UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus are crucial in the preparation of the candidate for engineering services examination. Hence, we have explained IES exam pattern and syllabus in detail here as per official notification. UPSC ESE 2020 selection process will include a preliminary examination, main examination and personality test. UPSC ESE 2020 Preliminary Examination will be conducted on 5th January, 2020 whereas main examination will be conducted on 28th June 2020. However, date of personality test is yet to be released officially but it is expected to take place in August-September 2020.
UPSC ESE 2020 aspirants must be aware of exam pattern as it will help them in preparation and exam of all the stages of UPSC ESE 2020 i.e. prelims, mains and personality test. UPSC ESE 2020 exam pattern includes the following important points
- Stages of examination
- Mode of examination
- Number and type of questions to be asked
- Marking Scheme
- Time duration
- Paper / stage – wise syllabus etc.
All the details of UPSC ESE 2020 exam pattern have been explained below.
UPSC IES/ESE 2020 Exam Pattern
The UPSC ESE 2020 exam pattern will comprise 3 stages
- Stage 1: Preliminary Examination
- Stage 2: Mains Examination
- Stage 3: Personality Test
Stage 1: Preliminary Examination
UPSC IES Preliminary Examination will consist of 2 papers (Objective type pattern)
- Paper I – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude of 200 marks
- Paper II – Engineering Discipline (Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) of 300 marks
|Paper||Subject||No of Questions||Time Duration (Hours)||Marks|
|I||General Studies & Engineering Aptitude||100||2||200|
- The Paper I, General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will consist of 100 questions each, carrying 2 marks which the candidate has to complete in 2 hours.
- The Paper II, Engineering Discipline will consist of 150 questions each carrying 2 marks which the candidate has to complete in 3 hours.
- The candidate should know that both the papers are of objective type and there is a negative marking of 1/3rd of the marks allotted to that question for wrong answers. If left unanswered, no marks will be deducted.
- Minimum marks to qualify in each paper will be decided by the commission. Candidates equal to about six to seven times the number vacancies will be selected for Main examination.
- A candidate having cleared both, Paper I and Paper II by securing minimum qualifying marks and aggregate cut off marks as decided by UPSC will be eligible to appear for the Main Examination.
Stage 2: Main Examination
UPSC IES Main Examination will consist of 2 conventional papers, (Descriptive type)
- Paper I – Engineering Discipline – I (Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) of 300 marks
- Paper II – Engineering Discipline – II (Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering) of 300 marks
|Subject||No. of Questions||Time Duration (Hours)||Marks|
|Engineering Discipline-I||Out of 8 questions attempt 5||3||300|
|Engineering Discipline-II||Out of 8 questions attempt 5||3||300|
- The candidate will be given 8 questions in each paper and the candidate has to answer 5 of them in 3 hours for each paper.
- Each paper shall carry 300 marks and nature of test is descriptive. Unlike Preliminary Examination Paper II which will be Objective Type, Mains Examination Papers I and II will be Written Type.
- In this written test, the candidate has to describe the answers and can use diagrams.
- The candidate will be allowed to carry a non-programmable calculator at this stage.
- Aggregate marks secured by the candidate at Stage-I (Prelim) and Stage-II (Main) will be considered for preparing merit list for Stage-III (Personality Test).
- The subjects for Mains Examination Paper I and Paper II will be the same as for Preliminary Examination Paper II
Stage 3: Personality Test
Personality Test will be held for 200 marks. Candidate will have to appear for the personality test at a specified time and date where the candidate has to answer questions related to traits like leadership, mental and physical energy, intellectualism, initiative, tactfulness, integrity, powers of practical application and other social qualities, engineering, science and technology, matters related to national and international importance etc.
|Personality Test||Marks (200)|
UPSC IES Syllabus 2020
UPSC IES/ESE Syllabus of Prelim and Main exam has been given in detail.
IES Prelim Syllabus
UPSC ESE notification clearly defines the Preliminary Examination Paper I syllabus which is common for all the branches. Following is the syllabus for the General Studies and Engineering Aptitude paper-I:
- Basics of Energy and Environment – environmental pollution and degradation, Conservation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
- Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
- Basics of Engineering and Material Science
- Ethics & values in engineering profession
- General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
- ICT based tools & their applications in Engineering such as networking, technology based education and e-governance
- Standards and Quality practices in construction, production, maintenance and services
- Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
- Current issues of national and international importance relating to economic, social, industrial development
- Basics of Project Management
Note: UPSC clearly specifies that in Stage-I of the Preliminary Examination, the paper-II will be engineering discipline specific. It will contain all the topics specified in paper-I and paper-II of the stage-II Main Examination.
IES Main Syllabus
Here is the branch wise detail of the syllabus of each engineering discipline specifically.
- Building Materials
- Solid Mechanics
- Structural Analysis
- Design of Steel Structures
- Design of Concrete and Masonry structures
- Construction Practice, Planning and Management
- Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power
- Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering
- Surveying and Geology
- Transportation Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics
- Thermodynamics and Heat transfer
- IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning
- Turbo Machinery
- Power Plant Engineering
- Renewable Sources of Energy
- Engineering Mechanics
- Engineering Materials
- Mechanisms and Machines
- Design of Machine Elements
- Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
- Mechatronics and Robotics
- Engineering Mathematics
- Electrical Materials
- Electric Circuits and Fields
- Electrical and Electronic Measurements
- Computer Fundamentals
- Basic Electronics Engineering
- Analog and Digital Electronics
- Systems and Signal Processing
- Control Systems
- Electrical Machines
- Power Systems
- Power Electronics and Drives
Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
- Basic Electronics Engineering
- Basic Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science
- Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation
- Network Theory
- Analog and Digital Circuits
- Analog and Digital Communication Systems
- Control Systems
- Computer Organization and Architecture
- Electro Magnetics
- Advanced Electronics Topics
- Advanced Communication Topics
UPSC IES/ESE Selection Process 2020
The selection process of IES is clearly described by the UPSC in its notification as follows.
- Candidate must secure minimum qualifying marks in each paper along with marks decided by the UPSC for each paper and stage.
- Prelim exam will have 2 papers, Paper I for 200 marks and Paper II for 300 marks and the total marks will be of 500. Candidates need to score minimum marks in each paper along with the aggregate marks as decided by UPSC for stage II/Main exam.
- Main exam will have 2 papers, each for 300 marks and the total marks will be 600. For selection to the personality test, candidates must score minimum marks in each paper of Main exam along with aggregate marks in Stage I and Stage II as decided by UPSC.
- Candidates securing cut off in Prelim and Main as decided by UPSC will be summoned to Personality test that will have 200 marks and there will be no minimum qualifying marks.
- Aggregate marks secured by the applicant in the Stage 1 (Preliminary Examination), Stage 2 (Main Examination) and Stage 3 (Personality Test) would determine their name/ roll number in the final merit list. The total marks of all the 3 stages will be for 1300.
- The candidates whose name is in the final merit list will have to undergo medical examination conducted by various Railway Hospitals across India. They will be selected to the various services keeping in mind their ranks in the examinations and the preferences chosen by them for the services / posts throughout India.
- Marks secured in Preliminary Examination by the candidates will be the basis for selection to the Mains Examination and marks secured in Main exam will decide the merit list to Personality test.
- Marks secured in Prelim, Main exam and Personality test will be counted so as to establish their final order of merit.
- Deduction of marks up to five per cent of the maximum marks for the written papers will be done for illegible handwriting.
- The Commission exercises discretion to allot minimum qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination
- SI units will be used in the question papers wherever necessary.
Key Instructions For UPSC IES 2020 Preliminary Examination
- Wrong answers will attract negative marking in the objective type question papers. For every question there will be four choices. For every wrong answer given, one-third (1/3rd) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty
- If an applicant chooses more than one alternative to a question, that particular answer will be treated as wrong even if one of the alternatives chosen is correct and the penalty will be same as above for that question
- If any question is left unanswered, there will be no penalty for that
- Clip board or hard board (with nothing written on it) and a black ball pen are the only items that can be taken by the candidates inside the examination hall. Using any other colored pen is prohibited.
- Follow all the instructions carefully before filling the answer sheet. Anything unwanted or uninstructed may lead to rejection.
- Do not resort to any unfair practices or misconduct while in the examination room.
- The candidates will not be permitted to exit the examination hall before the termination of prescribed time period of the examination.
Key Instructions for UPSC IES 2020 Mains Examination
- Non-programmable battery-operated pocket calculators, mathematical / engineering / drawing instruments (i.e. a flat rule, a slide rule, set of squares, a protractor and a pair of compasses), pencils, colored pencils, mapping pens, eraser, T-square and drawing board are the items allowed to be taken inside the examination hall by the examinees
- Write the answers in ink. Pencils are allowed to be used for maps, mathematical drawings or rough work.
- Credit will be given for methodical, useful and exact expression apart from economy of words in the conventional papers.
- Follow all the instructions carefully before beginning to write the examination.
- Any kind of misconduct will result in termination from the examination centre.
- The examinees will not be allowed to leave the examination hall before the finish of prescribed time period of the examination
UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Dates
Following is a tabular representation of the important dates for IES 2020
|Release of admit card ESE(P)||December 1, 2020|
|Date of ESE(P) exam||05.01.2020|
|Declaration of ESE(P) examination result||February 1, 2020|
|Release of admit card ESE(M)||May 1, 2020|
|Date of ESE(M) examination||28.06.2020|
|Declaration of ESE(M) examination result||August 1, 2020|
|Date of ESE(PI)||September 2020 - October 2020|
|Declaration of final result||October 2020 -November 2020|
UPSC ESE 2020 Exam FAQs
Q. Will There Be A Negative Marking For Wrong Answers?
A. Yes, in Objective Type papers, for every wrong answer there will be a deduction of 1/3rd marks for that question.
Q. How Will I Know If I Have Been Selected In Preliminary Examination?
A. The candidate has to download the pdf of the result of preliminary examination from the official site and check his/her roll number in the list.
Q. Will The Objective Type Paper Be The Same For All Engineering Streams?
A. The Preliminary Examination Paper I will be the same for all. Paper II will be separate for separate streams.
Q. Can A Candidate Use Calculator At Any Stage Of The Examination?
A. The candidate can use a non-programmable calculator at stage-II of the examination only.
Q. How Many Options Will Be Given In The Objective Paper Questions?
A. There will be 4 options given in the objective type papers and the candidate has to choose one of them.