What is the IES Exam?

The Indian Engineering Services (IES) or Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is considered the most competitive and respective job for aspirants selected as engineers under the various ministries and government departments of India. For Indian engineering services, the IES Exam or UPSC ESE Exam is conducted annually for branches such as civil, mechanical, electrical, and electronics telecommunications. The national exam is conducted by the union public service commission to hire engineering graduates. Two stages of this exam need to qualify for the selection process, i.e., the preliminary and main exams, followed by the interview process, which is the third and most challenging stage.

Medical examinations conducted for the IES exam

Medical exams are conducted a month after the release of the IES final result. It is one of the most critical stages in the IES selection process.

The following tests are needed to be conducted:

  1. Urine test
  2. A blood test
  3. X-ray
  4. ECG
  5. The eye test, which includes a vision check, color blindness, night vision, and much more. This is because they examine if a candidate is eligible for the technical position or not.
  6. weight, height, chest expansion, heart rate, blood pressure, and many more.

Is LASIK surgery allowed in the IES Exam?

Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis is commonly called LASIK. It is also a laser eye surgery used to treat myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. LASIK surgery is primarily painless and usually completed within minutes. The surgery ensures the permanent correction of all the imperfections in the eye. There will be no need to spend money on regular visits and new pairs of glasses or lenses at regular intervals.

According to the 2018 engineering service examination rules, intraocular lenses (IOL) and implanted contact lenses (ICL) are considered disqualified. But a candidate is eligible if he had a radial keratotomy or laser correction ( LASIK) under certain conditions. The specialized medical board performs medical tests to examine and confirm the medical fitness of a candidate, such as corneal thickness and fungal disease. The corneal bed ranges between 540 and 550 microns thick. And 12 to 14 microns of corneal tissue thickness are released during the surgery. The remaining corneal bed thickness should be mentioned in the LASIK reports. If it is not there, a candidate can have it measured with a corneal pachymetry test before the medical examination.

Therefore, LASIK surgery is considered permissible under certain conditions, such as:

  1. The remaining corneal bed should not be thinner than 425 microns, including the flap.
  2. The surgery must have been performed a year ago before the medical examination.


In addition, a candidate had to inform the medical board about the surgery before the medical examination.

A candidate with LASIK surgery is eligible for all technical and non-technical positions in all IES-related departmental positions in the railway industry. For example, IRSE. But for railway technical service positions such as electrical, electronics, mechanical, and civil, radial keratotomy and laser corrections are not permitted. Spectacles are only allowed in the form of visual corrections for these positions.

However, according to doctors, LASIK surgery is usually undetectable in 99% of cases. They can only be detected if any complications occur during or after the surgery, such as infections.