The Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit candidates for the various engineering positions. An engineering graduate can opt for this exam to secure jobs in domains like Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics & telecommunications. After the candidate has been selected, he/she is posted in departments like Ministry, Naval, Borders, Cadre, Railways, Organisations, PSU, etc. Candidates gain a respectable position in the society with the level of competition and efforts required to clear this exam. Let’s discuss the detailed exam overview for candidates who wish to opt for the ESE Exam 2021.
The tentative dates for the ESE Exam 2021 are as follows:
Tentative exam dates
Release of official Notification for the exam.
Last week of September 2020
The application process for filling the online exam starts.
Last week of September 2020
Last date to fill the application form.
Last week of October 2020
Release of Admit Card
Second week of December 2020
ESE Preliminary Exam
First week of January 2021
Result Declaration of Prelims Exam
ESE Mains Exam
Last week of June 2021
Declaration of Final Result
The ESE exam is an offline exam that is mainly divided into ESE Prelims, ESE Mains and final interview/personality test round.
Personal Interview/Personality Test:
After clearing both the written examination, candidates are called for the personal interview round (also known as the Personality test).
In this round, the recruiter assesses the skills of the candidate in terms of:
The syllabus for ESE Exam 2021 contains the following topics.
For General Awareness- Topics based on current affairs (National & International) in the field of social, economical and industrial development.
For Engineering Aptitude- Analytical ability, logical reasoning, Engineering mathematics & numerical analysis, general principles of drawing, design and importance of safety, Basics of project management, Basics of energy & environment, Standards & quality practices in production, construction, maintenance & services, Basics of material science & engineering, ethics & values in the engineering profession and Information & Communication Technologies based tools and their application in engineering like e-governance, networking and technology-based education.
For Civil Engineering (Paper-I) - Building Materials, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Design of Steel Structure, Design of Concrete and Masonry structures, Construction practice, Planning & Management.
Flow of machines, Hydraulic machines & Hydro power, Hydrology & Water Resources Engineering, Environmental engineering, Geotechnical Engineering & Foundation Engineering, Surveying & Geology, Transportation & engineering.
For Mechanical Engineering (Paper-I) - Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics & Heat transfer, IC engines, Refrigeration & Air conditioning, Turbo machinery, Power plant engineering, Renewable sources of energy.
Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Mechanisms & Machines, Design of machine elements, Manufacturing, Industrial & maintenance engineering, Mechatronics & robotics.
For Electrical Engineering (Paper-I) - Engineering mathematics, engineering materials, electric circuits & fields, electrical & electronic measurements, computer fundamentals, basic electronic engineering.
Analog & digital electronics, systems & signal processing, control systems, electrical machines, power systems, power electronics & drive.
For Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Paper-I) - Basic Electronic Engineering, basic electrical engineering, materials science, Electronics measurements & instrumentation, network theory, analog & digital circuits.
Control systems, analog & digital communications systems, advanced electronics topics, electro magnetics, Computer organization & architecture, advanced communication topics.
The admit card is released three weeks before the examination.
The cutoffs for each stream varies according to the caste category. The estimated cutoffs for this year is as follows:
Cutoffs for Prelims Exam -
Electronics & Telecommunication
Candidates can get an idea of the ESE Exam 2021 cutoffs by referring to this year’s cutoffs. Note that, the cutoffs for the Mains exam is yet to be announced.
The number of vacancies for this year is 495. For the next year i.e. 2021, the number of vacancies will be announced soon by the UPSC. However, the estimated vacancy for the next year is around 600.
Candidates who want to apply for ESE exam 2021 should register themselves at their official website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in
The application fees for the same is Rs 200. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH/Women are exempted from the payment of the fees.
This is the complete ESE Exam 2021 overview which one needs to know. Candidates are advised to check the official portal to get an exact idea of the exam dates and other related notifications.