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IES 2018: Career Opportunities and Salary Structure for Engineers

Last Updated - October 10, 2017


Every year, more than 1 lakh candidates appear for Engineering Services Exam, also known as IES Exam. Out of this lot, only few hundreds get an opportunity to join in the Indian Engineering Services.

The career opportunities vary for each given field, be it mechanical engineering or electronics and telecommunication. The prospective fields may include a position in various Government of India departments namely, Indian Railway Services of Engineers, Indian Naval Armament, etc.

Career Opportunities after IES

There is a plethora of opportunities available for recent engineering graduates who successfully get through the IES Exam. UPSC selects and recruits eligible candidates to some reputed government departments such as Indian Railways, Military Engineering Services, Central Engineering Services, Telecommunication Department, and Central Water Services among others. Given below are the career prospects for engineers of various fields:

Career Prospects for Mechanical Engineers after clearing IES

After clearing IES, Mechanical Engineers have a great prospect in Group A services i.e. Mechanical Engineering posts.

  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Indian Naval Armament Service
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads) Indian Navy
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Indian Supply Service
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, a branch in the Indian Army
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers

Career Prospects for Civil Engineers after clearing IES

Those who have graduated in the field of civil engineering can enter the following departments after qualifying in IES Exam.

  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Central Water Engineering
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Central Engineering Service
  • Central Engineering Service (Roads)
  • Border Roads Engineering Service

Career Prospects for Electrical Engineers after clearing IES

Appointment of Electrical Engineering graduates will be done at the post of an Assistant Executive Electrical Engineer in the following departments of Government of India.

  • Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts) Indian Inspection Service
  • Indian Defense Service of Engineers
  • Central Electrical and Mechanical

Career Prospects for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers

For the post of Grade 1 engineers, graduates in electronics and telecommunication are preferred who successfully get through the exam, i.e., ESE.

  • Junior Telecom officer in Indian Telecommunication Service
  • Indian Railway Stores Service (Telecommunication/ Electronics Engineering Posts)
  • Central Power Engineering Service
  • Assistant Naval Stores Officer Grade- I
  • Indian Inspection Service Group
  • Indian Telecommunication Service

Salary Structure for IES Engineers

The salary structure for IES Engineers is almost equivalent to that of IAS officers, however, there is a definite variation according to the post and position.

Given below is the table explaining the salary structure for IES Engineers of various posts and promotions:

LevelPay ScaleGrade PayTime-frame
Junior (Entry) LevelINR 15,600 – 39,100/-INR 5400/-On Joining
Senior ScaleINR 15,600/- 39,100/-INR 6600/-(5-6 years after joining IES)
Junior Administrative GradeINR 15,600-39,100/-INR 7600/-(Minimum 10 years after entry)
Selection Grade PayINR 37,400-67,000/-INR 8700/-(20 years or more after entry)
Super Time ScaleINR 37,400 – INR 67,000INR 8700/-N/A
Super Time ScaleINR 37,400 – INR 67,000INR 10,000/N/A
Super Time ScaleINR 37,400 – INR 67,000INR 10,000/N/A
Apex Pay ScaleINR 80,000/-N/AFixed
Cabinet Secretary GradeINR 90,000/-N/AFixed

Salary at the Time of Hiring

At the time of hiring as an Assistant Engineer, candidates are offered the basic salary between INR 15, 600 and INR 39,100. The allowances along with the salary offered are as follows:

  1. Basic salary: INR15,600 – INR 39,100
  2. Grade pay: INR 5,400
  3. Net basic salary becomes: INR 21,000
  4. dearness allowance: 13% of 21,000: 2,730
  5. HRA: 30 % of (21000+2,730): 7,119
  6. Transport allowance: 6600 (for type 1 cities like Delhi, Mumbai, etc.)
  7. Gross salary: 21000+2,730+7,119+6,600= 37,449

The deductions will be done as per the following provisions:

1. 10 % of gross for pension fund
2. Central govt. Employees Group insurance scheme – 325
3. NPS contribution – 10% of Basic + DA



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