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IES Eligibility 2019: Age, Qualification and Reservation Criteria

Updated On - February 4th 2019 by LOKESH GUPTA

IES Eligibility Criteria is set by Union Public Service Commission each year. Engineering graduate or those in their final year can apply online for IES 2019. This year, IES Prelims and Mains examination is scheduled for January 6, 2019 and June 30, 2019 respectively. Check IES Exam Dates

Eligibility parameters are based on the following factors:

  • Nationality
  • Age Limits
  • Minimum Educational Qualification
  • Medical Examination

A brief about IES Eligibility is listed below:

  • Resident of India, Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee can apply for IES 2019
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering from a recognized University
  • Age limit: 21-30 years as on January 01, 2019.
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IES Eligibility – Nationality 

Engineering aspirants must take note that UPSC considers the following nationals as eligible to apply for IES Exam:

  1. A candidate must be either:
    • a citizen of India, or
    • a citizen of Bhutan, or
    • a citizen 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 has 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.
Note: The certificate of nationality will be accepted only if the candidate has received the certificate from Government of India. The absence of a valid certificate for IES will lead to the rejection of candidature.

IES Eligibility- Age Limit

  • IES Age Limit Criteria states that lower age limit for UPSC IES exam is 21 years and Upper Age Limit is 30 years.
  • The aspirant must not have been born earlier than January 02, 1988 and not later than January 01, 1997.
  • Candidate applying for IES 2019 must meet the mentioned IES Age Eligibility by January 01, 2019.
  • For those who have served in any government organization will get an age relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit.
  • As per UPSC, 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 of have worked with any government organization on contractual basis for a period of 3 years or more. The service on the contractual basis will be counted till January 1, 2019.
  • SC/ST/OBC candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years on the upper age limit.
  • The ex-servicemen candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years.
  • Physically disabled candidates will also get an age relaxation of 3 years.
Note: Candidates of SC/ST/OBC/Ex-servicemen quota will receive cumulative reservation benefits on upper age limit if applicable. To claim any reservation the certificate signed by the accepted government authorities must be obtained. The valid certificate will be accepted and the background verification for all information will be done.

IES Eligibility- Educational Qualification

IES educational qualification Criteria as defined for the UPSC requires the applicant to have cleared one of the following criteria:

  • must possess a degree in Engineering from a recognized institute with the minimum percentage required.
  • should have cleared section A and B from the Institutions of engineers (India).
  • obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such Foreign University/ College/ Institution and the certificate is valued as equivalent to the degree received in India.
  •  passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India).
  • passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India.
  • passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959.

IES Education Criteria has following exceptions:

  1. If candidate has cleared UPSC IES and has not received the result of the final examination will be admitted only if he/she furnishes the final mark sheet during the UPSC selection process.
  2. Candidate who has cleared UPSC IES exam but has received a degree from a foreign university which is not accepted as equivalent to the Indian education standards may get selected. The selection, in this case, is dependent on UPSC selection committee choice. 
  3. If a candidate does not have an engineering degree but has cleared IES exam will also be selected for the post if the degree is considered equivalent to standards of the engineering degree.

IES Eligibility- Medical Examination Standards

  • All candidates irrespective of IES reservation criteria have to undergo a medical examination.
  • The process requires the applicant undergo a series of physical fitness test.
  • The standards are to be cleared by all candidates irrespective of their previous appearance for the examination.
  • The medical examination defined by UPSC will be conducted at the various Railway hospitals.
  • Candidates who are found unfit will be disqualified from the further procedure.

Details of Zonal Railway Hospitals

Zone fullHospital NameHospital Adress
Central RailwaysB.A.M. HospitalDr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Railway Hospital, Byculla, Mumbai- 400027
Eastern RailwayB.R. Singh HospitalB.R. Singh Hospital, Seldah, Kolkata- 700001
East Central RailwayCentral HospitalEC Railway, Karbhigahiya, Ptna- 803118
East Coast RailwayCentral HospitalMancheswar, Bhubaneswar-75017
Northern RailwayCentral HospitalBasant Lane, Chelmsford road, Connaught place, Delhi- 110001
North Central RailwayCentral HospitalAllahabad- 211001
North Eastern RailwayLNMR HospitalLalit Narayan Mishra Hospital, Gorakhpure-273012
North East Frontier RailwayCentral HospitalMaligaon, Guwahati- 781011
North Western RailwayCentral HospitalGanpati Nagar, Near Jaipur Railway Station, Jaipur- 302006
Southern RailwayCentral HospitalConstable Road, Ayanavaram, Perambur, Chennai- 600209
South Central RailwayCentral HospitalLalaguda Railway Colony, Secunderabad- 500003
South Eastern RailwayCentral HospitalGarden Reach Road, Kolkata- 700043
South East Central RailwayCentral HospitalBilaspur- 495004
South Western RailwayCentral HospitalGadag Road, Hubli- 580023
Western RailwayJ.R.H. HospitalJagjivan Ram Hospital, Maratha Mandir Marg, Mumbai Central, Mumbai- 400001
West Central RailwayCentral HospitalIndira Market, Jabalpur- 482001

Other Instructions related to medical examinations:

  • Medical examination schedule, venue and the final status of candidate will be uploaded on the official website of Indian Railways (
  • Candidates are required to carry three sets of form for Medical Board Report 2019 to be downloaded from the official website of Indian Railways.
  • One must carry a valid government issued Photo ID card and three passport size photograph with them.
  • Candidates belonging to PwD category must carry their Disability Certificate in original as per the format prescribed along with additional photocopy of the same.

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nandhakumar mani

Sir I am doing final year BE (MECH) in the last semester. I am keen interest to do IES 2019 .can I apply for this exam?

02 Feb, 2019 17:38
Shobhna Chaturvedi

Hi Nandhakumar, kindly refer the article above to know about the eligibility in the exam.

02 Feb, 2019 18:27
Navneet Goyal

I am currently in 3rd year of from IIT Delhi. I want to appear for IES exam in my 4th year (Year 2020). My date of birth is 13 Jan 1999. So, can i appear for the exam? What is the min age to appear for exam?

07 Jan, 2019 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Navneet, IES Eligibility- Age Limit

  • Age Limit Criteria in IES states that lower age limit for UPSC IES exam is 21 years and Upper Age Limit is 30 years.
  • The aspirant must not have been born earlier than January 02, 1988 and not later than January 01, 1997.
  • Candidate applying for IES 2019 must meet the mentioned IES Age Eligibility by January 01, 2019.

07 Jan, 2019 15:03
fatima fouzia

while filling the application form what are the certificates required?? at what stage do we need medical certificate?? should medical certificate also be uploaded in the online application process itself?? or later after prelims??

02 Sep, 2018 20:12
Akansha Expert

hi Fatima, Scanned copy of all academic certificates, recent photograph, and signature for Application documents for IES Exam.

03 Sep, 2018 13:53

,from when the age will be calculated.then what is right . a candidate must not attain 30 on 1st jan of the exam year or 1st august of the exam year? plz inform

13 Jul, 2018 00:20
Garima Bansal

Hi Sarbajit, The candidate for this examination must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st August

13 Jul, 2018 11:14

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