Preparation Tips for ESE 2020 Prelims General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

Engineering Services Exam is an exam for engineering students that requires a dedicated amount of time for study as well as a well-planned strategy. A meticulously planned out strategy for the preparation of ESE includes many points such as review of previous year question papers, knowledge about the exam pattern, time management to cover complete syllabus, revision, practice and guidance of experts.

If you are an engineering student and aspiring for ESE 2020 then here we will discuss in detail the above-mentioned important points for the preparation of GS Paper of ESE 2020 Prelims. The GS Paper is also called as General Studies and Engineering Aptitude paper or just Paper-I, and carries a total of 200 marks that are taken into account while preparing the final list of selected students.

The main objective of General studies and Engineering Aptitude paper is to check a candidate’s connect to the outside world through his technical knowledge. The main objective of UPSC behind conducting this objective GS paper is to test an ESE aspirant’s application-based knowledge that will come handy during the job tenure of the candidate.

Importance of Reviewing Previous Years’ Papers

Previous years’ ESE question papers will help an ESE aspirant get idea about the type and standard of questions asked. By solving those questions in the required time period, candidates will come to know about their strengths and weaknesses. Your weaknesses can be in the form of making careless errors, lack in test-writing skills, lack of question selection ability, nervousness, inability to concentrate, etc. In short, going through previous years’ question papers will show you the mirror, and compel you to work on your weaknesses so that they do not affect your performance during the real exam.


Get Familiar with the Exam

Try to gather as much information about the format, pattern of the ESE exam question papers, for ESE Prelims as well as ESE Mains. What type of questions – subjective or objective – would be asked, how much questions might be there, which subject or topic will be given how much weightage, what would be the duration for answering each paper, etc., etc.

Managing the Time in Hand

It is very important to chalk out a study plan according to the time left for the exam and the subject/topics to be covered. This will save you from unnecessary anxiety and stress as the exam approaches. Prepare a time-table on the basis of the topics or subjects that need to be covered before exam, sparing enough time for revision of the entire ESE syllabus. Give some extra time to subjects that are difficult. Keep on marking the subjects/topics as you proceed. This will help to boost your level of confidence.

Importance of Revision

Revision is very important from any exam perspective as it helps you recall the studied subjects/topics, and self-analyse your level of preparation. Time to time revision of what you have learned so far is more effective than cramming the subjects/topics a day before the actual exam. It also helps a student to test himself before sitting in the real exam. Revising the subjects or topics that you have studied earlier helps you to engage your mind and to remain focussed. Revision don’t help you remember what you have studied, it helps you to imbibe what you have learned so far.

Practice, and Practice More

Create an exam like environment at your home, and practice as much as questions to attain perfection, and improve your speed and accuracy. Put all your notes, books, study material, etc. away and solve as many practice questions under timed conditions. This will also help you get rid of the exam anxiety.

Seek Expert’s Guidance

To boost your level of preparation, it is highly recommended to take the advice of experts. In the case of ESE, the experts can be in the form of former ESE rankers or past ESE toppers. They can help you with their experience, self-developed tips and tricks to improve your answering speed, and score better. They can help you comprehend difficult and tricky questions. They also come handy when you are stuck while solving a problem, and can clear your doubts.


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