UPSC IES/ESE 2019 Preparation Tips

In order to recruit engineers of four domains such as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics & Telecommunications, UPSC conducts ESE- Engineering Services Examination. It is considered as one of the hardest examinations in India due to fewer posts and high competition. Interested applicants should work hard and prepare for the examination and interview as soon as possible. UPSC conducts the national level examination by 3 stages and the cut off for each stage is released separately by UPSC in a PDF format.

Cut off              

The cut off for the year 2019 will be released after the examination. There are various factors that affect the cut-off, they are: the total number of candidates attempting the exam, Total Number of seats vacant, marking scheme of the examination, previous year cut off trends, and level of difficulty of the examination. Applicants can check below the cut off for the year 2018:-

Cut off for Preliminary examination – marks out of 500


OBC General ST SC PH- 1 PH- 3
Civil Engineering 194 207 188 169 114 087
Electrical Engineering 218 230 191 190 127 071
Mechanical Engineering 255 256 223 220 138 098
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering 206 213 155 173 125


Cut off for Main Examination – out off 1100 marks (500 for prelims and 600 for mains examination)


OBC General ST SC PH- 1 PH- 3
Civil Engineering 502 546 513 467 308 161
Electrical Engineering 488 541 481 452 303
Mechanical Engineering 611 611 564 542 374 288
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering 476 504 403 405 301


Cut off for Final Stage that is Personal Interview – Total marks = 1300


OBC General ST SC PH- 1 PH- 3
Civil Engineering 679 710 671 609 476 425
Electrical Engineering 691 711 624 603 473
Mechanical Engineering 782 767 699 699 505 551
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering 648 660 524 567 429

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Preparation Tips

It is not easy to crack the Engineering Service Examination as it is one of the standardized exams in the country. Interest applicants should follow the below tips for the better preparation of the examination:-

  1. The most important thing is to begin the preparation at least 6 months before the examination.
  2. It is important that the candidate must manage his/ her time and give equal importance to all the sections while preparing for their exam.
  3. Applicant should practice more and more sample papers or the previous year papers to increase speed and accuracy level.
  4. Apart from the studies, it is equally important that the applicant gets the proper sleep and healthy diet on regular basis.
  5. It is essential that the applicant stay confident and fearless and do not overstress themselves.
  6. Dedication and consistency is the key to clear the examination and be successful in the selection process.
  7. The more the practice the more are the chances to be successful in the selection process.
  8. The candidate must be aware of the detailed syllabus for each section of the paper in order to score good marks.