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UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2018 Test Pattern

From the year 2017 onward, the exam pattern of the Engineering Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will see the following changes:

  • Instead of just a main exam, there will now be a preliminary exam in January followed by the main exam in May.

UPSC Engineering Services exam pattern

Stage I — Preliminary Exam — 200 marks + 300 marks

Paper 1 - 2 hour paper for 200 marks on general studies & engineering aptitude



Paper 2 - 3 hour paper for 300 marks on a specific engineering discipline i.e. anyone from:

  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Electrical Engineering 
  4. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

Both papers will have objective type questions with 4 alternatives for every question. Wrong answers will get 1/3rd negative marking.

Stage II — Main Exam — 300 marks + 300 marks

Candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam will appear for this main exam which will only have conventional (subjective) questions in the chosen engineering stream

Paper 1 - 3 hour paper for 300 marks on specific engineering discipline

Paper 2 - 3 hour paper for 300 marks on a specific engineering discipline

Stage III — Personality Test — 200 marks

The personality test / interview is conducted for candidates who qualify on the basis of the written examination. Special attention will be paid to assessing your potential for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.


It may be noted here that the UPSC reserves the right to change the marks of any section or fix the qualify marks for any section(s). Conventional papers must be answered in English. Question papers will be set in English only. The Commission have discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in any or all the papers of the examination. The Objective Type papers as contained in Section-I of the Plan of the Examination will be evaluated first and evaluation of the Conventional Type papers contained in Section-II of the Plan of Examination will be done only of those candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in Objective types papers, as fixed by the Commission.




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