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UPSC ESE 2023 Syllabus: Subject wise Syllabus, Important Books

Updated On - April 06 2023 by Divyansh K

UPSC ESE 2023 Syllabus is available here in pdf format. UPSC Engineering Services Preliminary exam is scheduled to be held on 20 February 2023. UPSC Engineering Services Examination 2023 will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). This exam is conducted once every year at the National Level. The exam will be conducted for recruitment to the services/posts under the following mentioned categories:
  • Civil Engineering (Category I )
  • Mechanical Engineering (Category II)
  • Electrical Engineering (Category III)
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Category IV)                                                 

UPSC ESE will comprise of three rounds of recruitment which are mentioned below: 

  • Stage ‐I: Preliminary stage
  • Stage ‐II: Main stage
  • Stage-III: Personality Test

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UPSC ESE 2023 Syllabus

Civil Engineering Syllabus of ESE 

Building Materials
  • Stone, Lime, Glass,  Plastics, Steel, FRP, Ceramics, Aluminum, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber,  Bricks and Aggregates
  • Classification, properties and selection criteria
  • Cement: Types, Composition, Properties, Uses, Specifications and various Test
  • Lime & Cement Mortars and Concrete:  Properties and various Tests
  • Design of Concrete Mixes: Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix 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.
Structural Analysis
  • Basics of the 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
  • Trusses,  beams,  plane  frames
  • Free and Forced vibrations of single degree and multi-degree freedom 
  •  Rolling  loads,  Influence Lines, Unit load method & other methods
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 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
Construction Practice, 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

Mechanical Engineering Syllabus of ESE

 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
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
IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air conditioningSI 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 MachineryReciprocating 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 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 – their theory 
and design, types and applications
Renewable Sources of EnergySolar  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 Photovoltaic Conversion; Harnessing of Wind Energy, Bio‐mass and Tidal Energy – Methods and Applications, Working principles of Fuel Cells.

ESE Syllabus of Electrical Engineering

Engineering MathematicsMatrix theory,  Eigen values  &  Eigen vectors, a system of linear equations, Numerical methods for the solution of non‐linear algebraic equations and differential equations, 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,  probability  and  statistics  fundamentals,  Sampling 
theorem, random variables, Normal and Poisson distributions, correlation and regression analysis
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
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,  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 and Electronic MeasurementsPrinciples  of  measurement,  accuracy,  precision  and  standards;  Bridges  and  potentiometers;  moving  coil,  moving  iron, dynamometer  and  induction  type  instruments,  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, Basics of sensors, Transducers, basics of data acquisition systems
Computer FundamentalsNumber  systems,  Boolean  algebra,  arithmetic  functions,  Basic  Architecture,  Central  Processing  Unit,  I/O  and  Memory Organisation; peripheral devices, data represenation and programming, basics of Operating system and networking, virtual 
memory, file systems; Elements of programming languages, typical examples. 
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

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus of ESE

Basic Electronics EngineeringBasics 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 Optoelectronics and its applications.
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‐ basics: hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar; Basics of batteries and their uses
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 and uses; Superconductivity, uses.
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.
Network TheoryNetwork graphs & matrices; Wye‐Delta transformation; Linear constant coefficient differential equations‐  time-domain analysis of RLC circuits; Solution of network equations using  Laplace transforms‐  frequency domain analysis of  RLC  circuits;  2‐port  network parameters‐driving point & transfer functions; State equations for networks; Steady state sinusoidal analysis. 
Analog and Digital CircuitsSmall signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTS and 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

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