Important Tips for ESE 2019 Mains (Conventional Papers)

By Vineet Vijay|Updated : June 15th, 2019

Engineering Services Exam(ESE) is conducted for recruitment to vacancies in Indian Railways, Central Engineering Service (CPWD), Central Engineering Services(Roads), Telecom Services, ISDS and such other government departments. Candidates who qualify this examination are posted in key positions in these departments as Group A Gazetted officers.

The Engineering Services is conducted in below mentioned four branches:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

As most of the candidates might be aware, ESE exam is conducted in 3 stages i.e.

  • Preliminary stage (500 marks)
  • Mains stage (600 marks)
  • Personality Test (200 marks)

Candidates clearing the Preliminary stage are allowed to appear for the Main stage. Then on the basis of performance on these two written stages, the candidates are shortlisted for the personality test(interview). The final merit is prepared on the basis of marks secured in all the three stages of examination(maximum marks-1300).

Here Gradeup is providing some useful tips to improve your score in Mains examination of ESE.

MAIN EXAMINATION (Conventional Paper: 600 Marks)

Highlights of Mains Exam

  • The main Examination is the subjective/conventional type in the respective engineering discipline and consist of two papers which will be conducted in different sessions.
  • Engineering Discipline Paper-1 carries a total of 300 Marks, and the duration is 3 hours.
  • Engineering Discipline Paper-2 carries a total of 300 Marks, and the duration is 3 hours.
  • Candidates are required to answer the conventional questions in the best possible manner so as to score close to the maximum marks of the question. It is a crucial stage where both conventional papers depend on not only your technical skills but also the way in which the answer is presented with a systematic approach. It is at this stage that the well-prepared aspirant leaps ahead of other aspirants with a healthy margin of marks.

Tips to Score High in ESE Main Examination-

  • Initial 10-15 minutes should be dedicatedly spent in the wise selection of questions to be answered in the respective paper. Please make a note that 1st and 5th question are compulsory hence you need not go through those questions and only balance 6 questions are to look into to select best 3 among them(At least 1 from each section).
  • From 2017 onwards, UPSC has introduced Question cum Answer Booklet(QCAB) in the MAIN examination of Engineering Services. So you have to get used to that format by solving mock tests and test series.
  • In QCAB booklet, there are questions which have a range of 10-12 marks and those with having range 18-25 marks. For the first category of questions, generally, space is limited to a single sheet. So space management becomes crucial for these set of questions. You have to visualize the solution which you are about to write and accordingly make the best use of the space provided to not only complete the solution but also to ensure that you are not skipping any detail which should be in the solution.
  • The evaluators at UPSC do not award marks for answers written on the basis of superficial knowledge, so avoid answering the questions in which you are not confident. Invest that valuable time in answering the questions in which you think to have command. 
  • In attempting the theoretical and numerical type questions, do not skip any step throughout the solution as it may lead to a deduction in a certain percentage of marks allotted to that question and such will bring down your score in this stage.
  • The theoretical questions should preferably be answered in the form of bullets/points. It creates a more presentable view of the solution and also makes it easy for the examiners to evaluate.
  • While writing a formula in any theoretical or numerical type problem, do explain the meaning of the terms of that formula. 
  • If possible write a comment or an inference at the end of the solution. It may or may not fetch you marks but it will definitely create a good impression in the mind of the examiner.
  • The answer writing should be in legible handwriting. There must be a balance of speed and handwriting throughout the exam. You should not compromise with the speed in order to create a good handwriting and in order to make a speedy attempt of the paper, you should not write in a shabby manner.
  • Prepare and practice all previous year questions to boost your confidence.

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