Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2022

Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2022

Mode of ExamOffline
Level of ExamNational Level

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is a premier recruitment exam for employing Class – 1 engineer officers in Govt. Departments. The exam is usually conducted by UPSC every year in the month of January. ESE is 3-stage recruitment process involving 2 stages of written exam (Objective in stage 1 and conventional in stage 2) followed by an Interview.

Every year, ESE is used by the premier govt departments such as MES, Railways, BSF etc. as a recruiting tool. Out of the humungous number of engineering disciplines, only the following 4 are considered in ESE:

Civil Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering.

Electrical Engineering.

Electronics and Telecommunication engineering.

What is IES?

The ESE full form is the Engineers Engineering Services Examination. The IES or IESE qualified candidates work for the Indian government and is categorised as Class – 1 Officer are members of the Indian Engineering Services (IES) or Engineering Services Examination (ESE).

IES (UPSC ESE) Highlights 2022

The important highlights of the IES Exams are as follows.

Particulars Details
IES Full Form Indian Engineering Services
Name of the Organization Union Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Selection Process Prelims, Mains and Interview
Frequency Once a Year
Application Fee INR 200
Official Website


IES Exam Date 2022

All the important dates for IES exam 2022, according to the official notification, are given below. 

Event IES Exam Date
IES Exam 2022 Notification September 22, 2021
Beginning of Application Process September 22, 2021
End of Application Process October 12, 2021
Dates for Application Withdrawal  October 20-26, 2021
Release of Prelims Admit Card January 31, 2022
IES Prelims Exam Date February 20, 2022
IES Prelims Result March 31, 2022 
Release of Mains Admit Card 3 Weeks Before the Exam
IES Mains Exam Date June 26, 2022
IES Mains Result July 2022 (Expected)
IES Interview To Be Announced


IES Vacancy 2022

UPSC determines the number of IES vacancies for each year. A total of 247 vacancies have been announced for 2022. These openings are subject to the category-based reservation system. Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) will be given priority for seven positions (03 vacancies for Locomotor Disability including Leprosy cured, Dwarfism, Acid Attack victims and Muscular Dystrophy & 04 vacancies for Hard of Hearing). The number of openings is subject to change.

The following are the specifics of the positions available:

Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Indian Railway Store Services (Civil) Indian Railway Service (Electrical posts) Indian Railway Store Services (Mechanical) Indian Railway Service (ECE Posts)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Civil) Indian Railway Stores Services (Electrical) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Mechanical) Indian Railway Stores Services (ECE posts)
Central Engineering Service Roads (Civil) Indian Ordnance Services Central Engineering Service Roads (Mechanical) Indian Radio Regulatory Services
Central Water Engineering System Indian Defence Services (Electrical Engineering posts) AEE (Mechanical posts) Indian Ordnance services AWW
Indian Defence Services (Engineering) - Defence Aeronautical (Mechanical) -


IES Prelims Exam Centers 2022

The Indian Engineering Services Exam will be held in a variety of venues across India. Candidates have the option of choosing their preferred exam centre. 

The various cities which organize the Indian Engineering services prelims exam include the following:

IES Prelims Exam Centres 2022
Agartala Ahmedabad
Aizawl Aligarh
Prayagraj Bangalore
Bareilly Bhopal
Chandigarh Chennai
Cuttack Dehradun
Delhi Dharwad
Dispur (Guwahati) Gangtok
Hyderabad Imphal
Itanagar Port Blair
Raipur Jhansi
Jammu Jorhat
Kohima Kolkata
Tirupati Lucknow
Jaipur Panaji (Goa)
Srinagar Madurai
Mumbai Ranchi
Kochi (Cochin) Nagpur
Patna Sambalpur
Shillong Udaipur
Shimla Thiruvananthapuram
Vishakhapatnam -

Mains Exam Centers

IES Mains Exam Centers 2022

The list of cities where exams for the Mains Indian Engineering Services is conducted is depicted in the table below :

IES Mains Exam Centres 2022
Ahmedabad Aizawl
Cuttack Delhi
Dehradun Raipur
Ranchi Hyderabad
Bangalore Bhopal
Chandigarh Kolkata
Lucknow Shillong
Jammu Dispur (Guwahati)
Shimla Thiruvananthapuram
Visakhapatnam Mumbai
Patna Jaipur
Allahabad Chennai


Candidates holding any of the following Nationalities can apply for UPSC ESE 2022 exam:

Citizen of India or

Belongs to Bhutan or Nepal or

Tibetan Refugee, who had come to India before 1st January 1962, and have their permanent settlement in India or

Emigrates from Countries like Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Burma and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam and Ethiopia who intend for permanent settlement in India.

All the candidates from Neighbouring Countries must hold an Eligibility Certificate from the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

A degree in Engineering from a recognized College/University.


Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution  of  Engineers  (India)


Bears a degree/diploma in Engineering from a foreign University/College/Institution recognized by the Government for the purpose


Qualified the 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


 passed Graduate   Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

A candidate applying for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) and Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’ bearing the following educational qualification, apart from the ones mentioned above is also eligible for ESE 2022.

An M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

Students who have appeared for any of the above exams in 2022 are also eligible for ESE 2022.

ESE 2022 Age Limit

Age must be within 21-30 years, as on 1st January 2022. They had to have been born between January 2, 1992, and January 1, 2001, to qualify.

The Date of Birth as mentioned in the certificate of 10th Exam will be considered for age count.

Following age relaxation is applicable for the reserved category:

Category Age Relaxation
Government Servants 5 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PH 10 years
Citizens of Jammu & Kashmir between 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989 5 years
Defense Service Personnel disabled on duty 3 years

Exam Pattern for IES/ESE Mains 2022

There are two papers in IES Stage-II. Questions from the chosen Engineering subject (Civil Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering/ Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) will appear on both papers. There is no provision of negative marks in Mains papers.

Papers Questions Marks
Paper I (Engineering Stream) 5 300
Paper-II (Engineering Stream) 5 300
Total 10 600

IES Syllabus

IES Syllabus 2022

Indian Engineering Services exam is conducted in two stages: Preliminary and Mains. The detailed syllabus for these stages are depicted in the table below:

IES Prelims Syllabus 2022

Paper I syllabus is similar for all the branches while paper II syllabus differs as per the choice made by the candidate.

Papers and Subjects Topics
Paper I
  • Current affairs (national and international)
  • Environment: conservation, pollution, climate change, and so on.
  • Construction and production
  • Maintenance
  • Importance of Safety, General Design & Drawing Principles
  • Material Science and relevant
  • Technologies of Information and Communication (ICT)
  • Energy Basics Project Management
  • Ethics and Values in the Engineering Profession
  • Engineering Mathematics Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
Paper-II (Civil Engineering)
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Building Materials
  • Steel Structures Design
  • Construction Practice and Management
  • Concrete design and Masonry structures
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Power Planting Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • IC Engines
  • Refrigerations
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Paper
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electronic Measurements
  • Electric Circuits
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Basic Electronic Engineering
Paper-II (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering)
  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Network Theory
  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Instrumentation and Measurements

IES Mains Syllabus 2022

The syllabus for the IES Mains Paper I and IES Preliminary Paper II is the same. The difference lies that, in the preliminary examination, only objective questions are asked while in the mains paper, subjective questions are asked.

Papers and Subjects Topics
Paper-II (Civil Engineering)
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Geology and Surveying
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resource Engineering
  • Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Engineering Materials
  • Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Mechanisms and Machines
  • Engineering Machines
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering)
  • Systems and Signal Processing
  • Digital and Analog Electronics
  • Electrical Machines
  • Control Systems
  • Power Drive and Electronics
Paper-II (Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering)
  • Advanced Electronics Topics
  • Advanced Communication
  • Digital and Analog Communication Systems
  • Electro Magnetics
  • Architecture and Computer Organization
  • Control Systems
Application Start Date :
Application End Date :

12th October 2021

Exam Date :

26th June 2022

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Official Website :