IES 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Union Public Commission sets IES 2021 Eligibility Criteria. Engineering Graduates & those who are in final years can apply for IES 2021. The application forms for IES/ESE 2021 is available from 25th September 2020.  The IES 2021 Prelims & Mains exam schedule in January 2021 & June 2021 respectively. You can check the IES 2021 Exam Dates.

IES 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria are based on the following factors:

1) Nationality

2) Education Qualification

3) Age Limit

4) Medical Examination

Must Read: IES/ESE 2021 Notification

IES Eligibility 2021 – Nationality

Candidates must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • citizen of Bhutan, or
  • citizen of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan Refugee migrated to India before January 1, 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 the Government of India. 

Must Read: IES 2021 Application Form

IES Eligibility 2021 –  Age Limit

1) UPSC Sets the lower age limit for IES 2021 exam is 21 years and the Upper age limit is 30 years.

2) The candidate must not bear earlier than 2nd January 1991 and not later than 1st January 2000.

3) Candidates applying for IES 2021 should meet the age criteria by 1st January 2021.

4) Any Govt. officials applying for IES 2021 will get age relaxation of 5 years on the Upper Age limit.

5) SC/ST Candidates will also receive an age relaxation of 5 years on upper age limit

6) OBC Candidates will receive 3 years of age relaxation on the upper age limit.

7) The ex-serviceman and PWD candidates will get 5 years of age relaxation on the upper age limit.

Must Read: IES 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IES Eligibility 2021 – Education Qualification

The candidates should satisfy the following education eligibility criteria  

1) Obtained degree in Engineering from recognized University. or

2) Should have cleared Section A and Section B from Institute of Engineers (India) or

3) Obtained Degree/Diploma in Engineering from Foreign University/ College/ Institute and the certificate is valued as equivalent to a degree received in India. or

4) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India);

5) Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or

6) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November 1959

Must Read: IES 2021 Admit Card

IES 2021 Eligibility – Medical Examination

1) All candidates irrespective of their IES reservation criteria have to undergo a medical examination.

2) This process requires the candidate to undergo a different physical test.

3) The medical test defined by UPSC will be conducted by various railway hospitals.

4) A candidate who found unfit will be disqualified from further selection.

The summary of UPSC IES Eligibility will be as follows:

1) Candidate should be Resident of India, Bhutan, Nepal or Tibetan Refugee can apply for IES 2021.

2) Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Recognized University

3) Age limit: 21 to 30 years as on 1st January 2021.

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11 Thoughts to “IES 2021 Eligibility Criteria”


    Thank you for the post Sir.
    I am in my final year and degree will be completed on 2020. Am I eligible for the exam?

    1. admin

      Yes, you are eligible for IES 2020. Please fill the application form before 15th October 2019

  2. Kunal Sunny

    If a student is from electronic and communication branch then he/she can apply?

  3. Elango

    Am born on 9th Jan.1999, so..can’t apply for IES 2020..? Bcz, I will complete my 21 yrs only on 8th Jan.1999

    1. admin

      Sorry to say but this year you cant apply for IES 2020.
      because of Age Limit Criteria, He/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January 1990 and not later than 1st January 1999.

  4. Atharv

    I’m student for plane electronic engineering
    Can I eligible for this exam

  5. Satendra

    Respected sir I am working in bsnl n my dob is
    1 Jan 1988 can I apply for ies 2021 exam I m obc
    Category please tell me sir

    1. admin

      Sorry to say satendra, may be you wont eligible because its 1st January 1988, IES 2021 age limit criteria will start from 2nd January 1991 born for Open category candidates.
      OBC candidates have age relaxation upto 3 years so for OBC candidates who born after 2nd January 1988 are eligible for IES 2021.

      But don’t lose hope wait for next year IES official notification

  6. Dipa Rani

    Hello sir, wanted to know that obc age relaxation is for creamy layer or for both creamy and non born date is 17dec 1991.female obc.

    1. admin

      For OBC Non-creamy layer Age limit will be 33 years. OBC Creamy layer candidates should be considered in general category so OBC Creamy Layer Candidates Age limit will be 30 years

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