SSC Junior Engineers Exam

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The Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination 2017 will be held on 19 February, 2017 across India by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Posts are available with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Department of Posts, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Ministry of Defence, Military Engineering Service (MES), Central Water Commission (CWC) and Farakka Barrage.

Application Forms Now Available

Important Dates

  • Online application available for Part I registration: 1 March to 26 March, 2016
  • Online application available for Part II registration: 1 March to 28 March 2016
  • Last date for receipt of application: 28 March, 2016
  • Last date for receipt of application from applicants in certain areas* and abroad: 4 April, 2016
  • Test date: 20-23 December, 2016 (Paper-I), 17 February, 2017(Paper-II)

*Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Lahaul and Spiti District and Pangi Sub Division of Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Mehalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura

Posts

Recruitment is currently being conducted for the following posts and departments through the Junior Engineers Exam, 2014:

CPWD and Department of Posts

  • Junior Engineer (Civil)
  • Junior Engineer (Electrical)

BRO

  • Junior Engineer (Civil)
  • Junior Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical)

CWC

  • Junior Engineer (Civil & Mechanical)

Farakka Barrage

  • Junior Engineer (Civil & Mechanical)

MES

  • Junior Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical)
  • Junior Engineer (Quantity Surveying and Contract)

These posts are Group B non-gazetted, non-ministerial posts and are classified under the General Central Service (Technical) with a pay band of Rs. 9,300-34,800 + grade pay of Rs. 4200.

Application

Registration for the test has two parts, Part I Registration and Part II Registration. Online submission (http://ssconline.nic.in/) of the basic information for Part I will generate a registration number. Part II registration includes uploading a photograph, scanned signature and payment details. The fee for the test is Rs. 100. Women and Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribes (SC/ST) category candidates are not required to pay the fee. You may pay the fee online through State Bank of India (SBI) net banking or in person with cash through an SBI bank challan. Payment through debit or credit card is not available.

Do not submit a printout of your application to the commission. The application should be submitted only to the appropriate regional or sub-regional office of the commission. This particular office is determined by which centre you select. Find out which address applies to your application. The registration number and fee payment details should be retained.

Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: Candidates must be one of the following: a citizen of India, a subject of Bhutan, a subject of Nepal, a Tibetan refugee who arrived in India before 1 January 1962 to settle permanently in India, or a person of Indian origin who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) or Vietnam to settle permanently in India. A certificate of eligibility will be needed for persons who are not citizens of India. This Government of India issued certificate is necessary for an offer of appointment.

Education: Candidates should generally have at least a degree or diploma in either electrical, civil or mechanical engineering from a government recognized institution. Certain posts require only a diploma, while others require a diploma and prefer work experience in the relevant field.

Age:
For Junior Engineer (Civil and Electrical) in CPWD and Department of Posts, candidates must be between 18 and 27 years of age.
Junior Engineers (Civil and Mechanical) in CWC and Farakka Barrage may be up to 32 years old.
Junior Engineer (Civil) and Junior Engineer (Electrical & Mechanical) candidates for MES must not be over 30.
Junior Engineers (Quantity Surveying and Contract) in MES should be between 18 and 27 years of age.
Junior Engineers (Civil) & Junior Engineers (Electrical & Mechanical) applying for BRO should not be older than 30.

Age relaxation is permissible for some candidates. For SC/ST category candidates, age relaxation beyond the upper limit is five years. For Other Backward Classes (OBC) category candidates, age relaxation is three years. Sons, daughters and dependents of ex-servicemen are not eligible for age concession. You may check with SSC for further details on relaxation for other categories.

Exam Pattern

There are two stages to successfully gaining a post:

  • Written Test (500 marks)
  • Interview (100 marks)

Written Test

Each paper is two hours in length. Questions are set in the International System of Units (SI units). In Paper I and II, only attempt the appropriate third section according to the post to which you are applying. For example, Junior Engineer (Civil) candidates should only fill out Part A (Civil & Structural) in Paper I and II. Paper II answer sheets will only be graded if the candidate has qualified through Paper I. The standard for qualification is decided by the commission. For Paper I, 1/4 of a mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

Within approximately seven days of the exam, the answer key to the first paper will be available online.

Paper I: Objective type multiple choice questions

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning: 50 marks
  • General Awareness: 50 marks
  • Part A General Engineering (Civil & Structural) OR

Part B General Engineering (Electrical) OR

Part C General Engineering (Mechanical): 100 marks

Paper II: Conventional type questions

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Part A General Engineering (Civil and Structural) OR

Part B General Engineering (Electrical) OR

Part C General Engineering (Mechanical): 300 marks

Personality Test (Interview)

The Personality Test has a maximum of 100 marks. You must earn minimum qualifying marks in order to appear for the interview. The commission will determine the interview location.

Syllabus

Test questions are generally at the Diploma of Engineering (Civil/Electrical/Mechanical) level. Selected topics are listed below.

Paper I

Multiple choice

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning: Verbal and written questions. Questions may be on topics including space visualization, analogies, differences, similarities, analysis, decision making, arithmetical reasoning, arithmetical number series and so forth. Candidates are tested on abstract ideas, symbols and their relationships.
  • General Awareness: This section evaluates general awareness of current events and the scientific aspects of everyday experiences and observations. Other general questions may be on India and neighbouring countries - geography, culture, economy, history and so forth.
  • General Engineering (choose one of the following)

Part A

  • Civil Engineering: Environmental engineering, transportation engineering, irrigation engineering, hydraulics, soil mechanics, surveying, costing and valuation, estimating, building materials
  • Structural Engineering: Steel design, RCC design, concrete technology, theory of structures

Part B

  • Electrical Engineering: Circuit law, magnetic circuit, basic concepts, measurement and measuring instruments, AC fundamentals, basic electronics, utilization and electrical energy, estimation and costing, transmission and distribution

Part C

  • Mechanical Engineering: Engineering mechanics and strength of materials, theory of machines and machine design, 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics, properties and classification of fluids

Paper II

Conventional type questions

Specific topics within the subjects (ie. irrigation engineering) are addressed in this section.

  • General Engineering

Part A

  • Civil Engineering: Irrigation engineering, hydraulics, soil mechanics, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, surveying, building materials and estimating, costing and valuation.
  • Structural Engineering: Steel design, concrete technology, theory of structures, RCC design

Part B

  • Electrical Engineering: Estimation and costing, electrical machines, AC fundamentals, measurement and measuring instruments, basic electronics

Part C

  • Mechanical Engineering: fluid mechanics and machinery, production engineering, thermal engineering

For further details of what may be on the exam, consult the SSC syllabus.

Exam Centres

Exam centres for the test are listed below:

Agartala

Gangtok

Nagpur

Ahmedabad

Guwahati (Dispur)

Panaji

Aizwal

Hyderabad

Patna

Allahabad

Imphal

Port Blair

Baramula

Itanagar

Puducherry

Bengaluru

Jagdalpur

Raipur

Bhopal

Jaipur

Ranchi

Bhubaneswar

Jammu

Shillong

Chandigarh

Kavaratti

Shimla

Chennai

Kohima

Srinagar (J&K)

Churachandpur

Kolkata

Thiruvananthapuram

Dehradun

Lucknow

Delhi

Mumbai

You will not be allowed to change the exam centre once it is selected.The SSC may cancel centres if needed.

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