IES 2012 Success Tips for UPSC

Success Tips for UPSC Engineering Services Examination

Among all the career options available for engineers across domains, i.e. in private, public and government sectors still the best, prestigious and coveted career remains that of esteemed Indian Engineering Services (IES). Through Indian Engineering Services (IES) a candidate gets a career in most reputed government departments like Indian Railways, Military Engineering Services, Central Engineering Services, Telecommunication Department, Central Water Services and other esteemed departments.

In Indian Engineering Services (IES), an Engineer gets an opportunity to handle technically challenging roles and tasks technically, which have a direct bearing on the building up of infrastructure and services of our nation.
Strategy for the Engineering Services Examination
The foundation of success can be laid on the resolute efforts but a sound strategy accompanied by never say die spirit makes the recipe of success sipid. Success can’t be achieved overnight hence a prudent strategy matters a lot. For success in Engineering Services Exam, a candidate is required to have excellent fundamentals in the core subjects, along with 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 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 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 key differentiator for being in top rankers.
  • Manage your time table such that it has 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 of 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 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 memorize 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 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 papers
  • The first motto while solving the question papers is to utilize 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 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 third day of 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 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 labeled and neat diagram with 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
  • The examination requires consistency, never say die spirit and most important is self motivation. Healthy ideas grow in healthy mind so alongwith studies do devote some time for recreation this will make enhance the memorizing power and efficiency.
  • Keep safely documents related to examination such as acknowledgment of application, hall ticket, application number and other details. This is to avoid last minute tension for obvious things.
  • One day before the examination don’t study much, just revise the important notes which you have made. Relax and sleep for atleast 6 hours so that you write exam with fresh mind.
  • Keep atleast 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.