UPSC Revises Tie-breaking Rule for ESE

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has revised the tie-breaking principle to determine the ranking of two or more candidates who score equal marks in Engineering Services Examination (ESE).

The Tie principle will be applicable in those cases where two or more candidates score equal marks in ESE. This revised tie principle will help the UPSC in deciding the ranking of candidates in the Engineering Services Examination.

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Indian Railways has recently come up with a couple of surprises – first with the introduction of IRMS, and then the withdrawal of Railways vacancies through ESE 2020. Mr. Kanchan Kumar Thakur, in conversation with Mr. Ompal Singh, Former Chief Administrative Officer, Central Organisation for Railways Electrification, tries to reason out the way forward for the students aspiring for Railway Services.

Mr. Kanchan Kumar Thakur: Recently Indian Railways has announced the introduction of Indian Railways Management Service (IRMS). What was the reason for this implementation of proposed organisational restructuring of Railways in a hurry?

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UPSC ESE 2019 Exam results Announced! Download Result PDF & Check your Result

UPSC ESE 2019 Exam results Announced! Download Result PDF & Check your Result

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has declared the final result of ESE 2019. Students can check their ESE 2019 result by downloading the PDF file attached below or from the official website of UPSC.

UPSC conducted ESE 2019 Main exam on 30 June, 2019, and the personality tests for the qualified candidates were held in between 9 September, 2019, and 18 October, 2019. On the basis of the performance of candidates in the Main exam and interview, UPSC has released the final list of candidates who are recommended for appointment to various Services/Posts in the Ministries/Departments concerned.

As per the UPSC notification, 494 candidates have been recommended for appointment under different disciplines. It includes 233 candidates in Civil Engineering, 87 in Mechanical Engineering, 86 in Electrical Engineering and 88 in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.

The ESE 2019 Final result is announced on the basis of marks scored in the written exam (ESE 2019 Main) and the subsequent interview/personality test. The allotment of candidates to various Services/Posts shall be made as per the ranks obtained and preference of Services expressed by them while applying for ESE 2019.

On the basis of their performance in ESE 2019 Prelims, around 4075 candidates qualified to write the ESE 2019 Mains. The qualified candidates include 1,825 candidates from Civil Engineering, 801 from Mechanical Engineering, 765 from Electrical and Telecommunication, and 684 from Electrical Engineering branch.

There were 1,403 candidates that had been declared qualified in UPSC ESE Mains exam by the UPSC for interview. Of which, 647 candidates were from Civil Engineering, 261 from Mechanical Engineering, 245 from Electrical Engineering, and 250 from ET & T engineering branch.

ESE 2019 Exam Date & Result Date
UPSC ESE 2019 Main Examination                          30 June 2019
UPSC ESE 2019 Main Exam Result                          02 August 2019
UPSC ESE 2019 Interviews                                       From 9 September, 2019 to 18 October, 2019
UPSC ESE Final Result 2019                                      25 October 2019

How to check ESE 2019 Exam Final Result
Step 1: Go to UPSC official website.
Step 2: On home page, click on the top link under What’s New section.
Step 3: Download the result PDF and check your roll number. You can also download from this link.

ESE 2019 Exam Score card / mark sheet: The mark sheet shall be made available on the UPSC official website within 15 days from the date of publishing result.

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IES Master Hits the Bull’s Eye in UPSC ESE 2019 Mains

IES Master students were in for a pleasant surprise in ESE 2019 Mains Paper-I and Paper-II. Most of the questions asked by UPSC were those which they had encountered in classroom, study material, or in test series.

It is here that the class of IES Master stands way beyond, where no other institute can dare claim such command with precision. The faculty at IES Master are at the heart of such expertise when it comes to top engineering exams in the country.

Year-on-year, IES Master has been repeating this feat, and it is this capability that is induced an unshaken bonding between IES Master and its students. Further, the innovative and unique teaching methodology deployed in the classroom makes in writing ESE Mains a very delightful experience, whereby making sure that students are able to recall in a pressure cooker situation of the exam hall.

Here is the link to all the claims and assurances that students look for when they commit to the guidance provided by IES Master.


It’s a feeling every student can relate with, as he or she walks out of the exam hall, and everyone is starts discussing about the exam. You join the conversation if it went fairly well, or you avoid all discussion if it is a disaster that just happened in the exam hall. Whatever had happened is past now. It is time now to get a legitimate feedback for your efforts that you had invested in the exam hall, and legitimacy can be evaluated only by looking at the solutions of the questions that were asked by UPSC in the exam.

We understand that by this time some students must have calculated their marks and arrived at a conclusion whereas there might be some who might be waiting for the authentic solutions from any reliable source. The right approach is to look for the authentic solutions of the questions asked by UPSC in ESE 2019 Mains.

IES Master has always lived up to the expectation of students by providing specific solutions by specifying the problems. Problems have many faces, and it is generic in nature. But specifications is what is required when you have written an exam like UPSC. Deciphering the message of UPSC expectations from this year’s aspirants is a herculean task, and like every time this time also IES Master has succeeded in doing the same as IES Master’s answers keys and detailed solutions are the most authentic source. The UPSC ESE 2019 Mains Detailed Solutions are prepared by the most experienced faculty and content team at IES Master. So, best wishes and get ready to evaluate yourself.

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GATE 2019 Topper (AIR-7, CE) Shreyans Mehta Shares His Success Story

Hello friends, I am Shreyans Mehta. I have secured AIR-7 in GATE 2019. I did my B.Tech from College of Engineering, Udaipur. I was a part of IES Master Regular Classroom Program, and currently I am pursuing Conventional Question Practice Program. I find Kanchan Sir, Ghanshyam Sir, Ankit Sir, and Ayush Sir simply amazing.

  1. Take us through that moment when you got to know about the result?
    I was waiting for the result since 2 O’ Clock as I was expecting the result, but the result came out at 5 PM. I was expecting my rank under 20 but it was awesome to know that I have achieved AIR-7. I got congratulations from my family and friends, everyone who had supported me. And, I want to say thanks to everyone.
  2. When did you start preparing for GATE?
    In the final year of my college, I started my preparation. I planned it earlier, but I could not begin my preparation that time. Then I took coaching in the final year of my college. After this I continued, and I got AIR-281 in my final year.
  3. How did you get to know about IES Master?
    My brother was a student of IES Master. He cleared ESE in his first attempt, and he wanted me to take admission here.
  4. What were your marks in GATE 2018?
    I scored 83 marks in GATE 2018, and secured AIR-51.
  5. What were your marks in GATE 2019?
    My marks were 82.15. My GATE score was 959, and I secured AIR-7 in GATE 2019.
  6. Which program were you a part of here at IES Master?
    I took Regular Classroom. I was from RM-03 batch of 2017-18 session.
  7. How was your experience with IES Master classroom program?
    Before coming here, I somehow knew about IES Master because my brother was also a part of IES Master classroom. My experience here was very good. IES Master has a thorough approach. In the classrooms, each and every student is given proper attention despite there being so many students. The teachers are very helpful. Even though we ask our doubts in between the class, the doubts are cleared very well. The response of teachers is very good. Concept building is done in a very good manner. The pace at which subjects are taught is very appropriate and suitable.
  8. How was this year’s GATE paper compared to previous year’s?
    This year the paper was quite different from the pattern which GATE follows. It was a little bit tough. The first set was tougher than the second set. My paper was from set-2.
  9. How was the part-1 of your GATE 2019 paper?
    Generally Mathematics is of 15 marks, but this year it was less about 7 to 8 marks in both Set-1 and Set-2.  But in Set-2, the Mathematics questions were quite easier as compared to Set-1. Talking about Aptitude, it comes generally easy, and this year too it was easy. Looking at the English part, the level of questions was a bit higher when compared to the previous years’ papers.
  10. Take us through the technical part.
    The technical part is generally divided into 1-mark and 2-mark questions. The 1-mark questions were simple and easy. Talking about 2-marks questions, the numerical type (NAT) questions were tougher as compared to non-NAT questions in which options were available. I think this year’s paper was tougher than the previous years.
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  11. What was your overall strategy with regard to GATE 2019?
    Starting from the concept building which was already done in IES Master classrooms, I used to solve conventional questions that were provided in the classrooms. Solving those questions cleared all my concepts, and they gave me an approach to solve questions. Then I used to solve previous years’ questions to judge that I have covered all the parts. I think that the notes provided to us in the classrooms were good enough. After doing previous years’ papers, if I come across any new question, which was very rare, I used to solve them there only, and I used to learn from them there only. After that I used to go for subject-wise tests. I used to analyse them very properly because test series is very important for GATE preparation. Knowledge is an important part, but producing it is much more important than just having it. Test series was very important. I used to give tests, and analyse my mistakes, and reduce my errors and improve my accuracy because in GATE, it’s all about accuracy.
  12. What was your rank in test series generally?
    I used to be in top-20 for most of the tests. In some of the tests, I didn’t perform very well but in most of the tests I used to be in top-20 students. In some of the tests, I even secured rank 1 and 2.
  13. How did you go about preparing short notes?
    I used to solve previous years. After my first revision, I went ahead with a simple approach focussing on the part important in GATE, and then the part tough to remember, and finally the parts that are to be revised. Keeping all these things in mind, I used to confine the notes as much as I can. After giving tests, if I came across any new concepts then I used to incorporate them in my notes.
  14. Tell us about your daily schedule.
    It wasn’t fixed, but generally I used to study for 7-8 hours as I was free from college, and I have to study only. There were only two main things, sleeping and studying, apart from other basic things. Most of the time, I used to study only. It wasn’t fixed that I have to study for 10 hours or 8 hours. Some days it was 3-4 hours and some days 6-8 hours.
  15. What kept you motivated during your preparation?
    When I used to give test series, sometimes I scored very low and felt de-motivated, but my elder brother, who is my idol, very much helped me in keeping me motivated. I used to call him and talk to him for hours. I think that everyone should have someone to talk and take guidance from. My brother was my motivation.
  16. Tell us a little about IES Master study material.
    IES Master study material is very consolidated and very confined, and it is very relevant to all the competitive exams, and the language is very much easy to build your basics and to go for toughest to toughest questions.
  17. What about the doubt clearing session here at IES Master?
    Whatever the level of your doubt is, it is given equal preference. No matter what is the level of your doubt, it is cleared in a very good way. The teachers here help a lot in clearing your doubts.
  18. It is a general perception that GATE is getting tough with every passing year. Is it so?
    No, I don’t think so because this year GATE was conducted by IIT Madras, and it’s a general perception that the paper set by IIT Madras is a bit tougher. I don’t think it is getting tougher because last year the paper was very easy. The pattern is same. The paper comes easy. You just have to work on your accuracy.
    I would say for GATE, there are selective things that you have to study. You don’t have to cover a lot of things for GATE. Apart from that, you have to practice questions a lot. There are very selected and limited type of questions asked in GATE so I think you must practice those questions very well. Also, you should solve the previous year book at least two to three times to get a good rank. In the end, I would say all the very best.
  19. Share some tips to improve accuracy.
    For improving accuracy, test series plays an important role. Each student commits different mistakes, there is no such tip. I think he should judge from the test series only that what types of mistakes he is committing, and by taking required steps he can reduce those errors.
  20. What was your strategy for the day of exam and the day before it?
    Students generally prepare notes of 15-20 pages, and try to mug up those pages. But I left all my books and notebooks a day before the exam because my brother asked me not to look at my notes, and I followed his instructions only. This helped me to be confident, calm and composed during the paper.
  21. What would be your priorities after GATE, PSUs or higher studies?
    I am planning to apply for PSUs, and getting into any of the top PSUs but my top priority for this year is to get into Engineering Services. Keeping my options open, I would prefer PSUs.
  22. Are you a part of IES Master Conventional Question Classroom Practice Program?
    Yes sir.
  23. Tell us a little about IES Master Conventional Question Practice Program.
    Basically during CQPP, students are required to solve a book which includes every single subject. The book is very consolidated, and one can find every type of question in that book. I think that it is a must for any student preparing for ESE Mains.
  24. Tell us a little about your college.
    I am from College of Technology and Engineering Udaipur, which is a government college and talking about the environment of GATE and ESE, I think that specifically about our Civil Engineering department it’s not much there like other colleges. Students usually don’t prepare for GATE, and most of them want to go into private sector or placed somewhere. I think GATE and other competitive exams are very necessary, and whatever the environment is I think they must apply for GATE and ESE.
  25. What would be your message to your college juniors?
    I will say if I have done it, you can also. It’s very easy. You just have to dream big, you just have to work hard, and you can easily do it, and please dream big.
  26. Tell us about your schooling.
    I have done my sixth to twelfth class schooling from Central Academy Jodhpur.
  27. Tell us a little about your family.
    I belong to Jodhpur. In my family, I have two elder brothers, my mother, my father, and my grandmother. My father is a businessman along with one of my elder brothers. My eldest brother is Assistant Garrison Engineer in Military Engineering Services (MES).
  28. You have been an excellent student here at IES Master. We thank you so much for giving us time, and for sharing your experience. God bless you!
    Thank you sir, it’s an honour.

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ESE 2018 Topper (AIR-2, CE) Punit Singh Shares His Success Story

This hardheaded engineering graduate from GLA University, Mathura, engraved his success in stone with firmness of steel. Listen in to this uniquely uncompromising ranker’s resolve in purpose and pursuit as he opens up in an ‘EXCLUSIVE’ one-to-one with IES Master.

IES Master: When did you start preparing for Engineering Services Exam?
Punit: I started preparing for Engineering Services in the fourth year of my graduation.

IES Master: Given the fact that ESE is quite an intensive exam, what kept you motivated across this length of preparation?
Punit: Actually I want to do my part in the development of our nation, and since I am a civil engineer, I thought Railways will be a good start. So to get into Railways, and do my part in the development of the country, I took Engineering Services Exam.

IES Master: Which program were you a part of, here at IES Master?
Punit: I was part of IES Master’s classroom test series program. Since this exam requires rigorous practicing and conceptual clarity, the test series provided me a platform to correct my mistakes and build up speed and accuracy.

IES Master: What percentage of paper were you able to attempt in your Mains exam?
Punit: I was able to attempt 80% in Paper-I, and approximately 90% in Paper-II of the Engineering Services Mains Exam.

IES Master: Take us through the sequence in which you attempted the questions.
Punit: I attempted the compulsory questions first i.e. the question numbers 1st and 5th as they were relatively easier and shorter in length, and marked out the questions that I did not know. Thereafter, I attempted rest of the questions. This helped me in building up a momentum, and I could attempt at least 80% of the paper.

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IES Master: How effective was IES Master material in your preparation?
Punit: IES Master study material is quite extensive and covers all the subjects in depth, which is required for Engineering Services Exam. I would like to congratulate IES Master faculty members for structuring the study material in such an easy-to-understand language.

IES Master: How did you fare in IES Master Test Series?
Punit: I was able to get rank among the top 50s.

IES Master: Take us through your UPSC interview experience.
Punit: My interview was on 10th October, 2018 in the afternoon session. Ms Satyawati was the Chairperson of the board. The Chairperson asked me about my hobbies and my job. The rest of the interview was all technical ranging from subjects like RCC, Building Materials, and Construction Planning. It was a good experience overall.

IES Master: You did your B.Tech from GLA University Mathura. What would be your message to the students pursuing B.Tech from private engineering colleges aspiring for Engineering Services Examination?
Punit: This exam is all about merit. It is not necessary to be from the IITs to clear this exam. It just requires a bit of motivation, hard work, and guidance. In fact, right guidance is the most important thing.

IES Master: You have been an excellent student here at IES Master. It’s our absolute privilege to have someone like you amongst us. Thank you for sharing your success story with us. God bless you!
Punit: Thank you, sir.
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ESE 2018 Topper (AIR-8, CE) Vijaya Nandan Pandey Shares His Success Story

Listen into this delightful experience of a down-to-earth boy from a humble background, who walked into UPSC to live his dream. It has all the ingredients that should go into making of a heart-warming and truly inspiring story.

IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person you informed in your family?
Vijaya: I was typing a message to my sister asking her to bring some commodities, which my mother required for Chhath celebration. Suddenly one of my friends, who have also given UPSC interview, called me. He called once, I rejected his call, and then again he called. I thought what is it that he is calling continuously as it was around 8.30 or 8.35 in the evening that time. Then he messaged congratulating me on securing AIR-8. Everyone at my home were trembling with the fear that what would happen if I am not selected as we belong to a lower middle class family. We are not much strong financially so there was a constant fear that if I would fail once more then what would be the condition, and how would I be able to continue my preparation. So to confirm the result, I asked my friend to send me the PDF of the result as I have devoted my two years for this exam. So he messaged me the PDF, and after that I was almost lost. I cannot describe in words how I felt at that moment because when you see your hard efforts, your honest efforts give fruit. That was the best one hour of my life that I have experienced so far.

IES Master: Tell us about your family.
Vijaya: My father is a teacher, he runs a small coaching. My mother is housemaker. I have two sisters. One of my sisters is a teacher in primary school, and other has done her B.Ed. So, we belong to a middle class family, we are not that much financially strong.

IES Master: Tell us about your schooling and something about the city to which you belong.
Vijaya: I come from a small city in UP named Jaunpur, and I have done my schooling from St. Patrick Senior Secondary School up to elementary level. After that I appeared for AIEEE, cleared it, and then I got enrolled in NIT Hamirpur from where I graduated.

IES Master: It must be a huge news in your city. How was the experience?
Vijaya: I was dreaming about all this for the past two years. Most of my friends were employed in private companies and earning, I was feeling alone among them as they were earning, and I was still studying. But I was sure that once I will clear ESE then the impact it will create will always be there. So when the result was announced, I met around thousand people as I belong to a small town, and a person clearing UPSC from that place is a big success and that too in under 10 rank. One cannot even dream of it. I can’t explain that how much praise I received. Even the MLA, MP, and cabinet ministers from my region visited my home to congratulate me. My father was always on his toes as lots of people were coming to our house as if it was some festive occasion. So I think that whatever effort I have put in has been rewarded by God. I would like to say here that never think of this exam as a normal exam. Cracking this exam will make you a super human. So clear this exam, you will yourself see how your life changes.

IES Master: How did you get into NIT Hamirpur?
Vijaya: When I gave AIEEE in my first attempt, I got 25000 rank in AIEEE, and I got NIT Agartala. I was not comfortable with that college. While going through the July-August edition of Pratiyogita Darpan, I read an interview of a senior named Mahendra Kumar, who cleared Civil Services and got AIR-37. In his interview, he said that he has done his B.Tech from NIT Hamirpur, and it is a good institute with lots of scope for engineering students. So, I thought I should pursue my B.Tech from there. NIT Agartala is also one of the elite institutes, but a person’s comfortable zone varies from place to place. He cannot be comfortable at each and every place. So that made me decide for NIT Hamirpur. Some of my friends from NIT Agartala have done exceptionally well. But still I left NIT Agartala, and again appeared in AIEEE, studying on my own, and cleared it with good rank, and I got NIT Hamirpur. After graduating from NIT Hamirpur, I thought that I made a good decision. The teachers taught me very well there, and helped in understanding the basics. It helped me a lot during the preparation phase.

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IES Master: Tell us about your journey from NIT Hamirpur to IES Master Delhi.
Vijaya: When I was in second year, I never thought that I would be appearing in Engineering Services Examination as I don’t know much about it. My only thought was Civil Services, but as I entered into third year, one of my seniors cleared ESE with AIR-13. So that sparked sensations in me, along with that my teachers always used to tell us stories about students who have performed well in this all India level exam. So this inculcated a feeling in me that I should also go for this examination. I never appeared for any campus placement exam even though I was among the top-10 in my college. I don’t want to join any private company. I was clear in my decision that I would go for Engineering Services Examination only. After graduating from NIT Hamirpur, I started discussing with my friends about the right place to go to fulfill this dream of mine. They told me about IES Master, and then I came here. Whatever I read here, I can only say that I made a good decision, and it helped me a lot.

IES Master: When did you start preparing for Engineering Services?
Vijaya: After graduating from NIT Hamirpur in 2016, I was determined that I will clear this exam no matter how much hard work it will take. But I was not familiar with the approach, the syllabus, and how should I attempt the exam. So, I came here at IES Master, and got myself enrolled in the evening batch of Genius Batch. On my first day, I was very eager to know who would be the teacher who will be teaching us all the subjects of Civil Engineering. Then Kanchan Sir came in the class, and gave us a broad outline about ESE because we were a part of the changed UPSC syllabus for ESE. This change in exam syllabus make the ESE more mysterious for us. The way Kanchan Sir gave the outline, I realized that he is an experienced teacher, and whatever he speaks is 100% correct. So I decided from that day that whatever he is teaching, the concepts should not be missed, notes should be made properly with good handwriting. I used to sit in the front row in the class, and each and every point whatever Kanchan Sir used to say, and then I revised those points. So the way Kanchan Sir taught me was excellent as it reduced my burden. Although I was studying regularly, but when you give your efforts in a channelized way it yields results, and the same was my case.
The strategy with which I studied was that I followed only notes, and revised all the concepts that were taught by Kanchan Sir. Also, I solved questions from a variety of sources like previous years question papers, test series, and other booklets that were provided to me at IES Master. So, in this way the approach I had developed was quite helpful for me to tackle this exam.

IES Master: How effective was IES Master material?
Vijaya: IES Master material is an excellent source, not only for Engineering Services but also for Civil Services. I bet on this that if a person genuinely revise, and be honest to himself then there is no need to ponder here and there. So take this material, it is surely going to help you not only in ESE, but also in Civil Services.

IES Master: ESE is quite an intensive exam. How did you manage to complete the entire syllabus before the real exam?
Vijaya: This is a basic problem which number of students faced, including me. So one should not see Engineering Services as a whole as they will get frustrated on seeing 28 or 30 subjects including GS. So if one sees the entire syllabus at one go, an element of frustration inculcates in us. Therefore, one should go with the class. If a particular subject is taught in the class go with it only. So this way your burden reduces, and you gain some confidence. So this was the strategy that I followed. At the end of the day when the course is completed, IES Master provides test series also. So when you enroll yourself at IES Master for Test Series then it along with your notes will help you in completing your syllabus on time, and revising whatever you have studied. But the main thing is that it requires a lot of hard work. If you can do it then you will surely achieve success in this exam.

IES Master: Take us through Mains Paper-I.
Vijaya: Last year I scored poorly in Mains Paper-I due to which I was out of the interview round. So this time my main strategy was that as Paper-I is the main thing due to which students are unable to clear this exam. In Paper-I, the marking which is followed by UPSC is on the basis of your answer. If you get the correct answer, you will be given marks, but who knows that a slight mistake may cost you marks. So what I followed was that I used to practice a lot. I remember that I solved Paper-I 16 to 18 times from the book of IES Master. When I used to sleep, I was aware of which question was number 1, and question number 15, or 27. So that is how I practiced. Apart from this, I did not miss even a single test series conducted by IES Master whether it was for Prelims or Mains. So you have to practice, practice a lot. Set yourself a target, and make sure that the target is achieved. Then only you would be able to cope up with Paper-I, and score 200+ marks, and no one can stop you from your final selection.

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IES Master: What about Paper-II?
Vijaya: Paper-II is basically theoretical part with a ratio of 40:60 for theory and numerical, and the subjects involved are Soil Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, etc which carry a huge weightage. At IES Master, the subjects like this which carry huge weightage are taught quite well, and the notes of these subjects I used to make very properly. These helped me to clear my concepts. Theory part, I was not much bothered about as most of the theory questions were covered during my classes only. So don’t bother about theory part, try to be conscious about the subjects that carry huge weightage like Environmental, Soil, and Fluid. If these three subjects you have practiced enormously, and studied the notes that have been taught in the class then you’ll face no problem in Paper-II.

IES Master: Walk us through your interview experience. How was it at UPSC?
Vijaya: In interview, what I feel is that whatever you have gained in the previous two rounds, it is going to reflect in the interview round. In my case, I did not perform well in the Mains round so I was not able to perform well in the interview round also. Interview is all about the confidence that you gain in the previous two rounds. Normally this is the case with all candidates. Very few people are there who score exceptionally well in interview inspite of scoring low in the previous two stages. What I feel is that interview is the reflection of your confidence, clarity about concepts that you have gained in previous two stages. Basically it is your personality test. Try to be humble, honest, be polite, give respect to the interview panel members, and if you have revised the basic things, you will never face problem in interview, and you will get genuine marks i.e. 120 out of 200 marks, which is a good score.

IES Master: What would be your message to students from NIT Hamirpur?
Vijaya: I would like to suggest my juniors that in this competitive exam, you will be competing with students from all over India, and the competition level rises when people from IITs, NITs, and a number of good colleges are inclining towards this exam. So inculcate a habit of hard work, be honest towards yourself as you will be carrying the prestige and reputation of your college, your family, and your institute on your shoulders. So when you achieve success in such an exam, the whole environment around you becomes cheerful. So keep on doing whatever I have done, and I wish that next year also some of my junior from my college clears this exam by scoring ranking under AIR 10. So that my college gets a unique identity that this is the college that produces toppers in the exams like UPSC.

IES Master: You have been an excellent student here at IES Master. It’s been an absolute inspiration and privilege for us talking to you. Thank you so much. God bless you!
Vijaya: Thank you sir.
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ESE 2018 Topper (AIR-1, E&T) Shashank Shekhar Shares His Success Story

If it is worth sharing, it has to be tough… testing human endurance to its maximum. In the process, they script a story that people wish to share. It’s one such a story of unrelenting attitude, and an eternal hope that Shashank Shekhar lived in achieving the topper’s feat in ESE 2018.

IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person you informed in your family?
Shashank: First I called my mother because she is the source of inspiration to me.

IES Master: Tell us about your family?
Shashank: I belong to Vaishali district of Bihar. In my family there is my mother, father, and 4 sisters. One of my sisters is married, and the other three are pursuing their studies.

IES Master: When did you start preparing for ESE?
Shashank: I started preparing on 7th November, 2016. I just celebrated Chhath before that, and during Chhath celebration only I got time to think about my career, and then I decided to go for Engineering Services Examination. Engineering Services is the most prestigious examination for any engineering individual in our country, and that was the sole reason due to which I started preparing for Engineering Services Examination.

IES Master: What approach you took for ESE preparation?
Shashank: During my B.Tech only I have gone through the entire syllabus of ESE so I had good command over the technical subjects. So, what I did was that I purchased question banks of previous years, and started solving those questions. What I found was that I was able to solve most of the questions so I became confident during my preparation, and wherever I found problems, I searched solutions, and started noting down them in a notebook.

IES Master: How did IES Master Test Series help you in structuring your preparation, and how effective was the feedback?
Shashank: After solving the previous years’ questions, we come to know what type of questions have aleady come. But when we see the Test Series, it gives the feel of what questions may come in the future examinations. So here it helped me a lot as it had narrowed down the syllabus because if we see the Engineering Services syllabus, it is very huge. But when we give the Test Series, it helps us in focussing on the few areas from where the questions may come. In this regard, I would definitely like to say that IES Master Test Series helped me.

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IES Master: How different was this year’s Conventional paper compared to previous year?
Shashank: Conventional was very different from previous year’s questions. The reason was that this time they did not change the syllabus, but they had put the questions that were very typical. If someone already had solved the questions, they could have solve the questions easily. But if someone is facing the questions first time then those questions were not so easy for them. Therefore, the maximum marks in Paper-II of Conventional would not be more than 170. What I have heard is that it would be around 150. Even people have got around 80 marks and qualified Engineering Services. So this type of differences UPSC has created this year in the Conventional Mains paper.

IES Master: How was Conventional Paper-I, and in what sequence you attempted the questions?
Shashank: Paper-I was more or less similar to last year’s Paper-I. There I could attempt around 230 mark questions. The question selection method that I always follow in examinations is that whichever questions are easy, I go for that first, and whichever questions are tough, I put them for the last session i.e. at the end of the examination. In that way, I secured 210 marks out of 300 in Paper-I.

IES Master: Take us through Conventional Paper-II.
Shashank: Paper-II was very different from the trend which UPSC had followed before this year because there they did not change the syllabus, but they had included very typical questions about every kind of topics that can be in the Paper-II, and even I remember that people were not able to solve questions. They were sitting idle and waiting for the time to complete. Paper-II was that much different from the previous years’ questions. I could score only 137 marks in Paper-II, and what I have heard is that the maximum in Paper-II may be around 150 or 160, not more than that.

IES Master: Given the fact that you were working with a private company, how did you manage to complete the entire ESE syllabus?
Shashank: Definitely, it was very challenging. Here I must say that if you have a dedication then only you can qualify. So what I did was that I divided my whole day in three parts, one part was from 6 to 9 when I used to study, and then I used to go to office, and then after coming back I used to study from 7 to 11. This time schedule I followed for entire 2 years, excluding a few days after the examination when I used to take leave.

IES Master: How effective was IES Master study material in your preparation?
Shashank: IES Master material is very compact, and they provide quality solutions. I can say that during my Prelims preparation also I had referred the study material of IES Master, and there I realised that they are not only giving the solution of any particular question, but also giving a bit explanation about that question as well as related theories. So how it can help you? Actually before going to write the exam, you need not to go through all of your notes. The material of IES Master not only contains the solution of any particular question, but one will also find the theory related to that question.

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IES Master: How did you fare in IES Master Test Series?
Shashank: In IES Master Test Series, I used to score around 20 to 30. Sometimes my rank even went up to 75 or 79, but a few times I also scored 4 and 3. So there was a lot of variation in my rank during test series.

IES Master: What kept you motivated all through these years of your ESE preparation?
Shashank: The first thing that motivate me is the toughness level of any examination. If I sit in a examination, and I hear that this is the toughest examination, and if you crack it then you can prove yourself. That is the biggest source of inspiration for me, and that happened here also. If someone would have asked me before November 2016, there was no plan of mine for going for Engineering Services. But after discussing with my friends, I reaslised that this is the toughest examination, and clearing this examination can give you a boost in your confidence that you have cleared the toughest examination of the country, and that actually was the source of inspiration for me.

IES Master: Which board did you face during your UPSC interview, and what were the questions asked?
Shashank: My interview was on 14 September, 2018, and the chairperson of my interview board was Bhosle Sir. He was very polite during the interview, and when I entered the room, first of all he tried to make me feel comfortable, and started asking questions from my DAF. He praised me for my achievements in my career. His first question was from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech. He asked me whether I watched it, I said ‘Yes’. Then he asked me about the one point that I noticed. I said, Gaganyaan, and from there he started asking questions about IRNSS, GPS, GLONASS, etc.
The other panel members were taking their chances one by one in asking me different questions. Most of the questions they asked were technical, but as in Personal Interview, technical question doesn’t matter a lot. The things that matter are spontaneous questions like he asked that you are working on IoT, and Prime Minister Modi has announced about Smart Cities, so what will be your contribution. So this type of questions cannot be expected before going for the interview.
During interview, they would create different types of situations. Like I remember that when I was discussing about my M.Tech project, I have drawn Mux diagram, Mux tree, but ma’am asked whether is it decoded diagram. I said that no ma’am it’s Mux diagram. So this type of questions can be asked. Generally, whatever they ask, we say Yes Sir or Yes Ma’am. They don’t want such answers. So, in this way my interview continued, and in the last he asked, what is your plan after the interview, and with that he concluded my interview, wished me all the best, and asked me to leave the room.

IES Master: There is a general perception that ESE is something exclusive for IITians and NITians. Being a graduate from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, what would be your message to future aspirants?
Shashank: This perception is completely wrong because I have done my B.Tech from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, and during the preparation of Engineering Services, I had no coaching. The only reason that I could achieve success in this examination is the study that I had done at KIIT. So there is no point discussing that whether IITians or NITians only get better marks, or if this Engineering Services is for them only. Anyone can qualify, who has patience, who has dedication, and the talent.
I always follow one principle i.e. doing one thing at a time. This means that if you are preparing for Prelims then never ever think about Mains or Interview as these 3 rounds are completely different. In the current pattern, you might have noticed that there is a huge gap between the Prelims and the Mains, so if you are preparing for Prelims focus only on Prelims, and when you are going for Mains, focus on Mains, and for Interview go for Interview.
At IES Master, you will find that they have very different and very good strategy for every round. So why to worry about Mains or Interview when you are preparing for Prelims. So please go in that way, and I am damn sure that you would be selected if you follow all this things, and you have dedicated yourself for the Engineering Services Examination.

IES Master: You have been an excellent student here at IES Master. Thank you for sharing your experience. It was an absolute pleasure talking to you. God bless you!
Shashank: Thank you so much, Sir.

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