UPSC IES/ESE Main 2021 Exam – time table, exam pattern

UPSC Engineering Services Examination Main 2021

Union public services commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian engineering services (IES) also known as Engineering services examination (ESE) to recruit engineers in the government sector this exam goes under the group-A services/posts. The examination is conducted in three-stage that is the stage I, stage II, and stage III. In stage I and stage II there is a written examination after that qualified candidate has to attend the personality test to clear the IES/ESE. The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the below categories.
Here is the detailed time table of the Engineering services examination (Main) 2021. In this, you get all subjects time table with paper code and timing.
Date Time Subjects Code 
21st November
9 A.M
12 P.M
Civil Engg. Paper-1 13
Mechanical Engg. paper-1 23
Electrical Engg. paper-1 33
Electronics and Telecom Engg. Paper-1 43
2 P.M
5 P.M
Civil Engg. Paper-2 14
Mechanical Engg. Paper-2 24
Electrical Engg. Paper-2 34
Electronics and Telecom Engg. Paper-2 44

Centers for Engineering services 2021 main Examination

Here are the IES/ESE Main 2021 examination cities with four different zone North, South, East, and West. There are 24 cities that are selected for the ESE Main 2021 examination.
Bhopal Bangalore Aizawl Ahmedabad
Chandigarh Chennai Allahabad Jaipur
Dehradun Cuttack Dispur Mumbai
Delhi Hyderabad Kolkata —–
Jammu Thiruvanthapuram Raipur —–
Lucknow Vishakhapatnam Ranchi —–
Patna —- Shilong —–
Shimla —- —- —–

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ESE/IES Main 2021 Exam pattern (stage II)

In the Engineering services 2021 main exam there are two papers in each Engineering Discipline and these papers are divided into four categories, which are given below
  1. Category-I Civil Engineering
  2. Category-II Mechanical Engineering
  3. Category-III electronic Engineering
  4. Category-IV Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Here is the question paper pattern of ESE Main 2021 with Exam duration and Maximum marks for all four Engineering disciplines.
ESE Main Question paper Number of question Duration Maximum marks
Paper-1(All Engg discipline) Five out of Eight questions 180 Min 300
Paper-II(All Engg discipline) Five out of Eight questions 180 Min 300
Total Ten Questions 6 Hours 600

On paper-I which starts at 9 A.M, you have to write five answers out of Eight and on Paper-II you have to write five Answers out of eight. There is a maximum of 300 marks for each paper of the ESE Main 2021 Examination.

There is no negative marking for this examination but you have to write the exam in good writing otherwise 5% marks will be deducted for each answer, so be careful while writing the IES main 2021 examination.
To get the full credits for each answer you have to write to the point with the economy of words, if you write a very long answer you won’t get full marks so please write the point-to-point answer.
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Eligibility for ESE 2021 main Examination

  • To write the ESE main 2021 exam you have to first qualify prelims (stage-I) with an average above 220 marks in your Engineering discipline.
  • Prelims cutoffs are different for every Engineering discipline according to the question paper difficulty and many other factors.
  • In 2019 prelims the lowest cutoff was from the Mechanical Engineering stream which was 187 marks out of 500 marks. And second-lowest is 188 marks from the civil engineering stream.
I hope you got all the information regarding IES main 2021 examination which will be conducted on 21st November.
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Frequently Asked Questions about ESE mains 2021 exam

What is the date of the ESE main 2021 Examination?

IES/ESE Mains 2021 Exam will be conducted on 21st November 2021.

What is the timing of the ESE mains 2021 Exam?

IES/ESE examination will be conducted in two sessions first paper is from 9 A.M to 12 P.M and the second paper is from 2 P.M to 5 P.M.

How many disciplines are there in ESE Examination?

There are four disciplines in the ESE examination which are, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

What is the salary of an IES Officer?

The basic salary of an IES officer is about 56,100INR.

Is IES and ESE exams are same?

Yes, Indian Engineering Services (IES) and Engineering Services Examination (ESE) are the same.


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