The effects of discontinuity in thickness on the stresses and deformations of cylindrical shells under axisymmetric loading have been analysed. Love's first approximation thin-shell theory is used to solve the problem. The loadings considered are uniform internal pressure and circular ring load at the mid-section. The effects of these loads for various end conditions and step ratios in the thickness have been analysed, and the results are presented in the form of tables and graphs. The weight of the shell is kept constant for various step ratios. © 1993.