UPSC recently published notification for IES Exam. Notification can be accessed at UPSC's website.
Candidates must prepare in advance for UPSC IES Exam and should go through exam pattern, syllabus, sample papers, guide books , previous years question papers etc. You can get many reference books and guides as well as question bank for UPSC IES Exam preparation.
Exam Pattern (Civil Engineers) :
The IES Exam consists of 1200 mark selection process. 1000 marks for written test and 200 marks for Interview.
IES Exam Written Test: 600 marks for Objective test and 400 marks for Conventional test.
General Ability Test consists of General English and General Studies
Objective Test Papers consists of following papers:
General Ability Test: 200 marks (Two Hours)
Civil Engineering Paper I: 200 marks (Two Hours)
Civil Engineering Paper II: 200 marks (Two Hours)
For details on type of test please go through the booklet that comes with the call letter.
Negative marking is there, so you must be careful. One third marks of a particular question will be deducted for wrong answer
Conventional Test Papers:
Civil Engineering Paper I: 200 marks (Three Hours)
Civil Engineering Paper II: 200 marks (Three Hours)
The questions are descriptive type questions
IES Exam Sample Papers for Civil Engineers Examination are available on internet. Many websites including this blog also helps you with information on sample papers.
UPSC website has many sample papers. You can download sample papers from below links:
IES Exam General Ability Test paper Here
IES exam Civil Engineering (Objective) Paper I Here
IES exam Civil Engineering (Objective) Paper II Here
IES exam Civil Engineering (Conventional) Paper I Here
IES exam Civil Engineering (Conventional) Paper II Here
Some recommended Books for Civil Engineers Exam:
Solved Papers Civil Engineering : Here
Upkars Civil Engineering Here
Structural Analysis by Negi, S Ramamurtham, C K Vang
Hydrology by Subramanyam
Irrigation by S K Garg
You can get many books in the market. Before buying books from the market try to get advice from the candidates who already passed the exam or who earlier appeared for the exam.
About UPSC Civil Services Exam
Civil Service Examination is carried out by UPSC i.e. Union Public Service Commission, and it is one of the toughest nationwide examinations. One must be passing in this examination to enter into various Administrative Services of India, which promise an impressive salary and advantages along with the prestige. Candidates have to face three phase-processes to get into this test with 0.1% success rate of total applicants.
First phase is Preliminary Civil Service Exam which is held in May every year. After qualifying this preliminary test candidate become eligible for Main Civil Service Exam, which is second phase of the process. Main test is arranged in either October or November in every year. In April, an interview of candidates, who have got success in main test, is conducted as a third phase of process.
In Preliminary test, two papers are there; first is General Studies of 150 marks while second is an optional subject for 3oo marks. Optional subject is chosen by candidate from subjects as per their interest and field. Each student is presented by two choices.
There are over 20 subjects out of which candidates for prelim. The main examination is divided in Paper-I to Paper-IX. Paper-I is on language in which student have to select from 22 languages. Paper-II is on English language. Both paper-I and II constitute 600 marks and termed as qualifying papers. Paper-III is on Essay Writing having 200 marks.
Paper-IV to IX are on General studies and optional subject together contributing 600 marks making total marks to 1200. The results of the examination are declared just before the preliminary exam of the next year. In 2006, over 400,000 candidates appeared for exam out of which only 7500 were able to reach to Main examination. To get placement in Indian Administrative Services and Indian Foreign services, one must secure place between first 50. This exam has success rate of 0.01%
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