IES 2023: Exam Dates, Admit Card (Out), 337 Vacancies, Notification, Eligibility

Indian Engineering Services Exam 2023 ( IES )


Admit Card: 29 Jan '23 - 18 Feb '23

Rachit Kumar Saxena

Rachit Kumar SaxenaManager-Editorial

Updated on Jan 29, 2023 21:23 IST

IES 2023 admit card has been released by the Commission on January 27. The IES 2023 exam will be conducted on February 19. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the IES admit card 2023 online only and no physical admit card will be released by the Commission. The candidates are required to download their IES admit card online and carry government identity proof as mentioned in the IES application form. The IES prelims exam will be conducted offline in two sessions. The Commission released the IES 2023 prelims exam schedule on October 20, 2022. The Commission is expected to release the IES prelims result in March 2023. 

The Commission added 10 more vacancies in the existing vacancies and now the total IES vacancies are now 337. The Commission added vacancies for Indian Skill Development Service (ISDS). 

IES Full Form

IES is the name of the Indian Engineering Service. Full form of ESE is Engineering Service Examination. The official exam name is Engineering Service Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission. 

IES 2023 Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of IES 2023 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

29 Jan '23 -

18 Feb '23

UPSC IES 2023 Admit Card Available Dates


19 Feb '23

UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 Prelims Exam Day

DatesPast Exam Dates

14 Sep '22 -

4 Oct '22

UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 Application Dates

What is IES Exam?

UPSC conducts the IES exam every year to recruit candidates for various specialised positions in the Union Government departments. The IES is a Central Civil Service and the candidates can be posted anywhere across the nation. The exam is conducted to recruit candidates for engineering positions for the various department working under the Government of India. The Engineering Services Examination is conducted for four branches of engineering namely:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

In the past, they had conducted this exam under the name of the Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam. The IES exam is considered one of the toughest examinations in the country. Nearly, two lakh candidates appear for the examination every year. The Engineering Services Exam or IES exam recruits Group A and Group B officers for technical positions for the Government of India. The IES exam is a three-stage recruitment process - IES Preliminary, IES Main and Personality Test. Based on the merit of candidates in the IES exam, they are recommended to the Union Government for the posts. The nature of work for an engineering officer selected through the IES exam depends on the engineering branch and the cadre s/he is recruited.

IES 2022-23 Latest Update

IES 2023 Exam Highlights

Exam name

Engineering Service Exam (ESE), 2023

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam level




No. of applicants

Approximately 4 lakh

No. of applicants appeared in the exam

Approximately 2 lakh

Exam frequency

Once a year

Exam mode

Offline - pen and paper mode

Exam stages

Prelims - Mains (written) - Mains (interview)

Application fee(Prelims)

INR 200

Exam helpdesk no.

011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Official website

IES 2023 exam dates are important for the candidates to plan their preparation more efficiently.

IES Exam Notification 2023

The Commission releases the official notification online only. IES notification was released on September 14, 2022. UPSC released the official notification online only and with the release of the official notification, IES 2023 application also started. The notification mentioned all the rules and regulations that will govern the exam. The candidates can see here the details of UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 notification.

IES 2023 Application

UPSC ESE (IES) application started online after the release of the official notification. IES 2023 applications were filled online only. The candidates must register first for the exam to apply online. The candidates can see here the steps to apply online for UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 exam.

IES Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

It is mandatory for candidates to comply with the eligibility norms as prescribed by UPSC in order to appear for the Engineering Services Examination. The admissions at all three stages of the examination will be purely provisional and are subject to fulfilling the eligibility norms.




Candidates should be:

  • A citizen of India/ A subject of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962.
  • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia or Vietnam, intending to stay in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit

Aspirants must have attained an age of 21 years and must not have attained an age of 30 years on January 1, 2023. Candidates should not be born earlier than January 2, 1993, and not later than January 1, 2002.

Physical Examination

Candidates must be physically fit for the admission to Engineering Service Examination as per the guidelines mentioned 

Educational Qualification

A candidate must possess:

  • Degree in Engineering from a recognised university
  • Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India)
  • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University college which is recognised in India
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II & III or Sections A & B of the Aeronautical Society of India
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics & Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

For Naval Armament Service – MSc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

For Indian Radio Regulatory Service – MSc degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or MSc with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.

IES Exam 2023 Age Limit

The upper age limit of 30 years is relaxable up to 35 years with government servants serving in the following categories:

Department/Office under the control of the authorities mentioned in the below table:

Column 1

Column 2

  Ministry of Railways (Railway Board)


  Directorate General Ordnance Factories

 IOFS Group ‘A’

  Central Electricity Authority

CPES  Gr ‘A’ & CPES  Gr ‘B’

  Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr. ‘A’ 

  Ministry of Telecommunication and

  Information Technology, Deptt. of Telecommunication 

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

 Central Water Commission

 Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

 Border Roads Organisation

 BRES Gr. ‘A’

 Military Engineer Services

Indian Defence Service of Engineers (lDSE) Group ‘A’

 The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, Min of Defence.

AEE Gr ‘A’(Elect. Engg. Posts) in Corps of EME, Min of Defence. 

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

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

 Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship

Indian Skill Development Services

 Indian Navy         

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

Note: Relaxation will not be considered to probationary officers appointed against a permanent post. However, relaxation in case of probation will be considered if the officer appointed already retains a lien on a permanent post in a Department/Office under the control of authorities as listed above.

Age Relaxation in Case of Railways

Officers serving Indian Railways will also be treated at par with the Indian Railways officers for age relaxation. The upper age limit for various categories is given below:


Age Relaxation


Upto 5 years


Upto 3 years

Jammu and Kashmir domicile during

Upto 5 years

Defence Services personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof

Upto 3 years

ECOs/SSCOs served for 5 years in Military services (Completed the assignment or assignment has been extended and the Ministry of Defence has permitted him to apply for Civil Services)

Upto 5 years

Deaf/Mute and Orthopedically handicapped person

Upto 10 years

Note: Candidates belonging to the reserved category and from any of the mentioned ex-servicemen categories will get cumulative age relaxation. 

IES Exam Process

Step 1: IES Application Form 2023

  • The candidates filled out the IES application form 2023 online after registration. The forms were available online on the official website of UPSC
  • While filling up the form, candidates had to select the preferred venue for the test centre
  • After filling out the form, the candidates submitted the prescribed application fees as per their category

Step 2: Download IES Admit Card 2023

  • The IES admit card 2023 will be issued on the official website for downloads. The candidates will need their application number and date of birth to download the admit card
  • UPSC admit card is an important document having a variety of information. We suggest preserving the admit cards until the admission process is successfully conducted

Step 3: IES Preliminary Exam 2023

  • Students need to appear for IES 2023 preliminary entrance exam as per the schedule mentioned in the important date’s section
  • Aspirants are advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the exam

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Step 4: IES Prelims Result 2023

  • IES 2023 prelims result will be declared within a month of the prelims exam.
  • Candidates checked their IES preliminary results by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.
  • After the IES Result for prelims, the candidates filled IES Main Detailed Application Form(DAF) for the IES Main Exam.

Step 5: IES Main Exam 2023

  • Students who clear the IES preliminary examination will be allowed to appear for IES 2023 main exam. The UPSC ESE (IES) main 2023 will be conducted on June 25.
  • Aspirants were advised to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the commencement of the IES Main exam

Step 6: IES Main Result

  • UPSC will declare the IES main result in August (tentatively).
  • Candidates will be able to check their IES main results once announced, by simply submitting their application number and date of birth on the official website.
  • Candidates who clear the IES main exam will then be called for the interview round. This will be the final stage of the IES exam selection process.

Step 7: IES Interview

IES selection process comprises the Personal Interview round. Candidates who clear both IES pre and main examinations are only allowed to participate in the final interview round. Only those candidates who clear the personal interview round will be qualified for the recruitment process.

Step 8: IES Result

After the interviews, the final result will be declared by UPSC and the candidates will be recommended for appointment purposes. This will be the final process after which candidates will join the government offices as Executive engineers, mid-level managers or bureaucrats.

Step 9: IES Cut-off and Reserve List

IES cut-off will be released after the final result. In addition to the IES cut-off marks, IES reserve list will also be issued stating the number of candidates for each category and for each Engineering branch.

IES Exam Centre

The IES prelims and the main exam are conducted at the designated UPSC ESE (IES) exam centres. The list of UPSC IES exam centres is provided in the notification. The candidates can check the complete list of the IES exam centres below.

It may be noted that the provision of the sealing of the seats will take place on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centres. The centres for which sealing will take place will exclude Delhi, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.

UPSC will make allotment of ESE(IES) Exam Centres on first cum first serve basis. Applicants who are unable to occupy a seat in their choice of centre will be allotted a seat in the remaining vacant seats at other centres.

Candidates should note that the request for a change of examination centre will not be entertained under any circumstances.

IES Exam 2023 Admit Card

UPSC released the ESE (IES) admit card 2023 on January 27. IES admit card will be the official document that establishes the right to enter the examination centre. It is the essential document required to appear in the exam.

IES Exam Syllabus 2023

IES Syllabus 2023 is mentioned in the official notification tomorrow. The official UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 syllabus is mentioned for each of the engineering streams separately. The prelims and main exam syllabus are also defined separately.

IES Exam Pattern 2023

UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 exam will be a three-stage exam. The candidates can see here the detail about the UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 Exam Pattern.

IES Exam Analysis

The IES prelims exam is conducted offline as an objective type Multiple Choice Question. The candidates can see here the UPSC ESE (IES) prelims exam analysis video to get the real feel of the exam.

IES Question Paper

Previous year question papers are very important for the candidates because they provide a clear idea about the demand of exam. UPSC ESE (IES) question papers will provide an idea about the important topics also.

ESE 2023 Answer Key

The UPSC releases the IES Answer Key after the IES result. The IES answer key is the only authentic source to know the answers of the questions asked in the IES Prelims exam. The IES prelims exam is a new stage added in the Engineering Services exam. The candidates should download the IES prelims answer key of previous and with the previous year question paper and their answer key, the candidates can understand the important topics and areas from where the questions were asked. In addition to, that the official answers can help them to prepare the topic in a better way.

Download here: IES Answer Key

ESE 2023 Result

UPSC ESE (IES) result will be released within a month of the prelims exam. UPSC will release the roll number and names of the selected candidates. These candidates will be called to appear in the main exam which is scheduled to be conducted on June 25.

IES Cutoff 2023

Cutoff is the minimum marks required to clear each phase of exam. UPSC ESE (IES) cutoff is released after the final result by the UPSC. The cutoff is released online after the completion of exam process to avoid any litigation.

IES Exam 2023 FAQs

Q: Is the IES 2023 admit card for prelims released?

A: Yes, the IES prelims 2023 admit card has been released online on January 27. The candidates need to download their admit card from the official website of UPSC. The candidates will be required to carry the photo identity proof, as mentioned in the IES application, with the IES admit card. IES prelims exam will be conducted on February 19.

Q: What is the IES 2023 Prelims exam date?

A: ESE (IES) exam 2023 will be conducted offline on February 19, 2023. There will be two papers in the IES prelims exam and the marks secured in the prelims exam is considered for the final merit list. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the IES 2023 admit card on January 27.

Q: When did UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 notification release?

A: UPSC ESE (IES) 2023 notification was released online on September 14. The last date to fill out the application was October 4. The IES 2023 prelims will be conducted on February 19 across the nation in offline mode. The Commission is expected to release the IES 2023 prelims admit card online on January 29. The IES prelims 2023 exam will be an objective type multiple choice exam.

Q: What is IES exam eligibility?

A: The candidates must possess a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from a recognised institute or university. An equivalent degree holder will also be eligible for the IES exam. The full list of equivalent courses is provided in the official notification.

Q: Is Computer Science Btech degree eligible for IES?

A: Yes, the candidate having a degree in Computer Science can apply for the Engineering Service Exam but they need to choose the engineering branch (from the four options) for appearing in the exam and prepare the syllabus provided in the IES notification.

Q: How many attempts are there for IES?

A: There are no restrictions regarding the attempts in the IES exam. The candidates can appear in the IES exam till they fulfil the age criteria prescribed in the IES notification.

Q: Is there any physical test for IES?

A: There is no Physical Test in the IES exam. After the declaration of the result, the candidates need to undergo a medical fitness test at the designated hospital.This is the last leg of the examination process and no marks are assigned to the physical test.

Q: How many branches are available in IES exam?

A: The IES exam is conducted by UPSC at the national level. The IES exam is conducted for four branches. These branches are as follows:
  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Q: What is IES officer salary?

A: The candidates recruited through the IES exam will join the Union Government departments at Group A or Group B posts. The IES salary is also notified in the UPSC IES notification. The candidate joins the service at Junior Grade at the PayScale of INR 15,600- 39,100 and Grade Pay of 5400. The in-hand salary of the IES candidate is approximately INR 55,000.

Q: Can I appear in the IES exam in the 3rd year of the Engineering Course?

A: No, to appear in the IES exam, the candidate must possess a bachelors degree in Engineering. The candidates appearing in the last year of the degree course can appear in the IES exam.

Q: Which post is assigned to the IES qualified candidates?

A: The UPSC IES notification mention all the posts for which the advertisement is released. The candidates can see here in detail the IES vacancies.

Q: Is a calculator allowed for IES prelims?

A: No, the calculator is not allowed in the IES Prelims exam. No electronic device is allowed inside the IES examination hall.

IES 2023 Contact Information

Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069

Facilitation Counter : 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Email : feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in


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