Preparation Tips for IES/ESE 2019 |


  • The first challenge faced by applicants in the process of preparing for IES is to choose the right books that will help them with preparation.
  • Choosing the right books: Remember that when you have applied for the test, time is money and you should not spend a number of days in searching for the right books, rather than starting your preparation process. Just shop for the right books and make it few in number.
  • The only way you can compete with the fellow applicants is that you should practice well by solving previous year question papers.
  • You might have a good level of technical knowledge, but without honest effort, you cannot get through the test.
  • When preparing with some books, never forget to mark some important points that will help you with quick revision before the examination.
  • Not just note-making, but regular glancing of the notes is also important to succeed.
  • As far as general studies and engineering aptitude, which is common for all test takers, just focus on preparing the ten topics mentioned under the syllabus section.
  • When it comes to the paper II of the preliminary examination, it is specific to your discipline. You can go through the past question papers to get through this objective type paper.
  • As far as the conventional type paper I and II of the stage II of the ECE tests, as the subjects are both subjective and objective, you might have done 75% of your preparation when you prepare for the objective type paper in the first stage of ECE.
  • As against end results, focus on derivations when preparing for descriptive type papers.
  • Solve previous question papers and practice them with detailed solutions.
  • Mark the repetitive questions and practice them thoroughly such that you can complete them fast at the time of the examination, if the same questions are asked.
  • To score maximum marks, you should prepare well for the conventional type paper, which can bring you the maximum marks of 600.
  • Not just past question paper of ESE, you can also practice with the previous question papers of other Civil Service Examinations conducted by UPSC as well.
  • When preparing for the specialization papers in ESE examination, you should first get a complete understanding of the syllabus of the specialization to which you have applied.
  • When preparing for the technical papers, you should study each and every chapter in the syllabus, both from subjective and objective point of view.
  • Once, the preparation is completed, you can get the past question papers of ESE examination from reliable sources to practice. Taking up practice tests will help you understand your stand in the preparation process.
  • When you solve objective type questions from previous question papers, set a time for yourself and check whether you can complete the test within the time. If you could not, you should practice to solve the questions at a faster pace.
  • The general belief among the test takers is that they cannot score well in conventional papers. But, this is just a myth. There are toppers, who have scored well in descriptive type questions as well apart from objective type ones.
  • At the time of examination, when attempting subjective type questions just select to answer the question that you are confident about answering well. The reason is that it will create a good impression in the mind of evaluator of your paper that not just objective, you have done subjective part also well.
  • Remember to answer descriptive questions in legible manner. The reason is that there will be a deduction of 5% of marks for illegible answers.
  • Always, explain each and every formula and expression that you use in the answer. In case, you will have to use a symbol in the answer, never forget to explain the meaning of the symbol. You should not consider that the examiner knows everything.
  • To provide better support to your answers, you can include pictures and block diagrams. Also, highlight the important points in your answer to differentiate it from other parts like underlining the part.
  • If you know any additional technical information about an answer other than the actual answer, you can provide the information as note. The examiner seeing your paper will know that besides knowing the answer, you have got a complete understanding of the entire concept.
  • As there is negative marking of 33% for wrong answers in objective type questions, try not to attempt questions for which you are unsure of the answer.
  • If you think that you should really get a coaching, you can enroll in coaching institutions. But, this is not compulsory as there are candidates, who have topped the IES examination in the past merely with self-study.
  • Remember that the hard work that you put towards anything will bring you success and this applies to IES test as well.
  • Your hard work will also help you with gaining better confidence to face the examination.

Also, be yourself and stay confident that you can crack the IES test.

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