Download ESE Civil Engineering 2022 Syllabus

ESE stands for Engineering Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission to employ candidates for public sector engineering departments. ESE is conducted as Preliminary and Mains Test. 

In the Preliminary test, there are two papers, Paper I and Paper II for General Aptitude and Engineering Discipline respectively.

In the Mains test, there are two papers, Paper I and Paper II from Engineering Discipline only.

The Detailed Syllabus for ESE Civil Engineering is given below:

Paper 1: General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

1. Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development
2. Engineering Aptitude covering Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
3. Engineering Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
4. General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety
5. Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services
6. Basics of Energy and Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment
7. Basics of Project Management
8. Basics of Material Science and Engineering
9. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance, and technology-based education.
10. Ethics and values in the engineering profession.

Note: The paper in General Studies and Engineering Aptitude will include Knowledge of relevant topics as may be expected from an engineering graduate, without special study. Questions from all the 10 topics mentioned above shall be set. Marks for each Topic may range from 5% to 15% of the total marks in the paper.


Paper I: Civil Engineering

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.

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.

Structural Analysis: Basics of the 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.

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.

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.

Construction Practice, Planning and Management: Construction ‐ Planning, Equipment, Site
investigation and Management including Estimation with the 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


Paper II: Civil engineering

Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power:

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.
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.

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.


Environmental Engineering:
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.
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.
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
Air, Noise pollution and Ecology: Concepts & general methodology.

Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering:
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.
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
Surveying and Geology:
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.
Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects.

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
Railways Systems – Terminology, Planning, designs and maintenance practices; track
Harbours – Terminology, layouts and planning.
Airports – Layout, planning & design


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