The prestigious Engineering Services Examination conducted by UPSC is almost a month away now. Popularly known as the IES exam, it holds a very important position in the minds of the Engineering students of Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and ECE branch. If you are an aspirant, then i am pretty sure that you might be going through this question- What should be my strategy for this last one month?
This post is to remove that doubt from your mindset and to prepare you for that final battle. Without wasting any more single minute, let’s have a look at the things, you must be doing now.
1. Revise the Formula and Concepts-
As far as technical part of the papers are concerned, there is a prerequisite for getting very good marks in the paper. This prerequisite is that –
The moment you enter the Examination hall, all the important Formulae and Concepts should be on your tip of tongue.
Remember this fact, that if you have all those concepts and formulae in your mind, you will definitely come up with flying colors. The objective paper of IES is a test of speed and application of concepts. If you can’t remember the concepts, how will you proceed? Not only this, it increases your confidence manifold. With a confident mindset, you will easily solve the paper.
If you haven’t made notes for it, or you want an amazing compilation of formulae and concepts, you can purchase these books. Believe me, it will help you a lot.
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
2. Practice as much as Possible
Practice is the key to success in any exam. If you are not practicing enough, you are digging your own grave. In this one month time, you should always be seen with a copy and a pen, solving some problem. But, any action without proper direction, amounts to a waste. So, while practicing, your aim should be –
- To increase your speed.
- To increase your accuracy.
- To improve your choice of question. You should gain the skill of identifying the doable from the un-doable ones. Not only will it save your time in exam, but also will help in drastically reduce the negative marks.
- To gain confidence.
It should also be kept in mind that, you will have to face two subjective papers too. For those papers, practice is a must. You should have the practice to write continuously for 3 hours. So, while practicing for conventional papers, your aim should be to-
- To increase your writing speed.
- To reduce mistakes and cuttings.
- To improve your hand writing.
- To get used to to the exam fatigue.
3. Strengthen your Vocabulary
There is a paper on GS and English in ESE. If you look at it close enough, you will find that in English part, vocabulary plays a good part. This improved vocabulary can help you earn at least extra 10 marks.
In competitive examinations like IES, even a single mark can have a drastic impact on your final rank.
Strengthening your vocabulary will have multiple impacts on you are your personality. You must not ignore this aspect. Apart from examination purposes, it makes you sound more smart and confident. You can buy this book and start improving today onwards.
4. Stop Procrastinating
ESE is a tough exam. Its not the paper which makes it tough but the competition involved in it. Around a Lakh people competing for 100 odd seats is really frightening. This creates an enormous pressure on the mind of aspirants. They start questioning their ability. A doubt comes in their mind. They start to worry that what will happen if they couldn’t make it. Now, i will tell you a secret –
Only those make through the exam who are pretty sure of their Success from the start.
Never ever ever, ever ever, doubt your abilities. Each and every person has got E=mc2 Joules of energy in itself. Even if it will use 0.01% of that energy, it will have an enormous impact. Always feel as if you are already an IES officer.
Yesterday, an aspirant asked me an innocent question- “Sir, can normal people clear IES exam?”. To which my reply was- “Yes. After all, I am a normal person. Infact, only normal people can clear IES exam.” 🙂
5. Be Selective
A Great King knows where he can have a victory and only there he applies his resources. If their is an enemy who is even powerful than him, he either tries to befriend him or stays away. You should be like that King only.
Identify your strengths. Identify your weaknesses. Nurture your strengths and Leave your weaknesses apart.
Since, there is not much time left, you must not engage yourself in the topics which are your weak points. This will put your most important resource, time, at risk. Instead, you should focus more on the topics where your are sure of the chances of improvement. Don’t be the horse to strike a wall and die. Be the horse who can make his way through the hurdles.
This one month is very crucial. It can change your life forever. Opportunities will not come again. Use this one month as much as possible. Make this one month, the most productive month of your life. This is something to enjoy, something to cherish. Experience it like the preparation for the Grand event. India is waiting for you. It is waiting for another IES officer, which is you.
All the best! 🙂
So, this is it! If you have any queries, you can ask in the comment box below and get the replies direct from the horse’s mouth 😛
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