SSC Junior Engineer

SSC Junior Engineer is a national level paper-pen based entrance test directed by the Staff Selection Commission for Recruitment of Junior Engineer vacancies in

  • (CIVIL) and (ELECTRICAL) in Central Public Works Department (CPWD) 
  • (CIVIL) and JUNIOR ENGINEER(ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL) in Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Ministry of Defence
  • (ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL) &JUNIOR ENGINEER (Quantity Surveying & Contract) in Military 

Engineering Service (MES).

  • (CIVIL & MECHANICAL) in Central Water Commission (CWC) and Farakka Barrage.

Aspirants aged between 18 and 27 years of age with a diploma in civil, electrical or mechanical streams of engineering from an institution recognized by the central government or equivalent qualification are eligible to apply for SSC Junior Engineer 2015. 

Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Exam consists of 

  1. a) Written Examination
  2. b) Interview

Engineering aspirants will be shortlisted for interview based on the total marks in the SSC Junior Engineer 2015 written examination. Aspirants who then qualify the interview will be recommended for appointment by the Staff Selection Commission on the basis of total marks in the SSC Junior Engineer written examination and interview. 

Eligibility for SSC Junior Engineer


A person must be either:

(a) a citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the 

Age Limit:- 18 to 27 years of age.

Upper age Relaxation:-

  • SC/ST – 5 years
  • OBC – 3 years
  • PH – 10 years

Educational Qualification:- 

Diploma in Civil , Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an institution recognized by the Central Government or equivalent qualification. 


SSC Junior Engineer Registration/Application Form:- 

  • Apply online on
  • SSC Junior Engineer Online application form consists of two marks namely (PART-I and PART-II Registration) 
  • In Part I registration, you will have to fill basic information.
  • On submission of details, you will be prompted to check the details and make any correction in the application.
  • Then you need to click “I agree” button after declaration.
  • Please note that no correction/modification etc will be allowed after application. 
  • Then a page with Registration No. shall be generated.
  • Part II registration requires filling of payment details, uploading of photograph and scanned signature. 
  • On-line application will be complete only if scanned signature and photo are uploaded as per instructions.

SSC Junior Engineer  application fee is Rs 100/-

Application fee is  exempted for Women  and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation, as per Government orders.

Application fee can be paid online through SBI net banking or cash through SBI bank challan

Photograph and Signature Specifications:- 

Photograph:- 8 – bit JPG format. The digital size of the file must be less than 12 kb and greater than 4 kb of resolution 100 pixel widths by 120 pixels height.

Signature:- 8 – bit JPG format. The digital size of the file must be less than 12 kb and greater than 1 kb of resolution 140 pixel width by 60 pixels height.

SSC Junior Engineer  Paper Pattern:- 

Following is the paper pattern for SSC Junior Engineer 2016:- 

  • Paper-I will consist of Objective Type Multiple Choice questions only. 
  • Answer- sheets of Paper-II (Conventional Type) will be evaluated in respect of only those candidates who qualify in Paper-I at the standard as decided/fixed by the Commission at its discretion.

Paper-I Objective type (OMR Answer Sheets will be provided for this Paper)

(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning – 50 marks

(ii) General Awareness – 50 marks

(iii) Part–A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)


Part-B General Engineering (Electrical)


Part- C General Engineering (Mechanical) – 100 marks

  • Duration:- 2 Hours
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I. 

Paper-II Conventional Type

Part– A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)


Part– B General Engineering (Electrical)


Part- C General Engineering (Mechanical) 

  • Maximum Marks– 300
  • Duration:-2 Hours.

Syllabus :

The standard of the questions in Engineering subjects for SSC Junior Engineer 2015 syllabus will be of Diploma level Engineering (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical) approved by the All India Board of Technical Education. (AICTE)


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, judgement, 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.

(ii) General Awareness: Questions will be aimed at testing the aspirant’;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.

(iii) General Engineering (Civil and Structural) , (Electrical & 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, 1 st Law of Thermodynamics, 2 nd 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 steels.

Paper II

Part-A Civil & Structural Engineering

Civil 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, methodsand 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.

Surveying :
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 a quifers, 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 p enetration test.

Hydraulics: Fluid properties, hydrostatics, measurements of flow, Bernoulli‘s theorem and itsapplication, 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 bas e 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 India.

Transportation 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 trffic 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 fortee, 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, retain ing 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.