Did not clear IES during the first attempt: Here’s how you can crack

With every year the number of candidates appearing in the Union Public Service Commission tests is increasing. Some lucky ones clear those tests in the first attempt, while for some it remains a tough nut to crack in the first go. The ones who do not clear generally lose hope after looking at the result. The fact is they can perform way better than the first time aspirants since they understand the pattern and all, and just needs to brush up their learning.

Though the following tips can brighten their chance in a better way:

Preparations for clearing in the 1st attempt

Follow the Achievers

The candidate appearing for the UPSC competition exams need to be determined and should have a clear vision regarding the test, in order to succeed. For upgradation on topics aspirants can listen to ex-achievers and can get an insight of their work and strategy to succeed.

Previous year question papers

Checking the previous year’s question papers is an important task.The candidate should initially screen the previous year question papers in order to gauge about the topics and questions generally used in IES exam.

Micro hand-made notes

The candidate should always make micro handwritten notes which can later help the candidates to revise during the final days of preparation. The advantage of these micro notes is to revise the concept already understood by the candidate.

Strategies which work best for IES examinations

The pillars on which the strategy to crack the IES exam depends are as follows.


This strategy helps the candidate in listing the important points like events and quotes. He can take the help of any calendar to remember these events.


The candidate should start attempting mock tests whenever he feels he is ready to appear for the IES test.

The best strategy for the candidate, to avoid last minute confusion, is to take mock tests at least 3 months before the test. This helps in self-assessment of the candidate.


Evaluating the performance of the mock tests make the candidate realize the topics he still needs to be thorough with. In such cases, one can bifurcate the time spent on these topics in comparison to the rest.

Final revision

During the final revision, the candidate should revise the entire syllabus with the help of micro-notes. The last few months before the examination should be confined to only revision and mock test rather than starting preparation for a fresh topic altogether.

Final Step for getting selected

The final step after the candidate clears his subjective exam is the personal interview. Following are the points which the candidate should be aware of before he appears for the final round.

  1. Personality:

The personality of the candidate is the most appealing factor when it comes to final interview round for getting selected as the officer. So the candidate should focus on building his personality which leaves an impact on the interviewer.

  1. Questions about the candidate:

In the interview round, since the interviewer meets the candidate for the first time, so majorly the questions will be on the candidate only. A few of those questions are as follows.

  1. Reasoning ability:

The candidate should work on his logical thinking and reasoning ability. In the interview, the candidate is judged on his leadership qualities, mental and societal abilities, character and integrity.

A candidate willing to appear in IES exam should start preparing for the same along with their bachelor’s degree. He should be thorough with the concepts and the topics so that while preparing for the test, no topic is left out.

Always remember that it is a difficult test and requires the candidate’s 100 percent dedication and effort.

All the best and prepare well!