UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2024, Age Limit and Qualification

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2024

For the UPSC IES Exam, candidates must meet certain IES Eligibility Criteria 2024 set by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This includes age requirement between 21 to 30 years old and having a bachelor’s degree in engineering. It’s crucial for candidates to provide valid documents during the application process to prove their eligibility. Failing to meet these criteria can lead to disqualification. Therefore, candidates should carefully review and ensure they fulfill these UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2024 to participate in the examination.

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria: Overview

Highlights of UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria are: –

Age LimitationsMinimum Age – 21 years
Maximum Age – 30 years
Minimum Educational QualificationDegree in Engineering
Exam Attempts LimitNo Limitations
Age relaxations for UPSC IES examRelaxations are provided based on category and services.

UPSC IES Age Limit 2024

Candidates applying for the UPSC Engineering Services Examination (ESE) should be at least 21 years old but not exceed 30 years as of 1st January 2024. In simpler terms, the candidate’s birth date must be between 2nd January 1994 and 1st January 2003 to meet the age eligibility criteria for the examination. However, some age relaxations are applied for the candidates who are eligible.

UPSC IES Age Limit Relaxation

CategoryAge Relaxation (Years)
Defense Services personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released3
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs) / Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs), who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st January, 2023 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due) to be completed within one year from 1st January, 2023 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalid5
ECOs/ SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st January 2023 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment, and they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.5
Person with Benchmark Disability viz. Low vision, deaf and Hard of Hearing, Locomotor Disability including Leprosy cured, Dwarfism, Acid Attack victims, Muscular Dystrophy, Specific Learning Disability and Mental Illness.10

UPSC IES Nationality/Citizenship

A candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose Favour, a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India and that a candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment shall be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

UPSC IES/ESE Educational Qualification

The educational qualification required for Indian Engineering Services exam is as follows:

  • Degree in Engineering or
  • Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution or
  • Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India); or
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or
  • Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or
  • Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

Additional Educational Qualification Requirement

For the following posts, if the candidates fall under the above-mentioned qualification, they are eligible, but some additional qualifications are also considered: –

  • M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics, or Radio Engineering as the subject required for Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts).
  • M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics, or Radio Engineering as a course of study or master’s degree in science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject for Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’.

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria: Physical Standards

ServiceGenderHeightChest Girth Fully ExpandedExpansion
BRES. Gr. A in Border Roads OrganizationMale152 cm84 cm5 cm
Female150 cm79 cm5 cm
MES Service Gr. ANot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required5 cm
Indian Ordnance Factories Service Gr. ANot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required5 cm

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria: Visual Standards

ServiceBetter Eye (Corrected Vision)Worse EyeNear Vision Better Eye (Corrected Vision)Near Vision Worse Eye
A. Technical
– Railway Engineering Service (EE, ME, CE & Signal)6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Central Engineering Service, Group-A6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service, Gr. A6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Central Water Engineering Service Gr ‘A’6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’ & Gr ‘B’6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Central Engineering Service (Roads), Group-A6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Indian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Indian Telecommunication Service Gr. ‘A,’ J.T.O Gr. B, Assistant Executive Engineer in P&T Building works (Gr. ‘A’) Service6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– Indian Naval Armament Service. Indian Naval Stores Service, Indian Ordnance Factories Service Group A. Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service, Indian Inspection Service (Asstt. Dir. Grade-I)6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
– AEE Gr ‘A’ in Corps of EME, Military Engineer Service, Gr. A. (IDSE), AEE(QS&C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre, BRES Gr. ‘A’ in Border Roads Organization6/6 or 6/96/18 or 6/9J/IJ/II
B. Non-Technical6/96/12J/IJ/II
– Indian Railway Stores Service
– Indian Supply Service Gr ‘A’
– Geological Survey of India Engineering Service Gr ‘A’

IES/ESE Documents Verification

The list of the documents required for verification are as follows: –

  • Required documents: Photo ID (Aadhaar, Voter Card, PAN, Passport, etc.) for application; non-Indian candidates need a Govt-approved eligibility certificate.
  • EWS reservation available; eligibility proof required.
  • SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD/Ex-Servicemen must verify eligibility, submit certificates in specified format.
  • Candidates with a new disability must provide valid documents showing 40% or more disability.
  • Date of birth accepted from Matriculation or equivalent certificate.
  • Three copies of the Medical Board Report form needed, available on the official website.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID card and three passport-size photos.
  • PwBD candidates need original disability certificate and additional copies.

IES Eligibility Criteria for Ex-Serviceman

A candidate may be eligible for a relaxation in age limit if they hold a significant permanent position in the relevant Department/Office. This relaxation is not applicable to probationers appointed to permanent positions during their probation period. However, if a probationer has a lien on a permanent position in a Department/Office supervised by specific authorities, they may still be eligible for this waiver. Additionally, candidates in continuous temporary employment on a regular basis in the specific Department/Office for at least three years by January 1, 2023, may also qualify for this relaxation. The age limit relaxation is extended up to 35 years for candidates working in following departments: –

  • Central Public Works Department – C.E.S. Group ‘A,’ CE&MES Gr ‘A’
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways – Central Engineering Service (Roads) Gr. ‘A’
  • Ministry of Communication, Deptt. of Telecommunication – Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A,’ Indian Telecommunication Service Group ‘A,’ J.T.O. (G.C.S. Gr. ‘B’)
  • Ministry of Defense, Deptt. of Defense Production – Defense Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service (DAQAS) Gr ‘A’
  • Ministry of Science and Technology, Deptt. Of Science and Technology – Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service
  • Geological Survey of India – Assistant Executive Engineer Gr ‘A’
  • Border Roads Organization – BRES Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Navy – Indian Naval Armament Service, Indian Naval Material Management Service
  • Military Engineer Services – Indian Defense Service of Engineers (IDSE) Group ‘A,’ AEE(QS&C) in Military Engineer Service (MES) Surveyor Cadre
  • Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources – Central Water Engineering Group-A Service.
  • Central Electricity Authority – CPES Gr ‘A’ & CPES Gr ‘B.’
  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and Ministry of Heavy Industries – Assistant Development Officer (Engineering).

IES Eligibility Criteria for Scribe

Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the categories of only Low Vision will be given the option of a scribe if they want. The scribe criteria are as follows:

  • Scribe facility for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) with over 40% disability, upon certificate from a medical authority.
  • Persons with less than 40% disability and difficulty writing can also request a scribe with a medical certificate.
  • Candidates can choose to bring their own scribe or request one from the Commission.
  • Details of the scribe (personal or provided by the Commission) must be provided during the online application.
  • Scribe qualifications should meet or exceed the examination’s minimum criteria, with at least matriculate qualifications.

The disabilities allowed are: –

  • One Arm affected
  • One Leg affected
  • hearing Impaired
  • partially Deaf
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Acceptable with Hearing Aids-Should be able to hear up to 25 decibels
  • Orthopedically Handicapped
  • Locomotor Disability
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • One Arm One Leg.
  • Leprosy cured
  • Dwarfism
  • Acid Attack victims
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Hard of Hearing

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2024 FAQs

1. What is the age limit for IES Exam 2024?

The age should be 21 to 30 years old to be eligible for the UPSC IES 2024.

2. Is there any limit on number of attempts for IES 2024?

There is not any attempt limit for IES 2024 but the candidate attaining maximum age cannot be eligible for the exam.

3. Are final year students eligible for the IES Exam 2024?

Yes, according to the notification, the final year students are allowed. However, they should have their passing certificate at the time of the document verification.

4. Is there any passing percentage of degree required for IES Exam 2024?

As of now, there is not any conditions for degree passing percentage marks. The candidate should have a valid passing certificate of bachelor’s in engineering.

5. How much extra time has been given for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities?

The Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the category of Low Vision will be allowed Compensatory Time of 20 minutes per hour of the examination.


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