IES/ESE 2017 Topper – Namit Jain Interview : AIR 01 – Civil Engineering

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Namit Jain Interview

As Engineering Services Exam 2017 i.e IES 2017/ESE 2017 result is out and students who qualified these exams but not get good rank by any reason and the students who are preparing first time for the above exams wants to know how should we prepare so that we may also get good rank in GATE IES and PSUs exam.

Today we are with Namit Jain who secured AIR 01 in Indian Engineering Services , IES 2017 in Civil engineering branch.  

Namit Jain is IIT Guwahati 2015 passout in civil engineering.

About Namit Jain

Namit Jain first of all congratulation for securing all India rank 01 in ESE 2017.

Kindly tell us about yourself. From where did you done your engineering and from which branch?

I am2015 IIT Guwahati 2015 passout in B.Tech in Civil engineering. I secured AIR in IES 2017 and AIR 48 in GATE 2017 in civil engineering branch. I completed my graduation in 2015 and have worked with one the most reputed firms as a structural engineer in Mumbai for 10 months before deciding to quit and give a shot at GATE and ESE. I came to Delhi in July 2016 and joined coaching and started my preparation.

Namit Jain ESE Marksheet
Namit Jain ESE Marksheet

namit jain ese 2017 marksheet

Preparation With Job

Kindly tell us is it possible to crack IES and GATE with job.

Preparing for GATE/ESE requires hard word and focus. While it is difficult but not impossible to clear GATE/ESE while working.

There can be two categories of people who wish to crack GATE while working. One, who have taken coaching before and the other who never took any coaching.

For the people who have taken coaching earlier, all you need to do is dedicate 2–3 quality hours after your work. Prepare a time table having slots for different subjects, carefully calculated against the time that you take for covering a particular topic. If you had already prepared short notes during your coaching, revise then as often, you can even carry them at work and just have a look at then once in a day. It takes hardly 15–20 minutes to cover one topic which you can easily get during your “Tea Breaks”. All you will be left is to practice questions. During those 2–3 hours of yours everyday you can easily cover it.

Leave the topics that need conceptual clarity for weekends. You will have to sacrifice your weekend parties and hangouts at the cost of your preparations because kuch paane ke liye kuch khona padta hai.

For people who have no prior coaching, you can either arrange for the study material from some coaching institute or join weekend batches.

Coaching is not compulsory but definitely saves time as we spend more time in understanding the same concept by ourselves. You will have to practice hard. you can prepare short notes and carry them with you at work, and brush them up frequently. You need to remember atleast 2000–2500 formulas and for that, short notes become very useful. 2–3 hours per day in covering up topics and practicing them with frequent revision will be good enough for your preparation.

Join the test series toward the last one month to give finishing touch to your preparation. Accuracy is very important and test series will improve your accuracy and speed.

Do not let work pressure affect you, remain motivated and focused towards your goal. Believe in your self. It is achievable.

Preparation Strategy

Because you are a topper this year so everyone wants to know how much time you devote for this exam and how you prepared? 

Strategy varies from person to person. What may work for me may not work for you. However one can always get ideas about developing the strategy required and one that suits you.

For Gate and civil in particular, first you need to get a firm grip on concepts and fundamentals. For developing concepts and fundamentals you need to practice and practice hard. Solve as many questions as you can and revise again and again.

First thing first, if you have joined coaching, your first aim after coming to home should be to read notes that were given that day and solve all the questions that were demonstrated in the class by yourself. You should solve the previous year questions of ESE and GATE of that topic that day itself and clarify your doubts the next day. If you allow any lag to creep in you will lose interest gradually.

Prepare short notes. They are the saviors for last moment study. Even if not last moment, they are the best method to memorize formula and important concepts quickly. Short notes help in keeping data precise and saves a lot of time. For example if you go on to revise laminar and turbulent flow from your notes you would end up taking 1–2 hours, but if you have prepared short notes for them you will end up brushing up all formula in hardly 15 mins.

Solve previous year questions, they are the best source of knowing your readiness for the exam. You should solve them atleast 2–3 times before exam. Although you would feel there is no point in solving the same question again, but believe me there is. Syllabus is so vast that we tend to forget one thing or the other.

You should have a proper planning in terms of revision. For example I use to pick up 5–6 subjects per day and 1–2 topics from each subject everyday. This kept me away from boredom of studying same thing for the whole day. For each day I used to pick up topics before sleeping on the previous night itself. Now what I did was for some topics I used to read notes, for others only short notes, or some topics I would solve say 25–30 questions. This way I used to have a cycle which used to repeat every 15 days.

Write test series with utmost sincerity and honesty. Keep mark of your mistakes, observe the pattern in them, write them in your short notes along with the possible source of confusion that led you to commit that mistake. Human brain learns best by comparison.

Coming to the second part of your question, when you have completed atleast 2–3 revisions of your class notes, and have done previous year problems a couple of times and when while solving a problem you suddenly recall that you committed the same mistake last time and then you rectify it with the correct solution, you can pat your back and majority of the hard part is done. However you cannot stop, you will forget some other thing at this point of time and commit mistake which would be altogether of a new type. So only way to avoid them is by knowing all the possible variety of mistakes that one can make, by practicing same thing again and again. Another common mistake that aspirants make is leaving the question mid way and mentally reciting the further steps to complete the solution. NEVER!! I repeat NEVER do it. Always solve the question completely.

Lastly, be disciplined! Make no room for excuses, because they say- “If its important to you, you will find a way, If not, you will find an excuse”

Coaching Joined

Have you take any coaching?

IES MASTER 2016 REGULAR CLASSROOM COURSE, Faculty Is Very Professional and Content Is As Per UPSC.

Share your strategies with you junior who are reading this interview, like what is the ideal time to prepare for this exam and schedule.

Believe me, after a gap of almost 1 year, you start loosing grip on your concepts and most of the things seem new. Well in my case, I only studied structures and RCC with respect in my college and felt others were boring. But here we are, “If you want to crack ESE/GATE, you got to taste the bitter part of the slybus too”.

Environment, Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics remained only familiar names to me till then. And then began my disciplined and focused approach towards cracking this exam.

Look the point I am trying to make is, it is perfectly fine to start from scratch and even then score a good rank in six months. As a piece of advise, I would like to mention following-

  1. Beginning- Civil engineering is vast. Coaching usually helps you filter what is relevant and what is not. To begin with, start with topics like SOM, Structures and Soil mechanics. They have a huge weightage in GATE and well as ESE. Focus on building concepts. Although the questions are mostly repeatative, but remembering over 2000 formulas (Yes that’s right!) requires you to have strong fundamentals.
  2. Study Material- Avoid books and refer to the study material of some coaching.  I would strictly say no to standard books.
  3. Short Notes– Making short notes, that has mostly the formulas are very useful in revising and keeping up you memory. You should try to include all those things that you tend to forget in your short notes. It can be a frequent but naive mistake that you make.
  4. Revision– This is the most important aspect of any competitive exam preparation. you should have dedicated time in your day for revising all that you have learnt. I used to revise from my short notes sometimes, other times just used to read notes, and sometimes just solving a few questions again.
  5. Previous Year Papers– This should be the bible to crack GATE. Mostly all the questions are repetitive but remember, the questions in GATE are new and requires fundamentals. Formula alone will not save your day. So focus on concepts but at the same time always keep the formulas on your finger tips.
  6. Avoid Distractions– Be strict with your timetable. Do not change it frequently. It decreases efficiency. Stop all forms of distractions. You only need to stop for six months and focus deeply on your studies. You should have a time table for the present day when you wake up, which should be made the previous night itself. Your goals for the day should not be overambitious. You will end up getting depressed it you couldn’t complete them at the end of the day. On the other hand completing small goals everyday keeps you motivated. So assess your self and plan accordingly.
  7. Test Series- You have to follow it religiously. You need to treat it as the real test and write is seriously. Its very important to know what have you forgotten and which area need to be worked upon. Test series is the best way to help you understand.

Other than the above mentioned points. You should take a sound sleep for at least 6 hours but not more than 8 hours per day. Try sleeping only once. You are not only competing with other aspirants, you also have to fight with your own body, when at times you wont feel like studying. Remember- Pain is temporary.

I am sure if you remain honest with yourself, nothing will stop you from getting a good rank!


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3 thoughts on “IES/ESE 2017 Topper – Namit Jain Interview : AIR 01 – Civil Engineering

  1. Raj Bangrey says:

    Namit was the best topper still. His strategy really works for me during my preparation for GATE & ESE 2021.

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