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How to crack IES Exam 2018 without coaching?

Last Updated - September 14, 2017

IES Exam (Indian Engineering Services Exam) is a Civil Services exam, held by UPSC for recruitment to the various posts in Indian Engineering Services. IES exam is also known as ESE (Engineering Services Examination).

The exam is conducted for 4 streams of engineering namely – Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. The nature of the work performed by these officers largely depends on their engineering branch and the service or cadre they are recruited in.

IES Exam is one of the reputed exams conducted in India and so to maintain this reputation the standard of the paper is kept quite high. As you know that after getting through the IES exam you get to hold key positions in various departments of Government of India.

Everyone has different strategy to crack the exam, some take coaching while some crack it without coaching. Although the level of the exam is quite good, it is not necessary to take coaching. Here in this article we are providing some tips to crack this reputed exam without coaching.


IES 2018 Exam Pattern

  • The exam is held in online mode (Computer Based Test) only. 
  • The exam is conducted in english language only.
  • IES 2018 exam is conducted in 2 stages involving 4 papers totally.
  • The questions will be of multiple choice questions and conventional type.
  • The duration of the paper is different according to paper. 

Check the complete IES Exam Pattern from the table given below.

IES 2018 Exam Pattern
StagePaperTypeDisciplineDurationMarks
Preliminary ExamPaper - IObjectiveGeneral Studies and Engineering Aptitude2 hours200 Marks
Paper - IIObjectiveEngineering Discipline3 hours300 Marks
Mains ExamPaper - IConventionalEngineering Discipline - I3 hours300 Marks
Paper - IIConventionalEngineering Discipline - II3 hours300 Marks

Is Coaching Required for IES 2018?

As you know that an in-depth preparation with right strategy helps you to get through any examination. Some students feel need to take coaching, while some don’t. If you stick to the right plans and keep evaluating yourselves at regular intervals, your chances of success increase.

It is not always a good idea to depend on external sources whilst preparing for IES. So, students who are not interested in taking coaching classes may find this article quite helpful to crack IES 2018.

The article lays out different preparation strategies for both technical and non-technical parts. Candidates who do not feel the need to take coaching classes can refer to them. 


Preparation for Technical Part

Candidates may go through the following points to score good in technical part: -

  • Stick to the syllabus. Study the subjects mentioned in the syllabus. Because not sticking to the syllabus may lead to wastage of time.
  • Start studying the subject which you find easy and then move on to other subjects. This will help you gain interest in the subjects.
  • Don’t study more than one or two subjects at a time.
  • After completing a subject solve 10 years’ previous papers of that subject. Never try to move on to another subject without solving the previous year paper.
  • While practicing mock tests, set the alarm clock and try to complete the test within the time limit. It is applicable to both objective as well as subjective paper.
  • Focus more on the derivations and their step by step workout rather than their end result.
  • Mark the questions and topics which are highly repetitive and try to solve all the questions relating to those topics.
  • As the conventional questions are only 30% repetitive, solve the other type of questions asked in the previous papers.
  • Make sure you maintain notes copy and formula copy side by side. It will prove helpful in final phase of the preparation.
  • You might not understand everything in one go. It is very useful to take 4 to 5 readings of a topic at different point of time before you reasonably understand it.
  • Study your B. Tech/B. E syllabus voraciously and diligently.

Read About IES Exam Pattern


Preparation for Non-Technical Part

Candidates may go through the following points to score well in non-technical part:

For current issues and G.K

  • The candidates should subscribe to newspapers like THE HINDU or THE INDIAN EXPRESS. In non-technical part questions of national and international importance are asked.
  • General awareness is an environment sensitive area and requires familiarity with both static and current components of the environment. For static GK one should focus on topics like history, geography, economics, political science etc.

For engineering aptitude and logical reasoning

  • Quantitative ability tests the basic concepts of math. It is a concept driven section. Candidates should maintain a notebook to keep records of important formulas and concepts. Suppose a question related to compound interest is asked then you should be well versed with the topic of compound interest to solve the question. It is therefore suggested that you prepare the key concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and modern math to score well in this section.
  • Topics like arrangements, family tree, complex data solution should be given utmost importance to fetch good marks in logical reasoning.

General Preparation Tips

As there is a saying that “little things that matter much”. So, we are providing some general tips which you may find not so important but they are. Following tips may help you a lot:

  • Set daily goals for yourself.
  • Realize your potential.
  • Surround yourself with successful people.
  • Be focused on your goals.
  • Get rid of false beliefs and ideologies.
  • Accept failure and learn from it.
  • Choose right books for preparation.
  • Be persistent and develop a relentless motor.
  • Be open to the new type of thinking.
  • Never procrastinate your task.
  • Manage your time properly.

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