Plan of ESE Examination

The Engineering Services Examination is conducted in three stages with the following pattern

Stage-I:

Engineering Services Preliminary Examination is stage-I of the selection process. The Engineering Services Preliminary Examination comprises of two objective type multiple choices questions papers and carries a maximum of 500 marks with Paper I (General Studies) of 200 Marks & Paper II (Technical Paper) of 300 Marks. The paper I of General Studies and Engineering Aptitude is common to all disciplines. Only those candidates who are declared by the UPSC  to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year are eligible for admission to the StageII (Main Examination) of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination. The Marks obtained in Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination are counted for determining their final merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination is about six to seven time the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.

Note I : The UPSC draws a list of candidates who qualify for Stage II (Main Examination) based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks  in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper (Paper-I) and Engineering Discipline specific paper (Paper-II) of Preliminary/Stage-I Examination.

Note II: There is negative marking for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type question papers.

  1.  There is four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (1/3rd) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

  2. SAC If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be the same penalty as above for that question.

  3. If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

  

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude)

2 hrs.

200

Paper-II (EE/E&T/CE/ME)

3 hrs.

300

Total

 

500

 

Stage-II:  

This stage comprises of the Engineering Services Main Examination. Only those who qualify the stage II examination are called for appearing in stage III (Personality Test) of the examination process. The Engineering Services Main Examination consists of two conventional type papers in Engineering Discipline specific with duration of three hours each and maximum marks of 600 with 300 Marks in each paper.

  

Subject

Duration

Maximum Marks

Paper-I (EE/E&T/CE/ME)

3 hrs.

300

Paper-II (EE/E&T/CE/ME)

3 hrs.

300

Total

 

600

 

Stage-III :

This stage comprises of Personality Test carrying 200 Marks.  Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the Stage-I (Engineering Services Preliminary) and Stage II (Engineering Services Main Examination) as may be fixed by the UPSC as per its discretion, are called for Stage-III (Personality Test). The number of candidates called for Personality Test is about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The Personality Test has no minimum qualifying marks. In the Personality Test special attention is paid to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.

 Note:       

  1. Marks obtained by the candidates in the Stage-I: Preliminary Examination, Stage-II: Main Examination andStage-III: Personality Test, would determine their final ranking. Candidates are allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preference expressed by them for the various services/posts.
  2. Candidates will be supplied with standard tables/charts in SI units in the Examination hall for reference purpose, wherever considered necessary.

  3. Candidates are permitted to bring and use battery operated pocket calculators for conventional (essay) type papers only. Loaning or inter-changing of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted.

 


It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall.