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IES Syllabus 2018 by UPSC

Updated On - October 18th 2017


IES Syllabus 2018 is prescribed by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). The syllabus for Engineering Services examination has been similar over the years. Candidates must rigorously practice IES Practice Papers to get an idea of marking scheme and the pattern of IES Exam.

Listed below are important facts about IES Syllabus:

  • Syllabus for the engineering examination is of graduate level.
  • For engineering exam, the syllabus is based on subjects studied in the four or five years of engineering graduate programs.
  • The syllabus of IES 2018 is divided as per different engineering discipline namely Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Electronics & Telecommunication.
Latest Update –  The last date to fill in IES Application Form is Oct. 23, 2017. Apply Now!

IES or Indian Engineering Services is conducted by UPSC each year. Through this examination, candidates can serve for Government of India as engineers in Railway, Military, Central Engineering Service (CES), and other streams. ESE 2018 is scheduled for January 01, 2018 (Prelims) and July 01, 2018 (Mains). Last year, IES Final Cut Off for General category in EE was 769 marks while for ME stream it was 723 marks.

IES Exam Pattern 2018

Before delving into preparation, it is essential to develop a proper strategy and understand the exam pattern well to maximize scores in IES 2018:


Listed below are key facts about IES Exam Pattern:

  • IES Exam is conducted in 3 Stages namely Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Personality Test.
  • The medium of examination is offline i.e. it is a written examination.
  • Questions in Prelims exam are objective in nature.
  • Questions in Mains will have questions of conventional type.
  • The medium of examination is English.
  • In IES, there will be a deduction of one-third of the mark allotted for each question for every wrong answer attempted.

IES Syllabus 2018


  • Indian Engineering Services examination is conducted in three stages.
  • The first two stages are written examinations.
  • Stage 1 consists of 2 Papers namely General Studies & Engineering Aptitude (Paper 1) and Engineering Discipline (Civil/ Mechanical/ Electrical/ Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering).
  1. The questions in Paper 1 are based on Current issues, Basic Engineering Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis etc.
  2. The questions in Paper 2 are based on the chosen engineering discipline. 
  • Stage 2 also consists of 2 Papers, both the papers are engineering discipline specific.

IES Syllabus for General Knowledge & Engineering Aptitude

  • Questions in General Aptitude will cover questions from Current issues of national and international importance related to economic, social and industrial development.
  • Engineering Aptitude section will cover questions from
  1. Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
  2. Engineering Mathematics
  3. Numerical Analysis
  4. General Principles of Drawing, Design, and Importance of Safety
  5. Basics of Project Management
  6. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  7. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  8. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance, and technology-based education.
  • The questions in this paper are of graduate level.
  • Marks for each topic mentioned above will range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.

IES Syllabus Quick Links

Engineering Discipline

Civil Engineering

CE Click Here

Mechanical Engineering

ME Click Here

Electrical Engineering

EEE Click Here
Electronics and TelecommunicationECE Click Here

IES Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

  • The paper code for Mechanical Engineering is ME.
  • It is the widest and oldest branch in IES.
  • Both the Stages in IES will have questions from this discipline. 
  • The level of questions will vary as per the stages.
  • The branch applies the principles of engineering, physics and material science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems.

Tabulated below are the topics with important topics that will form IES Syllabus for ME.

ME Syllabus for Stage 2 Paper 1

ManufacturingHeat Transfer
  • Orthogonal Cutting
  • Tool Life Equation Problems
  • Casting Types and Design
  • Resistance Welding
  • Problems in Welding
  • Numbers in convection like Pr No, Gr No, Re No, etc.
  • Problems on conduction
  • Critical thickness
  • Shape factor in radiation
  • Problem in Heat exchangers like NTU
Thermal ScienceFluid Mechanics
  • 1st and 2nd Law Problems
  • Steam Turbines
  • Laws of TD and Properties
  • Problems of Diesel
  • Otto
  • Duel Cycle
  • Detonation and Knocking
  • Turbo Machinery
  • Velocity Potential
  • Flow through Pipes
  • Boundary Layer Theory
  • Buoyancy
  • Surface Tension
  • Capillary
  • Applications of Bernoulli equation
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Specific speeds of turbine and pumps
Theory of Machines and VibrationRenewable Sources of Energy
  • Planetary gear train
  • Gears LOC, POC
  • Shafts Problems
  • Governors & Fly Wheel
  • Linkages
  • Pairs & its applications
  • Inversions of single & double slider crank
  • 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 Photovoltaic Conversion;
  • Harnessing of Wind Energy,
  • Bio-mass and Tidal Energy – Methods and Applications,
  • Working principles of Fuel Cells
Download Full IES Mechanical Engineering Syllabus (Paper 1) PDF by UPSC

ME Syllabus for Stage 2 Paper 2

Engineering MechanicsEngineering Materials
Mechanisms and Machines
Design of Machine Elements
Manufacturing, Industrial and Maintenance Engineering
Mechatronics and Robotics
Download Full IES Mechanical Engineering Syllabus (Paper 2) PDF by UPSC

Important Books for IES Mechanical Engineering


Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
Engineering ThermodynamicsP.K. Nag, Edition: 5
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics & Fluid MachinesS K Som, Gautam Biswas, S Chakraborty, Edition: 3
 Fundamentals of Engineering Heat and Mass TransferR.C. Sachdeva, Edition: 4
Theory of MachinesS S Rattan, Edition: 4
Engineering MechanicsS. Timoshenko, D.H. Young, J.V. Rao, Sukumar Pati, Edition: 5

IES Syllabus for Civil Engineering

  • IES Civil Engineering Exam 2018 is one of the most reputed streams any graduated engineers.
  • IES Civil Engineering paper code is CE.

ME Syllabus for Stage 2 Paper 1

Structural EngineeringGeotechnical Engineering
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Steel Structures
  • Structural Analysis
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Engineering 
Water Resources EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • Hydrology
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Irrigation
  • Water and wastewater disposal
  • Air Pollution
  • Noise Pollution
  • Municipal Solid Waste
Transportation EngineeringGeomatics Engineering
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Highway Pavements
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Basics of Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Geographical Positioning System (GPS)
Download Full IES Civil Engineering Syllabus (Paper 1) PDF by UPSC

ME Syllabus for Stage 2 Paper 2

 Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power
Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow
Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower
Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Water Supply Engineering
Waste Water Engineering
Download Full IES Civil Engineering Syllabus (Paper 2) PDF by UPSC

Important Books for Civil Engineering (CE)


Book NameAuthor/Publisher
Basic Structural AnalysisC.S.Reddy, Edition: 3rd
R.C.C. DesignsB.C.Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Jain Edition: 3rd
Design Of Steel StructuresS.K Duggal Edition: 3rd
Surveying (vol. 1,2,3)B.C.Punia, Askok Jain, Arun Jain
Engineering HydrologyK Subramanya, Edition: 4th

IES Syllabus for Electrical Engineering

  • Electrical engineering is a field of engineering that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
  • The paper code for this paper is EEE.

Tabulated below are the important topics for IES Exam.

ESE Syllabus for Paper 1

Electric CircuitsElectromagnetic Fields
  • Network graph
  • KCL, KVL, Node and Mesh analysis
  • Sinusoidal steady-state analysis
  • Thevenin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem
  • Three phase circuits
  • Electric Field Intensity, Electric Flux Density, Gauss's Law,
  • Electric field & potential due to point, line, plane & spherical charge distributions
  • Biot-Savart’s law, Ampere’s law
  • Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations
Signals and SystemsElectrical Machines
  • Representation of continuous and discrete-time signals.
  • Linear Time-Invariant and Causal systems, Sampling theorem.
  • Applications of Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform, and z-Transform
  • Single phase transformer,
  • Three phase transformers,
  • Auto-transformer, DC machines, Three phase induction motors, Operating principle of single phase induction motors, Synchronous machines
  • Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.
Power SystemsControl Systems
  • Power generation concepts
  • Electric field distribution and insulators
  • Gauss-Seidel and Newton-Raphson load flow methods
  • Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction
  • Symmetrical components, Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis,
  • Circuit breakers, System stability concepts
  • Mathematical modeling and representation of systems
  • Feedback principle, transfer function, Block diagrams and Signal flow graphs
  • Transient and Steady-state analysis of linear time-invariant systems
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria, Bode plots.
  • P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, State transition matrix.
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsAnalog and Digital Electronics
  • Bridges and Potentiometers
  • Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor
  • Instrument transformers, Digital voltmeters, and multimeters
  • Phase, Time and Frequency measurement; Oscilloscopes
  • Characteristics of diodes, BJT, MOSFET
  • Oscillators and Feedback amplifiers
  • Operational amplifiers
  • 8085Microprocessor
Power Electronics
  • Characteristics of semiconductor power devices: Diode, Thyristor, Triac, GTO, MOSFET, IGBT;
  • DC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters;
  • Single and three phase configurations of uncontrolled rectifiers, Line commutated thyristor-based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters,
  • Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters,
  • Single phase and three phase inverters, Sinusoidal pulse modulation.
Download Full ESE Electrical Engineering Syllabus (Paper 1) PDF by UPSC

EEE Syllabus for Stage 2 Paper 2

Analog and Digital Electronics
Systems and Signal Processing
Control SystemsElectrical Machines
Power SystemsPower Electronics and Drives
Download Full IES Electrical Engineering Syllabus (Paper 2) PDF by UPSC

Important Books for IES Electrical Engineering


Book NameAuthor/Publisher
Electrical Power SystemsC. L. Wadhwa, Edition: 6
Electrical MachineryAuthor's Name: P. S. Bimbhra, Edition: 7
Control Systems EngineeringI.J.Nagrath, M. Gopal, Edition: 5
Power System EngineeringI Nagrath, D Kothari, Edition: 2

IES Syllabus for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

  • This is a discipline that combines electrical and communication engineering together.
  • ECE stands for Electronics and Communication Engineering.
  • It is one of the most popular and competitive streams among the aspiring engineers.

Mentioned below are the most important topics for IES Exam:

ESE Syllabus for Paper 1

Networks, Signals and SystemsElectronic Devices
  • Network solution methods
  • Network theorems
  • Linear 2-port network parameters
  • Continuous-time signals
  • Discrete-time signals
  • LTI systems
  • Digital filter design techniques.
  • Energy bands in intrinsic and extrinsic silicon; Carrier transport
  • P-N junction, Zener diode, BJT, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, photodiode and solar cell
  • Integrated circuit fabrication process
Analog CircuitsDigital Circuits
  • Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTs and MOSFETs; Simple diode circuits
  • Single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers
  • BJT and MOSFET amplifiers
  • Sinusoidal oscillators
  • Function generators, wave-shaping circuits and 555 timers
  • Voltage reference circuits
  • Power supplies: ripple removal and regulation.
  • Number systems; Combinatorial circuits
  • Sequential circuits
  • Data Converters
  • Semiconductor memories
  • 8-bit microprocessor (8085)
Control SystemsCommunications
  • Basic control system components
  • Block diagram representation
  • Signal flow graph
  • Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems;
  • Frequency response;
  • Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist stability criteria; Bode and root-locus plots; Lag, lead and lag-lead compensation;
  • State variable model and solution of state equation of LTI systems.
  • Random processes
  • Analog communications
  • Information theory
  • Digital communications
  • Fundamentals of error correction, Hamming codes;
  • Timing and frequency synchronization, inter-symbol interference and its mitigation
  • Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA.
  • Electrostatics
  • Maxwell’s equations
  • Plane waves and properties
  • Transmission lines
  • Waveguides
  • Antennas
  • Basics of radar
  • Light propagation in optical fibers
Download Full IES Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus (Paper 1) PDF by UPSC

ESE Syllabus for Paper 2

Analog and Digital Communication Systems
Control Systems
Computer Organisation and ArchitectureElectro Magnetics
Advanced ElectronicAdvanced Communication
Download Full IES Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Syllabus (Paper 2) PDF by UPSC

Important Books for IES Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering


Book NameAuthor/Publisher
Microelectronic Circuits: Theory and ApplicationsAdel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith, Edition: 6
Fundamentals of Electric CircuitsCharles K. Alexander, Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Edition: 5
Automatic Control SystemsBenjamin C. Kuo, Edition: 9
Digital Logic and Computer DesignM. Morris Mano, Edition: 1
Principles of Communication SystemsGoutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling, Edition: 3


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