Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018

Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018

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.

ESE 2018 Vacancies

As per the official announcement made by UPSC, a total of 588 vacancies will be considered in ESE 2018.

Language of Examination

The UPSC ESE 2018 examination will be conducted in ENGLISH language only.

ESE 2018 Exam Date

Exam Date of Conduction
ESE 2018 (Preliminary) 7th January 2018
UPSC ESE 2018 (Main) 1st July 2018.

ESE 2018 Exam Pattern

ESE 2018 exam is a 3 Staged recruitment process—Preliminary, Mains and Personal Interview.

The Candidates qualifying the Preliminary exam will be allowed to sit for the Mains exam. Similarly, the ones who qualify the Main exam will appear for Interview.

Particulars Stage 1 (Preliminary) Stage 2 (Mains) Stage 3 (Personal Interview)
No of Questions Not disclosed. Not disclosed  
Duration Paper I – 2 Hours


Paper II – 3 Hours

Paper I – 3 Hours


Paper II – 3Hours

Marking Scheme 0.33 marks deducted for the wrong answer. No negative marking.  
Total Marks Paper I – 200 marks


Paper II – 300 marks

Paper I – 300 marks


Paper II – 300 marks

200 marks
Qualifying marks As per cut off    
Subject/Sections Paper I – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude.


Paper II – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)

Paper I – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)


Paper II – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)

Personality Test
Mode of Answering OMR Sheets for recording responses. Conventional Test (like School/college) Oral

Stage 1: Preliminary Exam

ESE 2018 (Preliminary) test further has 2 Papers – Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers shall be objective type in nature.

Paper, I will be 2 hours long objective type test. It will carry a total of 200 marks. The paper will have General studies and engineering aptitude questions only.

Paper II of stage I shall be 3-hours in duration with maximum marks amounting to 300. This paper will have questions from engineering discipline chosen by the candidate.

Paper Subjects Marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude 200 2 Hours
Paper-II Engineering Discipline 300 3 Hours
Total   500 5 Hours

0.33 marks will be deducted in stage 1 for wrong answers.

Stage 2: Mains Exam

Candidates, who will obtain the minimum required marks in Prelims, shall qualify for ESE 2018 (Mains).

Similar to the Stage 1, the Main stage of ESE 2018 will also have 2 papers. Both of these papers shall be conventional in nature (Like school/college exam) carrying 300 marks each. The duration of these papers will be 3 hours each.

Stage 3: Personal Interview

The candidates who will qualify both the Preliminary and the Mains Exam will be eligible for a Personal Interview of 200 marks.

The final merit will be cumulative of candidate’s performance in all 3 stages.


Candidates holding any of the following Nationalities can apply for UPSC ESE 2018 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 2018.

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 2018 are also eligible for ESE 2018.

ESE 2018 Age Limit

Age must be within 21-30 years, as on 1st January 2018. In other words, the candidate must have been born after 2nd Jan 1987 but before 1st Jan 1996.

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
Application Start Date :
Application End Date :
Exam Date :

1st July 2018

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

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