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Tips to Crack CIVIL Enginerring Exams like GATE, IES, SSC


Are you a UPSC/IES aspirant? Are you looking to prepare for such a prestigious exam? if it’s so, then this article is for you. Now coming back to the topic. We are to going to tell you how to Crack any Competitive Civil Engineering Exams easily. Exams such as MPSC, SSC JE, GATE, Departmental Exams like PWD, WRD, CIDCO, or many more exams like this. The first thing you should decide is which exam are you preparing for. Whether it is ESE, UPSC, PSUs, MPSC, SSC JE, or whether it departmental exam like PWD, WRD, WCD, CIDCO, etc. 

So first decide your target. Why I am saying this because every exam has different patterns. For example, if you want to appear for ESE, SSC JE, then it has pre and mains exam and the mains exam is descriptive type, whereas, if you are preparing for MPSC, then for this exam, both pre and mains exams are objective type So you will have to study and practice according to the pattern of the Exam. And always target for the big and better exams like GATE, ESE, MPSC. And especially that exam which is generally taken every year. 

This is because, if you are preparing for a big exam, and even if you not qualified in these exams, you will easily Crack other departmental exams. Once your target exam is finalized, start collecting all the notes for it. Before starting preparation for any exam, you must be ready with all the notes with you. So which notes you should refer to? I always say in my articles that I personally believe, You should refer postal study material of famous engineering classes. For eg; if you are preparing for GATE, or ESE, Or any state-level exam, then you should refer these notes. I have ranked them as 1.IES master Delhi  2.Made easy and 3. ACE academy.  I am not saying that others are not good. But in my opinion, this study material is quite good. 

These postal courses should cover all the civil engineering subjects as well as non-technical stuff like Aptitude, reasoning, current affairs, general studies. But if you still can’t find 1 or 2 subjects, you can buy reference books for that, And in my opinion, if you are using the above class notes, then there is no necessity for any reference books. 

The next thing is, find and print as many previous year question papers as you can. When you go through the papers, you will observe that many questions are either getting repeated or they are asked on the same concept many times. This will be helpful in knowing the pattern of Exam, type of questions they are asking, whether it is more numerical based or theoretical based questions, on which subject they are focusing more. Then you can study accordingly. 

For example, in the GATE exam, the questions are formula based numerical, in MPSC, they are asking both numerical and theoretical questions. Whereas in departmental exams, you must also be very good in Non-technical subjects. The next thing is what are do’s and don’t’s. And What strategies you should have. 

1. Do not directly start practicing the MCQs. Many candidates just take a random book and start reading or solving the MCQs. That’s a very wrong way. You should first study theory part of it and then only you should go for MCQs 

2. You can even skip some part of your syllabus. It is not necessary to cover each and every single part of your syllabus. But don’t just keep on ignoring the main bits also. 

3. Keep in mind that you need at least 6 months to 10 months of dedication to cracking any exam. So keep in mind that these 6 months to 10 months I will give me 100% for studies 

4. Form a routine for your studies. 

And follow it properly. Try to give a minimum of 4 hours for study, 1 to2 hour for revision of what you have studied in previous days, and 1 to 2 hours for solving MCQs on the topics which you think are now studied properly. 

Also, give some time daily for formulas, make a small handout of formulas, and read that at least weekly. So, in total, you should daily give 6 to 8hours for your studies very dedicatedly 

5. The next important thing is when you are simultaneously revising the things, and solving the MCQs, try to observe where you are lacking, and make it better on the same day itself

6. Make a list of subjects you have to study, divide them according to their difficulty level and subjects with maximum and minimum marks. For eg. Subjects like Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Highway Engineering, Structures, SOM, etc. will require more time and practice, whereas subjects like CPM, tunnel, bridge, Estimating Costing Valuation will require less time for its preparation, but these subjects are also asked for fewer marks in many exams

7. One more thing, I always say that prepare diary of notes and try to note important points, formulas, in a short way and try to fit all the subjects in it if possible. 

8. Don’t just study the technical subjects only. It is equally important that you should also study the non-technical subjects also. Like Aptitude, reasoning, English, Marathi, General Studies, which includes history, geography, economics, Politics, Sports, etc. Especially in departmental level exams, it carries more marks, and you cannot Crack that exam only with just civil engineering subjects.

 9. In your last days of preparation, start giving mock tests subject wise as well as for full syllabus, and try to observe where you lacking in a particular subject and prepare that on the same day itself. 

10. And last, always remember that your competitor is only you and no one else. Be positive always, I’m sure you can crack the exam easily. 

I have seen many students who were not very good in their studies during their academics, but they cracked the competitive exam just with their consistency, dedication, and hard work. So best of luck for your Exams, and comments I will if you think you can Crack the Exam. Hope you liked this article, please subscribe to our blog for the latest updates regularly.

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