Indian Engineering Services comprise of engineers who work under the government of India and designated as Class – 1 officer. They administer a large segment of the public sector economy, which constitutes of Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defense service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, etc. The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. The career progression goes smoothly attaining high esteem. The first position offered is that of Asst. Executive engineer and the hierarchy ends at the position of Chairman/ Managing Director.
A combined competitive examination is conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The Examination constitutes of a written examination followed by an interview for the personality test.
Benefits of an IES/ESE Officer:
Job Security – Like most of other govt jobs, IES offers immense job security. It requires no less than president of India’s nod to get IES officer dismissed.But this security comes with great responsibilities.
Boss-ism – The IES hierarchy follows a very stringent order of authority.
Lifestyle- The nature of work performed by these bureaucrats largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in. However, they can move to any cadre, organisation, agency, department, ministry or PSU’s of the Government of India.
Network – In my opinion, this the most important of all. Being an IES, you develop contacts with who’s who of Indian bureaucracy. You develop a very resourceful network which will be very useful in various stages of career and life. Other jobs, I don’t think, makes you so resourceful.
Travel – In IES, you can get many chances (as you rise in the ranks), for study tours offer. But that all depends on you.
Money – basic pay : Rs.21000 grade pay: 5200 + other facilities includes travel allowance- Rs.3200, dearness allowance 10% of basic pay + Dearness allowance is contributed as pension from the govt. Apart from this housing rent allowance, medical facilities for you and your dependents, concessions for travelling in trains etc.
As far as car is concerned, you will not get immediately after joining service. It may take 5 or 6 years after your service, that depends on in which department you are working and the nature of work.