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IES 2014 Exam (Civil Engg.) Pattern, Syllabus, Papers & Books

February 25, 2014

IES Exam (Civil Eng.) Pattern Syllabus Papers Books
UPSC IES Exam (also called as Engineering Services Exam) 2014 has been scheduled to be held on 20th June, 2014 and you must have started to prepare for the same. I am posting this article to serve as an aid in your preparation for IES exam - by presenting you the prep materials in the form of Sample Papers & Prep Books. It also discusses about the pattern of IES exam so that you know where to put maximum emphasis on.

This article follows my earlier blog post titled: IES 2014 Exam Date Notification, Form & Eligibility

Although this blog post is made for IES-2014 exam, aspirants of even the future IES exam would find the contents useful – the materials - Pattern, Syllabus, Sample papers & Books can also be used as study materials for future exams such as IES exam 2015 etc.

IES Exam Pattern for Civil Engineers:
IES Exam (Civil) Pattern
IES exam consists of a total 1200 mark selection process, which consists of a written test for 1000 marks and a 200 mark Interview for those shortlisted. Out of the total 1000 marks in the written test, 600 marks are for Objective test and 400 marks for Conventional test.

Plan of IES written test along with mark distribution paper-wise is given below:


IES Objective Test Papers: 600 marks
General Ability Test: 2 hrs: 200 marks
Civil Engineering Paper I: 2 hrs: 200 marks
Civil Engineering Paper II: 2 hrs: 200 marks
General Ability Test consists of: Part A: General English & Part B: General Studies.
There are 120 questions in each of the above three papers – thus you have one minute for each question of average worth 1.67 marks.

Objective type test consists of multiple-choice questions with four options, in which you have to choose the correct option and mark the same in the answer booklet with an HB pencil, by darkening the circle (representing the correct option) completely. The answer booklet is an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet, which looks like the one below:

Negative marking:
Beware - for each wrong answer of a question, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. Hence encircle the correct answer properly and also make wise-guesses!


IES Conventional Test Papers: 400 marks
Civil Engineering Paper I: 3 hrs: 200 marks
Civil Engineering Paper II: 3 hrs: 200
These papers consists of descriptive (i.e. essay) type questions.
Depending on the relative performance by the IES candidates, UPSC decides the cut-off (minimum qualifying marks) in the Objective test and the papers of Conventional test is evaluated only for those above this cut-off. IES exam cut-off in the Objective test is approximately 60%.

IES Exam Syllabus for Civil Engineers:
Kindly go through the blog article IES Exam Syllabus for Civil Engineers, posted specifically for this purpose.

IES Exam Sample Papers for Civil Engineers:
So you are searching for those free online sample papers for IES exam? I would not disappoint you. I searched on the net for IES exam previous years papers for you and could locate following papers:

Download free IES exam sample papers from UPSC website:
Following papers in pdf format are the actual IES exam previous years papers and hence gives you the look and feel of the actual exam:

IES Exam Books for Civil Engineers:
Above online sample papers for IES exams should be used so as to know the type of question asked in IES exams. Your real preparation should be based on books - your own graduation text/reference books as well as the guide books available.

I found following books good for preparation of IES exam, which has been categorized according to exam sections. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below from Flipkart.com, which offers huge discounts up to 33%, apart from free home delivery, if the order exceeds Rs.500. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Prep book for IES General Ability Test (200 marks):
IES General Ability Prep BooksUPSC Engineering Services Examination IES - 2014 General Ability Solved Papers (General English, General Studies) Author/Publisher: Made Easy
MRP: Rs.275; Offer Price: Rs.183; Discount: Rs.92 (33%)

General Studies Topic-wise Solved Multiple Choice Questions for IES, PSUs and Other UPSC Competitive Exams By B Singh ; Publisher: Made Easy
MRP: Rs.275; Offer Price: Rs.193; Discount: Rs.82 (29%)

General English for IES, GATE, PSUs & Other Competitive Exams Publisher: Made Easy
MRP: Rs.250; Offer Price: Rs.200; Discount: Rs.50 (20%)

IES PSUs General Studies 2014  by B Singh;   Publisher: Made Easy 
MRP: Rs.525; Offer Price: Rs.462; Discount: Rs.63 (12%)


Prep Book for IES Exam (Civil) Objective Test Papers (400 marks):
IES Exam Books for Civil Engineering
UPSC Civil Engineering Solved Papers Publisher: Ramesh
MRP: Rs.495; Offer Price: Rs.297; Discount: Rs.198 (20%)
IES : Civil Engineering Objective Solved Paper-I by Made Easy Team
List Price: Rs.375; Offer Price: Rs.366; Discount: Rs.19 (5%)
IES-2012 Civil Engineering Objective Solved Paper-II by Made Easy
List Price: Rs.375; Offer Price: Rs.366; Discount: Rs.19 (5%)

Prep Book for IES Exam (Civil) Conventional Test Papers (400 marks):
Book for IES Civil Engineering Conventional paperU.P.S.C. (E.S.) Engineering Services Examination Civil Engineering: Conventional Solved Papers (Paper - 1 & 2); Author/Publisher: G.K. Publications
MRP: Rs.320; Offer Price: Rs.304; Discount: Rs.16 (5%)

Chapterwise Solved Papers (2013 - 2000) - IES Civil Engineering Conventional Paper (Paper 1 & 2) by Prasant Dixit Publisher: Arihant
MRP: Rs.365; Offer Price: Rs.310; Discount: Rs.55 (15%)

Topic-wise reference books for IES Exam (Civil):
Strength of Materials by Gere and Temoshenko, B C Punamia
Structural Analysis by Negi, S Ramamurtham, C K Vang
Reinforced Concrete Structures by Punamia & Jain, H J Shah
Steel Structures by Duggal
Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. by Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S K Garg
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics by Modi & Seth, R K Bansal, Subramanyam
Hydrology by Subramanyam
Irrigation by S K Garg
Highway Engg. by Khanna & Jasto, Kadiyali

Hope above study materials (Exam pattern, syllabus, sample papers & books) for the IES exam helps you in your preparation for the exam. I would post more materials as and when I can spot them. Therefore, please keep visiting this blog..

Best wishes!

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