Common Mistakes to Avoid in ESE Mains 2023: Know Answer Writing Techniques

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to conduct the ESE Mains Exam on 25th June 2023 with only a few days left for the ESE IES Mains exam. Candidates are working hard in the eleventh hour of the exam. Candidates preparing for the ESE exam should understand that Common Mistakes to Avoid in ESE Mains 2023 exam. The ESE IES Mains exam 2023 holds a great deal of importance to every candidate appearing for it but small mistakes in the exam can make a huge difference in the rank of a candidate.

During the last stage of the exam, candidates need to revise the syllabus following a strategy that depends on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. Candidates should revise the vocabulary words from the notes or flashcards, which they must have prepared earlier. Candidates are recommended to go through the previous year’s question papers to know the paper pattern and level of questions. In this article, BYJU’S exam prep is sharing a complete idea of all common mistakes to avoid in ESE mains 2023 exam that can occur while giving the exam.

Some Common Mistakes to Avoid in ESE Mains 2023 Exam

Here is a list of common mistakes to avoid in ESE mains 2023 exam. Candidates are advised to go through these mistakes before appearing for the ESE mains examination on 25th June 2023.

  1. Reach the exam center on time
  2. Fill in all information carefully
  3. Prepare a mental layout before attempting the question
  4. Read Questions Carefully
  5. Manage time well & try to attempt all questions
  6. Answer what is asked in question & be specific
  7. Avoid calculation mistakes
  8. Don’t waste much time on one question

ESE Mains 2023 Exam Answer Writing Techniques

Check here the tips to write the ESE Mains exam answer

  • Attempt all remaining test papers like you would give the exact ESE mains exam. 
  • Pick the topics to be attempted with the first glimpse over the entire paper.
  • Marks will not be allotted for surface knowledge, so don’t spend time on questions you don’t know properly & are uncertain about concepts.
  • Try to answer broadly, i.e. provide in-depth information from equations to essential points in each answer.
  • Always use pointers while answering theoretical questions rather than writing lengthy passages.
  • If possible, write a critique or an inference at the end of the answer. It will certainly get you excellent marks.
  • Impress your handwriting while addressing the solutions as up to 5 percent of the highest marks can be decreased for unreadable handwriting.
  • Remember marks are given for correct, effective, and accurate appearance combined with proper usage of words in the conventional papers of the exam.
  • Try to be definite and use the only General form of Indian numerals (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5,6) while solving question papers.
  • Apart from the performance, keep in mind that there is no need to worry about the presentation if the content is accurate.
  • Prepare and practice all previous year’s questions to shove your confidence.
  • Finally, the quality of the answer would bring good marks and not the number of pages of the answer sheet. So be precise and try to give the best answer.

IES/ESE Exam Pattern 2023

The ESE exam pattern is shared below. Once the candidates clear each stage, the final selection of the candidates will be done and the candidates will be appointed as Class 1 officers. 

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam 
  3. Interview/Personality Test 


Total Marks

Time Period

Date 2021


500 marks

5 hrs

19th Feb 2023


600 marks

6 hrs

25th June 2023


200 marks

Not fixed

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