UPSC IES 2018 Examination

To provide recruitment in Indian Engineering Services which controls the technical and managerial functions of government of India, Union Public Service Commission(UPSC IES 2018) conducts the Indian Engineering Services Examination which is commonly known as ESE. In 2018, the examination will be managed on 7th February. As the examination is just some weeks away and thus UPSC is preparing the IES admit card for students who had filled the application form and are going to appear for the examination.

There are three stages of the examination – preliminary, mains and the interview. The preliminary admit card will be unveiled before 15 days of the exam.

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UPSC IES 2018 Selection Procedure

IES ESE 2018 Selection Procedure :

The candidates who pass stage I are eligible for the Stage II process. And the score obtained in the Mains examination will determine the qualification of students for the personality test on the basis of merit list. The final result will be declared after the analysis of reports or marks obtained in the final round or an aggregate of all the three rounds will be judged to form the final merit list. Three stages involved are

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Personality Test

IES/ESE 2018 Pay Scale:

All the candidates who’ll qualify all the three examinations and will make way through this three-stage process will be offered a Basic pay of Rs. 15,600 along with a Grade Pay of Rs. 5400 with added incentives like DA, HRA etc. The gross amount in total would be Rs. 47,000 and soon it’s going to be 2.26 times due to 7th pay commission.

IES Officer Salary – Rs 15,600 (Basic) +Rs 5,400 (Grade Pay) + DA + HRA

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UPSC IES 2018 eligibility Criteria

For such a tough examination, first UPSC analysis the candidates who are capable of the examination through eligibility criteria.

UPSC IES 2018 eligibility Criteria
UPSC IES 2018 eligibility Criteria

Age Limit:

  • Government servants will be given a 5-year relaxation in upper age limit.
  • For SC/ST 5 years relaxation will be provided
  • For OBC 3 years relaxation will be provided
  • The candidate who is found to be a subject of Jammu Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 will also be provided with an age relaxation of 5 years.
  • Ex-Serviceman will be offered an age relaxation of 5 years
  • Physically Handicapped and disabled will be given an age relaxation of 10 years.


  • The applicant should be a resident of India or a subject of Nepal or Bhutan. Tibetan Refugees who came to India before 1st Jan 1962 are also eligible to apply.
  • Any Indian origin person migrated from countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Eastern African Countries with an intention of permanently residing in India are also eligible to apply.
  • For all the above-mentioned candidates from neighbouring countries should hold an eligibility certificate from Government of India.

Education Qualifications:

  • The applicant should possess a degree in Engineering from a recognized University or Institute by the Government of India.
  • The candidates who have attained degree with Electronics, Wireless Communications and Radio Physics as a special subject can apply for certain posts.

What IES Officers do?.

The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. However, they can move to any cadre, organisation, agency, department, ministry or PSU of the Government of India. They are appointed in the posts analogous to their present one, either on deputation basis which is of a fixed tenure (at least 5 years and extensible) after which the officer returns to their parent cadre or on absorption basis where the official leaves the parent cadre and is “absorbed” permanently into the new cadre.

The Personal Interview

The UPSC IES exam personal interview is the third and final stage of the whole procedure and the result will display the names of the candidates who will be appointed in the engineering services.

Interview carries 200 marks. Officially called “Personality Test”, the object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

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