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

mailing2sumit@gmail.com

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

Streetman.

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

difficult.

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

Sedra.

**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

solving.

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

solving.

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

Streetman.

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

time.

**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,

7.7.2-4

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

only.

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

concepts

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 **

**Haykin**

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)3****rd**

** 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

operations

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

**Note:**

1. For Instrumentation and measurement refer class notes and A.K.

Sawhney.

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.

Senior.

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

processing).

Thank You Sir…such an explicit and detailed discussion was very much required for ECE ESE examination.

please do write more blogs for ESE for ECE background students

Sir could you provide a article for BARC oces/dgfc exam covering the aspects like whether the online exam is more theoretical/numerical in nature?

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.

Sir..please share your upsc interview experience with us….as that would be really helpful for future aspirants like us

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.

okay…thanks