Indian Engineering Services (IES)
Indian Engineering Services deals with the technical and managerial functions of the Govt. of India. UPSC conduct IES examination and the recommended candidates by them will be appointed by Union Govt. of India as IES Officers.
IES is a well-reputed career option. Every year many student of engineering graduation take up IES examination just to hold few hundred seats. This is the reason why IES examination is one of the toughest examinations of India and even across the world. Many IES officers deals in public sectors such as, inspection, roads, power, railways, manufacturing, public works and telecommunication etc. Generally the graduates passing or topping IES examination are from Indian Institute of Technology or Indian Institute of Science.
Important facts about IES Examination
- Examination Name – Indian Engineering Services (IES) Examination
- Conducted by – Union Public Services Commission (UPSC)
- Schedule of the Examination – June (Generally)
- Mode of applying – Online
- Age Limit – From 21 to 30 as on 1st January
- Educational criteria – A bachelor’s degree in Engineering from a recognized university.
- Medium of the examination – Mainly in English
- Examination Pattern – Written examination then personal interview.
- Deduction of marks – 5% may be for illegible handwritten
- Penalty for wrong answers – Yes
Educational Criteria for IES Examination
- The candidates applying for this examination must have a bachelors degree in Engineering or equivalent (B.E/B.Tech) from a recognized university.
- Tn M.Sc degree or equivalent with electronics, radio physics, wireless communication or radio engineering as special subjects are eligible for certain posts.
Age limit for IES Examination
The candidates applying for IES examination has to be aged between 21 to 30 as on 1stJanuary (for general category) of the year they are taking up the exam. The age relaxation will be considered only certain sections of candidates.
Pattern of IES Examination
Total marks of IES examination is 1200. The examination consists of two stages.
The written test contains 1000 marks. Written test is both MCQ type and descriptive type. This test is generally spread into 3 days and the duration is of 10 hours. The engineering discipline has to be chosen from mechanical engineering, electronics, civil engineering, electrical engineering and telecommunication.
|Paper I||Objective||General AbilityPart A- General English||200||Day ½ hours|
|Paper II||Objective||Civil Eng./Mechanical Eng./Electrical Eng./Electronics/Telecommunication Eng.||200||Day 2/2 hours|
|Paper III||Objective||Civil Eng./Mechanical Eng./Electrical Eng./Electronics/Telecommunication Eng.||200||Day 2/2 hours|
|Paper IV||Objective||General Ability Test||200||2 hours|
|Paper V||Conventional||Civil Eng./Mechanical Eng./Electrical Eng./Electronics/Telecommunication Eng.Part A- General English||200||Day 3/2 hours|
|Total||Conventional||Civil Eng./Mechanical Eng./Electrical Eng./Electronics/Telecommunication Eng.||200||Day 3/2 hours|
Tips and Tricks to Prepare for IES Exam 2015
Tips for General English
- Focus of English grammar and understand the concepts of usage of words, parts of speech and tenses.
- Try to learn new word every day to increase your vocabulary.
- Learn the antonyms and synonyms of the words learnt by you and also the manner to use these words in daily conversation.
- Make a habit of reading English newspaper, it will help to enhance your vocabulary.
- Try to solve previous year question as many you can, it will gives you an idea about question patterns.
Tips for General English
- You need to be updated for happening across the country and world to score good in this section.
- Read newspaper and watch news on TV every day to get updated about the latest happening.
- You can also prepare for this section from GK books.
- Try to solve previous years question papers and take mock test related to GK as well.
Prepare for any one subjects from-Mechanical Eng./Electronics/Civil Eng./Electrical Eng./Telecommunication Eng.
- There is a specified syllabus every subject. You can follow the syllabus for the subject you have chosen and prepared well for examination.
- You need to do the preparation in such a way that not even a single topic will left.
- Make a routine and do the preparation accordingly without fail.
- You can also follow previous years question papers to get an idea and practice by yourself.
- Trying mock test is also a good option to prepare for examination.
The candidates who score qualified marks in written examination will be called upon for personal interview. In personal interview the candidate will be assess on self-confidence, physical & mental ability, presence of mind, body language and etiquettes etc.
Preparation tips for IES Personal Interview
- The candidate should concentrate specifically on making his/her personality.
- There will be some questions about yourself such as, subject of interest, educational background, your strengths & weaknesses, decision making skills, behavior under pressure, career objective etc.
- You need to sharp your logical thinking.
- The candidate can also consider taking psychometric tests (if possible).