What is SSC Junior Engineer Examination?
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) through its Junior Engineer Examination recruit engineers in various central government bodies like Central Water Commission, Department of Posts, Farakka Barrage, Central Public Works and Military Engineering Services etc. for civil, mechanical, electrical, quantity surveying and contract disciplines. The pay scale attached to these Group B Non-gazetted posts is Rs. 9300-34800 with the initial grade pay being Rs. 4200.
Scheme of Examination
The recruitment is done on the basis of the marks obtained in Written Exam followed by an interview. However, as per the new guidelines, interviews are going to be scrapped for recruitment to these posts. The written exam is divided into two papers with the first one being objective type of 200 marks and the second one being is conventional, descriptive paper of 300 marks.
Syllabus of the Examination
Paper I is of 200 marks having only objective questions and it carries the following sections:
- General Intelligence and Reasoning: 50 marks
- General Awareness: 50 marks
- General Engineering (Civil & Structural / Mechanical / Electrical): 100 marks
Paper II is of descriptive type and it carries 300 marks. The sections in this paper are:
General Engineering (Civil & Structural)
General Engineering (Electrical)
General Engineering (Mechanical)
Both the papers are of duration of 2 hours.
Strategy for the Exam
- Getting your Basics Clear: Unlike other competitive examinations, this exam is a test of pure knowledge and not speed and accuracy. Therefore, one has to be clear regarding the basics of his or her engineering subject. The general awareness section and reasoning section will be same as SSC CGL examination.
- Regular Practice: Practice is of utmost importance especially for the Paper II since it tests the candidates on the basis of his/ her answer writing skills. One needs to remember that answers should be brief and to the point while having all the relevant points within it. Answer writing is an art and it takes practice to develop it. So, regular practice will be helpful for the examination.
- Time Management: Though it will not be that much of a factor in Paper I, it will hold the key in Paper II where you only have 120 minutes to take care of 300 marks. Hence, always keep track of time while attempting the paper and try to finish the paper because that is better than writing lengthy answers for some of the questions and leaving the rest.
- Do not Neglect General Awareness and Reasoning: These two sections are common in any SSC examination as well as in Junior Engineer Examination; it will be a game changer because at the end, these two sections will hold the key to final allotment. Therefore, it would be wise to allot time to these two sections on a daily basis.