UPSC Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2020 Date, Pattern, Cut Off, Syllabus

UPSC Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2020: Engineering Services Examination (ESE) also known as Indian Engineering Services (IES) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission. It’s a national level exam conducted each year to recruit eligible candidates to various engineering services divisions all over India.

As per the revised UPSC Calendar 2020 pdf, ESS 2020 main exam is rescheduled for 18th October 2020.

Update (December 24, 2020): UPSC has opened the window to submit the detailed application form for the written qualified candidates of Engineering Services Main examination. Candidates can submit the DAF online by following this link. Please note that the last date to submit the Detailed application form is 5th January 2021.

Update (September 22, 2020): Download UPSC ESE 2020 main examination Admit Card which is now available to download at the official website. Check the UPSC ESE Admit Card download steps.

Update (September 22, 2020): Check Engineering Services 2020 Main exam time table given below ((Engineering Services (Main) Examination 2020 Time Table, Union Public Service Commission, Sep 22, 2020. Accessed on: Sep 23, 2020. [Online]. Available:

UPSC ESE 2020 main exam time table
Image Source: UPSC website ((Engineering Services (Main) Examination 2020 Time Table, Union Public Service Commission, Sep 22, 2020. Accessed on: Sep 23, 2020. [Online]. Available:

Update (September 8, 2020): UPSC has reopened the online application form submission window for those candidates who want to change their choice of examination center. Candidates can submit their response for change in exam center choice from 8th -13th September 2020 (06.00 PM) at the official website This decision is taken due to the concerns of candidates of Covid-19 related difficulties at the current exam center.

Engineering Services Examination is one of the toughest exams in India. Nearly 2 lakh candidates apply each year for this exam. Please read this post to know more about eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, Application process, etc.

What is Engineering Services Examination (ESE)?

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) previously known as Indian Engineering Services (IES) is conducted annually by UPSC to recruit Group A and Group B officers for the techno-Managerial posts in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics & Telecommunications divisions of Government of India.

upsc ese ies exam

Indian Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Dates 2020

As per the revised UPSC calendar 2020, the Main exam date has been delayed by UPSC due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Please find below updated dates.

Engineering Services Examination 2020 date is given below:

ESE Exam EventsESE Exam Dates
Notification Date25/09/2019
Applications Start Date25/09/2019
Applications Last Date15/10/2019
Application Withdrawal dates22/10/2019 – 28/10/2019
Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 202005/01/2020
IES Preliminary exam result 202020/02/2020
Engineering Services Main Examination Admit Card22/09/2020
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 202018/10/2020
IES 2020 Main exam resultWill be updated

Also, read UPSC CDS Exam 2020 latest complete details.

No of vacancy

According to UPSC official notification, The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 495 that includes some below-mentioned vacancies for special categories.

UPSC ese exam vacancy 2020

The number of vacancies is liable to alteration.
Reservations are also applicable for the categories like Scheduled Castes (SC), Economically Weaker Section(EWS), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes, and Physically Disabled Category according to the available vacancies as decoded by the Government of India.

Posts/ Services

As mentioned in the official notification by UPSC, Recruitment on the results of this examination will be made to the Services/ Posts under the following categories:‐

UPSC ese exam posts, services


Group‐A Services/Posts

UPSC ese civil engineering  posts, services


Group‐A/B Services/Posts

UPSC ese mechanical engineering posts services


Group‐A/B Services/Posts

UPSC ese electrical engineering posts services


Group‐A/B Services/Posts


Eligibility Criteria

(I) Nationality:

A candidate must be either:


(II) Age Limits:

(a)A candidate for this examination must be at least 21 years old and maximum age limit is 30 years.
(b) In the case of Government servants The upper age limit can go up to 35 years.

(III) Minimum Educational Qualification:

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have –

UPSC ese educational qualification

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Examination FEE:

Fee can be paid by SBI Internet banking or by cash at SBI branch or by any Credit/Debit card.

Download UPSC Engineering Services exam Admit Card

Engineering Services Admit Card for the 2020 exam is now available to download. Please check the below steps for downloading the Admit Card.

Step# 1: Visit the official website at and click on the latest notification about the Engineering Services Admit Card (as shown in the below image).

upsc ese Admit Card download step 1

Step# 2: Now on the next page click on the click here link after the Engineering Services Main Examination 2020 e – Admit Card (as shown in the below image).

upsc ese Admit Card download step 2

Step# 3: Now on the next page, you will see the information such as the issue date and last date to download the Admit Card. Again click on the click here link.

upsc ese Admit Card download step 3

Step# 4: Now a login form will appear on the next page where candidates can easily download their UPSC ESE 2020 main Admit Card by the Registration Id or Roll number option.

upsc ese Admit Card download step 4

Center of Examination

(i) Centers of Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination:

UPSC ese preliminary exam centres

(ii) Centers for Engineering Services (Main) Examination:‐

UPSC ese main exam centres

Engineering Services Examination Cut Off


Preliminary/ Stage-I (Objective Type Papers) Cut Off:

Minimum qualifying standards/marks for admission to Mains/Stage-II (Out of 500 Marks)

UPSC ese preliminary exam cut off 2017

Mains/ Stage-II Cut Off:

Discipline Minimum qualifying standards/marks (Out of 1100 marks (500 marks of Preliminary/Stage-I + 600 marks of Mains/ Stage-II))

UPSC ese main exam cut off 2017

Final stage after PT/ Stage-III Cut Off:

Discipline Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (Out of 1300 marks)

UPSC Engineering Service Result

UPSC Engineering Services 2020 exam result will be declared after the final interview process. Candidates can check their result from the official UPSC website. UPSC release a pdf also about the category wise total no of candidates selected for Engineering Services in India.

UPSC Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020 Result

Engineering Services Preliminary Examination 2020 result has been declared by the UPSC in February 2020. Please find the steps below to check the ESE result.

How to Check IES Prelim Result 2020?

  • Go to the official UPSC website
  • Click on “What’s New” section on the right-hand side of main website.
  • Click on the “Written Result (with name): Engineering Services Preliminary Examination 2020”
  • The IES Prelims result in PDF will open on the screen
  • Check your roll number
  • Download the pdf and save the IES prelims result for future reference

UPSC Engineering Services 2019 Final Result

UPSC has declared the Engineering Services Exam 2019 Result on October 25. Please find the result below.

Number of candidates recommended for appointment is as follows:

UPSC ese 2019 recommended candidates list

Follow below steps to check Engineering Services Examination Result:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Step 2: Click on the “Final Result link” on the right side of the website.
  • Step 3: On next page click on Examination Final Result
  • Step 4: Enter the name of the exam in the search box
  • Step 5: Now you can download “Engineering Services (Main) Examination” result pdf including the roll number of selected candidates
  • Step 4: Search for your roll number
  • Step 5: If mentioned, you have qualified the Engineering Services Examination

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