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IES Exam: Helpful resources and preparation tips to score better

Last Updated - September 14, 2017

IES (Indian Engineering Services) are the civil services that meet the technical functions of the Government of India. Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit. These positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams. Large numbers of candidates apply for these exams, competing for limited posts. IES officers are selected by the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A combined three-stage competitive examination which comprises five tests, called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services.

The recruitment of qualified candidates is made under the following categories:

  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

The preliminary examination is scheduled on January 8, 2017 and the mains examination is on May 14, 2017. The last date for filling the application form is October 26, 2016.

ESE (IES) Exam is a gateway to a coveted career in government departments. Every year, around 1 lakh students (approx.) sit for the exam and only 0.5% of them qualify for the Prestigious Engineering Services Exam. 

Thus, you can imagine how difficult it is to get selected in Central government departments through ESE. Also, number of vacancies in ESE is close to 600. Among 1 lakh students, this number is less than 0.7%. Looking at these figures, it becomes evident that, if your aim is to get into these departments, you will have to work really hard.

Important Books For UPSC IES

It is very important for a student preparing for IES that he/she must have a proper knowledge of books which he/she has to study course wise. Reading a proper book will definitely help the candidate for solving the papers easily in the exam. The list given below enlists all the important books which a candidate should study for the test.

For Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

S. No.SubjectBook NameAuthor
1 Network TheoryMADE EASY SERIES : Network TheoryMADE EASY Publications
 Network & Systems D. Roy Chaudhury
 Engineering Circuit Analysis William H. Hayt
3 Digital ElectronicsMADE EASY SERIES : Digital ElectronicsMADE EASY Publications
 Digital Design M. Morris Mano
 Digital Systems Tocci & Widmer
 Modern Digital Electronics R.P. Jain
4 Electro Magnetic TheoryMADE EASY SERIES : Electro Magnetic TheoryMADE EASY Publications
 Elements of Electromagnetics Sadiku
 Engineering of Electromagnetics W.H. Hayt
 Antenna & Wave Propagation K.D. Prasad
Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics N. N. Rao
5 Control SystemsMADE EASY SERIES : Control SystemsMADE EASY Publications
 Control System Engineering 

Also Read IES 2017: UPSC releases Exam Dates, Registrations end on Oct 28

For Electrical Engineering

S. No.SubjectBook NameAuthor
1 Power Electronics & DrivesMADE EASY SERIES : Power ElectronicsMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Power Electronics P.S. Bhimbra
2 Micro ProcessorsMADE EASY SERIES : MicroprocessorsMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Micro Processors for theory portion Gaonkar
 Micro Processors for Programming examples B. Ram
3 Analog & Digital ElectronicsMADE EASY SERIES : Analog ElectronicsMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Analog & Digital Electronics Millman&Halkias
 Analog & Digital Electronics Gayakwad
 Analog & Digital Electronics Morris Mano
 Analog & Digital Electronics for Digital Logic Families Taub&Shielling
 Power Systems Nagrath & Kothari
 Power Systems C.L. Wadhwa
 Power Systems A. Hussain
5 Electrical Machines and Power TransformersMADE EASY SERIES : Electrical MachinesMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Electrical Machines and Power Transformers P.S. Bhimbra
 Electrical Machines and Power Transformers Nagrath& Kothari
 Control System Engg. I.J. Nagrath& M. Gopal
 Automatic Control Systems B.C. Kuo
 Linear Control Systems B.S. Manke
7Electrical & Electronics MeasurementMADE EASY SERIES : Measurement & InstrumentationMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Measurement & Instrumentation A. K. Sawhney
 Measurement & Instrumentation Cooper
8 Electrical CircuitsMADE EASY SERIES : Electrical CircuitsMADE EASY Publications
 Electrical Circuits for Resonant Circuits, elements of two element network synthesis, etc D-Roy Chaudhary
 Electrical Circuits for transfer function of n/w in terms of poles and zeros SudhakarShyam Mohan
 Electrical Circuits for Circuit elements, Kirchhoff' Law, Mesh and Nodal Analysis, Network Theorem & Applications Chakrabarthy
9 E. M. TheoryMADE EASY SERIES : E. M. TheoryMADE EASY Publications
 E. M. Theory for coulombs law, Gauss's Law, Conductors etc. W. B. Hayt
 E. M. Theory for Magneto statics, Amperes law, Magnetic materials Sadiku
E. M. Theory for Numerical examplesSchaum Series
10 Signal and SystemMADE EASY SERIES : Signal and SystemMADE EASY Publications
 Signal and System  Oppenheim and Willsky
11 Engg. Mathematics Engg. Mathematics MADE EASY Publications
12 Verbal & Numerical Ability Verbal & Numerical Ability MADE EASY Publications
13 Previous GATE Solved Papers Previous GATE Solved Papers MADE EASY Publications
14 Analog Circuits A text book on Analog CircuitsA.Rajkumar
15Digital ElectronicsMADE EASY SERIES : Digital ElectronicsMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
17Communications SystemMADE EASY SERIES : Communications SystemMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
18Other ReferencesGATE 2016 : Electrical Engg. Solved PapersMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
A handbook of Electrical Engg. EngineeringMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS

Check IES Exam Pattern

  • For Mechanical Engineering
S.No.SubjectBook NameAuthor
1 Strength of MaterialsMADE EASY SERIES : Strength of MaterialsMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Strength of MaterialsDr. U.C. Jindal
 Strength of Materials B.C. Punamia
 Strength of Materials Timoshenko
 Strength of Materials Rama Murtham
2 Operations Research Operations Research Kanti Swarup
Industrial Engg. Buffa&Sarin
4 Production Engg.MADE EASY SERIES : Production Engg.MADE EASY Publications
Production Engg. Kalpika Jain, Amitabh Ghosh & A.K. Malik
 Material ScienceDr. U C. Jindal, W.D. Callister, I.P. Singh
 Machine Design Shigley, V.B. Bhandari
7 Mechanical Vibration Mechanical Vibration Grover
 Theory of Machines R.S. Khurmi , Malik &Ghosh
9 Fluid MechanicsMADE EASY SERIES : Fluid Mechanics and MachinesMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Fluid MechanicsModi& Seth, R.K. Bansal
10 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning MADE EASY SERIES : RAC MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Refrigeration & Air ConditioningC.P. Arora, Domkundwar
 Heat & Mass Transfer J.P. Hollman& R.C. Sachdeva
12 Fluid MachineryFluid MachineryD.S. Kumar, R.K. Bansal
13 Engg. ThermodynamicsMADE EASY SERIES : Thermodynamics  MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Engg. ThermodynamicsP.K. Nag
 I.C. Engine M.L. Mathur, R.P. Sharma
15 Engg. Mathematics Engg. Mathematics MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
16 Verbal & Numerical Ability Verbal & Numerical Ability MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
17 Previous GATE Solved Papers Previous GATE Solved Papers MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
19 Engineering Mechanics A text book on Engineering Mechanics Dr. U.C.Jindal
22Other ReferencesGATE 2016 : Mechanical Engg. Solved PapersMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
A handbook of Mechanical Engg. EngineeringMADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
  • For Civil Engineering
S.No.SubjectBook NameAuthor
1 Strength of Materials Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure for properties of metals, Principal Axis, etc. Gere & Timoshenko
 Strength of Materials for transformation of stresses, Properties of Metals E. Popov
 Strength of Materials for unsolved problems L. Singer
 Strength of Materials for Solved problems, Theory of average reading B.C. Punamia
2 Theory of Structures/Analysis of Structure Theory of Structures/Analysis of Structure S Ramamrutham
 Theory of Structures/Analysis of Structure  L.S. Negi&Jangid
 Theory of Structures/Analysis of Structure Gupta &Pandit
 Theory of Structures/Analysis of Structure S Ramamrutham
3 R. C. C. Design R. C. C. Design B. C. Punamia
 R. C. C. Design A. K. Jain
 R. C. C. Design IS: 456-2000
4 Steel Design Steel Design S.K. Duggal
 Steel Design L. S. Negi
 Steel Design IS: 800-1984
5 Environmental Engg. Environmental Engg. B. C. Punamia Part I & Part II
 Environmental Engg. S. K. Garg Part I & Part II
 Environmental Engg. Peavy& Rowe
 Environmental Engg. Metcalf & Eddy
6 Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. GopalRanjan&Rao
 Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. VenkatRamaiha
 Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. S. K. Garg
 Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg. B. C. Punamia
7 Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines Modi& Seth
 Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines R. K. Bansal
 Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines K. Subramanya
 Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines A. K. Jain
 Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Machines JagdishLal
8 Highway Engg. Highway Engg. Khanna& Justo
 Highway Engg. Kadiyali
9 Surveying Surveying B.C.Punamia I, II, III
10 Hydrology Engg. Hydrology Engg. K.Subramanyam
11 Irrigation Engg. Water Resources  S.K. Garg
12 Engg. Mathematics Engg. Mathematics MADE EASY Publications
13 Verbal & Numerical Ability Verbal & Numerical Ability MADE EASY Publications
14 Previous GATE Solved Papers Previous GATE Solved Papers MADE EASY Publications
15 Strength of Materials A text book on Strength of Materials Dr.U.C.Jindal

Why to appear for UPSC IES?

Among all the career options available for engineers across the country, i.e. in private, public and government sectors still the prestigious and coveted career remains that of esteemed Indian Engineering Services (IES). Through Indian Engineering Services (IES) a candidate gets a career in most reputed government departments like Indian Railways, Military Engineering Services, Central Engineering Services, Telecommunication Department, Central Water Services and other such departments.

In Indian Engineering Services (IES), an Engineer gets an opportunity to handle difficult roles and tasks which has a direct effect on building up of infrastructure and services of our nation.

Strategies to crack the IES Exam

The foundation of success can be laid on efforts and a sound strategy accompanied by never say die spirit that makes the recipe of success. Success can’t be achieved within a fraction of second hence a mature and perfect strategy matters a lot.

In Engineering Services Exam, a candidate is required to have excellent basic knowledge in the core subjects, along with update on general knowledge and current affairs. Following subsequent points are very important and the candidates should necessarily keep a note of them:

  • Candidates should have the knowledge about the latest examination pattern and syllabus of the exam and must go through the previous year's question papers.
  • It isn’t necessary to refer several books for same topic. A candidate should read one good book for each topic which clears all his/her basic concepts. Selective books are advisable for selected topics.
  • For every candidate time management is very essential along with setting of the goal.
  • A candidate should manage his/her time table such that it has good distribution of study hours for General Ability Section and technical papers.
  • Prepare short time tables first, execute and align them with the long ones to succeed in the examination.
  • While studying the technical subjects, don’t forget to make short notes of important topics. Make a separate list of formulae for each subject and revise the short notes and formulae list daily.
  • Candidates should solve all the previous question papers and attempt mock tests online; this will help them to increase their level of understanding of the subjects.
  • Candidates should set the time limit for the solving the questions and once finished solving they must ensure that the task was completed within the desired time.
  • It is better to practice on OMR sheets for marking the answers. This will help to practice the marking of correct answers on OMR sheets quickly in the examinations.

Preparation Tips for IES Examination

A candidate appearing the IES examination should follow the following tips for his/her preparation:

  • ESE written exam consists of both objective and conventional type questions hence theory and problem solving techniques are equally important.
  • A candidate should have good writing skills, perfect presentation, subjective theory, explanations, derivations, diagrams and equations.
  • Students should be aware of exam pattern of UPSC IES that how many technical & non-technical questions are asked, negative marks, weight age, exam duration and marks per question.
  • Prefer Reference books for derivations, equations, conceptual thinking, theory etc.

Helpful Online Resources for IES Exam

Candidates preparing for UPSC exams always worry about how best to study. There are newspapers to read, question papers to solve, and huge books to study from. We’ve listed some online resources you can use when preparing for your UPSC exams.

Online TyariOnline Tyari is a leading web and mobile application platform which helps in preparing for different competitive exams. It partners with coaching institutes, independent tutors and publishers to provide the latest study materials to aspirants
Civils dailyCivils daily has been rated as the number one general knowledge and current affairs application for IAS and UPSC preparation. It provides news in a simplified manner for aspirants. It also publishes daily flashcards and compiles them under different topics on the website. 
UnacademyUnacademy is India’s largest free education initiative. It makes high quality educational videos that are free for everyone. Unacademy’s vision is to have the best explanation of every educational topic in all languages. The Unacademy app is also available on Google Play store.
mrunal.orgThis website is for every newbie who wants to give the exams a shot. Mrunal Patel is well-known for breaking down complex ideas and explaining things to public service aspirants in the simplest manner. Mrunal wasn’t able to clear the UPSC exams but he channeled his energy into teaching other aspirants. He also gives video lectures on YouTube.
Pratyogita DarpanPratiyogita Darpan is one of India’s leading magazines for UPSC aspirants. It is available in both English and Hindi and is widely read. It covers current affairs and interviews of prominent personalities. It now has a free app on Google Play store, where the entire magazine is available to the user.
Byju’sByju’s is an education company that teaches not only IAS aspirants but also those who want to crack other competitive exams. Byju’s started training UPSC aspirants in 2011. It uses fun and unique teaching methods and is a popular online classroom used by IAS aspirants. It has a paid app.
Mapboard LiteMapboard Lite is a smart study tool for Geography students, civil services aspirants and learning enthusiasts.
With eight ready-to-edit blank maps, it lets you practice map drawing and allows you to make notes on the go. It also works on offline mode



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