UPSC ESE Notification 2023 Out: Dates, Application - Embibe
  • Written By Sivaprasad_N
  • Last Modified 14-09-2022
  • Written By Sivaprasad_N
  • Last Modified 14-09-2022

UPSC ESE Notification 2023: Dates, Apply Online, Eligibility

UPSC ESE Notification 2023: The Union Public Service Commission published the UPSC ESE notification on September 14, 2022. Furthermore, UPSC started online applications on September 14. Interested applicants can apply online for UPSC ESE 2023 on the official website, i.e., They can also access the application form from the direct link updated in this article. The last date to submit applications is October 04.

Candidates can further withdraw their applications from October 12 to 18, 2022. The Commission will conduct UPSC ESE Prelims on February 19, 2023. The UPSC Engineering Services Exam is a national-level examination. It is conducted to recruit candidates for various posts in the Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering categories. The selection process involves Prelims, Mains, and a Personality Test. Read on to find out more.

Latest: The UPSC ESE 2023 application form is available now. Candidates can apply online here.

UPSC ESE Notification 2023: Overview

Before digging into the details of the notification, candidates can go through the UPSC ESE 2023 exam overview below:

Exam NameUnion Public Service Commission Engineering Services Exam
Commonly Known asUPSC ESE (IES)
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Level of ExamNationa-level
Number of VacanciesApprox. 247
Mode of ApplicationOnline/Offline 
Mode of Fee PaymentOnline/Offline
Application Fee Rs. 200/-
Purpose of ExamTo Recruit Candidates for Various Posts in the Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Categories
Stages of SelectionThree Stages:
– Prelims
– Mains
– Personality Test
Official NotificationDownload UPSC ESE Notification PDF 2023

UPSC ESE Important Dates 2023

The conducting body released the UPSC ESE 2023 notification on its official website via online mode only. Candidates can go through the table given below to know UPSC ESE 2023 important dates:

UPSC ESE Notification Release DateSeptember 14, 2022
Start of Online ApplicationsSeptember 14, 2022
Last Date to Apply OnlineOctober 04, 2022
Application Form Withdrawal StartsOctober 12, 2022
Application Form Withdrawal EndsOctober 18, 2022
Release of Prelims Admit CardTo Be Announced
UPSC ESE Prelims Exam DateFebruary 19, 2023
Release of Prelims Result DateTo Be Announced
UPSC ESE Mains Admit CardTo Be Announced
UPSC ESE Mains Exam DateTo Be Announced
UPSC ESE Mains Exam ResultTo Be Announced
Dates of Physical TestTo Be Announced
Declaration of Final ResultTo Be Announced

Categories Under UPSC ESE

The Union Public Service Commission Engineering Services Examination will be conducted for the following categories:

  • Category-I: Civil Engineering
  • Category-II: Mechanical Engineering
  • Category-III: Electrical Engineering
  • Category-IV: Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
CategoryServices/ Posts
Civil EngineeringCentral Engineering Service,
Central Engineering Service (Roads),
Group‐A (Civil Engineering Posts),
Survey of India Group ‘A’ Service.
AEE Civil in Border Road Engineering Service,
AEE (QS&C) in MES Surveyor Cadre,
Indian Defence Service of Engineers,
Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’) Service.
Mechanical EngineeringAEE in GSI Engineering Service Gr ‘A’,
Indian Defence Service of Engineers,
Indian Naval Armament Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts),
Indian Naval Material Management Service (Mechanical Engineering Posts),
Central Water Engineering (Group ‘A’),
Service.Indian Skill Development Service,
Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO‐II (Mechanical),
Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Mechanical Engg.)
Electrical EngineeringCentral Electrical & Mechanical Engineering,
Service Indian Defence Service of Engineers,
Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘A’,
Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’,
Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO‐II (Electrical),
Indian Naval Armament Service,
Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electrical Engineering Posts)
Electronics and Communication EngineeringIndian Radio Regulatory Service Gr ‘A’,
Indian Telecommunication Service Gr ‘A’,
Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts),
Indian Naval Material Management Service (Electronics and Telecom Engineering Posts),
Defence Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service/SSO‐II (Electronics & Tele),
Junior Telecom Officer Gr ‘B’.

UPSC ESE Eligibility Criteria 2023

It is very important for all aspiring candidates to first go through the eligibility criteria before filling in the asked details in the application form. The conducting body will not accept the application invites from those aspirants who are not eligible as per the official norms of the Union Public Service Commission. Here, we have enlisted the ESE Eligibility Criteria. Candidates must go through the same for a better understanding.


The candidate must either be:

a) A Citizen of India by birth or refugee/ migrants (as per rules set by the government), or
b) A subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 to permanently settle in India, or
c)  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, Ethiopia, or Vietnam to settle in India permanently.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b) and (c) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limit

The candidate must be between the age of 21 to 30 years. In other words, the candidate must be born not earlier than January 2, 1992, and not later than January 1, 2001. OBC candidates and Defence Services personnel who have been disabled in operations during hostilities get a 3 year relaxation period. ECOs, SSCOs, Ex‐servicemen and candidates belonging to the SC/ST categories get a 5 year relaxation period. Candidates who are deaf-mute and orthopaedic handicapped, get a relaxation period of 10 years

Educational Qualification

The candidate can have the following educational qualifications.

  •  An Engineering Degree in any discipline from a recognized State or Central university; or
  • Must have passed Sections A and B Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India); or
  • Should obtain a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognized by the Government or
  • A passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or
  • Must have 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.

UPSC ESE Application Form 2023

The conducting body releases the application form for UPSC Engineering Services Examination on its official website. Here, we have enlisted the step-by-step procedure to fill the form online. UPSC ESE 2023 apply online can be done by following the below steps to avoid any kind of mistakes:

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website –
  • 2nd Step: Now click on the link – “Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC”
  • 3rd Step: A new page will open. Now Click on ‘PART – I’ Registration Link
  • 4th Step: Under Part- I registration candidates will have to fill in the basic details such as name, date of birth, gender, mobile number, email ID, etc.
  • 5th Step: After the completion of Part – I registration, candidates should proceed by clicking on the Part-II registration link.
  • 6th Step: Under Part-II registration, the candidates will now have to make the fee payment either through SBI Net Banking or by cash through SBI bank challan or through credit card/debit card.
  • 7th Step: Now select the examination centre and upload the scanned photograph, signature, photo ID card and declaration as per the prescribed format.
  • 8th Step: Now recheck all the details and click on “I Agree” to submit the application form. Now submit the details. On successful completion of the application, candidates will get an auto-generated email message sent on their registered email-id.


  • Candidates who did not receive an email, should check whether they have submitted the details in Part-II. Also, no changes will be allowed in the filled details once the final submission is complete.
  • Candidates must submit only one application. If they submit another/multiple applications due to any unavoidable situation, they must ensure that the application with the higher Registration ID (RID) is complete in all respects.

UPSC ESE Application Fee

The candidates will have to pay an application fee of Rs. 200/‐ either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash or by using the net banking facility of State Bank of India or using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.

Note that no fee is to be paid for SC/ ST/ PWD and Female candidates.

Prerequisites for UPSC ESE Application Form

Candidates can check the prerequisites before applying for UPSC ESE 2023 below:

  • A valid mobile number and email ID
  • Scanned Copy of Photograph, Signature, and Photo ID Card (File Size – 20kb to 300kb)

Note that the scanned copy of the Photograph, Signature should be in JPG format, and the Photo ID should be uploaded in the form of PDFs.

UPSC ESE Selection Process 2023

The UPSC ESE 2023 has the following three selection stages:

  • Stage-I: Preliminary Exam (Prelims)
  • Stage-II: Main Exam (Mains)
  • Stage-III: Personality Test

Note that the candidates meeting the minimum qualifying marks in Prelims will be called for UPSC ESE Mains. Further, candidates will be called for the Personality Test based on their performance in the Mains exam. The candidates called for the Personality Test will be twice the number of vacancies available for the post. Finally, the candidates will have to go through a Medical Examination and pass the test to stand eligible for the final selection.

UPSC ESE Exam Centres

Check the UPSC ESE Stage I and Stage II exam centres from the table below:

UPSC ESE Prelims (Stage I) Exam Centres

Uttar PradeshAligarh
Uttar PradeshAllahabad
Uttar PradeshBareilly
Uttar PradeshLucknow
Madhya PradeshBhopal
Tamil NaduChennai
Tamil NaduMadurai
DelhiNew Delhi
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
Jammu and KashmirJammu
West BengalKolkata
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Himachal PradeshShimla
Andhra PradeshTirupati
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatnam

UPSC ESE Mains (Stage II) Exam Centres

Uttar PradeshAllahabad
Uttar PradeshLucknow
Madhya PradeshBhopal
Tamil NaduChennai
Jammu and KashmirJammu
West BengalKolkata
Himachal PradeshShimla
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatnam

UPSC ESE Exam Pattern 2023

The UPSC ESE exam pattern for Prelims and Mains exams are as follows:

UPSC ESE Prelims (Stage I) Exam Pattern

SubjectsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper‐I: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude200 marks2 hours
Paper‐II:  Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering – whichever applicable300 marks3 hours
Total500 marks5 hours

UPSC ESE Mains (Stage II) Exam Pattern

SubjectsMaximum MarksDuration
Paper‐I: Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (whichever you have applied for)300 marks3 hours
Paper‐II: Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (whichever you have applied for)300 marks3 hours
Total600 marks6 hours

UPSC ESE Personality Test (Stage III) Exam Pattern

The Personality Test will be conducted for 200 marks.

Key Points:

  • The UPSC ESE Preliminary Exam will be an Objective type test. On the other hand, the UPSC ESE Mains Exam will be a conventional type test (Pen and Paper-based)
  • The Question paper will only be in the English medium.
  • The objective questions will have 4 options in the prelims exam, and one will be correct among the four.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the marks will be deducted, whereas no marks will be deducted if no response is marked.
  • Besides, if multiple options are selected, it will be considered an incorrect attempt, and 1/3 rd of the marks allocated to the question will be deducted.

UPSC ESE Exam Syllabus 2023

UPSC prescribes the Prelims and Mains exams syllabus in the notification. The UPSC ESE Syllabus for the prelims exam is the same for all the ESE branches. At the same time, the ESE mains syllabus is prescribed separately for all the engineering branches like mechanical, civil, electrical and electronics and communication engineering.

UPSC ESE Admit Card 2023

The Union Public Service Commission releases a separate admit card for each stage of the examination. UPSC will release the admit card on its official website at least three weeks before the examination. Furthermore, candidates must download their hall tickets by entering their roll/ registration number. Candidates must note that the admit card of UPSC ESE will not be sent via post or any other offline method. The admit card is a mandatory document. Without the hall ticket and photo-identity proof, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the entrance exam.

Details Mentioned on ESE Admit Card

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Parent’s Name
  • Correspondence and Permanent Address
  • Contact Information
  • Registration Number
  • Roll Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Size Picture
  • Signature Image
  • Important Instructions
  • Subject and Subject Codes
  • Exam Date and Timing
  • Exam Venue Address
  • Signature of the Controller of Examination

UPSC ESE Result 2023

The Union Public Service Commission releases the UPSC ESE result on its official website. UPSC publishes the name and roll numbers of shortlisted candidates in a PDF format. Candidates need to check their roll numbers from the list. Candidates who clear the Prelims become eligible for ESE Mains Examination.

Candidates can also check:


FAQs on UPSC ESE Notification 2023

Here, we have enlisted some of the frequently asked questions related to the UPSC ESE 2023 notification. Candidates must go through these questions and answers to clear out their doubts regarding the same subject.

Q.1: What is ESE Examination?
Union Public Service Commission, commonly known as UPSC, conducts Engineering Services Examination every year to recruit the most capable engineers in four domains, namely Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunications, for the techno-managerial posts.

Q.2: How many stages are there in the UPSC ESE examination?
UPSC ESE examination is conducted in three stages which are i) Preliminary Examination ii) Mains Examination, and iii) Personality Test.

Q.3: What is the application fee for the UPSC ESE 2023 examination?
Male candidates belonging to the General, OBC, and EWS categories will have to pay an application fee of Rs. 200/-. SC/ ST candidates need not pay any fee to apply for the UPSC ESE.

Q.4: What is the exam pattern for UPSC ESE 2023?
Candidates will attend the UPSC ESE exams in three stages. The first stage, or Prelims, will be held for 500 marks and 5 hours. The second stage, or Mains, will be conducted for 600 marks. The duration of Mains is 6 hours. The third stage, or Personality Test, will be conducted for 200 marks.

Q.5: What age should a candidate be to apply for the UPSC ESE exams?
Candidates belonging to the General category should be within 21 to 30 years of age to apply for UPSC ESE.

We hope this detailed article on UPSC ESE Notification 2023 has provided you with all the information that you were seeking. Stay tuned to to get the latest news and updates!

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