UPSC Engineering Services Exam Eligibility Criteria


The eligibility criteria for the Engineering Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are:


The age limit specified for this examination is 21 – 30 years as on 1st August of the year of exam. Certain categories of candidates including departmental candidates as specified in the UPSC’s notice are eligible for age relaxation upto 35 years.

Educational Qualifications:

For admission to the examination, a candidate must have:

(a) obtained a degree in engineering from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956;
(b) Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India);
(c) Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from a foreign University/ College/ Institution under conditions that are recognised by the Indian government,
(d) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India);
(e) Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India;
(f) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November, 1959.

Note: If you’re a candidate for the Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts), you need any of the above qualifications or the following qualification:
M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.

Candidates appearing in their Engineering degree or equivalent exam [^] are also eligible to compete, however such candidates who qualify the written exam will be required to submit the proof of passing the engineering examination. A candidate who is otherwise qualified but who has taken a degree from a foreign University which is not recognised by Government, may also apply to the Commission and may be admitted to the examination at the discretion of the Commission.


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.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued by the Government of India.

Physical standards:

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Engineering Services Examination, as given in Appendix II of the rules for the exam that would be published in the Gazette of India

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