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About ESE


ESE are the civil services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. Like most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams.

ESE officers are selected by the union government on the recommendations made by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).A combined four-stage competitive examination (comprising six tests), called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE) is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services.

How To Apply

ESE 2018 Application Form: How to apply?

  • Candidates can apply online via visiting the official website of conducting body i.e.
  • After that, fill all the required fields with accurate details.
  • Upload the scanned passport size photograph and signature as per the specifications.
  • Before submitting the application forms recheck the details very carefully.
  • Submit the duly filled in application.
  • Make the payment of applicable fee for the successful completion of application procedure.



ESE 2018 Eligibility

To apply for various job posts in the core engineering fields such as Civil, Mechanical, Telecommunication and Electronics and Electrical Engineering, candidates must fulfill following eligibility conditions:

  • Candidates must be a resident of India, Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee.
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of engineering from a recognized University.
  • Age limit for ESE 2018 is between 21-30 years of age.


Civil Engineering

  1. Central Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  2. Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  3. Indian Railway Stores Service
  4. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  5. Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport Highways)
  6. Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  7. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  8. [Border Roads Organisation][Border Road Engineering Services]
  9. Survey of India

Exam Pattern

ESE Syllabus

Syllabus for Civil Engineering Exam-ESE 2018

UPSC has released the new pattern and revised syllabus for Engineering Services Examination (ESE) and it is one of the radical change in the format introduced by UPSC. It is not easy to predict the nature of questions and difficulty level for 2017 aspirants. Aspirants have to be ready for surprises till UPSC exhausts its question bank.

ESE 2017 is now scheduled to take place in three stages i.e.


Stage 1: Objective Type

  • Paper 1- General studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper( common to all disciplines)
    • 2 hours duration, 200 Maximum marks
  • Paper 2- Engineering discipline -specific paper
    • 3 hours duration, 300 Maximum marks

Stage 2: Conventional Type

  • Paper 1-Engineering discipline -specific paper
    • 3 hours duration, 300 Maximum marks
  • Paper 2- Engineering discipline -specific paper
    • 3 hours duration, 300 Maximum marks

Stage 3: Personality Test

  • 200 Maximum marks

The written examination is of 1100 marks and the personal interview conducted is of 200 marks making grand total of 1300 marks.

Here we are covering ESE 2018 Exam syllabus for Mechanical Engineering Exam.

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

  • Current issues of National and International importance relating to Social, Economic and Industrial development
  • Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
  • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
  • Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
  • Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
  • Basics of Project Management
  • Basics of Material Science and Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as Networking, E-Governance and Technology based education.
  • Ethics and Values in Engineering profession

Civil Engineering

( Combined for Paper 2 in Stage 1 and separately for Stage 2)



  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.


  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 dissipaters, 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 inter-relationships; 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.
  • Tunneling – 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.


Important Dates


Important Dates for Examination-ESE 2018

Engineering  Services Examination (ESE) is one of the most prestigious examination conducted in India by UPSC. It gives an opportunity to engineers to work under the government of India and designated as Class – 1 officer in public sectors such as Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defense service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, etc.

Here are the Important Dates for ESE 2018 Examination which should be kept remembered by aspirants:




ESE 2018 notification


Last week of September, 2017


ESE 2018 Commencement of Application Procedure


Last week of September, 2017


Last date of applying online for ESE 2018


1st week of November, 2017


ESE 2018 Prelims


1st week of January, 2018


ESE 2018 Mains Exam date


2nd week of May, 2018


ESE 2018 Personal Interview


1st week of November, 2018 onwards


So now you all have the schedule for ESE 2018, pull up your socks and begin your preparations with full vigour and kick start your preparations .

ESE Cut-Off

                                                 ESE CUT OFF


                                                 CIVIL ENGINEERING

Discipline Minimum qualifying standards/marks*in the Objective

Type papers for evaluation of Conventional papers

(Out of 600 marks).

Discipline Minimum qualifying standards/marks**in the

Written examination (Out of 1000 marks).





Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate(Out of 1200 marks).


  2016 2015   2016 2015   2016 2015
General 229 262 General 464 516 General 623 674
OBC 214 228 OBC 418 470 OBC 588 630
SC 187 180 SC 387 376 SC 538 539
ST 183 187 ST 395 411 ST 539 552
PH-1 083 091 PH-1 223 197 PH-1 414 380
PH-2 076 114 PH-2 143  225 PH-2 217  323
*Subject to General ,OBC,SC and St candidates having secured minimum 15%marks and PH minimum 10% marks in each of the three objective papers.


** Subject to General ,OBC,SC &ST candidates having secured minimum 20%marks and PH candidates minimum 10% marks in each of the two conventional papers.




Course Duration

  • ESE- Technical Subjects
  • General Studiies(History/ Polity/ Geography/ Current Affairs/ General Science)
  • English
  • Test Series
  • Doubt Session
  • Revision Classes
  • Interview Guidance


  • 1 Year Regular/ Weekend Course
  • 6 Months Crash Course

Book Information

Books for ESE (CIVIL).


Book name


Strength of Materials


A text book on Strength of Materials


Dr. U. C. Jindal


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

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,

C S Reddy

R. C. C. Design


R. C. C. Design


B. C. Punamia,

N Krishanrajan



R. C. C. Design


A. K. Jain

S N Sinha



R. C. C. Design


IS: 456-2000

Steel Design


Steel Design


S.K. Duggal


Steel Design


L. S. Negi




Steel Design


IS: 800-1984

Bhavi Katti


Environmental Engg.


Environmental Engg.


S. K  Garg

Part-I & Part-II



Environmental Engg.


B. C. Punamia

Part I & Part II



Environmental Engg.


Peavy & Rowe


Environmental Engg.


Metcalf & Eddy


Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.


Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.


Gopal Ranjan & Rao


Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.


Venkat Ramaiha


Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.


S. K. Garg


Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engg.


B. C. Punamia

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



Highway Engg.  

Highway Engg.


Khanna& Justo


Highway Engg.


L  R Kadiyali

S K Sharma







B.C. Punamia I, II, III


Hydrology Engg


Hydrology Engg.


K. Subramanyam


Irrigation Engg.


Water Resources


S.K. Garg


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