UPSC ESE 2020 Prelims Paper I Analysis: General Studies & Engineering Aptitude

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UPSC has successfully conducted Paper 1 (General Studies & Engineering Aptitude) of Engineering Services Exam (ESE) 2020 on 5
th Jan from 10 AM-12 PM. ESE is one of toughest exam for engineering graduates aiming to secure job in various Ministries and Departments Railways, Telecom, Indian Skill Development, IDSE, MES etc. Unlike/Like this year, prelims exam was easy/harder and candidates were tested with their knowledge of the subjects.

Highlights of ESE 2020 Prelims Paper 1

  • Overall Level of the exam was Easy to moderate and was easier as compared to 2019 Prelims exam.
  • Questions from Engineering Mathematics, Material Science increased compared to previous years.
  • Standard Quality and Importance of Safety were the most asked topic in ESE prelims exam 2020.
  • 70-80 marks would be considered to be a good attempt in ESE Prelims Paper 1.

ESE 2020 Paper 1: Topic asked & No. of Questions

Topic No. of Questions
Current Issues of National and International Importance relating Social, Economic and Industrial Development 10
Engineering Aptitude covering Logical Reasoning and Analytical ability 10
Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis 12
General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety 9
Standards and Quality Practices in Production, Construction, Maintenance and Services 10
Basics of Energy and Environment, Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment 10
Basics of Project Management 12
Basics of Material Science and Engineering 11
Information and Communication Technologies based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, E-governance and Technology-based Education 11
Ethics and Value in the Engineering Profession 5

The analysis is written and shared by Vineet Vijay, Senior Mentor – GATE Community, Gradeup

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