Books Coverage for ESE (E&C)

Dear friends
I wish to share with you coverage of standard textbooks which I
referred during my semesters and ESE preparation. I’ve written this
keeping in mind that people generally don’t want to spend time on
books seeing less benefit to cost ratio. In most of the blogs only book
names are referred. But I always wanted to know what to do/leave in a
book. Unfortunately I had to wait till my own result to write this! I’ve
tried to list down the sections which are relevant for ESE exam. After
finishing a subject, do solve previous year’s questions. These questions
will provide more insights on relevance of book you are reading or
whether something more needs to be done.

Many of you in colleges might not be having access to coaching or are
unwilling to spend time and money. Why not study now? It’s ok to feel
lost and demotivated during your preparation. Just make a start. A bit
of sincerity and patience is needed. Let ESE be an option for you and
not a compulsion!

I know there is scope for more refinement in this list. Please suggest
changes and other good books. For suggestions contact me on

Sumit Singh
ESE 2016, AIR 29
ESE 2015 (reserve List)

Microelectronic circuits 6th edition
By Sedra and Smith

Chapter 1(Introduction to Electronics and semiconductors)
leave 1.7.
1.8 to 1.13 can be left (Solve problems only) if covered from

Chapter 2(Diodes)
Refer class notes also (any coaching’s)

Chapter 3(BJTs)
(leave 3.8, 3.10 cover frequency response from Boylestad book)

Chapter 4 (MOSFETs)
Leave 4.10, 4.12, 4.13(but do 4.13.4), 4.16 (VLSI topic)

Chapter 5 (Operational Amplifier)
Don’t leave anything!

Chapter 7: Feedback
Do this topic from boylestad and notes.

Chapter 8 (Differential and multistage Amplifiers)
Do 8.3 and 8.1

Chapter 9 (Operational-Amplifier and Data Converter circuits)
Do 9.1.4, 9.1.7, 9.9, 9.10

Chapter 10 (Digital CMOS logic Logic circuits)
Do 10.3.2 to 10.3.7

Chapter 11 (filters and tuned amplifiers)
Do 11.1, 11.4, 11.5, 11.11. refer notes.
This chapter can be left to be covered at end of syllabus if found

Chapter 12 (Signal generators and waveform shaping circuits)
Leave 12.8

Power amplifiers: Read Boylestad for class A and B, class C and D from

Electronic Devices and Circuit theory 10th edition
By Robert L. Boylestad

Computer analysis and practical application topics are not important for
conventional exam.

Chapter 1: Semiconductor diodes
leave 1.12, 1.14

Chapter 2: Diode Applications

Chapter 3: Bipolar Junction Transistors
leave 3.9, 3.10, 3.10, 3.11, 3.13

Chapter 4: DC Biasing-BJTs

Chapter 5: BJT AC analysis
Leave AC analysis of Darlington circuit and feedback pair.
Complicated derivations can be ignored. Focus on approximate analysis
more. Don’t try to remember formula. Just grasp analysis and problem

Chapter 6: Field Effect Transistors
leave 6.5

Chapter 7: FET biasing
leave 7.12, 7.14

Chapter 8: FET Amplifiers
Complicated derivations can be ignored. Focus on approximate analysis
more. Don’t try to remember formula. Just grasp analysis and problem

Chapter 9: BJT and JFET frequency response

Chapter 10: Operational Amplifiers
Leave 10.3

Chapter 11: Op-Amp applications

Chapter 12: Power Amplifiers
Very well explained in this book.

Chapter 14: Feedback and oscillator circuits

Chapter 15: Power Supplies

Chapter 16 and 17 can be left to be covered at end of preparation. Not
so important from here. Tunnel diode, SCR should be done from

Note : Theory portion for diodes, BJT, OP-Amp and oscillators should be
done from Sedra. Do only problems from Boylestad if you don’t have

Solid State Electronic Devices 6th edition
By Ben G. Streetman

Chapter1: Crystal properties and growth of semiconductor
Do 1.3

Chapter 2: Atoms and electrons
Leave this chapter

Chapter 3:Energy bands and charge carriers in semiconductors
No need to remember quantum stuff (3.1.2, 3.1.5,3.2.2)

Chapter 4: Excess carriers in semiconductors
Do 4.1, 4.2, 4.3.1, 4.4.1-4

Chapter 5: Junctions
Do 5.1, 5.2
In 5.3 do upto pg. 188 and eg. 5.4, avoid quasi Fermi level discussion
Do 5.4.1-2 upto pg 198, 5.4.4, 5.5.4-5, 5.7.1-3

Chapter 6: Field-Effect Transistors
Do 6.2.1-2, 6.3.1-2, 6.4.1-4, fig 6.21 and first para on pg. 288, 6.5.6,

Chapter 7: Bipolar Junction Transistors
Do 7.1, 7.2, do Ebers-Moll model from Millman Grabel/halkias book,
Chapter 8: Optoelectronic Devices
Do 8.1.1-3, 8.2, 8.3. Refer john M. Senior for LED and photodiode.

Chapter 9: Integrated Circuits
Do 9.3.1 upto page 449 third para. , pg. 462 second para, 9.4
9.5.2 for GATE

Chapter 10: High-Frequency and High-Power Devices
Do all sections thoroughly.

Principles of electromagnetics 4 th edition by
Matthew N.O. Sadiku

All chapters except chapter 13 are to be done. Only remember those
derivations which have been asked previously. For some topics

Chapter 2: Vector calculus
Don’t try to remember curl and divergence formula for all three
coordinate systems. See William hyat appendix for general method to
calculate curl and divergence. Or refer class notes.

Digital Design 4th edition by M. Morris Mano
Leave Computer design topics
Chapter 1: Digital Systems and Binary Numbers

Chapter 2: Boolean Algebra and Logic Gates

Chapter 3: Gate-Level Minimization
Leave 3.10
Chapter 4: Combinational Logic

Chapter 5: Synchronous Sequential Logic
Leave 5.6
Chapter 6: Registers and Counters
Leave pg 272-281

Chapter 7: Memory and programmable Logic
Leave 7.8, (questions from 7.6, 7.7 not asked )

Chapter 10: Digital Integrated Circuits

Note: for ADC, DAC refer Digital Systems Principles and Applications
(Pearson Publication)by R.J. Tocci /R.P. Jain/ any Indian author.

Automatic Control Systems 8 th edition by
Benjamin C kuo

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Mathematical Foundation
Do 2.5, rest can be skipped if signals and systems already done.

Chapter 3: Block diagrams and signal flow graphs

Chapter 4: Modeling of physical systems
Questions are rarely asked. Not so important

Chapter 5: State variable analysis
Do upto 5.7.2, canonical form representation and decomposition of
transfer functions not asked frequently, understand observability and
controllability concepts. Refer any Indian author book for this chapter if
unable to grasp anything from here.

Chapter 6: Stability of linear control systems

Chapter 7: Time domain analysis of control
Leave 7.7, 7.10

Chapter 8: Root-Locus technique
Leave 8.5

Chapter 9: Frequency domain analysis
Leave 9.15,16

Chapter 10: Design of Control Systems
Do 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7
Leave examples in above section. Just remember circuit diagrams,
formula and effect of each on steady state and transient response.
See previous years question or any Indian author book for practice.

Engineering circuit analysis 7 th
edition by W H Hayt
Try unsolved problems also. For more problems refer Alexander Sadiku.

Chapter 2: Basic components and electric circuits

Chapter 3: Voltage and current laws
Chapter 4: Basic nodal and mesh analysis

Chapter5: Network Topology
Also refer K.M. Soni book for this chapter.

Chapter 6: Network theorems and useful circuit analysis techniques

Chapter 7: Capacitors and inductors

Chapter 8: Basic RL and RC circuits

Chapter 15: Circuit analysis in s domain

Chapter 9: The RLC circuit
Use Laplace as alternative if differential equation method is difficult.

Chapter 10: Sinusoidal steady-state analysis

Chapter 11: AC circuit power analysis

Chapter 13: Magnetically coupled circuits

Chapter 14: Complex frequency and the laplace transform
Leave this chapter if already covered in signals and system

Chapter 16: Frequency response
leave 16.5, 16.6, refer class notes /any Indian author

Chapter 17: Two port networks

Chapter 18: Fourier circuit analysis
Leave this chapter if done in signals and systems. Do solved examples
For network synthesis Refer Van Valkenburg

Signals and Systems 2 nd
edition by H P HSU
(Schaum’s outlines)
Must do all solved examples from this book and Oppenheim.
Remember all formulas given in Appendix B and Appendix F.
Do the basic problems of Oppenheim after completing this book for
more practice.
Nowadays signal processing concepts like discrete filters etc are also
asked. Refer Schaum/Oppenheim DSP book/ your B.Tech notes for that.

Chapter 1: Signals and System

Chapter 2: Linear time invariant systems
Refer Oppenheim for differential equation solutions and eigen value

Chapter 3: Laplace transform and continuous time LTI system

Chapter4 : Sampling
Refer Oppenheim also

Chapter 5: The Z transform and discrete time LTI systems

Chapter 6: Fourier analysis of continuous time signals and systems

Chapter 7: Fourier analysis of discrete time signals and systems

Chapter 8: State space analysis

Chapter 9: Random variables and processes
Better do it after reading Communication systems text book.

Communication Systems 4 th
edition by Simon

Background and preview

Chapter 1: Random Processes
Leave 1.13,1.14

Chapter 2: Continuous-Wave modulation
For FM generation and demodulation refer any other book like
Taub Schilling /Singh & Sapre/B.P. Lathi
Leave 2.8
In 2.13 Leave FM threshold effect analysis and FM Threshold reduction
Try unsolved problems 1,4,6,9,10,11,16,21,22,27,28,29,31,33,34,37.

Chapter 3: Pulse modulation
In 3.2 do upto eq 3.33 pg.197.
Leave 3.13, 3.15, 3.16
Try problems 3, 18,27.

Note: for digital communication refer Schaum’s outlines if you find this
book difficult. Tough questions from Digital comm. are rarely asked in
ESE, but more important for GATE.

Chapter 4: Baseband pulse transmission
Leave 4.6,4.7,4.8( do it for interview),4.9,4.10
Read eye pattern from B.P. lathi

Chapter 5: Signal space analysis
Do 5.1,5.2

Chapter 6: Passband data transmission
Do 6.1, 6.2, 6.3(Leave offset QPSK, π/4 shifted QPSK), 6.4(upto eg. 6.3),
6.9, 6.10

Chapter 7: Spread spectrum Modulation
Do 7.1, 7.2(upto pg. 482), 7.3, 7.7(only half of pg. 500)

Chapter 8: Multiuser Radio communication
Do upto 8.4

Chapter 9: Fundamental limits in Information theory
Do 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4(only Huffman coding),9.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.9, 9.10

Chapter 10: Error control coding
Just do (minimum distance considerations) hamming code on pg 637

Analog and Digital Communication (Schaum’s outlines)3rd
edition by HWEI P HSU

Must to do all solved problems of relevant chapters. Some important
results and derivations are there in them.

Chapter 1: Signals and Spectra
Note sinc function on pg. 1.7-8, skip this chapter if already completed
signals and system
Chapter 2: Signal Transmission and filtering

Chapter 3: Amplitude modulation

Chapter 4: Angle modulation

Chapter 5: Pulse Modulation System
Note eg. 5.8

Chapter 6: Probability and Random Variables

Chapter 7: Random Process
Leave 7.6A i.e. Gaussian random processs

Chapter 8: Noise
More relevant for GATE than ESE

Chapter 9: Noise in Analog Communication Systems
More relevant for GATE than ESE

Chapter 10: Digital Modulation and Demodulation
All derivations in theory portion are important.

Chapter 11: Information theory and source coding

Microprocessor Architecture, Programming and Application with 8085 5th
edition by Ramesh Gaonkar
Appendix F is very important. Notice the flags, M-cycles and T-states on
pg. 780-783.
Attempt at least those unsolved problem whose answers are given in
Appendix G.

Chapter 1: Microprocessors, microcomputers and Assembly language

Chapter 2: Introduction to 8085 assembly language programming

Chapter 3: Microprocessor Architecture and Microcomputer Systems

Chapter 4: 8085 Microprocessor Architecture and Memory interfacing

Chapter 6: Introduction to 8085 Instructions

Chapter 7: Programming techniques with Additional Instructions

Chapter 8: Counters and Time Delays

Chapter 9: Stacks and Subroutines

Chapter 10: Code conversion, BCD Arithmetic, and 16-bit Data
Do 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9

Chapter 12: Interrupts

Read some peripherals such as 8155(14.2), 8259(15.5),8237(15.6) and
those asked in previous years exam questions.

Computer System Architecture 3rd
edition by M. Morris Mano

Read 8.8 RISC,CISC, pipelining on Pg. 284-287
Read Chapter 12

1. For Instrumentation and measurement refer class notes and A.K.
2. For material science refer class notes and S.P. Seth, A.J. Dekker for
superconductivity etc.
3. For Antenna basics do first 2 chapters of C.A. Balanis book.
4. For more practice on Control systems refer B.S. Manke/ any other
Indian author.
5. For fibre optic communication and optoelectronics refer John M.
6. For microwave (not in syllabus now) refer Samuel Y. Liao.
7. For satellite comm. I don’t know a good source.{I referred Satellite
networking by Zhili Sun (first 2 chapters leaving maths), Chapter 4
Radio wave propagation of Satellite Communications by Dennis
Roddy}. For Cellular networks and LOS budget calculation refer
Wireless Communication by Rappaport.
8. For programming refer ANSI C by E. Balaguruswamy./ youtube .
9. For TCP/IP and OSI model refer chapter 2 Of CCNA-ICND1 (free
pdf available on internet)/ Forouzan.
10. Advanced Electronics topics , Computer Architecture and
Basic Electrical Engineering–I don’t know (someone please
suggest!). However, for basic electrical engineering refer Ashfaq
Hussain. For embedded systems refer Mazidi book(Pearson
publication). For DSP refer Schaum’s outlines for filter design first.
If doesn’t help then Oppenheim Book (Discrete time signal

11 Replies to “Books Coverage for ESE (E&C)”

    1. It is balanced between theory and numericals. Written exam is not difficult. Previous years gate/ ese questions are sufficient. You will need good speed.Questions are randomly distributed in paper. Better skip lengthy numerical questions for last. Prepare any 5 subjects for interview.

    1. It was average. As i was working in communication field , i expected most of the questions to be related to my job but very less was asked from that. Instead they sticked to instrumentation, microprocessor and basic electronics. Some i answered, some i didn’t. Interview very much depends upon techinal members expertise area. Interview will be completely technical, don’t prepare like that of civil’s interview. Be straightforward and honest. Avoid guessing. And lastly, don’t enter the room with this in mind that you are good in electronics! As thinking that will make you defensive.

  1. Sir…I have a question…not remotely related to this topic though…why did you choose ESE over CSE? I’m also E&C graduate and I am facing this dilemma.I do love my stream and my subjects but my parents are saying that an administrative job is better than a technical job for a girl.Please enlighten

  2. ESE is more or less equivalent to an optional of CSE. Well you can go for both! Have electrical as optional. Ask someone (may be on quora) who’s already in job for atleast 10 years about which type of job would be better for you. Also vacancies are very less for E&T. You will have to ponder over it .
    As for myself it all happened quite naturally. I really never made the choice!

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