Important Tips for ESE 2023 Mains (Conventional Papers)

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Preparing for the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2023 Mains is a crucial step for aspiring engineers who are eager to secure a prestigious position in the government sector. The ESE Mains is an integral part of the selection process, determining the final outcome of candidates’ efforts. ESE mains 2023 exam is scheduled on the 25th of June 2023, hence, to maximize your chances of success, it is essential to approach your preparation strategically and efficiently.

In this article, we will explore some important tips that can help you excel in the ESE 2023 Mains while maintaining academic integrity. By following these guidelines, you will be able to optimize your study routine, enhance your problem-solving abilities, and confidently tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Let’s dive in and discover the key strategies for success in the ESE 2023 Mains without compromising your integrity.

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About ESE Exam 2023

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 other government departments. Candidates who qualify for 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, the ESE exam is conducted in 3 stages i.e.

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

Also Check, ESE Previous Year’s Cutoff

Candidates clearing the Preliminary stage are allowed to appear for the Main stage. Then on the basis of performance in 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 three stages of the examination (maximum marks-1300).

Here Byjus Exam Prep is providing some useful tips to improve your score in the ESE Mains examination.

Mains Examination (Conventional Paper: 600 Marks)

Highlights of the Mains Exam

  • The main Examination is the subjective/conventional type in the respective engineering discipline and consists of two papers that 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.

Also Check, ESE 2023 Prelims Exam Papers and Solutions

Tips to Score High in ESE Mains Examination

  • Initial 10-15 minutes should be dedicatedly spent on the wise selection of questions to be answered in the respective paper. Please make a note that the 1st and 5th questions are compulsory hence you need not go through those questions and only balance 6 questions are to look into to select the best 3 among them (At least 1 from each section).
  • From 2017 onwards, UPSC introduced a Question Cum Answer Booklet (QCAB) in the Mains examination of Engineering Services. So you have to get used to that format by solving mock tests and test series.
  • In the QCAB booklet, there are questions that have a range of 10-12 marks and those with a range of 18-25 marks. For the first category of questions, generally, space is limited to a single sheet. So space management becomes crucial for this 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 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 speed in order to create good handwriting and in order to make a speedy attempt at the paper, you should not write in a shabby manner.
  • Prepare and practice all previous year’s questions to boost your confidence.

Don’t Stop When You Are Tired,

Stop When You Are Done!!

All The Best

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