IES Civil Engineering Syllabus | UPSC ESE 2019


When you are preparing for IES 2019, it would help you to know about the syllabus as that would tell you about the topics that you need to study for the exam. If you are a civil engineering graduate, then you should know about IES Civil Engineering Syllabus.

In the following post, we would talk about the UPSC ESE Civil Engineering Syllabus. But, before that, we should know a bit about the UPSC IES Exam.

IES Civil Engineering Syllabus – Exam Pattern

Before knowing the UPSC IES Civil Engineering Syllabus, we should know about the selection process and the exam pattern. The overall selection process involves three stages:

  • STAGE 1: Preliminary Exam
  • STAGE 2: Mains Exam
  • STAGE 3: Interview

You need to qualify the Preliminary Exam to appear for the Mains exam. Similarly, you need to pass the Mains Exam to appear for the Interview. However, the total marks in all the stages would be taken into account to prepare the merit list.

To know more about the UPSC ESE Selection Process, click on the link below:

IES Selection Procedure 2019

IES Exam Pattern

Let us now take a look UPSC IES Exam Pattern details. Since the prelims stage is the first stage of the exam, let us first look the exam pattern for IES Pattern 2019.

UPSC IES Exam Prelims Pattern

The following table gives the details of the UPSC ESE Exam Prelims Pattern.

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I (General Studies and Engineering Aptitude) 2 hrs. 200
Paper-II (Engineering Subject) 3 hrs. 300
Total 500

Important Things to Note About the UPSC ESE Prelims Exam

  • This paper would be MCQ Test
  • You would get 1 marks for every right answer. For every wrong answer, 0.33 marks would be deducted from your score.
  • The Paper II would be an optional paper. You would be able to choose from the following engineering streams as your subject from Paper II.
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.

UPSC ESE Mains Pattern

Let us take a look at the mains exam pattern for UPSC ESE 2019. The following table gives the details:

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I ( Engineering Subject ) 3 hrs. 300
Paper-II (Engineering Subject) 3 hrs. 300
Total 600

Important Things to Note about the UPSC ESE Mains Exam

  • Unlike the prelims, the mains would be a conventional type paper. To put it simply, you would have to write long answers.
  • The questions would be set in English and you have to answer in English only.
  • Both the papers, Paper I and Paper II, would be on the same engineering subject.
  • You would get the option of choosing from the following streams as your Engineering Subject.
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.

IES Civil Engineering Syllabus – Syllabus for the General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude (Preliminary Examination/Stage-I, Paper I, Objective type, Common to all Candidates)

  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 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.

IES Civil Engineering Syllabus for (both Prelims and Mains)


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Structural Analysis:

Basics of 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Construction Practice, Planning and Management:

Construction – Planning, Equipment, Site investigation and Management

including Estimation with 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 welfare.


  1. Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power:

(a) 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.

(b) 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.

2. 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.

3. Environmental Engineering:

(a) 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


(b) 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.

(c) 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 Engineers.

(d) Air, Noise pollution and Ecology:

Concepts & general methodology.

4. Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering :

(a) 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.

(b)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 modifications.

5. Surveying and Geology:

(a) 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.

(b) Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application

in projects.

6. 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 ventilation.

Railways Systems – Terminology, Planning, designs and maintenance

practices; track modernization.

Harbours – Terminology, layouts and planning.

Airports – Layout, planning & design.

This was the IES Civil Engineering Syllabus. Keep this handy when you are preparing for UPSC IES 2019. For the syllabus of other subjects, click on the relevant links below:

IES Mechanical Syllabus

IES Syllabus for ECE

UPSC ESE Syllabus – Full