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Resources- BOOKs + Online

It is really great that you are preparing using NPTEL. It is one of the best ways to prepare for
competitive exams and also to clear your basics which is important for clearing interviews, during
job, further studies etc. Sometimes students go for strategic study for competitive exams like
GATE and ESE, which is good if you only concern is clearing the exam but what it will do is you
will never have confidence in your technical skills in future and if a person asks you some random
question from the subject you will think many times before answering and might even get it
wrong. This happens quiet a few times when we face interviews. So it is good that you are
thinking of taking NPTEL courses and since you have time by your side you don't have to think
about any strategy as of now.

This list is for Mechanical engineering:

Strength of Materials :TIMOSHENKO-JAMES GERE, PUNMIA...follow any one

of the above only as reading from both will confuse because of different notations. I
followed Timoshenko.

Theory of Machines and Vibrations: NPTEL lectures and SS Rattan, RS

Khurmi (for examples only).

Machine Design: VB Bhandari book-direct questions from solved examples in

conv. paper-2

Fluid Mechanics: NPTEL lectures by Prof. SK SOM ( don't follow any other book
except for these lecturesleave the topics like derivation of Navier Stokes equation,
boundary layer equations, turbulent flow-follow basics only), for numerical practice RK

Thermodynamics: NPTEL SK SOM lectures or PK Nag (solve all unsolved

problems also) or Cengel and Boles- I followed Cengel for theory and did
numericals (solved+unsolved) from PK Nag.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning : CP Arora

Power Plant:Fluid machines- turbines and pumps from NPTEL (SK SOM) , Rankine
cycle and steam turbines from PK Nag power plant book, Gas Turbines- NPTEL and
Compressors- NPTEL by SK SOM, Boiler and other power plant components from PK
Nag power plant book.

IC Engines: ML Mathur

HMT: RC Sachdeva

Production: Try to make notes for this subject as it is very vast and you will not be able
to answer every question by studying single book.
NPTEL- Manufacturing processes IIT Kharagpur, PN Rao for- Welding and
Casting, Metal Cutting, Machine tools, Finishing operations, Non-Conventional
machining, PC Sharma: Metrology, Limits,Fits, Tolerances Kalpakjian for- Metal
Forming and sheet metal operations, Metal Cutting, Machine tools, Finishing operations,
Non-Conventional machining, Ghosh and Mallik for numerical practice. Groover-
NC/CNC and robotics

Industrial Engineering: NPTEL , OP Khanna.

Operations Research: Hira and Gupta or Kantiswarup.

Engineering Maths: Made easy book

Previous year question papers must.

Mondal Sir (Made easy)- Follow his slides; good for revision and previous year papers

Some recommended NPTEL videos for Mechanical Engineering:



FLUID MACHINERY (Including Compressible flow and Compressors):SK SOM

HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER : Prof. SUKHATME nd Prof. Deshpande IIT Bombay.

RAC: NPTEL Lectures not upto mark. Book by CP ARORA recommended.

IC Engines: Book by ML MATHUR or V Ganeshan recommended.

MACHINING: Manufacturing process II by IIT Kharagpur- Machining, Machine tools,

Unconventional Machining etc.


INDUSTRIAL : IIT Roorkee but lectures not up to the mark. Book recommended


SOM: Book recommended BC PUNMIA or TIMOSHENKO.



NOTE: These lectures are available on NPTEL site as well as on Youtube. Some of the above
lectures also have PDF and handouts with questions for practice. You can make use of them as


How can I start once again preparation for ESE and GATE 2017?
This is the toughest part for an aspirant especially if he/she has given 100%(as per
him/her) for this years exam. This is what I did after ESE 2015 did not go well for me:

1. I took a week break. By break I mean I did not follow facebook pages and
other social networking sites for preparation where I could see other
aspirants posting their marks and discussing the exam. I diverted my
mind by watching movies, talking to my friends, travelling with my
family etc.
2. After a week or 15 days, I felt the energy and zeal to prepare again for the
next year. I read few inspiring stories available on net of previous
successful people who went through the same situation and how they
emerged as winners eventually.
3. After this I started looking at my strong and weak areas. The mistakes I
have committed. Then, I started collecting the sources for reading the
topics which I felt i was weak in. Arranged the reference Texts and study
materials online and also bought the required and essential stuff.
4. The next 2 months I attacked only the weak subjects of mine. e.g. I am
from mechanical engineering, I was pretty weak in Material Sciences,
Production engineering and Power Plant. So I focused on these subjects
only and prepared my own notes for the same. These subjects are very
vast and cannot be read from a single source, so preparation of notes was
a must here.

5. In these 2 months my study plan was to complete subjects in given time

which I decided by preparing Time-Table:
i) Reading the topic thoroughly from various sources

ii) Preparing notes for the topics studied and then attacking the previous year question of
GATE and ESE of those topics.

iii) Next day I revised my notes and practiced questions from standard texts and
preserved the question and solution of few selected questions in my notes itself.

iv) Revision of the topics after every 15 days.

6. I followed the same time table for 2 months for these subjects and then switched over
to the strong subjects.
7. One can also mix the subjects they are strong in with their weaker subjects to build the

One should not feel disheartened by the failures but should look at them as an
opportunity to improve and learn more. Keep telling yourself that the worst part of your
life is over and it can get better only in future.

All The B

What is the composition of the ESE interview Board?

The interview board consists of following persons:

1. Chairman of board: He is the member of UPSC

2. 3 persons from technical field- 1 will be from Railways and other two will
be professors from IITs or persons from technical field.

What is the difference between Group 'A' and Group 'B' posts in
ESE? Is Group A superior to Group B? Is there any difference in
Group A posts are superior to Group B posts. A Group B officer reports to a Group A
officer. For Example:

Central power engineering services (CPES) group A posts: One joins at the post of
Assistant Director I /AEE in Central Electricity Authority (CEA). He/she reports to
Deputy Director/s.

CPES Group B posts: One joins at the post of Assistant Director II/ Assistant Engineer
in CEA. He/she is inferior in terms of rank to Assistant Director I.

It takes around 4 years to reach Group A post if you have got Group B post through ESE.
If one has got a group B post through SSC/RRB/JE exams or any exam like JWM etc. ,
then it will take 1015 years to become group A officer.

Now coming to salary part: (As per 7th pay commission)

Group A posts : Basic pay- Rs. 56100 ( 15600+5400 6th pay)

Group B posts: Basic pay- Rs. 47600 ( 9300+4800 6th pay)

So, If one joins Group B posts through ESE, he/she will be junior in terms of rank to
group A officer. He/she will also get lesser salary as there is a difference in basic pay.
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Does a 2012 pass out mechanical engineer presently working in

PSU should go for the ESE preparation? DEC-2016
The answer to this largely depends on your personal point of view. If you are
satisfied with the work, money, location, future prospects etc. then I will
recommend you to continue with PSU. The reason is age factor. The
promotions in Engineering services are more or less time based, so even if
you crack ESE 2018 and consequently join services in 2019, you will be
around 28 years of age ( guess) with around 32 years of service left with you.
In 32 years of service you might reach SAG grade equivalent to Joint
secretary or Chief engineer level. This in case of Railways and few other
services where promotions are relatively better. Otherwise, you will
definitely reach JAG (selection grade) or director level post.

But the positive in Engineering services is that you will reach director level
position definitely in 25 years of service (maximum) while you will become
GM of a small deptt. in your unit of PSU only at the time of retirement.
Therefore, as far as the responsibility and power is concerned, it will be
more right from the starting position in Engineering services. One can
become Director in PSUs like RITES, IRCON and in ministries like MoH,
MoRTH etc. on deputation after getting into JAG grade.

I will say if you are not satisfied with your current job, location and you
dont see a better future in PSU then you can definitely think of giving a solid
try at ESE 2018.

In terms of promotion which one is better IRSME or IRSS?

This is old data, 2004 to be precise but it does give idea. Due to large
unplanned intakes, the promotions are getting slower compared to previous

How should a civil engineer opt for IRSE, CPWD, MORTH, IDSE,
IRSS in ESE preference order?
IRSE- diverse job, promotions on time (faster than other services), good facilities, very
hectic job, some locations not good, opportunities to work with Rail PSUs on deputation

CPWD- Less diverse/Static work, promotions slower than railways, facilities not good
compared to IDSE and IRSE, locations excellent (metro Cities- maximum Delhi), great
work-life balance

IDSE- It is like CPWD branch of Min. of Defence, promotions slowest, Facilities very
good, locations and frequent transfer is big a issue ( Hard station postings in Ladakh,
Arunachal Pradesh, A&N etc.)

MORTH- Less diversity in work, promotions intermediate, facilities decent when on field
but in office lesser facilities as it should be, good work-life balance, locations good while
in office.

So, IRSE is good if you are looking for a diverse work profile with timely promotions and
good facilities.

CPWD=MORTH is good if you are looking for good work-life balance and job location in
major cities of India.

IDSE is good if you are looking for good work-life balance and facilities.

General preferences:


Personal point of view


What should I prefer, MNIT Jaipur civil, NIT Hamirpur ECE, EE,
or NIT Kurukshetra EE?
Things one should take into consideration while choosing a college:

1. Interest- this is quite absurd thing as most of the students do not have a
special liking for any branch as they all have been studying PCM and
have no idea about branch of Engineering.
2. Placements: If one wants a nice pay after 4 years of graduation
irrespective of interest, then branch matters not the college especially if
you are comparing two NITs. This should be the sequence-
3. Lust for the government jobs: It is still there and is increasing day
by day although the jobs in govt. sector are decreasing. One can get into
PSUs through campus and also through GATE. A lot of PSUs visit almost
every NIT. But here choice of branch and college both matters. In this
case NIT KKR is better than NIT Hamirpur. Also one can prepare for
ESE (IES) exam to get services like Railways/MES/CPWD etc. If this is
in your mind then your choice should be Mech>Civil>EE>ECE and a big
no to CSE/IT here.
4. Civil Services Preparation: I do not know about NIT H and MNIT
but NIT KKR will provide you with loads of free time for this exam. The
branch also matters as only civil, electrical and mechanical are the
options in UPSC CSE (this provided you opt for an engineering
optional). Plus EE and ECE people are at disadvantage because of a
difficult curriculum even in NIT KKR.
5. MBA: If this is your career goal, then you should choose college over
branch. Branch does not matter here. NIT kkr gives you a lot of time for
studying for the competitive exams.
6. Place/Location: This can also be a contributing factor in some cases. If
any of the above place is nearby your home, then you can choose that

7. MS/Mtech/Research: ECE is the branch for future. A lot of things

happening in this field everyday. If you want career in research/teaching
or want to go for MS from a foreign university then ECE branch must be
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These books are helpful for preparing GATE and ESE examinations:

Strength of Materials:- B.C. Punamia, Timoshenko, Rama Murtham (any of these but go for
Timoshenko when your basics get clear)

Thermodynamics:- P.K. Nag, Cengel and Boles

Operations Research:- Heera and Gupta, H A Taha, Ravindran &Phillips.

Industrial Engg:- Martand Telsang, Buffa&Sarin

Fluid Mechanics:- Frank.M.White, K. Subramanya

Production Engg:- Kalpika Jain, P.N. Rao, P.C. Sharma, Ghosh & Malik (any one).
HMT:- Cengel, J P Holman

RAC:- C.P. Arora

IC Engine:- V Ganesan

Theory of Machines: S.S. Ratan, Ghosh and Mallik

Material Science:- W.D. Callister, UC. Jindal, I.P. Singh

Machine Design:- Shigley, V.B. Bhandari

For in-depth study of a particular topic watch NPTEL video lectures.

Please note that 30 marks of non- technical section makes difference to score a good
rank. Please practice this section regularly, you can score more than 25 marks in non-tech section