Time to apply for ESE

AN OPTION: This examination offers an entry point to the Railways.

AN OPTION: This examination offers an entry point to the Railways.  


The Engineering Service Examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission offers entry to jobs in certain Central Government Services.

The Engineering Services Examinations (ESE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aims at the recruitment of engineering graduates to the group `A' gazetted services in the civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics and communication engineering wings of various Central Government Services. The examinations this year will begin from June 9.


The candidate must have a degree in engineering from a university in India 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. Any person who has passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) or having a degree/diploma in engineering from a Government-recognised foreign university/college/institution; or passed the 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 the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London, held after November, 1959, is also eligible. However, candidates applying for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group `A' in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organisation) should possess a M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with wireless communication, electronics, radio physics or radio engineering as a special subject. Students awaiting results or are going to appear can also apply. Age limit is between 21 and 30 years as on August 1, 2007.

How to apply

Candidates must apply in the prescribed form that can be purchased from the designated head post offices/post offices throughout the country paying Rs.20. In Kerala Circle, the Head Post Offices/Post Offices are in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kozhikode, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kalpetta, Kasaragod, Kattappana, Kottayam, Malappuram, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thrissur and Kavaratti (Lakshadweep).The last date for receipt of applications by the UPSC is February 19. For more details log on to >

Exam pattern

The examination consists of two parts. Part I is a written examination comprising two sections - Section I consisting only of objective types of questions and Section II of conventional papers. Both sections will cover the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering disciplines - civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics and telecommunication engineering. Part II is a personality test carrying a maximum of 200 marks. Part II is for candidates who qualify on the basis of the written examination.General Ability Test is common for all the four categories of engineering graduates who are eligible to take this test. It will be a two-hour paper with maximum marks of 200. There are four other papers - two objective papers each and two others conventional papers or descriptive papers each. The two objective papers are of two hours' durations with 200 marks each. The two conventional papers are of three hours' durations with 200 marks each. The total marks for the Part I written examination is 1,000.The objective and conventional papers will be on four categories - civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and electronics and telecommunications engineering.

The syllabus

Syllabus for general ability test is Part A: General English - The question paper in general English will be designed to test the candidate's understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. Part B: General studies - The paper in general studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The paper will also include questions on Indian history and geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.In the personality test, special attention will be 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.The conventional papers must be answered in English. The question papers will be set in English only. There will be negative marking for objective test. One-third of the total mark for each question is deducted for each wrong answer.The objective-type papers as in Section-I of the Plan of the Examination will be evaluated first and evaluation of the conventional-type papers in Section-II of the Plan of Examination will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in objective type papers, as fixed by the commission.

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