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IES 2015 Mech. Engineering Prep materials: Pattern | Syllabus | Papers | Books

IES Mechanical  Study Materials
This has been one of my most popular articles, which has benefited a large number of IES (read Engineering Services Exam) aspirants for last five years. It provides the study materials for IES exam, covering every aspect from the analysis of the exam Pattern to providing the Sample Papers to listing of Prep Books for IES Exam. I am updating this article with the latest info for IES 2015 exam, which is scheduled to be held on 12th -14th June, 2015. Details of exam dates/schedule can be found in my earlier blog post titled: Engineering Services Exam (IES) 2015 Exam Date and Schedule.

Without loosing any more time, let us go for the subject matter of this blog post.

IES Exam Pattern for Mechanical Engineers:
UPSC Engineering Services Exam consists of two stages:
1.0 Written exam: 1000 marks.
2.0 Interview: 200 marks.
Out of the total 1000 marks in the IES exam, 600 marks are for Objective test and 400 marks for Conventional test.

Plan of IES written test along with mark distribution paper-wise is given below:

IES Objective Test Papers: 600 marks
General Ability Test: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
Mechanical Engineering Paper I: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
Mechanical Engineering Paper II: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
General Ability Test consists of: Part A: General English & Part B: General Studies.
There are 120 questions in each of the above three papers – thus you have one minute for each question of average worth 1.67 marks.

Negative marking:
Beware - for each wrong answer of a question, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. Hence encircle the correct answer properly and also make wise-guesses!

IES Conventional Test Papers: 400 marks
Mechanical Engineering Paper I: 3 hrs duration: 200 marks
Mechanical Engineering Paper II: 3 hrs duration: 200 marks
These papers consists of descriptive (i.e. essay) type questions.
Depending on the relative performance by the IES candidates, UPSC decides the cut-off (minimum qualifying marks) in the Objective test and the papers of Conventional test is evaluated only for those above this cut-off. IES exam cut-off in the Objective test is approximately 60%.

With above mark and time distribution, pattern of IES Mechanical branch can be summarized  as in following table:
IES Mechanical Engineering Exam Pattern

From this table, you can find that there are 800 marks for Mechanical Engineering: 400 in Objective Test Papers and 400 marks in Conventional Test Papers. This is 80% of the total marks in IES and hence therefore, you should know where to put the maximum emphasis!

IES Exam 2014 Syllabus for Mechanical Engineers:
Kindly go through the blog article IES Exam Syllabus for Mechanical Engineers, posted specifically for this purpose.

Previous Years IES Exam Papers for Mechanical Engineers:
So you are searching for those free online sample papers for IES exam?
UPSC has done a great job by uploading all the previous years exam papers of Engineering Services Exam in in its website. These actual IES exam previous years papers in pdf format gives you the look and feel of the actual exam.
Click here to Download free IES exam sample papers from UPSC website:.

Prep Books for IES Exam (Mechanical):
Above online sample papers for IES exams should be used so as to know the type of question asked in IES exams. Your real preparation should be based on books - your own graduation text/reference books as well as the guide books available.

I found following books good for preparation of IES exam, which has been categorized according to exam sections. These books are available in most of the book stores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below from, which offers huge discounts up to 31%, apart from free home delivery. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Prep book for IES General Ability Test (200 marks):
IES General Ability Test Guide Book
IES PSUs General Studies 2014; Author: Singh B; Publisher: Made Easy
List Price: Rs. 525;

General English for IES, GATE, PSUs & Other Competitive Exams by Made Easy Publications 
List Price: Rs. 238.

Prep Book for IES Mechanical Objective Papers (400 marks):

UPSC Engineering Services Exam IES - 2014 Mechanical Engg. Solved Paper - 1 & Paper - 2 by Made Easy Publication
List Price: Rs.600; Offer Price: Rs.455; Discount: Rs.145 (24%).
UPSC Engineering Services Exam IES - 2014 Mechanical Engineering (Solved Paper II) By Made Easy Publication
List Price: Rs.500; Offer Price: Rs.343; Discount: Rs.157 (31%).

Prep Book for IES Mechanical Conventional Papers (400 marks):
Book for IES Mechanical Conventional PapersUPSC Engineering Services Exam IES - 2014 Mechanical Engineering (Solved Paper) Publisher: Made Easy
List Price: Rs.500; Offer Price: Rs.343; Discount: Rs.157 (31%).

Topic-wise reference books for IES Exam (Mechanical):
Engineering Thermodynamics By P K Nag
Heat and Mass Transfer by JP Hollman, RC Sachdeva
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by CP Arora, Domkundwar
Fluid Machinery by Jagdish Lal, RK Bansal
Theory of Machines by RS Khurmi, Malik & Ghosh
Internal Combustion Engines M.L.Mathur & R.P.Sharma
Gas Turbine and Propulsive Systems by PR Khajuria & SP Dubey
Fluid Mechanics by Modi & Seth RK Bansal
Compressible Flow by SM Yahya
Mechanical Vibration by Grover
Machine Design by Shigley, VB Bhandari
Material Science by WD Callister, IP Singh
Production Engg. by Kalpkjian Schmid, Amitabh Ghosh & AK Malik
Industrial Engg. by O P Khanna, Buffa & Sarin
Operations Research by Kanti Swarup
Strength of Materials by Gere & Timoshenko, BC Punamia, Sadhu Singh

Hope above study materials (Exam pattern, syllabus, sample papers & books) for the IES exam helps you in your preparation for the exam. I would post more materials as and when I can spot them. Therefore, please keep visiting this blog..

Best wishes!