How to prepare for IES 2017 exam in 60 days ?

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Before we go to the topic that how to prepare for IES exam in 60 days let us give a close look to Important Aspects of IES or ESE exam.

Important Dates

  • Date of Notification: 28 September 2016
  • Last Date to Apply: 21 October 2016
  • Date of Preliminary Exam: 8 January 2017
  • Date of Main Exam: 14 May 2017



Age Eligibility: You need to be between 21 years to 30 years as on 1st January of the exam year. Age relaxations exist as per the government rules.

Academic Qualification Eligibility: You must be a graduate in Engineering from a recognised university. Final year students can also appear for IES exam.


New ESE Exam Pattern (From 2017)

The new pattern will be implemented from the year 2017 onwards.

Stage – I (Preliminary) Objective Papers Duration Marks
Paper I (Common to all) General Studies & Engineering Aptitude 2 Hours 200
Paper II Engineering Specific 3 Hours 300
Stage I Total 500
Stage II (Mains) Subjective Papers    
Engineering Paper I 3 Hours 300
Engineering Paper II 3 Hours 300
Stage II Total 600
Stage I + II Total 1100
Stage III Personality Test   200
Grand Total 1300

Only those candidates qualifying at Stage I are permitted to appear for Stage-II examination. Similarly, only those Candidates qualifying at Stage-I + Stage-II are permitted to appear for Stage-III examination.

Now let’s focus on How to prepare for ESE or ISE exam in 60 Days ?

ESE or IES 2017 exam is a bit new as the syllabus and examination pattern has been updated after a long time. But instead of getting worried about it, you should be normal as the exam is for Engineers, so whatever they change it will revolve around Engineering or related subjects. So, always focus on those things a bit more which are around Engineering or related to it.

So the major steps for preparing in 60 days are:

1- Analyse the Syllabus & previous year papers properly to get familiar with the exam.

2-Plan a schedule for preparing for each subject as each subject demands a different approach and different amount of time to prepare for the examination.

3- Prioritise the important subjects according to the last 5 year Weightage Analysis.

4- Prepare for general Aptitude & engineering Aptitude in the daily basis.

5- Practice Previous year papers & Sample papers.

6- Also give subjectwise quizzes and tests to prepare in better way.

7- Then at the end 15 days  start revising & keep last 1 day empty for just formula revision.

Here we have a sample paper for IES & ESE 2017 exam to help you in preparation. See through it here : model-question-paper-ese-exam

Also, here is a bit analysis for previous year question papers which will help you.

Part-A, General English:


Part-B, General Studies:


Along with all above discussion, we  have some tips and tricks for the preparation of the IES exam & also while solving IES exam.

For success in Engineering Services Exam, a candidate is required to have excellent fundamentals in the core subjects, along with a thorough update on general awareness, current affairs and no less, all the traits of matured personality.

-Following subsequent points will be worth mentioning and aspirants should necessarily keep a note of the same viz:

-Get acquainted with the latest examination pattern and syllabus of the exam. Go through the previous year’s question papers. Compare them and see what types of questions are repeated every year.

-It is advisable not to go refer several books for the same topic, instead, it is better to refer one good book for each topic, which clarifies basic concepts. Selective books are advisable for selected topics.

-For every candidate time, management is very essential along with the setting of the target. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is apt in his words “One always has time enough if one will apply it well.” The first step which every candidate should follow is to make a time table. Take one subject from each section of your technical syllabus and devote at least 3 hours daily to it. Try to devote 1 hour each to English and General Studies so that you can take an edge as it is a key differentiator for being in top rankers.

-Manage your timetable such that it has a good distribution of study hours for General Ability Section and technical papers, as it makes studies enjoyable and it becomes easy to sustain the momentum for longer hours, without boredom setting in and without losing interest and enthusiasm.

-It is always better to prepare short term plan of study, which should be framed in mind and executed.

-While studying the technical subjects don’t forget to make short notes on important topics. Make a separate list of formulae for each subject and revise the short notes and formulae list daily.

-After completion of the topic solve all previous year questions and practice other questions which are available in good books. This will help you to assess yourself for the level of understanding of the subject.

-When you are solving the question set the time limit and after the completion of it check whether you have completed the task within stipulated time or not.

-It is better to practice questions on OMR sheets for marking the answers, which will help to practice the marking of correct answers on OMR sheets quickly in the examinations.

-After completion of it take another subject and follow the same guidelines and don’t forget to revise the important portion and your short notes of the subject which you have prepared earlier.

-While preparing the English, segregate the vocabulary from previous 10 years paper of Engineering Services Examination and Combined Defense Services Examination. Try to memorise at least 20 words daily and don’t miss to revise those words.

-The next step to prepare the portion of English is solve daily 10 to 15 questions based on finding errors and rearrangement of sentences.

-From the topics of general studies, first of all, find out the area of your interest and study it in the form of a story or try to correlate the things. It will develop interest and make the things comfortable.

-Read Newspaper and articles, watch morning bulletin, surf websites in order to prepare for General Ability section. The current affairs coverage is required till 45 days before the date of examination.

-Solve all the previous papers of General studies so that you can come to know the main areas of GS.

-For making your conventional portion strong and for securing good marks in it, try to solve at least 5 questions daily from the previous 10 years paper and solve expected conventional questions from the topic you are studying same day. It will improve your presentation and enhance the writing skills along with the rectification of the silly mistakes made by the candidates during the examination.

-Always remember “Practice Makes a Man Perfect”. Reserve last 15 days, for quick practice and revision.
Solve as many papers you can. The more you will solve the question more marks you will gain. Practice full length
mock test, comprising of all the sections, within the fixed time period.

Tips and tricks for solving the IES papers

-The first motto while solving the question papers is to utilise your time optimally.

-The Objective Paper-I consists of 120 questions which are evenly based on English and General Studies. The questions on the topics of rearrangement of sentences and Comprehension are tedious and time-consuming so it is suggested to solve those questions after completion of rest of the paper.

-While solving the comprehension part first read the passage then read the questions asked and then mark the lines which are related to the questions.

-If you are not able to solve a particular question then don’t waste your time on it and don’t get disheartened. Move to other questions and solve the tough question at the end.

-While solving technical objective papers, try to solve the questions on theory first and then work on numerical questions as there is Negative Marking for each wrong answer and cut off is to be cleared in these papers hence never try to mark those answers on which you are not confident.

-On the third day of the examination, there are two conventional papers. Before solving the paper, first of all, read the question paper thoroughly and mark those questions in which you can perform your best.

-Write the answers, step by step in a tidy manner to give an impressive presentation and by doing this the candidate will not miss the essential points and formulae. If some diagram is required try to make well labelled and neat diagram with the freehand sketch. You will get the credit for orderly, effective, and exact expression combined with due economy of words in the conventional papers of the examination.

-Write formulae in the numerical, S.I units of concerned quantities and answers as well. Steps to enhance your performance:-
1. The examination requires consistency, never say die spirit and most important is self-motivation. Healthy ideas grow in healthy mind so along with studies do devote some time for recreation this will make enhance the memorising power and efficiency.
2. Keep safely documents related to examination such as acknowledgement of application, hall ticket, application number and other details. This is to avoid last minute tension for obvious things.
3. One day before the examination don’t study much, just revise the important notes which you have made.
Relax and sleep for at least 6 hours so that you write the exam with a fresh mind.
4. Keep at least 2 sharpened pencils, eraser, sharpener, 2 pens, calculator, hall ticket, etc. in your examination
kit. Leave for your exam timely and don’t study much on the same day during travelling.

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