IES/ESE Exam Pattern 2020 has been released by Union Public Service Commission. IES recruitment exam will be conducted through three stages – Preliminary, Main Exam and Personal Interview round. IES 2020 Prelims and Main exam will be held on January 5 and June 28, 2020.
The following infograph depicts the highlights about the IES Exam Pattern:
There are three stages in IES recruitment exam:
Candidate must obtain more marks than specified IES Cutoff in each exam to qualify for the next stage. Candidates’ scores in the Preliminary exam, main exam, and interview round will together determine IES Final Merit List. IES Exam Pattern for each stage along with model question papers, marking scheme, duration and syllabus is presented below:
|Papers||Number of Questions||Duration of Exam||Maximum Marks|
|Paper 1 (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude)||100||2 hours||200|
|Paper 2 (Engineering Discipline)||150||3 hours||300|
|Total||250 Questions||5 hours||600 marks|
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|IES Prelims Papers||Download Links|
|Paper 1||General Studies & Engineering Aptitude|
|Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering|
IES Main Exam is conducted in offline mode i.e. it is a written examination.
IES Main Exam Pattern scheme is tabulated below:
|IES Main Papers||Number of Questions||Duration of Exam||Maximum Marks|
Paper 1 (Engineering Discipline)
|5 out of 8 Optional Questions||3 hours||300|
|Paper 2 (Engineering Discipline)||5 out of 8 Optional Questions||3 hours||300|
|Total||10 Questions||6 hours||600 marks|
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|Civil Engineering||Paper 1|
|Mechanical Engineering||Paper 1|
|Electrical Engineering||Paper 1|
|Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering||Paper 1|
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UPSC prescribes the syllabus for Engineering Services Examination. Syllabus for Paper 1 in the Prelims exam which is common for every candidate is of graduate-level and tests a candidate’s awareness about the current issues and basic engineering knowledge. The other papers are based on the engineering discipline chosen by the exam taker. Syllabus for Prelims and Main is the same, the difficulty level may differ.
|Papers||Topics||IES Syllabus PDFs|
|General Studies & Engineering Aptitude||Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development||Download|
Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability, Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis, General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety, Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance, and services,
Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation,
Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment, Basics of Project Management, Basics of Material Science and Engineering,
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and
their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance, and technology-based education, Ethics, and values in the Engineering profession.
|Civil Engineering||Building Materials, Solid Mechanics, Structural Analysis, Design of steel structure, concrete and masonry structures, construction practice, planning and management, Flow of fluids, hydraulics machines and hydropower, Hydrology and water resources engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Surveying and Geology, Transportation Engineering
|Mechanical Engineering||Fluids Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Heat transfer, IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Turbo Machinery, Power Plant Engineering, Renewal Sources of Energy, Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Materials, Mechanisms and Machines, Design of Machine Elements, Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering, mechatronics and Robotics||Download|
|Electrical Engineering||Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Materials, Electric Circuits and Fields, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Computer Fundamentals, Basic Electronics Engineering, Analog and Digital Electronics, Systems and Signal Processing, Control Systems, Electrical Machines, Power Systems, Power Systems, Power Electronics and Drives||Download|
|Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering||Basic Electronics Engineering, Basic Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation, Network Theory, Analog and Digital Circuits, Analog and Digital Communication Systems, Control Systems, Computer Organization and Architecture, Electro Magnetics, Advanced Electronics topics, Advanced communication topics||Download|
Following are important instructions to be taken into account by applicants regarding IES 2020 exam:
Ques. How many stages are there in IES recruitment exam?
Ans. There are three stages- Preliminary exam, Main Exam and Personal Interview round.
Ques. What marking scheme is followed in IES 2020 exam?
Ans. IES Prelims exam is of 500 marks and Main exam carries 600 marks. Candidates are awarded up to 200 marks in the interview round.
Ques. What is sectional cutoff and is it applicable in IES exam?
Ans. The sectional cutoff is the minimum marks as prescribed by UPSC for each section/ paper. Yes, it is applicable to the IES exam. Candidates have to clear both overall cutoff and cutoff of each paper in prelims and main exam.
Ques. Is negative marking applicable in IES exam?
Ans. Yes, one third marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in IES Prelims exam. However, there is no negative marking in Main exam.
Do candidates have to follow any word limit while writing answers in Main exam?
Ans. No, there is no word limit restrictions, however, credit is given for short, precise answers using economy of words and no mark is given for only superficial knowledge.
Ques. Is the final merit list based on Main exam and Interview round only?
Ans. No, IES Final Merit List is based on candidates’ performance in all three stages that are Preliminary exam, main exam and Interview round.
Ques. Can a candidate write the answers in Hindi?
Ans.No, IES exam is completely held in English language, question papers will be set in English only in both prelims and main exam and candidates are supposed to write their answers in Main exam in English only.
Ques. What Engineering disciplines can be chosen for IES 2020 exam?
Ans. The Engineering disciplines that can be opted by the applicants are- Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.