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Preparing for the IES written test :

General English


Preparation tips:
  • Refer to basic English grammar books and have a clear concept about the usage of words, parts of speech and tenses

  • Try learning few new words on a daily basis. This will help increase your vocabulary

  • When you are learning new words, learn their antonyms and synonyms too and the manner in which the words can be used

  • Develop a habit of reading an English newspaper daily. This will increase your vocabulary to a great extent

  • Solve as many past question papers as possible, as they will give an idea of what to expect in the exam

  • Take as many online English tests as possible

General Knowledge

This paper will test the candidate about his knowledge on current affairs and on how observant he is of everyday matters. He will also be assessed for his know-how about the application of scientific aspects in day-today life - the way an educated person may be able to observe. He will also be asked to answer questions related to Geography, history and other subjects. The toughness level of the questions will be such that a candidate should be able to answer the questions without much study or practice.

Preparation tips:
  • To prepare for this section, be aware of what is happening in the country and across the world

  • Read newspapers and watch the news on TV regularly so that you are updated on what is happening around you

  • Refer to as many latest GK books as possible

  • Try to refer to past question papers and solve as many questions as possible

  • Try to take mock tests related to GK. There are many available online

Preparing for either one of the subjects - Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • For each subject, a detailed syllabus is chalked out. You can refer to the syllabus of the subject of your choice, get well acquainted with the same, and begin your preparation accordingly

  • The preparation should be such that not a single topic is left out

  • Make a routine and stick to it. The routine must allow you to complete the syllabus thoroughly and even revise it

  • Refer to past question papers as it will give you an idea of what to expect and also familiarize you with the pattern of occurrence of the questions

  • Try to take a few mock tests, if possible. They help a lot in preparing you for the main exam

IES Personal Interview

The personal interview will take place only once a candidate has cleared the written test. Comprising 200 marks, the personal interview will assess a candidate on leadership qualities, physical and mental abilities, presence of mind and social qualities, which includes interaction with others, approach towards people and ability to work in with others as a team, etc.

Preparation tips:
  • There are no specific tips but one must concentrate on building one's personality as a whole

  • Some of the questions will be about yourself - like the subjects of your interest, your

  • educational background, your positive and negative traits, how you would solve certain problems arising under certain situations, overall career objective, etc.
  • Sharpen and harness your logical thinking and reasoning

  • As this test will judge a candidate on leadership qualities, mental and social abilities, character and integrity, one must begin to think and act like an officer

  • One may consider taking psychometric tests, if possible

Generic preparation tips for IES Exam

  • Start preparations pretty early - in fact when one is pursuing one's degree course. By this, we mean a candidate should be thorough about each and every subject that of study during the graduation course - the concepts should be clear and no topics should be left out. Remember, it is a very tough exam and preparation has to be 100 percent

  • Be very logical when you are replying to questions. Your answers must exhibit your knowledge regarding the topic - so try to answer questions in depth

  • As there is negative marking, it is advisable not to attempt questions if you are not sure about them. Also, ensure that you do not give superficial answers to questions as that will show you in a bad light

  • Refer to past question papers and try to solve as many question papers as possible

  • Answer your questions in a neat and eligible manner as there is a five percent deduction in marks for ineligible answers

  • For the conventional papers, those candidates who present their answers in an effective, orderly manner with choicest of words stand to gain

  • Time plays a major role while taking this exam. Hence, during preparation, try to time yourself, especially for the subjective papers. As answers are expected to exhibit a certain quality, a candidate should be clear on how much time to be spent on each question and must stick to the timing strictly during the exam

  • One may consider going for formal coaching for the IES exam, but it is entirely up to the candidate because there have been cases where people have topped just through self-study

  • Finally, just be sure about yourself and be confident that you will be able to able to crack the IES exam. This positive attitude in you will definitely go a long way in helping you clear this exam