UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2020


UPSC Engineering Services Examination

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UPSC ESE Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 200
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

UPSE ESE 2023: Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, and More

Updated On - June 05 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

UPSC ESE 2023 Mains exam will be conducted on 26 June 2023. UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2023 will be organised by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted once every year at the National Level. The exam is conducted for recruitment to the services/posts under the following mentioned categories:
  • Civil Engineering (Category I )
  • Mechanical Engineering (Category II)
  • Electrical Engineering (Category III)
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Category IV)                                                 

UPSC ESE will comprise of three rounds of recruitment which are mentioned below: 

  • Stage ‐I: Preliminary stage
  • Stage ‐II: Main stage
  • Stage-III: Personality Test

UPSE ESE 2023 Notification: Application, Exam Pattern, and Important Dates

 The candidates need to read the complete article to know more about the UPSC ESE entrance exam. 

  • The UPSC ESE Mains 2023 admit card is now available for download.
  • Candidates can download the admit card until 4 PM on June 25.
  • The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the admit card for the Engineering Services (ESE) Main examination 2023.
  • To download the admit card, candidates can visit the official websites: and
  • The UPSC ESE admit card should be downloaded before 4 PM on the day of the exam.
  • In case of any discrepancies in the admit card, candidates should immediately contact the commission via email at [email protected].
  • The UPSC Engineering Services Main Exam 2023 will take place on June 25.
  • The exam will be conducted in two sessions: the first session from 9 AM to 12 noon and the second session from 2 PM to 5 PM.
  • Candidates should be aware that the entry into the examination hall will be closed 10 minutes prior to the start of the exam.
  • No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination venue after the entry closure.

UPSC ESE 2023 Exam Status

Candidates must check the information related to the exam which is mentioned below:


UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2023 Status

Exam on 26 June 2023

Latest Updates

  • UPSC ESE 2023 Mains Exam will be held on 26 June 2023.

UPSC ESE 2023 Important Dates

Given below are the dates for UPSC ESE 2023 dates:

Application Form20 September 2021
Last Day to Apply12 October 2021
Admit CardJanuary 2023
Preliminary Exam20 February 2023
Prelims ResultTo be announce
Main Exam Date26 June 2023
ResultTo be announce

UPSC ESE 2023 Exam Pattern

UPSC Engineering Service Exam is conducted in three stages. See the table created below to have a vast idea of all the stages of UPSE ESE 2023 exam pattern.


UPSC ESE Stage-1 or Preliminary Pattern for Exam Pattern
SubjectTotal MarksDuration
Paper 1- General Studies and Engineering Aptitude2002 Hours
Paper 2- Different Branch of Engineering (as per the course) Mechanical/Civil/Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering3003 Hours


UPSC ESE Stage-2 or Mains Exam Pattern
SubjectTotal MarksDuration
Paper 1- Mechanical/Civil/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (Depend on the candidate for which they have applied for )3003 hours
Paper 2 - Mechanical/Electrical/Civil/Electronics and Telecommunication/civil (whichever course a candidate have applied for)3003 hours
  • Imp. Note: Stage 3 will be a personality test for 200 Marks
  •  ESE preliminary exam will be an MCQs test whereas the UPSC ESE Mains exam will be the conventional type test.
  • A candidate in the Premilinary exam will be awarded 1 mark for each correct attempt whereas 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

UPSC ESE 2023 Syllabus

This section contains a detailed list of the syllabus for both the Exam. All the lists of the different topics for each subject in the exams are mentioned below.

For General Studies and Engineering Aptitude test, here are the following topics a candidate should prepare
  • National and international current issues,
  • economic and industrial development,
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and analytical ability,
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical analysis,
  • General principles of design, drawing, and importance of safety,
  • Standards and Quality practices in production, construction,
  • maintenance in service, Basics of energy and environment,
  • Basic of project management, Basic of material science and engineering,
  • Information and communication technology, Ethics, and value in the engineering profession.
Civil Engineering for both the papers together for the preliminary exam/stage-1 (Objective type paper 2) and the Main/stage 2 exam
1. Paper 1 (objective type paper 2)-
  • Building material,
  • solid mechanics, structural analysis,
  • Design of steel structures,
  • Design of concrete and masonry structures,
  • constructions practice, planning, and management
2. Paper 2 (conventional type paper 1 and 2)-
  • The flow of fluids, hydraulic machines, and hydropower
  • Hydrology and water resource engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geo-technical engineering and foundation engineering
Mechanical Engineering for both the papers together for the preliminary exam/stage-1 (Objective type paper 2) and the Main/stage 2 exam
Paper 1 (objective type paper 2)-
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Turbomachinery
  • Power plant engineering
Paper 2 (conventional type paper 1 and 2)-
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanics and Machines
Electrical Engineering for both the papers together for the preliminary exam/stage-1 (Objective type paper 2) and the Main/stage 2 exam
Paper 1 (objective type paper 2)-
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electrical circuit and fields

UPSC ESE 2023 Result 

UPSC ESE first declares the result for ESE Preliminary exam online at its official website. The result will be declared in the pdf format which consists of a roll number of the candidates who qualify for the Engineering Services (Main) Examination 2023.

  • UPSC also releases the marks and cut‐off marks for the Preliminary exam once the entire process of Engineering Services Examination 2023 will over. 
  • If candidates are not satisfied with their result or they need any clarification regarding their result can contact the Commission at various Facilitation  Counter at its campus in person or over the helpline numbers.
  • After the UPSC ESE 2023 result of the Main exam will be declared, the candidates are shortlisted to appear for the Interview/ Personality Test. 

UPSC ESE 2023 Exam Centres

Given below the UPSC ESE 2023 Test Centre:

UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam (Stage – I) – Exam Centres
UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam (Stage – I) for ESE 2023
UPSC ESE Mains Exam (Stage – II) – Exam Centres
UPSC ESE 2023 Mains Exam (Stage – II) 

UPSC ESE 2023 Application Form

The candidates must carefully read the details given about UPSC ESE Application Form 2023. Also, they must ensure that they fill and submit their application form on time.

Following are the details about these 2023 Application Form:

  • Applicants need to fill out the application form online only.
  • The application form is available on the official website of UPSC (
  • The link for filling the applications was disabled after the last date for online form submission
  • The exam authority had provided the facility of withdrawing the applications. 
  • Candidates could submit only one application.
  • Applicants submitting more than one application had to ensure that the application having a higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects such as basic details, examination centre,  application fee, photograph, signature, etc.
  • Only, applications with higher RID shall be entertained.
  • Furthermore, the application fee paid against one RID could not be adjusted against any other RID. 
  • Besides this, applicants must provide a valid & active e‐mail i.d. while filling up the online application form as the Commission might use electronic mode for contacting them.
  • Also, the applications which will be found without the prescribed fee/mode shall be summarily rejected. 
  • Incomplete or defective applications might lead to its rejection.
  • While filling their application form, the candidates must carefully decide and fill about their choice for the exam centre and engineering discipline for the examination. 

Documents required to fill the application form

The candidate must be ready with the following documents to fill the application form:

  • Class 10, 12, and graduation mark sheets.
  • Candidate’s recent coloured passport size photograph
  • Scanned image of candidate’s Signature 
  • Scanned image of candidate’s Photo ID proof
  • Category Certificate (if applicable)
  • Physical disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Banking details to pay fees online

UPSE ESE 2023 Application Fee

The candidates had to submit the following amount as an application fee:

UPSC ESE 2023 Examination Fee 
General categoryRs. 200/-
Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidatesExempted
Mode of Payment:

Application Fee can be submitted through either of these mentioned modes:

  • By cash in any SBI branch
  • Online: Net banking facility of   State Bank of India or by using any Master/ Visa/ RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.

UPSC ESE 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must make sure that they are eligible for the UPSC engineering services examination 2023 before they begin filling the application form. They must carefully go through the UPSC ESE Eligibility Criteria details given in this section below:

Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal and Bhutan /Tibetan refugee who has come to India before 01 January 1962/ Person having Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma,  East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam to settle permanently in India.
  • To prove their nationality, candidates need to show the certificate received by Indian authorities to certify their claim.
Age Limit: The age of the candidates must be between 21 to 30 years. Their age should not be more than 30 years as on 01 January 2023. However, this upper age limit is relaxable up to 35 Years for the following Government employees:

Information about the Government employees who will be provided age relaxation is mentioned in the table given below:

Age Relaxation for Government Employee for UPSE ESE
 Column 1
Column 2

Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) 

I.R.S.E.  I.R.S.M.E.   I.R.S.E.E.   I.R.S.S.E.    I.R.S.S

Central Public Works  Department 

C.E.S. Group ‘A’, CE&MES Gr ‘A’

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways 

Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr. ‘A’  

Ministry of Communication, Deptt. of  Telecommunication  

Indian Radio Regulatory Service  Group ‘A’  Indian  Telecommunication Service Group ‘A’,   J.T.O. (G.C.S. Gr. ‘B’) 

Min of Defence, Deptt. of Defence Production,  Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality  Assurance


Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service(DAQAS)Gr ‘A’

Min of Science and Technology, Deptt. of  Science and Technology

Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service

Geological Survey of India

Assistant Executive Engineer Gr ‘A’

Border Roads Organisation 

BRES Gr. ‘A’

Indian Navy  

Indian Naval Armament Service, Asstt. Naval Store Officer  Grade‐I

Military Engineer Services 

Indian Defence Service of Engineers (IDSE) Group ‘A’  AEE(QS&C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre

Min of Jal Shakti, Deptt. of Water Resources, River  Development & Ganga Rejuvenation,  Central  Water Commission  

Central Water Engineering Group‐A Service.

Central Electricity Authority 

CPES Gr ‘A’ & CPES Gr ‘B’.

Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship 

Indian Skill Development Service

Information about the upper age limit relaxation provided to various categories is mentioned in the table given below:

Age relaxation for Other categories in UPSE ESE
Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe

5 Years

Other Backward Classes

3 Years

Candidates who have been domiciled in  Jammu and Kashmir from 01 January 1980 to 31 December 1989

5 Years

Defence Services personnel who got disabled in operations during hostilities

3 years


5 years

 A person with Benchmark Disability

10 Years

Educational Qualifications: 
Candidates must have any of these following mentioned educational qualifications to be eligible for the UPSC ESE 2020 exam:

They must have an Engineering Degree from a Recognised University


Furthermore, a candidate should have cleared both Sections A and Section B of Examinations of Institution  of  Engineers  (India)


They must have done a Diploma/ Degree in Engineering from a foreign College/ University/ Institution.


Applicants must have cleared the Graduate Membership Exam of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London.


They must have passed Parts II and III of the Associate Membership Examination of the Aeronautical Society of India.

UPSC ESE 2023 Admit Card

Union Public Service Commission release the UPSC ESE 2023 Admit Card. Without  UPSE ESE 2023 Admit card candidates cannot enter the exam centre so it’s mandatory to bring one during the exam. Candidates also can Download ESE Admit Card 2023 from the official Website.
  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the link of the UPSC ESE mains admit card.
  • Entre Registration number and DOB. Click on the submit button
  • Download the Admit Card

UPSC ESE 2023 Highlights

Given below the vital points regarding UPSC ESE 2023:

Exam NameUPSE ESE 2023 (UPSC Engineering Services Examination)
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
UPSC Official Website
Admit Card LinkClick Here

To offer services/posts under the following mentioned categories:

  • Civil Engineering (Category I )
  • Mechanical Engineering (Category II)
  • Electrical Engineering (Category III)
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Category IV)       

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Union Public Service Commission

The Union Public Service Commission commonly abbreviated as UPSC is India's premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services. While the Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India. The agency's charter is granted by Part XIV of the Constitution of India, titled as Services Under the Union and the States. The commission is mandated by the Constitution for appointments to the services of the Union and All India Services. It is also required to be consulted by the Government in matters relating to the appointment, transfer, promotion, and disciplinary matters.

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UPSC ESE Important Dates

Form Date22 Sep - 12 Oct 2023 (Tentative)

UPSC Engineering Services Examination Exam Pattern

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Instructions:UPSC ESE exam is conducted in two stages. Stage 1 is Preliminary consists of Paper I and Paper 2 total of 500 marks. Stage 2 is the Mains Examination consists of Paper 1 and Paper 2 total of 600 marks. Stage 1 is an objective type examination in which Paper- I will have questions from General Studies and Engineering Aptitude, Paper-II belongs to the respective engineering discipline. Stage 2 is a Conventional Exam in which both Papers(I and II) contain questions from the respective engineering discipline.

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Form Start Date:

22 Sep 2023

Form End Date:

12 Oct 2023

The last date to submit the form was on 12 Oct 2023
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