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How to Prepare for Indian Engineering Services (IES)

In India, the Indian Engineering Services (IES) Exam is convened by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) in June every year. IES comes under the Government of India’s managerial and technical functions. Also, the IES officers are appointed as per the UPSC recommendations.

To be eligible to apply for the IES exam, the candidate must secure a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized board.

Several aspirants want a career as an IES officer because of the respect and stature attached to the profession. Also, the IES exam is extremely tough and only limited number of seats are available. Thus, ensure to begin your preparations early – and alongside, your graduation exams if possible.

Majority of the IES officers are employed in public sector units such as telecommunication, manufacturing, inspection, railways, roads, power, and public works.

Also, the IES exam consists of a Written Exam and a Personal Interview, totaling 1200 marks. The examination includes both descriptive and objective questions. Besides, the Written Test is conducted over 3 days and spread over 10 hours. Further, as part of the exam, the applicants have to choose among various disciplines: Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

IES: Written Test Preparation Tips

  • The General English section tests the candidates on their proficiency in the English language. To prepare for this section, you must study English Grammar books to become familiar with the various language concepts. Moreover, you must read newspapers, books, and magazines to learn new words and increase your vocabulary. Take online English tests as well.
  • For the General Knowledge (GK) section, you must improve your knowledge on current affairs. Thus, you must watch the daily news and browse news sites as part of your preparation. More so, you have to answer questions on subjects such as Geography and History, so study accordingly. Study from GK books as well. Also, take online GK mock tests.
  • Depending on your chosen engineering discipline, you must check the syllabus and chalk out your study schedule while covering all topics.
  • Since the IES exam is challenging, start preparing early for the exam.
  • Apply logic when answering the questions. Your responses must reflect your knowledge of the subject, so give insightful answers.
  • Do not apply guesswork because your marks are deducted for incorrect answers.
  • Get as much as practice as you can. For the same, you can refer to mock tests and previous years’ question papers.
  • Write neatly in your question paper because marks are deducted for ineligible writing.
  • Present your answers in an orderly manner and use effective words, for the conventional papers.
  • Time management is important for the IES exam. Thus, time yourself during preparation, particularly for the subjective papers. All the same, know the amount of time to be spent on each question and adhere to the given time limit.
  • Consider opting for formal coaching to avail the help of experts and a competitive environment that drives the candidates to deliver to the best of their potential.
  • For the personal interview round that entails 200 marks, the candidates are evaluated on their social interactions, mental ability, teamwork qualities, leadership skills, and presence of mind. To excel in this round, one must focus on developing their overall personality. Also, make efforts to sharpen your logical reasoning skills. Consider taking psychometric tests as well. However, only after clearing the written test, the personal interview rounds are conducted.
  • Keep a positive attitude and remain confident. Having such an outlook is sure to make you excel in the exam.
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