IES (Indian Engineering Services) Exam 2018 without coaching?

Last Updated - March 22 2018

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

The exam is organizeed 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 discipline and the service or cadre they are appointed in.

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

Everyone has various 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.


Exam Format of IES 2018

  • The exam is held in online method (Computer Based Test) only. 
  • The exam is organizeed in English language only.
  • The period of the paper is various according to paper. 
  • The questions will be of multiple choice questions and conventional type.
  • IES 2018 exam is organizeed in 2 stages involving 4 papers totally.

Check the clear IES Exam Format from the table given below.

StagePaperTypeBranchDurationMarks
Preliminary ExamPaper - IObjectiveGeneral Studies and Engineering Aptitude2 hours200 Marks
Paper - IIObjectiveEngineering Branch3 hours300 Marks
Mains ExamPaper - IConventionalEngineering Branch - I3 hours300 Marks
Paper - IIConventionalEngineering Branch - II3 hours300 Marks

Is Coaching Need for IES 2018?

As you know that an in-depth preparation with right strategy helps you to get via any examination. Some students feel required 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 various preparation strategies for both technical and non-technical parts. Aspirants who do not feel the required to take coaching classes can refer to them. 


Preparation for Technical Part for IES 2018

Aspirants may go via the following points to score well in technical part: -

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

Read About IES Exam Format


Preparation for Non-Technical Part

Aspirants may go via the following points to score well in non-technical part:

For present issues and G.K

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

For engineering aptitude and logical reasoning

  • Quantitative ability tests the basic concepts of math. It is a concept-driven section. Aspirants should maintain a notebook to keep records of important formulas and concepts. Suppose a question concerned 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 for IES Exam 2018

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:

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


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