ESE 2022 Mechanical Paper Analysis: 20 Feb Review, Difficulty Level, Weightage

By Himanshu Bajpai|Updated : February 20th, 2022

ESE 2022 Mechanical Paper Analysis 20 February: UPSC ESE Prelims examination 2022 for Mechanical Engineering was conducted successfully on 20th February 2022. Two papers were conducted in different sessions, paper 1 was conducted in the morning shift, whereas Paper 2 was conducted in the afternoon. In this article, we are sharing with you the analysis of the ESE Mechanical Paper-2 exam.

BYJU'S Exam Prep brings to you the complete ESE 2022 Mechanical Prelims exam analysis of Paper 2, along with the answer key prepared by our subject matter experts. The UPSC ESE Paper 2 examination for mechanical was held for 3 hours, and the paper consisted of a maximum of 300 marks.

Candidates were asked questions based on their chosen engineering discipline during undergraduate education in this examination. As per the feedback from students who attempted the exam, our subject matter experts have prepared the complete analysis. Thus, this article will help you know every tiny detail about ESE IES Mechanical 2022 Paper analysis. 

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  • Expected Cut-Off

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ESE IES 2022 Mechanical Paper 20th February: Exam Highlights

All the major highlights of this years exam were similar to previous years Mechanical papers. The examination was conducted in two shifts for a duration of two and three hours.

ESE ME 2022Paper 1Paper 2
SubjectsGeneral Studies and Engineering DisciplineTechnical Paper - Mechanical 
Shift Timings10 am to 12 pm2 pm to 5 pm
Mode of ExaminationOfflineOffline
Total No. of Questions100150
Total Marks200300
Exam Duration2 hours3 hours
Negative Marking0.66 0.66 
Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough  Moderate to Tough

ESE IES Mechanical Paper Analysis: Difficulty level 

IES Prelims Paper-2 2022 for Mechanical Engineering was conducted in the afternoon session. Candidates found this paper  Moderate to Tough as some questions were tricky and lengthy this year.

ESE IES Mechanical Paper 2022: Overview

  • 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.
  • 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

We have prepared a subject-wise question analysis which contains the difficulty level, the total number of questions, percentage of marks, for all the major subjects of Mechanical Engineering.

 Sr No Subject

 No. of Questions

 Difficulty level
2Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning9Easy
3Power Plant14Moderate
4IC Engines1Easy
5Heat Transfer12Moderate
6Fluid Mechanics and Machinery23Tough
7Engineering Mechanics4Moderate
8Strength of Materials10Moderate
9Theory of Machines & Vibrations13Moderate
10Machine Design11Tough
11Manufacturing & Engineering Materials20Tough
12Industrial Engineering4Easy
13Renewable Source of Energy12Easy
14Mechatronics & Robotics12Tough
Total150Moderate to Tough
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ESE ME Prelims Paper 2 Analysis 2022: Difficulty Level

As per the analysis, listed below are the important points informing about the level and type of questions that were asked in ESE  Paper-2 Mechanical Engineering 2022 -

  • The Paper was formed in such a way that the examiner tried to cover the full syllabus of almost every subject.
  • The Difficulty level of Questions asked was Moderate to Tough this time.

ESE ME Prelims Paper 2 Expected Safe Score/Cutoff 2022

As per as candidates who had attempted ESE mains examination 2022 for Mechanical Engineering, if a candidate scores 205-210 marks in the paper can find it a good score in the paper so the candidate should attempt 230 - 240 marks out of a total of 300 marks.

  • UPSC will disclose IES ME 2022 Cutoff for the Preliminary exam 2022 when the final result is declared.
  • Candidates can check the official cut off of IES online by visiting the UPSC website
  • To qualify for the successive stage of Examination, i.e. IES Main exam, it is necessary to score equivalent or more marks than the prepared qualifying cut off marks.
  • The UPSC ESE 2022 cut off depends on the following factors -
    • The total number of candidates who appeared for the IES 2022 examination.
    • The total number of available vacancies for selection. 
    • The difficulty level of the paper of Engineering Services Examination for the year 2022.

Also, check Here All Branches IES previous years Cutoffs

What Next After IES ME 2022 Prelims Examination is over?

  • If your score is somewhat less or near it to expected score, do not sit idle. Start preparing for Mains Examination. 
  • Shortlisted candidates from IES Mains will be called for a personal interview session for final recruitment so start preparing for Interviews just after mains.

How to Prepare for ESE Mechanical Engineering Interview?

  • ESE interview questions could be asked from subject-specific, project-specific, current affairs of recent scenerio or General Questions from your education or life.
  • Check all the important topics. You can see common Questions Asked in ESE interviews from here.

IES ME Prelims Answer Key 2022

IES ME Answer Keys for Prelims Exam will be uploaded by the commission on the official website after the final result. 

Download ESE Prelims Paper 2 Mechanical Engineering Questions & Answer Key Here  (To be Updated)

Good Attempts For ESE Paper 2 Mechanical Engineering: 100 to 105 questions

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  • ESE Exam analysis for Mechanical is very important because it will help students in their future strategy for preparation for Mains & Interview.

  • The ESE 2022 for Mechanical Paper analysis 2022 gives you a trend of the exam and questions asked in the exam.

  • The cutoff is released after the Mains and Interview on the website.



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