IES Eligibility

The IES or Indian Engineering Services examination is a national level competitive examination that is represented by the Union Public Service Commission or UPSC. The examination is highly crucial for engineers who aim at getting selected to work under the Indian government. Selected candidates are allowed to work for either the Indian Railways, Water supply, telecommunications or the Defence Services of India. However, the candidates appearing for this examination are required to fulfil certain criteria with regards to their age, nationality, education and so on. The aspirants should have a clear knowledge of the IES eligibility criteria before they decide to appear in the exam.

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Also, the complete UPSC eligibility criteria for the IAS exam is explained in detail in this article.

IES Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

Like any other national-level competition, the UPSC IES eligibility consists of the applicant’s age. The age limit for the IES application varies regarding the different categories that applicants belong to.

  • The lower age limit for all applicants should be 21 years, and the upper age limit should not exceed 30 years as of 1st January 2023. The applicant’s birthday should not be before 2nd January 1992, and it should not be after 1st January 2001.
  • For Scheduled caste and scheduled tribe applicants, the upper age limit may be relaxed up to 5 years.
  • For candidates that belong to the OBC category, the age limit is relaxed by three years.
  • For government servants, the upper age limit may also be relaxed up to five years, provided that they are employed under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Communication Dept. of Telecommunication, Central Public Works, and so on.
  • In case a candidate has been of continuous service in a temporary manner for offices under the Ministry of Defence, Geological Survey, Indian Navy, Military Engineering, Entrepreneurship etc., then they will receive age relaxation of three years.
  • The IES eligibility criteria 2023 for the blind, deaf-mute and other physically challenged candidates include an age relaxation of up to 10 years.

IES Exam Eligibility Criteria 2023: Educational Qualification

The official list of the IES eligibility criteria has the following things mentioned in it for the educational qualification of applicants:

  1. A candidate should have obtained an authentic Engineering degree from a nationally recognised institute that has been established under section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), or
  2. They should have passed the Section A and Section B examination of the Institute of Engineers, or
  3. They should have obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time, or
  4. They should have passed the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or
  5. They should have passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or
  6. They should have passed the Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London, held after November 1959.


  • For Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engg. Posts) ‐ M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.
  • For Indian Radio Regulatory Service Group ‘A’– M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject.

UPSC IES Eligibility: Nationality

The nationality of candidates under the IES Exam eligibility states that the applicant must be one of the following:

  1. An Indian citizen
  2. A Nepalese subject
  3. A Tibetan refugee settling temporarily or permanently in India before 1st January 1962
  4. A Bhutanese subject
  5. A person with Indian origin who has migrated to this country from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Malawi, or Zambia, with the intent 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 and that a candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination, but the offer of appointment shall be given only after the necessary eligibility

certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

We hope this highly detailed and brief run of the IES exam eligibility criteria is helpful for the candidates. These criteria are highly important for candidates to fulfil, since their application may be at the risk of cancellation without meeting any of these. We wish you all the best.

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Frequently Asked Questions on IES Eligibility


Is a certificate of eligibility required for appointment under the IES eligibility?

Yes, if a candidate is not a citizen of India, then a certificate of eligibility is required. The offer of appointment is provided after the certificate has been issued.


Can a degree of M.Sc. in Radio Physics be considered for application under the IES exam eligibility?

Yes, a degree of M.Sc. in any electronic engineering discipline may be considered. The posts of application, however, may vary.


What is the IES application fee?

The application fee for IES is 200 INR. Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates are not required to pay any fee.

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