SSC JE Preparation Tips: Know Complete Strategy & Guide

Staff Selection Commission Junior Engineer Exam 2023 ( SSC JE )


Registration: 26 Jul '23 - 16 Aug '23

Rachit Kumar Saxena

Rachit Kumar SaxenaManager-Editorial

Updated on Oct 30, 2022 00:15 IST

SSC JE preparation requires a dedicated effort of over one year. The Commission test the candidates for their engineering aptitude and the subjective knowledge of the engineering branch opted by the candidate. These engineers are posted in various Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs) and affiliated institutions. The commission conducts the exam yearly. This year, the Commission did not release the number of vacancies in the original notification. SSC JE 2022 exam will be conducted as a Computer-Based Exam(CBE) from November 14 to 16 at the designated exam centres across the nation.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts SSC JE exam to shortlist eligible candidates for the post of Junior Engineers (JEs) in various branches of Engineering including Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying & Contracts. Candidates with a degree/diploma in Civil/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering are eligible to appear for the exam.

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SSC JE Syllabus and Exam Pattern

SSC JE preparation comes becomes easy when you thoroughly know and understand the syllabus and pattern of the exam.

The SSC JE exam is conducted in two stages:

  • Paper-I: An online objective-type test
  • Paper-II: An offline descriptive test

SSC JE paper-I is divided into three sections. The third section is further divided into three parts. Candidates have the option of attempting questions from any one part only. Total weightage of SSC JE paper-I is 200 marks.

SSC JE Paper-I Sections

Number of Questions

Total Marks

General Intelligence & Reasoning



General Awareness



General Engineering (Civil & Structural or Electrical or Mechanical)






In SSC JE paper-II, candidates have to write descriptive answers of on any one Engineering topic:

  • General Engineering (Civil & Structural)
  • General Engineering (Electrical)
  • General Engineering (Mechanical)

The total weightage of paper II is 300 marks.

Check the complete SSC JE syllabus and SSC JE exam pattern.

How to Prepare for SSC JE?

Given below is the section-wise SSC JE preparation tips:

SSC JE preparation tips for General Intelligence & Reasoning

Check out some quick SSC JE preparation tips for General Intelligence & Reasoning section:

  • In this section, questions are based on arithmetical reasoning topics such as Analogy, Number Series, Data Sufficiency, Liner and Circular Arrangement, etc.
  • Regular practice of such questions help you ace this section
  • Refer to previous years’ SSC JE question papers for this section to know the difficulty level and type of questions asked

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SSC JE preparation tips for General Awareness

Check out some quick SSC JE preparation tips for General Awareness section:

  • Develop regular newspaper reading habit to ace this section
  • Having a grasp on subjects such as History, Indian Polity, Indian Constitution, Economics and Geography is also important for this section
  • Take online quizzes on general knowledge regularly to know your level of preparation for this section

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SSC JE preparation tips for General Engineering

Check out some quick SSC JE preparation tips for the General Engineering section:

  • In this section, candidates need to have core Engineering knowledge of their respective branches
  • To ace this section, the basics and theoretical knowledge of candidates regarding their respective Engineering fields should be clear
  • Candidates should develop good analytical and problem-solving skills to perform well in this section

SSC JE Books

Check out some important SSC JE books for preparation of different sections/subjects:

SSC JE Preparation Books


Important SSC JE Books for General Intelligence & Reasoning

A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

RS Aggarwal

Lucent Reasoning

Bhupendra Kumar Singh

Important SSC JE Books for General Awareness

General Knowledge


Arihant General Knowledge

Manohar Pandey

Important SSC JE Books for General Engineering (Civil & Structural)

SSC Junior Engineer Civil & Structural Recruitment Exam Guide 3rd Edition

Disha Experts

SSC (CPWD-MES) Junior Engineers Examination Civil Engineering

GK Publication

SSC Junior Engineer Civil and Structural Engineering Exam Practice Work Book

Kiran Prakashan

Important SSC JE Books for General Engineering (Electrical)

SSC JE Electrical exam Guide-Cum-practice workbook

Kiran Prakashan

Electrical Engineering Objective Types Questions

A Handa M Handa

SSC Junior Engineers (CPWD/CWC/MES) Electrical Engineering 15 Practice

GK Publication

Important SSC JE Books for General Engineering (Mechanical)

SSC Junior Engineering self-study Guide cum Practice Book

Kiran Prakashan

SSC Junior Engineers (Mechanical) Exam Guide

RPH Editorial Board

SSC CWC/MES 2015 Mechanical Engineering

GK Publication

SSC JE Exam Analysis

Every year, after the exam is over, Shiksha reaches out to students to know the difficulty level of the paper and important questions asked in the exam. Check important SSC JE exam analysis highlights of last year’s paper below:

  • SSC JE paper-I 2020 was easy to moderate
  • There were no major changes in the exam pattern
  • In General Awareness section, questions were majorly asked from Current Affairs, History, Polity and Governance subjects
  • Questions in Reasoning section were a bit time consuming

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SSC JE Preparation FAQs

Q: How can I clear the SSC JE exam?

A: You can pass the SSC JE exam by keeping the below points in mind:
  • Have an effective preparation strategy and study plan
  • Go through the SSC JE syllabus thoroughly
  • Improve your time management skills
  • Attempt SSC JE question papers and mock tests
  • Have thorough theoretical knowledge and understanding of your respective Engineering subject

Q: Can I crack SSC JE without coaching?

A: Yes, you can crack SSC JE without coaching; however, you need to be planned and thorough with your studies.

Q: Do questions repeat in SSC JE exam?

A: There are usually some questions in SSC JE exam, which are repeated from previous years. Candidates are advised to solve last 10 years’ SSC JE question papers to improve the chances of scoring better in the exam.

Q: Is there any interview in SSC JE recruitment process?

A: No, there is no interview in SSC JE recruitment process.

Q: Does SSC JE have negative marking?

A: SSC JE has negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer in paper-I. There is no negative marking in SSC JE paper-II since it is a descriptive test.

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