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IES Exam Pattern | Exam Scheme of UPSC IES Exam

See this post to know all about IES exam pattern. IES Exam is the qualifying national level competitive exam conducted by the UPSC  for selection of eligible applicants for different streams of engineering.

So if you want to become and IES officer but confused about where to start your preparation from than this exam pattern of UPSC IES examination will help you understand the marks distribution, subjects covered and syllabus of UPSC IES examination which will help you in deciding your preparation strategy for IES examination


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IES Exam pattern

The entrance for Indian Engineering Service comprises of a Written Exam and an Interview. The details follow:


The first step is to choose one engineering discipline from the following categories:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering
  4. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

IES Written examination

Written examination will comprise two sections:

The written examination is divided into two sections

Section I - objective types questions

Section II – conventional (essay) type questions papers.

Both Sections will cover the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering subject

IES Exam Pattern at Glance





Max Marks

Civil / Mechanical / Electrical / Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

Section I – Objective Paper

General Ability Test:
Part A – General English
Part B – General Studies

2 hours


Paper I

2 hours


Paper II

2 hours


Section II – Conventional Paper

Paper I

3 hours


Paper II

3 hours




Day wise schedule of IES written examination


The first day is allocated for the General Ability (GA) paper. This exam is of 2 hours duration. On the first day there is just one exam. This exam consists of General English and General Studies. Paper is maximum of 200 marks.


The second day is allocated for the Objective Technical Papers (II & III). There is one objective exam for each paper separately and each being of 2 hours in duration. Each paper is maximum of 200 marks


The third day is allocated for the Conventional Technical Papers (IV & V). There is one subjective exam for each paper separately and each being of 3 hours in duration. Each Paper is maximum of 200 marks.

What happens in IES Interview ?

The final stage for the candidates who qualify the written exam is the interview. Interview carries 200 marks. The main motive of the interview is to assess the mental caliber, social traits and his interest in current affairs.

The qualities that an interviewer will observe in a candidate are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

This article has compiled information from various sources to impart knowledge regarding subjects, syllabus details, topics covered, examination pattern and marks distribution of UPSC IES Examination

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