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UPSC IES 2018 Exam Complete Details

Indian Engineering Services Recruitment Examination which is commonly known as the ESE, is the only and only exam to get into the IES under civil services. It is one of the toughest examination in India and the best option as well for the engineering graduates. The Government of India stocks the vacancies through the exam. There are four branches for which a candidate can apply – Civil, Mechanical, Electronics & Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering. In 2018, following the tradition, the UPSC IES 2018 exam will be arranged to administer recruitment to the capable.

UPSC IES 2018 Exam

Like other recruitment tests across the country, officials for the posts are being selected on the basis of the merit which will be featured at the end of the whole procedure which includes three stages – Preliminary, Mains and Interview [personality test]. The Union Public Service Commission systemises the whole recruitment every year. In the upcoming year, IES/ ESE examination is the first test out 24 that are to be conducted in 2018. UPSC IES 2018 exam will be organised on 7th January. The date of the examination is provided in the UPSC Calendar 2018 which was revealed in June 2017. 

UPSC IES important/ Exam Dates 2018

To strengthen the plans for studies, the significant point is for time management which is possible if a candidate knows the exact schedule of the whole UPSC IES 2018 recruitment procedure. After having a watch on the IES exam dates 2018, one can easily draw a roadmap for studies which definitely boost the quality of solving the questions. Another thing of having regular eyes on the IES important dates is, when the date is near, it leads the better preparation.

Notification Published: 27th September
Application Form Submission 27/ 09/ 2017
Last Date to apply Online: 23rd October
Admit Card Releasing Date: Last Week of December
Exam Date: 7th January
Answer Key Releasing Date Not confirmed
Prelims Result Publication: March (tentative)
Mains Examination 1st July 2018

UPSC IES Notification 2018

The notification for the examination UPSC IES 2018 was unveiled on 27th September 2017. The notification contains all the in-depth erudition of the test. The Union Public Service Commission affording the notification or brochure through the official website sanctioned legally that is The brochure is available in PDF format, the most easier to download. UPSC advises candidates to read the notice carefully so that one cannot make mistakes later.

UPSC IES Application Form 2018

To appear for the examination, the first thing that a particular has to do is to register in a given time limit. The UPSC IES application form 2018 filling procedure of the UPSC IES 2018 examination was flagged off on 27th September. UPSC accepts only online registration – an applicant has to submit the application form through the credible forum only. It must be noted that aspirants can make registrations before the last date settled by the commission that is 23rd October 2017.

Applicants have to enter all correct details like personal information, address, the choice for exam centre etc. UPSC strictly ruled out the one candidate is allowed to register only one time for the UPSC IES 2018 and if a candidate found to be applying multiple times then the application of such aspirant will be rejected. Why nominees apply multiple times?. Many of the contestants think that if one application form gets rejected then the second one will be accepted by the authorities but as per the norms, the candidate will not be allowed to apply further.


Applicants already in government services whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work‐charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under public enterprises have to inform their department’s heads before applying for the examination. 

UPSC IES Registration Fees 2018

There is a fixed fee for all of the candidates – 200/- Rs excepting female candidates or the aspirants belonging to the Schedule Tribes/ Schedule Castes/ PH. The fee for UPSC registration 2018 can be made through three modes only: 

  • “Pay by cash”, deposit the whole fees via offline mode, physically in any of the Branch of State bank of India.
  • Use the net banking facility (online) option of the bank. 
  • The fee payment can be made through Master Credit/ VISA/ debit card.

Note: Once the fee paid by a candidate. then it will not be refunded under any circumstances. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted by the commission for UPSC IES 2018 and will be rejected without informing the candidate.

Engineering Services Examination Eligibility 2018

The Union Public Service Commission selects only eligible candidates and thus, aspirants are informed to check before applying for the post whether they are eligible or not using the UPSC IES eligibility Criteria 2018.

Nationality: The applicant must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan. A Tibetian refugee who left Tibet before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement in India is able to apply for UPSC IES 2018. An Indian Origin person who migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burna or from East African countries of Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania and Zaire and from Vietnam is also capable. 

Age Limit: Aspirant applying for the UPSC IES 2018 Examination note below 21 years and not above the 30 years of age on 1st August 2018.Born not earlier than 2ndAugust2nd August not later than 1st August 1997. Five years of UPSC IES Age Limit relaxation is allowed for candidates who are employing under the different government sectors given in the notification.

UPSC IES Exam Pattern 2018

Preliminary (Stage – I)

It is the first UPSC IES exam 2018 of the three stages and will be arranged on 7th January 2018. The UPSC IES 2018 Prelims Examination will be sectioned in two papers – Paper I & II. The Paper 1 – which will be common for all the four branches – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper. The candidate has to write the examination for a duration of 2 hours and will comprise a total of 200 marks. The Paper – II will differ as per the branches and their syllabus – Engineering Discipline specific paper of 3 hours of duration and 300 marks as a total.

Branch Civil


Electronics and Telecommunication Mechanical
Paper 1 General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Same  in all these  four branches
paper 2 Civil Engineering  Will Based on Electrical Engineering Consists special pattern of E & T Engineering Mechanical Engineering

The Answer Scheme of the test displays that there would be a negative marking of 0.33 mark deduction for every wrong answer. There will be given four options in a multiple choice question of which an aspirant has to choose one. If an aspirant opts two of them then the attempt will be considered as wrong and the same penalty will be furnished. If a question left blank then no mark will be deducted.


Aspirants who will get a satisfying result will then be permitted to appear for the UPSC IES Mains Examination 2018. The Engineering Service Mains exam will subsist two papers of specified branch syllabus and make a total of 600 marks which will be distributed as 300 marks each.

Personality test

It is the last of the examination of the whole UPSC IES 2018 selection procedure. The personal interview is an exam of 200 marks in which heads will take an oral personality test.


Union Public Service Commission IES Syllabus 2018

During preparation, the aspirants check the UPSC IES syllabus 2018 to get some experience about what type of questions will be there. The standard of the syllabus maybe of the Engineering graduation type. Syllabus For General Studies and Engineering Aptitude which is common for all candidates: 

Prelims Paper 1 Syllabi

Basics of Material Science and Engineering Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
General Principles
of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
Ethics and values in the Engineering profession
Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology-based
Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact
Basics of Project Management 8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
UPSC IES Admit Card -Prelims/ Mains 2018

UPSC IES 2018 admit card for the prelims and mains examination will be published on the legitimate forum of the Union Public Service Commission – The authority considers it as a necessity for all resource for the examination and thus instructs all aspirants to download it. Applicants can download the UPSC IES admit card 2018 before 15 – 20 days of the examination. Excepting roll Number, it contains all the information that was filled by an applicant in the application form. If these are wrong, then the department will not be responsible for the faults. Call letter for the Interview will be flashed 2 weeks earlier of the test. Each and every examinee need to carry the IES hall ticket 2018 with them to get an entry in the exam centre with no complications.

IES/ ESE Answer Key 2018

Jut after the successful finish of the UPSC IES exam 2018, aspirants search for the IES Answer Key 2018 which will be uploaded in a PDF format on the credible portal after 10 – 15 days of the examination. Unofficial answer keys by coachings will also be there. Students can check the UPSC question paper 2018 solutions matching with codes they of exam papers they were allotted. UPSC IES Answer key 2018 works an advanced result for the contenders.

UPSC IES Result 2018

For the first stage exam of UPSC IES 2018, results will be expected to be announced in the month of February. The result will be disclosed on the official site of the UPSC administrators i.e. Conducting heads releases the result on the basis of the performance of the aspirants. Candidates can check the result from the site by entering roll number/ Application ID or registration Number – password. The candidates who got the marks higher than cut off will be then called for the mains examination and the mains result will also be declared around 1 month after of the test date. Mains Result passing aspirants will then have to appear for the Interview and the final UPSC IES result 2018 | Merit List will be declared later.

IES Final Selection 2018

The final selection of the aspirants in UPSC IES 2018 will be made by calculating the whole performance of a candidate in Prelim, Mains and personality test. The final IES cut off decides who will join the job as the aspirants intersecting the cut off line will be selected for the posts. After a rest of some days, the Indian Engineering Services will then send a call letter to inform candidates about when and where they have to report and other details.