ESE 2022 Paper Analysis: 20 February Paper 1 & Paper 2 Review

By Mrinmay Ganguly|Updated : February 23rd, 2022

ESE 2022 Paper Analysis: The ESE exam for GS Paper I and Paper II for Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics branches was successfully conducted on 20th February 2022. The ESE IES Prelims Paper I is held in the Forenoon Session (10:00 AM-12:00 PM), which is common to all branches, while the branch-specific Paper II is held in the Afternoon Session (2:00 PM-5:00 PM).

Candidates must be awaiting the ESE exam analysis immediately following the exam. Candidates can review the ESE IES exam analysis for GS Paper 1 and technical Paper 2 across all branches. Expert faculty members examine the questions in detail and provide an in-depth analysis for the ESE IES Paper 2022. This analysis can be used by candidates to analyze their exam performance.

BYJU'S Exam Prep is providing the ESE 2022 Prelims paper analysis along with important highlights, exam pattern, difficulty level, good attempts, expected cutoff, questions asked in the exam.

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ESE 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern

The ESE Prelims Exam consists of two papers, details are listed below.

  • The first level of the selection procedure is the ESE Prelims Exam. Prelims Paper I and Paper II, there are objective questions.
  • The ESE Exam has a total of 500 marks.
  • Paper I is the same for all candidates, while Paper-II contains questions from the core engineering subject.
  • For each wrong answer marked, one-third of marks are subtracted.

Paper

Marks

Duration

Paper I: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper

200 Marks

2 Hours

Paper-II: Core Engineering Paper

300 Marks

3 Hours

Total

500 Marks

5 Hours

ESE 2022 Prelims Paper 1 Analysis 2022

Candidates can view a detailed analysis of the UPSC ESE 2022 here. Aspirants can check the difficulty level of the ESE IES 2022 test, the topics covered, and the number of questions asked in ESE 2022 General Studies & Engineering Aptitude paper. It will give an idea of future applicants' possibilities of achieving a decent rank in the IES 2022 examination.

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ESE Paper 1 General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Analysis 2022: Highlights

  • Overall Difficulty Level of ESE Paper 1 was Moderate to Difficult.
  •  Current Affairs had the maximum weightage of 15 marks.
  • ESE Paper-1 had mostly theoretical questions in the examination this time.
  • The assertion and reasoning questions were very less compared to previous years ie. 4 questions were asked in the examination.
  • A new type of question (Passage type question) was asked in the examination.
  • The Paper structure was very similar to the previous year paper.
  • Reasoning and Engineering Mathematics has a similar weightage of 15 and 14 marks each.

ESE Paper 1 Prelims Exam 2022 - Subject-wise Weightage

  • Students always prefer to know the subject wise marks in ESE Paper 1 to know which subjects have the maximum weightage in the examination.
  • This also helps the future aspirants to analyse which subjects are important to study for the coming years.

Topics

No. of Questions

Current issues of National and International importance

15 

Engineering aptitude

15 

Engineering Mathematics and Numerical analysis

14

General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of safety

10

Standards and Quality practices

5

Basics of Energy and Environment

8

Basics of Project Management

8

Basics of Material Science and Engineering

6

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

10

Ethics and values in the Engineering profession

9

Total

100

ESE IES Civil Paper Analysis 20th February 2022

Here is a detailed analysis of the UPSC ESE CE exam for the Civil Engineering aspirants. 

ESE IES Prelims Civil Paper 2022: Highlights

  • Overall paper was Easy to Moderate.
  • Questions are mostly theoretical.
  • There were 6 Assertion - Reason type questions asked in the paper.
  • The major subjects asked were RCC, SOM, Steel Structures.
  • ESE CE 2022 Prelims paper was Easy compared to the previous year.

ESE IES Civil Prelims Exam 20th February 2022: Topic Wise Detailed Analysis

Subject

No of Questions

Difficulty Level

Strength of Materials

14

Easy

Soil Mechanics

12

Easy

Engineering Hydrology

2

Easy

Highway Engineering

10

Moderate

Surveying

11

Moderate

Irrigation Engineering

11

Tough

Building Materials

11

Easy

Construction Planning and Management

12

Easy

Design of Steel Structures

14

Tough

Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics

14

Easy

Open Channel Flow

1

Easy

Railways, Airport and Tunneling

1

Easy

Structural Analysis

9

Moderate

Design of Concrete Structures

16

Moderate

Environmental Engineering

12

Moderate

Total

150

Easy to Moderate

ESE IES Mechanical Paper Analysis 20th February 2022

Candidates from the Mechanical Engineering background can check the UPSC ESE ME exam analysis in detail here.

ESE IES 2022 Mechanical Paper 20th February: Exam Highlights

  • Technical paper of Mechanical Engineering was Moderate to Tough
  • The technical paper of ESE 2022 of Mechanical this time was highly calculative and lengthy 
  • Maximum questions were asked from Fluid Mechanics and Machinery which carried 23 questions.
  • The manufacturing and Material Science Section had 20 questions in the paper which carried 13% of the total Paper.
  • Numerical and theoretical questions were equally distributed this time. 
  • Assertion Reasoning questions were 10 -12  this year.
  • The level of questions was easy in comparison to last year’s paper. 

ESE Paper 2 Mechanical 2022: Subject-wise Question Analysis

Subject

No. of Questions

Difficulty level

Thermodynamics

5

Moderate

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

9

Easy

Power Plant

14

Moderate

IC Engines

1

Easy

Heat Transfer

12

Moderate

Fluid Mechanics and Machinery

23

Tough

Engineering Mechanics

4

Moderate

Strength of Materials

10

Moderate

Theory of Machines & Vibrations

13

Moderate

Machine Design

11

Tough

Manufacturing & Engineering Materials

20

Tough

Industrial Engineering

4

Easy

Renewable Source of Energy

12

Easy

Mechatronics & Robotics

12

Tough

Total

150

Moderate to Tough

ESE IES Electrical Paper Analysis 20th February 2022

Here is a detailed analysis of the UPSC ESE EE exam for the Electrical Engineering aspirants.

Important Highlights of ESE IES Electrical Exam 2022

  • Paper for Electrical Engineering was Moderately Difficult.
  • The level of questions was easier in comparison to last year’s paper. Check for UPSC IES EE Syllabus.
  • Overall Paper 1 & 2 was easy, the cut off will be high.
  • Zero questions in Digital electronics
  • Less number of questions in EMFT & microprocessor
  • Engineering Mathematics was Difficult
  • 6 statement type questions
  • More theoretical questions as compared to numerical questions
  • No match the following questions
  • Good attempts: 90 - 100 questions

ESE Prelims Electrical Engineering 2022 Detailed Analysis

SubjectNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Digital Electronics0
Communication Systems11Moderate
Measurements12Moderate
Power Electronics13Difficult
Basic Electronics Engineering8Easy
Electromagnetic Fields2Moderate
Power Systems11Easy
Electrical Machines13Difficult
Materials Science13Difficult
Microprocessors1Easy
Control Systems12Moderate
Signals and Systems12Moderate
Analog Electronics8Moderate
Computer Fundamentals11Moderate
Engineering Mathematics12Difficult
Total150
Moderate to Difficult

ESE IES ECE Prelims Paper 2 Analysis 2022

Candidates from the Electronics background can check the UPSC ESE EC exam analysis in detail here.

Important Highlights of ESE IES Electronics Exam 2022

  • Overall Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Subject wise difficulty level: Advanced Communication (16 Qs)
  • Theoretical & Numerical: Mostly theoretical
  • Assertion/Reason: 6
  • New Qs: No new pattern question
  • Comparison from last year: Same
  • Good Score: 100+ questions

ESE Prelims Electronics Engineering 2022 Detailed Analysis

Subject

No. of Questions

Difficulty Level

Control Systems

14

Easy 

Electromagnetic Field Theory

13 

Easy

Networks

12

Easy 

Analog Circuits

1

Easy 

Basic Electronics

Easy

Microprocessor

4

Moderate

Digital Circuits

15

Moderate 

Communication Systems

11 

Easy

Material Science

14 

Moderate 

Advanced Electronics

8

Moderate 

Advanced Communication

16 

Easy 

Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation

12 

Moderate

Basic Electrical Engineering

10 

Tough 

Computer Organization and Architecture

11 

Moderate 

Total

150

Overall: Moderate

ESE Prelims 2022 Questions & Answer Key: Download PDF

Aspirants now can download ESE Prelims 2022 question paper for both Paper I and Paper II. BYJU'S Exam Prep is also providing the ESE Prelims 2022 answer key pdf for all the branches below.

SubjectsQuestion Paper and Answer Key
Prelims Paper I GSDownload Now
Prelims Paper II CivilDownload Now
Prelims Paper II MechanicalDownload Now
Prelims Paper II ElectricalDownload Now
Prelims Paper II ElectronicsDownload Now

ESE IES Previous Year Cut Off

Candidates can check the ESE previous year cut-off marks for all the stages.

ESE 2020 Cutoff for Civil Engineering 

Category

Prelims Cutoff

(Out of 500)

Prelims + Mains Cutoff

(Out of 1100)

Final Cutoff 

(Out of 1300)

General

238

651

807

EWS

238

600

759

OBC

238

576

762

SC

202

486

688

ST

227

575

725

ESE 2020 Cutoff for Mechanical Engineering 

Category

Prelims Cutoff

(Out of 500)

Prelims + Mains Cutoff

(Out of 1100)

Final Cutoff

(Out of 1300)

General

262

624

800

EWS

255

575

752

OBC

250

577

748

SC

214

545

698

ST

202

506

653

ESE 2020 Cutoff for Electrical Engineering

Category

Prelims Cutoff

(Out of 500)

Prelims + Mains Cutoff

(Out of 1100)

Final Cutoff

(Out of 1300)

General

238

578

746

EWS

226

548

693

OBC

229

550

718

SC

187

496

663

ST

194

510

655

ESE 2020 Cutoff for Electronics & Telecommunication

Category

Prelims Cutoff

(Out of 500)

Prelims + Mains Cutoff

(Out of 1100)

Final Cutoff

(Out of 1300)

General

245

516

677

EWS

226

459

606

OBC

245

491

645

SC

205

451

598

ST

202

442

554

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  • The ESE Prelims Exam consists of two papers, Prelims Paper I and Paper II are of objective questions. The ESE Exam has a total of 500 marks. 100 questions were asked in Paper I whereas 150 questions were asked in Paper II.

  • The difficulty level for the ESE 2022 Prelims GS paper was Moderate to Tough.

  • The ESE 2022 Prelims expected cut-off will be updated here after the completion of the ESE 2022 exam analysis.

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