A candidate must be either of the following:
a citizen of India, or of Indian origin
- Age Limit
The candidate's age must lie between 21 and 30 years on August 1 of the year of examination. The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST candidates and by 3 years for OBC candidates.
Further, the age limit is relaxed in the case of others, some of which are:
- By 5 years for candidates ordinarily domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980 to December 31st, 1989.
- By 3 years for Defence personnel disabled during hostilities with a foreign country or in a disturbed area and consequently released.
- By 5 years for ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs fulfilling certain criteria.
- By 10 years for blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons. Details regarding the extent of relaxation for departmental candidates and others are specified by the UPSC in their notification.
- Physical Standards
Candidates must ensure that they satisfy the physical standards that are mentioned in the Rules for the Engineering Services Examination published in the Gazette of India on January 27, 2001.