UPSC Engineering Services Examination – 2018 (ESE 2018)

UPSC Engineering Services Examination – 2018 (ESE 2018)

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Last updated on August 3rd, 2018 at 01:24 pm

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Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is a premier recruitment exam for employing Class – 1 engineer officers in Govt. Departments. The exam is usually conducted by UPSC every year in the month of January. ESE is 3-stage recruitment process involving 2 stages of written exam (Objective in stage 1 and conventional in stage 2) followed by an Interview.

Every year, ESE is used by the premier govt departments such as MES, Railways, BSF etc. as a recruiting tool. Out of the humungous number of engineering disciplines, only the following 4 are considered in ESE:

  1. Civil Engineering.
  2. Mechanical Engineering.
  3. Electrical Engineering.
  4. Electronics and Telecommunication engineering.

List of Contents

ESE 2018 Vacancies

As per the official announcement made by UPSC, a total of 588 vacancies will be considered in ESE 2018.

However, ESE 2017 had a total of 440 vacancies released.

Language of Examination

The UPSC ESE 2018 examination will be conducted in ENGLISH language only.

Mode of Answering

As mentioned in the introduction, ESE 2018 has 2 stages of written exam – Pre and Mains.

The ESE 2018 (Preliminary) exam shall involve response being made through OMR Sheets. It will comprise of objective type questions only.

On the other hand, the ESE 2018 (Mains) exam shall involve the Conventional mode of answering (similar to school/college exams).

ESE 2018 Exam Date

The ESE 2018 (Preliminary) examination will be held on 7th January 2018.

Further, the ESE 2018 (Main) examination will be conducted on 1st July 2018.

ExamDate of Conduction
ESE 2018 (Preliminary)7th January 2018
UPSC ESE 2018 (Main)1st July 2018.

ESE 2018 Eligibility Criteria


Candidates holding any of the following Nationalities can apply for UPSC ESE 2018 exam:

  • Citizen of India or
  • Belongs to Bhutan or Nepal or
  • Tibetan Refugee, who had come to India before 1st January 1962, and have their permanent settlement in India or
  • Emigrates from Countries like Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Burma and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam and Ethiopia who intend for permanent settlement in India.

All the candidates from Neighbouring Countries must hold an Eligibility Certificate from the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

A degree in Engineering from a recognized College/University.


Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution  of  Engineers  (India)


Bears a degree/diploma in Engineering from a foreign University/College/Institution recognized by the Government for the purpose


Qualified the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India)


passed Associate Membership Examination  Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India


 passed Graduate   Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

A candidate applying for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts) and Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’ bearing the following educational qualification, apart from the ones mentioned above is also eligible for ESE 2018.

An M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

Students who have appeared for any of the above exams in 2018 are also eligible for ESE 2018.

ESE 2018 Age Limit

  • Age must be within 21-30 years, as on 1st January 2018. In other words, the candidate must have been born after 2nd Jan 1987 but before 1st Jan 1996.
  • The Date of Birth as mentioned in the certificate of 10th Exam will be considered for age count.
  • Following age relaxation is applicable for the reserved category:
CategoryAge Relaxation
Government Servants5 years
Ex-Servicemen5 years
SC/ST5 years
OBC3 years
PH10 years
Citizens of Jammu & Kashmir between 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 19895 years
Defense Service Personnel disabled on duty3 years

ESE 2018 Application

The application forms for ESE 2018 ARE CLOSED NOW.

ESE 2018 Application Forms are available in digital format only, with the whole process being completely online/digital. There is no offline process of registration.

ESE 2018 Application Fees

The application fee for ESE 2018 was Rs. 200 for General category/OBC Males.

Female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.

Application Fee must be deposited by either of the following methods:

  1. Credit Card, Debit Card.
  2. Net Banking.
  3. Cash payment at any SBI Branch.

Photograph and Signature Specifications

Here, the Scanned Photograph (Size: 3KB-40KB; Resolution) and the signature (Size: 1KB-40KB) of the Candidate should be uploaded in JPEG format.

ESE 2018 Admit Card

  • Applicants can download their ESE Admit Cards from the official Website of UPSC.
  • Details related to Exam Date and Exam Centre will be contained in the Admit Card.

ESE 2018 Exam Pattern

ESE 2018 exam is a 3 Staged recruitment process—Preliminary, Mains and Personal Interview.

The Candidates qualifying the Preliminary exam will be allowed to sit for the Mains exam. Similarly, the ones who qualify the Main exam will appear for Interview.

ParticularsStage 1 (Preliminary)Stage 2 (Mains)Stage 3 (Personal Interview)
No of QuestionsNot disclosed.Not disclosed
DurationPaper I – 2 Hours

Paper II – 3 Hours

Paper I – 3 Hours

Paper II – 3Hours

Marking Scheme0.33 marks deducted for the wrong answer.No negative marking.
Total MarksPaper I – 200 marks

Paper II – 300 marks

Paper I – 300 marks

Paper II – 300 marks

200 marks
Qualifying marksAs per cut off
Subject/SectionsPaper I – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude.

Paper II – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)

Paper I – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)

Paper II – Engineering Discipline (Civil/Mech/Electrical/ECE)

Personality Test
Mode of AnsweringOMR Sheets for recording responses.Conventional Test (like School/college)Oral

Stage 1: Preliminary Exam

ESE 2018 (Preliminary) test further has 2 Papers – Paper I and Paper II. Both the papers shall be objective type in nature.

Paper, I will be 2 hours long objective type test. It will carry a total of 200 marks. The paper will have General studies and engineering aptitude questions only.

Paper II of stage I shall be 3-hours in duration with maximum marks amounting to 300. This paper will have questions from engineering discipline chosen by the candidate.

Paper-IGeneral Studies and Engineering Aptitude2002 Hours
Paper-IIEngineering Discipline3003 Hours
Total 5005 Hours

0.33 marks will be deducted in stage 1 for wrong answers.

Stage 2: Mains Exam

Candidates, who will obtain the minimum required marks in Prelims, shall qualify for ESE 2018 (Mains).

Similar to the Stage 1, the Main stage of ESE 2018 will also have 2 papers. Both of these papers shall be conventional in nature (Like school/college exam) carrying 300 marks each. The duration of these papers will be 3 hours each.

Stage 3: Personal Interview

The candidates who will qualify both the Preliminary and the Mains Exam will be eligible for a Personal Interview of 200 marks.

The final merit will be cumulative of candidate’s performance in all 3 stages.

ESE 2018 Answer Key

UPSC ESE 2018 Exam will be uploaded on the Official Website of UPSC after the completion of the Examination.

Candidates can check the answer keys at

ESE 2018 Results

UPSC ESE 2018 (Main) Results have been announced on 2nd August 2018.

  • The results for each part will be released separately.
  • One Stage of the Exam will act as the Qualifier for the next Stage.
  • The performance of the candidate in all the three stages will determine the Final Selection.

ESE 2018 Important Dates

Release of ESE 2018 Official Notification27th September 2017
Registration Begins27th September 2017
Last Date for Applying23rd October 2017
Admit Card for Preliminary ExamDecember 2017
UPSC ESE 2018 Preliminary Exam7th January 2018
Preliminary Result DeclarationFeb 2018
Admit Card for Mains ExamMay-June, 2018
UPSC ESE 2018 Mains Exam1st July 2018
Mains Result Declaration2nd August 2018
UPSC ESE Personal InterviewSeptember 2018 – November 2018
Final Result DeclarationNovember 2018

Use of LinkLink
UPSC official site
UPSC ESE 2018 Application Portal
ESE Official 2018 Preliminary Brochure
ESE (Main) Results
Preliminary Exam Admit Cards

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final year of engineering students can apply for this ies?