The Union Public Service Commission conducted the Engineering Services (Prelims) 2021 exam today on July 18, 2021. The exam was conducted in two shifts for Paper 1 and Paper 2. In the ESE 2021 exam, Paper 1 is based on General Studies and Engineering Aptitude and it is common for all. Paper 2 is based on the chosen subject of Engineering by individual candidates.
Post exam analysis of GS & EA paper of IES 2021 Prelims held today reveals a number of important aspects including the level of difficulty of the exam and envisaged number of good attempts. The GS & EA paper was held in the first shift from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM while the Engineering Subject-specific paper was held in the second shift from 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM.
Level of Difficulty
As per memory-based reports, the overall level of difficulty of the General Studies and Engineering Aptitude paper of Engineering Services (Prelims) exam held in the first shift today was between easy and moderate. Candidates reported that while some sections were relatively easy compared to others, overall, the level of difficulty of the common paper was easier than the question paper of the Engineering Services prelims exam held in the last year.
Some of the sections which candidates found to be easy compared to others included Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Ability, Engineering Mathematics & Numerical Ability, Basics of Energy & Environment, Materials Science & Engineering, Project Management, and Ethics and Values in the engineering profession. On the other hand, questions based on Engineering Aptitude topics like Design & Drawing, Standards & Quality of Practices in Production, Construction, Maintenance & Services and Information & Communications Technology-based questions were of the moderate difficulty level.
Number of Questions
Post-exam analysis of memory-based reports from students who took the ESE 2021 Paper 1 exam today gives an idea of the number of questions asked from each indicative topic. As per reports, the majority of questions in the Paper 1 exam were from General Studies, particularly on the topic of Current Affairs.
Secondly, around 15 questions each were asked from the topics of Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability and Mathematics & Numerical Ability. 10 questions were asked from each of the topics of Information & Communication Technology and Ethics & Values in the Engineering Profession.
Other than these aforementioned topics, 07 questions were asked from each of the topics of Design & Drawing and Standards & Quality in Engineering. Other important topics from which a substantial number of questions were asked include Material Science & Engineering, Energy & Environment and Project Management.
Although the overall level of difficulty of today’s General Studies and Engineering Aptitude paper of the ESE 2021 Prelims exam is envisaged to be in the easy to moderate level, the majority of sections were easy and the overall level of difficulty was easier than last year exam.
It is being anticipated that the overall number of good attempts in the GS & EA paper can be in the range of 55 to 60 out of 100 questions. Thus, candidates scoring around 140 to 160 marks out of 200 can hope to be over the cut-offs.