UPSC Announces Revised ESE 2020 Mains Exam Date

UPSC Announces Revised ESE 2020 Mains Exam Date

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the revised date for conducting Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2020 Mains. As per the revised UPSC calendar, the ESE 2020 Mains exam would now be conducted on 09 August, 2020.

Earlier, the ESE Mains 2020 was scheduled to be conducted on 28 June, 2020. However, to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the Commission had to postpone the UPSC ESE Mains 2020, along with other UPSC exams that were scheduled to be conducted in coming months.

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Learn to Tackle Objective Questions in ESE and GATE through IES Master OQPP

A person generally dislikes answering tricky questions as they involve ambiguity, probability, proximity, overlapping answers, etc. However, for an engineering graduate who is aspiring for ESE and GATE tricky questions in the form of objective type questions are inevitable as objective questions only can help the examinee choose the right candidate by testing their technical knowledge and deep understanding of the subject.

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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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ESE 2020 result

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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