The Prelims stage of Engineering Services Examination (ESE) 2019 IES just got over today. 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 Civil Engineering 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 Topic Wise analysis of Civil Engineering of ESE 2019 Prelims paper:
RCC: This year 12 questions were asked as compared to 7 asked in the last year. The questions are from all the different topics of the syllabus. There were some questions which were out of the syllabus. There were certain tricky questions in the question paper from the unconventional and newly added topics. Students from our classroom program were able to solve most of the questions with comfort.
Environmental Engineering: 50% of the questions were of theoretical type and 50% were of numerical type. The standard of the paper remained somewhat similar to the trend of previous year.
Highway and Survey: The level of questions has remained the same as compared to the previous years. However, the number of numerical questions has drastically increased. Few questions couldn’t be solved easily without the use of calculators and it created a lot of problem for the students.
Fluid Mechanics: This year comparatively less number of questions were asked in this subject. Those students have benefited a lot in this subject who had covered the entire syllabus. This paper has shown that students can’t afford to leave any portion of the syllabus. The level of difficulty was moderate for this paper.
Structure Analysis: Around 9 questions were asked and the questions were evenly distributed covering the entire syllabus. The type of questions asked has changed drastically and this shows that one can’t rely only on the previous year questions. You have to cover the entire syllabus with in-depth analysis to clear this exam.
Strength of Materials: This year 18 questions were asked from this subject as compared to 15 questions asked in the last year. Almost all the topics were covered and the level of questions was easy. However, the solutions were lengthy and required a lot of calculations.
Solid Mechanics: This year only 13 questions were aksed as compared to 17 questions asked in the previous year. Out of 13, 10 questions are very easy. One question was out of syllabus. But this is something you ought to expect from UPSC that there will be certain questions which will require out of the box thinking.
Hydrology: The questions asked in this subject were very simple and can be easily solved.
Building Materials: Last year there were 15 questions asked from this subject. This year 13 questions were asked. There are few questions which require the use of calculator and are very difficult to solve. Still, 70% of the questions can be easily attempted.
Steel Structure: This year 12 questions were asked compared to 9 questions asked in the last year. Few questions were completely out of the box and were really difficult for the students t solve.
Airport, Docks, Harbour and Tunnelling: This is one of the unconventional topics but still 7 questions were asked. So the cost of ignorance is quite high.
If we take a comprehensive overview of the question paper then, there were 60-65% numerical questions and 35-40% theoretical questions. To get a more in-depth analysis of the paper and success strategy from Mr. B. Singh, please watch the video given below:
For in-depth analysis of cut-off and answer keys, read the article given below: