Where to stay while preparing for ESE?

So finally you have made your mind to take coaching at Delhi for ESE preparation. Now the question arises where will you stay for approx 6-7 months? How much you have to pay for a room? What about your food during this period,bla,bla,bla. Isn’t it??? So once again I am here to throw some light on this topic.

The answer to the question Where I’ll stay? mainly depends upon the coaching institute in which you have taken admission. It will be good to take a room nearby your institute else you will be wasting time by traversing a long path to your institute. If you have any relative or you have some friends in Delhi then you are lucky since you can take their help to search for your hideout. If you are new in town then you can take help of brokers. If you are taking help of broker then ready to pay extra money which is usually one month rent of the room. The main locations for accommodations are Ber Sarai, Jiya Sarai, Katwaria Sarai, Lado Sarai and Munirka. If we consider Ber Sarai as center point then Katwaria Sarai, Jiya Sarai and Munirka are nearly 2,3 and 3 km far from it. Made Easy is located at Ber Sarai. From this year it is conducting E&T classes at Lado Sarai. So if you are an E&T candidate and you have taken admission in Made Easy then it will beneficial for you to search a room in Lado Sarai. IES Academy and Panacea is located in Jia Sarai. While Panacea conducts all its classes at Jia Sarai only, IES Academy is equipped with classroom at both Jia Sarai and Munirka but the space at Munirka is big one and hence they conduct more classes here. But many a time classes are arranged at Jia Sarai. So it will be good if you take a room at Munirka while studying at IES Academy. Panacea students should search a room in Jia Sarai. Engg. Zone(especially for Electrical aspirants) is located in Munirka and conducts all of its classes at Munirka.

In terms of rent Ber Sarai tops the list of dearest room. Here single room ranges from Rs 4000+ a month. Its better to share a room since it will both economical for you and also it will help you in your studies if you are lucky enough to have a good partner. Finding a room in Ber Sarai is quite a tough job because it is the most populated location. So you have to compromise with the situation. Munirka and Lado Sarai are somewhat cheap and its not a tough job to find a room here.

Next thing is food. Since these area are flooded with students from many areas so food is not a big problem. You can have your food at some small hotel, or you can avail tiffin facility or you can hire cook if you like. Quality of food is almost same everywhere. At hotel food is available according to thali system with thali starting from 25. Tiffin packages are available for approx Rs 1500/month (2 tiffin). It depends on you whether you are opting 2 or 3 tiffin a day. If you are hiring a cook then he/she will take approx Rs. 1000/month. But here you have to bring raw materials on your own. LPG cylinders are available in the market. Other important thing is water. It is advisable if you use packaged water(Bisleri, Aquafina,etc) since these locations lacks hygiene and sanitation. Packaged water cost to you approx Rs 75(20 liters).

As you will be far away from your beloved family members you need a  mobile connection to get in touch with them. Getting a mobile connection here is not at all a problem. Perhaps here you will get mobile connection at its cheapest. Every other day some mobile operator pop up with some exciting offers. In fact, students can be found with approx dozens of sim cards in their possession!!

So, having all these info in you mind it will be somewhat easy for you to find out your hideout. If you need some other info regarding this topic then please feel free to drop your comment.

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IES coaching institutes : An analysis

Hello friends,

In my previous post I have provided info regarding syllabus and books related to ESE. In this post I am going to focus on one of the most important part for ESE preparation which is coaching institutes. This is the question of approx 95% of the ESE aspirants. They don’t know  where to take coaching? Do they really need coaching to crack ESE? What are the basis of choosing a good coaching institute? Which course to join: postal, weekend or regular??? These are some of the question which you have faced one day or another if you are preparing for ESE. So I in this post I am trying to answer such questions. First of all let me tell you that I opted for both postal course from Brilliant tutorials and regular classroom program of IES academy, Delhi. So I’ll be talking about these institutes in greater depth.

 Do I need a coaching??

This is one of the most important question. And no one other than yourself will be able to answer this question. First of all ask yourself do I really want to be an IES officer? If the response comes positive than only you have to think about this question. Because until and unless you are dedicated to ESE you’ll not be able to crack ESE. Secondly, you are the best judge of yourself. You know your weaknesses and strength very well. You know in which subjects you can do well and what are the subjects in which you need to pay more attention. Take a look at previous year papers of ESE and then think will you be able to handle such question without coaching? Will you be able to answer these question if you have sufficient study material at your hands like text books, notes of some coaching institute,etc If you are very good at studies most probably your answer will be yes. And even if you are an average student  you will not find the ESE questions hard to crack. But this is an era of competition. Mere clearing ESE is not what you want. What you want is to stand in top 10 or top 20. So for this reason it is better to join some coaching institute. Its not mandatory to join coaching institute, there are many people who have cleared and that too with good rank by preparing on there own.  But you know there is exception in every case. So if you consider yourself in that exceptional category you don’t need to join coaching institute. Just think once will you be able to fight with the people who will be preparing all the year in institutes where they will be taught numerous tips and tricks to solve different problems, where they will be able to interact directly with IES toppers who will gave their valuable suggestions from time to time, where they will be able to to get the answer of almost every question with the help of their respective faculties.

So in essence its always good to join a good coaching institute if its not a big problem for you to fight an equal competition. Because and the end of the day you can’t make an excuse of not clearing the ESE by saying that you have prepared on your own. No one is really interested to know  whether you took coaching or not. What they are interested to know is how much you have scored in the exams. If you think that you have to spent a big amount on coaching then think about the future after you score high in the exams. You will be able to compensate that amount within a month only!! So its better to shell out few bucks to get a huge amount in return. So don’t take a chance, look for a good institute and boost your performance.

 Postal guidance

This is another important question. If your conditions don’t allow you to opt for classroom course then you can go for postal course which are much cheaper than classroom course. Many institutes are providing postal course to help you to prepare for ESE. I would like to mention the two top players in this field:

  • Brilliant Tutorials
  • Made Easy

As  I too opted for postal course from Brilliant tutorials, I would like to tell you about this course. This course is very good and really up to the mark of ESE. You will be receiving  booklets each month starting from April. There will be two booklets for every month one for technical and other for General Aptitude. The theory is good and well explained but even then its better to refer to standard text books for theory. There is a very good collection MCQ’s in every booklet to evaluate yourself. For example: In control system booklet there is approx 600 MCQ’s apart from conventional questions. Once you are done with MCQ’s, it means you have your concept clear in that subject. There is also question bank of conventional papers. Finally they provide you previous ESE questions asked from that particular subject. So overall if you give your full effort, solve every MCQ and conventional question then surely there is no doubt that you’ll be master in that subject.

The best thing about postal course is that you don’t have to choose which subject to pick(which is very difficult since we always try to deal with tough subject a later stage ). Every month upon receiving the booklet just start with it. No matter how easy or how tough is that subject because you have to be master in each and every subject. Brilliant tutorials provide  a doubt letter scheme. If you have any doubt regarding any part of text in the booklet or finding it difficult to solve a question then you can write a doubt letter to Brilliant tutorials and they will reply the same. 

I don’t know know much about Made Easy Postal material, but I have seen their classroom material and I think they dispatch the same material in postal course. Their postal material is also good. There is brief theory in every booklet of the respective syllabus. Every booklet consists of ample number of MCQ’s for practice, then there are questions from previous exams.

So if you are planning to avoid coaching and take postal guidance instead then please do ask someone who had already joined that course before from the institute of your choice. Ask him about pros and cons of the course only then join it else you will be wasting your time and money by joining some bad institute.

 Classroom program

It is the most widely accepted program for cracking ESE. If you want to attend a classroom program for ESE preparation then Delhi is the only place. Here there are many good institute which provide ESE coaching. Several new institute opened this year because of recession in private sector. This year almost every institute of Delhi was flooded with ESE aspirants from all over India. While choosing a coaching institute take a look at the previous track record of that institute, facilities which they will be providing in due course of time, time period by which they will complete syllabus, faculty members, etc You can find answer to all such questions in the glossy brochures of the institutes in which they promise to provide you best faculty, best study material, and promise to teach you tips and tricks which no other institute will provide you. But don’t just believe in what they are saying. To know the truth behind their brochure get in touch with the ex-students of the respective institutes. Only they can tell you about the quality of an institute. If you don’t know personally any ex-student then also you don’t have to worry because in this era of technology the world has shrinked and people are getting closed to one another. If you don’t know anyone personally then log on to your orkut account (which I think almost everyone posses) and then enter into the the YOU AND IES WITH E&T community. Here you will find many of your problems including old and present student of institutes which will surely help you to choose a good institute. Here I am going to provide you brief description of some of the well known institute of Delhi. According to claims made by institutes for selection in IES the hierarchy of institutes is as follows:

  • IES Made Easy
  • IES Academy
  • Panacea Institute
  • Dronacharya Institute

IES Made Easy: If claims made by this institute is true then more than 50% of IES officer are from this institute only!! This is the most chosen institute for IES preparations. It provides regular classroom coaching, weekend coaching, postal guidance and test series. The management of this institute is very good so after taking admission you don’t have to worry about anything. It will provide you the best study material (I think so) from time to time. Faculties here are mostly IES or GATE toppers. So you can expect a quality education. Here every subject is completed within a time limit so there will be no problem regarding completion of your syllabus. Usually they complete syllabus within 6 months. Admissions are opened right from June and batches are filled within few days. Last time they announced admission for their 10th batch in the morning and it was occupied by evening only!!! So you can have idea about the popularity of this institute. They will arrange regular classes for GS paper with excellent faculty which other institute lacks. After completing your syllabus you can evaluate yourself by the test series which is up to the marks of ESE.

IES Academy: I was enrolled in this institute for ESE2010 program. So I can tell you more about it. Till ESE-2009 this institute was arranging a maximum of 5 batches but this year (ESE2010) there were 9 batches for E&T only. As I was not able to get admission in Made Easy during August I opted for IES Academy. Classes were started from august last week and the syllabus was never completed!!! On the name of faculty we were provide Mr. Gopal who has not cleared even ESE. So I was in the wrong hand. It so happened because I didn’t made a quarry regarding faculty of the institute prior taking admission. I believed in what they were saying in their brochure. Mr. Gopal started with Digital Electronics and he took about 45 days to complete that subject which other institutes complete within 15 days!! Trust me he is the worst teacher I have ever seen in my entire life. Punctuality was not in his dictionary. Class start at 3:00 pm and he used to came by 3:45. Instead of teaching us for 4 hrs he teaches us for nearly 3 hrs only. Almost everyone in the batch was fed up with this teacher but nothing good happened for us. We thought that he will be teaching only one or two subjects but we were wrong. In fact we were taught only by 2 teachers and Gopal sir taught us 8 subjects out of 12!!! I don’t know how a man can be an all-rounder in so many subjects. He teaches us like he is teaching some university students. His approach was not at all competitive. Deep theory, long methods to solve questions, no MCQ’s solving and you cant open your mouth in his class to ask your doubt!! Every time he used to say that he is the best in the industry and no one can teach us what he is teaching us. He taught 5th batch (my batch) Network theory for around one month, while in 9th batch he finished in mere 2 days because he was running out of time!!! We were saved only by Mr. Rohit Tripathi who secured AIR-7 in ESE2009 and scored 99.96 percentile in GATE. His approach to solve problem was very competitive. He taught us only what was important from point of view of ESE. He used to say don’t waste your time on unimportant topics   just pay attention to important topics. His concepts were very clear. He used to solve numerous MCQ’s and conventional question in class. Time to time he also gave tips to boost our preparation for ESE. But unfortunately he taught us only 4 subjects as he was to join his service in Indian Railways. It was because of him that I am expecting some respectable marks in ESE2010 else I was all ruined by Mr.. Gopal.

On the name of study material we were provided booklets full of errors. Theory was of no use and even the diagrams were hand made!!! Only MCQ’s from previous ESE was provided in booklets and no practice MCQ’s were provided. There was no conventional question in any booklets. We have to purchase books from market for conventional questions. When GS class were begin then also there was formality for completing the syllabus. I attended very few classes of GS. Geography was completed within 7-9 days. For Indian Polity I came to know that an ex-IES officer was faculty who was teaching quite good his subjects. For General Science there was a faculty from some university. For English classes which too lasted for about a week there was some HR from a company who was IIM alumni.

Overall my experience with this institute was not good. Its only my views may be you views are against that of mine. I have written here what I have faced during my coaching period. Its always advisable to get the view of an institute from two to three people because there is a possibility that the first person you get in touch with is not the right person to say anything.

 Panacea Institute: This institute is only for E&T people and is getting famous day by day. My neighbors were students of this institute so I came across the material, methodology adopted by this institute. You can say that this Institute is one man’s army coz here the only faculty for technical subject is Mr. Yogesh Agarwaal. But he is very experience teacher and has topped ESE. He will teach you many tricks to solve some of the toughest problems. In class he used to pay more attention on MCQ’s. Numerous MCQ’s are solved by him along with conventional questions during his class. He is very punctual and does not take more than required time to finish subject. Time to time you will came to know the strategy to crack ESE from him. The only negative point about this institute is that it didn’t provided study material (This was for ESE2010). Only question bank were provided with good questions but that too were hand written. So if you are going to take coaching in this institute then don’t be shocked on getting handwritten material. But in its latest brochure the institute is promising to provide quality study material. Another good thing about this institute is that here your GS classes will be conducted simultaneously with technical subjects on daily basis. For GS you will be having an IAS officer. Perhaps you will not find an IAS officer as your teacher in any other institute. The other good thing about this institute is that even if you are not a student of this institute and you have some doubt regarding ESE then you can contact Mr.. Yogesh to get the answer to your questions.

Drona Institute: I don’t know much about this institute but this institute is also gaining popularity. I don’t know anyone from this institute so cant tell you about this institute. If anyone wants to share anything about this institute then please do tell me.

Another institute which is exclusively for Electrical people is Engg. Zone. This institute is founded by Mr.. Qasir Hafiz in 2010 who was highest paid teacher of Made Easy. He has topped ESE several times so I think he is the best for Electrical people. My roommate was a student of this very institute. According to him no one can teach you electrical better than him. This institute was opened in July-August and by Dec. 7-8 students were able to crack BHEL. So if you are going to appear in ESE from electrical than do pay attention towards Engineers zone.


I hope if you are going to prepare for IES and want to join some coaching institute then this post was helpful for you. If you have any doubt or any question then please feel free to post your valuable comment here.

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Recommended Books for IES

After reading my previous post on syllabus of IES you came to know what you have to study for exams. Now the question arises from where you have to read these things? So I am providing a list of recommended books for IES exams. If you feel that I have left some good books to include in the list then do let me know about it.You can download the complete list from here: Recommended Book List for IES

Engg. Thermodynamics PK Nag
IC Engine ML Mathur and RP Sharma
Gas Turbine and Propulsive Systems PR Khajuria & SP Dubey
Fluid Mechanics Modi & Seth RK Bansal
Compressible Flow SM Yahya
Heat and Mass Transfer J P Hollman and R C Sachdeva
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning C P Arora
Fluid Machinery Jagdish Lal and R K Bansal
Theory of Machines R S Khurmi and Malik and Ghosh
Mechanical Vibration Grover
Machine Design V D Bhandari and Shigley
Material Science W D Callister and I P Singh
Production Engg. Kalpkjian Schmid Amitabh Ghosh and A K Malik
Industrial Engg. O P Khanna  Buffin and Sarin
Operation Research Kanti Swarup
Strength of Materials Gere and Timoshenko B C Punamia Sadhu Singh
Strength of Materials Gere and Timoshenko B C Punamia Sadhu Singh
Structural Analysis S Ramamurthan C K Vang
Concrete Structures Punamia and Jain H J Shah
Steel Structures Duggal
Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. Ranjan and Rao Venkat Ramiah S K Garg
Fluid Mechanics R K Bansal Subramanyam
Hydrology Subramanyam
Irrigation S K Garg
Highway Engg. Khanna and Jasto Kadiyali
Network Analysis Van Valkenburg
Electromagnetic William H Hayt  Saddiku
Electrical Machinery P S Bhimbra
Electrical Machines Nagrath Kothari
Electrical Power Systems C L Wadhwa
Power System Engg. Nagrath Kothari
Automatic Control System Benjamin C Kuo
Control System Engg. Nagrath Gopal
Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation A K Sawhney
Integrated Electronics Jacob Millman
Digital Logic and Computer Design Morris Mano
Power Electronics P S Bhimbra
Network Analysis Van Valkenburg D R Choudhary
Integrated Electronics Jacob Millman and Halkias
Op-Amps Ramakant Gayakwad
Signal and System Oppenhem Schaum’s Series
Control System Nagrath Gopal Ogata
Communication System Kennedy Sklar Sanjay Sharma
Electromagnetics Hayt Saddiku
Antenna Theory K D Prasad
Optical Communication John M Senior
C Language Yashwant Kanitkar
Microwave S Y Liao
Electronics Devices Sedra Smith Boylestead
Microprocessor Gaonkar B Ram

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IES syllabus

Before starting to prepare for IES you must know what you have to study and what you have to skip. It is must that you follow the syllabus provided. The syllabus of General Studies is vary vast and you have to lay more emphasis on current affairs rather than genral studies which comprises of History, Indian Polity, Geography (most scoring subject in GS) . In my upcoming post I’ll tell you what you have to study for GS and from where. In this post I am providing you the link for the syllabus of IES as provided by the UPSC. This syllabus is for ESE-2010. There may be changes in syllabus for ESE-2011 which will be notified to you when official advt. for ESE-2011 is published by UPSC by January. Till then you can start preparing by considering the syllabus from the following link:


If you have any quarry regarding syllabus or finding it difficult from where to to start then feel free to drop your comment. Ill try to solve your problem ASAP.


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A small step

Hello friends

This is a very small step towards achieving a great goal, a dream of many students – to become an IES officer. Being an electronics engineer I too is in the race of becoming an IES officer. This path is full of obstacle. Many students will find it difficult to get the coaching or guidance to fulfill their goals, while many who are able to get into some coaching institute will find their respective institutes useless!! This portal is dedicated to all those engineers who are in the race of IES and are facing one problem or another.Here you can find links to previous year papers, books, various sources of study material, tips to score high in the exams, etc

So keep your finger crossed. I’ll post soon what I have just said above. Till then good bye.

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