Engineering services examination is a golden opportunity for the students | Pattern of ESE paper and its nature

Engineering services examination is a golden opportunity for the students | Pattern of ESE paper and its nature

Engineering students who want to join in central government jobs are having golden opportunity as the UPSC is conducting the Engineering services examination (ESE). This is one of the main exams which is conducted among the entrance exams for the recruitments in the government jobs. Many engineering posts are being filled through this exam and there will be good salaries and they will have good career options. It is very easy for the candidates to qualify the exam by having the grip on basic concepts in the subject they select. In 2011, 745 posts will be filled through ESE and this number is very big when compared to the vacancies filled last year.

There are chances to reach the position of director general for the candidates who are selected through ESE. UPSC is conducting the engineering services examination in only four categories which are civil, electronics and communications, mechanical and electrical engineering. Group A and Group B posts in Indian Engineering Services are filled through ESE.
• Indian railway services
• Indian railway stores services
• Central water engineering
• Indian ordinance factories services
• EME and security ministry department
• Indian Naval armament services
• Indian naval stores
• Central electrical and mechanical engineering services
• Indian inspection services
• Indian supply services
• Indian defense services
• Central engineering services
• Wireless planning co-ordination wing / monitoring

Pattern of written exam
There will be two parts in ESE and they are part 1 and part 2.

Part 1 in ESE
This is a written exam and there will be two parts which are section 1 and section 2. Section one consists of objective questions and section 2 consists of essay type questions. Questions will be asked from the prescribed syllabus. Exam is for 1000 marks. In section 1, there will be three papers which are general ability test, subject objective paper 1 and subject objective paper 2. Each paper is having 120 questions and there will be four options for every question in this paper. Paper is for 200 marks and there is negative marking. Every wrong answer is cut with 1/3 of the mark. The cut off marks for this paper will be decided by UPSC and students need to qualify in this exam to attempt the section 2 paper.

Section 2 paper in part 1 of ESE exam
• There will be two subject papers in section 2 which are paper 1 and paper 2. There will be seven questions in paper 1. Students need to answer any five questions from the seven questions. Each question carries forty marks and total paper is for 200 marks.
• In paper 2, first question should be attempted compulsory and this question is asked for 80 marks. There will be ten sub questions in this question and each sub question carries 8 marks. There are chances of asking sub questions in the sub questions also. There will be two sections for remaining 120 marks. Three questions will be asked in section A and candidate needs to answer any two questions. Each question carries 30 questions. in section B, there will be three questions and candidate should answer two questions. Each question will carry 30 marks. There may be sub questions in each question.

Main note
There wont be any negative marking in essay type questions but if the handwriting of the candidate is not good, then there may be 5% reduction in the marks. So, candidate should write the correct answer along with good hand writing.

Interview in the second stage
Part 2: Personality test

Candidates who qualify the written exam will be selected for the personality test. The maximum marks for this test is 200 marks. In the interview, leadership qualities, interest to learn, social awareness, physical and mental abilities, character, honesty and working capabilities of the candidate are tested. If the candidates complete M.Tech, they should have the knowledge over those topics also. If the students are attending the ESE interview after B.Tech, then they should have good grip on the project which they did in the engineering.

Nature of question paper
There will be 120 questions related to engineering and calculator wont be allowed into the hall. 120 questions should be answered in 120 minutes. Questions will be mostly asked on the basics in the subjects and their applications. Candidates should be aware of the developments and advancements in the subjects.

By observing the previous years questions, the standard of the questions can be estimated. Minimum of 40% questions are asked on basics and another 40% of the questions are asked on the applications of the topics in the syllabus. Remaining questions will be asked on formulae, graphs, assertions, reasoning and other topics. The questions in the essay type will be the same standard of the questions asked in B.Tech/ BE. There won’t be any practical exam in the ESE.

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