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IES Eligibility Criteria 2021: Check age limit, educational qualifications and other details here

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Thu, 12 Aug 2021 10:11 PM IST


Check IES Eligibility here at Safalta. Get to know age limit, educational qualifications, and number of attempts along with other details.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Indian Engineering Services Exam every year to recruit eligible and interested candidates. The eligibility criteria for IES exam has been provided by UPSC. Candidates who aspire to appear for IES exam should ensure that they satisfy this eligibility criteria, otherwise their candidature can be cancelled. IES eligibility criteria has been defined under the following categories: nationality, age limit, educational qualifications and medical examination. In this article we have explained all the details regarding UPSC IES eligibility criteria and other details. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, then download our app- 'Exam Taiyari App' and boost your preparation.


UPSC IES Eligibility Criteria 2021

We have described UPSC IES eligibility criteria under the following categories:
  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualification
  • Medical Examination

UPSC IES Eligibility: Nationality

A candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or 
  • a Tibetan refugee migrated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention to settle permanently in India
  • A person of Indian origin who 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 setting in India.

UPSC IES Eligibility: Age Limit

The minimum age limit to appear for IES exam is 21 years and the maximum age limit is 30 years.
Note: Any government official applying for IES/ ESE will get the age relaxation even if he/she is already working on a post which is considered of a higher officer cadre. There is an age relaxation for the ones who have worked with any government organization on a contractual basis for a period of 3 years or more. SC, ST, OBC, PWD, Ex-servicemen, and Jammu and Kashmir domiciled candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years on the upper age limit. The details of the upper age limit are as follows:


Upper Age Limit


30 years

Other Backward Classes or OBC

33 years

Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe

35 years

Physically Handicapped Candidates

40 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

The details of educational qualifications are as follows that a candidate must have
  • 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 or
  • Passed Section 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 and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time or Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute 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 held after November 1959
  • Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group 'A' in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organization) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject
  • For Indian Radio Regulatory Service - M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject or Master’s Degree in Science with Physics and Radio Communication or Electronics or Telecommunication as a special subject

UPSC IES Eligibility: Medical Examination

Candidates who are recommended by the commission have to undergo a medical examination test as and when so decided by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) irrespective of the fact that he/she has appeared for such medical examination in the past and found the fit/unfit on the basis of earlier examination.

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UPSC IES Eligibility FAQs

Q. What is the minimum age limit to appear for IES Exam?

A. The minimum age limit to appear for IES exam is 21 years of age.

Q. What is the maximum age limit to appear for IES Exam for general category candidate?

A. The maximum age limit is 30 years for general category candidate.

Q. Do candidates who have been recommended by the commission for various posts under IES have to go through a medical examination?

A. Yes, candidates after getting recommended have to go through a medical examination.

Q. Is there age relaxation provided to candidates appearing for IES Exam?

A. Yes there is age relaxation provided to candidates appearing for IES Exam.



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