How to Prepare English for IES

Hi all,

First of all sorry for such delay in coming up with this article. The delay was due to some unavoidable circumstances. Now coming back to the preparation, The D-Day is coming. And I hope your preparation is going good.
In this article I will try to help you with English for GAT paper of IES.

Words of Caution – I am not that good in English. I am just trying to help fellow aspirants with my observations. As we all are learning English from last around 15 years still I and many of you know that there is still a large gap between what we know and what we should know after these many years.

But probably language learning is like this. It takes years of reading, learning, communicating and writing to become very good in any language. And in this marathon of learning English for our professional life I like many others have ended up even with average knowledge of our mother tongue.

So this article is only about improving your score in an exam and not about helping with your English. I believe for learning a language we have to go through quite a tiresome and long path. So far I do not know any shortcut for that.

If you have any better strategy you better follow that.

1. Importance of English Paper

First of all let me talk about the importance of this paper.

  • As for Mechanical this year, i.e. 2014, cutoff for Objective was around 278 and One may expect it to go further to around 300.
  • And I have seen some of my friends could not clear the Exam due to Below Average marks (Around 80 or less) in this paper who were exceptional in their technical subjects.
  • Around 100+ marks, probably one should aim for clearing this exam as it is getting more and more competitive ( with continuous improvement in objective paper score due to increasing number of GATE aspirants, penetration of Coaching institutes and increasing number of padhe likhe berojgaars. )
  • At the same time there is very less marginal improvement in score in technical subjects beyond a point.(Remember Law Of Diminishing Marginal Utility).
  • GS the 2nd part of this paper is very dynamic and wide ranging by its own definition. And it is not much possible to score very good marks in this part by most of the aspirants. Probably it requires a yearlong following of a good Newspaper and a genuine curiosity about knowing and understanding things. And which is easier said than done.

So, I think, the best strategy is to score maximum possible marks from English as it has limited course and good sources are available to complete it. I tried to follow this strategy.

2. Paper Analysis

The English section is designed for checking whether the aspirants can frame, understand and ,if required, correct the sentences of English in our real working life scenarios. That is why the questions are of ‘Sentence Improvement’, ‘Spotting the error’ , ‘Restructuring the Sentence’, ‘Sentence Completion’, ‘RC’, ‘Vocabulary Based’ type.

These types of questions certainly also provide an opportunity to improve our English and probably this positive and practical aspect of this paper helped me to learn it better and sincerely. I hope it works same for you as well.

Spotting the Error (A) Sentence Improvement
Restructuring the Sentences(C) Fill in the blanks/ Sentence Completion (D) Synonym
Antonym (F) Reading Comprehension (RC)
2013 10 10 10+11 9 10 (3 Passages) 60
2014 20 19 7 5 5 4 (1 Passage) 60

Basically there are 3 types of questions in this paper Grammar Type, Vocab Based and RC Based.

A+B+C – Grammar Type

D –         Grammar and Vocab based

E+F –       Vocab Based

G-           Reading Comprehension Based

3. Source for Studies

I used only one book for this and that worked for me. I was quite satisfied with this book. This was General English by Made Easy publication. This book can be easily completed within a week. The Vocabulary part may require some extra time. I will recommend this book if you do not have any other better option.

4.1 Preparing Grammar Part

This is the largest part (around 30-40 Questions) of the paper and it can have questions of A, B , C and of D types.

The questions in this part generally follows a standard pattern and all of these patterns are well covered in the book.

And one can prepare micro notes of all the new things learned and common grammar rules for revisions. As this section is all about Grammar Rules, one should write, revise and practice them repeatedly.

You can check out my micro notes for this for reference (Warning : those are hardly legible and may look meaningless to you)-

4.2 Preparing Vocab Part

This section may carry 10-20 questions and it is the easiest part to score. Because the words are limited and one needs to learn only around 1000 new words and one can get up to 20 questions correct. And the most important of all the list is available to all in the Made Easy Book.

Although I know sometimes learning words can be very difficult as with time they start slipping from our mind. But still with repeated revision (Around 10-20 times) one can be sure of getting the same questions which one has prepared. So it sounds a fair deal to me.

To make this task easy and effective I after reading the words from book highlighted the new and relevant ones. And then later wrote down those words in separate 15 pages. I tried to revise them in the morning repeatedly. I prefer Morning because this is the best time for mugging up, at least for me. You can choose your best time. I am uploading those 15 pages to help you. I would suggest to rather come up with your own word list from that book and that might work wonder for you rather than learning from someone else’s list.

4.3 Preparing RC

These can be 5-10 questions and these are the easiest to score. Practice RC to improve your score in this part.

So this is it for the time being. For Any other queries and doubts please comment below.  I will try to respond positively.

12 Replies to “How to Prepare English for IES”

  1. Thanks for ur guidance…

    i am preparing for IES 2016.

    i have following doubts.

    1) i heard, there will be some changes in exam pattern for ies 2016, is that true?

    if yes, then what kind of changes we can expect.

    2) Besides made easy general english, is there any other book for grammar(for theory+practice).

    thanks once again….

  2. Sir..
    thank you so much for your valuable input.
    Can you plz upload vocab part..i know it is not the right time to start vocab..but i am not in the stage to make list..if you can provide will be so greatful to you..

  3. Thanks for this guidance…. I’m selected in ESE-14(EE) AIR-4 .can you please guide me regarding the career growth i n railways and how our Upsc rank and age(my age 22yrs)plays role in our career growth.

    1. Congratulations for getting in IES. Railways is a tough job because its 24*7 job. You have come at the earliest age possible so if you stick to railways then you have every chance of becoming what everyone dreams when he join railways. At the level of DRM and GM , there is lot of competition from other services as well. So you need to be really excelling in your field. Inspite of that , you will reach up to top in your department I.e principal chief electrical engineer. You may also go in to become member electrical in railway board. There are lot if possibilities for you.

      1. Thank you Mr.Amit Singh, a small doubt will the marks obtained in the examinations conducted during training/probation play any role. How can we select the required railway zone can you please brief me about this.

  4. Hi Deepak,

    Please post a pic or link of the made easy book for english you referred above..

    coz there are multiple books which go by the same name

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