UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2023

UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2022

UPSC IES Eligibility: The UPSC has released the UPSC IES Exam Dates. For the UPSC IES Recruitment Drive 2023, the commission has made the notification and application form available. This year’s UPSC IES Recruitment drive is for a total of 247 vacancies. In order to apply for the UPSC IES recruitment drive in 2023, candidates must first determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements.

For information on crucial dates and specifics regarding eligibility requirements like age, education level, and physical fitness, read this article. Standard eligibility required in engineers for the UPSC Indian Engineering Service Exam 2023.

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

                                                               UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 
(Age Limitations)
Minimum Age – 21 years
Maximum Age – 30 years
UPSC IES exam Educational QualificationsDegree in Engineering
UPSC IES exam Attempts DetailsNo Limitations
Nationality for IES examIndian
Age relaxations for UPSC IES examRelaxations are provided based on category and services

UPSC IES Eligibility - Age Criteria

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.

CategoryUpper Age Limit
General/UR30 years
Other Backward Classes or OBC33 years
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe35 years
Physically Handicapped Candidates40 years
Jammu & Kashmir Residence
General – 35 years
OBC – 38 years
SC/ST – 40 years
PH – 45 years
Disabled servicemen discharged from duty
General – 33 years
OBC – 36 years
SC / ST – 38 years
Ex-serviceman with 5 years duty (5 years of relaxation)
General – 35 years
OBC – 38 years
SC / ST – 40 years

UPSC IES Eligibility - Educational Qualification

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.

UPSC IES Eligibility - Nationality

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.

UPSC IES Eligibility 2023-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 

Height & Chest Measurement

ServiceGenderHeightChest Girth Fully ExpandedExpansion
BRES. Gr. A in Border Roads Organisation
Male152 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


S. No.
Distant VisionNear Vision
Better Eye
Worse EyeBetter Eye
Worse Eye
A. Technical
1Railway Engineering
(EE, ME, CE &
6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
21. Central Engineering
Service, Group-A2. Central Electrical
and Mechanical
Engineering Service, Gr. A3. Central Water
Service Gr ‘A’4. Central Power
Service Gr ‘A’ &Gr ‘B’5. Central Engineering
Service (Roads), Group-A6. Indian Radio Regulatory
Service Gr ‘A’7. Indian Telecommunication
Service Gr. ‘A’, J.T.O
Gr. B, 8. Assistant Executive
in P&T Building works
(Gr. ‘A’) Service9. Indian Naval
Armament Service.
Indian Naval
Stores Service,10. Indian Ordnance Factories
Service Group A.
Survey of India Gr ‘A’ Service,11. Indian Inspection
Service (Asstt. Dir.
6/6 or 6/96/12 or 6/9J/IJ/II
31. AEE Gr ‘A’ in Corps
of EME2. Military Engineer
Service, Gr. A. (IDSE)3. AEE(QS&C) in
Military Engineer Service(MES)
Surveyor Cadre4. BRES Gr.‘A’ in
Border Roads
6/6 or 6/96/18 or 6/9J/IJ/II
B. Non Technical
41. Indian Railway
Stores Service2. Indian Supply
Service Gr ‘A’3. Geological
Survey of India
Service Gr ‘A’

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