The UPSC IES/ESE Syllabus for the Category IElectronic & Telecommunication Engineeringis as given below. The syllabus for Paper II of the Preliminary (Stage-I Examination – objective type) and Paper-I and Paper – II of the Main (Stage-II Examination-Conventional type) is same.

Candidates can find below the detailed UPSC Syllabus for Category 4- Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering of Engineering Services Exam conducted by the Commission to recruit candidates for Indian Engineering Service.

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The UPSC Exam Pattern for ESE Prelims (Paper II) and Main (Paper I and Paper II) is as given below.

IES/ESE Prelims Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering Category Paper II Pattern.

Category-IV Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
1. Paper-II Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering 3 hours 300



IES/ESE MainElectronic & Telecommunication Engineering CategoryPaper I and Paper II Pattern.


1. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Paper-I 3 hours 300
2. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering Paper-II 3 hours 300



Below-given is the list of major topics for prelims and main exam as mentioned in the UPSC Syllabus for IES/ESE

List of Major topics in UPSC Syllabus for IES/ESE Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering Category
Topics in Paper I Topics in Paper II
•         Basic Electronics Engineering


•         Analog and Digital Communication Systems


•         Basic Electrical Engineering


•         Control Systems


•         Materials Science


•         Computer Organization and Architecture


•         Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation


•         Electro Magnetics


•         Network Theory


•         Advanced Electronics Topics


•         Analog and Digital Circuits


•         Advanced Communication Topics



Find below the detailed UPSC Syllabus for IES/ESE Prelims paper 2 and mains paper 1 and paper 2.



  1. Basic Electronics Engineering:
    Basics of semiconductors; Diode/Transistor basics and characteristics; Diodes for different uses; Junction & Field Effect Transistors (BJTs, JFETs, MOSFETs); Transistor amplifiers of different types, oscillators and other circuits; Basics of Integrated Circuits (ICs); Bipolar, MOS and CMOS ICs; Basics of linear ICs, operational amplifiers and their applications-linear/non-linear; Optical sources/detectors; Basics of Opto electronics and its applications.
  2. Basic Electrical Engineering:
    DC circuits-Ohm’s &Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, circuit theorems; Electro-magnetism, Faraday’s & Lenz’s laws, induced EMF and its uses; Single-phase AC circuits; Transformers, efficiency; Basics-DC machines, induction machines, and synchronous machines; Electrical power sources- basics: hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar; Basics of batteries and their uses.
  3. Materials Science:
    Electrical Engineering materials; Crystal structure & defects; Ceramic materials-structures, composites, processing and uses; Insulating laminates for electronics, structures, properties and uses; Magnetic materials, basics, classification, ferrites, ferro/paramagnetic materials and components; Nano materials-basics, preparation, purification, sintering, nano particles and uses; Nanooptical/magnetic/electronic materials and uses; Superconductivity, uses.
  4. Electronic Measurements and Instrumentation:
    Principles of measurement, accuracy, precision and standards; Analog and Digital systems for measurement, measuring instruments for different applications; Static/dynamic characteristics of measurement systems, errors, statistical analysis and curve fitting; Measurement systems for non-electrical quantities; Basics of telemetry; Different types of transducers and displays; Data acquisition system basics.
  5. Network Theory:
    Network graphs & matrices; Wye-Delta transformation; Linear constant coefficient differential equations- time domain analysis of RLC circuits; Solution of network equations using Laplace transforms- frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits; 2-port network parametersdriving point & transfer functions; State equations for networks; Steady state sinusoidal analysis.
  6. Analog and Digital Circuits:
    Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes, BJTS and FETs; Diode circuits for different uses; Biasing & stability of BJT & JFET amplifier circuits; Analysis/design of amplifier- single/multi-stage; Feedback& uses; Active filters, timers, multipliers, wave shaping, A/D-D/A converters; Boolean Algebra& uses; Logic gates, Digital IC families, Combinatorial/sequential circuits; Basics of multiplexers, counters/registers/ memories /microprocessors, design& applications




  1. Analog and Digital Communication Systems:
    Random signals, noise, probability theory, information theory; Analog versus digital communication & applications: SystemsAM, FM, transmitters/receivers, theory/practice/ standards, SNR comparison; Digital communication basics: Sampling, quantizing, coding, PCM, DPCM, multiplexing-audio/video; Digital modulation: ASK, FSK, PSK; Multiple access: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA; Optical communication: fibre optics, theory, practice/standards.
  2. Control Systems:
    Classification of signals and systems; Application of signal and system theory; System realization; Transforms& their applications; Signal flow graphs, Routh-Hurwitz criteria, root loci, Nyquist/Bode plots; Feedback systems-open &close loop types, stability analysis, steady state, transient and frequency response analysis; Design of control systems, compensators, elements of lead/lag compensation, PID and industrial controllers.
  3. Computer Organization and Architecture
    Basic architecture, CPU, I/O organisation, memory organisation, peripheral devices, trends; Hardware /software issues; Data representation& Programming; Operating systems-basics, processes, characteristics, applications; Memory management, virtual memory, file systems, protection & security; Data bases, different types, characteristics and design; Transactions and concurrency control; Elements of programming languages, typical examples.
  4. Electro Magnetics:
    Elements of vector calculus, Maxwell’s equations-basic concepts; Gauss’, Stokes’ theorems; Wave propagation through different media; Transmission Lines-different types, basics, Smith’s chart, impedance matching/transformation, S-parameters, pulse excitation, uses; Waveguides-basics, rectangular types, modes, cut-off frequency, dispersion, dielectric types; Antennas-radiation pattern, monopoles/dipoles, gain, arrays-active/passive, theory, uses.
  5. Advanced Electronics Topics:
    VLSI technology: Processing, lithography, interconnects, packaging, testing; VLSI design: Principles, MUX/ROM/PLA-based design, Moore & Mealy circuit design; Pipeline concepts & functions; Design for testability, examples; DSP: Discrete time signals/systems, uses; Digital filters: FIR/IIR types, design, speech/audio/radar signal processing uses; Microprocessors & microcontrollers, basics, interrupts, DMA, instruction sets, interfacing; Controllers & uses; Embedded systems.
  6. Advanced Communication Topics:
    Communication networks: Principles /practices /technologies /uses /OSI model/security; Basic packet multiplexed streams/scheduling; Cellular networks, types, analysis, protocols (TCP/TCPIP); Microwave & satellite communication: Terrestrial/space type LOS systems, block schematics link calculations, system design; Communication satellites, orbits, characteristics, systems, uses; Fibre-optic communication systems, block schematics, link calculations, system design.