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About IES

Indian Engineering Services abbreviated as IES are the civil services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. Like most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. Large number of candidates takes these exams, competing for limited posts. IES officers are selected by the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A combined four-stage competitive examination (comprising six tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. IES remain the most sought-after careers for the engineering graduates in India. In the year 2010, a total of 157,649 candidates applied for 434 vacancies (includes all branches and cadres). In 2011, a total number of 693 candidates were recommended for appointments in these four lists include 317 General, 209 Other Backward Classes, 113 Scheduled Castes and 54 Scheduled Tribes, including 44 candidates belonging to PH (Physically Handicapped category). ESE 2012 was conducted for the recruitment of candidates to as many as 560 posts, which also includes 47 vacancies available only for the PH category. ESE 2013 was conducted for the recruitment of candidates to as many as 763 posts, which also includes 19 vacancies available only for the PH category. IES officers carry high respect and stature in society and are able to manage activities in diverse areas. Government spending comprises more than 15 percent of India's GDP and given the extent of tasks and functions managed by the public sector, this extends to a fairly broad segment of the economy covering the railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, telecommunications, etc All appointments to the Group A services are made by the President of India.

Group-A and Group-B services are made under the following categories of engineering.


Group - A Services / Posts
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Military Engineer Service (IDSE - Building and Roads cadre)
  • Military Engineer Service (Surveyor of Works cadre)
  • Survey of India Service, Group - A (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Civil Engineering posts)
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group - A, (Civil Engineering posts
  • Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) in Border Roads Engineering Service, Group - A

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