Applied for IES? Understand Complete IES Exam Pattern

IES (Indian Engineering Services) is a Civil Services Examination and is conducted by UPSC every year. The examination is conducted for recruitment to the various posts and it is based on the candidate’s performance in all the three rounds. It is conducted only for the core engineering fields i.e.  Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering. IES Syllabus and exam pattern is provided in this article.IES Exam Pattern

  • IES all the three rounds are as follows
    1. IES Preliminary Examination (objective in nature)
    2. IES Main Examination (conventional in nature)
    3. IES Personality Test.
  • IES Prelims stage contains 2 papers- General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Paper (paper 1) and Engineering Discipline Paper (paper 2)
  • Engineering Discipline paper consists of 4 specializations i.e. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering (ECE) and candidates can choose any of the engineering streams.
  • Paper 1 and 2 are conducted in two different sessions.
  • Duration of paper 1 is 2 hours and duration of paper 2 is 3 hours.
  • The total marks allotted to Round 1 are 500 i.e. paper 1 consists of 200 marks and paper 2 is of 300 marks.
  • IES syllabus for paper 1 is same for all the streams and paper 2 is different for different fields.
  • After clearing Round 1 i.e. Preliminary round, candidates will qualify for IES Round 2.

IES Exam Pattern for Prelims

IES exam pattern (distribution of marks) for preliminary examination is same for all the streams in the IES. Other important detail about IES exam pattern is mentioned below

  • IES Prelims questions are objective in nature.
  • The distribution of marks is 200 (for paper 1) +300 (for paper 2) which makes it a total of 500 marks.
  • The duration of paper 1 is 2 hours and 3 hours for paper 2 in IES Prelims.

Subject-wise IES Exam Pattern:

  1. Civil Engineering

The preliminary IES examination for Civil branch (civil engineering) consists of 2 subjects i.e. General Knowledge and Civil Engineering. The details of IES Exam Pattern for Civil Engineering is mentioned below:

Paper Time Duration Marks
Paper-I (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours 200
Paper-II (Civil Engineering) 3 hours 300
Total Marks 5 hours 500
  1. Mechanical Engineering
    It is one of the most popular branches of engineering. To get top job after engineering one should join a placement oriented course immediately after completing the graduation. There are many job oriented courses  IES exam pattern for mechanical is the same as the civil exam. Details are provided below.
  • The IES mechanical exam requires the candidate to clear the basic preliminary subject based exam and the general aptitude exam.
  • IES preliminary exam for the Mechanical branch consists of 2 subject’s i.e. General Knowledge and Mechanical Engineering.
Paper Time Duration Marks
Paper -I (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours 200
Paper-II (Mechanical Engineering) 3 hours 300
Total Marks 5 hours 500
  1. Electrical Engineering:

IES exam pattern for electrical field contains 2 papers. IES Paper 1 is to test the general knowledge & general engineering aptitude and paper 2 is to test the field (electrical) knowledge. IES Electrical engineering exam pattern is mentioned below

Paper Time Duration Marks
Paper -I (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours 200
Paper-II (Electrical Engineering) 3 hours 300
Total Marks 5 hours 500
  1. Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
    IES Electronics and telecommunication Engineering (ECE) exam is designed to test the candidate’s general knowledge and his/her subject knowledge. IES exam pattern for ECE is as follows:
Paper Time Duration Marks
Paper -I (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) 2 hours 200
Paper-II (Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering) 3 hours 300
Total Marks 5 hours 500

IES Syllabus for Prelims

IES consists of 2 sections in which paper 1 is common for all the streams and paper 2 is different for different specializations. Syllabus for paper 1 and stream wise syllabus for paper 2 is mentioned below.

General Studies Syllabus

IES Paper 1 is General Studies and Engineering Aptitude which includes the following topics

  • Current issues of National as well as International importance related to Economic, Social and Industrial Development
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  • 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
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education
  • Ethics and values in engineering profession.

Stream-wise Syllabus
Paper 2 will depend on the stream/ specialization and will be of four types i.e. Civil engineering, Mechanical engineering, Electrical engineering and Electronics and Telecommunication engineering (ECE). Stream wise syllabus is mentioned below.

IES Civil Engineering Syllabus
Topic wise syllabus for IES civil engineering is given below

  • Building Materials
  • Solid Mechanics Structural Analysis
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Design of Concrete & Masonry structures
  • Construction Practice
  • Planning & Management
  • Flow of Fluids
  • Hydraulic Machines & Hydro Power
  • Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geo-technical Engineering & Foundation Engineering

IES Mechanical Engineering Syllabus
Syllabus of mechanical engineering is provided below

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics & Heat transfer
  • IC Engines
  • Refrigeration & Air conditioning
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Power Plant Engineering
  • Renewable Sources of Energy
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Materials
  • Mechanisms and Machines
  • Design of Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial & Maintenance Engineering
  • Mechatronics and Robotics.

IES Electrical Engineering Syllabus
IES electrical engineering stream syllabus is provided below

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Materials
  • Electric Circuits & Fields
  • Electrical & Electronic Measurements
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Analog & Digital Electronics
  • Systems & Signal Processing
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics and Drives

IES Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus
IES syllabus for ECE is given below

  • Basic Electronics Engineering
  • Basic Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation
  • Network Theory
  • Analog & Digital Circuits
  • Analog & Digital Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Computer Organization & Architecture
  • Electro Magnetics
  • Advanced Electronics Topics
  • Advanced Communication Topics.