IES Exam Format
There are objective as well as conventional (descriptive) papers. One paper for GA (General Ability) is part of the assessment system apart from the engineering subject of the candidate. The entire technical subject is divided into four papers (Papers II, III, IV & V). There is a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by the candidate in the objective type papers. There is a three-day schedule of the written examination, comprising al five written examinations.
Paper: General Ability (GA) paper
Duration: 2 hours
Consist of: General English & General Studies
Maximum Score: 200 marks
Paper (2 Nos): Objective Technical Papers (II & III). There is one objective exam for each paper separately.
Duration: 2 hours + 2 hours
Maximum Score: 200 marks for paper II, 200 marks for paper III
*negative marking applicable
Paper (2 Nos): Conventional Technical Papers (VI & V). There is one subjective exam for each paper separately.
Duration: 3 hours + 3 hours
Maximum Score: 200 marks for paper IV, 200 marks for paper V
The conventional answer sheets of a candidate are evaluated only when he/she qualifies the objective examination.
Interview or Personality Test, 200 marks Candidate who qualify for the written exam are called for the interview. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent an unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.
These four stages ensure that the candidates selected are best suited to handle the responsibilities which will be entrusted to them.
The selected candidates then undergo training at the academics / institution of their respective cadres that makes them acquainted with the area of work, the cadre / service is engaged in.