How to Practice Effective Answer Writing for ESE 2021?

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Jul 17, 2020

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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.

Exam Pattern of IES

This exam is conducted in three phases.

PHASE I - Preliminary Examination (Objective type)

It is the first exam and consists of two papers. The total marks of these papers combined are500.

  • Paper 1- General Studies and Engineering Aptitude
  • Paper 2- Engineering (CE/EE/E&T/ME)

Only those qualifying phase 1 are permitted to appear for phase 2.

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PHASE II- Mains Examination (Conventional Papers)

This exam also consists of two papers. Total marks of these papers combine are 600

  • Paper 1- Engineering Discipline- I (CE/EE/E&T/ME)
  • Paper 2- Engineering Discipline-II (CE/ME/EE/E&T)

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.

Effective writing for Engineering Services Examination (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.

Strategies for Effective Answer Writing for Mains Examination:

  • Make notes to practice answer writing because it is one of the most effective ways to prepare for any writing examination.
  • Make proper notes while studying doesn’t mean copying the same written content as in books or videos. Try to understand the concept and write it in your language neatly and in a planned format.
  • This will help in writing practice as well as you will have planned and neat notes for each topic and subject.
  • We learn better when we write than only reading. It is better to write and learn to remember things instead of using digital folders for reading. It will also help you make a regular habit of writing along with your learning.
  • To memorize anything, write it down repeatedly and understand the concept behind it so that you can also make impromptu answers.
  • Use a pen and paper instead of digital mediums to understand a concept. It will help you get a better understanding of the concept and also effective writing practice.
  • Join the test series available online for preparations as these help in better understanding of the pattern of examinations. Try to join for the practice of prelims as well to attain more benefits like:
    • Practice answer writing for both the papers of the Mains exam.
    • It will help you increase your speed of writing, and less time will be required in the final examination with regular practice.
    • You will have an idea of the competition to be faced during the final exams.
    • If you are not comfortable with this much writing, use infographic and charts. You are likely to get more marks if you use pie charts, infographics and tree diagrams instead of writing long paragraphs. Try making content more straightforward by using infographics.
    • Revise by writing more than reading. Instead of reading notes, revise subjects through writing each concept and formulas on different papers.
    • Write down the points that must be included in a particular question and topics. Structure it accordingly to save time and in a concise manner. Don’t overdo your answers because it may lead to missing out on essential points.
    • Avoid unnecessary long answers and over stuffing. Write to the point answers that will be in your favor. Stick to critical points along with simple infographics and formulas.

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.