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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UPSC Announces ESE 2020 Prelims Results

Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of Engineering Services Examination 2020 Prelims (ESE 2020 Prelims) exam. The ESE 2020 Prelims exam was conducted by UPSC on 05 January, 2020.

A total of 2,263 candidates have qualified the ESE 2020 Preliminary stage. Of which a majority of candidates are from CE branch (863). With 596 qualified candidates, ECE stream candidates stand at the second position followed by EE candidates (519), and ME candidates (285). Check your ESE 2020 Prelims result.

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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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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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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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ESE 2020 Prelims e-Admit Card Released by UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the release of e-admit cards for UPSC ESE 2020 (Prelims). The UPSC ESE 2020 (Prelims) exam is scheduled to be conducted on 5 January, 2020. Candidates who are aspiring for ESE 2020 can download their e-admit cards from the official website of UPSC from 11 December, 2019 to 5 January, 2020.

Here are the steps to download ESE 2020 (Prelims) e-admit card:

  • Visit the official UPSC website
  • In the ‘What’s New’ section, click on ‘e-Admit card: Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020’
  • On the new Web page that opens, read and take printout of the given ‘Important Discussions’, and then click on ‘Yes’ to proceed
  • A new Web page will open again, select any one of the two given options – ‘By Registration Id’ or ‘By Roll Number’ to download the e-admit card
  • Now enter your registration ID or Roll No., select your date of birth, confirm the code displayed, and then click on the ‘Submit’ button
  • Download the e-admit card and take a print out. It is mandatory for candidates to take print out of the ‘Important Instructions to the Candidate’ along with the ‘e-Admit Card’ to be permitted to enter the examination hall

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Preparation Tips for ESE 2020 Prelims

Engineering Services Exam is an exam for engineering students that requires a dedicated amount of time for study as well a s 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 aspiring for ESE 2020 then you have landed at the right place. Here we will discuss in detail about the important points for the preparation of GS Paper of ESE 2020 Prelims. The GS Paper, which is also called as General Studies & Engineering Aptitude paper or just Paper-I, 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 & Engineering Aptitude paper is to check the candidates 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 job. Here is how you can score good in ESE Prelims papers.

Importance of Reviewing Previous Years’ Papers

The previous years’ question papers of ESE Prelims will help an ESE aspirant get idea about the type and standard of questions asked by UPSC. By solving the 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 reflect your preparedness, and inspire you to work on your weaknesses so that they do not have a negative impact on your performance during the real ESE Prelims exam.

Get Familiar with the ESE Prelims Exam Pattern

Look for various sources to gather as much information about the exam format, pattern of the ESE exam question papers, for ESE Prelims as well as ESE Mains. This will help ESE aspirants know about the type of questions that 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.

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 you need to cover before exam, so that you have enough time for revision of the entire ESE syllabus. Give some extra time to subjects that you find 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. Timely revision of whatever you have studied so far is more effective than cramming the subjects/topics before the actual exam. Revision also helps students to keep their mind engaged and to stay 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

One need to practice more and more questions at home by creating an exam like environment. This will help them to attain perfection, and improve speed and accuracy. While practicing questions, keep away all your notes, books, study material, etc. and solve as many practice questions under timed conditions. This will also help students 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 subject experts. In the case of ESE, the experts can be in the form of past ESE rankers. They can help you with their experience, self-developed tips and tricks to improve question solving speed with accuracy, and score better. They can help to comprehend difficult and tricky questions with ease. They also come handy when you are stuck while solving a problem, and can clear your doubts.

The upcoming ESE 2020 Prelims Offline Test Series gives all the ESE 2020 aspirants a one-stop-solution to all the above-discussed needs. Under this program for the preparation of Paper-I and Paper-II of ESE 2020 Prelims, each and every subject of GS & Engineering Aptitude (Paper-I) as well as Engineering Discipline (Paper-II) is covered so that it works the best for all the ESE 2020 aspirants.

Under the ESE 2020 Prelims Offline Test Series

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Best Coaching Institute to Structure GATE and ESE Preparation

To crack ESE and GATE with best ranking, an engineering student needs a right mentor or guide, in addition to a preparation strategy that is unique. For ESE aspirants, who have cleared the first stage i.e. ESE Prelims, moving forward with the preparation for ESE Mains demands a persistent and focused study approach as failure in the Mains means to wait for another six to eight months to come back at the same stage. Therefore, an ESE aspirant should go forward with his preparation strategy in a systematic manner accomplishing certain tasks or goals within a stipulated time period.

Whether it is ESE or GATE, an aspirant should structure his preparation strategy in such manner that he completes the exam syllabus well before time in a hassle-free way, leaving enough time for revising what has been learned. This will save him from last minute panic attacks. One should go forward with his preparation by setting small goals, and meeting them without fail. In this way, an ESE or GATE aspirant will stay cool and calm, which is very much required during preparation for these top competitive exams for engineers.

Here we are going to present some tips and techniques, following which one can make the preparation strategy for ESE or GATE more effective. Here are the tips:

Understanding the syllabus and exam pattern: The first step of the preparation strategy for any exam is going through the syllabus of that exam. This will help a candidate in categorising the topics into easy, moderate, and difficult, and start his preparation in a systematic manner. The next step is to know about the exam pattern. Understanding the pattern will facilitate an aspirant in knowing how to attempt questions, and how much time should be devoted in attempting each question.

Recalling whatever has been learned: Revision is a very integral part of the preparation strategy for ESE and GATE preparation as this will help a student keep a tab on his progress. Revision will let him identify the topics which are his strength, and the topics that require more practice. The best way to revise is through short notes that have been prepared during the first or second round of reading the topics. Try to revise at least once or twice, depending upon the weightage of marks the topics carry. Revision will also help an ESE or GATE aspirant sit in the respective exam with the desired boost in confidence.

Following time-bound preparation strategy: Equal importance should be given to all the topics during preparation, as no hard and fast rule is followed while setting the question paper. As per past toppers of these exams, an aspirant should take on all the subjects together during his preparation rather than taking one after another.

Right time to start preparation: Every exam has a unique pattern and standard on the basis of which one should start preparing for the exam. Starting early is appropriate, but too early can makes the preparation a bit boring as the passion gets lost at the time when is needed. As per past ESE and GATE toppers and rankers, the appropriate time to begin preparing for ESE and GATE is just after the second semester or the moment you start B.Tech studies. The right time to start preparing for ESE or GATE can vary from person to person, however it is recommended to prepare for these exams under the guidance of subject experts at the best coaching institute for ESE and GATE.

IES Master, a Delhi-based institute for engineers, conducts many study programs that can help engineering students from CE, ME, EE, and ECE branches in their preparation for ESE and GATE. Depending on the time in hand, and the year in which a candidate is targeting to take the ESE or GATE exams, the various options of study programs at IES Master are: Two-year Classroom Program with regular and weekend classes, Subject-wise Improvement program for selective study and guidance, Genius batch for smart engineers, and many more. For session 2020-21, admissions for all these programs at IES Master are currently open.

Candidates, who wish to register themselves for any of the above programs can contact IES Master Delhi Help Desk at 80100 09955 or drop a mail at to know in detail about all or any of the above-mentioned study programs for ESE, GATE and PSUs. For admissions at IES Master Noida, call 0120-415 1100 or mail at