How to get AIR 2 without coaching

Hello ,

This is Ashish Verma working in Indian Railway Service of Engineers selected through  Engineering Services Examination  conducted by UPSC in 2013.Change in pattern of GATE , IES this year  has forced me to share my views on this blog.

I feel proud that I got selected in several competitive exams without taking any coaching throughout my studies. I would like to give you brief introduction about myself.

When I was in 12th standard I was not knowing about even IIT’s , NIT’s. My aim was to become a engineer. One of my friend asked me to fill the form of UPTU, so I did and I got selected .Then I Graduated from Kamla Nehru institute of technology, a UP state government college in 2012. I feel happy to tell u that I was GOLD MEDALLIST of UPTU University in Civil Engineering.Sometimes I was thinking whether I will be getting any job after graduating from such college. But I didn’t loose any hope. I continued my studies and started my preparation in sixth semester for IES .Then I appeared for GATE  and secured AIR-41. I couldn’t appear for the IES exam as minimum age requirement was changed during the same year.

Through that I was called for NTPC and IOCL interview and was selected in both the Maharatna PSU’S . During preparation my interest inculcated in Structural engineering. So I applied in Council Of Scientific Research (CSIR) and  got selected as Scientist in Structural Engineering Research Centre( SERC), Chennai. But due to some family constraints I couldn’t join it and finally joined NTPC in August 2012. But I never lost my confidence and will. I continued  my preparation but there was lack of time then time management played significant role in my preparation .

My classroom training in NTPC was undergoing in Power Management Institute,Noida from August 2012 to March 2013 where schedule of classes were fixed. So I planned accordingly.I identified my weak subjects, areas and made study plan accordingly to cover as much as possible. During my preparation I found that there is problem of forgetting the formulas etc which is generally with everyone but you can find the solution for that .If I have to study a subject for  1 hour, then I used to divide it into three parts ; first part 25 minutes theory of new topic ;20 minutes numerical of previous topic covered which helped me to memorize the concepts; remaining 15 minutes for objective questions of new/previous topic. Every hour or half an hour I used to change the subjects and generally used to study 7-8 subjects everyday.At initial stage you will feel that you are studying very little but time and pace your summation of study will be more effective and productive and  you will not feel boredom at any time.If anytime you feel bored with any subject you change the subject and study your liking subject which you want when you feel sleepy start doing numerical part of subject which you studied earlier.

During holidays my study plan was to cover atleast all the subjects because latest exam pattern of IES is more subjective focused and covers all the subject,so if  you miss any subject you may not able to attempt all the questions of the section you select.

The Selection of Standard books plays the most significant role for preparation and use your books as your reference notes and mark with different color  depending on importance of topic you think is important and would help you in revision further

In March 2013 I was posted as Assitant Manager  in Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project ,Chamoli Uttrakhand .I continued my study plan and used to change the duration of each subject as per weightage of each subject and time availability ,but due to workload I couldn’t cover all the subjects. Therefore ,I took one month leave before the exam and covered all the subjects. I used to cover all fourteen -fifteen subjects everday and also General studies and English vocabulary daily as it is one of the most important part for scoring good rank.I memorized all GRE English vocabulary which helped me a lot in English section.I managed to correct all English meanings and synomyns.


For any exam it is necessary to understand what that exam demands from the candidate.IES present pattern demands theoretical as well as numerical approach of the subject .In objective it needs time management and lot of practice of objective questions from several standard books.

I have seen that UPSC is directly picking concepts and questions from standard books which aspirants are generally not aware and blindly follow the study material and notes of coaching available in the market  which generally contains repeated concept questions asked earlier . The candidates are not able to attempt the new questions and waste there time during examination  hours and thus not getting the expected results. Present situation is such that it would make a lot of difference and you will be lagging behind. Likewise in conventional paper selection of questions is very important. UPSC is mixing questions of 3-4 subjects in single section and if candidate has not covered all the subjects, it would limit the attempt generally upto 110-120 marks which in my opinion is not sufficient in present situation. Therefore ,prepare all subjects and follow standard books of every subject and not wholly rely on coaching and their material and it is my firm belief that this exam can be cleared with good rank with self study, practice  and dedication .Continuity of study  is mandatory for this exam.

I appeared for IES -2013 and I was so confident even after my written examination that I will be able to secure under top 20 and secured AIR-2. IES 2013 exam was the most analytical and conceptual paper since 15years  in which UPSC attempted to find out  the self  study of standard books  and practice from the aspirants rather than asking questions directly from coaching material available  in the market.

The main aim of  giving my brief introduction was to motivate each and every aspirant who are preparing for any engineering competitive exam  . I have found that everyone is running for coaching and they are more inclined towards coaching rather than self study.The changing trend of IES,GATE is more focused on analytical approach , concepts ,self-study. Every exam needs different focused approach. I would like to suggest to follow standard books of each subject and practice as much as possible. I will be further sharing my ideas on this blog.

For any questions, please comment below.

It would be pleasure to answer your queries.

All the best for future aspirants!!!

Ashish Verma

AIR-2 (IES-2013)



Foundation at National Academy Of Indian Railways(NAIR)


National Academy of Indian Railways is the alma mater of all the officers of Indian Railways.It is situated in a sprawling campus of 55 acres of the Pratap Vilas Palace at Lalbaug, Vadodara. NAIR has adequate hostel,sports and recreational facilities. It provides training to all levels of Indian Railway officers, from probationers to General Managers. Every railway officers visits NAIR at-least once in his life time.Campus of NAIR consists of variety of flora and fauna which includes languars,peacocks,birds,snakes etc. The campus is all green and atmosphere is always alive, filled with singing of birds and dancing of peacocks. This campus provides a serene environment for budding poets and writers. Late evening and early morning is the best time to take tour of the campus. Sometimes, the Arabian winds blow right across the campus which mesmerizes and says something in your ears that winds of change are about to come…


Different batch of probationers from various services reached NAIR on 26/2/2015.In the beginning itself we were  allotted AC rooms in Pahune Hostel. Arrangements were  made in such a way that probationers of different service were made as room partner. Similarly, all the officers were divided in 4 groups. Group was made as heterogeneous as possible. This was done to promote intermingling among various services so that we may get to know each other very well. Inter-departmental harmony is very essential for railways functioning and therefore all these measures were a step forward in the right direction.

Pahune Hostel for Probationers.
Pahune Hostel for Probationers.

First day at NAIR was all about joining formalities but in the evening there was ice-breaking ceremony. We were given few hours to prepare something and then present in front of everyone by the evening. On the very first day,when we barely knew each others’ name, probationers of different services had to perform as a team. As the name suggests , ‘Ice-breaking’ was all about breaking the hold of unfamiliarity but when we performed in the garden of Lalbaug, it didn’t seemed like we had been strangers to each other. Probationers from technical and non-technical services performed as team and ultimately all the ice was not just broken but it evaporated too.

Within few days, classes picked up the pace and test and quizzes started happening at regular interval. Foundation course is all about knowing something about everything related to Railways. So our subjects were civil,electrical,mechanical,signalling telecom,safety,accounts,personnel,commercial,operating,medical,Material management,law and Rajbhasha. In Rajbhasha you are taught the working knowledge of Hindi. For non-Hindi speaking candidates this is a kind of challenge but in the end they performed brilliantly in Hindi oratorical skills .So, if you come to NAIR for foundation course ,be prepared to study all these subjects in brief. Classes timings were from 9.00am to 4.15pm but in the morning we had PT and yoga sessions. Everybody used to get up around 6.00am and then report for their respective sessions. One absent was considered as one-fourth leave,so we took it seriously. In retrospect , i can say that forcing us to do yoga and PT was a good idea but. Now  probationers know various exercise and yoga position for their physical fitness.

Officer’s mess is quite spacious here with adequate dining facilities. The quality of food is average as per the opinion of majority of the probationers. Mess staff and workers are co-operative and work hard to feed us three times a day.Cleaning and hostel staff also deserve a mention here because in the noise their hard works remains unnoticed.

Mess building
Mess building
Dining facilities in the mess
Dining facilities in the mess

After around one month of classroom teaching, it was time for the tour. Again we divided in five groups  to tour different parts of country. I was in Shimla-Chandigarh trip.
A separate coach was attached to the train for carrying us to our destinations there by eliminating the need of doing reservations. Let me tell you that very few people get this privilege i.e travelling in the coach of your own. There are many memories to be shared from that trip but space and words becomes limit me for that.  Travel in Shimla toy train was ultimate experience of its kind.This train passes through valleys,curves and tunnels giving you visual delights which are rare to be found.

Inside Kalka-Shimla Toy Train
Inside Kalka-Shimla Toy Train

While contemplating the beauty of surrounding hill, i also marveled at the engineering expertise of Indian Railways , and whose part i was becoming. The beauty of hill becomes even more enchanting when looked through the windows of this train.   Second most memorable occasion was Wagah Border beating retreat ceremony, let me tell you that all probationers were given VIP passes and clearance. All this came to be so because we were part of Indian Railways.

Probationers at Wagah Border
Probationers at Wagah Border

This trip served a great deal in bringing us closer to each other. There were similar trips organised for other parts of country as well in which other groups participated. Overall, this practice of sending us to trips is a healthy tradition in Indian Railways and it should be continued for future probationers as well.

At this point, i must mention that cultural and sports talent in probationers was on full display during the foundation course.You can play lot of sports on NAIR Campus. Sport events were organized regularly and a probationers was given every opportunity to excel in the sports of his choice. Some of our probationers were multi-talented and they won medals in diverse fields.

 Probaioners' Cricket Team  at Divisional Groud
Probaioners’ Cricket Team at Divisional Ground

Cultural performances were a delight to watch. The abundance of talent and willingness to perform was evident during cultural events. From monolouge to group dance, from singing to mimicry,probationers surprised everyone with their sheer talent. It is not just about books but railways teaches you to enjoy every part of your life.

At the end of this 10 weeks course,it was time to say goodbye and start the next journey for our separate destinations. We parted, but with the promise of meeting again in the future. For me it was totally trans-formative experience. I would thank all those who came across my life at this juncture. Memories of past will linger and hope of the future will persist in my life where NAIR would have played a great role.

Thanks for reading this post. In the end I am leaving you with the complete group photo of our foundation course.

Complete Batch Of Probationers at NAIR
Complete Batch Of Probationers at NAIR

Provision and Methodology for transfer of Service Agreement Bond

Hello Readers,
It is the follow up of prvious article in which Ayush Srivastava did a comparative analysis of his working experience at IOCL and subsequestly at railways. In this article he explains provision and methodology for transfer of Service Agreement Bond while switching from a PSU to Indian Railways through ESE. He can be reached at  Ayush Srivastava.

Hello Folks!!!

This is Ayush Srivastava, IRSE Probationer, 2013-exam batch. I find pleasure in introducing myself, briefly as follows:

Graduation: B Tech (Civil) from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.

Graduating year: 2013           Graduating GGPA: 9.41/10.00            PG: None

GATE-2013 AIR: 84                Engineering Services Exam-2013 AIR: 23

Campus Selection: IOCL          GATE Recruitment: IOCL

I have decided to talk about the transfer of bond, specifically from IOCL to railways, as I was involved with the same two organizations and since it is more of a legal kind of thing, I cannot and will not misguide you by writing anything and everything here in a generalized manner. I am sorry if this doesn’t concern you.
First of all, please be aware that there is a Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) guideline referred as DPE O.M. No. 15(2)/2003-DPE(GM)/GL-57 dated 29th July, 2004 which clearly states that “The bond executed by employees of the Public Enterprises, who have received scientific/technical training at the cost of Public Enterprises and have applied through proper channel during the currency of the bond join Central Govt./State Govt. services or take up employment under quasi-government organizations or any other public enterprise either on the basis of competition examinations/tests/interviews organized by those organizations or the Union Public Service Commission should not be enforced subject to the condition that a fresh bond is taken to ensure that the employee serves the new employer for the balance of the original bond period.” The above guideline can be checked hereunder: .

You should apply through proper channel for ESE (which you would) and intimate in prior, to your controlling authority at your current job in the concerned PSU, while applying for the ESE (at the beginning while filling up the form and not wait till you clear the written exam). Many times, the HR personnel in the PSUs take it as leverage for not transferring your bond, in case you have not intimated through proper channel while applying for the ESE.

An important point to understand here is that in case you are a fresh pass-out and have applied and appeared in the written exam of ESE prior to joining, then off-course applying through so called proper channel doesn’t apply, as you were not a part of your current PSU, while you applied and wrote for the exam. However, it is suggested to intimate in writing, to your boss, that you have applied and written the ESE of the concerned year, which was held prior to your date of joining your current job. This should be done as soon as you join at your first permanent place of posting.

As stated in the above DPE guideline, you need to execute a fresh bond with your current organization for the balance of original period and amount. This bond shall clearly state that you shall serve the department allotted to you through ESE (in our case Railways) for the balance of the original period. In the event of failure to do so on your part, your new department shall realize the proportionate money of the balance bond amount, from you and return to the PSU, with whom you have originally executed the bond. The new department (in my case the railways) shall be custodian of this bond.

Problems Faced:

  1. No official format of fresh bond available, either with IOCL or Railways, which can be used directly.
  2. Convincing the HR personnel of IOCL regarding such a provision of bond transfer. (Though it was not an issue as IOCL has some very good and helpful HR people).
  3. The mechanism of paper work to facilitate the transfer of bond.


The above process of bond transfer was challenge for me, and sometimes I thought of giving up. However, fortunately, I came out with flying colors and was the first ex-iocian of ESE-2013 batch (including all services in railways) to get my bond transferred successfully from IOCL to Indian Railways.

First of all, since there is no official format of fresh bond available, either with IOCL or Railways, which can be used directly, you will have to prepare a format on your own and get it verified from HR people in IOCL, well in advance.( If IOCL is OK with the format, then railways have no problem). To prepare the format you may take help form NTPC guys, who have a format of their own, as far as I know. You should pressurize the HR department of your PSU (IOCL in this case) to provide this agreement format. However, at last, if you have to prepare it yourself, you may take the help of a professional lawyer to prepare such a format, or search the internet, if you are lucky. It is quite possible, that seeing the rising number of requests for bond transfer every year, PSUs including IOCL, by now, might have officially prepared such formats for transfer of service bonds from their organization to some other state/central department and you may get saved from this mind-wrecking task.

Regarding having a strong stand for enabling your bond transfer, you should let your HR know about the DPE guidelines, so that you are not denied of your right. As far as railways is concerned, I know and so can say that it is always a plus point, because it is clearly written in the appointment letter, that the railways accept the transfer of bond from PSUs/Central  departments. You should submit a Xerox of your railway appointment letter with your resignation letter to IOCL, in which it should be clearly stated that you want your bond to be transferred as per the relevant DPE guideline.

Once a fresh agreement has been typed on the bond paper, it should be duly signed by you and your surety and then countersigned by the competent personnel in IOCL or accompanied by a letter from IOCL stating the said bond is accepted by them. This letter along with the original bond paper shall be submitted at IRICEN, Pune at the time of joining. The railways shall keep the original bond paper, and send a copy of the same, to IOCL, with a covering letter stating the acceptance of the bond on the part of railways. This marks the completion of the bond transfer process.

P.S.: As per prevailing culture, you will be given a provisional release order from IOCL, on the basis of which you can join the railways. (Without provisional release order you will not be allowed to join).  Once the bond process is completed, IOCL shall dispatch your formal release order to railways, under intimation to you.

I think that’s all of what I am capable of sharing with you. Study hard, study smart and always be clear with your priorities. A life full of dilemmas is like having a bowl full of butter chicken in front of you when you know you can’t eat it because of an upset digestion.

Wishing you all a happy reading and a successful life ahead!!!!!!!


IRSE (P), 2013.

Life In a Psu-A comparative analysis

Welcome Readers,
This following post is the first installment of article written by Ayush Srivastava in which he explains his prior working in IOCL and his subsequent joining in railways. He can be reached at


Hello Folks!!!

This is Ayush Srivastava, IRSE Probationer, 2013-exam batch. I find pleasure in introducing myself, briefly as follows:

Graduation: B Tech (Civil) from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal.

Graduating year: 2013           Graduating GGPA: 9.41/10.00            PG: None

GATE-2013 AIR: 84                Engineering Services Exam-2013 AIR: 23

Campus Selection: IOCL          GATE Recruitment: IOCL

So I need not tell again that prior to joining the Indian Railways Service of Engineers, I was working with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., a public sector undertaking, under the Government of India. I was in line for the preparation of ESE since the beginning of my pre-final year, and so I won’t be much of a help in case you ask me WHAT TO DO and WHAT NOT in, say 3 or 4 months, prior to ESE for clearing the same. Seeing the whole lot of time I took in securing a “meh” rank like 23 in an exam like ESE, you are absolutely right with your conclusion that I was (and am) more of an average student requiring a lot of toil to move meager distances and keep things in my small head. But I am not here to talk about myself, but to share something which might help some of you, even though I am not sure of that.

So, after persistent hammering for 2 months, by my very good friend and a great blogger, Amit Singh, I finally present here, solely from my personal experiences, some scribbling related to stuff like:

  1. Life in a PSU
  2. ESE departments and a PSU like IOCL, NTPC and ONGC: An attempt of comparison.


I was selected in IOCL through campus as well as GATE score shortlisting. I joined IOCL on 22.07.2013 and worked there till 30.11.2014. I was working as Project Engineer in the Pipelines Division of IOCL at Allahabad and was involved in the shifting of Barauni-Kanpur underground oil pipeline. I am mentioning about my job profile at IOCL, here, to make you feel the nature of work that I was into. It was the best that IOCL could have offered to a civil engineer. Some major TECHNICAL issues which I looked after were construction of small buildings, preparation of petty estimates, concreting at field, route survey for pipeline and studying soil test reports. Besides these, I had to do a lot of letter drafting.

So what I gathered from my tenure of 16 months in IOCL can be summarized as:

  • You are related to what you have studied in your engineering, between 0%-10%, while you are on job in a PSU. This applies to some of the companies only viz. IOCL, ONGC, NTPC, SAIL and GAIL and that too for civil engineers specifically. I am not talking about core civil PSUs like RITES, NHPC and the like, as I bear no experience of these. Now this may become a point of work dissatisfaction for many (it was for me…I am not sure of others) as to be doing something completely not of your prime interest.
  • In a PSU, or I should say at my office at IOCL, apart from an engineer, I was an unsung stenographer who gathered the material for a letter, the typist who typed it, the incognito peon who carried the draft to the boss for approval, again the typist who corrected it if required, the office boy who dispatched the letter and the neat engineer who then dealt with the party to whom the letter was addressed, regarding the issues therein.

In a nutshell, it was something completely away from involving my authority and decision making. This again made me introspect sometimes, that what am I doing?

  • BUT!!!!!!…. There was this thing called money. Entry basic salary in a PSU is Rs.24900/-. There are a lot of perks apart from salary and a number of loans on meager interest offered by PSUs to the employees. Believe me, you earn a good decent living in a maharatna PSU.

ESE departments  and a Maharatna PSU: An attempt of comparison:

Now this is something big that I have tried. Please see to it that all the views herein are purely personal and based on my short stay at a PSU and even shorter stay at Indian Railways. Neither I intend to challenge or correct anyone, nor do I mean to offend anyone. This is just what I feel, and if at all it could be of any help to any of you.

  1. You are more involved with the CIVIL engineering you studied in your college in a department like Indian Railways or CPWD, when compared to working in a PSU like IOCL, ONGC, SAIL, NTPC.


  1. You enjoy more authority when you are in an ESE department at the entry level, as against that in a PSU. If I talk of railways, you have a substantial workforce to control and you are to extract the maximum potential of your subordinates under limited conditions, with 100% correctness of the technical aspect of the work.


  1. Your decision making and responsibility sharing is manifold in an ESE department. Particularly in railways a civil engineer is directly related to safety of passengers and so you are to take decisions for your jurisdiction length of track for which you are single-handedly responsible.


  1. Talking of the technical exposures, you will be actually building stuff like bridges and tunnels, and your work won’t be limited to checking concreting in the field. Some of these projects might of national importance like the bridge at Bogibeel which connects Arunachal and upper Assam to rest of India or a bridge over Chenab in J&K., which will definitely instill a pride in you.


  1. Ohh!!! How could I miss this??…..You shall be a Gazetted officer in an ESE department and will enjoy the social status associated with it (if any). Moreover, on a lighter note, now you will be authorized to attest the photocopies of the documents of all the students in your neighborhood and the whole area will be living in the (mis)belief that you can get their tickets confirmed anytime from anywhere to anywhere, in case you join railways.


  1. Yes…I now you are dying to know that….but as far as railways is concerned… will get a house with substantial space, a few good men to look after it and an office vehicle with a driver. I am not aware of the other ESE departments, but I want you to know that I was not provided with a vehicle when I was in IOCL, nor the house allotted to me there, was in a habitable condition.


  1. The cash in hand you get is always better in a Maharatna PSU, as compared to an ESE department. The difference can be as much as Rs 15000/-. Besides the prevailing rate of Daily Allowance (not the Dearness allowance, i.e. DA) is Rs 1150/- in IOCL, while the same is Rs 600/-in railways. You are one of the highly paid sections of Indian Working class (apart from the private corporates) with a highly stable job if you are in a Maharatna.

Now, since I have blabbered a lot of points of comparison on the subject, let me once again tell you that all the above are subjective and my personal perspective. I have heard people being very much satisfied with their jobs in IOCL, NTPC and the like and also there are people who complain of joining some of the ESE departments like MES, CWC and BRO after leaving a job in a PSU. So there are views of all types. What matters is what you want and so what you decide to achieve it.

So, now in a nutshell for civil engineering aspirants!!!!!!!! (again my personal views)……..

  1. If you get a department like Indian Railways or CPWD, then join it, no matter wherever you are working currently, unless point no. 3 is applicable to you.


  1. If you get a department like IOFs or CWC, and you wish to prepare for civil services in future, join it.


  1. If you have worked in a MAHARATNA for 3 or more years, then I think you should NOT consider joining any ESE department, unless point no. 2 is applicable to you. This is because you will be losing a lot of pay-scale, promotions of your parent PSU and moreover seniority for promotions in a department like railways, largely depends on your age. Lesser the age, better chances of promotions in the long run. So if you feel that you have crossed the bar of 26 years before coming to Indian Railways, then you may not be a “Horse for the long run” in railways (I can say of railways only).


  1. If your ultimate aim is IAS, and you are not getting preparation time in your current PSU, neither you want to sit home, then you may consider joining CPWD or IOFs or CWC through ESE, and never ever consider joining railways.


  1. If none of the points 1 to 4 apply to you, are you a hell lot of dissatisfied with your job in your current PSU, you are highly engaged in non-technical works which you feel are not your cup of tea and you may get retarded if you continue the same (just kidding!!!!), then just study hard, write off the damn ESE and come join any department of your like, YOU ARE WELCOME!!!!!!

Ayush Srivastava




Madeeasy Award Ceremony pics 2014

Hello Everyone,
In order to encourage IES and GATE aspirants ,i have decided to share some pics of Madeeasy award ceremony 2014 in which IES and GATE toppers of all four streams were felicitated.This Award ceremony took place in April 2014. I am not doing a promotion for them but since i  have studied here and known it too well , i want to share those moments with you.

Sometimes, students ask me about how to motivate oneself for IES. This post is for them, see these pictures and think that one day you could be here. Not only you but your parents would  also be honored by going there. You feel special when you stand on the stage to receive the prize. This medal itself is not important but the recognition of your hard work and success will surely make you and your  family very proud.

So, this is your destiny waiting for you. Go and get it!!!


Surbhi Gautam, IES AIR-1 , Electronics Engineering
Surabhi Gautam,
IES AIR-1 , Electronics Engineering
Abhinav Das ,Electronics Engineeing GATE AIR-03
Abhinav Das ,Electronics Engineering


Bharat Aggarwal,IES Civil Engineering AIR-3
Bharat Agarwal,IES
Civil Engineering AIR-3
Babu Lal,Mechanical Engineering,GATE AIR-3
Babu Lal,Mechanical Engineering,GATE AIR-3
AshishBehera,Instrumentation Engineering ,GATE AIR-1
Ashish Behera,Instrumentation Engineering ,GATE AIR-1
Akash Kumar Aggarwal Electronics Engineering  GATE, AIR-01
Akash Kumar Aggarwal
Electronics Engineering
Ankit Goes ,Electrical Engineerin,GATE, Rank-01
Ankit Goes ,Electrical Engineerin,GATE, Rank-01
Anubhav Gupta , CS & IT GATE AIR-2
Anubhav Gupta , CS & IT
Bharat Kumar,IT GATE Rank-03
Bharat Kumar,IT
GATE Rank-03
Gaurav,Civil Engineering GATE AIR-2
Gaurav,Civil Engineering


IES toppers group photo of all branhes
IES toppers group photo of all branches
GATE toppers group photo
GATE toppers group photo
IES,Civil Engineering Toppers
IES,Civil Engineering Toppers(including myself)

Following are pics of some of  female achievers of IES and GATE. They deserve mention here.

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Disclaimer:- I don’t hold copyright for these photograph. Madeeasy Group is the sole owner of these photographs.

My Medical Examination

After the deceleration of results, all the selected candidates are asked to appear for medical examination. The medical is conducted by railway board for all the departments. The centres are allocated based on your preference in interview form. I am going to write my experience of medical examination.

My medical was scheduled on 24th April 2014 at Gorakhpur. My friend Goutam Rahul Roy who had got 42 rank had his medical on 23rd April 2014 at the same centre. So we decided to plan our journey together. We booked tickets for Gorakhpur and boarded the train on 21 April 2014.

Our journey started on a very fine note. It is typical in railway journeys that we talk to our fellow passengers to pass the time. A person in our compartment started asking about us . We told them about ourselves that we have been selected for Railways through IES. They were extremely happy to hear this and enquired more about us. One of our fellow passenger was section engineer in railways (group B post). He helped us a lot in guiding for our future journey. He called an official at Gorakhpur railway station to book a room for two of us in railway lodge. We were pleasantly surprised , in fact we were hoping to book a hotel there. He even drew a map for us and bid us goodbye.

After reaching railway guest house , we told them our reference and they happily admitted us there. All the group D staff were very happy to receive us . They said ” Saheb ayee hai”. We were not expecting this kind of treatment . All the people were very curious to meet us They told us everything about that place  and helped us in all our requirements. First day went quite well…In evening we went out to take look around that place.

Goutam and Myself at railway guest house at Gorakhpur Railway Station


On they day of medical examination, I set off early to the designated hospital which was nearby where we were staying without eating anything. We first filled out some forms and then got segregated in  two groups.  First test was x-ray test which was over very quickly. Second test was eyes test which included colour blindness test and eyesight test. Third test was urine test.Fourth test was quite interesting, it included physical fitness test. It include height ,weight ,chest expansion , blood pressure test. In the end there was gender test , so u have to get completely naked in front of doctor, sometimes there may be more than one doctor. This was most embarrassing part of test , however you have to go through it. Already it was evening time at the end of these test . An assistant came and called out names of the person who can leave . This was an indication that everything was OK for them whose names have been called. So my name was there, hence I left immediately.

I would like to tell few things about behaviour of lower staff there. They always called as ‘Saheb’ which is reminiscent of British Raj when railway and administration officials where placed at the top of hierarchy. The hangover is still there,it is not going to fade away easily. Some officers like to be called as such…. Once I was passing by a caretaker ,he was sitting on bench while I stood there and enquired about few things. This was noticed was his senior that he was sitting while I was standing. He didn’t do it intentionality but he got reprimanded  for that. This left me speechless. I got a glimpse of life that was to come in railways. It will ultimately depend on me about how I am going to get respect from my juniors. He told he that when you will come here as an officer you too will become like most of them. I replied in negative and assured him that i will be always kind and respectful to my juniors. We should stop this practice of insulting our juniors. We will have to shed this ‘ Saheb’ tag through good behavior.(That person called me when i reached Delhi and asked me when I was coming there as an officer.)

We met one more candidate…Aditya Tripathi who had got 46 AIR. We spent good times together,all three of us. We went to Gorakhnath temple and sought blessing for our medical results. He was a lively person but he worried too much about medical results.Our evenings used to be quire lively. He left a day early for his destination. Next day we boarded the train for Delhi. As usual our fellow passengers showed respect and praised us. They too took our phone numbers and were very happy to meet borth of us. By the time we reached Delhi,we were quite satisfied with our journey.

image      Temple Pond where we spent our evenings

In retrospect I can say that I got a glimpse of life that was to come. I know that IES officers are shown lots of respect in society but challenges are also immense. Trailer was good, full movie is yet to be released.

Thank you



I am posting this article just for your information. Some portions of the answer have been taken from internet

Q-How is life of an IES officer compared to doing a job in MNC ? What all opportunities can one get?
Ans- In MNC , life is boring and mechanical. In IES life is happening and wonderful. I cann’t  even think of sitting like  robot in front of workstation and doing the same repetitive work again and again. Let me give you a famous example to illustrate my point about how i felt when i was in MNC.

Sisyphus punishment representing absurdity
Sisyphus punishment representing absurdity

There was a man in ancient Greek. He had been condemned to roll a boulder up to a mountain slope and then release it. The boulder would fall down the slope immediately. He had to again pick it up and repeat the same process. This punishment is cruel than death, because it is the perfect example of absurd life one can live. It doesn’t have any meaning. I didn’t want to be like Sisyphus, this life of MNC job would have been the same punishment as meted out to Sisyphus had i stayed there. We are fully humans only if we create something, not just repeat everything. Boredom and absurdity are greater enemies of mankind than Death. I have worked in a Korean MNC for 9 months and I knew that i would be falling into Sisyphean nightmare if i don’t clear  IES
U dont compare Engineering Services with a MNC, In Engineering services u get to serve India. U get to shape India directly. If u only think of money, then u should not be here (We don’t want any more corruption in India). It’s probably the best job in India for an Engineer, u will be paid high enough to lead a happy life. Send your kids to the best school in town, Get u a good home, 4 square meals a day, enough salary to allow u to visit some of the best places in the world.  And of course a lot of respect. E.g Metro man , E Sreedharan

Q-How is IES  officer job in respect to psu in India

Ans-First of all, i want to tell you its really worth the hard work.

Indian Engineering Services is a purely Central Government job and you get Central Government pay scales.

In India, Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) is a term used for a government-owned corporation. The term is used to refer to companies in which the government (either the Union Government or state or territorial governments, or both) owned a majority (51 percent or more) of the company equity.

While you hear that the salaries are lower in comparison to PSUs, it is not always true. As the PSUs enjoy autonomy, the better performing PSUs pay better ( Maharatna or Navratna PSU), then comes the Miniratna ( Category A and B) and then the not so well known and loss making PSUs. Your salary and pay scale completely depends upon the performance of the company you are in.

IES is prestigious because one gets powerful posts and positions where his chair holds responsibilities, that only he has to undertake. But to the contrary, in a PSU a system works, be it (good or bad) and there is a fixed role and you become a part of it. There isn’t much to do in a PSU, because there is a ready-made system for that. Individual contributions or efforts goes unnoticed.

Also if you have apprehensions regarding the career progressions of an IES officer, here is a list which can definitely inspire you to go for IES.
At the time of selection – Assistant Executive Engineer / Assistant Works Manager / Assistant Director.
after 3–4 years of service (including probation period) – Executive Engineer / Works Manager / Deputy Director (equivalent to Under Secretary to Government of India).
after 8 years of service – Superintending Engineer / Deputy General Manager / Joint Director (equivalent to Deputy Secretary to Government of India).
after 13 years of service – Chief Engineer level-2 / Joint General Manager (equivalent to Director to Government of India).
after 20 years of service – Chief Engineer / Additional General Manager (equivalent to Joint Secretary to Government of India).
after 30 years of service – Engineer-in-Chief / Senior General Manager (equivalent to Additional Secretary to Government of India).
after 34 years of service – Chairman / Director General / Managing Director (equivalent to Secretary to Government of India).
Promotions are subjected to availability of vacancies and may take more time than mentioned above.

After the results

I am writing this post to tell you what happens after you successfully crack Indian Engineering Services.

There are different types of success. If you get exactly what you want then it’s called being successful. However if you don’t get desired outcome then you will  you will do feel successful but with a pinch of frustration. Let’s say that you do wonderful IES, then be prepared to expect pleasantries from people. They will come praising you. These are the same people who would have criticised you ,had you failed. Nevertheless , the news of you becoming IES will spread like wildfire. Most of the people confuse IES with IAS, because their pronunciation
Is almost same. It is annoying to make clear this confusion.  Imagine a situation where people think that you have become IAS but you are not, it is embarrassing situation. But I don’t care about these people who don’t know the difference between IES and IAS.  Both of these services appointment class 1 gazetted officer, however their work profile are different. Their is no difference between status in terms of pay and rank.

After initial feel good period,  the noise subsides but you will become more confident in talking to people.  Then there is a medical examination conducted by railway board all over the country for selected candidates. You can’t prepare much for medical examination but get tested at local clinic. Know you medical status before hand. My story of medical examination is pretty interesting which I will detail later on. Once the medical are over you wait for the results and joining letter. This is going to be the best time of your life. This period between results and joining is full of happiness and joy. I would recommend you to do that which you have always wanted to do. There is no sense of insecurity and you can reflect back on life with contentment. You will feel that all the hard work has been worth doing. You will have no guilt of the past because all is well that ends well. But you should also develop a sense of being an IES , you will have to behave and talk like that. I mean start taking responsibility and show some maturity. Remain ground to earth and don’t be brash for you may ruin all the good will of the people. You may have good knowledge but it takes character to stay at top.

There is one more surprise after the results. The rate of marriage proposals for you will increase exponentially. This itself is lot of fun which your family member will certainly enjoy. Those same girls that you thought difficult to win over , you can now directly talk to their father. He will not think twice before giving his daughter to you. But if you have no such plan, then wait for the proposals to come and select the girl according to your choice. My suggestion is that you should delay marriage as long as you can. Enjoy your life first , adapt to the working conditions and then only think about family.


The most anxious time began after the interviews were over. Upsc is so unpredictable that you can’t make any assumptions about the results.
However I waited anxiously for the results. Most of the time I used to make wild guess about my rank and marks. We used to predict the date of result abd then wait for the day to come. I was always online , constantly checking Upsc website. Sometimes I used to get helpless and frustrated while waiting for result. If I would have not been selected then whole time and effort might have gome waste. I might not have been able to give second attempt.

On the day of results, I was travelling in train. Whole day I kept on checking the website, but nothing came out. In the evening time, I stopped checking internet, but suddenly my friend called me and started congratulating me, I didn’t understand initially. But when he told me that I got 26th rank , I took a deep sense of relief, though I was not very excited . My reaction was that of Mahendra Singh Dhoni when India had won world cup.

Thereafter you know what happens.  Phone calls started coming from all over congratulating me. The passengers in my compartment didn’t understand what was happening and I didn’t care to tell them. I was content with my life.