SSC JE 2024

The SSC JE exam is one of the most challenging yet opportunity-creating government exams in India. The exam-conducting committee is the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

The engineering branches that are eligible for the SSC exam include Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and electrical engineering. Therefore, engineers belonging to these engineering disciplines can utilize the opportunities that this particular exam provides to deserving candidates.

Here is the list of the SSC JE posts and respective departments recruiting for the respective posts:

S.No. Organization Post
1 Border Road Organization (BRO) Junior Engineer (Civil)
2 Border Road Organization (BRO) Junior Engineer (Electrical &
3 Central Public Works Department (CPWD) Junior Engineer (Civil)
4 Central Public Works Department (CPWD) Junior Engineer (Electrical)
5 Central Water and Power Research Station Junior Engineer (Civil)
6 Central Water and Power Research Station Junior Engineer (Electrical)
7 Central Water and Power Research Station Junior Engineer (Mechanical)
8 Central Water Commission Junior Engineer (Civil)
9 Central Water Commission Junior Engineer (Mechanical)
10 Directorate of Quality Assurance (Naval) Junior Engineer (Mechanical)
11 Directorate of Quality Assurance (Naval) Junior Engineer (Electrical)
12 Farakka Barrage Project Junior Engineer (Civil)
13 Farakka Barrage Project Junior Engineer (Electrical)




SSC JE Online Admission

SSC JE 2024 Exam Schedule
Date of Advertisement  29th Feb 2024
Last date and time for receipt of online
29th March 2024
Schedule of Computer Based
May, June 2024

SSC-JE eligibility criteria

The Staff Service Commission that conducts the SSC-JE exam has set the SSC-JE eligibility criteria. These criteria include the following:

  • A citizen of India
  • Subject: Nepal/Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the plan or intention to settle in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from neighbouring countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, and East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the plan or intention to settle permanently in India.

Educational Qualification

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has set certain criteria in terms of educational qualifications for aspirants interested in applying for the Junior Engineer posts with the SSC. The specified educational qualification forms a crucial part of the SSC-JE eligibility criteria.

Details of Posts, Essential Educational Qualifications (As on 16.08.2023) and Age Limit (as on 01.08.2023) and Tentative vacancies are as follows:

S.No. Organization Post Essential Educational Qualifications Age limit Tentative Vacancies
1 Border Roads Organization (BRO) JE(C) Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University/Institute; or
(a) Three years Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized University/Institute/Board; and
(b) Two years working experience in Planning/Execution/Maintenance of Civil Engineering works.
Upto 30Years 431
JE(E&M) Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University/Institute;
(a) Three years Diploma in Electrical/Automobile/Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University/Institute/ Board;
(b) Two years’ experience in
Planning/Execution/ Maintenance of Electrical or Mechanical Engineering works.
Upto 30Years 55
2 Central Public Works Department (CPWD) JE(C) Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized University or Institute. Upto 32 years 421
JE (E) Diploma in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University or Institute. Upto 32 years 124
3 Central Water Commission JE(C) Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized University or Institution. Upto 30Years 188
JE (M) Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University or Institution Upto 30Years 23
4 Department of Water Resources,
River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
(Brahmaputra Board)
JE(C) Three years Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized University or Institution. Upto 30Years Vacancies to be intimated in due course.
5 Farakka Barrage Project (FBP) JE(C) Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized
University or Institute or Board.
Upto 30Years 15
JE (M) Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from a
recognized University or Institute or Board.
Upto 30Years 6
6 Military Engineer Services (MES) JE(C) Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized University; or
(a) Three years Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized Institute or University or Board; and
(b) Two years’ experience in Planning, Execution and Maintenance of Civil
Engineering works.
Upto 30Years 29
JE(E&M) Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University;
(a) Three years diploma in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from a recognized Institute or University or Board; and
(b) Two years’ experience in Planning, Execution and Maintenance of Electrical or
Mechanical Engineering Works
Upto 30Years 18
7 Ministry of Ports,
Shipping & Waterways
(Andaman Lakshadweep
Harbour Works)
JE(C) Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized
Upto 30Years 7
JE (M) Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from a recognized Institution. Upto 30Years 1
8 National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) JE(C) Diploma in Civil Engineering from a recognized
Upto 30Years 4
JE (E) Diploma in   Electrical   Engineering
recognized University/Institution.
Upto 30Years 1
JE (M) Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from a
recognized University/Institution.
Upto 30Years 1

SSC-JE Exam Pattern

The Computer Based Examination will be conducted in two papers as indicated below:


  • Paper-I
  • Paper-II
Papers Mode of Examination Subject No of Questions/ Max. Marks Duration
Paper-I Computer Based Examination i) General Intelligence and
50/50 2 Hours (2 hours and 40 minutes
for the candidates who are eligible
for scribe as per Para-9.1, 9.2 and 9.3)
(ii)  General Awareness 50/50
(iii) Part-A: General Engineering (Civil & Structural)
or Part-B: General
Engineering (Electrical) or
Part-C: General Engineering (Mechanical)
Paper-II Computer Based Examination Part-A: General Engineering (Civil & Structural)
or Part-B: General
Engineering (Electrical) or
Part-C: General Engineering (Mechanical)
100/300 2 Hours (2 hours and 40 minutes
for the candidates who are eligible
for scribe as per Para-9.1, 9.2 and 9.3)

Note: As per the latest notice issued on, in paper 1 of the examination, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.In paper 2, negative marking of 1 mark will be applicable in the case of incorrect answers

SSC-JE Syllabus


General Intelligence & Reasoning:

The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

General Awareness:

Questions will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of  current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity and Scientific Research, etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

General Engineering: Civil & Structural, Electrical and Mechanical:

Part-A (Civil Engineering):

Building Materials, Estimating, Costing and Valuation, Surveying, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics, Irrigation Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering.

Structural Engineering:

Theory of Structures, Concrete Technology, RCC Design, Steel Design.

Part-B (Electrical Engineering):

Basic concepts, Circuit law, Magnetic Circuit, AC Fundamentals, Measurement and Measuring instruments, Electrical Machines, Fractional Kilowatt Motors and single phase induction Motors, Synchronous Machines, Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Estimation and Costing, Utilization and Electrical Energy, Basic Electronics.

Part-C Mechanical Engineering:

Theory of Machines and Machine Design, Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Properties of Pure Substances, 1st Law of Thermodynamics, 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, Air standard Cycles for IC Engines, IC Engine Performance, IC Engines Combustion, IC Engine Cooling & Lubrication, Rankine cycle of System, Boilers, Classification, Specification, Fitting & Accessories, Air Compressors & their cycles, Refrigeration cycles, Principle of Refrigeration Plant, Nozzles & Steam Turbines.

Properties & Classification of Fluids, Fluid Statics, Measurement of Fluid Pressure, Fluid kinematics, Dynamics of Ideal fluids, Measurement of Flow rate, basic principles, Hydraulic Turbines, Centrifugal Pumps, Classification of steel.

Paper II

Part-A (Civil & Structural Engineering):

Building Materials:

Physical and Chemical properties, classification, standard tests, uses and manufacture/quarrying of materials e.g. building stones, silicate based materials, cement (Portland), asbestos products, timber and wood based products, laminates, bituminous materials, paints, varnishes.

Estimating, Costing and Valuation:

Estimate, glossary of technical terms, analysis of rates, methods and unit of measurement, Items of work– earthwork, Brick work (Modular & Traditional bricks), RCC work, Shuttering, Timber work, Painting, Flooring, Plastering, Boundary wall, Brick building, Water Tank, Septic tank, Bar bending schedule, Centre line method, Mid-section formula, Trapezodial formula, Simpson’s rule, Cost estimate of Septic tank, flexible pavements, Tube well, isolates and combined footings, Steel Truss, Piles and pile-caps. Valuation – Value and cost, scrap value, salvage value, assessed value, sinking fund, depreciation and obsolescence, methods of valuation.


Principles of surveying, measurement of distance, chain surveying, working of prismatic compass, compass traversing, bearings, local attraction, plane table surveying, theodolite  traversing, adjustment of theodolite, Levelling, Definition of terms used in levelling, contouring, curvature and refraction corrections, temporary and permanent adjustments of dumpy level, methods of contouring, uses of contour map, tachometric survey, curve setting, earth work calculation, advanced surveying equipment

Soil Mechanics:

Origin of soil, phase diagram, Definitions-void ratio, porosity, degree of saturation, water content, specific gravity of soil grains, unit weights, density index and interrelationship of different parameters, Grain size distribution curves and their uses Index properties of soils, Atterberg?s limits, ISI soil classification and plasticity chart Permeability of soil, coefficient of permeability, determination of coefficient of permeability, Unconfined and confined aquifers, effective stress, quick sand, consolidation of soils, Principles of consolidation, degree of consolidation, pre-consolidation pressure, normally consolidated soil, e- log p curve, computation of ultimate settlement Shear strength of soils, direct shear test, Vane shear test, Triaxial test Soil compaction, Laboratory compaction test, Maximum dry density and optimum moisture content, earth pressure theories, active and passive earth pressures, Bearing capacity of soils, plate load test, standard penetration test


Fluid properties, hydrostatics, measurements of flow, Bernoulli’s theorem and its application, flow through pipes, flow in open channels, weirs, flumes, spillways, pumps and turbines

Irrigation Engineering:

Definition,  necessity,  benefits,  2II  effects  of irrigation, types and methods of irrigation, Hydrology – Measurement of rainfall, run off coefficient, rain gauge, losses from precipitation – evaporation, infiltration, etc Water requirement of crops, duty, delta and base period, Kharif and Rabi Crops, Command area, Time factor, Crop ratio, Overlap allowance, Irrigation efficiencies Different type of canals, types of canal irrigation, loss of water in canals Canal lining – types and advantages Shallow and deep to wells, yield from a well Weir and barrage, Failure of weirs and permeable foundation, Slit and Scour, Kennedy’s theory of critical velocity Lacey’s theory of uniform flow Definition of flood, causes and effects, methods of flood control, water logging, preventive measure Land reclamation, Characteristics of affecting fertility of soils, purposes, methods, description of land and reclamation processes Major irrigation projects in IndiaTransportation Engineering: Highway Engineering – cross sectional elements, geometric design, types of pavements, pavement materials – aggregates and bitumen, different tests, Design of flexible and rigid pavements – Water Bound Macadam (WBM) and Wet Mix Macadam (WMM), Gravel Road, Bituminous construction, Rigid pavement joint, pavement maintenance, Highway drainage, Railway Engineering- Components of permanent way – sleepers, ballast, fixtures and fastening, track geometry, points and crossings, track junction, stations and yards Traffic Engineering – Different traffic survey, speed-flow-density and their interrelationships, intersections and interchanges, traffic signals, traffic operation, traffic signs and markings, road safety

Environmental Engineering:

Quality of water, source of water supply, purification of water, distribution of water, need of sanitation, sewerage systems, circular sewer, oval sewer, sewer appurtenances, sewage treatments Surface water drainage Solid waste management – types, effects, engineered management system Air pollution – pollutants, causes, effects, control Noise pollution – cause, health effects, control

Structural Engineering:

Theory of structures:Elasticity constants, types of beams – determinate and indeterminate, bending moment and shear force diagrams of simply supported, cantilever and over hanging beams Moment of area and moment of inertia for rectangular & circular sections, bending moment and shear stress for tee, channel and compound sections, chimneys, dams and retaining walls, eccentric loads, slope deflection of simply supported and cantilever beams, critical load and columns, Torsion of circular section

Concrete Technology: Properties, Advantages and uses of concrete, cement aggregates, importance of water quality, water cement ratio, workability, mix design, storage, batching, mixing, placement, compaction, finishing and curing of concrete, quality control of concrete, hot weather and cold weather concreting, repair and maintenance of concrete structures

RCC Design: RCC beams-flexural strength, shear strength, bond strength, design of singly reinforced and double reinforced beams, cantilever beams T-beams, lintels One way and two way slabs, isolated footings Reinforced brick works, columns, staircases, retaining wall, water tanks (RCC design questions may be based on both Limit State and Working Stress methods)

Steel Design: Steel design and construction of steel columns, beams roof trusses plate girders

Part-B (Electrical Engineering)

Basic concepts: Concepts of resistance, inductance, capacitance, and various factors affecting them Concepts of current, voltage, power, energy and their units

Circuit law: Kirchhoff’s law, Simple Circuit solution using network theorems

Magnetic Circuit: Concepts of flux, mmf, reluctance, Different kinds of magnetic materials, Magnetic calculations for conductors of different configuration e.g. straight, circular, solenoidal, etc Electromagnetic induction, self and mutual induction

AC Fundamentals: Instantaneous, peak, RMS and average values of alternating waves, Representation of sinusoidal wave form, simple series and parallel AC Circuits consisting of RL and C, Resonance, Tank Circuit Poly Phase system – star and delta connection, 3 phase power, DC and sinusoidal response of R-Land R-Ccircuit

Measurement and measuring instruments: Measurement of power (1 phase and 3 phase, both active and re-active) and energy, 2 wattmeter method of 3 phase power measurement, Measurement of frequency and phase angle Ammeter and voltmeter (both moving oil and moving iron type), extension of range wattmeter, Multimeters, Megger, Energy meter AC Bridges Use of CRO, Signal Generator, CT, PT and their uses  Earth Fault detection

Electrical Machines: (a) DC Machine – Construction, Basic Principles of DC motors and generators, their characteristics, speed control and starting of DC Motors Method of braking motor, Losses and efficiency of DC Machines (b) 1 phase and 3 phase transformers – Construction, Principles of operation, equivalent circuit, voltage regulation, OC and SC Tests, Losses and efficiency Effect of voltage, frequency and wave form on losses Parallel operation of 1 phase /3 phase transformers Auto transformers (c) 3 phase induction motors, rotating magnetic field, principle of operation, equivalent circuit, torque-speed characteristics, starting and speed control of 3 phase induction motors Methods of braking, effect of voltage and frequency variation on torque speed characteristics

Fractional Kilowatt Motors and Single Phase Induction Motors: Characteristics and applications

Synchronous Machines- Generation of 3-phase emf armature reaction, voltage regulation, parallel operation of two alternators, synchronizing, control of active and reactive power Starting and applications of synchronous motors

Generation, Transmission and Distribution– Different types of power stations, Load factor, diversity factor, demand factor, cost of generation, inter-connection of power stations Power factor improvement, various types of tariffs, types of faults, short circuit current for symmetrical faults Switchgears – rating of circuit breakers, Principles of arc extinction by oil and air, HRC Fuses, Protection against earth leakage / over current, etc Buchholtz relay, Merz-Price system of protection of generators & transformers, protection of feeders and bus bars Lightning arresters, various transmission and distribution system, comparison of conductor materials, efficiency of different system Cable – Different type of cables, cable rating and derating factor

Estimation and costing: Estimation of lighting scheme, electric installation of machines and relevant IE rules Earthing practices and IE Rules

Utilization of Electrical Energy: Illumination, Electric heating, Electric welding, Electroplating, Electric drives and motors

Basic Electronics: Working of various electronic devices e.g. P N Junction diodes, Transistors (NPN and PNP type), BJT and JFET Simple circuits using these devices

Part- C (Mechanical Engineering):

Theory of Machines and Machine Design:

Concept of simple machine, Four bar linkage and link motion, Flywheels and fluctuation of energy, Power transmission by belts – V-belts and Flat belts, Clutches – Plate and Conical clutch, Gears – Type of gears, gear profile and gear ratio calculation, Governors – Principles and classification, Riveted joint, Cams, Bearings, Friction in collars and pivots

Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials:

Equilibrium of Forces, Law of motion, Friction, Concepts of stress and strain, Elastic limit and elastic constants, Bending moments and shear force diagram, Stress in composite bars, Torsion of circular shafts, Bucking of columns–Euler’s and Rankin’s theories, Thin walled pressure vessels

Thermal Engineering:

Properties of Pure Substances: P-V & P-T diagrams of pure substance like H2O, Introduction of steam table with respect to steam generation process; definition of saturation, wet & superheated status Definition of dryness fraction of  steam,  degree  of  superheat  of  steam  H-s  chart  of steam (Mollier’s Chart)

1st Law of Thermodynamics: Definition of stored energy & internal energy, 1st Law of Thermodynamics of cyclic process, Non Flow Energy Equation, Flow Energy & Definition of Enthalpy, Conditions for Steady State Steady Flow; Steady State Steady Flow Energy Equation

2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Definition of Sink, Source Reservoir of Heat, Heat Engine, Heat Pump & Refrigerator; Thermal Efficiency of Heat Engines & co-efficient of performance of Refrigerators, Kelvin – Planck & Clausius Statements of 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, Absolute or Thermodynamic Scale of temperature, Clausius Integral, Entropy, Entropy change calculation of ideal gas processes Carnot Cycle & Carnot Efficiency, PMM-2; definition & its impossibility

Air standard Cycles for IC engines: Otto cycle; plot on P-V, T-S Planes; Thermal Efficiency, Diesel Cycle; Plot on P-V, T-S planes; Thermal efficiency. IC Engine Performance, IC Engine Combustion, IC Engine Cooling & Lubrication

Rankine cycle of steam: Simple Rankine cycle plot on P-V, T-S, h-s planes, Rankine cycle efficiency with & without pump work Boilers; Classification; Specification; Fittings & Accessories: Fire Tube & Water Tube Boilers Air Compressors & their cycles; Refrigeration cycles; Principle of a Refrigeration Plant; Nozzles & Steam Turbines

Fluid Mechanics & Machinery:

Properties & Classification of Fluid: ideal & real fluids, Newton’s law of viscosity, Newtonian and Non-Newtonian fluids, compressible and incompressible fluids

Fluid Statics: Pressure at a point

Measurement of Fluid Pressure: Manometers, U-tube, Inclined tube

Fluid Kinematics: Stream line, laminar & turbulent flow, external & internal flow, continuity equation

Dynamics of ideal fluids: Bernoulli’s equation, Total head; Velocity head; Pressure head; Application of Bernoulli’s equitation

Measurement of Flow rate Basic Principles: Venturimeter, Pilot tube, Orifice meter

Hydraulic Turbines: Classifications, Principles

Centrifugal Pumps: Classifications, Principles

Performance Production Engineering:

Classification of Steels: mild steal & alloy steel, Heat treatment of steel, Welding – Arc Welding, Gas Welding, Resistance Welding, Special Welding Techniques i.e. TIG, MIG, etc (Brazing & Soldering), Welding Defects  & Testing; NDT, Foundry & Casting – methods, defects, different casting processes, Forging, Extrusion, etc, Metal cutting principles, cutting  tools, Basic Principles of machining with (i) Lathe (ii) Milling (iii) Drilling (iv) Shaping (v) Grinding, Machines, tools & manufacturing processes.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Is SSC JE tough?

Ans. Lakhs of students appear in the SSC-JE exam every year. In the 2022 session alone, nearly 3.5 lakh aspirants appeared for the SSC-JE exam. It indicates the intense competition that makes the exam appear tough for most aspirants. If you are well-prepared for the SSC-JE 2024 exam, you are most probably not going to find it tough and score a decent score and rank in your exam. 

Q. What is the difference between SSC JE and State AE exam?

Ans. State AE exams recruit eligible engineers for the post of Assistant Engineers, and SSC-JE exams recruit Junior Engineers. The government firm under which the Assistant Engineers recruitment occurs varies in both cases.

Q. Which exam is better – SSC JE or RRB JE?

Ans. Both exams hold their own significance in their own domains. SSC stands for Staff Selection Commission, and RRB stands for Railway Recruitment Board. The respective organizing committees conduct the recruitment for the post of Junior Engineer (JE). Both types of exams provide wide opportunities for eligible candidates.

Q. What is the selection process for SSC-JE and RRB-JE?

Ans. The selection process for SSC-JE includes three stages: Paper 1: Computer-Based Test(CBT), Paper 2: Computer-Based Test (CBT), and document verification. On the other hand, the selection process for the RRB-JE exam includes four stages: CBT 1, CBT 2, Medical Test, and document verification.

Q. Where can I download the official notification for SSC JE 2024?

Ans. If you want to download the SSC JE 2024 Official Notification, then visit the official website at



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