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Navigating the ESE Exam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Syllabus

Navigating the ESE Exam: A Comprehensive Guide to the Syllabus

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is a prestigious and challenging examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India. Aspiring engineers aiming to join various government services such as the Indian Railways, Central Engineering Services, and more, must prepare rigorously to tackle the multifaceted syllabus. In this blog, we will delve into the detailed syllabus of the ESE exam, focusing on the General Studies and Engineering Aptitude paper, as well as the Civil Engineering paper.

ese exam 2023 -24 Syllabus

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Preliminary Examination/Stage-I, Paper I)

 The preliminary stage sets the tone for the ESE examination. This paper assesses candidates on various fronts, including their knowledge of current affairs, engineering aptitude, and ethical values in the engineering profession. Here’s an overview of the key topics:

  1. Current Issues:

   – National and international matters impacting social, economic, and industrial development.

  1. Engineering Aptitude:

   – Logical reasoning and analytical ability specific to the engineering domain.

  1. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis:

   – Foundational mathematical concepts and their applications in engineering problem-solving.

  1. General Principles of Design:

   – Understanding the basics of design, drawing, and the significance of safety.

  1. Standards and Quality Practices:

   – Practices in production, construction, maintenance, and services adhering to quality standards.

  1. Energy and Environment:

   – Basics of energy, conservation, environmental pollution, climate change, and environmental impact assessment.

  1. Project Management:

   – Fundamentals of project management in engineering.

  1. Material Science and Engineering:

   – Basics of material science and its applications in engineering.

  1. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT):

   – Tools and applications of ICT in engineering, such as networking and e-governance.

  1. Ethics and Values in Engineering:

    – Understanding the ethical dimensions of the engineering profession.

 It’s crucial to note that questions in this paper will cover knowledge expected from an engineering graduate, emphasizing the diverse skill set required in the engineering profession.


Civil Engineering Syllabus

 Paper – I

  1. 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 Tests; Lime & Cement Mortars and Concrete: Properties and various Tests; Design of Concrete Mixes: Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix design.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

 Paper – II

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

   – (a) 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.

  – (b) Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power – Various pumps, Air vessels, Hydraulic turbines – types, classifications & performance parameters; Power house – classification and layout, storage, pondage, control of supply.

  1. 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, 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.

  1. Environmental Engineering:

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

  – (b) Waste Water Engineering: Planning & design of domestic waste water, 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.

  – (c) 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.

  – (d) Air, Noise pollution and Ecology: Concepts & general methodology.

  1. Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering:

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

  – (b)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.

  1. Surveying and Geology:

   – (a) Surveying:

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

  – (b) Geology:

Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects.

  1. Transportation Engineering:

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

  – Tunnelling – 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.

 Successfully navigating the ESE examination requires a strategic approach. Aspirants must meticulously prepare for each stage, understanding the exam pattern, evaluation criteria, and special instructions provided by the UPSC. By focusing on both technical knowledge and the development of personal attributes, candidates can enhance their chances of success in this esteemed examination. Good luck to all ESE aspirants!

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