Accelerate your IES 2018 Preparation without Coaching
Indian Engineering Services (IES) test is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit civil services officers who would meet the managerial and technical needs of the Government of India. Similar to other civil services, selection of the IES candidates are made based on merit. The selected candidates occupy vacancies in the middle-management positions of the bureaucracy.
You could find the application form for IES-ESE online from September 27, 2017. The final date for submission of the form was October 23, 2017. Applicants could download their respective hall ticket for IES from the official website of UPSC starting from December 26, 2017.
The preliminary examination was held on January 7, 2018, the result of which will be declared around April 2018. The main examination will be held on July 1, 2018. The final test consisting of an interview and personality test will be conducted in November or December 2018 leading to the selection of candidates.
Tens of thousands of candidates compete every year for only a few hundred vacant posts. The selection process comprises of three stages and consists of five tests in total. The complete test is known as the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) conducted every year by the UPSC in order to recruit candidates for the Indian Engineering Services. IES is one of the more prestigious government services and offers a rather coveted career to Indian engineers. In 2015, only 434 candidates were selected through the examination.
Working professionals often find it difficult to find time to attend coaching classes in order to prepare for IES-ESE. This article will help them find guidance and to decide how to proceed on their own with the preparation without any professional assistance.
Preparation Tips for IES-ESE
- Follow the prescribed syllabus for IES-ESE diligently. Beginning the preparation with easy subjects and slowly moving to the heavier subjects and finishing them is the path of least resistance. Studying the subjects from the objective point of view is important, along with detailed study.
- Practicing the past years’ papers is very crucial. It will not only prepare you for the final examination, but also improve speed and confidence. Also, you may find common questions from previous papers being repeated in the question paper, which will give you added advantage over other candidates who have not been through the same question before
- Subscribe for an online test series. During your free time, write practice tests and compare your performance with other candidates on an all India basis. Regular tests coupled with studies will markedly improve performance in the real test. Investing in a test series is worth the money and time spent.
- Time yourself while solving objective papers and then evaluate yourself. This will increase speed, reduce time consumption on each question and reduce the margin for errors.
- Solve subjective questions within a time-frame. This will increase writing speed and reduce the time taken to solve each question by a good margin, thus helping in the final examination. Also solving questions in this manner will reduce nervousness during the real examination.
- While writing the subjective papers, it is wise to write the answers which you are most confident about first, which will create a good impression about you in the mind of the person correcting the paper you write.
- Writing answers as neatly as possible and in a completely legible handwriting is a must because there is a declared five percent deduction of marks as a penalty for poor handwriting.
- Explaining each and every formula used, and defining each symbol used in the answer sheet is important. Treating the examiner as a person to whom you are explaining something is important to score well on answers.
- Use a pencil to underline or highlight facts in your answer script. Include diagrams and figures to explain your answers as well as possible. The simpler you make an answer to understand, the better score you obtain.
- Try to include practical facts and important details about a subject matter while writing, which other candidates are most likely to omit, or not know altogether. This will not only create a good impression with the examiner but also help you gain additional points for good references.
- Answer each question in depth. Writing superficial answers will reduce the likelihood of a good score. The more you explain and the clearer your answers are, the better you score.
- It is useless to waste time with answers that you do not clearly know. In case you do not know something well enough, skip on to the next question which you can write better with more time in hand. However, do not leave too many questions unanswered. Even if you know very little on a subject being asked about, provide the information you know and move on to the next question.
- While writing the objective paper, do not mark answers you are not sure about. Wrong answers carry a negative marking of 33%. Too many wrong answers will reduce your chances of qualifying for the mains. In this case, leaving a question unanswered is the lesser evil as compared to randomly guessing on an option in the hopes of miraculously marking the correct one.
- Be confident while writing the examinations. It is important to not be nervous in order to save time and avoid silly and completely avoidable mistakes. Maintaining a positive attitude will definitely help you during the examinations. Be serious but do not be anxious.
Following the above tips along with a serious preparation referring to good books will surely go a long way to help you crack IES-ESE. Preparing alone can sometimes be severely demotivating, with nobody to discuss your issues with and no reference point to compare your progress against. In such times, if you feel, you may join a crash course for a short period of time or find peers for group study. In the end hard work will always meet success.