Crack for your SSC JE exams with these simple tricks!

The venerated SSC JE or the Staff Selection Commission Junior Engineer is the entrance exam where candidates are recruited to the different group A and B posts of non- gazette junior engineers in civil, mechanical etc. in the central government departments.

This year the exam registration has been announced to start from October 4, 2017.  The exam is estimated to be held on January 2018.

So, as the exam dates reach closer at a steady pace, it is very important that aspirants start gearing up themselves, following a scientific routine of preparation. This in turn will guarantee a higher rate of success.

The SSC JE conducts its written examination every year in two stages. Thus, here lays the trick to make your place stand out in the selection process. The art of streamlining preparation is to be mastered here.

To start with the first stage, it confers upon a computer based objective type test. On successful completion of the former, comes the second paper. The second paper is a descriptive paper. Thus, here students need to realize that only studying without any strategy will not help them in successful cracking of the exam. Understanding the syllabus of the exam and chalking down a strategy acc will make sure your success.

SSC JE EXAM PATTERN 2018 – A broad overview


  • The objective type computer based test(CBT) is divided into 3 broad sections. General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, and Part A (Civil), Part B (Electrical) and Part C (Mechanical).
  • Candidates can choose from between part A, B, C as per their respective engineering disciplines while the remaining two sections remain common.
  • The total marks weight-age of this paper is 200 marks (50+50+100).
  • A policy of negative marks of 0.25 for each incorrect answer in this paper.
  • Total time allotted for the common sections and optional section is 2 hours (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) and 2 hours (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) respectively.



  • The paper 2 is a conventional type of paper conducted in pen – paper mode.
  • The SSC JE paper 2 comprises of broad sections. Part A (General Engineering) consists of Civil and Structural, Part B (General Engineering) consists of Electrical, or Part C (General Engineering).
  • Total marks allotted to this paper are 300 in a total time of 3 hours.


Here are some of the tricks that will help you to streamline all the topics that the exam covers in both the stages of the test.

  • Be thorough with the exam syllabus:

Candidates knowing the exam pattern thoroughly will definitely have a greater ease and bigger hand over the preparation. This will enable them to know the complete scheme of examination, marks, mode of the test, marking scheme. But most importantly how to distribute their focus over the topics.

  • Conforming to the syllabus:

Preparing as per the assigned syllabus will help aspirants peruse the pattern of questions that may come. In addition to this, they can even go on to understand how much weight age is to be given on each topic. Hence saves time. Again, you can get the study material too from here. Thus, bonus points for that.

  • Preparation Material:

Too many material and books is absolutely not at all recommendable to any of the aspirants. This will only lead to confusion and de-motivation towards preparation. A single book covering all the topics of the assigned syllabus is just ample of preparation.

  • Time Management:

Amidst all the trick to success, time management leads the path. Conforming to a practically feasible time table is absolutely recommendable to any student. Try to stick to it without fail.

  • Clear doubts:

Clearing doubts then and there is much of a good habit as far as learning is concerned. Keeping backlogs in no way would help to clear them. You would find them piling up and at the end of the day, will be left confused.

  • Transform your weaknesses to strength:

Practicing and focusing on the topics that is comparably harder for you would give you the edge towards getting better with the time graph.

  • Practice regularly:

Practicing regularly will give you an upper end and idea how to approach the paper during the exam. Again solving previous years question paper will give you an idea of the difficulty level and type of questions to be expected to be seen. What are the areas of focuses and higher frequencies. Thus, with time you get better.

  • Follow strategy:

Following a solving strategy always gives you plus points in these tests. Don’t waste time on a single question that takes more than 6 minutes of time to approach. Try and solve the questions you know the bets first. Increase the difficulty level from naught to the highest. This will substantially help you build your points in the exam.

It is a known fact that the SSC JE exam is no cakewalk. However, with regular practice and these tricks and dedication, one can definitely crack the exam with ease.

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