IES Indian Engineering Services exam details

What is IES?

Indian Engineering Services IES is one of the most sought after exams in India.Candidates are placed in Government of India jobs.They might be placed in Indian railways, Defense, Transportation or other such Government units.Every year IES exams are conducted .

Large number of candidates appear for these exams.Due to lucrative career ahead IES attract students in large number. But the vacancies are not large in number (around 500 seats only).This makes it very competitive exam indeed.So proper planning and preparation is really required to crack Indian Engineering services.

UPSC uses the term Engineering Services Examination (ESE) instead of Indian Engineering Services.So do not get confused if you see the term ESE or Engineering services examination on their site. IES and ESE are same.I will be using the term IES and ESE interchangeably in this post.

IES is considered as one of the best career option for Technical Graduates.With limited number of seats and high competition it is considered as one of the toughest exam in India as well as World.

IES Exam Details

IES exam schedule

IES exams are conducted every year.Every year the exams notification is published in months of either January or February.The exam is conducted in months of June or July.This helps candidates in planning their preparation.Every year you are aware of exam time and application time.

IES eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria can be sub divided into two parts Age eligibility criteria and educational eligibility criteria.Also there is nationality criteria as well.Candidates should be residents or either India or Nepal or Bhutan.

There is other nationality criteria which I am not covering in this post.The reason is those are very rare and if any candidate is interested in knowing about them you can post your question.

The lower age limit and upper age limit is 21 years and 30 years respectively.Your age should fall in this range on 1st August of the exam year.For example if you are applying to IES 2019 then should age should be between 21 years and 30 years as of 1st August 2019.

Above mentioned age limit is for General category candidates.There is age relaxation clause for certain candidates. OBC candidates (non creamy) have age relaxation of 3 years.SC and ST candidates have 5 years age relaxation.

Apart from above age relaxation certain special cases also exist.As those are not frequent I am not covering them.You can post your question if you want to know about them or confused about your eligibility.

The educational criteria for IES exams is very straight forward.You should have an Engineering degree or equivalent in the stream you are applying for.Later in this post we will see different streams in which you can apply.

MSc degree and its equivalent with Wireless Communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects are also eligible for certain posts as well.

IES engineering categories

In my opinion Government of India should increase the Engineering streams for IES exams.Currently it is only open for below categories

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunications engineering

So if you have degree in Mechanical Engineering,Civil Engineering,Electrical Engineering and Electronics and Telecommunications then only you can apply for IES exams. Under Electronics and Telecommunications candidates have MSc in subjects mentioned above can also apply.

But students studying streams like Computers,Chemical,different Bio streams and other Engineering streams are not able to compete in this exams.As these streams are also important Government should plan to include them in this exams.

But as of now there are only four categories mentioned above in which a candidate can apply for.

IES exam pattern

Understanding exam pattern is very important for planning and preparation of it.I am outlining IES exam pattern below and then we will discuss preparation and planning for each section.

I have also prepared different preparation materials and articles for each of the section. IES exams are divided into two parts Written exam and Personality test.

IES Written exam

IES written exam is divided into two parts objective test and subjective test.The objective test is also divided into 2 different papers Paper 1 and Paper 2.The first paper is General Ability test.The second paper is based on technical knowledge.

The first paper is of 200 marks while second paper is of 300 marks.There are two descriptive exams which are together clubbed as Main exams.Each paper are of 300 marks.So total marks in written test is (200 + 300 + 300 + 300) = 1,100.

I have covered these exams in separate articles.You can read below articles for paper download, planning and preparation tips and other important information and materials for these papers.

  • IES General Ability test – Click here to read
  • IES Objective test – Click here to read (coming soon)
  • IES Subjective test – Click here to read (coming soon)

IES Personality test

This is second test after the written exams.Personality test is of 200 marks.Written test is of 1100 marks.So the total exams is highly weighted towards written test.If you see marks percentage of written test with that of personality test it will be around 84% and 16%.

This makes written test very important compared to personality test.If you outperform in written test chances are that you have guaranteed yourself job.So you should focus heavily on written test.

This is the reason I have not written separate post on Personality test. Personality test will be evaluation of you based on technical questions as well as HR questions and situational questions.

IES Exam Video

You can also watch below video to get an idea about the exams.

Conclusion

I have written this post to give you idea about the Indian Engineering Services exams.There is some confusion among students about format and eligibility criteria of ESE exam.I have tried to answer most questions of them about this exam.

But in case I missed some and you still have some confusion and doubt about ESE exam you can share your questions. You can read the articles mentioned in the post to get more idea of the exams and download different preparation materials for free.

The preparation material is created with care and current exam pattern in mind.This is to ensure you are getting the best preparation material.I have also come up with mobile App for the exams.You can install the mobile app for best preparation.

I will be updating this post and try to answer your queries regularly.Consider sharing this post if you found it useful.

 

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  1. These papers are very imp

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    1. Thanks for your feedback

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  2. these papers are essential for a fresher like me

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    1. Thanks for your valuable input

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  3. thank u

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  4. welcome

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  5. sir please tell me eligibility for ies 2014

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  6. aap ka bahut bahut sukkariya…. kya aap k pas 2011, 2010 aur 2009 IES general paper k solution hai? if yes then please send it on my email… am very much thankful your kind help… please consider it….

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  7. dear sir, pls mail mechanical engineering ies study material ,questions.
    thankyou.

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    1. You can download the same using download links given in this post

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      1. I can’t download the papers….i have liked the fb page and also tweeted about it….but still i can’t download it…how to do it then

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        1. After above actions you can see click here link on the page..click on that link to download the papers

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        2. sir please send me last 5 years conv-E&TC aptitude solution on my email.id.
          thank you

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          1. please download the papers shared in this post


  8. Resptd.sir please send ECE papers on my e.mail id.

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    1. please download from the links given in the post

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  9. dear sir please send ece paper on my email id
    thank you

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    1. please download it from link given in the post

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  10. quitionpapers for EEE

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    1. please download it from link given in the post

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  11. these are very very imp

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    1. Thanks

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  12. thanks

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  13. pls sent ies ans paper.

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  14. Please give me IES paper

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    1. please download it using the links given the post

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  15. you can download the same using download links given in the post

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  16. sir,please e-mail the study material,previous year solved question paper of electronics and telecommunication deptt.

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    1. you can download ies papers from the links given in the post

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  17. Plz give me ies paper with answer

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    1. you can download it using download links given in the post

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  18. Esha Upadhyay pls upload ies 2013 civil qst paper

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  19. Sourav Deb I will upload it in few days time currently I am busy in some other stuff..

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  20. plz upload 2013 electronics papers

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    1. I am busy in some other stuff right now but will upload 2013 series after sometime

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  21. tanx a lot sister…….if u attach some more links it will be benifit for all of us………

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  22. I will update whenever I find some free time

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  23. please upload ies 2009 solution (objective) for E&T.

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  24. I do not have that year question papers and answer

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  25. very nice I am happy by your…..

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  26. glad to know you liked the post

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  27. It is good

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  28. Thanks for sharing this post it’s very informative all post are very useful…..

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  29. can i know download link of civil solved papers

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  30. It's given in the post..please read the post

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  31. thanks ,it is good

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  32. thanks for it,,,.. can u please send me keys for previous papers of electrical stream 1990-2009

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  33. thank you !
    Do suggest some good books if u can to cover up the wide variations in the general ability section .

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  34. Thank you !
    Do suggest some books related to covering up the wide variations in general ability section apart from newspapers for the current affairs . I’ll appreciate .

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    1. I have updated the post with the link to the book.Please read the post

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  35. please suggest a book for preparation of general paper&is there is a chance of writing online tests…if available please mention the site.

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    1. The link of book is given in the post itself also you can have papers on this site itself just search with ies along with your engineering branch

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  36. prepare les question bank

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  37. Thank u mam it is useful to me pls send the reference books……..

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  38. i am from ee branch and i required the complete ques and the solutions of ies exam for last 10-15 years for conventional and non conventional both with paper 1 and paper 2

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    1. Did not get your question?

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  39. I m from B.Tech-Mechanical(with specialisation in energy engineering) from VIT,vellore…Whether i can apply for this xam because it does not comes under the four above mentioned categories..

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  40. mechanical 2nd year 20year solve paper up load

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  41. Mam……
    I am studying second year BE ECE How to prepare for Ies exam INITIAL ONWARDS

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    1. Focus on the subjects important for the exams and after reading a chapter try to solve questions asked in IES related to it

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  42. mam ,i am first year b.tech student.want to prepare for ies from initially from my b.ech course .as i know ies syallabus starts from 2nd year.but i want to prepare for general ability test .also my english is poor.

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    1. Good this is indeed good to start early

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  43. i need the question papers of IES EXAM for the back 10 years

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  44. Nice explanation and it is really very useful information.Your presentation skill is too good.I am also sharing one link which provides IES previous papers with answers for ECE,Electrical,Civil and Mechanical

    upsc-ies-previous-papers-with-answers/

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  45. Pls say me Reference book for General paper and Electrical branch

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  46. ME SOLVED PAPER OBJ. AND CONV. HELP U
    CONTACT MY EMAIL ID

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  47. I like your explaination

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  48. I had shared ur link on my facebook account but i could not find the link click here from where i will get previous IES solved paper please help me as soon as possible .

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    1. It would be visible on same page only (my site page where you saw facebook like button.Could you please try with twitter or google plus ones

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  49. Thanks for reply but i got only 2012 set i want 2013 to 2010 . Could u help me?

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  50. Plz say me refrence book general paper and ME paper

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    1. I have provided book links in the post itself

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  51. please send me previous ies question paper with solutions and answers

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  52. for ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATION

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  53. sir i want to reference book for ies civil general studies

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  54. Madam, please tell me eligibility for ies 2014

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  55. Nice Post. Helpful for IES exam preparations.

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  56. i m studying computer science&engineering(cse).whether i m eligible to write IES exam?

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    1. CSE is not allowed but do check this year notification

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  57. yes you are eligible

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  58. How to prepare ies exam..

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  59. thanks a lot

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  60. from mechanical engineering
    send me previous year questions papes

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  61. unable to download question paper on these website

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  62. not able to download the question paper. Please help me

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  63. for mechanical engineering , link does not work

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    1. let me check it should be working fine..Can you please tell me the problem you are facing

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  64. Gud suggstn is given for electrical department students..how 2 prepare nd Hw 2 gain marks nd fast track development ( time safe)…

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  65. I am preparing for IES exam what are the important topics covered in the syllabus for electronics engineering

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  66. elecrtical engineering ies questions

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  67. How many time to give preparation for ies in one day(at list)

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    1. It depends on your present preparation level.You should make full use of hours you study in a day.6 hours is enough if done in planned way.I am working on a video on this topic and will let you know once published may be in couple of days

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  68. IES electrical online exam www electrified in/ies/ies-electrical-engineering-objective-question-paper-2013-paper-1/

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  69. I'm a computer science final yr student. . Tell me whether I'm eligible to write ies or not..

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    1. No you are not

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  70. it very good for ies preparation

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    1. thanks for your feedback

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  71. i solved your current practice civil q paper ..when u will update it …or from where i get another one

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    1. I will update after sometime

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  72. if the applicant does not get a seat, as there is only 500 seats then what is the use of writing the exam?is there any ranking given so that it will be usefull for the applicant for the placement in other companies

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    1. Limited seats is feature of every competitive exams.Many companies or colleges value valid Gate scores in recruitment process.

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  73. thank u for ur valuable information about ies in civil engineering streem.

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  74. THat is very great thing ,the sample paper with solution are present in this website
    …..

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    1. Thanks for your kind words

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  75. Please tell me that Am i eligibile for i.e.s. Exam ,i am final year student of e.c.e

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  76. Send me mech ies materials

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    1. please download from the links

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  77. plz provide me some tips to crack in 4months

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    1. Dedicate more time and focus on key topics there is no short cut to be honest

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  78. hard work & get your result more better.

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  79. I am final yr student ece please provide me a solved paper

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  80. i want to crack the ies examination.

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  81. Mam, I just qualified in GATE 2015 in EE paper after studying too much…so these days I cannot concentrate on ESE preparation as mind is diverting as most of my friends got very good rank but I couldn’t possible reason for this is due to stress in last couple of days before exam…what should I do to crack this exam with rank less than under hundred as there is no way to get job through gate
    please help me

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  82. I am final yr student ece please provide me a solved paper

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    1. For General Studies paper (Quantitative and English part) you can refer IBPS papers.Though IES general papers will also serve the purpose

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      1. Thank you.

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  83. thank u

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  84. its very useful

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  85. very good n usefull article

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    1. Good to know you found it useful.You can also download free mobile app for IES general studies (Android or Windows)

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  86. mam i am unable to download the electrical papers . can u plz help me and send the ies electrical papers to my email —
    nipromdutta396501@gmail.com

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  87. Mam i am junior electrical engg. Plz send comptition quation and anewer
    thanks

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    1. Please install the ies mobile app and download the ies papers from the links given in the post

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  88. Mam i m student of b-tech (mech. Engg.). Plz send me ies question papers

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  89. Mam, plese send the mechanical papers on my email id–“harmindersingh.hsg@gmail.com” because my device not installed mobile apps.

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  90. shall you please send electronics papers to my mail…

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  91. My son Master Mahesh Kumar is studying BE 3rd year and taking coaching for IES at ACE academy, Hyderabad. Please sent previous years question papers with salvation methods to my e mail, plz, plz, plz

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    1. You can tell him to download IES mobile app (IES mobile app link) and download the papers from links in the post

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  92. hello plz any one in person to send all the ies exam. paper with solution

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  93. How to download papers

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    1. Please use the download links in the post also install the mobile app for IES General studies preparation

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  94. give notifications about the exams

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  95. This was very important and useful information about IES.
    Please post notification about GATE exam

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  96. THANX SIR

    Please give me answer keys for mechanical engineering students

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  97. How to download books,preferable books for ies and give notification for exam.
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  98. Dear Madam
    Thankyou for the wonderful initiative.

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  99. How to download previous paper

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  100. Very good and helpful information
    I m planning for IES,
    its a good initiative to start with .

    Thank you so much .

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  101. Thank u mam .

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  102. thanks for this video.and please give any suggestion for me that best (ies) books for me-branch

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    1. For which stream?

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  103. is there any individual cutoff for conventional papers in ies exam mechanical

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  104. Ma’am may i know which book i have to prefer for IES exam for as a civil engineering student ?

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  105. how can i get only answer key for previous ies objective paper (electrical). i have topic wise solved paper but i want to solve paper year wise but i dont have answer keys for paper 2001-2012

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  106. What is the difference between general knowledge and general awareness? Could you list out a few examples of both which are commonly asked in IES

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