UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Updated Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF – Check Here the Complete Updated Exam Pattern

Every year the Union Public Service Commission has used to release the notification for the Engineering Services. For the year 2021, a total of 215 vacancies were announced. The recruitment is especially for Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering. The candidates having the qualification in engineering are the only to apply for this notification. After the successful completion of the online registration candidates have to start the preparation process.

UPSC ESE 2021 Notification & Online Registration

Having prior knowledge of the UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF will help you to prepare well for the upcoming examination. The commission has releases a separate UPSC ESE syllabus PDF for the following ESE Engineering Exam disciplines. Candidates must go through the updated syllabus for their respective disciplines. According to the respective syllabus, candidates have to collect the UPSC ESE study materials. Here we have given you the complete updated UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for the following disciplines and start the practice session.

UPSC ESE Selection Process:

The selection process is based on

(i) Prelims

(ii) Mains

(iii) Personality Test

UPSC ESE Previous Year Question Paper PDF

UPSC ESE Prelims Exam Pattern:

SubjectDurationMaximum MarksDuration
Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication
Paper 1General Studies and Engineering Aptitude2002 hrs
Paper 2Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering3003 hrs
500


Note:

  • The UPSC ESE Prelims Exam will have only objective multiple-choice questions.
  • ⅓ mark will be deducted in the for each incorrect answer.
  • In case if your handwriting is illegible in the conventional paper then there is a deduction of up to 5% of the maximum marks.

UPSC ESE Mains Exam Pattern 2021

Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering:

PaperMax MarksDuration
Paper-1 Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering30003 Hours
Paper-2 Civil/Mechanical/Electrical/Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering30003 Hours
Total600
    Note:
  • The ESE CE Mains Exam will be descriptive in nature.
  • The ESE Prelims and Mains Paper will be set in English only.

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UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Telecommunication Engineering – Paper 1:

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Electronics
Basic Electronics EngineeringBasics of semiconductors, Junction & Field-Effect Transistors, Transistor amplifiers of different types, oscillators, and other circuits; Basics of Integrated Circuits (ICs); Bipolar, MOS and CMOS ICs, Optical sources/detectors
Electronic Measurements and InstrumentationPrinciples of measurement, accuracy, precision, and standards; Analog and Digital systems for measurement, measuring instruments for different applications; Static/dynamic characteristics of measurement systems, errors, statistical analysis and curve fitting; Measurement systems for non-electrical quantities; Basics of telemetry; Different types of transducers and displays; Data acquisition system basics
Analog and Digital CircuitsSmall signal equivalent circuits of diodes, Active filters, timers, multipliers, waveshaping, A/D-D/A converters; Boolean Algebra & uses; Logic gates, Digital IC families, Combinatorial/sequential circuits, BJTS, and FETs, Analysis/design of amplifier single/multi-stage
Materials ScienceElectrical 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, nanoparticles and uses; Nano-optical/magnetic/electronic materials
Basic Electrical EngineeringDC circuits ohm’s & Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, circuit theorems; Electromagnetism, 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
Network TheoryNetwork graphs & matrices; Wye-Delta transformation; Linear constant coefficient differential equations- time-domain analysis of RLC circuits; 26 Solution of network equations using Laplace transforms- frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits; 2-port network parameters, State equations for networks; Steady state sinusoidal analysis.

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Paper 2

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Eletronics
Advanced Electronics TopicsVLSI technology: Processing, lithography, interconnects, packaging, testing; VLSI design: Principles, MUX/ROM/PLA-based design, Moore & Mealy circuit design; Pipeline concepts & functions; Design for testability, examples; DSP: Discrete-time signals/systems, uses; Digital filters: FIR/IIR types, design, speech/audio/radar signal processing uses; Microprocessors & microcontrollers, basics, interrupts, DMA, instruction sets, interfacing; Controllers & uses; Embedded systems.
Analog and Digital Communication SystemsRandom signals, noise, probability theory, information theory; Analog versus digital communication & applications: Systems- AM, FM, transmitters/receivers, theory/practice/ standards, SNR comparison; Digital communication basics: Sampling, quantizing, coding, PCM, DPCM, multiplexing-audio/video; Digital modulation: ASK, FSK, PSK; Multiple access: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA; Optical communication: fibre optics, theory, practice/standards
Computer Organization and ArchitectureBasic architecture, CPU, I/O organisation, memory organisation, peripheral devices, trends; Hardware /software issues; Data representation & Programming; Operating systems-basics, processes, characteristics, applications; Memory management, virtual memory, file systems, protection & security; Databases, different types, characteristics, and design; Transactions and concurrency control; Elements of programming languages, typical examples.
Advanced Communication TopicsCommunication Networks: Principles /practices /technologies /uses /OSI model/security; Basic packet multiplexed streams/scheduling; Cellular networks, types, analysis, protocols (TCP/TCPIP)

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

Control SystemsClassification of signals and systems; Application of signal and system theory; System realization; Transforms & their applications; Signal flow graphs, Routh-Hurwitz criteria, root loci, Nyquist/Bode plots; Feedback systems-open & close loop types, stability analysis, steady-state, transient and frequency response analysis; Design of control systems, compensators, elements of lead/lag compensation, PID and industrial controllers.
Electro MagneticsElements of vector calculus, Maxwell’s equations-basic concepts; Gauss’, Stokes’ theorems; Wave propagation through different media; Transmission Lines-different types, basics, Smith’s chart, impedance matching/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.

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Mechanical Engineering – Paper 1:

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Mechanical
Fluid MechanicsBasic 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.
Power Plant EngineeringRankine 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 and cooling towers
Renewable Sources of EnergyPlate and focusing collectors their materials and performance. Solar Thermal Energy Storage, Applications, Bio-mass and Tidal Energy
Thermodynamics and Heat transferThermodynamic 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
IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioningVapour compression refrigeration, Refrigerants, and Working cycles, Compressors, Condensers, Evaporators and Expansion devices, SI and CI Engines, Engine Systems and Components, Performance characteristics, and testing of IC Engines; Fuels; Emissions and Emission Control. 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.

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Mechanical Engineering – Paper – 2

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Mechanical
Engineering MaterialsBasic Crystallography, Alloys and Phase diagrams, Heat Treatment, Ferrous, and Non-Ferrous Metals, Nonmetallic materials, Basics of Nano-materials, Mechanical Properties and Testing, Corrosion prevention and control
Design of Machine ElementsDesign 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.
Mechanisms and MachinesTypes 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 SDOF systems, 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 aircraft, Governors
Mechatronics and RoboticsMicroprocessors and Microcontrollers: Architecture, programming, I/O, Computer interfacing, Programmable logic controller. Sensors and actuators, Piezoelectric accelerometer, Hall effect sensor, Optical Encoder, Resolver, Inductosyn, Pneumatic and Hydraulic actuators, stepper motor, Control SystemsMathematical modelling of Physical systems, control signals, controllability and observability. Robotics, Robot Classification, Robot Specification, notation; Direct and Inverse Kinematics; Homogeneous Coordinates and Arm Equation of four Axis SCARA Robot
Engineering MechanicsAnalysis of System of Forces, Friction, Centroid and Centre of Gravity, Dynamics; Stresses and Strains-Compound Stresses and Strains, Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams, Theory of Bending Stresses- Slope and deflection-Torsion, Thin and thick Cylinders, Spheres.
Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance EngineeringFailure 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. 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.

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Civil Engineering – Paper 1

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Civil
Structural AnalysisBasics of strength of materials, Types of stresses and strains, Bending moments and shear force, the concept of bending and shear stresses; Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures, 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
Construction Practice, Planning and ManagementConstruction – 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
Building MaterialsStone, Lime, Glass, Plastics, Steel, FRP, Ceramics, Aluminum, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber, Bricks and Aggregates: Classification, properties and selection criteria; Cement: Types
Design of Steel StructuresPrinciples 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 structuresLimit 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
Solid MechanicsElastic constants, Stress, plane stress, Strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, Elastic theories of failure, Principal Stresses, Bending, Shear and Torsion

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Civil Engineering – Paper 2

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Civil
Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro PowerFluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow, Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower
Environmental EngineeringWater Supply Engineering, Waste Water Engineering, Solid Waste Management, Air, Noise pollution, and Ecology
Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation EngineeringGeo-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.

Hydrology and Water Resources EngineeringHydrological 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, canal and drainage design, Gravity dams, falls, weirs, Energy dissipators, 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.
Surveying and GeologyClassification of surveys, various methodologies, instruments & analysis of measurement of distances, elevation, and directions; Field astronomy, Global Positioning System; Map preparation, Survey Layout for culverts, canals, bridges, road/railway alignment, and buildings, Setting out of Curves.

Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects

Transportation Engineering

Highways – Planning & construction methodology, Alignment, and geometric design; Traffic Surveys and Controls

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

Harbours – Terminology, layouts and planning. Airports – Layout, planning & design.

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

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Electrical Engineering – Paper 1

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Eletrical
Engineering MathematicsMatrix theory, Eigen values & Eigen vectors, system of linear equations, Numerical methods for the solution of non-linear algebraic equations and differential equations, probability and statistics fundamentals, Sampling theorem, random variables, Normal and Poisson distributions, correlation and regression analysis, integral calculus, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, Line, Surface and Volume Integrals. Fourier series, linear, non-linear and partial differential equations, initial and boundary value problems, complex variables, Taylor’s and Laurent’s series, residue theorem
Electric Circuits and FieldsCircuit 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, and spherical charge distributions, Ampere’s and Biot-Savart’s laws; inductance, dielectrics, capacitance; Maxwell’s equations,basic filter concepts, two-port networks, three-phase circuits, Magnetically coupled circuits, Gauss Theorem, electric field and potential due to point, line, plane
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsPrinciples of measurement, accuracy, precision, and standards; Bridges and potentiometers; moving coil, moving iron, dynamometer and induction type instruments, Basics of sensors, Transducers, basics of data acquisition systems, measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor, instrument transformers, digital voltmeters and multimeters, phase, time and frequency measurement, Q-meters, oscilloscopes, potentiometric recorders, error analysis
Basic Electronics EngineeringBasics of Semiconductor diodes and transistors and characteristics, Junction and field-effect transistors (BJT, FET, and MOSFETS), different types of transistor amplifiers, equivalent circuits and frequency response; oscillators and other circuits, feedback amplifiers.
Computer FundamentalsPeripheral devices, data representation and programming, basics of Operating system, and networking, virtual memory, file systems; Elements of programming languages, typical examples, Number systems, Boolean algebra, arithmetic functions, Basic Architecture, Central Processing Unit, I/O and Memory Organisation
Electrical MaterialsElectrical Engineering Materials, crystal structures, and defects, ceramic materials, insulating materials, magnetic materials – basics, properties and applications; ferrites, ferromagnetic materials, and components; basics of solid-state physics, conductors; Photo-conductivity; Basics of Nano materials and Superconductors.

 

UPSC ESE Syllabus PDF: Electrical Engineering Paper 2

SubjectUPSC ESE Syllabus PDF for Electrical
Analog and Digital ElectronicsMicroprocessor basics- interfaces and applications, basics of linear integrated circuits; Analog communication basics, Modulation, and demodulation, noise and bandwidth, transmitters and receivers, signal to noise ratio, digital communication basics, sampling, quantizing, coding, frequency and time domain multiplexing, power line carrier communication systems, Operational amplifiers, combinational and sequential logic circuits, multiplexers, multivibrators, sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, basics of filter circuits and applications, simple active filters
Power SystemsMatrix representation of power systems, load flow analysis, voltage control and economic operation, System stability concepts, Swing curves and equal area criterion. HVDC transmission and FACTS concepts, Concepts of power system dynamics, Basic power generation concepts, steam, gas and water turbines, transmission line models and performance, cable performance, insulation, corona, and radio interference, power factor correction, symmetrical components, fault analysis, principles of protection systems, basics of solid-state relays and digital protection; Circuit breakers, Radial and ring-main distribution systems, distributed generation, solar and wind power, smart grid concepts, environmental implications, fundamentals of power economics.
Electrical MachinesSingle-phase transformers, three-phase transformers – connections, parallel operation, auto-transformer, energy conversion principles, DC machines, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation, starting and speed control of motors, Induction motors, Synchronous machines
Systems and Signal ProcessingRepresentation of continuous and discrete-time signals, Shifting and scaling operations, linear, time-invariant and causal systems, Discrete Fourier transform, FFT, linear convolution, discrete cosine transform, FIR filter, IIR filter, bilinear transformation, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, sampling theorem, Fourier and Laplace transforms, Z transforms
Power Electronics and DrivesSemiconductor power diodes, transistors, thyristors, triacs, GTOs, MOSFETs and IGBTs, principles of choppers and inverters, basic 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.
Control SystemsRouth-Hurwitz criterion, Nyquist techniques, Bode plots, root loci, lag, lead and lead-lag compensation, stability analysis, transient and frequency response analysis, state-space model, state transition matrix, controllability and observability, linear state variable feedback, PID and industrial controllers, Principles of feedback, transfer function, block diagrams and signal flow graphs, steady-state errors, transforms and their applications;