So, this is my third post on this blog. The reason behind my “over-blogging” is the awesome response that i am getting. First of all, thank you for the overwhelming response. Moreover, my aim is to make my blog post reach each & every aspirant. Everyone should be gained by my experiences, only then the purpose of blog will be served. So, if you find this blog useful, please share it on facebook & other social media using the buttons at the end of this post.


Now, back to the business. 

I have met many aspirants. Most of the students who prepare for GATE, prepare for IES too. Since GATE is conducted first ,usually students adopt a strategy & studying methodology for GATE . Once GATE is over, they continue the same strategy & trends of preparation for IES too. Is this a correct way? I don’t think so. Why? let’s see..

1. Syllabus-  The syllabus for both of them is different. Syllabus is a boundary to which you MUST stick to. Whether the deviation is positive or negative, it will be harmful for examination. While in GATE, maths is a subject whereas in IES you need not study maths. Apart from this, there are many topics that are included in IES syllabus which are out of GATE syllabus.

2. General studies-  This one is like an extension to the previous point. Initially, students are focused on preparing for GATE, during which they don’t bother to look after GS & Current affairs. After GATE, sometime around March, they start preparing GS for IES, which is very wrong. GS is something which should be studied regularly, even if for 30 minutes in a day. Believe me, it will help you a lot.

3. Toughness level of questions- The questions that you will face in GATE will be far more tough to solve than that of IES. GATE questions require you to apply many concepts in a single problem. You should have good problem solving capabilities for that. You should be able to think that far. On the other hand, most of the questions that are asked in IES are direct & formula or a single concept based.

4. Time factor IES is a game of time whereas GATE is not. In GATE, you have to solve 65 problems in 3 hours. That means around 2.5 minutes per question. That is a fair deal. On the other hand, in IES you have to solve 120 questions in 2 hours, so 1 minute per question. That means, in GATE, you get almost 2.5 times more “time” per question. But the level of question compensates it. Conclusion is that- For GATE, you have to be Vishwanathan anand , while for IES, you have to be Milkha Singh 🙂

5. Subjective paper-  IES exam really really sucks since it has a subjective paper. It is the major difference between GATE & IES. This single difference demands many changes in strategy-

  • Reading proofs & derivations
  • Heavy duty writing practice- For continuous 3 hours
  • Solving subjective problems- No options to crosscheck 😉
  • Clear & legible handwriting
  • etc..


And this completes the entry.

Now you know why you should have different strategies for GATE & IES & you should prepare accordingly. 

This post can be summarized as-

IES requires- 

  • speed
  • quick response
  • writing practice
  • derivations & formulae

GATE requires-

  • Thought process
  • Crystal clear concepts
  • Concept application abilities

Now, if you have any doubts/feedbacks/suggestions/queries/compliments, please comment below. 🙂


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