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IES 2020 Prelims Exam Analysis

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Mar 5, 2020

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Aarushi Kalra

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Union Public Service Commission conducted IES 2020 (Prelims) on January 5, 2020. Engineering aspirants were surprised with the exam level as they felt that it was easy as compared to last year. There were two papers, conducted in different sessions. Paper 1 was conducted in the morning shift, whereas Paper 2 was conducted in the afternoon shift. As per the feedback of some students who attempted the exam, this article will help you get to know every tiny detail about UPSC IES 2020 Prelims. The result for Prelims has been out on February 20, 2020.

Highlights of IES 2020 are as follows:

UPSC IES 2020 Highlights
IES 2020 Paper 1 Paper 2
Subjects General Studies and Engineering Discipline Technical Paper
Shift Timings 10 am to 12 pm 2 pm to 5 pm
Mode of Examination Offline Offline
Total No. of Questions 100 150
Total Marks 200 300
Exam Duration 2 hours 3 hours
Negative Marking 0.33 0.33
Difficulty Level Moderate to difficult easier than previous year

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Paper I Analysis

IES 2020 Paper I Analysis

IES Prelims Paper I was conducted in the morning session (10 am to 12 pm). Candidates were taken aback with the type of questions that were asked in the examination.

Paper 1 : Highlights

  • The paper 1 was ‘easy to moderate’
  • Mostly questions were asked from Projecty management and standard quality. Approx 19 questions were based on them.
  • Around 22 questions were based on Engineering Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics.
  • Level of questions was easy in comparison to last year’s paper. Check UPSC IES 2020 Syllabus

Topics No. of Questions
Current issues of National and International importance relating to Social, Economic and Industrial development 10
Engineering aptitude covering Logical reasoning and analytical ability 10
Engineering Mathematics and Numerical analysis 12
General Principles of Design, Drawing, importance of safety 9
Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services 10
Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment 10
Basics of Project Management 12
Basics of Material Science and Engineering 11
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering 11
Ethics and values in Engineering profession. 5

Given below is the sub-categorical analysis of topics which were covered in Paper I:

Topic Sub Topics Difficulty Level
Current issues GST Bill Easy
Digital India
Engineering Aptitude Numerical computation Moderate
Cartesian & Co-ordinate Geometry.
Work and men
Compression and string
Engineering Mathematics System of Equation Difficult
Maxima and Minima
Complete Integral and Definite Integral
Fourier series
Partial differentiation solution
Complex analysis
Chord of cone
General principles of Design, Drawing, and Importance of Safety Centre of gravity Difficult
Section plane cutting
Vertical and horizontal plane
Health safety
Building demolition
Policy of company
Development of lateral surfaces
Standards and quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services Quality practices in construction Moderate
Belts drive
Cost factors
Reliability analysis
Industrial wastage and production
Efficiency of power plant
Pneumatic structure
Green public procurement.
Basics of Energy and Environment Rotterdam convention Difficult
Sludge process
Renewable and non-renewable energy resources
Water molecules
Global warming
Environmental consideration
Basics of Project management Depreciation Easy
Total quality management
Optimizing strategy
Fixation concept
Project execution
Basics of Material science and technology Pressure theory, Moderate
Shear stress
Material Recycling
Material products
Ionic theory
Crystalline & Non-crystalline structure
I.C.T. Internet of thingsHolostore Moderate
Web content
Firewall (Networking)
Cost constructive Model
Ethics and values in engineering profession Ethical judgement Moderate
Ethical values
Pre- post justification
Ethical issues

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As per the analysis, listed below are the important points informing about the level and type of questions that were asked in IES 2020 Paper 1:

  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering carried the most weightage i.e. 11 questions were asked from this topic. Also, the questions were moderate.
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis had the easiest questions in the entire examination. One can score full marks from this section.
  • Current issues of National and International importance relating to Social, Economic and Industrial development, had 10 questions in total. The best part about this was no questions were asked from international issues.

Paper II Analysis

IES 2020 Paper II Analysis

Paper 2 : Highlights

  • Paper II of IES Prelims is different for the different engineering disciplines.
  • There was separate paper for Civil, Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication and Mechanical Engineering.
  • Paper of all the engineering discipline was easier as compared to last year. Check UPSC IES 2020 Prelims Result
  • There was total of 150 questions of 300 marks.
  • All questions were calculative in nature.
What After Paper I?

What next after IES 2020 Paper I?

Candidates who qualify IES Prelims will have to appear for IES Mains 2020. Shortlisted candidates from IES Mains will then be called for personal interview session for final recruitment.

Listed below is a brief about the IES Selection Procedure: 

IES Examination constitutes the following 3 stages carries a total of 1300 Marks:

  • Stage 1: Preliminary Exam (500 marks)
  • Stage 2: Mains Exam (600 marks)
  • Stage 3: Personality Test (200 marks)

Stage 1: Preliminary Exam

Preliminary Exam is Objective type and consist of 2 papers which will be conducted in different sessions.

  • Paper-I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper which carries a total of 100 Questions (200 Marks) and duration of the exam is 2 Hours. 
  • Paper-II is Engineering Discipline Paper which carries a total of 150 Questions (300 Marks) and duration of the paper is 3 Hours.
  • Only candidates who will clear the cut off of Preliminary Exam will be eligible for Stage 2.

Stage 2: Mains Exam

  • Mains Exam is the subjective/conventional type and consist of 2 papers which will be conducted in different sessions.
  • Paper-1 and Paper-2 are of Engineering Discipline.
  • Engineering Discipline Paper-1 and Paper-2 carry a total of 5 to 8 Question (300 Marks) each, and duration of both the paper is 6 Hours.
  • Candidates who will qualify the Stage-1 and Stage-2 will be eligible for Stage 3.

Stage 3: Personality Test

  • Candidates shortlisted after IES Mains round will be called for personal interview session officially known as ‘Personality Test’ round.
  • A maximum of 200 marks is allotted to the personality test (interview test).

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The final results will be declared after preparing a Merit list based on candidate’s performance in each round. Top candidates in the merit list will be given an appointment letter and would be recruited in Engineering Services through UPSC IES.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.