IES Exam: Helpful Resources and Preparation Tips

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Indian Engineering Services (IES Exam) also known as Engineering Services Exam is a national level entrance exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Exam). It is a gateway of various posts in Indian Engineering Services in government departments. Every year, around 1 lakh students (approx.) sit for IES Exam and only 0.5% of them qualify for the Prestigious Engineering Services Exam.  

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  • IES Mains 2020 Exam is scheduled for August 09, 2020.
  • Candidates who will successfully qualify prelims are only eligible to apply for the Mains exam. Check How to Prepare for IES Interview Round?
  • IES Syllabus is based on the graduate level. 
  • The selection process of IES consists of the Prelims Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview round. 
  • The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the overall performance of the candidates. Check IES Selection Process 2020

Thus, you can imagine how difficult it is to get selected in Central government departments through ESE. Also, the 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.

About IES Exam

IES (Indian Engineering Services) are the civil services that meet the technical functions of the Government of India. The 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 UPSC. 

Also Check How to prepare for IES Prelims and Mains?

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. Subject Book Name Author
1  Network Theory MADE EASY SERIES : Network Theory MADE EASY Publications
 Network & Systems  D. Roy Chaudhury
 Engineering Circuit Analysis  William H. Hayt
3  Digital Electronics MADE EASY SERIES : Digital Electronics MADE EASY Publications
 Digital Design  M. Morris Mano
 Digital Systems  Tocci & Widmer
 Modern Digital Electronics  R.P. Jain
4  Electro Magnetic Theory MADE EASY SERIES : Electro Magnetic Theory MADE 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 Systems MADE EASY SERIES: Control Systems MADE EASY Publications
 Control System Engineering

Also Read IES 2020 Exam Pattern 

For Electrical Engineering

S. No. Subject Book Name Author
1  Power Electronics & Drives MADE EASY SERIES: Power Electronics MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Power Electronics  P.S. Bhimbra
2  Micro Processors MADE EASY SERIES: Microprocessors MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Micro Processors for the theory portion  Gaonkar
 Micro Processors for Programming examples  B. Ram
3  Analog & Digital Electronics MADE EASY SERIES: Analog Electronics MADE 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 Transformers MADE EASY SERIES: Electrical Machines MADE 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
7 Electrical & Electronics Measurement MADE EASY SERIES: Measurement & Instrumentation MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Measurement & Instrumentation  A. K. Sawhney
 Measurement & Instrumentation  Cooper
8  Electrical Circuits MADE EASY SERIES: Electrical Circuits MADE EASY Publications
 Electrical Circuits for Resonant Circuits, elements of two-element network synthesis, etc  D-Roy Chaudhary
 Electrical Circuits for the 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. Theory MADE EASY SERIES: E. M. Theory MADE EASY Publications
 E. M. Theory for coulombs law, Gauss's Law, Conductors, etc.  W. B. Hayt
 E. M. Theory for Magnetostatics, Amperes law, Magnetic materials  Sadiku
E. M. Theory for Numerical examples Schaum Series
10  Signal and System MADE EASY SERIES: Signal and System MADE 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 textbook on Analog Circuits A.Rajkumar
15 Digital Electronics MADE EASY SERIES: Digital Electronics MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
17 Communications System MADE EASY SERIES: Communications System MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
18 Other References GATE 2016: Electrical Engg. Solved Papers MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
A handbook of Electrical Engg. Engineering MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS

Check IES Practice Papers

For Mechanical Engineering

S.No. Subject Book Name Author
1  Strength of Materials MADE EASY SERIES: Strength of Materials MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
 Strength of Materials Dr. 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
3  Industrial Engg. MADE EASY SERIES: Industrial Engg. MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
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 Science Dr. 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 Mechanics MADE EASY SERIES: Fluid Mechanics and Machines MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Fluid Mechanics Modi& Seth, R.K. Bansal
10  Refrigeration & Air Conditioning  MADE EASY SERIES: RAC  MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning C.P. Arora, Domkundwar
 Heat & Mass Transfer  J.P. Hollman& R.C. Sachdeva
12  Fluid Machinery Fluid Machinery D.S. Kumar, R.K. Bansal
13  Engg. Thermodynamics MADE EASY SERIES: Thermodynamics   MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
Engg. Thermodynamics P.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 textbook on Engineering Mechanics  Dr. U.C.Jindal
22 Other References GATE 2016: Mechanical Engg. Solved Papers MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS
A handbook of Mechanical Engg. Engineering MADE EASY PUBLICATIONS

For Civil Engineering

S.No. Subject Book Name Author
1  Strength of Materials  Strength of Materials/Mechanics of Structure for properties of metals, Principal Axis, etc.  Gere & Timoshenko
 Strength of Materials for the 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.

Check How to Prepare for IES Interview Round?

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 IES Exam 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 Tyari Online 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 daily Civils 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. 
Unacademy Unacademy 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. This 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 Darpan Pratiyogita 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’s Byju’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 Lite Mapboard 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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