Engineering Services Examination (ESE)
Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is an examination which is conducted annually by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is specifically for selection of officers for the engineering services who meet the managerial as well as technical requirements in diverse fields of Engineering of the Government of India. Indian Engineering Services (IES) has only papers for 4 branches - Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics. For an instance, in most of the countries, the recruitment by the Government of India for the civil servants and officials is done on the basis of merit and the positions for the middle management in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. There is a cut throat competition between the candidates for limited posts, as lot of them appear for the exams. Indian Engineering Services officers are selected by the Union Government of India on the recommendations made by the UPSC. For the recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services a combined three-stage competitive examination (Prelims, Mains and Personality test), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC.
ESE is considered to be one of the toughest examinations in India due to fewer positions with a minimal selection ratio of 0.001 (based on 2018 statistics) which implies that 1 candidate will be selected out of 1000 on merit basis. Most of the officers of this service are from State Government Colleges all over India. Only a handful of them are from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT). Being a part of highly competitive selection procedure, IES officers carry immense respect and status and are mandated to supervise and execute activities in diverse technical as well as managerial fields.