Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My UPSC experience

Indian Engineering Services examination for the year 2008 was held on June 7th, 8th and 9th. I wrote the exam at a centre named The Hindu Higher Secondary school in Triplicane Chennai. It was a grueling experience attending all the exams over the three days in the scorching heat of summer in Chennai. The response to the exam in my centre was not encouraging. Only one-third of the total number of candidates turned up on the first day and the numbers reduced in the next couple of days. Many candidates came from other districts of Tamilnadu and some of them were from Kerala, Andhra and Karnataka.

On the first day I had General Ability Test for two hours. Half of the questions were from English and the remaining are general Knowledge questions. The next day was composed of two sessions with technical objective questions. I'm from Electronics and communication branch and there were lots of questions from circuits, electron basics, devices, DSP, microwaves and controls systems. I was a bit surprised that there was very few questions from antenna and virtually no questions from networking, mobile communications and wireless systems. The next day was very boring and tiresome. Two sessions of three hours each consisted of theory questions which could never be answered without good preparation. At the end of the exams I felt I could have done better but I knew I didn't prepare well. Next time may be I will put up a better show.

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