IAS Exam Preparation: Electrical Engineering Optional Booklist

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist for Electrical Engineering Optional

Here’s a compilation of a list of IAS books for Electrical Engineering Optional Subject for UPSC Mains.

Booklist for Electrical Engineering Optional Paper I


  1. Circuit Theory: A. Chakrabarti(Dhanpat Rai)
  2. Signals and systems: Oppenheim and Willsky. For DFT/FFT, refer toOppenheim’sbook on DSP. For better coverage of z-transform, refer any Indian author.(I had Sanjay Sharma’s book)
  3. E.M. Theory:K.D. Prasad. For Smith chart and other minor topics left refer Jordan & Balmain.
  4. Analog Electronics:J.B. Gupta. For topics like feedback amplifiers and any other topics not covered well in that book refer Sedra & Smith.
  5. Digital Electronics: M.Morris Mano
  6. Energy Conversion:Ashfaq Hussain. For topics not covered in detail referFitzgerald.
  7. Power Electronics and Electric Drives:PS Bhimbra
  8. Analog Communication:(a) Simon Haykin(b) BP Lathi (c) Singh and Sapre(TMH) 

Booklist for Electrical Engineering Optional Paper II


  1. Control Systems:Nagrath & Gopal
  2. Microprocessors and Microcomputers:RS Gaonkar
  3. Measurement and Instrumentation:AK Sawhney
  4. Power Systems:(a) Nagrath and Kothari(b) CL Wadhwa
  5. Power System Protection:(a) CL Wadhwa(only chapters of  psp, circuit breaker)  (b)Badriram &Vishwakarma
  6. Digital Communication:Same as Analog Communication. For Data Networks and 7-layered architecture I referred Forouzan(TMH).

 Below-given is the major topics covered under the Electrical Engineering Optional Subject of UPSC Mains Exam.

Major Topics in Electrical Engineering Optional Paper– I


  1. Circuit Theory
  2. Signals & Systems
  3. E.M. Theory
  4. Analog Electronics
  5. Digital Electronics
  6. Energy Conversion
  7. Power Electronics and Electric Drives
  8. Analog Communication

 Major Topics in Electrical Engineering Optional Paper– II


  1. Control Systems
  2. Microprocessors and Microcomputers
  3. Measurement and Instrumentation
  4. Power Systems: Analysis and Control
  5. Power System Protection
  6. 6. Digital Communication

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