The Prelims stage of Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2020 IES was conducted on 5th January 2020. The exam was conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the selection in Indian Engineering Services (IES). Mr. B. Singh, CMD MADE EASY, along with the General Studies faculties has analysed the question paper for the students. In this article, we will be sharing detailed review of the paper and what should be the future strategy for the students. The trend of the paper has been constantly shifting in the past few years. Leaving any portion of the syllabus can cost heavily in this scenario.
Now let’s discuss about the subject wise analysis of General Studies and Engineering Aptitude of ESE 2020 Prelims paper:
Current Affairs: This section had some of the most dynamic questions. The questions were on the tougher side and there were questions from Economics which requires deep understanding of the micro economic trends. This year 12 questions were asked and their level was form moderate to tough level.
Reasoning and Aptitude: This year the questions from this section were on the easier side. There were 10 questions and most of them were simple to solve. This year this section was very scoring if they have followed the class notes properly. The questions were from wide domain of topics and all of them were covered in the Classroom and also in the Test Series. Predominantly the emphasis has been given to geometry part.
Mathematics: The number of questions have increased as compared to the last year. There were 10 questions. Out of the 10 questions, 7 can be solved using class notes only and the rest were covered in the Test Series. The questions can be solved very easily and it was a scoring part of the paper. The section was moderately tough compared to the last year. It was scoring but it requires thorough understanding.
Design, Drawing and Importance of Safety: This year the questions were evenly distributed between the three sections. This year 10 questions were asked and the questions were easy and direct. Questions were directly asked from the MADE EASY Theory Book.
Standards and Quality Practices: This year the level of questions from this subject was on the easier side and out of the 10 questions asked, 7-8 questions can be answered without any ambiguity. This year even few numerical questions were asked.
Environment: This year the section was quite tough and required the understanding of few formulas too. The questions were more inclined towards the technical aspect of the subject and the questions were on the tougher side. The concepts related to the questions were, however, discussed in the classroom.
Project Management: There was a huge diversity in the type of questions asked and the questions were not as per the traditional pattern. The level of difficulty was easy to moderate and it was a scoring section of the paper. This year 12 questions were asked in this subject.
Material Science: This year 10 questions were asked from this subject. The questions were relatively simple and the distribution was even as far as the syllabus is concerned. This is a very subject and this year all the topics have been touched in the question paper.
ICT: This year the focus was e-governance, e-education and networking part of the syllabus. This year 12 questions were asked and it was a mix of easy, moderate and tough questions. Questions were asked on the IEEE standards too. This section was scoring as it was based on the concept taught in the classroom.
Ethics: The questions were definition based and was quite scoring. However, the number of questions got reduced this year to 6. The questions were very predictable and easy to solve.
If we take a comprehensive overview of the question paper then, the level of question paper was tougher than that of the previous year. To get a more in-depth analysis of the paper and success strategy from Mr. B. Singh, please watch the video given below:
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For in-depth analysis of cut-off and answer keys, read the article given below: