UPPSC-AE 2019 Exam Date Announced

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has announced the date for conducting written exam for Combined State Engineering Services 2019 recruitment drive for the post of Assistant Engineers. The UPPSC-AE 2019 Exam will be held on 07 June, 2020.

IES Master is going to start an exclusive classroom program for students from CE, ME and EE branches for the preparation of UPPSC-AE exam. The classes for this specialised UPPSC-AE exam coaching are going to start from 11 February, 2020. Limited seats are available on first-come first-book basis, so register today for IES Master UPPSC Assistant Engineer Classroom Program.

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CGPSC to Recruit 89 Assistant Engineers from CE, ME, and EE Branches

The Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission (CGPSC) has released its recruitment notice for the post of Assistant Engineers (grade B gazetted officer) in various disciplines through Chhattisgarh State Engineering Service Examination 2020.

The State PSC will start accepting online applications from eligible candidates from 10 February, 2020. The last day of submitting online application is 10 March, 2020 (till 12 AM).

By conducting this State level engineering services exam, CGPSC is likely to fill a total of 89 vacancies. The detailed breakdown of the vacancies and departments is as below.

Name of Department Name of Post & Branch No. of Vacancies
Water Resources Department Assistant Engineer (Civil)


Public Works Department Assistant Engineer (Civil)


Water Resources Department Assistant Engineer (Electrical/ Mechanical)


Public Health Engineering Department Assistant Engineer (Civil)


Panchayat and Rural Development Department Assistant Engineer (Civil)


Panchayat and Rural Development Department Assistant Engineer (Electrical)


A candidate having degree in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical engineering from a state or central government recognized university or institution is eligible to present his candidature for this recruitment drive. The eligible age criteria are minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years as on 01 st January, 2020, with an age limit of maximum 40 years for candidates who are resident of Chhattisgarh and a further age relaxation of 5 years for candidates coming under SC/ST/OBC categories of Chhattisgarh. For female candidates from Chhattisgarh state, the maximum age limit is 40 years.

Selection Process
The final list of suitable candidates will be prepared on the basis of written exam and interview.

CGPSC-AE Exam Pattern
The written exam will include two objective test papers – Paper-I and Paper-II.

Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Language Exam Duration
General Studies

(2 marks each)



2 ½ Hours
Engineering Discipline (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical)

(2 marks each)

300 English  2 ½ Hours

Qualifying percentage of marks for Paper-I and Paper-II are minimum 40% in each paper.

75 marks

Total Marks:
300 + 300 + 75 = 675 marks

To know in detail about other details such as application fee, exam syllabus, medical standard, physical standard, etc. and other CGPSC engineering services exam related details, check the CGPSC official notification.

ESE 2020 Mains

CQPP – The Best Preparation Strategy for ESE 2020 Mains

If you have just written ESE 2020 Prelims, and after going through the various ESE 2020 Prelims answer keys and detailed solutions provided by various coaching institutes and subject experts, you are confident of making it to the ESE 2020 Mains then it is time now to start preparing for the second and most important phase of ESE 2020 i.e. ESE 2020 Mains.

The ESE 2020 Mains exam is scheduled to be conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) on 28th June, 2020. It means you have around five and half months to gear up for ESE 2020 Mains.

UPSC is going to fill around 495 vacancies through ESE 2020. The announced 495 vacancies include 21 vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD), of which 11 will be reserved for Locomotor Disability (LDCP) including Cerebral Palsy, Leprosy cured, Dwarfism, Acid Attack victims and Muscular Dystrophy, 7 vacancies for Hard of Hearing (HI), and 3 vacancies for persons with low vision.  For candidates belonging to SC, ST, PD and OBC categories, reservations will be made by the Government of India as per the vacancies. The selected candidates will be absorbed as Class-1 officers in various Government of India departments, such as Indian Railways, Central Engineering Service, Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Survey of India, Border Road Engineering Service, Indian Defence Service of Engineers, etc.

On qualifying the ESE 2020 Prelims stage, the qualified candidates will have to mention their preference for services/posts in the Detailed Application Form (DAF). On the basis of their merit position, preferences filled in DAF, and number of vacancies, successful candidates will be allotted to various services/posts, subject to their medical fitness.

ESE 2020 Mains Exam Pattern

The ESE 2020 Mains stage includes writing two subjective or conventional question papers that are conducted in different sessions. The paper-I and paper-II are of Engineering Discipline. Both the papers are of 3 hours duration each, carrying 300 marks each. ESE 2020 Mains exam is considered to be very important stage, a candidate’s performance in this stage is going to decide his or her final ranking in ESE 2020.

On considering all these factors, it becomes evident that how tense the competition is. However, it is not something that is unachievable. An engineering student aiming for ESE 2020 has to follow a carefully planned preparation strategy to achieve success in ESE 2020.

IES Master’s Unique Preparation Methodology for ESE 2020 Mains

IES Master, an institute for engineers with branches in Delhi and Noida, offers quality coaching for ESE and GATE. For ESE 2020 Mains preparation, its unique preparation methodology includes a program called Conventional Question Practice Program (CQPP) which has been designed and structured to help all the ESE 2020 aspirants sit in the ESE 2020 Mains exam with full confidence. The CQPP program includes:

1) Conventional Classroom Practice Program

2) Conventional Question Practice Test (CQPT)

The main objective of Conventional Classroom Practice Program

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ESE (IES) 2020 Prelims GS Paper-I: Detailed Analysis and Difficulty-level Assessment

This year’s GS Prelims paper was on expected lines as predicted by IES Master. The question paper was not so lengthy, but it tested your abilities to stay focussed while going through questions-options. The key was not arriving on to the right answer immediately after reading question but to patiently read through all the provided options. And, more importantly in doing so maintaining the cool and calm by avoiding any preconceived notion, and then choosing the right answer.

View ESE (IES) 2020 Prelims Question Paper-I and Detailed Solutions

On count of language, the keywords of the question were put directly without putting in a twisting phrase before or after the keyword. However, it is not to say that general attributes were missing, especially with the assertion-reasoning questions. This year assertion and reasoning questions were less in number and only 4 questions were asked in the exam.

The line of questioning in Environment and ICT this year was slightly more ambitious in terms of keeping you updated with the news in general.

Environment Questions were moderate with one or two tough questions related to pollution and Ecosystem. 12 questions were asked in this year.

Questions from ICT were easy to moderate, but were tricky in nature. 12 questions were asked mainly focussing on Networking, ICT in education and learning and E-Governance.

UPSC has a tried and tested formula when it comes to setting up the questions and topping it up with the Current Issues concerning the Indian economy and economics. So, it would have been easier for students who would have spread the GS preparation across the year, and kept updating it with the terms related to economics and finance. Topics related to political and social issues were missing.
Current issues questions were tough in general and 8 questions were asked.

The weightage of the questions was almost equal and not in line with the previous year. The static subjects did not throw any surprise, and the students who would have browse through the IES Master classroom content and study material would have easily arrived upon the right answers. Subjects such as Project Management were moderate to tough, and called in linear thought process, extensively discussed and rehearsed in IES Master Classrooms. In total, 12 questions were asked in Project Management.

With regard to questions from Material Science, and Design and Drawing subjects, patience was to be exercised in connecting the dimensions in which the examiner tried to relate the keyword in questions. The key was going through one option at a time, and treating them as independent questions, and then arriving upon the right statements, and getting on to the right answer. It was indeed demanding and checking on the stability of the nerves of ESE 2020 aspirants.

The questions asked in Material Science were easy to moderate and in total 10 questions were asked.

The level of questions asked in Design, drawing and safety were moderate to difficult and in total 10 questions were asked.

Coming on to Ethics, the impression was that of arriving upon to the closest option without unnecessarily over thinking and over consumption of time. Easier said than done the Ethics section this year demanded a tremendous amount of practice in building up an objective approach, and brought forth the sanctity of IES Master Test Series.

The questions asked in Ethics were easy to moderate and few questions were straight forward.
In total, 6 questions were asked in the exam.

Questions from Mathematics

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GATE 2020 Admit Card Released by IIT-Delhi

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has made available the Admit Card for GATE 2020. Candidates, who have registered for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2020 (GATE 2020) through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS), can download their admit cards now.

GATE 2020, for which, 860,000 candidates have registered, is scheduled to be conducted on 1, 2, 8 and 9 February, 2020 in two shifts – forenoon from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM and in afternoon from 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM.

Here are the steps to download GATE 2020 Admit Card or GATE 2020 hall ticket:

  1. Log in to the official website of GOAPS through the URL https://appsgate.iitd.ac.in/
  2. On the page that opens, enter your Enrollment ID / Email Address and Password
  3. Now enter the Captcha code, and then click on the ‘Submit’ button
  4. Now you can download the Admit Card and take a printout of the same for further reference
  5. It is preferred to take colour printout of the GATE 2020 Admit Card as no soft copy will be considered for allowing access to the examination hall

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IIT Delhi to Release GATE 2020 Admit Card

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is going to make available the Admit Card for GATE 2020 today. Candidates, who have registered for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2020 (GATE 2020) through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS), can download their admit cards today.

GATE 2020, for which, 860,000 candidates have registered, is scheduled to be conducted on 1, 2, 8 and 9 February, 2020 in two shifts – forenoon from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM and in afternoon from 02:30 PM to 05:30 PM.

Here is how candidates can download GATE 2020 Admit Card or GATE 2020 hall ticket:

  1. Log in to the official website of GOAPS through the URL https://appsgate.iitd.ac.in/
  2. On the page that opens, enter your Enrollment ID / Email Address and Password
  3. Now enter the Captcha code, and then click on the ‘Submit’ button
  4. Now you can download the Admit Card and take a printout of the same for further reference
  5. It is preferred to take colour printout of the GATE 2020 Admit Card as no soft copy will be considered for allowing access to the examination hall

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Organisational Restructuring of Indian Railways – ADVANTAGE ENGINEERS

The much-awaited Indian Railways restructuring has finally got the Union Cabinet’s nod, and it promises to open new vistas to officers recruited through ESE by UPSC. In all likelihood, engineers now stand a chance to rise to the ranks of Secretary.

In keeping up with the Government’s policy of pushing in specialists into the top jobs, the Union Cabinet has attempted a brave move in restructuring Indian Railways like never before. In doing so, the Government of India has drawn out an ambitious plan to modernise Railways, and provide the highest safety standards, speed and services to the passengers with a proposed investment of Rs. 50 lakh crore over the next 12 years.

With such an investment, it is said to pump prime the job market for engineers in long term. Going by the policy objectives, this technical paradigm shift has been duly recognised and given its due by the Ministry of Railways. However, this ambitious plan cannot be implemented without recruiting in hands trained in technology, so as to apply for the good of the people in general, and the Railways.

As per the reform measure, 8 Group A services are likely to be unified into a central Indian Railway Management Service to end departmentalism, expedite decisions, and strengthen Indian Railways.

In simple words it means an end to the quota-based cadre management of engineers, and an opportunity for merit to excel. Going by the average age of ESE recruits versus CSE recruits, ESE stands to outweigh any competition for the top management positions. This is bound to have a massive impact on the morale and career prospects for the engineers taking the ESE route to the Railways.

All the said reforms are to be seen in the context that Indian Railways is a large and extremely complex organisation. It has a proud history of performance and service to the nation, but the current demand-supply mis-match has pushed it on the brink of irreversible downturn. The said policy reforms are said to cut down on the non-revenue generating departments, and focus primarily on the core services of Railways.

For a developing country like India of which Railways is the backbone, to remain competitive globally, this reform has to come through. Looking at the larger map of the competing nations, India indeed has been lagging behind. And, in the process the reform is going to put ESE on the right track.

A Brief History
Unification of services has been recommended by various committees for reforming Railways including – the Prakash Tandon Committee (1994), Rakesh Mohan Committee (2001), Sam Pitroda Committee (2012) and Bibek Debroy Committee (2015). All these committee reports recommended radical structural changes as well as implementation of a new investment strategy to meet the transportation needs of the nation in 21st century as well as to help Indian Railways recapture its past glory.

 The Reforms

  1. Unification of the existing eight Group ‘A’ services of the Indian Railways, as mentioned below, into a Central Service called Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS). The government’s prime objective with this reform is to create a coherent vision for the Railways and promote rational decision making.
    IRSE – Indian Railway Service (Civil) Engineers
    IRSEE – Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
    IRSME – Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
    IRSSE – Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
    IRSS – Indian Railway Stores Service
    IRTS – Indian Railway Traffic Service
    IRAS – Indian Railway Accounts Service
    IRPS – Indian Railway Personnel Service

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Coal India Limited to Hire 1,326 Management Trainees

Coal India Limited (CIL), a Maharatna company and the largest coal-producing company in the world, is going to hire 1,326 Management Trainees. CIL contributes to around 82% of the coal production in India.

A majority of Management Trainees i.e. 832 management trainees would be hired from Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Mining engineering streams. The details are given as below:

Branch No. of Posts
Mining 288
Electrical 218
Mechanical 258
Civil 68
Total Posts 832 (1,326)

The recruitment process of Management Trainees will include a Computer-based Test of three hours followed by certificate verification, and Personal Interview. This hiring drive was much awaited by engineering graduates from the above-mentioned branches. CIL has announced this hiring plan after a gap of three years. So, the competition is going to be intense as lakhs of engineering graduates are going to compete in the recruitment process of CIL.

To shortlist suitable candidates, CIL would be conducting two computer-based online tests (CBT) – CBT Paper-I and CBT-Paper-II in the month of February, 2020 followed by personal interview after verifying the documents of candidates.

CIL-MT Exam Pattern

Paper Subject Number & Type of Questions Marks Duration
CBT Paper-I General Knowledge /Awareness, Reasoning, Numerical Ability and General English 100 MCQs 100

3 Hours

CBT Paper-II Technical Knowledge (Discipline related) 100 MCQs 100

Each MCQ will carry 1 mark, and there will be no penalty for wrong answers. No marks would be awarded to questions that are left un-attempted.

Eligible registered candidates will have to appear for Computer Based test at the designated centre at their own expense.

Important Events and Dates

Important Event Dates
Online application begins 21 December, 2019 (10:00 AM)
Online application ends 19 January, 2020 (11:00 PM)
Tentative date for Computer-based Online Tests Paper-I and Paper-II 27-28 February, 2020

To know about other recruitment related details, check the official Coal India notification.

To help interested candidates from Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering streams prepare for this much-awaited recruitment drive, IES Master is conducting ‘Coal India Limited Management Trainees Online Test Series’.

IES Master CIL-MT Online Test Series includes a total of 16 online mock tests, of which 10 tests would be mixed-subject tests (General Ability-5 tests and Engineering Discipline-5 tests), and 6 full-length tests (General Ability-3 tests and Engineering Discipline-3 tests).

To know in detail about the ‘Coal India Limited Management Trainees Online Test Series’ by IES Master, call IES Master help desk at 80100 09955 or drop a mail at info@iesmaster.org.


Experience Real GATE Environment through Master GATE 2020 Computer-Based Mock Test

The process of practicing any subject, topic, exam, etc. involves attention, rehearsal and repetition. A student who follows it all acquire new knowledge or skills that can later be developed into more complex knowledge and skills. Intelligence and motivation are the other two factors that play an important role in improving a student’s performance, but to gain expertise the most important thing is practice.

Engineering students who are targeting GATE, which is one of the most coveted competitive exams for engineering students, have to face tough competition as lakhs of students appear in this exam every year. GATE is gaining popularity among engineering students as through GATE students can begin their professional career through PSUs, or pursue higher studies from top institutes like IITs and IISCs.

GATE 2020 is scheduled to be conducted by IIT Delhi on the 1, 2, 8, and 9 of February, 2020. This means that all the GATE 2020 aspirants have just a couple of months to prepare for it. At this last stage of their preparation, it is very important for GATE 2020 aspiring candidates to include GATE 2020 mock tests in their preparation schedule. Writing GATE mock tests at this stage will help GATE aspirants to know about their strengths and weaknesses, and also determine their preparation level.

What is Master GATE CBT 2020
GATE 2020, like previous GATE exams, is going to be computer-based examination of three hours. As per the GATE exam pattern, the GATE exam contains a mix of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) and numerical answer questions. With 65 questions in total, GATE 2020 exam will be of 100 marks. In order to help GATE 2020 aspiring engineering students from Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics streams experience the look and feel of GATE before going to write the actual GATE exam, IES Master is conducting Master GATE CBT 2020 – a computer-based mock test for GATE 2020.

Master GATE CBT 2020 would include two mock tests – Master GATE CBT-I and Master GATE CBT-II. Master GATE CBT-I is scheduled to be conducted on 18 January, 2020, and Master GATE CBT-II on 25 January, 2020.

Objective of Master GATE CBT 2020
The prime objective of IES Master behind conducting this national level GATE 2020 mock test is to help all the GATE aspiring engineering students get acclimatise to the real GATE environment before going to write the actual GATE 2020 exam.

Benefits of Master GATE CBT 2020
Master GATE CBT 2020 would help all the GATE aspiring students to experience the look and feel of GATE exam pattern, get familiar to using GATE calculator, attempting questions online, etc. As the testing environment of Master GATE CBT 2020 would be similar to that of the real GATE environment, the mock test would be beneficial for all the students who will be writing GATE for the first time. By writing Master GATE CBT 2020, first time GATE appearing students will get rid of their anxiety level, and get a boost in their confidence. This computer-based GATE mock test would also help students in getting a tentative idea about their GATE 2020 ranking as the mock test would be written by students from 30 major cities across India.

Important Points about Master GATE CBT 2020
To write Master GATE CBT 2020, the interested candidates should have obtained or pursuing graduation degree (BE/B.Tech) in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, or Electronics & Communication stream. The fee structure of Master GATE CBT 2020 is as below:

Master GATE CBT-1:                       ₹ 400
Master GATE CBT-2:                       ₹ 400
Master GATE CBT-1 + CBT-2:       ₹ 700

How to Enrol for Master GATE CBT 2020
To register for Master GATE CBT 2020, an interested candidate has to follow the below given steps:

  1. Visit Master GATE CBT 2020 Web page.
  2. Click on the ‘Register’ button on the top right of the page, and then fill in the required details on the registration form.
  3. Choose your exam centre carefully as per your convenience
  4. After submitting you will get the User ID and Password, and will be directed to the Payment Gateway page
  5. Make the required payment for registration
  6. After the payment process, response page will open where you can check your payment details.
  7. If the payment failed anyway, you can pay the same by login into the student zone with the user credentials sent to your registered mobile number.

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