UPSC ESE (Engineering Services Exam)

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UPSC ESE 2019 Exam Pattern

Those who are planning to appear for IES 2019 exam, it is now time for them to know a few details pertaining to the pattern of the exam. IES is considered to be as one of the toughest competitive exams in India and you need to be thorough with the exam pattern. This will not only help you to get a better understanding of the nature of the exam but at the same time, will help you in the process of preparation.

Besides, in the following section, you will be also offered a couple of tips, which you might find to be quite useful while preparing for the exam.

Preliminary Exam Pattern for IES

  • Exam Nature: The preliminary exam is basically screening tests which are conducted for selecting the candidates for the final exam. The marks of the prelims are not taken into consideration during the process of recruitment
  • Language: The question papers for the exam are available in English.
  • Duration: As far as duration is concerned, for each paper, candidates will be allowed a time of 2 hours for the first part and 3 hours for the second part.
  • Paper/Section: It comprises of two papers, the first paper will be of 200 marks and the second one will be of 300. There are two parts and the questions will be based on the selected subject like civil, mechanical, or electrical and so on. In order to make yourself eligible for evaluation, it is mandatory for you to attempt both the papers.
  • The first part of the stage I will be based on the Current issues, Engineering Mathematics, Basic Engineering Aptitude, and Numerical Analysis etc. whereas in the second part the questions will be on chosen engineering discipline. In addition to that, in paper II, both the papers will be on the specific engineering disciplines.
  • Questions Type: All the questions will be of graduation level MCQ types.
  • Marking Scheme: For every wrong answer, there will be negative marking of 0.33. Therefore, in order to avoid negative marking, it is essential for you to be sure of the answers. The questions that will be left unattempted will not bear any negative marking.

In order to pass, you would need to secure cut off marks, which will be declared by the examination board every year and it can vary from one year to another.

Main Exam Pattern for IES

  • Exam Nature: The main exam is subjective type conventional questions two papers, which is subjective in nature and from engineering discipline specific. It will test your intellect and will also evaluate your knowledge on the specified discipline.
  • Language: the language for the examination is only English.
  • Duration: You will be allowed a time of 3 hours for each paper.
  • Paper/ Section: There is a total of two papers of 300 marks each. You have to attempt both the papers to secure the cutoff marks.
EXAM TYPE PAPER QUESTION TYPE SUBJECTS DURATION MARKS
Preliminary Examination Paper – I Objective General Studies & Engineering Aptitude 2 hours 300 marks
Preliminary Examination Paper – II Objective Engineering Discipline 3 hours 300 marks
Mains Examination Paper – I Conventional Engineering Discipline I 3 hours 300 marks
Mains Examination Paper – II Conventional Engineering Discipline II 3 hours 300 marks

Preparation Tips

As far as preparation tips for IES are concerned, you need to refer to multiple different types of books on general knowledge, general engineering, mathematics, project management and so on along with the specific field of engineering you have chosen. Besides, you need to get into the habit of writing so that you can complete the papers within the stipulated time.

The best way to go about it is to enroll in any institutes who train on IES preparation. They have all the skills and techniques that would help you a great deal. Apart from that there are also a few tips given here which need to be considered.

  • The candidates should be prepared to take the IES exam so its better to start their preparation well in advance.
  • Learn the syllabus and the examination pattern and type of questions they have to face so that they have a clear idea before the examination.
  • One should follow a routine and time management schedule so that they can get a better hold on their time.
  • The questions will be more of practical and logical rather than theoretical so the candidates must practice that kind of questions.
  • There is negative marking in the examination so they should only attempt the questions, which they are sure of.
  • In the mock examination, they should practice and attempt the questions, which they are confident of, and later the questions, which they are not so sure.
  • Instead of practicing general questions the candidates should practice form the previous IES questions.