Union public service commission (UPSC) conducts a National Level Examination known as Indian Engineering Services for recruitment of engineers to work as Class-1 officers under Indian Government. A considerable section is administered for the public sector economy comprising Telecommunication, Indian Railways, Central Water Engineering, Power, Defense services of Engineers, Central Engineering Services and more. The Work assigned to these officers depends on the engineering branches like Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Telecommunications, for which they opt for IES Examination. Selection of candidates is based on marks and rank obtained in the examination and are assigned different cadres accordingly. The topmost position offered is for the Chairman/ Managing Director, and the last post offered is Assistant Executive Engineer.
This exam is conducted in three phases.
It is the first exam and consists of two papers. The total marks of these papers combined are500.
Only those qualifying phase 1 are permitted to appear for phase 2.
This exam also consists of two papers. Total marks of these papers combine are 600
Candidates qualifying both the phases will be allowed to appear for Phase III, that is, a personal interview. The personal interview round for qualified candidates has a total marks weightage of 200. The merit list is prepared by including the marks of all the three phases. The position allotted to the candidates are based on these marks and respectively assigned the departments and cadres.
The Allotment of Maximum marks is for phase-II that is the mains examination. It is a subjective exam in which students are required to answer the questions in writing, and it is a crucial phase and the reason behind better writing practice for Engineering Services Examination or ESE.
A massive number of students prepare for ESE Exam with job experience of years and some just after finishing their college. Still, the mains examination creates hurdles for students because of its vast syllabus and also because of the nature of the examination. As the mains examination is subjective and requires writing, the preliminary examination is objective. There are two papers of mains, and both take place the same day meaning continuous writing of 3 hours in each paper to complete it on time and still have some time for revision. A structured and well-written answer is required to present the knowledge and ability to tailor the content concisely.
Writing can never be improved or perfected without practice, and one should write regularly for a long time to appear for the ISE Mains Examination. Concentrate on all the phases and prepare with equal or more effort. Keep practicing the writing so that you will be full-fledged ready for the final examination.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.