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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

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will hold a Engineering Services Examination, 2017 (ESE 2017) for recruitment to the Group A and B services of various engineering posts in Electrical .


(i) Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
(iii) Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
(iv) Indian Ordnance Factories Service AWM/ JTS (Electrical Engineering Posts).
(v) Indian Naval Armament Service (Electrical Engineering Posts).
(vi) Indian Defence Service of Engineers.
(vii) Asstt. Naval Store Officer Grade-I(Electrical Engg. Posts) in Indian Navy.
(viii) AEE Gr ‘A’ (Electrical Engg. Posts) in Corps of EME, Min of Defence.
(ix) Central Power Engineering Service Gr ‘B’ (Electrical Engineering Posts).


Selection Process: The examination shall be conducted according to the following plan:-

Stage-I: Engineering Services (Preliminary/Stage-I) Examination (Objective Type Papers) for the selection of candidates for the Stage-II – Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination
Stage-II: Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II) Examination (Conventional Type Papers) and
Stage-III : Personality Test


Application Fee: ₹ 200/- either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/ Master Credit/ Debit card. No fee for SC / ST / PH Category Candidates.

How to Apply: Eligible Candidates are required to Apply Online through UPSC Online Portal. The Online registration have two parts (Part-I and Part-II). The last date for submission of online applications is  26/10/2016 till 18:00 Hours.

Important Dates:

The Last date for submission of online applications -> 26/10/2016 till 18:00 Hours
The closing date for Exam Fee (Pay by cash) mode option -> 25/10/2016 up to 23:59 Hours
The Tentative date of Preliminary / Stage-I Examination –> 08/01/2017


(I) Nationality:

A candidate must be either:
(a) A citizen of India or.
(b) A subject of Nepal or A subject of Bhutan or.
(c) A Tibetan refugee who came over to Indian before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or.
(d) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

(II) Age Limits:

(a) A candidate for this examination must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on the 1st January, of the current year.
(b) The upper age-limit of 30 years will be relax able up to 35 years in the case of Government servants of the following categories, if they are employed in a Department/Office under the control of any of the authorities mentioned in column 1 below and apply for admission to the examination for all or any of the Service(s)/Posts mentioned in column 2, for which they are otherwise eligible.
(c) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be further relaxable:
(i) Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a scheduled caste or a scheduled tribe.
(ii) Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC category.
(iii) Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
(iv) Upto a maximum of three years in the case of defense service personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area, and released as a consequence thereof;
(v) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or (iii) on invalidment; (vi) Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Services as on 1st August, and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
(vii) Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

(III) Minimum Educational Qualification:

(a) Obtained a degree in Engineering from a university incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as universities under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956; or.
(b) Passed Section A and B of the Institution Examinations of the Institution of Engineers (India); or.
(c) Obtained a degree/diploma in Engineering from such foreign University/College/Institution and under such conditions as may be recognised by the Government for the purpose from time to time, or.
(d) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (India); or.
(e) Passed Associate Membership Examination Parts II and III/Sections A and B of the Aeronautical Society of India; or.
(f) Passed Graduate Membership Examination of the Institution of Electronics and Radio Engineers, London held after November, 1959.

Provided that a candidate for the post of Indian Naval Armament Service (Electronics Engineering Posts and Engineer Group ‘A’ in Wireless Planning and Coordination Wing/Monitoring Organization) may possess any of the above qualifications or the qualification mentioned below namely: M.Sc. degree or its equivalent with Wireless Communication, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as a special subject.


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

Mechanical Engineering

  1. Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  2. Central Electrical Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  3. Central Engineering Service (Ministry of Road Transport Highways)
  4. Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  5. Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  6. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  7. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  8. Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  9. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  10. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  11. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  12. Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  13. Indian Railway Stores Service
  14. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)

Electrical Engineering

  1. Central Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Service (Central Public Works Department)
  2. Central Power Engineering Service (Central Electricity Authority)
  3. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  4. Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  5. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  6. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  7. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  8. Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers
  9. Indian Railway Stores Service
  10. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)

Electronics Telecommunication Engineering

  1. Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Indian Army
  2. Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  3. Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  4. Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  5. Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  6. Indian Radio Regulatory Service
  7. Indian Railway Service of Signal Engineers
  8. Indian Railway Stores Service
  9. Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  10. Indian Telecommunication Service


Scheme of Examination

ESE Syllabus

Syllabus for Electrical Engineering Exam-ESE 2017

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 2017 Exam syllabus for Electrical  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

Electrical Engineering


  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Matrix theory, Eigen values & Eigen vectors, system of linear equations, Numerical methods for 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 Materials
  • Electrical Engineering Materials, crystal structures and defects, ceramic materials, insulating materials, magnetic materials – basics, properties and applications; ferrities, ferro-magnetic materials and components; basics of solid state physics, conductors; Photo-conductivity; Basics of Nano materials and Superconductors.
  • Electric Circuits and Fields
  • Circuit 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 Measurements
  • Principles 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 multi-meters, phase, time and frequency measurement, Q-meters, oscilloscopes, potentiometric recorders, error analysis, Basics of sensors, Transducers, basics of data acquisition systems
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Number 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 Engineering
  • Basics 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.
  • PAPER – II
  1. Analog and Digital Electronics:
  • Operational amplifiers – characteristics and applications, combinational and sequential logic circuits, multiplexers, multi-vibrators, sample and hold circuits, A/D and D/A converters, basics of filter circuits and applications, simple active filters; Microprocessor basics- interfaces and applications, basics of linear integrated circuits; Analog communication basics, Modulation and de-modulation, noise and bandwidth, transmitters and receivers, signal to noise ratio, digital communication basics, sampling, quantizing, coding, frequency and time domain multiplexing, power line carrier communication systems.
  1. Systems and Signal Processing :
  • Representation of continuous and discrete-time signals, shifting and scaling operations, linear, time-invariant and causal systems, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, sampling theorem, Fourier and Laplace transforms, Z transforms, Discrete Fourier transform, FFT, linear convolution, discrete cosine transform, FIR filter, IIR filter, bilinear transformation.
  1. Control Systems:
  • Principles of feedback, transfer function, block diagrams and signal flow graphs, steady-state errors, transforms and their applications; Routh-hurwitz criterion, Nyquist techniques, Bode plots, root loci, lag, lead and lead-lag compensation, stability analysis, transient and frequency response analysis, state space model, state transition matrix, controllability and observability, linear state variable feedback, PID and industrial controllers.
  1. Electrical Machines :
  • Single phase transformers, three phase transformers – connections, parallel operation, auto-transformer, energy conversion principles, DC machines – types, windings, generator characteristics, armature reaction and commutation, starting and speed control of motors, Induction motors – principles, types, performance characteristics, starting and speed control, Synchronous machines – performance, regulation, parallel operation of generators, motor starting, characteristics and applications, servo and stepper motors.
  1. Power Systems :
  • Basic power generation concepts, steam, gas and water turbines, transmission line models and performance, cable performance, insulation, corona and radio interference, power factor correction, symmetrical components, fault analysis, principles of protection systems, basics of solid state relays and digital protection; Circuit breakers, Radial and ring-main distribution systems, Matrix representation of power systems, load flow analysis, voltage control and economic operation, System stability concepts, Swing curves and equal area criterion. HVDC transmission and FACTS concepts, Concepts of power system dynamics, distributed generation, solar and wind power, smart grid concepts, environmental implications, fundamentals of power economics.
  1. Power Electronics and Drives :
  • Semiconductor power diodes, transistors, thyristors, triacs, GTOs, MOSFETs and IGBTs – static characteristics and principles of operation, triggering circuits, phase control rectifiers, bridge converters – fully controlled and half controlled, principles of choppers and inverters, basis concepts of adjustable speed dc and ac drives, DC-DC switched mode converters, DC-AC switched mode converters, resonant converters, high frequency inductors and transformers, power supplies.



Important Dates

Important Dates for Examination-ESE 2017

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.

The number of Expected vacancies in Indian Engineering Services would be around 700 and competition is very high. UPSC has revised exam structure and syllabus for all four steams: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics & Telecommunicaiton Engineering.

Here are the Important Dates for ESE 2017 Examination which should be kept remembered by aspirants:

Date of Notification : 28 September 2016

Starting date for filling Online Application : 28 September 2016

Last date of Receipt of Application : 21 October 2016

Date of Issue of Admit Cards : First week of December 2016

Date of Examination( Stage 1) : 8 January 2017

Date of Examination (Stage 2) : 14 May 2017

Date of Personality Test ( Stage 3) : October- November 2017

So now you all have the schedule for ESE 2017, pull up your socks and begin your preparations with full vigour and kick start your preparations .


ESE Cut-Off

                                                                      ESE CUT OFF


                                                            ELECTRICAL 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 320 305 General 541 521 General 694 662
OBC 304 280 OBC 502 470 OBC 662 619
SC 251 240 SC 452 407 SC 611 544
ST 262 236 ST 461 394 ST 600 551
PH-1 136 170 PH-1 275 255 PH-1 458 389
PH-2 118    – PH-2     –      – PH-2    –      –
*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 Studies (History/ Polity/ Geography/ Current Affairs/ General Science)
  • English
  • Test Series
  • Doubt Classes
  • Revision Classes
  • Interview Guidance


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

Book Information

Books for ESE EE


           Books Name


Power Electronics & Drives


Power Electronics


P.S. Bhimbra

Micro Processors


Micro Processors for theory portion




Micro Processors for Programming examples


B. Ram

Analog & Digital Electronics


Analog & Digital Electronics




Analog & Digital Electronics




Analog & Digital Electronics


Morris Mano


Analog & Digital Electronics for Digital Logic Families



Power Systems



Power Systems



Nagrath & Kothari



Power Systems



C.L. Wadhwa



Power Systems



A. Hussain


Electrical Machines and Power Transformers



Electrical Machines and Power Transformers



P.S. Bhimbra



Electrical Machines and Power Transformers



Nagrath& Kothari

Control   Systems




Control System Engg.




I.J. Nagrath& M. Gopal



Automatic Control Systems



B.C. Kuo



Linear Control Systems



B.S. Manke

Electrical & Electronics





Measurement & Instrumentation



A. K. Sawhney


Measurement & Instrumentation





Electrical Circuits


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 Nodial Analysis, Network Theorem & Applications




E. M. Theory



E. M. Theory for coulombs law, Gauss’s Law, Conductors etc.



W. B. Hayt



E. M. Theory for Magneto statics, Amperes law, Magnetic materials






E. M. Theory for Numerical examples



Schaum Series

Signal and System



Signal and System



Oppenheim and Willsky

Communication Systems



Communication Systems



Simon Haykins



An Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications



Simon Haykins



Communication: Analog & Digital



Singh and Sapre



Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems



B.P. Lathi



Electronic Communication Systems



Kennedy and Davis

Electronic Devices and Circuits & Analog Electronics



Microelectronic Circuits



Sedra & Smith



Electronic Devices & Circuits



J.B. Gupta



OP Amp and linear Integrated Circuit



Ramakant A Gayakwad



Solid State electronic Devices



Streetman and Banerjee



Semiconductor devices



S. M. Sze


Analog Circuits



A text book on Analog Circuits



A. Rajkumar