Engineering Services Exam 2020

ESE 2020 Eligibility

(I) Nationality: A candidate must be either:
  1. A citizen of India or
  2. A subject of Nepal or A subject of Bhutan or
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to Indian before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  4. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3) and (4) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

(II) Age Limits:

  • A candidate for this examination must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st January, of the exam year.
  • The upper age-limit of 30 years will be relaxable up to 35 years in the case of Government servants of the following categories, if they are employed in a Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 below and apply for admission to the examination for all or any of the Service(s)/Posts mentioned in column 2, for which they are otherwise eligible.
  • The upper age-limit prescribed above will be further relaxable:
    • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.
    • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.
    • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
    • Upto a maximum of three years in the case of defence service personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof.
    • Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st January, and have been released
      1. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
      2. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or
      3. on invalidment;
    • Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Services as on 1st January, and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
    • Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons. Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group 'A' in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organization) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.
  • Minimum Educational Qualifications: 
    • Obtained a degree in Engineering from a university incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as universities under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956 or
    • Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) or
    • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time or
    • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India) or
    • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India or
    • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

ESE 2020 Exam Pattern

In 2017, UPSC announced three-stage pattern for Engineering Services Examination:

Stage-I: Preliminary Examination (Objective Papers)

STAGE-IPAPER TYPEDURATIONMARKS
PAPER-IGENERAL STUDIES AND ENGINEERING APTITUDE02 HOURS200
PAPER-IIENGINEERING DISCIPLINE (CE/ ME/EE/E&T)03 HOURS300
TOTAL MARKS500
  • Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper will be at the discretion of the commission.
  • Only those candidates qualifying at this Stage are permitted to appear for Stage – II examination.

Stage-II: Mains Examination (Conventional Papers)

STAGE-IIPAPER TYPEDURATIONMARKS
PAPER-IENGINEERING DISCIPLINE-I (CE/ ME/EE/E&T)03 HOURS300
PAPER-IIENGINEERING DISCIPLINE-II (CE/ ME/EE/E&T)03 HOURS300
TOTAL MARKS (MAINS)600
TOTAL MARKS (MAINS + PRELIMS)1100
  • Only those Candidates qualifying at this stage (i.e. Stage – I + Stage – II) are selected for Stage – III examination.

Stage-III: Personality Test

STAGE-IIIPERSONALITY TEST200 MARKS
STAGE-I+ STAGE-II + STAGE-IIITOTAL1300 MARKS
  • Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) are included in the Final Merit List of Engineering Services Exam.

ESE 2020 Syllabus

Stage I - Paper I, Objective type, Common to all Candidates, 2 hours duration, 200 Marks maximum
1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services6. Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment7. Basics of Project Management8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.10. Ethics and values in Engineering profession
Note: The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics as may be expected from an engineering graduate, without special study. Questions from all the 10 topics mentioned above shall be set. Marks for each Topic may range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.

ESE 2020 Exam Schedule

ESE 2020 Exam Schedule
Examination StageDate of NotificationLast date of receipt of ApplicationExam Date
Preliminary Examination25.09.201915.10.201805.01.2020
Mains Examination--28.06.2020
Tentative Exam Schedule
Release of NotificationSeptember – October (Every year)
Last Date of Submission of ApplicationNovember
Prelims Examination DateFirst Week of January
Mains Examination DateJune-July
Personality TestSeptember-October
Final Result DeclarationNovember-December

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