CIVIL ENGINEERING SYLLABUS FOR THE IAS

CIVIL ENGINEERING SYLLABUS

Syllabus for the OPTIONAL Paper ‘CIVIL ENGINEERING’ for the IAS Main Examination is listed below. It consists of two parts: CIVIL ENGINEERING PAPER I and CIVIL ENGINEERING PAPER II. PAPER I contains 4 topics while PAPER II contains 5 topics.

CIVIL ENGINEERING SYLLABUS PAPER – I 

Paper I of ‘CIVIL ENGINEERING’ consists of 4 topics:

TOPIC 1: Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials  and Structural Analysis

1.1 Engineering Mechanics:

Units and Dimensions, SI Units, Vectors, Concept of Force, Concept of particle and rigid body. Concurrent, Non- Concurrent and parallel forces in a plane, moment of force free body diagram, conditions of equilibrium, Principle of virtual work, equivalent force system.

First and Second Moment of area, Mass moment of Inertia.

Static Friction.

Kinematics and Kinetics:

Kinematics in cartesian Co-ordinates, motion under uniform and non-uniform acceleration, motion under gravity. Kinetics of particle: Momentum and Energy principles, collision of elastic bodies, rotation of rigid bodies.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Irving H Shames & GKM Rao – Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics

Beer, Johnston, Mazurek, Cornwell & Sanghi – Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics

S Timoshenko, DH Young, JV Rao & Sukumar Pati – Engineering Mechanics

1.2 Strength of Materials:

Simple Stress and Strain, Elastic constants, axially loaded compression members, Shear force and bending moment, Theory of simple bending, Shear Stress distribution across cross sections. Beams of uniform strength.

Deflection of beams: Macaulay’s method, Mohr’s Moment area method, Conjugate beam method, unit load method, Torsion of Shafts, Elastic stability of columns, Euler’s, Rankine’s and Secant Formulae.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

UC Jindal – A Textbook on Strength of Materials

S Ramamrutham & R Narayanan – Strength of Materials

Stephen Timoshenko – Strength of Materials Part 1: Elementary Theory and Problems

James M Gere & Barry J Goodno – Strength of Materials

1.3 Structural Analysis: 

Castiglianio’s theorems I and II, unit load method, of consistent deformation applied to beams and pin jointed trusses. Slope-deflection, moment distribution.

Rolling loads and Influences lines: Influences lines for Shear Force and Bending moment at a section of a beam. Criteria for maximum shear force and bending Moment in beams traversed by a system of moving loads. Influences lines for simply supported plane pin jointed trusses.

Arches: Three hinged, two hinged and fixed arches, rib shortening and temperature effects.

Matrix methods of analysis: Force method and displacement method of analysis of indeterminate beams and rigid frames.

Plastic Analysis of beams and frames: Theory of plastic bending, plastic analysis, statical method, Mechanism method.

Unsymmetrical bending: Moment of inertia, product of inertia, position of Neutral Axis and Principal axes, calculation of bending stresses.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

CK Wang – Intermediate Structural Analysis

Prof VN Vazirani, Dr MM Ratwani & Dr SK Duggal – Analysis of Structures Vol II: Theory, Design & Details of Structures

TOPIC 2: Design of Structures: Steel, Concrete and Masonry Structures 

2.1 Structural Steel Design: 

Structural steel: Factors of safety and load factors. Riveted, bolted and welded joints and connections. Design of tension and compression members, beams of built up section, riveted and welded plate girders, gantry girders, stancheons with battens and lacings.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

LS Negi – Design of Steel Structures

SK Duggal – Limit State Design of Steel Structures

2.2 Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures: 

Concept of mix design. Reinforced Concrete: Working Stress and Limit State method of design— Recommendations of I. S. codes. Design of one way and two way slabs, stair-case slabs, simple and continuous beams of rectangular, T and L sections. Compression members under direct load with or without eccentricity.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Dr BC Punmia, Er Ashok Kumar Jain & Dr Arun K Jain – RCC Designs (Reinforced Concrete Structures)

Dr IC Syal & Dr AK Goel – Reinforced Concrete Structures

Ashok K Jain – Reinforced Concrete (Limit State Design)

2.3 Cantilever and Counter fort type retaining walls:

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Guruvayur Subramanyam Ramaswamy – The Design of Counterfort-retaining walls: A Rational Approach

Kyoung Sun Moon – Cantilever Architecture

2.4 Water tanks:

Water tanks: Design requirements for Rectangular and circular tanks resting on ground.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

K Subramanya – Engineering Hydrology

2.5 Prestressed Concrete:

Prestressed Concrete: Methods and systems of prestressing, anchorages, Analysis and design of sections for flexure based on working stress, loss of prestress.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

N Krishna Raju – Prestressed Concrete

2.6 Design of brick masonry:

Design of brick masonry as per I.S. Codes.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Prof VN Vazirani, Dr MM Ratwani & Dr SK Duggal – Analysis of Structures Vol II: Theory, Design & Details of Structures

TOPIC 3: Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow and Hydraulic Machines

3.1 FluidMechanics: 

Fluid properties and their role in fluid motion, fluid statics including forces acting on plane and curve surfaces.

Kinematics and Dynamics of Fluid flow: Velocity and accelerations, stream lines, equation of continuity, irrotational and rotational flow, velocity potential and stream functions.

Continuity, momentum, energy equation, Navier Stokes equation, Euler’s equation of motion, application to fluid flow problems, pipe flow, sluice gates, weirs.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

PN Modi & SM Seth – Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines

RJ Garde – Fluid Mechanics Through Problems

3.2 Dimensional Analysis and Similitude: 

Buckingham’s Pi-theorem, dimensionless parameters.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Bahman Zohuri – Dimensional Analysis Beyond the Pi Theorem

3.3 Laminar Flow: 

Laminar flow between parallel, stationary and moving plates, flow through tube.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

PA Lagerstrom – Laminar Flow Theory

3.4 Boundary layer: 

Laminar and turbulent boundary layer on a flat plate, laminar sub-layer, smooth and rough boundaries, drag and lift.

Turbulent flow through pipes: Characteristics of turbulent flow, velocity distribution and variation of pipe friction factor, hydraulic grade line and total energy line.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

M Rehman – Laminar and Turbulent Boundary Layers

Tuncer Cebeci – Analysis of Turbulent Boundary Layers

3.5 Open Channel Flow: 

Uniform and non-uniform flows, momentum and energy correction factors, specific energy and specific force, critical depth, rapidly varied flow, hydraulic jump, gradually varied flow, classification of surface profiles, control section, step method of integration of varied flow equation.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

M Hanif Chaudhry – Open-Channel Flow

K Subramanya – Flow in Opne Channels

3.6 Hydraulic Machines and Hydropower: 

Hydraulic turbines, types classification, Choice of turbines performance parameters, controls, characteristics, specific speed.

Principles of hydropower development.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

PN Modi & SM Seth – Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics Including Hydraulics Machines

RJ Garde – Fluid Mechanics Through Problems

K Subramanya – Engineering Hydrology

TOPIC 4: Geotechnical Engineering 

Soil Type and Structure—gradation and particle size distribution—consistency limits.

Water in soil—capillary and structural—effective stress and pore water pressure—permeability concept—filed and laboratory determination of permeability—Seepage pressure—quick sand conditions—Shear strength determination— Mohr Coulomb concept.

Compaction of soil—Laboratory and filed test.

Compressibility and consolidation concept— consolidation theory—consolidation settlement analysis.

Earth pressure theory and analysis for retaining walls, Application for sheet piles and Braced excavation.

Bearing capacity of soil—approaches for analysis- Filed tests—settlement analysis— stability of slope of earth walk.

Subsuface exploration of soils—methods

Foundation—Type and selection criteria for foundation of structures—Design criteria for foundation—Analysis of distribution of stress for footings and pile—pile group action—pile load test.

Ground improvement techniques.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Dr KR Arora – Soil Mechanics And Foundation Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering)

Dr BC Punmia, Er Ashok K Jain & Dr Arun K Jain – SURVEYING Vol 1

CIVIL ENGINEERING SYLLABUS PAPER—II

Paper II of ‘CIVIL ENGINEERING’ consists of 5 topics:

TOPIC 1: Construction Technology, Equipment, Planning and Management 

1.1 Construction Technology: 

Engineering Materials:

Physical properties of construction materials with respect to their use in construction—Stones, Bricks and Tiles; Lime, Cement, different types of Mortars and Concrete.

Specific use of ferro cement, fibre reinforced C. C., High stength concrete.

Timber; Properties defects—common preservation treatments.

Use and selection of materials for specific use like Low Cost Housing, Mass Housing, High Rise Buildings.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Subhajit Saraswati – Construction Technology

1.2 Construction: 

Masonry principles using Brick, stone, Blocks— construction detailing and strength characteristics.

Types of plastering, pointing, flooring, roofing and construction features.

Common repairs in buildings.

Principle of functional planning of building for residents and specific use—Building code provisions.

Basic principles of detailed and approximate estimating—specification writing and rate analysis-principles of valuation of real property.

Machinery for earthwork, concreting and their specific uses—Factors affecting selection of equipments—operating cost of equipments.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Roy Chudley & Roger Greeno – Construction Technology

Subhajit Saraswati – Construction Technology

1.3 CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT: 

Construction activity—schedules—organization for construction industry—Quality assurance principles.

Use Basic principle of network—analysis in form of CPM and PERT—their use in construction monitoring, Cost optimization and resource allocation.

Basic principles of Economic analysis and methods.

Project profitability—Basic principles of Boot approach to financial planning-simple toll fixation criterions.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

PS Gahlot – Construction Planning and Management

TOPIC 2: Surveying and Transportation Engineering 

2.1 Surveying:

Surveying: Common methods and instruments for distance and angle measurement for CE work—their use in plane table, traverse survey, levelling work, triangulation, contouring and topographical map.

Basic principles of photogrammetry and remote sensing.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Dr BC Punmia, Er Ashok K Jain & Dr Arun K Jain – SURVEYING Vol 1

2.2 Railways Engineering:

Railways Engineering: Permanent way— components, types and their function-Functions and Design constituents of turn and crossing— Necessity of geometric design of track—Design of station and yards.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Satish Chandra & MM Agarwal – Railway Engineering

2.3 Highway Engineering:

Principles of Highway alignments—classification and geometrical design elements and standards for Roads.

Pavement structure for flexible and rigid pavements—Design principles and methodology of pavements.

Typical construction methods and standards of materials for stabilized soil, WBM, Bituminous works and CC roads.

Surface and sub-surface drainge arrangements for roads—culvert structures.

Pavement distresses and strengthening by overlays.

Traffic surveys and their application in traffic planning—Typical design features for channelized, intersection rotary etc.—signal designs—standard Traffic signs and markings.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Martin Rogers & Bernard Enright – Highway Engineering

TOPIC 3: Hydrology, Water Resources and Engineering

3.1 Hydrology:

Hydrological cycle, precipitation, evaporation, transpiration, infiltration, overland flow, hydrograph, flood frequency analyses, flood routing through a reservoir, channel flow routing—Muskingam method.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

P Jaya Rami Reddy – A Textbook of Hydrology

3.2 Ground Water flow:

Specific yield, storage coefficient, coefficient of permeability, confined and unconfined aquifers, aquifers, aquitards, radial flow into a well under confined and unconfined conditions.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

HM Raghunath – Ground Water

3.3 Water Resources Engineering:

Ground and surface water resources, single and multipurpose projects, storage capacity of reservoirs, reservoir losses, reservoir sedimentation.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Larry W Mays – Water Resources Engineering

3.4 Irrigation Engineering:

(i) Water requirements of crops: consumptive use, duty and delta, irrigation methods and their efficiencies.

(ii) Canals : Distribution systems for canal irrigation, canal capacity, canal losses, alignment of main and distributory canals, most efficient section, lined canals, their design, regime theory, critical shear stress, bed load.

(iii) Water logging: causes and control, salinity.

(iv) Canal structures : Design of head regulators, canal falls, aqueducts, metering flumes and canal outlets.

(v) Diversion head work : Principles and design of weirs on permeable and impermeable foundation, Khosla’s theory, energy dissipation.

(vi) Storage works: Types of dams, design, principles of rigid gravity stability analysis.

(vii) Spillways: Spillway types, energy dissipation.

(viii) River training: Objectives of river training, methods of river training.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

K Subramanya – Engineering Hydrology

Santosh Kumar Garg – Irrigation Engineering and Hydraulic Structures (Water Resources Engineering Vol II)

TOPIC 4: Environmental Engineering 

4.1 Water Supply:

Predicting demand for water, impurities of water and their significance, physical, chemical and bacteriological analysis, waterborne diseases, standards for potable water.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

BC Punmia, Er Ashok Kumar Jain & Dr Arun K Jain – Water Supply Engineering

4.2 Intake of Water:

Water treatment: principles of coagulation, flocculation and sedimentation; slow-, rapid-, pressure-, filters; chlorination, softening, removal of taste, odour and salinity.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

BC Punmia, Er Ashok Kumar Jain & Dr Arun K Jain – Water Supply Engineering

4.3 Sewerage Systems:

Domestic and industrial wastes, store sewage— separate and combined systems, flow through sewers, design of sewers.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Edward Vaughan Bevan, Bernard Trevelyan Rees – Sewers: Theory, Design, Specification and Construction

4.4 Sewage Characterisation:

BOD, COD, solids, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen and TOC. Standards of disposal in normal water course and on land.

4.5 Sewage Treatment:

Working principles, units, chambers, sedimentation tank, trickling filters, oxidation ponds, activated sludge process, septic tank, disposal of sludge, recycling of waste water.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

PN Modi – Sewage Treatment Disposal & Waste Water Engineering

4.6 Solid waste:

Collection and disposal in rural and urban contexts, management of long-term ill-effects.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

George Tchobanoglous & Frank Kreith – Handbook of Solid Waste Management

Richard O Mines Jr. – Environmental Engineering: Principles and Practice

TOPIC 5: Environmental pollution

Sustainable development. Radioactive wastes and disposal. Environmental impact assessment for thermal power plants, mines, river valley projects. Air pollution. Pollution control acts.

Material that should be used to prepare this topic.

Marquita K Hill – Understanding Environmental Pollution

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