SAHIL GARG ESE-2014 (AIR-1 EE): preparation strategy

I have been preparing for UPSC CSE also and hence was comfortable with GS portion of ESE. Revised from following material for ESE exam specifically:

English: I was Regular reader of “THE Hindu” newspaper. Spent couple of days on difficult words vocabulary list given in the book “Word Power by Norman Lewis”.

Indian History:Modern India NCERT by Bipin Chandra”; Ancient and Medieval India from Made Easy Handbooks.

Geography: My Vajiram coaching notes

Polity: “Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth”

Life Science: Made Easy class notes

NOTE: If you are preparing GS for the first time and don’t have much time left to prepare thoroughly, go through Made Easy Class notes for GS and if possible their printed handbooks also.

Book List for technical subjects:

I relied heavily on Made easy handwritten notes available in market and previous year questions bank. Referred following books whenever had any specific conceptual doubt:

Electric Machines : “Nagrath and Kothari”

Network Theory: “F F Kuo”

Power Systems : “Nagrath”

Power Electronics : “P.S. Bhimbra”

Instrumentation: “A K Sahani”

Analog Electronics: “Sedra and Smith”

Control Systems: “Madan Gopal”

Communications: “Simon Haykins” and “BP Lathi”

Strategy: Picked one subject at a time and prepared it thoroughly. Read theory, attempted all previous year objective questions side by side while reading theory and finally went through all conventional questions of that subject. Similarly covered all subjects thoroughly one by one. Attempted couple of tests of Made Easy offline test series and couple of tests of ACE online test series for objective. Spent very less time on Material Science, EMT and Microprocessor (read only Made easy class notes once). Did not prepare Microprocessor from conventional point of view.