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IES - Indian Engineering Services

What is IES?

Indian Engineering Services is the acronym for Indian Engineering Services. Engineering Services Test, a national level exam, is held by the UPSC to select candidates for Indian Engineering Services in several government sectors such as power, telecommunications, public works, and railways. The chosen applicants are class 1 officers and serve as engineers for the Indian government.

IES - Indian Engineering Services

It is a written exam consisting of six examinations done in four parts. It only happens once a year. Candidates must pass all six exams to pass this exam. The written test is followed by an interview; only those who pass the written exam are invited to the interview. The President of India appoints IES officials based on the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recommendations. It is regarded as one of India's most difficult tests since many candidates compete for a restricted number of seats.

What are the eligibility criteria for Indian Engineering Services?

  • Candidates must be Indian citizens.
  • The candidate must have a bachelor's degree in engineering.
  • A respected university should award an engineering degree.
  • Applicants must have passed Sections A and B of the Institution of Engineers (India) Examinations, among many other requirements.
  • The candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 30.
  • Certain kinds of candidates will be exempt from the above-mentioned maximum age restriction.

IES Application Fee

In order to submit the application form successfully, candidates must pay a fee of Rs 200. Paying for an IES application may be done in two ways: cash deposit in any SBI bank or online payment. Candidates like females, SC, ST, or PH are excused from paying the IES application fee.

Categories of Services/Posts allocated under IES:

Category I Civil Engineering

Category II Mechanical Engineering

Category III Electrical Engineering

Category IV Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

Category I - Civil Engineering

Group-A Services/Posts

  1. Engineers of the Indian Railway Service.
  2. Railway Stores Service in India (Civil Engineering Posts).
  3. Engineering Service, Central
  4. Service of Indian Ordnance Factories JTS/AWM (Civil Engineering Post)
  5. Group-A of the Central Engineering Service (Roads) (Civil Engineering Posts).
  6. Survey of India 'A' Service Group.
  7. Border Road Engineering Service AEE (Civil).
  8. Engineers' Service of the Indian Defence Forces.
  9. MES Surveyor Cadre AEE (QS&C)

Category II - Mechanical Engineering

Group-A Services/Posts

  1. Mechanical Engineers of Indian Railways.
  2. Railway Stores Service in India (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  3. The Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service offers electrical and mechanical engineering services (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  4. Service of Indian Ordnance Factories JTS/AWM (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  5. SSO-II of the Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service (Mechanical).
  6. GSI Engineering Service Grade 'A' AEE.
  7. Engineers' Service of the Indian Defence Forces.
  8. Naval Armament Service of India (Mechanical Engineering Posts).
  9. In the Indian Navy, Asst. Naval Store Officer Grade-I (Mechanical Engineering Posts) is a position.
  10. Border Roads Engineering Service, AEE (Mech).

Category III - Electrical Engineering

Group-A Services/Posts

  1. Electrical Engineers of Indian Railways.
  2. Railway Stores Service in India (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  3. The Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service offers electrical and mechanical engineering services (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  4. Engineers' Service of the Indian Defence Forces.
  5. Naval Armament Service of India (Electrical Engineering Posts).
  6. In the Indian Navy, Asst. Naval Store Officer Grade-I (Electrical Engineering Posts) is a position.

Category IV - Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

Group-A/B Services/Posts

  1. The Indian Railway Service's Signal Engineers.
  2. Telecommunication/Electronics Engineering Posts in the Indian Railway Stores Service
  3. The Indian Radio Regulatory Service has given it an "A" rating.
  4. The Indian Ordnance Factories Service is a government-owned company that manufactures military equipment in India. JTS & AWM (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts).
  5. Telecommunications Service of India, Grade 'A'
  6. The Naval Armament Service of India (INAS) is a government-run organization (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts).
  7. Naval Store Officer Grade-I is a rank in the Indian Navy (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts)
  8. Grade 'B' junior telecommunications officer

IES Registration / Application Form

Before beginning to fill out the Online Application, a candidate must have their photograph and signature scanned in .jpg format, with each file weighing no more than 300 KB and the photograph and signature weighing no more than 20 KB.

Candidates must pay a fee of Rs. 200/- by cash deposit at any SBI branch, using the State Bank of India's online banking facility or using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card (with the exception of female/SC/ST/PH candidates, who are exempt from paying the charge).

Details of IES Examination

The exam is divided into written tests and personality tests. Written tests are for 1000 points and are made up of five papers, each having 200 points. General Ability is the first paper. The test comprises objective-type questions about current events, Indian history, and geography, as well as questions from General English and General Studies. The remaining four publications are particular to the engineering subject in question. The first two papers will be objective, while the last two will be subjective.

For objective-type questions, each question will have four possibilities, and an erroneous response will result in a 1/3rd mark deduction from the question.

An interview is held to evaluate the candidate's knowledge in the relevant field of engineering, as well as General Knowledge, as well as other skills and requirements such as leadership potential, initiative, intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, practical application abilities, and character integrity.

How to prepare for IES?

  • In a conventional or subjective paper, strong writing ability, great presentation, subjective theory, explanations, derivations, diagrams, and equations will earn you good grades.
  • Because the IES written exam includes both objective and traditional questions, theory, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving methods are necessary.
  • Understand the test pattern, such as the number of technical and non-technical questions, negative marks, weighting, exam time, and marks per question. Make it a practice to review past year's question papers.
  • Reference books are preferred for derivations, equations, conceptual reasoning, theory, and other topics.
  • Shortcut Approaches: Instead of using the standard way, use short techniques to solve numerical problems.
  • Reading the newspaper, viewing the morning news, and surfing the internet will assist candidates in better preparing for the 200-mark General Ability paper. Please do not overlook the General Ability area since it plays a key role in the personal interview.
  • Review past year's question papers, identify your weak spots and work on them further. Always try to complete the papers in the allotted time to get an idea of how many questions you can complete in the allotted period.
  • In-depth knowledge of the subjects, solid fundamentals, and clear concepts aid in a better understanding of the subjects and help you achieve good grades.
  • Personal Interview: Technical expertise, a positive attitude, body language, good communication skills, and current events knowledge all play a role in a successful personal interview. Candidates should be ready to discuss their strengths and flaws when asked.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • They are allocated to the role of Assistant Executive Engineer or Assistant Director after being hired.
  • After 3 to 4 years of experience, they are promoted to executive engineer, director, or work manager. They are promoted to deputy general manager or joint director after 8 years of service.
  • They can advance to the joint general manager or level 2 chief engineers after 13 years of service.
  • To become a chief engineer or supplementary general manager, you need 20 years of experience.
  • They were elevated to the senior general manager or engineer-in-chief after 30 years of service to the Indian government.
  • The highest performance of IES executives with 34 years of service leads to their appointment as chairman or managing director of a government agency.

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