ESE-2017 Exam Pattern

UPSC has revised exam structure and syllabus for all four steams:

Now year 2017 onwards Engineering Service Examination will be conducting into two different phase as:Preliminary and Mains Examination, whereas both exams likely to be conducted in month of February and June respectively. The detailed revised structure of ESE-2017 is given below


This paper estimated to be conducted in month of February. The question paper will consists of objective type questions only.




General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper

2 Hrs
200 Marks


Engineering Discipline-specific Paper

3 Hrs
300 Marks

Sub Total Marks

500 Marks


Once candidate qualify preliminary Examination then, candidate will be eligible to appear for mains examination. The mains paper estimated to be conducted in the last week of June.The question paper will consists of subjective/conventional type questions only.



Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I

2 Hrs
300 Marks


Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II

3 Hrs
300 Marks

Sub Total Marks

600 Marks



After qualify both Preliminary and Mains exams the candidate is eligible to appear in last phase of ESE examination i.e Personality test which is likely to be conducted in the month of November or December.



Personality Test

200 Marks

Grand Total Marks

500 600 200 = 1300 Marks

Those candidates qualify Stage-1 Stage-2 Stage-3 Exam to be included into final merit list of Engineering Service Examination provided by UPSC



UPSC IES Syllabus 2017

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

The questions from the following Topics will be set in Paper-I of Stage-I

Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development

 Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability

 Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis

 General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety

 Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services

Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation,Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment

Basics of Project Management

 Basics of Material Science and Engineering

 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.

 Ethics and values in Engineering profession



UPSC IES Syllabus 2017 for Civil Engineering

Paper – I

Building Materials: Plastics, Steel, FRP,Stone, Lime, Glass, Ceramics, Aluminum, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber,Bricks and Aggregates: Classification,properties and selection criteria;

 Cement: Types,Composition,Properties, Uses, Specifications and various Tests; Lime &Cement Mortars and Concrete: Properties and various Tests; Design of Concrete Mixes:Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix design.

Solid Mechanics: Elastic constants, Stress, plane stress,Strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, Elastic theories of failure, Principal Stresses, Bending, Shear and Torsion.

Structural Analysis: Basics of strength of materials, Types of stresses and strains,Bending moments and shear force,concept of bending and shear stresses;Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures; Trusses, beams, plane frames; Rolling loads, Influence Lines, Unit load method & other methods;Free and Forced vibrations of single degree and multi degree freedom system;Suspended Cables; Concepts and use of Computer Aided Design.

Design of Steel Structures: Principles of Working Stress methods, Design of tension and compression members, Design of beams and beam column connections, built-up sections, Girders, Industrial roofs,Principles of Ultimate load design.

Design of Concrete and Masonry structures: Limit state design for bending, shear, axial compression and combined forces; Design of beams, Slabs,Lintels, Foundations, Retaining walls, Tanks, Staircases;Principles of pre-stressed concrete design including materials and methods;Earthquake resistant design of structures; Design of Masonry Structure.

ConstructionP ractice, Planning and Management: Construction– Planning,Equipment, Site investigation and Management including Estimation with latest project management tools and network analysis for different Types of works;Analysis of Rates of various types of works; Tendering Process and Contract Management, Quality Control, Productivity, Operation Cost; Land acquisition; Labour safety and welfare

Paper – II

1. Flow of Fluids,Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power-

Fluid Mechanics,Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow: Fluid properties;Dimensional Analysis and Modeling; Fluid dynamics including flow kinematics and measurements; Flow net; Viscosity, Boundary layer and control,Drag, Lift,Principles in open channel flow, Flow controls. Hydraulic jump;Surges; Pipe networks.

Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power – Various pumps, Air vessels, Powerhouse – classification and layout, storage, pond age,control of supply; Hydraulic turbines – types, classifications & performance parameters;

2. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering-

 Hydrological cycle, Ground water hydrology, Well hydrology and related data analysis; Streams and their gauging;River morphology; Flood, drought and their management; Capacity of Reservoirs.

 Water Resources Engineering- Multipurpose uses of Water, River basins and their potential;Irrigation systems, water demand assessment;

Resources – storages and their yields; Water logging,Gravity dams, canal and drainage design, falls, weirs, Energy dissipaters, barrage Distribution works, Cross drainage works and head-works and their design;

Concepts in canal design,construction & maintenance; River training, measurement and analysis of rainfall.

3. Environmental Engineering-

Water Supply Engineering: Sources,Estimation, quality standards and testing of water and their treatment; Rural,Institutional and industrial water supply; Pollutants in water and its effects,Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and sources of water, Estimation of water demand;Drinking water Standards, Water Treatment Plants, Water distribution networks\

 Waste Water Engineering: Planning & design of domestic wastewater, sewage collection and disposal; Plumbing Systems. Components and layout of sewerage system; Planning & design of Domestic Waste-water disposal system; Sludge management including treatment, disposal and re-use of treated effluents;Industrial waste waters and Effluent Treatment Plants including institutional and industrial sewage management.

Solid Waste Management: Sources& classification of solid wastes along with planning & design of its management system; Disposal system,Beneficial aspects of wastes and Utilization by Civil Engineers.

 Air, Noise pollution and Ecology: Concepts & general methodology.

4. Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering-

Geo-technical Engineering: Soil exploration – planning & methods,Properties of soil, classification, various tests and inter-relationships;Permeability & Seepage, Compressibility,consolidation and Shearing resistance, Earth pressure theories and stress distribution in soil; Properties and uses of geo-synthetics

Foundation Engineering: Types of foundations & selection criteria, bearing capacity, settlement analysis,design and testing of shallow& deep foundations; Slope stability analysis,Earthen embankments, Dams and Earth retaining structures: types, analysis and design, Principles of ground modifications.

5. Surveying and Geology-

Surveying: Classification of surveys, elevation and directions, various methodologies, instruments& analysis of measurement of distances, Field astronomy; Global Positioning System; Survey Layout for culverts, canals, bridges, road/railway alignment and buildings,Setting out of Curves, Map preparation; Photogrammetry; Remote sensing concepts;

 Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects.

6. Transportation Engineering-

 Highways –Planning& construction methodology, Alignment and geometric design;Traffic Surveys and Controls; Principles of Flexible and Rigid pavements design.

Tunneling –Alignment, methods of construction, disposal of muck, drainage, lighting and ventilation.

Railways Systems – Terminology, Planning, designs and maintenance practices; track modernization.

Harbours –Terminology, layouts and planning.

Airports –Layout, planning & design.

UPSC IES Syllabus 2017 for Mechanical Engineering

Paper – I

Fluid Mechanics: Basic Concepts and Properties of Fluids, Manometry, Fluid Statics,Buoyancy, Equations of Motion, Bernoulli’s equation and applications, Viscous flow of incompressible fluids, Laminar and Turbulent flows,Flow through pipes and head losses in pipes.

Thermodynamics and Heat transfer: Thermodynamic systems and processes;properties of pure substance; Zeroth, First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics;Entropy, Irreversibility and availability; analysis of thermodynamic cycles related to energy conversion: Rankine, Otto, Diesel and Dual Cycles; ideal and real gases; compressibility factor; Gas mixtures. Modes of heat transfer,Steady and unsteady heat conduction, Thermal resistance, Fins,Free and forced convection, Correlations for convective heat transfer, Radiative heat transfer– Radiation heat transfer coefficient; boiling and condensation,Heat exchanger performance analysis

 IC Engines,Refrigeration and Air conditioning: SI and CI Engines, Engine Systems and Components, Performance characteristics and testing of IC Engines;Fuels;Emissions and Emission Control. Vapour compression refrigeration,Refrigerants and Working cycles, Compressors, Condensers, Evaporators and Expansion devices,Other types of refrigeration systems like Vapour Absorption,Vapour jet, thermoelectric and Vortex tube refrigeration. Psychometric properties and processes,Comfort chart, Comfort and industrial air conditioning, Load calculations and Heat pumps.

Turbo Machinery: Reciprocating and Rotary pumps, Pelton wheel, Kaplan and Francis Turbines, velocity diagrams, Impulse and Reaction principles,Steam and Gas Turbines, Theory of Jet Propulsion – Pulse jet and Ram Jet Engines,Reciprocating and Rotary Compressors – Theory and Applications

 Power Plant Engineering: Rankine and Brayton cycles with regeneration and reheat, Fuels and their properties, Flue gas analysis, Boilers, steam turbines and other power plant components like condensers, air ejectors, electrostatic precipitators andcooling towers – their theory and design, types and applications;

 Renewable Sources of Energy: Solar Radiation, Solar Thermal Energy collection – Flat Plate and focusing collectors their materials and performance. Solar Thermal Energy Storage, Applications – heating, cooling and Power Generation; Solar Photo voltaic Conversion; Harnessing of Wind Energy,Bio-mass and Tidal Energy –Methods and Applications, Working principles of Fuel Cells.

Paper – II

 Engineering Mechanics:Analysis of System of Forces, Friction, Centroid and Centre of Gravity,Dynamics; Stresses and Strains-Compound Stresses andStrains, Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams, Theory of Bending Stresses-Slope and deflection-Torsion,Thin and thick Cylinders, Spheres.

 Engineering Materials:Basic Crystallography, Alloys and Phase diagrams,Heat Treatment, Ferrous andNon Ferrous Metals, Non metallic materials, Basicsof Nano-materials, MechanicalProperties and Testing, Corrosion prevention andcontrol

Mechanisms and Machines: Types of Kinematics Pair,Mobility, Inversions,Kinematic Analysis, Velocity and Acceleration Analysis of Planar Mechanisms,CAMs with uniform acceleration and retardation, cycloidal motion, oscillating followers; Vibrations –Free and forced vibration of undamped and damped SDOFsystems, Transmissibility Ratio, Vibration Isolation, Critical Speed of Shafts.Gears – Geometry of tooth profiles, Law of gearing, Involute profile,Interference, Helical, Spiral and Worm Gears, Gear Trains- Simple,compound and Epicyclic; Dynamic Analysis – Slider – crank mechanisms, turning moment computations, balancing of Revolving & Reciprocating masses,Gyroscopes–Effect of Gyroscopic couple on automobiles, ships and aircrafts,Governors.

Design of Machine Elements: Design for static and dynamic loading;failure theories; fatigue strength and the S-N diagram;principles of the design of machine elements such as riveted, welded and bolted joints. Shafts,Spur gears, rolling and sliding contact bearings, Brakes and clutches,flywheels.

 Manufacturing,Industrial and Maintenance Engineering: Metal casting-Metal forming,Metal Joining, Machining and machine tool operations, Limits, fits and tolerances Metrology and inspection, computer Integrated manufacturing, FMS ,Production planning and Control, Inventory control and operations research –CPM-PERT.Failure concepts and characteristics-Reliability, Failure analysis,Machine Vibration, Data acquisition, Fault Detection, Vibration Monitoring,Field Balancing of Rotors, Noise Monitoring, Wear and Debris Analysis,Signature Analysis, NDT Techniques in Condition Monitoring.

Mechatronics andRobotics: Microprocessors andMicrocontrollers:Architecture, programming, I/O, Computer interfacing, Programmablelogiccontroller. Sensors and actuators, Piezoelectric accelerometer, Halleffectsensor, Optical Encoder, Resolver, Inductosyn, Pneumatic andHydraulicactuators, stepper motor, Control Systems- Mathematical modeling ofPhysicalsystems, control signals, controllability and observability. Robotics,RobotClassification, Robot Specification, notation; Direct and InverseKinematics;Homogeneous Coordinates and Arm Equation of four Axis SCARA Robot

UPSC IES Syllabus 2017 forElectrical Engineering


Engineering Mathematics- Matrix theory,Eigen values & Eigen vectors,system of linear equations, Numerical methods for solution of non-linear algebraic equations and differential equations,integral calculus, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, Line, Surface and Volume Integrals. Fourier series, linear, nonlinear and partial differential equations, initial and boundary value problems, complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’s series,residue theorem, probability and statistics fundamentals,Sampling theorem,random variables, Normal and Poisson distributions,correlation and regression analysis.

 Electrical Materials–Electrical Engineering Materials, crystal structures and defects,ceramicmaterials, insulating materials, magnetic materials – basics,properties andapplications; ferrities, ferro-magnetic materials andcomponents; basics ofsolid state physics, conductors; Photo-conductivity;Basics of Nano materialsand Superconductors

 Electric Circuits and Fields Circuit elements, network graph, KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis,ideal current and voltage sources, Thevenin’s, Norton’s,Superposition and Maximum Power Transfer theorems, transient response of DC and AC networks,Sinusoidal steady state analysis, basic filter concepts, two-port networks,three phase circuits, Magnetically coupled circuits, Gauss Theorem,electric field and potential due to point, line, plane and spherical charge distributions, Ampere’s and Biot-Savart’s laws; inductance,dielectrics,capacitance; Maxwell’s equations.

Electrical andElectronic Measurements: Principlesof measurement, accuracy, precisionand standards; Bridges and potentiometers;moving coil, moving iron,dynamometer and induction type instruments,measurement of voltage, current,power, energy and power factor, instrumenttransformers, digital voltmeters andmulti-meters, phase, time and frequencymeasurement, Q-meters, oscilloscopes,potentiometric recorders, error analysis,Basics of sensors, Transducers,basics of data acquisition systems

ComputerFundamentals: Numbersystems, Boolean algebra, arithmeticfunctions, Basic Architecture, CentralProcessing Unit, I/O and MemoryOrganisation; peripheral devices, datarepresenation and programming, basics ofOperating system and networking,virtual memory, file systems; Elements ofprogramming languages, typicalexamples

Basic Electronics Engineering: Basics of Semiconductor diodes and transistors and characteristics, Junction and fieldeffect transistors (BJT,FET and MOSFETS), different types of transistor amplifiers, equivalent circuits and frequency response; oscillators and other circuits, feedback amplifiers.


 Analog and DigitalElectronics- Operational amplifiers – characteristics andapplications,combinational and sequential logic circuits, multiplexers,multi-vibrators,sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, basics offilter circuits andapplications, simple active filters; Microprocessor basics-interfaces andapplications, basics of linear integrated circuits; Analogcommunication basics,Modulation and demodulation, noise and bandwidth,transmitters and receivers,signal to noise ratio, digital communicationbasics, sampling, quantizing,coding, frequency and time domain multiplexing,power line carrier communicationsystems

Systems and SignalProcessing- Representation ofcontinuous and discrete-timesignals, shifting and scaling operations, linear,time-invariant and causal systems,Fourier series representation of continuousperiodic signals, sampling theorem,Fourier and Laplace transforms, Ztransforms, Discrete Fourier transform, FFT,linear convolution, discrete cosinetransform, FIR filter, IIR filter, bilineartransformation

 Control Systems- Principlesof feedback, transfer function, block diagrams andsignal flow graphs,steady-state errors, transforms and their applications;Routh-hurwitz criterion,Nyquist techniques, Bode plots, root loci, lag, leadand lead-lag compensation,stability analysis, transient and frequency responseanalysis, state spacemodel, state transition matrix, controllability andobservability, linear statevariable feedback, PID and industrial controllers

ElectricalMachines- Single phasetransformers, three phase transformers – connections,parallel operation,auto-transformer, energy conversion principles, DC machines– types, windings,generator characteristics, armature reaction andcommutation, starting and speedcontrol of motors, Induction motors –principles, types, performancecharacteristics, starting and speed control,Synchronous machines – performance,regulation, parallel operation ofgenerators, motor starting, characteristicsand applications, servo and steppermotors

Power Systems- Basicpower generation concepts, steam, gasand water turbines, transmission linemodels and performance, cable performance,insulation, corona and radiointerference, power factor correction, symmetricalcomponents, fault analysis,principles of protection systems, basics of solidstate relays and digitalprotection; Circuit breakers, Radial and ring-maindistribution systems, Matrixrepresentation of power systems, load flowanalysis, voltage control andeconomic operation, System stability concepts,Swing curves and equal areacriterion. HVDC transmission and FACTS concepts,Concepts of power systemdynamics, distributed generation, solar and wind power,smart grid concepts,environmental implications, fundamentals of power economics

 Power Electronics and Drives- Semiconductor power diodes, transistors,thyristors, triacs,GTOs, MOSFETs and IGBTs – static characteristics and principles of operation,triggering circuits, phase control rectifiers, bridge converters – fully controlled and half controlled, principles of choppers and inverters, basis concepts of adjustable speed dc and ac drives, DC-DC switched mode converters,DC-AC switched mode converters, resonant converters, high frequency inductors and transformers, power supplies.

UPSC IES Syllabus 2017 forElectronics &Telecommunication


Basic Electronics Engineering: Basics of semiconductors; Diode/Transistor basics and characteristics; Diodes for different uses; Junction & Field Effect Transistors (BJTs, JFETs, MOSFETs);Transistor amplifiers of different types, oscillators and other circuits; Basics of Integrated Circuits (ICs);Bipolar, MOS and CMOS ICs; Basics of linear ICs,operational amplifiers and their applications-linear/non-linear; Optical sources/detectors; Basics of Opto electronics and its applications.

Basic Electrical Engineering:DC circuits-Ohm’s & Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, circuit theorems; Electro-magnetism, Faraday’s & Lenz’s laws,induced EMF and its uses; Single-phase AC circuits; Transformers, efficiency;Basics DC machines,induction machines, and synchronous machines; Electrical power sources- basics:hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar; Basics of batteries and their uses.

Materials Science: Electrical Engineering materials; Crystal structure & defects;Ceramic materials-structures, composites, processing and uses; Insulating laminates for electronics, structures, properties and uses;Magnetic materials,basics, classification, ferrites, ferro/para-magnetic materials and components;Nano materials-basics, preparation, purification,sintering, nano particles and uses; Nano-optical/magnetic/electronic materials and uses; Superconductivity,uses.

Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation:Principles of measurement,accuracy, precision and standards; Analog and Digital systems for measurement,measuring instruments for different applications;Static/dynamic characteristics of measurement systems, errors, statistic alanalysis and curve fitting; Measurement systems for non-electrical quantities;Basics of telemetry; Different types of transducers and displays; Data acquisition system basics.

 Network Theory: Networkgraphs & matrices; Wye-Delta transformation; Linearconstant coefficientdifferential equations- time domain analysis of RLCcircuits; Solution ofnetwork equations using Laplace transforms- frequencydomain analysis of RLCcircuits; 2-port network parameters-driving point &transfer functions;State equations for networks; Steady state sinusoidalanalysis

Analog and Digital Circuits: Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTSand FETs; Diode circuits for different uses; Biasing& stability of BJT& JFET amplifier circuits; Analysis/design of amplifier-single/multi-stage; Feedback& uses; Active filters, timers,multipliers, wave shaping, A/D-D/A converters; Boolean Algebra& uses; Logic gates, Digital IC families, Combinatorial/sequential circuits; Basics of multiplexers,counters/registers/ memories /microprocessors, design&applications.


Analog and DigitalCommunication Systems: Randomsignals, noise,probability theory, information theory; Analog versus digitalcommunication& applications: Systems- AM, FM, transmitters/receivers,theory/practice/standards, SNR comparison; Digital communication basics:Sampling, quantizing, coding,PCM, DPCM, multiplexing-audio/video; Digitalmodulation: ASK, FSK, PSK;Multiple access: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA; Opticalcommunication: fibre optics, theory,practice/standards

Control Systems: Classification of signals and systems;Application of signal andsystem theory; System realization; Transforms&their applications; Signalflow graphs, Routh-Hurwitz criteria, root loci,Nyquist/Bode plots; Feedbacksystems-open &close loop types, stabilityanalysis, steady state, transientand frequency response analysis; Design ofcontrol systems, compensators,elements of lead/lag compensation, PID andindustrial controllers

ComputerOrganization and Architecture:Basic architecture, CPU, I/O organisation, memoryorganisation, peripheraldevices, trends; Hardware /software issues; Datarepresentation&Programming; Operating systems-basics, processes,characteristics, applications;Memory management, virtual memory, file systems,protection & security; Databases, different types, characteristics anddesign; Transactions and concurrencycontrol; Elements of programminglanguages, typical examples

Electro Magnetics: Elements of vector calculus, Maxwell’sequations-basic concepts;Gauss’, Stokes’ theorems; Wave propagation throughdifferent media;Transmission Lines-different types, basics, Smith’s chart,impedancematching/transformation, S-parameters, pulse excitation,uses;Waveguides-basics, rectangular types, modes, cut-off frequency,dispersion,dielectric types; Antennas-radiation pattern, monopoles/dipoles,gain,arrays-active/passive, theory, uses

Advanced Electronics Topics-

1.   VLSI Technology: Processing, lithography, interconnects, packaging, testing;

2.   VLSI design:Principles, MUX/ROM/PLA-based design, Moore & Mealy circuit design;Pipeline concepts & functions; Design for test ability, examples;

3.   DSP:Discrete time signals/systems, uses;

4.   Digitalfilters: FIR/IIR types, design, speech/audio/radar signal processing uses;

5.   Microprocessors& micro controllers, basics, interrupts, DMA,instruction sets,interfacing;

6.   Controllers&uses; Embedded systems

Advanced Communication Topics-

1.   Communication networks: Principles /practices /technologies /uses /OSImodel/security;

2.   Basicpacket multiplexed streams/scheduling

3.   Cellular networks, types, analysis, protocols (TCP/TCPIP)

4.   Microwave& satellite communication: Terrestrial/space type LOS systems, block schematics link calculations, system design; Communication satellites, orbits,characteristics, systems, uses;

5.   Fibre-optic communication systems, block schematics, link calculations, system design

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