9 Jobs for Mechanical Engineers After Cracking UPSC IES – All of you must be aware that the Indian Engineering Services (IES) is related to civil services catering to the 123 managerial and technical functions of the Indian government. The central government conducts the IES exam for recruiting the middle management positions in bureaucracy. A huge number of candidates appear in the IES exam for the limited positions.
Those who clear this exam are recruited by the union government based on the processes followed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The IES exam contains three stages that further includes five tests. It is amongst the most demanding careers for the engineering graduates in our country.
In 2017, over 2.7 Lakhs Indian engineers appeared for the IES exam. After IES Result was announced it was evident that of these, 3769 qualified in the first round of mains exam, 1404 qualified for the interview in the second round, and finally only 500 candidates were selected for the final positions. The selection ratio was not more than 0.002.
It is expected that over 2.7 Lakhs aspirants will be appearing in IES 2018. The competition is really considered as one of the toughest not only in India but also in the world. Because of that tough selection criteria, IES officers are highly respected and carry unique status in the society.
They are able to manage various activities for the government in diverse areas. They are deployed in the areas of roads, railways, defense, inspection, manufacturing, supply, public works, construction, telecommunications, power and lots more. All the IES appointments come under ‘Group A’ services by the President of India.
1. Central Power Engineering Service
The cadre of the Central Power Engineering Service officers is controlled by the Ministry of Power authority. The IES Mechanical Engineers joining this department are sent to the five Regional Inspectorate Organizations of Central Electricity Authority (CEA) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Shilong and Banglore.
Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Planning and formulating regulations in the power sector.
- Power development in India for the optimal utilization of resources.
- Collection, publication and analysis of power-related data.
- Design engineering, monitoring, modernization, renovation, research and development of power plants.
- Transmission and distribution of power in India
- Specifying safety regulations and technical standards for operation and maintenance of power projects.
2. Indian Naval Armament Service
If you are appointed for the Indian Naval Armament Service (INAS) cadre coming under Ministry of Defense, you will be in probation for the first two years as the Junior Time Scale Grade officer. As the part of Indian Navy, the IES INAS officers may find the opportunity to participate in various sports and adventures activities. The responsibilities and duties of the Junior Time Scale Grade officer include:
- Production, direction and planning of work relating to mechanical repair, maintenance and modification of machinery equipment.
- Development for establishing import substitutes and preparation of design specifications of devices.
- Allocation of mechanical spares for armaments.
- Periodical calibration testing and examination of assemblies and sub-assemblies of mechanical parts of armaments (such as missiles, mines, torpedoes and guns) and measuring instruments.
- Providing technical advice to the teams over the mechanical respects.
3. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME) is a cadre of Indian government, where you may be responsible for managing the Mechanical Engineering organization of the world’s biggest network of Indian Railways. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Ensure power availability.
- Involve in the management of crew and rolling stock.
- Ensure traffic restoration in case of train accidents.
- Facilitate various production units such as coaches, locomotives and wheel sets.
- Lead the manufacturing and repair workshops.
- Ensure smooth running of train operations.
4. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
IOFS is a civil service of the Indian government headed by the Ministry of Defense. If you join IOFS post clearing IES, you will be responsible for the management of the Indian Ordnance Factories that provide the production capabilities for the defense related equipment for our country. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Coordinate with research and development organizations such as BARC, ARAI, BPRD, ISRO, CSIR and DRDO for the production.
- Working with interaction with various quality control agencies such as Bureau of Indian Standards, Directorate General of Quality Assurance (Army), Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (Air Force) and Directorate General of Naval Armament Inspection (Navy) while manufacturing arms.
- Meet the day-to- day operational requirements of the organization.
- Ensure to fulfill the statutory obligations.
- Manage the welfare of the workforce employed in the ordnance factories.
5. Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Geological Survey of India or GSI is a cadre supervised by the Ministry of Mines division of Government of India. It is considered as one of the oldest of such organizations in the world. It is responsible for conducting geological studies and surveys of India, and is also the prime provider of information related to the basic earth science to the government, industries and public. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Act as an advisor to the Government of India on all cartography related matters, such as photogrammetry, map reproduction and mapping.
- Responsible for spelling and naming convention of geographical features of India.
- Certify and scrutinize the external boundaries of India.
- Conduct surveys on topographical control, geologic maps and aeronautical charts within India.
- Demarcation of the inter-state boundaries, national borders and external boundaries of our country.
- Conduct research and development in the areas of cartography and.
- Training the central and state government departments and even authorities from foreign countries.
6. Indian Supply Service (ISS)
ISS also known as Indian Supply Service belongs to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India. The cadre is responsible for the supply and disposal of commodities in the various fields within India and for international trades. The officers appointed to ISS are assigned the Junior Time Scale grade while joining and will be on probation for the first two years. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Formulation and implementation of policies in the supply area.
- Export and import commodities and ensure the supply to the concerned department.
- International supply and trade and commercial negotiations.
- Developing the training modules for various departments.
- Interact with various ministries such as Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of External Affairs and ensure smooth supply of goods.
7. Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service
Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service comes under the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) division of the Ministry of Urban Development of Indian government. The cadre takes care of the various public-sector tasks within our country such as constructing roads and buildings under the supervision of Indian government. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Planning new projects and funding allocation.
- Supervise the maintenance of the existing central government offices entrusted with CPWD.
- Direct the construction of new buildings, roads and projects announced by central government on periodic basis.
- Monitoring the quality and progress works performed by the contractors.
- Ensure that the required quality parameters are decided at the time of contract and documented in the project quality plan and followed throughout the process.
8. Mechanical Engineers in the Indian Army
One of the brightest option post clearing MES is to join the Indian Army and serving the nation. Indian Army belong to the Ministry of Defense division of the Government of India. Engineering is the backbone of the Indian Army. It is applied in the practical framework and lays the foundations that keeps this large organization working as a high-performance unit. Your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Supervise the design, maintenance and construction of buildings, fields, installations and machineries.
- Production and planning of work relating to mechanical repair, maintenance and modification of machinery equipment.
- Direct the development for establishing import substitutes and preparation of design specifications of devices.
- Calibration testing and examination of assemblies and sub-assemblies of mechanical parts of armaments (such as missiles, mines, torpedoes and guns) and measuring instruments.
- Providing technical advice to the teams over the mechanical respects.
9. Indian Defense Service of Engineers (IDSE)
IDSE is one of the prime services of India under the Ministry of Defense. The current cadre strength of Indian Defense Service of Engineers is around 1000. Post clearing IES, you may join as IDSE officer as Assistant Executive Engineer and will be in probation for first two years. Prime areas of your responsibilities in this cadre include:
- Project management
- Infrastructure development
- Financial management
- Utility services (water supply, electric supply and sewage disposal)
- Structural engineering
- Contract management
Career Growth for Mechanical Engineers Post Clearing IES
After clearing IES exams, Mechanical Engineers may have a wide range of scope options for getting a reputed job in the Indian engineering industry. If you are a Mechanical Engineer and crack the IES exam, you will have a great opportunity to work at the designation of Assistant Executive Engineer and under several departments under the supervision of Indian central government.
The ‘Assistant’ tag there remains only for the initial three to four years. Once after gaining experience in the allotted field, you may be promoted as Under Secretary or Executive Engineer for the Government of India. Once you serve for around 20 years, you would be promoted to Chief Engineer Level – I. IES Mechanical Engineers with 32 years of professional experience are directly appointed as the Secretary to the Government of India.
Salary and Perks
When you join as Assistant Executive Engineer, you may get the pay scale of INR 15,600 – 39100 with a grade pay of INR 5400. This makes your gross salary of around INR 64,749 for a month. In addition to this salary IES officers receive plenty of privileges and allowances. Some of those include: Official Vehicle, Residential Quarters (Type IV to Type VIII) OR HR, Dearness Allowance, Leave Travel Allowance/Tour Allowance, CGHS Medical Facility, Gratuity, Leave Encashment, Provident Fund (Where IDA Applicable), Personal Assistant, Peon, Driver, Domestic Servant at Quarter.
Well, we have covered all the best opportunities that you may grab after clearing the IES exam. Isn’t it very prestigious to serve our nation through all these positions? If you feel so, then prepare well and go for it. Good luck.
Originally posted 2017-12-16 15:09:28.