ESE Preparation Strategy

Answers  given by IES toppers

UPSC  IES Topper 1

Preparing for IES …
It is the biggest question mark when you decide to prepare for any competitive examination.
How to start your preparation ?
Unlike you all, I faced the same problem when I decided to prepare for UPSC IES.
I got my answer when I asked some questions to myself.
Make the use of 5 ‘W’ and 1 ‘H’

We shall see all this one by one

  • Why have I decided to go for IES ?

    It is your area of interest to serve in techno-managerial job under Government of India. Bright career, excellent facilities, huge respect and after all job security.

    Once you know the reason why you are preparing for IES, you will start asking more & more questions to yourself and you will find answers.

  • When should I start my preparation ?

    You can start your preparation from 3rd year of Engineering or final year.

    Mostly many students start their preparation after Final year. They dedicate one complete year for preparation.

  • Yes, I have decided to go for IES and I know when to start.

    Where should I begin from and How should I plan?

    How much time should I give per day for my preparation ?

    Firstly refer the previous 15 years question papers and find out the weightage for all your subjects.

    Decide the Subject priority list and start your preparation from that subject which has got more weightage in exam.

    You have the complete list of subjects according to their weightage.

    You have made a rough plan for your preparation. But what if you face doubts while preparation. And yes, you are going to face many doubts while your preparation.

    I studied for 11 – 12 hours per day. It depends from person to person. Some might study 9 – 10 hours while some for 13–15 hrs. That depends on your memorizing capability & smart study techniques.

    The next question which will come to your mind is –

  • Who will guide me ?

    You should join some good coaching institute like IITian’s Academy. If you join IITian’s Academy, I will suggest you to strictly follow their schedule. Attend all classes regularly and be honest to yourself while preparation.

    Nowadays there are many sources available online. Lectures by UPSC toppers and coaching institutes to guide you in proper direction.

    And the last & most important question –

  • What should be my preparation strategy for IES ?

    1. a) As I already told, once you know the subject priority list. Start with the subject which has more weightage in examination.
    2. b) See whether theory or numericals are asked from that particular subject. In IES, generally it is 70–30. 70% numericals & 30 % theory.

    If you have joined coaching, study all the class notes for that subject. If you find something difficult to understand, refer only that part in reference books.

    After you study all your class notes, solve previous 15–20 yrs questions from that subject. Solve this questions setting time based on their marks. This will help you improve time management during exam.

    1. c) After solving questions and revising entire subject, make your own short notes. Include only important key concepts and formulae in your short notes.

    Short notes will help you revise the subject quickly during the 11th hour of exam.

    Accordingly study all subjects in the list.

    1. d) At last, before examination, dont study anything new. Revise the short notes you made. Join some good test series subjectwise as well as full length test series. It will help you monitor your performance. It will help you know what you have forgotten and retained while preparation.
  • To make your preparation easy, I would like to share some strategies to score good marks in ESE (Main) exam:

    1. From the previous year’s cutoffs you can very well understand the growing competition year by year . I would suggest every candidate to prepare entire syllabus , covering each and every topic has now become essential. But yet there is need to focus more on main areas – The areas which are the most repeated or the areas which have more weightage in examination.
    2. Make the list of sample questions for important and repeated areas so that you can revise the frequently asked questions , which will ease your preparation especially in last moment.
    3. There are certain derivations and theory concepts which one cannot avoid. Derivations that were asked repeatedly in past & can be asked again . Give proper attention on such areas as these derivations are direct scoring questions where you can have edge over others.
    4. Theory answers can be written point wise or in bullet form. It will reduce time, however answering pattern will depend on the type of question asked.Free hand sketching and neat diagrams are advisable to complement your answers.
    5. Make a habit of making micro notes . After finishing every subject make micro notes, which have only principal formulae/ diagrams/ concepts of atmost importance, especially note down the area which you find difficult to remember. Then, once this is done, take a snapshot and store in your mobile gallery. These will be your Digital Micro Notes, which can be revised anywhere and everywhere, while travelling also and you can best utilise your free time.
    6. Always do Regular Revision , because the backbone of preparation is revision. The revision for Mains is not mere revising theory and formulae but for Mains you have to solve more numerical questions hence it is advisable to go for revision by solving problems.
    7. Practicing previous 15 to 20 years questions of ESE, CSE and IFoS exam, solved questions from standard reference books will be quite beneficial.
    8. Develop habit of solving unsolved questions from standard text books /previous papers and ensure that you solve till last step by taking care of units and dimensions . Solving questions will also improve your speed and accuracy.
For Answer writing part, follow the below guidelines –
  • Tests are GPS of your preparation .Take tests in real time exam environment and write the answers as if you are writing in final exam QCAB.
  • To write efficiently in QCAB ,develop mind mapping habit before answering. Decide in first few minutes which questions are to be answered.Then before starting to write, make a map what steps are to be incorporated in the answer and the sequence of steps required , this will help in eloquent representation.
  • Question Cum Answer Booklet ( QCAB) has limited space, so striking off (cutting off ) your answer and writing again may result in wastage of time and space and some time there may not be enough space to re write the answer.
  • You need to gauge the number of words required to be written & should be based on marks allotted for the question . Ensure that the answer fits well in the space provided in QCAB.
  • Make self assessment and evaluate yourself and improve weak areas, make a note of errors and mistakes and ensure that same are not repeated in next test .
  • Always bookmark the questions in which you made mistakes or could not attempt, so that they can be revised before exam.
  • Always do your best and don’t bother about result . Ensure that your preparation and performance is free from stress and pressure .
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