[ESE 2014 Topper Tips] Swayamdeep Singh (AIR 23, EE)

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This is a long post. I hope the information I provide is worth your time..

If you have dropped a year and joined coaching institute, then my advice is that you stick to what your teacher tells you to do. This is useful for 3rd year students and final year students who can’t get coaching.

I graduated from NIT Warangal in 2014. I wrote ese after final semester. I relied on self study from books, lectures of my college teachers and nptel. But I also attended crash courses for some subjects and I have mentioned those

Booklist and other material-

Paper 1

Circuit theory:

Theory: Shaum series

Practice: Chakraborty , gate question papers of ECE and EE

Start your preparation with CT

I attended circuit theory classes of gate crash course of ace academy. I practiced a lot during the classroom sessions

Control systems:

theory: I studied my college notes .

Practice:  Nagoorkani (Excellent book for practice)

I attended control system classes of gate crash course of ace academy. I practiced a lot during the classroom sessions.


I got e-notes of coaching class from internet (handwritten notes)


(Download the material ASAP. Coaching class enotes gets deleted off the net all the time.)

Do SELECTIVE study from sawhney.

See last year q papers and read relevant portion from sawhney and make notes. These notes must be revised as many times as possible.

Easiest portion to score marks:

  1. http://nptel.ac.in/courses/108105053/42 : See slide 42, 43, 44
  2. Bridges (read all bridges from sawhney, practice all derivation, phasor diagrams, limitation)

Practice: gate qs of ece and ee for concepts

Transducer: see last year q papers and read relevant portion from sawhney.

EM theory

Only one book: Sadiku. I focused on theory.

Even if you can’t understand much, just get a basic understanding of the summary page of each chapter of sadiku. And mug up the formulas.


Theory : Only prepared 2 chapters : Dielectric materials and magnetic materials

I got e-notes of  coaching class from internet (handwritten notes)


(Download the material ASAP. Coaching class enotes gets deleted off the net all the time.)

then solved ALL previous year objectives from ACE academy book

Paper 2


Theory : PS Bimbra for DC machines, Synchronous machines concepts ,J B Gupta for induction machines, fractional KW motors.

JB Gupta theory is good for all machines

Practice : J B Gupta for all machines

I attended all classes of gate crash course.

Power system:

It is not as complex as electrical machines. But lots of topics have to be covered.


  1. Types of Power Stations, Hydro, Thermal and Nuclear Stations. Pumped storage plants. Economics and operating factors. : JB Gupta SELECTIVE reading
  2. Nagrath Kothari –

Power transmission lines. Modeling and performance characteristics. Voltage control. Load flow studies. Optimal power system operation. Load frequency control. Symmetrical short circuit analysis. Z-Bus formulation. Symmetrical Components. Per Unit representation. Fault analysis. Transient and steady-state stability of power systems. Equal area criterion. Power system Transients

  1. Power system Protection Circuit breakers. Relays. : JB Gupta . If you want clear conceptual understanding of relays : read paithankar
  2. HVDC transmission, FACTs: college notes. For ese read the solution of old paper

Practice : kothari (for the topics mentioned ), J B gupta for all topics.

Power electronics:

This tip is for 3rd year students. 3-2 or6th sem is best time to master power electronics. Initially I had difficulty with power electronics. But I realised that EE student can’t ignore power electronics. 4rth year is full of power electronics topics. Even power systems subjects like HVDC, FACTS are nothing but extension of basics of PE. If you master power electronics you can do your B.tech project on a power electronic converter.

So, the easy way out is to work hard in 3-2 on power electronics. Then you can reap the benefits in final  year.

Theory :

Only thing which you have to learn is how to analyse circuits. Once that is learnt, no need to read any book. So just learn basics and simple maths to analyse waveforms.

Ned mohan , Robert Erickson were followed in my college. DO NOT read them if these are not used in your college. If you are interested in doing B.tech project on some power electronic converter , then these books are really useful . Also read Power electronics Advanced Conversion technologies by Fan Lin Luo and Hong Ye , this book describes new technologies .

For preparation- P S Bimbra is good for IES exam. All topics can be studied from this book. NPTEL material is good. http://nptel.ac.in/syllabus/syllabus.php?subjectId=108105066

Practice : gate qs can be done.

Analog :

In my college days, I studied NPTEL course of http://nptel.ac.in/syllabus/117103063/ .

I think it covers all relevant topics for ese . For preparation I read JB Gupta in final year.

Theory : JB Gupta

Practice : JB Gupta


Theory :

In some colleges 8085 is taught, in others 8086 is taught.

8086 –  I was taught 8086 in college. I read Hall , burchandi for 8086. for coding practice ,there is a chapter in burchandi . I think chapter 3 of burchandi, it has lots of solved example. For 8086  instruction set take xerox from Hall.

To learn 8085 instruction set , I watched some videos of  http://www.satishkashyap.com/2012/02/video-lectures-on-microprocessors-and.html

Then I made small notes so that I don’t mix the the instruction set of 8086 with 8085. e.g. don’t use MUL in 8085.

Differences are important e.g. don’t use memory segmentation while writing 8085 codes . Interrupt service procedure of 8085 is important . Don’t confuse that with interrupt service vectors of 8086

Practice :

Get xerox of 8085 instruction set from Gaonkar book. It is given in appendix

For interfacing devices : I read college notes. But the video lecture mentioned earlier has some lectures for 8255 (lec 14), then lec 17,18,19.

For practice : I read old papers. For those who have studied 8085 or never studied microprocessor-


This lecture series is good. See lectures upto lec 19.Get xerox of 8085 instruction set from Gaonkar book. It is given in appendix.


I could get time to prepare this. Please do not commit this mistake . This is a very important topic for objective paper 2

How to get good marks from the knowledge gained

OLD PAPERS should be practiced.

I had ACE academy old q papers.

Benefits of ace academy books (5 books for each paper)

  • All old qs from 1991 are given
  • Subtopic demarcation is done properly. e.g. topic of power system is divided into 9 or 10 subtopics.

Paper 1 :

CS and CT are easy topics to score as these has less theory to be memorised .

Obj :

  • do ALL old qs papers  for CS and CT. Focus should be on accuracy.
  • do last 5 year q papers for measurements and EMT.
  • Only do material qs for 2 topics (magnetic material and dielectric material). But practice all questions from 1991.


  • focus should be on CS , CT and Measurements. do ALL numericals in old papers .
  • Don’t leave synthesis in CT.
  • Read all theory questions of previous year for measurement. Transducers topic should not be left.
  • For EMT , read sadiku and prepare short notes for all formulas. At the end of each topic , summary is given. Atleast practice some easy questions of last year
  • Read all old qs of material science.

Paper 2:

  • For objective : prepare all topics. Do not leave communication
  • For subjective :
  • Focus should be on Power electronics, machines and power system s. read theory questions of topics like generation in power system, prepare notes from the answers given
  • Digital and 8086 are easy topics to score marks
  • Communication can be left if time is less
  • It is difficult to choose which qs to attempt because questions are very big. So do lot of paper practice and  devise your strategy

GS strategy

Read these articles

https://ieshelpline.wordpress.com//?s=CDS&search=Go .

This is what I did:

I was told that only geography and life sciences are important. Easiest topic to score marks is life science.

For life science:

I had studied biology in 12th standard. I downloaded youtube videos to jog my memory. Then solved all old qs papers.

For those who are new to this: read the topics from some coaching book. Then search for the relevant video in youtube.

For geography :

I attended geography classes of ACE academy crash course for ies.  Lots and lots of map practice are given.

Polity: NCERT XI Our constitution at work. Then practice all old qs

Economy : NCERT XI some chapters.

History :  huge syllabus so did not prepare it

English: Only synonyms and antonyms asked in last 5 years.

  • Try  to maximise your objective score. One of my friend missed objective cutoff by 3 marks. He did exceptionally well in subjective papers(attempted 170 in paper 2 ) but unfortunately his scripts were not checked. So don’t take objective papers lightly. It is the first hurdle and you must not fail here

Blogs which I found useful during interview preparation


Speculation regarding change in exam pattern.

Paper pattern may change but syllabus will not change. So don’t worry about it.  About  conventional paper for gs : Indian economic service , Indian statistical service exam has conventional paper for gs. The old qs papers of these exams may be helpful

IES or psu, which job is better? Why people leave PSUs to get into IES ?

In my opinion all jobs are good.  You can read this post https://myiesjourney.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/life-in-a-psu-a-comparative-analysis/

Ask sagar sir. He worked in ntpc and now in railways.

About Mock papers

I could not write any mock paper. My strategy was to solve as many questions as possible with high accuracy. Mock papers are very important. Devise your strategy by writing mocks.

A word of advice for students appearing right after their final sem

If you are not studying in delhi/hyd then you might have this perception that you must drop a year and go to delhi to prepare. It is important you get rid of this perception and get a right idea about the exam. I found Sagar sir’s blog in 2013 and have followed it since. He got AIR 35 in ese 2012 and he graduated in 2012. He posted a lot about ESE in starting. His posts cleared all misconceptions about ese. I realised that with proper planning ese can be cleared in the year you graduate. Read these posts to get a good idea about the exam https://itsmesagar.wordpress.com/category/ies/

Most important thing is to be confident about your preparation. Syllabus is vast and there is a lot of competition. There will be times you will feel like quitting. At this time talk to your family. Read motivational posts https://itsmesagar.wordpress.com/category/motivation/

I encourage you to find your own strategy. Introspect and find what is best for you.

Your strategy is the best strategy. Whatever time you have for preparation is enough to get a good rank. Think about getting in top 10 and not about clearing cutoff.

All the best.

Swayamdeep Singh

AIR 23 in Electrical Engineering, ESE 2014


5 thoughts on “[ESE 2014 Topper Tips] Swayamdeep Singh (AIR 23, EE)

  1. saikia p.

    sir i am saikia..i am an electrical engg student.i
    recently passed 4th semester of course ..i am
    intending to do correspondence course from made
    easy.. i have almost 2years in hamd for ese … how
    should i prepare and is it my right decision to take
    postal course ? plzz help..


  2. c.dey

    sir,its my earnest request that could you plz send me the pdf files of the class notes you have done during ese crash course? i will be greatly helped if u do so.thank you sir


  3. Sir i pursuing electrical and electronics engineering.sir please tell me what is the medical standards required for ies ,as i had flat foot or upto which extent of flat foot they allowed and one more thing that i want to appear for isro as i am eee student so can i give isro exam in electronics and is thier any scientist exam for electrical students in isro
    I am waitung for your precious reply.


    1. Hi Kartik,

      Sorry, I don’t have much info about ISRO.
      Regarding flat foot, it depends on your medical centre. At some places they are a bit lenient. But, unfortunately, it can create problems.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. ashutosh singh

    sir, I am EE student of 3rd year and joined made easy , please tell me is it good to give IAS exam from EE or any art subject ?



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