Indian Engineering Services(IES)
IES (Indian Engg, Services) Examination is conducted by UPSC every year in the month of May. The examination has two parts:
Written examination and
The written covers two parts of 1000 marks which is conducted in three days. Part I consists of objective type questions and part II is of conventional papers. Both parts cover the entire syllabus of the relevant engineering branch.
There are three Objective papers and two conventional papers in IES Examination. In Objective papers there is a 1/3rd Negative marking for wrong answers i.e. 33.33% of allotted marks will be deducted. The examination of objective paper will be conducted as:
1st Day: General Ability Test of 2 hrs. which is consists of:
Part A: General English (60 questions 100 marks)
Part B: General Studies (60 questions 100 marks)
Part A: General English-The question paper in General English will be designed to test the candidate's understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
Part B: General Studies-The paper in General Studies will include knowledge of current events and of such matters as of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidates should be able to answer without special study.
2nd Day: Objective-I (2hrs.), lunch break 1 hr. and then Objective-II (2hrs.).
Objective –I: Total 120 Questions and 200 marks for 120 questions. Time allowed 2 hrs.
Objective –II: Total 120 Questions and 200 marks for 120 questions. Time allowed 2 hrs.
To prepare for the objective paper you should focus on previous year’s papers. Type and level of questions remains same. Whenever you solve the previous year’s papers remember the formulae, type of question and process for solving the same. Never memorize question with answer.
3rd Day: Conventional-I (3hrs.), lunch break 1 hr. and then Conventional-II (3hrs.)
Conventional –I: Total 5 Questions have to be attempted of 40 marks for each question of total 200 marks. Time allowed 3 hrs.
Conventional –II: Total 5 Questions have to be attempted of 40 marks for each question of total 200 marks. Time allowed 3 hrs.
For Conventional Paper you must practice with previous 25 yrs IES and 25 years Civil Services (main) papers.
Based on written test UPSC will short list students and will call for Interview. Number of students called for interview is about 2.5 to 3 times the vacancy for particular year. The interview will be of 200 marks. In interview, there is a panel of Interview. Panel constitutes three technical person and one HR person. They ask technical as well as non-technical questions. Duration would be of around 30 minutes and marks expected would be 65 to 165.
Those who perform well in the written examination and interview shall be placed in a higher position in the rank list prepared by the UPSC. There is no group discussion. After Interview final result will be published in UPSC website and Employment news.
Those who obtain a higher rank in the Engineering Services Examination will be placed for following posts/services:
Group A Services/Posts
(i) Indian Railway Service of Engineers.
(ii) Indian Railway Stores Services (Civil Engineering Posts).
(iii) Central Engineering Service.
(iv) Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Civil Engineering Posts).
(v) Indian Ordnance Factories Services (Engineering Branch) (Civil Engineering Posts).
(vi) Central Water Engineering Gr. 'A' Service (Civil Engineering Posts).
(vii) Central Engineering Service (Roads) Group-A. (Civil Engg. Posts)
(viii) Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil Engineering Post) (in Border Roads Engineering Service Gr. 'A').
(ix) Assistant Executive Engineer (Civil) in P&T Bldg. Works (Gr. 'A') Service.
Basic pay will start from Rs. 21000/- 39000/- per month+ DA etc.
Number of vacancy, application, Examination schedule, and more details available at UPSC website (click here) on month of May
Civil Engineering syllubus for IES exam
Objective: - 120 Questions
Subjective: - 6 Questions
Timber: Different types and species of structural timber, density-moisture relationship, strength in different directions, defects, influence of defects on permissible stress, preservation, dry and wet rots, codal provisions for design, plywood.
Bricks: Types, Indian Standard classification, absorption, saturation factor, strength in masonry, influence of morter strength on masonry strength.
Cement: Compounds of, different types, setting times, strength.
Cement Mortar: Ingredients, proportions, water demand, mortars for plastering and masony.
Concrete: Importance of W/C Ratio, Strength, ingredients including admixtures, worksability, testing for strength, elasticity, non-destructive testing, mix design methods.
Elastic constants, stress, plane stress, Mohr’s circle of stress, strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of strain, combined stress; Elastic theories of failure; Simple bending, shear; Torsion of circular and rectangular sections and simple members.
Analysis of determinate structures – different methods including graphical methods. Analysis of indeterminate skeletal frames - moment distribution, slopedeflection, stiffness and force methods, energy methods, Muller-Breslau principle and application. Plastic analysis of indeterminate beams and simple frames - shape factors.
Design of Steel Structures
Principles of working stress method. Design of connections, simple members, Built-up sections and frames, Design of Industrial roofs. Principles of ultimate load design. Design of simple members and frames.
Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures
Limit state design for bending, shear, axial compression and combined forces. Codal provisions for slabs, beams, walls and footings. Working stress method of design of R.C. members. Principles of prestressed concrete design, materials, methods of prestressing, losses. Design of simple members and determinate structures. Introductions to prestressing of indeterminate structures. Design of brick masonry as per I.S. Codes.
Construction Practice, Planning and Management
Concreting Equipment: Weight Batcher, Mixer, vibrator, batching plant, concrete pump. Cranes, hoists, lifting equipment. Earthwork Equipment : Power shovel, hoe, dozer, dumper, trailers and tractor, rollers, sheep foot rollers, pumps. Construction, Planning and Management Bar chart, linked bar chart, work-break down structures, Activity - on - arrow diagrams. Critical path, probabilistic activity durations; Event-based networks. PERT network: Time-cost study, crashing; Resource allocation.
Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow
Fluid Properties, Pressure, Thrust, Buoyancy; Flow Kinematics; Integration of flow equations; Flow measurement; Relative motion; Moment of momentum; Viscosity, Boundary layer and Control, Drag, Lift; dimensional Analysis, Modelling; Cavitation; Flow oscillations; Momentum and Energy principles in Open channel flow, Flow controls, Hydraulic jump, Flow sections and properties; Normal flow, Gradually varied flow; Surges; Flow development and losses in pipe flows, Measurements; Siphons; Surges and Water hammer; Delivery of Power Pipe networks.
Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower
Centrifugal pumps, types, performance parameters, scaling, pumps in parallel; Reciprocating pumps, air vessels, performance parameters; Hydraulic ram; Hydraulic turbines, types, performance parameters, controls, choice; Power house, classification and layout, storage, pondage, control of supply.
Hydrological cycle, precipitation and related data analyses, PMP, unit and synthetic hydrographs; Evaporation and transpiration; Floods and their management, PMF; Streams and their gauging; River morphology; Routing of floods; Capacity of Reservoirs.
Water Resources Engineering
Water resources of the globe: Multipurpose uses of Water: Soil-Plant-Water relationships, irrigation systems, water demand assessment; Storages and their yields, ground water yield and well hydraulics; Waterlogging, drainage design; Irrigation revenue; Design of rigid boundary canals, Lacey’s and Tractive force concepts in canal design, lining of canals; Sediment transport in canals; Non-Overflow and overflow sections of gravity dams and their design, Energy dissipators and tailwater rating; Design of headworks, distribution works, falls, cross-drainage works, outlets; River training.
Water Supply Engineering: Sources of supply, yields, design of intakes and conductors; Estimation of demand; Water quality standards; Control of Water-borne diseases; Primary and secondary treatment, detailing and maintenance of treatment units; Conveyance of treatment units; Conveyance and distribution systems of treated water, leakages and control; Rural water supply; Institutional and industrial water supply. Waste Water Engineering: Urban rain water disposal; Systems of sewage collection and disposal; Design of sewers and sewerage systems; pumping; Characteristics of sewage and its treatment, Disposal of products of sewage treatment, streamflow rejuvenation Institutional and industrial sewage management; Plumbing Systems; Rural and semi-urban sanitation.
Solid Waste Management: Source, classification collection and disposal; Design and Management of landfills.
Air And Noise Pollution and Ecology: Sources and effects of air pollution, monitoring of air pollution; Noise pollution an standards; Ecological chain and balance, Environmental assessment.
Properties of soil, classification and interrelationship; Compaction behaviour, methods of compaction and their choice; Permeability and seepage, flow nets, Inverted filters; Compressibility and consolidation; Shearing resistance, stresses and failure; soil testing in laboratory and in-situ; Stress path and applications; Earth pressure theories, stress distribution in soil; soil exploration, samplers, load tests, penetration tests.
Types of foundations, Selection criteria, bearing capacity, settlement, laboratory and field tests; Types of piles and their design and layout, Foundations on expansive soils, swelling and its prevention, foundation on swelling soils.
Classification of surveys, scales, accuracy; Measurement of distances – direct and indirect methods; optical and electronic devices; Measurement of directions, prismatic compass, local attraction; Theodolites - types; Measurement of elevations - Spirit and trigonometric levelling; Relief representation; Contours; Digital elevation modelling concept; Establishment of control by triangulations and traversing - measurements and adjustment of observations, computation of coordinates; Field astronomy, Concept of global positioning system; Map preparation by plane tabling and by photogrammetry; Remote sensing concepts, map substitutes.
Planning of highway systems, alignment and geometric design, horizontal and vertical curves, grade separation; Materials and construction methods for different surfaces and maintenance: Principles of pavement design; Drainage. Traffic surveys, Intersections, signalling: Mass transit systems, accessibility,
networking. Tunnelling, alignment, methods of construction, disposal of muck, drainage, lighting and ventilation, traffic control, emergency management. Planning of railway systems, terminology and designs, relating to gauge, track, controls, transits, rolling stock, tractive power and track modernisation; Maintenance; Appurtenant works; Containerisation. Harbours - layouts, shipping lanes, anchoring, location identification; Littoral transport with erosion and deposition; sounding methods; Dry and Wet docks, components and operational Tidal data and analyses. Airports - layout and orientation; Runway and taxiway design and drainage management; Zoning laws; Visual aids and air traffic control; Helipads, hangers, service equipment.