IES 2020 Application Form, Registration Dates, Fees and Process

    Lokesh Gupta Lokesh Gupta
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    IES 2020 Registration Window 2020 was open from September 25 – October 15, 2019. Candidates filled ESE/ IES Application Form in online mode only at the official website of UPSC –

    Latest: Registered candidates were given the option to withdraw their IES Application from October 22 – 28, 2019. 

    • Candidates who register successfully will be issued IES Admit Card in December 2019.
    • Candidates had to register online, pay application fees, fill the form, and upload scanned documents to fulfil the requirements of the application process. 
    • IES Application Fees is INR 200, however women, SC, ST and PWD candidates are exempted from fee payment.
    • Candidates had to upload their passport size photograph, signature and photo ID proof. 
    • IES Application Form was available in English and Hindi, but it can only be filled in the English language.

    Direct link to withdraw IES Application Form 2020

    IES Application Form 2020 Highlights

    The key points about registration for IES 2020 are highlighted below:

    Conducting BodyUPSC (Union Public Service Commission)
    Mode of ApplicationOnline
    IES Official
    Minimum qualification to fill IES Application FormBachelor’s degree in engineering from a recognized University
    Documents required at the time of form-fillingScanned copy photograph, signature and Photo ID proof
    IES Application Fee 

     INR 200, Women & Reserved Category – Exempted

    Candidates expected to register for IES 2020Over 2 lakhs
    IES Vacancies Announced495
    IES Contact Details011-23385271/ 23381125/ 23098543

    Download IES 2020 Official Notification

    IES/ ESE 2020 Registration Dates

    As per IES 2020 Notification, UPSC had released IES Application Form on September 25, 2020. Tabulated below is the schedule for the registration of ESE 2020 examination.

    EventsOfficial IES 2020 Dates
    Release of IES 2020 NotificationSeptember 25, 2019
    IES 2020 Registration WindowSeptember 25 – October 15, 2019
    Last day to pay IES Application Fees October 15, 2019
    IES Application Withdrawal WindowOctober 22 – 28, 2019 (6:00 PM)
    Issue of IES Admit Card for Prelims examDecember 2019
    IES/ ESE 2020 Preliminary Exam DateJanuary 05, 2020
    IES/ ESE 2020 Main exam DateJune 28, 2020

    How to fill IES Application Form 2020?

    IES 2020 Application Form was available at the official website of UPSC from September 25 – October 15, 2019. Candidates can register for the exam in online mode only. The application process involves online registration, payment of application fees, choosing exam center and engineering discipline, uploading scanned documents and submitting the form.  

    IES 2020 Application Form

    Pre-requisites for IES Registration 2020

    Candidates must keep the following documents handy before beginning with IES Application Process:

    • A valid mobile number,
    • An active email address
    • Class 10, 12 and graduation marksheets. Check IES Eligibility
    • Candidate’s recent colored passport size Photograph
    • Scanned image of candidate’s Signature 
    • Scanned image of candidate’s Photo ID proof
    • Category Certificate (if applicable)
    • Physical disability certificate (if applicable)
    • Banking details to pay fees online

    Steps to Register for IES 2020

    • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
    • Click on the link “online application for various examinations of UPSC” on the home page.
    • Already registered candidates can apply directly for the examination by clicking on the link.
    • New candidates should enter on “new users” for one-time registration process of IES.
    • Candidates will be redirected to a new web page with online registration form.

    Step 1: IES Registration 2020

    • This is the first step involved in IES Registration, where candidates are required to provide their personal details.
    IES 2020 Registration
    • Details required in this stage are as follows:
      • Name – Enter the name of candidate who is appearing for IES. The name should be the same as mentioned in the 10th or 12th passing certificate. 
      • Parents Name – Candidate has to provide the names of his/ her parents' in the form. One must make sure to not prefix Shri/ Mr. Dr. etc while entering the names.
      • Gender – Select your gender i.e. male or female.
      • Date of Birth – Provide the date of birth as mentioned in passing certificates of class 10th and 12th. 
      • Nationality – Interested candidates are required to select their nationality. All candidates except citizens of India are required to produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
      • Email Address – Provide a valid and active email ID. All the communication related to IES is done on the ID provided.
      • Password – Here, choose a maximum 10 digit password for future logins. It should have at least 1 character and 1 number.
      • Mobile Number – Provide a working mobile number. Make sure to enter it correctly because this is another medium where all the communication related to IES will be done.
      • Academic Details  The following details are required under this head: 
        • Details of 10th class examination-Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
        • Details of 12th class examination- Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and board name
        • Details of B.Tech: Aggregate marks in percentage, total marks, year of pass out and the name of university.

    Step 2: IES Application Fees

    UPSC has stipulated a specific application fee a candidate needs to pay in order to access IES Application Form. Tabulated below is the fee as per candidate’s category:

    CategoryApplication Fee (INR)
    General/ OBC/ EWS200
    • IES Application Fee can be paid via online or offline mode.
      • Online mode – Payment can be done through SBI Net Banking/ Any Credit card/ Debit card.
      • Offline mode – Submit bank challan of INR 200 at the nearest branch of State Bank of India. 
    Note: Candidates making payment via cash should take a printout of challan generated online after completion of registration. Candidate has to visit nearest SBI branch for depositing fee after 24 hours of generation of challan. Last day to generate SBI e-challan was October 14, 2019.

    Step 3: IES Exam Center selection

    • Next, select the location preference for IES exam center.
    • Candidates will have an option to select just one exam center for Indian Engineering Services examination.
    • The exam center options need to be made from a drop-down menu.

    Step 4: Uploading of Photograph, Signature and ID Proof

    • This is the last step in the entire registration procedure for IES.
    • The scanned photograph and signature should be in JPG format.
    • In this step, candidates are required to upload their scanned Photo, Signature and Photo ID proof as per the specifications defined by UPSC.
    DocumentsNot less thanNot more thanPixel sizeFormat
    Photograph20 KB300 KB350 x 350 to 1000 x 1000JPG
    Signature20 KB300 KB350 x 350 to 1000 x 1000JPG
    Photo ID Proof20 KB300 KB-PDF

    Check IES Exam Pattern

    There are few points that one should consider before finally submitting IES Application Form. The points are listed below:

    • Make sure that the photograph and signature are properly cropped and clear.
    • The photograph should not contain any mark such as signature etc.
    • The signature file should contain your recent signature only without any marks.
    • In case of poor quality images, not properly cropped or swapping of photograph/signature file, the application is liable to be rejected.
    • After filling the application form, candidates should check if all the details furnished by them are accurate.
    • Corrections can be done in the application form of IES before submitting the form.
    • Once the form is submitted, it can neither be withdrawn nor corrected.
    • Therefore, candidates are advised to verify all the details that they have entered in the application form before they submit it.
    • They should carefully navigate through all the sections in the application form and see if all the details entered are accurate.
    • After checking thoroughly, click on “submit” button.
    • Candidates must take a printout of the filled application form for future use.

    Important Instructions related to IES Application Form 2020

    • It is advisable to submit a single application. If a candidate submits multiple applications, it will result in cancellation of candidature.
    • If due to any unavoidable reason, candidate submits more than one application, the application with higher RID (Registration ID) will be accepted by UPSC. Also, the fee paid against one RID will not be adjusted against any other RID.
    • Candidates in Government Service/ in Government owned industrial undertakings/ other similar organisations/ in private employment should apply online directly to the Commission.
    • Choice of exam center and engineering discipline should be made carefully. No changes will be entertained regarding the same at later stages.
    • Information regarding use of scribes by PwD candidates will be clearly mentioned in IES Application Form. One must go through the same thoroughly.
    • Applications found incomplete or defective will be rejected immediately. No representation regarding the same will be entertained under any circumstances.

    Read IES Syllabus

    IES (ESE) Application Form FAQs

    Ques. When and where will IES 2020 application form be available?

    Ans. Union Public Service Commission or UPSC released IES Application Forms from September 25, 2019. Candidates have to visit UPSC Official Website in order to access the application form. The last date to register for IES exam was October 15, 2019. 

    Ques. There was a small mistake while filling the application form. Can I rectify it now?

    Ans. No. One must take note that after finally submitting the application form for engineering services examination no changes will be entertained by the authorities.  In case of any mistake in filling application, candidate is responsible. Hence, it is important to review the form thoroughly before submitting it. If the registration window is still open, candidate can resubmit a new application again and has to pay the application fee as well.

    Ques. The size of the photograph that I have is larger than what is specified for filling IES application form. What should I do now?

    Ans. UPSC has defined specific dimensions for images to be uploaded in the application form of IES. In case, the size is exceeding the specifications, one can compress the same. The size of the photograph should not be more than 300 KBs. After compressing it to the desired size, you can upload it.

    Steps to Resize or Crop Pictures

    There are two methods to resize the documents in Microsoft Paint (Click Start, Programs, Accessories, then Paint). They are as follows:

    • First Method – 
    1. Open the image file that needs to be edited.
    2. Click the Image Menu at the top and select Stretch/Skew Image.
    3. Choose a percentage figure to resize the image. 
    4. Click ‘Ok’.
    5. Once you have the desired size, click File, then Save or click Save As
    • Second Method – 
    1. Enable Num Lock by pressing the Num Lock button on your keyboard.
    2. Select the entire image.
    3. Hold down Ctrl and press the - or + button on your number pad to resize the image. (The number pad is a square arrangement of numbers and symbols on your keyboard, that can only be enabled with the Num Lock. )

    Ques. What is the application fee for IES 2020?

    Ans. As per the authorities, the application fee for the examination is INR 200 for general category candidates.  Females candidates and reserved category candidates do not have to pay the application fee.

    Ques. Can I pay the application fee through offline mode?

    Ans. Yes. There is a provision to pay the application fee via offline mode. Candidates have to visit the nearest branch of State Bank of India and pay a Bank Challan of INR 200.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    I was unaware of the ESE exam registration date i.e., 15/10/2019. But i want to appear for exam. What is the best possible way i can find? which is the next possible date of registration for exam?

    20 Nov, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Prajakta, registration dates for new session has not been announced yet by the exam authorities. However, you can expect the application process to start in Sep, 2020.

    20 Nov, 2019 10:58
    Tejsvi Ch

    i got my application part1 and part 2 successfully completed message but when can get accepted message????

    19 Nov, 2019 19:57

    can we write ese exam in fourth year of engineering ?

    28 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sharana, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria of the exam from here.

    31 Oct, 2019 18:12

    I am born on 21st March 2019. I am belonging to the handicap category will i able to attend the exam of IES.

    16 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Aniket, kindly check the Eligibility Criteria for this exam in detail from here to know whether you are eligible or not.

    16 Oct, 2019 11:33
    Srinath Sunny

    Mam ,once again I can apply the application of IES with same details like mail and phone number

    11 Oct, 2019 18:02
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Srinath, yes, you can apply again but that will show "Already Registered". Therefore, you must put one or the other detail like mail id or phone number different from the previous one.

    15 Oct, 2019 18:58
    Srinath Sunny

    Hello mam I submitted the application but I wrongly placed the date of caste certificate .can I recorrect it

    11 Oct, 2019 17:52
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Srinath, UPSC does not provides facility for making correction in the application form once submitted. However, you may take guidelines from the exam authorities for the needful.

    11 Oct, 2019 17:57

    how to know that your ese application form is accepted or not?

    08 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Abhinav, a confirmation mail will be sent to your registered email-id stating that your registration has been completed and the form is accepted. But do remember to pay the application fee (as applicable).

    09 Oct, 2019 16:26
    Raza Inamdar

    I want to change my centre,ihv filled it online,can I fill aform again

    07 Oct, 2019 14:35
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Raza, application forms cannot be edited after final submission and payment of application fee. However, you can contact the exam authorities to make amendments in the application form.

    07 Oct, 2019 15:05

    Can I fill ESS form again?

    02 Oct, 2019 20:39
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Gayathry, yes, form can be filled again if last date to do the same has not gone yet. However, you can check other Eligibility Criteria for this exam from here.

    03 Oct, 2019 12:51
    naresh sharma

    Ma'am, While filling ES form again there is a column in part I registration asking "Do you want to submit another application form". Should we fill YES or NO in it?

    06 Oct, 2019 02:16
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Naresh, in that space, you will fill "No" as you consider your existing application form as final.

    10 Oct, 2019 16:59
    naresh sharma

    But Ma'am there is no such column when you are filling the form fresh. While I was filling the Part I registration again due to mistake committed in part II and therefore this column appeared. Now I have filled the form by marking Yes in it and completed my registration what should I do now?

    10 Oct, 2019 17:30

    In that case, take preview of the application form and check whether the changes made by you are reflected in the new form or not. If yes, then it means the corrections made have been accepted.

    10 Oct, 2019 17:39
    Bharath Kumar

    Hai sir...i have lost my application form how to generate my application form again please suggest me sir...

    11 Dec, 2018 13:02

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