Time has come that reforms will touch coveted Engineering Services Exam also. Very soon we would witness following changes in the selection process and joining date for all services who join through UPSC ESE.
Considering large number of candidates writing the exam and the figure increasing every year, it is quite likely that a screening exam called "Preliminary Exam" may be included to filter serious candidates out of lacs of candidates who write UPSC-IES every year. But good news is that marks of objective type pre exam would be counted for final merit list.
New avatar of Pre Exam would include two papers - GAT & Engineering Discipline. Total marks 400
Those who would clear the pre exam would fill DAF for mains exam and format of mains exam would be as under:
Paper 1: GS & English
Paper 2: Hindi & Rajbhasha (qualifying)
Paper4: Engineering -II
Total mains : 600
Interview marks : 200
Total : 1200
Process would be reshuffled so as to give joining date of 01.04.xx for all services viz IRSME, IRSS, IRSE, IRSEE, IRSSE.
Above suggestions are under consideration and will take time to get implemented.
Be ready !!