ESE 2022 Form, Important Dates, Syllabus, Cutoff, Tips – IES Engineering Services Exam

Union Public Service Commission has released the examination calendar for UPSC 2022 examinations. Engineering Services Exam (IES 2021) / (ESE 2021) exam is the very prestigious exam of UPSC exam for engineers. Every year nearly 5-8 Lakh aspirants try their luck to clear this exam and after clearing this exam they are deported on high ranks and serve the nation proudly.

This year IES 2021 written exam will be held in 2 stages, stage 1 will be general studies and  engineering aptitude (GS&EA) paper 1, and engineering objective paper 1 and engineering objective paper 2.

In second stage (if you clear first stage) there will be mains in which conventional paper 1 and conventional paper 2 will be held.

After clearing mains exam interview will be held and after that medical exam will be done. After clearing all the stages final merit will be prepared.


17 August 2020UPSC Exam Calendar Released

Important Dates of Engineering Services Examinations 2021 :

1. Date of Notification February 2020 (Expected)
2. Last Date for Receipt of Applications March 2021 (Expected)
3. Date of Commencement of Exam (Preliminary) 18 July 2021 (Declared)
4. Duration of Exam 1 Days
5. Date of Commencement of Exam (Mains) 10  October 2021 (Declared)
6. Duration of Exam 1 Days
7. Admit Card Update June 2020 (Expected)

UPSC 2021 Official Exam Calendar – Download Now

Submission of Application:

Engineering Services Examinations(ESE) applications can be filled in online mode only.

Exam Timing

Paper Name Paper Type Date Time
General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Paper Objective 18 July 2021 9 am to 11 noon (2 Hours)
Engineering Discipline-specific Paper Objective 18 July 2021 2 pm to 5 pm (3 Hours)
Engineering Discipline-specific Paper – I Subjective 10 October 2021 9 am to 12 noon (3 Hours)
Engineering Discipline-specific Paper – II Subjective 10 October 2021 2 pm to 5 pm (3 Hours)
Personal Interview January 2022 (Expected)

IES 2021 Exam Pattern

  • After the declaration of IES Mains result, shortlisted candidates will be called for Personal Interview.
  • The Personality Test will carry 200 marks.
  • Candidates will be judged on their leadership skills, personality and intellect.
  • Candidates can check the Exam Pattern of IES below:





Number of Papers 



Nature of Papers

Objective type

Conventional type

Total Marks




Time Duration

Paper 1 – 2 hours

Both Paper 1 and 2 will be conducted for 3 hours

Paper 2 – 3 hours

Negative Marks

0.33 marks will be deducted for wrong answers

No Negative Marking

No Negative Marking

IES 2021 Prelims Exam


Paper I

Paper II


Time Duration

2 hours

3 hours

5 hours


200 Marks

300 Marks

500 Marks

Number of Questions

120 Questions

120 Questions

240 Questions

Questions Format

MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

Medium of Paper

English Only

IES 2021 Mains Exam

  • Candidates who successfully qualify IES Prelims will be eligible for this stage.
  • IES 2021 Mains will be held on October 10, 2021.
  • The exam is scheduled in offline mode.
  • The medium of exam is English only.
  • IES Mains exam pattern is same for all streams.
  • The syllabus for this varies course-wise and is different for both papers.
  • Both papers carry equal weightage.




Paper I (CE/ EE/ ME /CE)

3 hours


Paper II (CE/ EE/ ME /CE)

3 hours



6 hours


IES 2021 Selection Procedure

IES 2021 Selection Procedure comprises 3-staged processes as follows –

  • Candidates who qualify stage 1 are eligible for the Stage 2 process.
  • 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.

IES 2021 Pay Scale – 

  • All candidates who’ll qualify all the three examinations and will make way through this three-staged process will be offered a Basic pay of INR 15,600 along with a Grade Pay of INR 5400 with added incentives like DA, HRA etc.
  • The gross amount in total would be INR 47,000.

IES Officer Salary

INR 15,600 (Basic) + INR 5,400 (Grade Pay) + DA + HRA

Also Read – ESE 2021 – Detailed Salary And Facilities

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