ESE Preparation Tips 2021
ESE Preparation Tips 2021 - Engineering Services Examination, also known as Indian Engineering Services exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission, every year. ESE is conducted to recruit candidates for Group A and B services/posts to various departments of the Government of India. Only the engineering applicants from four core branches can appear for the UPSC ESE exam i.e. civil, mechanical, electrical and electronics & telecommunication engineering. The UPSC ESE 2021 examination is supposed to be held in the month of January, 2021. And applicants wanting to apply for Engineering Services Examination 2021 should start their preparation to avoid last minute pressure and anxiety. Go through the below article for tips and how to start your preparation for ESE exam 2021.
ESE 2021 Exam Overview
Here is a general overview of the Engineering Services Examination exam like the conducting body, mode of application, mode of exam, stages of exam, and more. Check the table below.
ESE 2021 Highlights
Union Public Service Commission Engineering Services Examination - UPSC ESE
Union Public Service Commission
Release date of application
To be announced
Mode of application
Rs. 200 (For General and OBC)
SC/ST/PH and Female candidates exempted
Mode of exam
Number of papers
Type of paper
Prelims - objective type questions
Mains - descriptive type questions
Stages of exam
3 Stages -
Total number of vacancies
To be announced
ESE Preparation Tips 2021 - How To Prepare For Engineering Services Examination
Applicants appearing for the first time might be thinking about how to prepare for the ESE exam 2021. Where to start, what to read, what books to refer, weather to take coaching or not, etc. This article will solve all these questions and more. Read points below to get more clarity on how to prepare for the engineering services examination.
ESE Preparation Tip 1 - Knowledge Of Exam Pattern
Before starting the Engineering Services Examination 2021 preparation, applicants should know the ESE/IES exam pattern. Check the table below.
ESE Prelims Exam Preparation
Number of Questions
Paper 1 - General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
Paper 2 - Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
ESE Mains Exam Preparation
Number of Questions
Paper 1 -
Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering
Paper 2 - Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering
ESE Preparation Tip 2 - Knowledge Of Syllabus
Aspirants along with the knowledge of exam pattern they should also be aware of the ESE syllabus as it includes not only the technical part as well as general aptitude, current affairs, ethics and values in engineering, etc.
ESE Preparation Tip 3 - Time Management
Candidates should start their Engineering Services Examination preparation with a clean slate i.e. they should get rid of all the preconceived notions that the ESE exam is really tough and all. Their focus should only be on the final goal and how to achieve it. Applicants should start their ESE preparation 7 to 8 months before the exam, even earlier is much better to cover all aspects of the examination. And not waste time on fussing over a time table or preparing one if they don't want to.
ESE Preparation Tip 4 - Focus On Completing The Course
Applicants should first focus on completing the syllabus as prescribed by the authorities of their designated fields. Before moving on to solving sample question papers.
ESE Preparation Tip 5 - What Study Material To Refer
Applicants should develop a habit of reading the newspaper and books as it will help them to improve their grammar skill set, cover current affairs, and give them an basic idea about the various technical subjects and improve their basic knowledge. Aspirants are also advised not to refer to many books for the technical section as it will be confusing, just stick to the standards books and also go through the 10 to 12 standard NCERT books too for prelims.
ESE Preparation Tip 6 - Technical Subjects Importance & Notes Preparation
Technical subjects related to the four branches i.e. Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering are important for both prelims and mains, so applicants should pay extra attention to them. They should prepare subject wise short hand written notes as it will be helpful for revision later on. Notes should be made in such a manner that the candidate gets the gist of the topic and its importance points.
ESE Preparation Tip 7 - Sample & Previous Year Question Papers
After covering the full UPSC ESE syllabus, applicants should start attempting the sample question papers to get an idea of the level of their preparation. And the areas where they need to improve. Candidates should also attempt previous year UPSC ESE questions papers to get a real feel of the exam pattern and the questions trend too. This will also help them in time management during the exam which is a very crucial factor. Practicing more and more sample papers will remove the applicants anxiety and help improve their confidence level during the exam.
ESE Preparation Tip 8 - Coaching or Not?
If applicants feel that they can not prepare for the Engineering Services Examination exam on their own they take expert help i.e. join a coaching institute, but still the onus lies on the aspirants as they are the ones who have to clear the exam.
ESE Preparation Tip 9- Stay Healthy
Aspirants need to stay calm, haydarated and focused to reach their ultimate goal.
Different students have different preparation tactics for preparation, one should follow the one that best suits them rather than copying others. The main mantra for clearing the Engineering Services Examination 2021 exam is stay focused and determined towards the goal until it is achieved.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - ESE Preparation Tips 2021
Question: When is the ESE 2021 exam going to be conducted?
UPSC ESE 2021 prelims is expected to be held in the month of January, 2021. For more aspirants can visit the UPSC website - upsc.gov.in.
Question: When to Start the preparation?
Start the preparation as early as you can to get desired results.
Question: Is the UPSC ESE exam online or offline?
UPSC ESE exam for both prelims and mains is held in offline mode
Question: How many stages are there in the ESE exam?
There are three stages in the UPSC ESE selection process.
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Questions related to UPSC ESE
My DOB is 29 Sep 2000, so can i appear in Jan 2021 UPSC ESE, and currently Im in Second Year of B.Tech (Ends in this June) by June 2021 I will enroll in 4th Year(Final Year) So am I eligible or I have to wait for Jan 2022 Exams. Thank You
see to opt for upsc ese (engineering services exam ) you need to be passed the btech o relevant course or in final year of studies. from your information it mentions that you will be in third year on 2021, upsc exam is held on january generally. age criteria is different as per category wise. for general age limit is 30, as on 1 january. relaxation is applicable for sc/st or obc/ ex serviceman quota candidates.
My DOB is 23 April 2003 then can i eligible to appear in 2024 upsc exam which is my last year of graduation?
Yes, candidate who have attained 21 years age and have graduated or in final year of graduation are eligible to apply for UPSC. There's no specific aggregate required to apply for this exam, one just needs to be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.