Engineering Services Examination, 2012

The Engineering Services Examination, 2012 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment of mechanical engineers, electronics and communication engineers, civil engineers and electrical engineers in the Indian Railways, Indian Naval Armament Service, Indian Ordnance Factories Service and Indian Defence Service of Engineers.

Important Dates and Parameters
Exam Date The examination is scheduled to be held on the 15th of June, 2012.
Exam Time The Engineering Services Examination will be held over a period of three days.
Fees Online applicants will have to pay a fee of INR 50, whereas offline applicants will be paying INR 100. The above mentioned fees are applicable for General/OBC candidates. Female candidates and the ones who belong to the SC/ST/Specially abled category will not have to pay any fee.
Registration Opening Date Registrations will begin on the 25th of February, 2012.
Registration Closing Date The last date of registration is the 26th of March, 2012.
Eligibility Criteria: Age and Education In order to be considered eligible to appear in this examination, the candidates should have a degree in engineering from a recognized university. Candidates who are about to appear for their final year examinations will also be allowed to take this exam, provided they are able to produce their degrees or pass certificates at the time of recruitment. Diploma holders in engineering from a foreign university that has the recognition of the government will also be able to apply. The candidates should be between 21 and 30 years of age.

As far as the physical standards are concerned, the candidates should be physically fit according to the standards that have been set by the Engineering Services Examination.

Admit Card Availability The admit cards will be received by the candidates through post.
Availability of Brochure and Forms Candidates can apply through the online as well as the offline mode. For online applications, the forms can be downloaded from the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. For offline applications, the forms can be purchased from the designated head post offices for INR 20.
Application Mode: Cash, Demand Draft, Credit Card, net Banking For the online applications, the fees can either be paid through cash at any of the State Bank of India branches or through the net banking facility offered by them. For offline applications, the fee will have to be paid through a Central Recruitment Fee Stamp.
Exam Centers Aligarh, Dharwad, Agartala, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi, Delhi, Jammu, Dispur, Chandigarh, Port Blair, Jaipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Imphal, Udaipur, Patna, Nagpur, Madurai, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Jorhat, Allahabad, Bangalore, Aizawl, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Tirupati, Shillong, Thiruvananthapuram, Kohima, Bareilly, Cuttack, Bhopal, Dehradun, Gangtok, and Panaji.


Each of the categories will have two papers and the General Ability Test will be common for all. The maximum marks allotted for each category is 1000. There will be negative marking for each incorrect answer. The syllabus for the Engineering Services Examination, 2012 has been tabulated below:

Category Subject
I Civil Engineering: building materials, construction, planning and management, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydraulic machines and hydropower, structural analysis, concrete and masonry structure designing, steel structure designing, hydrology, environmental engineering, solid waste management, foundation engineering, soil mechanics, and surveying.
II Mechanical Engineering: thermodynamics and IC engines, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and air-conditioning, fluid machinery and steam generators, machine design, theory of machines, production engineering, engineering materials, elements of computation and industrial engineering.
III Electrical Engineering: electrical circuits, EM theory, measurements and instrumentation, electrical materials, power transformers and electrical machines, control systems, microprocessors, analog and digital electronics and circuits, power electronics and communication systems.
IV Electronics and Communication Engineering: network theory, materials and components, signals and systems, electromagnetic theory, electronic devices, physical electronics, analog electronic circuits, electronic measurements and instrumentation, communication systems, control systems, computer engineering, digital electronic circuits and microwave engineering.
For all categories General Ability Test: The paper will include General English and General Studies.

Pattern of the Engineering Services Examination

Every category will have five papers. Paper I will consist of the General Ability Test. Papers II and III will be of objective type and papers IV and V will be of the descriptive type. Each paper carries 200 marks. After clearing the written tests, the candidates will be called for a personality test which also carries a maximum score of 200.

Recommended Books

Some of the recommended reference books for candidates appearing for the Engineering Services Examination have been listed below:

  • Digital Logic and Computer Design, by Moris Mano
  • Automatic Control System, by Benjamin C. Kou
  • I.E.S General Studies, by GK
  • Communication System, by A. Bruu Carlson
  • Objective Solved Papers in Electrical Engineering, by Vijendra Kumar
  • Electronics Engineering 2011 Objective Solved Papers (Paper-I & Paper-II)
  • IES:G.S. & English 2012 Topic wise Solved Papers
  • IES-2012: Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Conventional Solved Papers (Paper I & II)
  • IES-2012 Mechanical Engineering Paper-I

Entrance Exams 2012