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IES Exam (Electronics) Pattern, Syllabus, Papers & Books

May 12, 2012

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is likely to bring out the IES exam 2013 notification on 16th March, details about which can be found in my previous blog post titled: IES 2013 Notification, Form & Eligibility That post tells you about the notification, what are the eligibility for IES exam as well as where to find those forms..

The purpose of this blog post is to help those Electronics Engineers who would appear in this IES exam, with study materials for the IES exam - Pattern, Syllabus, Papers & Books.

Although this blog post is made for IES-2013 exam, aspirants of even the future IES exam would find the contents useful – the materials - Pattern, Syllabus, Sample papers & Books can also be used as study materials for IES exam 2014, IES exam 2015 as well as future IES exams as a major change is very less likely to happen..

IES Exam Pattern for Electronics Engineers:
IES exam consists of a total 1200 mark selection process, which consists of a written test for 1000 marks and a 200 mark Interview for those shortlisted. Out of the total 1000 marks in the written test, 600 marks are for Objective test and 400 marks for Conventional test.

Plan of IES written test along with mark distribution paper-wise is given below:

IES Objective Test Papers: 600 marks
General Ability Test: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
IES Exam (Electronics) Pattern
Electronics Engineering Paper I: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
Electronics Engineering Paper II: 2 hrs duration: 200 marks
General Ability Test consists of: Part A: General English & Part B: General Studies.
There are 120 questions in each of the above three papers – thus you have one minute for each question of average worth 1.67 marks.

Objective type test consists of multiple-choice questions with four options, in which you have to choose the correct option and mark the same in the answer booklet with an HB pencil, by darkening the circle (representing the correct option) completely. The answer booklet is an OMR (Optical Mark Recognition) sheet, which looks like the one below:
Negative marking:
Beware - for each wrong answer of a question, one third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. Hence encircle the correct answer properly and also make wise-guesses!

IES Conventional Test Papers: 400 marks
Electronics Engineering Paper I: 3 hrs duration: 200 marks
Electronics Engineering Paper II: 3 hrs duration: 200 marks
These papers consists of descriptive (i.e. essay) type questions.
Depending on the relative performance by the IES candidates, UPSC decides the cut-off (minimum qualifying marks) in the Objective test and the papers of Conventional test is evaluated only for those above this cut-off. IES exam cut-off in the Objective test is approximately 60%.

IES Exam Syllabus for Electronics Engineers:
Kindly go through the blog article IES Exam Syllabus for Electronics Engineers, posted specifically for this purpose.

IES Exam Sample Papers for Electronics Engineers:
So you are searching for those free online sample papers for IES exam? I would not disappoint you. I searched on the net for IES exam previous years papers for you and could locate following papers:

Download free IES exam sample papers from UPSC website:
Following papers in pdf format are the actual IES exam previous years papers and hence gives you the look and feel of the actual exam:

Another good website that I recommend for the IES sample paper is ParikshaGuru. It has some good collection of IES sample papers in PDF format. However, you would need to register and update your profile to download these papers.

IES Exam Books for Electronics Engineers:
Above online sample papers for IES exams should be used so as to know the type of question asked in IES exams. Your real preparation should be based on books - your own graduation text/reference books as well as the guide books available.

I found following books good for preparation of IES exam. These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below from, which offers huge discounts up to 25%, apart from free shipping/postage in India, if the order exceeds Rs. 200/=. You can choose to pay through Credit Card/Debit Card/Internet Banking. You can also choose to pay through “Cash-on-Delivery” i.e. you pay in cash only when the same is delivered at your doorstep:

Prep book for IES General Ability Test (200 marks):
Prep book for IES General Ability Test.pngI.E.S. General Ability (Topic Wise Solved Papers) by G K Publishers.
List Price: Rs.195; Offer Price: Rs.167; Discount: Rs. 28 (14%).

Chapter-wise Solved PapersIES English & General Ability by Priyanka Ahuja, Chauhan Publisher: Arihant
List Price: Rs.125; Offer Price: Rs.116; Discount: Rs.9 (7%).

Prep Book for IES Exam (Electronics) Objective Test Papers (400 marks)
List Price: Rs.525; Offer Price: Rs.440; Discount: Rs. 85 (16%)
List Price: Rs.540; Offer Price: Rs.405; Discount: Rs. 135 (25%)
List Price: Rs.595; Offer Price: Rs.446; Discount: Rs. 149 (25%)

List Price: Rs.275; Offer Price: Rs.206; Discount: Rs. 69 (25%)
List Price: Rs.240; Offer Price: Rs.180; Discount: Rs. 60 (25%)

Price: Rs. 395

Prep Book for IES Exam (Electronics) Conventional Test Papers (400 marks)
List Price: Rs.600; Offer Price: Rs.503; Discount: Rs. 97 (16%)

Topic-wise reference books for IES Exam (Electronics):
Network Analysis by Van Valkenburg
Network and Systems by D. Roy Choudhary
Integrated Electronics by Jacob Milman & C. Halkias, Millman & Grabel
Integrated Circuits by K.R. Botkar
Op. Amps & Linear Integrated Circuit by Gayakwad
Digital Logic & Computer Design by Moris Mano
Signals and System by Oppehum, Willsky & Nacob
Automatic Control System by Benjamin C. Kuo
Control System Engg. by Nagrath & Gopal
Principle of Communication System by Taub & Schilling
Communiation System by A. Bruu Carlson
Electromagnetic Waves & Radiating Systems by Jardon & Balmain, JD Kraus

Hope above study materials (Exam pattern, syllabus, sample papers & books) for the IES exam helps you in your preparation for the exam. I would post more materials as and when I can spot them. Therefore, please keep visiting this blog..
Best wishes!

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posted by on May 12, 2012  
  • At April 14, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Anonymous Manish said…

    Very good information i have obtained from the blog. So i thanx from heart to administrator.
    Keep it up to help people like us.

    I m writing IES this i will appreciate experience regarding exam from guests or regular visitors.

  • At May 1, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Blogger lakshmi said…

    Its really an asset to those who are willing to write IES EXAM.It will be very usefull for ies aspirants if you conduct some objective type quiz...

  • At May 8, 2009 at 7:44 AM, Anonymous barun said…

    I got a lot of information from this blog.I thanks to administrator.This will really help me in preparation of IES.I will Keep on visiting this blog.

  • At July 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    thanks for the suggestion in i learnt a lot for IES-2010 , with reference books to syllabus to parikshguru papers , to statical analysis for 2003-2006 exam . heartly thanks to u for that . i hope i will surely crack the exam for 2010-IES.

  • At August 3, 2009 at 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i really appreciate ur endeavor for helping IES aspirants .

  • At October 22, 2009 at 3:00 PM, Blogger krishna said…

    it is really a very good information for all the aspirants.
    i am very thankful to you sir

  • At October 31, 2009 at 10:34 AM, Blogger avinash said…

    u should also give sample papers for the exams which is easily accessible.for every thing u should not ask login id.

  • At November 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Blogger Linux said…

    hi, i want to thank Parikshaguru for giving lot information regarding the Exam notifications, pattern of exam, syllabus, list of the boos........... n u should also mention books for electronic measurements , physical electronic devices and ICs, materials and components, computer engineering, and Microwave engineering.........

  • At November 6, 2009 at 8:47 PM, Blogger shakshi said…

    you have given useful information for those people who are preparing for this exam.

  • At January 14, 2010 at 7:35 AM, Blogger don_roushan said…

    thanks a lot................keep updating us

  • At January 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM, Blogger raj said…

    Thanks's very helpful

  • At January 31, 2010 at 3:43 PM, Blogger rams said…

    hi...need some info...plz help me out...m an electronics n instrumentation student...can i apply 4 IES..?plzz do reply......

  • At February 8, 2010 at 6:43 PM, Blogger subhojit said…

    m an electronics n instrumentation student...can i apply 4 IES..?& if i do,then do i have to prepare for the communication part also????plzz do reply......

  • At February 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Blogger namrata said…

    Could you also suggest the names of books which could help in preparation for the General ability paper.

  • At February 15, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Blogger avinash said…


  • At February 19, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Blogger niveditha said…

    thank u sir.this information is very useful to us to know how to prepare for this.keep updating sir.
    thank u sir.

  • At April 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM, Blogger Siddharth said…

    Thank you for providing the information. Sir could you please let me know when the objective & conventional paper would be conducted on a three day test.

  • At April 24, 2010 at 1:38 AM, Blogger Govind Kumar said…

    thank u very much sir
    plz give information abt eligiblety in IES ,can we give ies in 4th year?
    plz reply na........

  • At May 8, 2010 at 6:26 PM, Blogger gowtham said…

    can any one pls suggest wer der coaching i given for ies in vizag????

  • At June 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM, Blogger kapil said…

    thank u so much sir for this kind information. It is really helpful for me. plz tell me about the eligibility of givingyhis exm. can we give this exam in B.E. 3rd year???????

  • At July 7, 2010 at 10:36 PM, Blogger arup das said…

    Don't come into Defence Services after qualifying IES, since it will harm your carrier.You will never get independant command, your boss will always be an uniformed officer, within first 12 years you will get only one promotion and after that you will not get any promotion in 99% cases.Promotion is on the basis of seniority and not on the basis of performance. Min of Defence is totally unorganised for Civilian Engineer as it looked after only its uniformed officer.

  • At July 16, 2010 at 4:26 PM, Blogger SUMATHY said…

    sir plz tell me more about ies exam,its preparation ,materials in studying final ece sir shall i write this exam?am fromrural area plzz give me the full detail sir...

  • At July 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Blogger pankaj said…

    i need study material to cross borde line of ies.i am studying mechanical engineering in 3rd year.sir please helllp me to ccrack it i wnt the list of book to study it

  • At July 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Blogger sabir said…

    sir, your information is very good ,but i want to know detailed about the field of jobs & which is the best field to choose & why.thanks!!!

  • At July 26, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Blogger SHAIL said…

    pankaj this is a forum for electronics you must put ur queries in some mechanical forum.

  • At August 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM, Blogger Superyash said…

    sir i wasted a lot of time searching for ies papers online but could not find them.finally i found on this blog .thanks sir for your worthy is my humble request to u to provide the solutions for this ies paper 2009 for electronics branch.

  • At August 29, 2010 at 11:18 PM, Blogger rajesh said…

    hi...need some info...plz help me out...m an electronics n instrumentation student...can i apply 4 IES..?plzz do reply......

  • At August 29, 2010 at 11:24 PM, Blogger rajesh said…

    i need study material to cross borde line of ies.i am studying final year sir shall i write this exam?am fromrural area plzz give me the full detail sir...

  • At September 12, 2010 at 8:53 AM, Blogger aravind said…

    sir plz tell me more about ies exam,its preparation ,materials in detail and eligibility.plz do reply..

  • At October 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Blogger sachin said…

    sir,on upsc site the branch mentioned is electronics and telecommunication and mine is electronics and communication ,so am i elegible to give ies exam

  • At November 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Blogger Ronika said…

    how many attempts can be made for this IES???is there any age limit???
    please help me.

  • At January 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM, Blogger WIN said…

    hi, I`m from karnataka. I`m doing 3rd year engg(EC). I want start prepar`n for IES. so, any body having notes and materials abt ISE pls send me.(or u kn any sites pls info. me)
    my email:

  • At January 6, 2011 at 1:01 AM, Blogger MICK said…

    Do the questions in IES repeat.

  • At January 13, 2011 at 12:40 PM, Blogger azaz said…

    hi, I`m from andhrapradesh. I`m doing 4th year engg(ECE). I want start prepar`n for IES. so, any body having notes and materials abt IES pls send me.(or u kn any sites pls info. me)plzzz

  • At January 26, 2011 at 11:41 PM, Blogger thrinod said…

    Hello sir i am final year student of electionics please tell me which book s good to get the subject which is required for passing ies

  • At February 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM, Blogger rahul said…

    THANKS for informing about authors of opamp and integrated circuit

  • At March 1, 2011 at 10:14 PM, Blogger chaitanya said…

    hi sir gdevng i cmplted my btech(ece) & my % is 64% sir.can i get a good rank in ies sir. i wana to get a good rank sir.plz tel me which book is requirer to get a good rank.

  • At May 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM, Blogger rebecca said…

    I am an electronics gradguate going to pursue my post gradguation in electronics....after the completion of my post gradguate course can i appear for ies?? am i eligable for it??.. plz do reply....

  • At May 31, 2011 at 1:37 PM, Blogger kapil said…

    can u guys send me and people like me the regular updates of these exam notifications....and details my mail on my mail id :-

  • At July 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM, Blogger princes of hills said…

    hi bro and sisters i am from tamil nadu. I started to prepar for IES. so, any body having notes and materials abt ISE and also the date when the call for will be... pls send me.(or u kn any sites pls info. me)

  • At December 17, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I had little idea about IES, all i thot was it was a out of the world tough xam. But dis blog has given some crucial info which is very helpful in starting a preperatn. Gud job!

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  • At October 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM, Blogger audio system said…

    I need more info on IES exam pattern of electronics. Please help me anybody..

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