Want to Join Government Sector as Engineer? IES Can Help You!!

Government Job- Aren’t these two the most favorite words of every Indian parent? But how well do they prove their point when they get all reasonable and make you count the n number of benefits that come along. Well, who wouldn’t want to work in a relaxed environment where you don’t have to be constantly worried about job insecurity?

Government jobs are certainly most sought after options after Engineering. No staying back in an office beyond eight hours and paying just as good as any MNC, the government jobs are also highly respectable and give you several opportunities to serve your country in a foreign land.

Every government employee gets rent allowances, all their medical expenses are covered and if that isn’t tempting enough, government employees have assured a continuous source of income even after retirement!

IES (Indian Engineering Services) entrance examination is conducted to enroll certified engineers into Indian government services as A-1 officers. Through this exam, they are recruited in services like Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defense service of Engineers and Central Engineering Service.

Once a student qualifies IES examination, they are officially designated as Asst. Executive engineer. And the highest rank, up to which they can rise is Chairman/ Managing Director.

IES Exam Pattern

The entrance examination basically comprises of a written round followed by a personal interview to test student’s personality. It is said that the last round which is the personal interview is the toughest to crack as the overall personality of a candidate is thoroughly checked. They might also judge them on their overall knowledge, language, flexibility, and versatility.

Now students who have decided to appear for UPSC this year must keep a note on the examination pattern abided by the authorities while preparing the question paper. Two exams shall be conducted for IES and those are preliminary and mains examination. Both are further divided into two papers Paper 1 and Paper 2.

While applying for IES Exam, students would be allotted streams of their choice according to their engineering stream.

Preliminary examination:

  1. Paper 1:  The objective type questions will be prompted from General Studies and Engineering Aptitude which needs to be solved in 2 hours and total marks of the question paper is 200.
  2. Paper 2: Students are required to solve another set of objective-type questions in 3 hours. The syllabus for this paper comprises of Engineering

Discipline and total marks would be 300.

Main Examination:

  1. Paper 1: A conventional type question paper comprises of topics from Engineering Discipline 1 and students need to resolve it in 2 hours and total marks for this paper is 300
  2. Paper 2: There would be another paper on the second shift on the same scheduled day which would also be the conventional type for 3 hours. The syllabus dedicated to this exam is engineering discipline-2 for 300 marks.


Indian Engineering Services results will be announced online on the official website of exam conducting authority that is Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). Results would be solely based on student’s performance in the examination, as per marks scored and rank secured.

Now, it is also important to know all the steps to check student’s results. All that needs to be done is go to the official website of UPSC. Log in by entering your credentials (user’s name and password). Now, look for the link which says ‘Latest UPSC results’. Students need to tap on the link and share their name and roll number and click on submit. The 1ES results could then be viewed on the screen.

It is always recommended to download and take a print out of the displayed results for future reference. If a student has managed to reach the cutoff, then he/she might need it at the time of next round or so.

Employment Opportunities After IES

There are a different department that recruits different stream of engineers. For Mechanical Engineers these are the departments in which they might get after qualifying IES:

  • Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organization)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  • Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)


Above-mentioned departments are for mechanical graduates. However, there are few more branches that get fits in other engineering services. Civil engineers, after clearing IES examination, would get a chance to work with Indian Defense Service of Engineers, Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS), Central Water Engineering, Indian Railway Service of Engineers, Indian Railway Stores Service, Central Engineering Service, Central Engineering Service (Roads), Border Roads Engineering Service as assistant executive engineer.

IES aspirants who have specialization in Electrical engineering will be appointed as Assistant Executive Electrical Engineer in Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers, Central Power Engineering Service, Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts) Indian Inspection Service, Indian Defense Service of Engineers, Central Electrical and Mechanical.

Now, talking about Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, they shall be offered jobs as Grade 1 engineers in government organizations like Junior Telecom officer in Indian Telecommunication Service Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts), Central Power Engineering Service, Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade- I, Indian Inspection Service Group, Indian Telecommunication Service. Students who have managed to pass Indian Engineering Services will be recruited on the basis of merit, medical fitness, and student preferences. However, reserved category candidates might get few benefits and relaxation of marks and age as per government norms.

Pay Scales and Band Pay of IES Officers

IES Officers after being recruited are paid according to the list mentioned below:

Junior (Entry) Level Rs.15600 – 39100/- Rs.5400/- On Joining
Senior Scale Rs.15600/- 39100/- Rs.6600/- (5-6 years after joining IES)
Junior Administrative Grade Rs.15600-39100/- Rs.7600/- (Minimum 10 years after entry)
Selection Grade Pay Rs.37400-6700/- Rs.8700/- (20 years or more after entry)
Super Time Scale Rs.37400 – Rs.67000 Pay Rs.8700/-
Super Time Scale Rs.37400 – Rs.67000 Rs.10,000
Super Time Scale Rs.37400 – Rs.67000 Rs.10,000.00
Apex Pay Scale Rs.80,000/- No Grade Pay Fixed
Cabinet Secretary Grade Rs,90,000/- No Grade Pay Fixed


Apart from pay, these are the allowances and privileges available for IES Officers:

Residential Quarters Or HRA, Official Vehicle, Dearness Allowance, CGHS Medical Facility, Leave Travel Allowance/ Tour Allowance, Gratuity, Provident Fund, Leave Encashment, Personal Assistant, Driver, Peon, Domestic Servant

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