Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for Engineering Services Examination 2020. The UPSC ESE is conducted for recruitment to the various services/ posts under the following categories:-

  • Civil Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

This year, a total of 347 vacancies will be filled through the main exam. You can check the detailed notification from the below-mentioned link:-

UPSC Engineering Services (Main) Exam 2020 – 347 Vacancies

Here get detailed information about important dates such as online application starting and last date, exam date, admit card release date and result date so you never miss a single update of this paper.

Important Dates
Starting Date of Online Application Submission24-12-2020
Last Date of Online Application Submission05-01-2021

UPSC ESE 2020 Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

After knowing the exam date you all might be thinking about the eligibility criteria for this exam. You might be wondering what would be the age limit for appearing in this paper? What is the required qualification? Aspiring candidates who are going to apply for UPSC ESE 2020 can check the detailed eligibility criteria here.

First of all, the candidate must be either a citizen of India or Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee. The candidates having age between 21 to 30 are eligible to apply for the exam. Age relaxation will be given to the candidates as per the government rules.

UPSC Engineering Services Exam Educational Qualification
Obtained a Degree in Engineering from a recognized Indian University OR
Passed Sections A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India) OR
Obtained a Degree/ Diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/ College/ Institution 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

UPSC ESE 2020 Exam Pattern

Before starting preparation for the exam, you must understand and familiarize yourself with the latest UPSC ESE pattern and syllabus. The Commission will conduct the exam in three stages namely Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Personality Test. The detailed exam pattern is given below:-

SubjectsDuration and Maximum Marks
UPSC Engineering Services Preliminary Exam Pattern 2020
Paper I – General Studies and Engineering Aptitude2 hours and 200 marks
Paper II – Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering3 hours and 300 marks

There will be negative marking of 1/3rd of the wrong answer. Candidates qualified in the Prelims Exam will be eligible to appear in the Main Exam.


SubjectsDuration and Maximum Marks
UPSC Engineering Services Main Exam Pattern 2020
Paper I – Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering3 hours and 300 marks
Paper II – Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering3 hours and 300 marks

UPSC Engineering Services Personality Test 2020:-
 Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks in UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam and UPSC ESE Main Exam will be called for Personality Test. In this test, special attention will be paid to assessing the candidate’s capacity for leadership, initiative and intellectual curiosity, tact and other social qualities, mental and physical energy, powers of practical application and integrity of character.

UPSC ESE 2020 Syllabus

Before starting your preparation for the exam it is advisable to go through the detailed syllabus for both Preliminary and Main Exam. Latest UPSC ESE Syllabus 2020 is available here! To perform well in the exam we recommend you to go through all the topics and prepare accordingly. Thorough knowledge of the subject including clarity of basic concepts along with awareness about current affairs and general knowledge will ensure your success in the exam. The detailed syllabus of the exam is given below:-

UPSC ESE General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Syllabus
Current issues of national and international importanceEngineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical Ability
Engineering Mathematics and Numerical AnalysisGeneral Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
Standards and Quality Practices in production, construction, maintenance and servicesBasics of Energy and Environment
Basics of Project ManagementBasics of Material Science and Engineering
Information and Communication Technologies based tools and their applications in EngineeringEthics and Values in the Engineering profession


The syllabus of both the papers together for the Preliminary Exam and Main Exam according to engineering discipline is given below in detail:-

UPSC ESE Civil Engineering Syllabus
Building MaterialsThe flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power
Solid MechanicsHydrology and Water Resources Engineering
Structural AnalysisEnvironmental Engineering
Design of Steel StructuresGeotechnical Engineering and Foundation Engineering
Design of Concrete and Masonry StructuresSurveying and Geology
Construction Practice, Planning and ManagementTransportation Engineering

Candidates can check the UPSC Engineering Services Syllabus 2020 thoroughly and prepare well for the exam, we suggest you check below-mentioned topics for the reference.

UPSC ESE Mechanical Engineering Syllabus
Fluid MechanicsEngineering Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Heat TransferEngineering Materials
IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air ConditioningMechanisms and Machines
Turbo MachineryDesign of Machine Elements
Power Plant EngineeringManufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
Renewable Sources of EnergyMechatronics and Robotics


Practice for the exam from as many as possible books and previous question papers. The practice of questions helps to assess your understanding and level of concepts.

UPSC ESE Electrical Engineering Syllabus
Engineering MathematicsAnalog and Digital Electronics
Electrical MaterialsSystems and Signal Processing
Electric Circuits and FieldsControl Systems
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsElectrical Machines
Computer FundamentalsPower Systems
Basic Electronics EngineeringPower Electronics and Drives

Begin your preparation with the awareness of exam pattern and weight of each section to order your studying strategy. Identify weak topics and revise them thoroughly.

UPSC ESE Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus
Basic Electronics EngineeringAnalog and Digital Communication System
Basic Electrical EngineeringControl Systems
Materials SciencesComputer Organization and Architecture
Electronic Measurements and InstrumentationElectro Magnetics
Network TheoryAdvanced Electronics Topics
Analog and Digital CircuitsAdvanced Communication Topics

UPSC Engineering Services Exam Admit Card

Appearing candidates can download the admit card for the UPSC ESE 2020 through the UPSC Admit Cards Page by entering registration ID/ roll number and date of birth. The commission will release admit card for the exam in mid-December.

It is important to note that candidates need to carry their admit cards along with them to the exam centre. No hard copy of admit cards will be issued to any candidate. Stay tuned with our portal to download UPSC ESE 2020 Hall Ticket as soon as it is out.

Posted on December 29, 2020 by vandana doll