The medium of the examination shall be English. The medium of the Part I General Studies of Paper-1 shall be in Gujarati and English. Gujarati and English Papers in Main Exam shall be in respective Language only. In case of the question of interpretation of syllabus, the interpretation of the English shall be final.

Syllabus of Preliminary Examination

Part-I General Studies

Indus valley Civilization: Features, Sites, Society, Cultural History, Art and Religion. Vedic age. Important Dynasties of India and Gujarat – Impact and Contribution, Important Policies, their administration, economy, society, religion, literature, arts and architecture. India’s Freedom Movement, Revolutionaries in India and abroad. Achievements and administrative reforms of the rulers of princely states of Saurashtra, Kutchh and Gujarat.

Cultural Heritage of India and Gujarat: Art forms, Literature, Litterateurs, Sculpture and Architecture, Important organizations and institutions.

Geography of India and Gujarat: Physical, Social and Economic. General issues, legal aspect, policies and treaties on Environment Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change. Forest and Wildlife Conservation in India. Environmental Hazards, Pollution, Carbon Emission, Global warming.

Indian Constitution: Evolution, features, Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, Directive Principles of State Policy, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure. Panchayati Raj, Public Policy and Governance. Rights Issues (Human rights, Women rights, SC/ST rights, Child rights) etc. Important Policies and Programmes of Central and State Governments. India’s Foreign Policy: International Relations, Important Institutions, Agencies and Fora, their structure and mandate.

Indian Economy: Emergence and development of planning exercise in India, Performance, Dynamics, Challenges, New Initiatives, Reforms etc. by the State and Central Government. Important Events, Developments and Social Sector Initiatives. NITI Aayog: aims, constitution and functions. Social Audit. Regulatory framework for money and banking: concepts, structure and role.

Science and Technology: Relevance of Science & Technology to the day to day life; Institutions and Organization in India promoting integration of Science, Technology and Innovation, their activities and contribution; Contribution of Prominent Indian Scientists. Awareness in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Space Technology, Technology in Defence, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology etc. Energy policy of India, Nuclear Policy of India.

Current Events of Regional, National and International Importance.

Part II Engineering Aptitude

Building Materials: Stone, Lime, Glass, Plastics, Steel, FRP, Ceramics, Aluminum, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber, Bricks and Aggregates: Classification, properties and selection criteria; Cement: Types, Composition, Properties, Uses, Specifications and various Tests; Lime & Cement Mortars and Concrete: Properties and various Tests; Design of Concrete Mixes: Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix design.

Solid Mechanics: Elastic constants, Stress, plane stress, Strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, Elastic theories of failure, Principal Stresses, Bending, Shear and Torsion.

Structural Analysis: Basics of strength of materials, Types of stresses and strains, Bending moments and shear force, concept of bending and shear stresses; Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures; Trusses, beams, plane frames; Rolling loads, Influence Lines, Unit load method & other methods; Free and Forced vibrations of single degree and multi degree freedom system; Suspended Cables; Concepts and use of Computer Aided Design.

Design of Steel Structures: Principles of Working Stress methods, Design of tension and compression members, Design of beams and beam column connections, built-up sections, Girders, Industrial roofs, Principles of Ultimate load design.

Design of Concrete and Masonry Structures: Limit state design for bending, shear, axial compression and combined forces; Design of beams, Slabs, Lintels, Foundations, Retaining walls, Tanks, Staircases; Principles of pre-stressed concrete design including materials and methods; Earthquake resistant design of structures; Design of Masonry Structure.

Construction Practice, Planning and Management: Construction – Planning, Equipment, Site investigation and Management including Estimation with latest project management tools and network analysis for different Types of works; Analysis of Rates of various types of works; Tendering Process and Contract Management, Quality Control, Productivity, Operation Cost; Land acquisition; Labour safety and welfare.

Building Construction: Brick and stone masonry walls, types of masonry, cavity walls, reinforced brickwork, building services, detailing of floors, roofs, ceilings, stairs, doors and windows, finishing, formwork, ground water control techniques , cofferdams, functional planning of building, orientations of buildings, low cost housings.

Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power:

(a) Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow: Fluid properties; Dimensional Analysis and Modeling; Fluid dynamics including flow kinematics and measurements; Flow net; Viscosity, Boundary layer and control, Drag, Lift, Principles in open channel flow, Flow controls. Hydraulic jump; Surges; Pipe networks.

(b) Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power – Various pumps, Air vessels, Hydraulic turbines – types, classifications & performance parameters; Power house – classification and layout, storage, pondage, control of supply.

Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering: Hydrological cycle, Ground water hydrology, Well hydrology and related data analysis; Streams and their gauging; River morphology; Flood, drought and their management; Capacity of Reservoirs.

(a) Water Resources Engineering : Multipurpose uses of Water, River basins and their potential; Irrigation systems, water demand assessment; Resources – storages and their yields; Water logging, canal and drainage design, Gravity dams, falls, weirs, Energy dissipaters, barrage Distribution works, Cross drainage works and head-works and their design; Concepts in canal design, construction & maintenance; River training, measurement and analysis of rainfall.

Environmental Engineering

(a) Water Supply Engineering: Sources, Estimation, quality standards and testing of water and their treatment; Rural, Institutional and industrial water supply; Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and sources of water, Pollutants in water and its effects, Estimation of water demand; Drinking water Standards, Water Treatment Plants, Water distribution networks.

(b)Waste Water Engineering: Planning & design of domestic waste water, sewage collection and disposal; Plumbing Systems. Components and layout of sewerage system; Planning & design of Domestic Waste-water disposal system; Sludge management including treatment, disposal and re-use of treated effluents; Industrial waste waters and Effluent Treatment Plants including institutional and industrial sewage management.

(c) Solid Waste Management: Sources & classification of solid wastes along with planning & design of its management system; Disposal system, Beneficial aspects of wastes and Utilization by Civil Engineers.

(d) Air, Noise pollution and Ecology: Concepts & general methodology.

Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering

(a) Geo-technical Engineering: Soil exploration – planning & methods, Properties of soil, classification, various tests and interrelationships; Permeability & Seepage, Compressibility, consolidation and Shearing resistance, Earth pressure theories and stress distribution in soil; Properties and uses of geo-synthetics.

(b) Foundation Engineering: Types of foundations & selection criteria, bearing capacity, settlement analysis, design and testing of shallow & deep foundations; Slope stability analysis, Earthen embankments, Dams and Earth retaining structures: types, analysis and design, Principles of ground modifications.

Surveying and Geology

(a) Surveying: Classification of surveys, various methodologies, instruments & analysis of measurement of distances, elevation and directions; Field astronomy, Global Positioning System; Map preparation; Photogrammetry; Remote sensing concepts; Survey Layout for culverts, canals, bridges, road/railway alignment and buildings, Setting out of Curves.

(b) Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects.

Transportation Engineering: Highways – Planning & construction methodology, Alignment and geometric design; Traffic Surveys and Controls; Principles of Flexible and Rigid pavements design. Tunneling – Alignment, methods of construction, disposal of muck, drainage, lighting and ventilation. Bridges‐Fundamentals of Bridge Engineering , Bridge Site Investigations and Planning, Bridge Hydrology, Standards of Loadings for Bridge Design, Different Types of Bridges, Bridge Superstructure, Bearings and Substructure Design, Design of Bridge Foundations, Bridge Approaches, River Training Work & Protection Work, Methods of Bridge Construction, Inspection, maintenance & Repair of Bridges, Testing of Bridges, Bridge Architecture.

Current Trends and Recent Advancements in the field of Civil Engineering.

Syllabus of Main Examination

English (Main Examination)

Essay (A minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 250 words): Choose any one topic from a list of five. (Descriptive/ analytical/ philosophical/ based on Current Affairs)

Letter Writing (in about 100 words): A formal letter expressing one’s opinion about an issue. The issues can deal with daily office matters/ a problem that has occurred in the office/ an opinion in response to one sought by a ranked officer etc.

Press Release/ Appeal (in about 100 words): The PR or appeal should be on an issue pertaining to a recent concern/problem/disaster/rumours etc.

Report Writing (in about 100 words): A report on an official function/event/field trip/survey etc.

Writing on Visiual Information (in about 150 words):A report on a graph/image/ flow chart/table of comparison/ simple statistical data etc.

Formal Speech (in about 100 words): A speech (in a formal style) that is to be read out in a formal function. This could be an inauguration speech, an educational seminar/conference, a formal ceremony of importance etc.

Precis Writing: A precis in about 100 words for a 300-word passage

Reading Comprehension: A reading passage of about 250 words to be given followed by short-answer type questions.

English Grammer: 

  • Tenses
  • Voice
  • Narration (Direct-Indirect)
  • Transformation of sentences
  • Use of Articles and Determiners
  • Use of Prepositions
  • Use of Phrasal verbs
  • Use of idiomatic expressions
  • Administrative Glossary
  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • One-word substitution
  • Cohesive devices/Connectives/Linkers
  • Affixes
  • Words that cause confusion like homonyms/homophones

Translation: Translation of a short passage (of about 150 words) from Gujarati to English.

Civil Engineering-I (Mains):

Building Materials: Stone, Lime, Glass, Plastics, Steel, FRP, Ceramics, Aluminum, Fly Ash, Basic Admixtures, Timber, Bricks and Aggregates: Classification, properties and selection criteria; Cement: Types, Composition, Properties, Uses, Specifications and various Tests; Lime & Cement Mortars and Concrete: Properties and various Tests; Design of Concrete Mixes: Proportioning of aggregates and methods of mix design.

Solid Mechanics: Elastic constants, Stress, plane stress, Strains, plane strain, Mohr’s circle of stress and strain, Elastic theories of failure, Principal Stresses, Bending, Shear and Torsion.

Structural Analysis: Basics of strength of materials, Types of stresses and strains, Bending moments and shear force, concept of bending and shear stresses; Analysis of determinate and indeterminate structures; Trusses, beams, plane frames; Rolling loads, Influence Lines, Unit load method & other methods; Free and Forced vibrations of single degree and multi degree freedom system; Suspended Cables; Concepts and use of Computer Aided Design.

Design of Steel Structures: Principles of Working Stress methods, Design of tension and compression members, Design of beams and beam column connections, built-up sections, Girders, Industrial roofs, Principles of Ultimate load design.

Design of Concrete and Masonry structures: Design, Design process, Design philosophy. Limit state design for bending, shear, axial compression and combined forces; Design of beams, Slabs, Lintels, Foundations, Retaining walls, Tanks, Staircases; Principles of pre-stressed concrete design including materials and methods; Design of Masonry Structure. RC Design: Loading standards as per I.S, distribution & flow of loads, lateral load due to wind, load combinations, guide lines for preparation of structural layout for building.

Earthquake Engineering: Fundamentals of Earthquake Vibrations of buildings, Earthquake Basics, Earthquake resistant Masonry features, Philosophy of earthquake resistant design, earthquake proof v/s earthquake resistant design, seismic structural configuration, Introduction to IS: 1893(Part I), IS: 875 (Part V). Seismic load: Seismic coefficient method – base shear and lateral force distribution along height. Introduction to Response spectrum, IS code provisions. Modal analysis of building frame, Lateral Loads on Buildings, Lateral Load Distribution, Ductile Detailing, Introduction to soil liquefaction, structural controls & Seismic strengthening

Civil Engineering-II (Mains):

Building Construction

General Principles of Building, Brick and stone masonry walls, types of masonry, cavity walls, reinforced brickwork, building services, detailing of floors, roofs, ceilings, stairs, doors and windows, finishing, formwork, functional planning of building, orientations of buildings, low cost housings.

Flow of Fluids, Hydraulic Machines and Hydro Power:

(a) Fluid Mechanics, Open Channel Flow, Pipe Flow: Fluid properties; Dimensional Analysis and Modeling; Fluid dynamics including flow kinematics and measurements; Flow net; Viscosity, Boundary layer and control, Drag, Lift, Principles in open channel flow, Flow controls. Hydraulic jump; Surges; Pipe networks.

(b) Hydraulic Machines and Hydro power – Various pumps, Air vessels, Hydraulic turbines – types, classifications & performance parameters; Power house – classification and layout, storage, pondage, control of supply.

Hydrology and Water Resources and Irrigation Engineering: Hydrological cycle, measurement and analysis of rainfall, Ground water hydrology, Well hydrology and related data analysis; Streams and their gauging; River morphology; Flood, drought and their management; Capacity of Reservoirs. Water Resources Engineering : Multipurpose uses of Water, River basins and their potential;, water demand assessment; Resources – storages and their yields; Water logging, canal and drainage design, Gravity dams, falls, weirs, Energy dissipaters, barrage Distribution works, Cross drainage works and head-works and their design; Concepts in canal design, construction & maintenance; River training. Introduction to use of remote sensing and GIS technologies in study of irrigated areas. Land grading and field layout, Design aspects in border strip method, check basin method and furrow irrigation. Irrigation systems: Types, principles, design, operation, maintenance and problems associated with it. Irrigation efficiencies, Scheduling of irrigation. Irrigation water quality. Design of Hydraulic Structures: Elements of Dam engineering, Embankment dam engineering, Concrete dam engineering, Dam outlet works, Drop structures.

Environmental Engineering

(a) Water Supply Engineering: Sources, Estimation, quality standards and testing of water and their treatment; Rural, Institutional and industrial water supply; Physical, chemical and biological characteristics and sources of water, Pollutants in water and its effects, Estimation of water demand; Drinking water Standards, Water Treatment Plants, Water distribution networks.

(b) Waste Water Engineering: Planning & design of domestic waste water, sewage collection and disposal; Plumbing Systems. Components and layout of sewerage system; Planning & design of Domestic Waste-water disposal system; Sludge management including treatment, disposal and re-use of treated effluents; Industrial waste waters and Effluent Treatment Plants including institutional and industrial sewage management.

(c) Solid Waste Management: Sources & classification of solid wastes along with planning & design of its management system; Disposal system, Beneficial aspects of wastes and Utilization by Civil Engineers.

(d) Air, Noise pollution and Ecology: Concepts & general methodology. 5. Current Trends and Recent Advancements in the field of Civil Engineering.

Civil Engineering-III (Mains)

Construction Practice, Planning and Management: Construction – Planning, Equipment, Site investigation and Management including Estimation with latest project management tools and network analysis for different Types of works; Market Survey and Analysis of Rates of various types of works; Abstracting and Billing, Tendering Process and Contract Management, Quality Control, Productivity, Operation Cost; Land acquisition; Labour safety and welfare.

Geo-technical Engineering and Foundation Engineering:

(a) Geo-technical Engineering: Soil exploration – planning & methods, Properties of soil, classification, various tests and interrelationships; Permeability & Seepage, Compressibility, consolidation and Shearing resistance, Stability of slopes, Earth pressure theories and stress distribution in soil; Properties and uses of geo-synthetics, Basics of foundation, Subsurface Investigation, Bearing capacity of shallow foundation, Pile foundations,

(b) Foundation Engineering: Types of foundations & selection criteria, bearing capacity, settlement analysis, design and testing of shallow & deep foundations; Slope stability analysis, Earthen embankments, Dams and Earth retaining structures: types, analysis and design, Principles of ground modifications, ground water control techniques, cofferdams.

Surveying and Geology:

(a) Surveying: Classification of surveys, various methodologies, instruments & analysis of measurement of distances, elevation and directions; Field astronomy, Global Positioning System; Map preparation; Photogrammetry; Remote sensing concepts; Survey Layout for culverts, canals, bridges, road/railway alignment and buildings,Setting out of Curves. Application of Geoinformatics in Civil Engineering: Land use and land cover mapping, Transportation studies, crop inventory studies, ground water mapping, urban growth studies, flood plain mapping, waste land mapping, Waste disposal facility in urban areas and disaster management.

(b) Geology: Basic knowledge of Engineering geology & its application in projects. Types of structures and classification and their effect on Civil Engineering projects and Geological mapping.

Transportation Engineering: Highways – Planning & construction methodology, Alignment and geometric design; Traffic Surveys and Controls; Principles of Flexible and Rigid pavements design. Tunneling – Alignment, methods of construction, disposal of muck, drainage, lighting and ventilation. Bridges – Fundamentals of Bridge Engineering, Bridge Site Investigations and Planning, Bridge Hydrology, Standards of Loadings for Bridge Design, Different Types of Bridges, Bridge Superstructure, Bearings and Substructure Design, Design of Bridge Foundations, Bridge Approaches, River Training Work & Protection Work, Methods of Bridge Construction, Inspection, maintenance & Repair of Bridges, Testing of Bridges, Bridge Architecture.

Repairs and Rehabilitation of Structures – Repair Strategies, Serviceability and Durability of Concrete, Materials and Techniques for Repair, Repairs, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting of Structures, Demolition Techniques.

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