How to prepare for IES ESE in first attempt (Prelims & Mains)

By Anjali Gupta|Updated : October 4th, 2021

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. - Ronnie Lott

This quote rightly delivers the message that we should first believe in the dream to be able to achieve it. Many aspirants feel it is not possible to crack IES ESE in the first attempt. But there are many examples that prove this misconception wrong. What all is required are the right passion, right guidance, and right strategy. 

If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it. - Ronnie Lott

This quote rightly delivers the message that we should first believe in the dream to be able to achieve it. Many aspirants feel it is not possible to crack IES ESE in the first attempt. But there are many examples that prove this misconception wrong. What all is required are the right passion, right guidance, and right strategy. 

About IES ESE Exam 

Indian Engineering Services (ESE) conducts this exam for engineers to work under the Government of India and they are designated as Class – I Officers. The nature of the work largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre of your recruitment. This position has high stature in society and is very lucrative. The starting position offered is of Asst. Divisional engineer and the hierarchy goes up to the position of Chairman Railway Board in case of Railways.

Eligible Branches for IES ESE Exam

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

ESE Exam Pattern

Prelims: 500 Marks

Mains: 600 Marks

Interview:  200 marks

Total Marks= 1300 Marks

Various Government department Offering Group ‘A’ Job

  1. Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  2. Central Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  3. Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  4. Central Engineering Service  (Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  5. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  6. Indian Defence Service of Engineers  (Military Engineer Services)
  7. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Survey of India Service
  10. Military Engineer Services ( QS & C)
  11. P & T Building Works Service  (DoT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology)

Strategy to Prepare for ESE

Step 1:  Syllabus and Subject - Wise Weightage of Subjects

  • Syllabus:- Go through the syllabus thoroughly before starting the preparation. Also, analyze the weight-age of subjects and focus on them.
  • In Civil Engineering, some subjects have a combined weightage of around 80%. And these subjects are Strength of Materials, Structure Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Highway, Building Materials. If you cover these subjects you can expect a decent score in both exams.

Step 2: Select Good Books & Study Material for GATE preparation

  • Select Good Study Materials and Books to start your preparation. 

Step 3:- Approach to a Subject

  • Understand the subjects from the Previous Year Questions Pattern
  • In ESE, most of the questions are theoretical and conceptual, so for solving such types of questions your basics should be strong. UPSC always gives tricky options in which you can easily get caught so to get knowledge of UPSC questions you must practice previous year's questions, and note that some of the previous year's questions repeat directly in the exam.

Step 4: Plan your IES Preparation

  • It is a good idea to make a disciplined timetable. Once you set daily, weekly and monthly targets, you will be going to see better results for the same amount of effort.

Step 5: Preparation Strategy

  • It is advisable to start preparation with an easy subject first.
  • Read all topics and subtopics to complete the entire subject.
  • For Prelims, it's good if you start now only reading daily Insights news which helps in building up general knowledge for pre-exam.
  • Make notes for each topic so that you should cover all important definitions, formulas, differences, etc.
  • Practice previous year's GATE questions after having knowledge of each chapter. 
  • For ESE previous year questions are sufficient for preparation so don’t waste your time reading too many books
  • Attempt the practice tests /quizzes of each topic and subject to check your knowledge on that topic.
  • Clear all your doubts while you study only.
  • Discuss your doubts with your friends and Practice quizzes/tests to compare your performance with others.
  • Identify your weak areas while practising quizzes/tests and try to revise and practice those topics only.

Step 6: Revision at regular intervals

  • Read the revision notes on a weekly basis to regularly recall the concepts of the prepared subjects.
  • Gradually, your revision time will reduce to recall the concepts, which you can use in other things.

Step 7: Mock Tests

  • You can test your knowledge in two ways. One is self-practice on a daily basis, and another one is attempting online mock tests.
  • Plan your further strategy on the basis of your score in the mock tests.

Step 8: Last stage Revision

  • Give more time to the weak portions of particular subjects which you identify during your mock tests.
  • You can practice 2 to 3 tests every day and try to recall all the concepts during your practice.

Your confidence will increase by increasing the no of a mock attempts.

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  • First, go through the syllabus and the previous year weightage analysis to familiarize yourself with the ESE Exam pattern. Start your IES preparation with the subject you are comfortable with.

  • You should continue your ESE preparation as long as you are putting effective time with proper concentration. Dont stress out so much with a tight schedule. Take some small break after 1.5-2 hr of study.

  • Yes, it is possible to crack ESE in the very first attempt with a proper preparation strategy and a motivated mind. Always look for opportunities to make your preparation fruitful.

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