabled in operations during hostilities
with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof)
Deaf‐mute and orthopedic handicapped person
UPSC ESE eligibility 2020 on the basis of educational qualification
In order to meet the eligibility criteria of UPSC ESE on the basis of education qualification, candidates must have the following qualifications:
Must hold a degree in Engineering from the Central or State University or other recognised Educational Institutions deemed as Universities or UGC.
A degree/diploma in Engineering from foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time, or
Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
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.
Candidates applying for Indian Radio Regulatory Service must have M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.
Candidates applying for Indian Naval Armament Service must have M.Sc.degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.
Eligibility criteria on the basis of nationality
Candidates applying for UPSC ESE must be either:
A citizen of India, or
A subject of Nepal, or
A subject of Bhutan, or
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 settled permanently in India, or
A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma Pakistan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam and settled permanently in India.
Mode of Application : Offline and Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Bank Challan
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had released the application form UPSC ESE 2020 on September 25, 2019 in online mode at upsc.gov.in. Candidates would be able to fill UPSC ESE application form till October 15, 2019. Applicants would also be able to withdraw their submitted application forms from October 22 to 28, 2019. Filling of UPSC ESE application form 2020 includes two part process. First candidates have to register themselves and then proceed to fill the application form.
Steps to fill Application form 2020
1. Visit official website of Commission
2. Click on the link to apply for ESE
3. Register yourself and fill all basic details
4. Upload the necessary documents and pay application fee of UPSC ESE 2020
5. Cross check all the details before submit the final application
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
Age proof Certificate
Community Certificate etc
UPSC ESE prelims exam is the first stage in the selection process. Candidates qualifying in the preliminary stage of the UPSC ESE exam will have to appear for the mains exam. The preliminary exam is conducted for two papers - paper I and II wherein paper I is General Studies and paper II is Engineering Aptitude. The exam is objective in nature.
Paper I is conducted within 2 hours during which candidates are asked questions for a total of 200 marks.
Paper II or Engineering Aptitude is held for 3 hours during which candidates are asked questions for a total of 300 marks.
UPSC ESE 2020 - prelims exam pattern
Paper I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)
Paper II (Engineering Services Exam as per Specific disciplines)
Candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam will have to take the mains exam. The mains exam of UPSC ESE 2020 is descriptive in nature which is conducted for two papers - paper I and II for 300 marks each. The table below contains UPSC ESE 2020 exam pattern for the mains exam
UPSC ESE Exam Pattern for Mains Exam
Paper I (Engineering Exam)
Paper II (Engineering Exam)
Here Engineering exam varies for different subjects i.e Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering,
Candidates who qualify in mains exam will have to appear for Personality Interview.
UPSC has released UPSC ESE admit card 2020 for the prelims on December 11, 2019 in online mode on its official website. Candidate can download the admit card of UPSC ESE 2020 by using either their roll number or registration number. The admit card must be brought to the examination centre on the day of exam along with any of the following photo ID proofs:
Voter ID card
Employee ID card
University/College ID proof
How to download UPSC ESE Prelims Admit Card 2020
To download the admit card of UPSC ESE, candidate must follow the steps mentioned below:
1. Go to the official website of UPSC
2. Click on UPSC ESE 2020 admit card link
3. Click on "To download e-admit card" link
4. The screen will display the instructions page
5. Read the instructions and click on ‘yes’ to proceed
6. Select either registration id or roll number
7. Enter any one login credentials.
8. UPSC ESE admit card 2020 will be displayed on the screen.
9.Download the admit card and take a printout.
The mains admit card of UPSC ESE will be released on June 12, 2020 to all the prelims qualified candidates in online mode. The admit card of mains exam is available to download from online mode. To download UPSC ESE mains admit card, candidates must enter their registration number or roll number and date of birth. UPSC ESE mains admit card will contain the details of the candidates along with the date and time of the mains exam along with the mains exam centre details.
Steps to download UPSC ESE Mains Admit Card
1. Visit official website of UPSC
3. Select either registration id or roll number
4. Enter the required login credentials.
5. UPSC ESE admit card 2020 will be displayed on the screen.
UPSC ESE answer key will be released by the examination authority only for the prelims stage of examination. The answer key will be out once the recruitment process is over. UPSC does not provide any challenge option on the answer key. Candidates can cross check their answers with that of the correct answer option givemn in the official UPSC ESE answer key PDF. To know as to how to check the answer key of UPSC ESE, candidates must go through the steps mentioned below:
Steps to download UPSC ESE answer key 2020
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC
Step 2: Select the examination section on the web page of UPSC
Step 3: Click on the answer key option available in the examination drop down
Step 4: Select UPSC ESE answer key
Step 5: The screen will then display the answer key for all sets in the form of PDF.
Step 3: Download the answer key PDF
The result of UPSC ESE is announced in three stages - prelims, mains and the final result. The prelims exam result of UPSC ESE will be announced in March 2020 in online mode. Candidate will be able to check their UPSC ESE results in the form of PDF. Authorities will provide the roll number of all sucessfull candidates in PDF file. All the prelims qualified candidates will have to appear for the mains exam. However, the marks secured by the candidates in the mains exam will not be considered while preparing the final merit list.
Steps to check the result of UPSC ESE 2020
1. Visit the official website of UPSC
2. Click on the result link of UPSC ESE
3. The screen will then display UPSC ESE result PDF
4. Press Ctrl+F and enter your roll number in the search box to check your result
5. Download the result PDF for future references.
The result of UPSC ESE is announced in three stages - prelims, mains and the final result. All those candidates who will pass in the prelims exam will appear in the mains. The mains qualified candidates will further called for the interview/personality test after which the final result of UPSC ESE will be announced. UPSC ESE 2020 result is released in the form of PDF containing the roll numbers of all the qualified candidates. The final result of UPSC ESE is announced on the basis of the marks secured by the candidates in the mains exam and the personality test.
How to check UPSC ESE result
Candidates who wants to get themselves inducted into Engineering Services they should follow three stages of recruitment process defined by UPSC.
Applicants who will secure the cut off marks in final stage will be declare qualified for the exam. Exam conducting authorities along with declaration of result also released the reserve list of the candidates.
To appear in UPSC ESE examination a candidate must not be less than 21 years of age and more than 30 years of age. However, certain age relaxations have been given to the candidates belonging to the reserved category like SC/ST - 5 years, OBC - 3 years etc.
To appear in the UPSC ESE exam, a candidate must hold an engineering degree with at least 60% marks.
UPSC will activate an application correction window for a limited period of time during which you can make changes/corrections in your application form.
No, there is no such limit on the number of attempts you can take . However, you can appear for the exam only till you meet the age criteria of 30 years of age.
The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks secure by the candidates in the mains exam as well as in the interview/personality test.
Yes Engineering Services Examination (ESE) exam was previously known as Indian Engineering Services ( IES)
ESE or IES exam is class A post but in technical field while IAS is a generalist post.
During joining time ESE candidates receive remuneration of Rs.15,600 – 39,100/ as basic pay while grade pay will be 5,400.
Commission has released the admit card of UPSC ESE on December 11, 2019 in online mode
UPSC will release IES answer key after the declaration of final result
Commission will release the cut off of ESE after declaration of exam.
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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