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How to prepare for SSC JE 2024 Exam?

Every year the Staff Selection Commission releases thousands of vacancies for Junior Engineers posts across various departments. The SSC JE 2024 notification has been released on the commission’s official website for 968 vacancies and candidates can apply till 18th April 2024 on ssc.gov.in. According to the exam calendar released by SSC for the year 2024, the Tier 1 exam for the JE posts will be conducted on 4th, 5th and 6th June 2024. Hence it is the appropriate time for the candidates to start their preparations for the exam. This article discusses some of the tips and tricks to crack the SSC JE 2024 Exam.

How to Prepare for SSC JE 2024 Exam?

Preparing for the SSC JE exam is quite different from the rest of the exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission as it gives a lot of weightage to the technical part of the selection process. However, like every other exam, the first step of preparation for the SSC JE 2024 Exam is to get acquainted with the exam pattern. Let us go through all the steps needed to be talken in order to score well in the exam one by one.

Going Through the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The detailed notification for the SSC JE Recruitment 2024 contains the detailed syllabus and exam pattern for each stage of the selection process. Tier 1 is divided into three sections: General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, and General Engineering (Civil/Mechanical/Electrical). The paper will contain a total of 200 questions worth 200 marks and will be conducted for a composite time of 2 Hours. The table below will give the candidates a better idea regarding the pattern of the SSC JE Tier 1 exam.

Papers No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 Hrs.
(ii) General Awareness 50 50
iii) Part–A General Engineering (Civil & Structural) OR
Part-B General Engineering (Electrical) OR
Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical)
100 100

The candidates who successfully clear the cutoff for the Tier 1 exam will be eligible for Tier 2 (or Paper 2). The paper will contain 100 questions worth 300 marks and will be conducted for 2 Hours. The pattern of the Paper 2 is detailed in the table below.

Paper – II Total No. Of Questions Time
Part-A General Engineering (Civil & Structural) 100 2 Hrs.
Part- B General Engineering (Electrical) 100 2 Hrs.
Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical) 100 2 Hrs.

In Tier 1 of the SSC JE Exam 2024, there are three sections with questions on Reasoning, General Awareness and Engineering topics. The candidates should be aware of the syllabus for these subjects before moving on to the next step in their preparation phase. The detailed syllabus for each subject has been provided in the detailed notification. However, for the ease of the candidates we have tabulated the SSC JE Tier 1 Syllabus 2024 below.

SSC JE Tier 1 Syllabus 2024
Section Topics
General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • Classification
  • Analogy
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Paper Folding Method
  • Matrix
  • Word Formation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Direction and Distance
  • Blood Relations
  • Series
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Seating arrangements
  • Space Visualization
  • Problem-Solving Analysis
  • Judgment
  • Decision Making
  • Visual Memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship Concept
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Verbal and Figure Classification
  • Arithmetical Number Series
  • Arithmetical Computations
General Knowledge
  • Static General Knowledge
  • Science
  • Current Affairs
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Important Schemes
  • Prominent Personalities in the News
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic
  • Awards and Honors
Mechanical Engineering
  • Theory of Machines and Machine Design
  • Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials
  • Properties of Pure Substances
  • 1st Law of Thermodynamics, 2nd 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 steel.
Electrical Engineering
  • Basic concepts
  • Circuit law
  • AC Fundamentals
  • Magnetic Circuit
  • Electrical Machines
  • Utilization and Electrical Energy
  • Transmission and Distribution
  • Estimation and Costing
  • Basic Electronics
  • Generation
  • Fractional Kilowatt Motors and single-phase induction Motors
  • Measurement and Measuring instruments
  • Synchronous Machines
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

Previous Year Papers are the Key

Once the candidates have analyzed the exam pattern and syllabus, it is advised that they go through the previous year’s paper on the SSC JE Exam. These papers act as a good source of exam-level questions and focusing on the last 5-10 years’ papers will give the candidates an idea of the recent trend and level of questions asked in the recent installments of the exam.

  • One of the tips for using the previous year’s questions for the JE exam is to focus on the concepts asked in the Paper 2 (Tier 2) exam to filter out the most important topics that need to be prepared for the MCQs of the Basic Engineering section of the Tier 1 exam.

Learning Concepts, Practice and Revision

The main component of the preparation strategy for the SSC JE Exam is to learn the concepts of all the subjects asked in the exam. As the Tier 2 exam solely focuses on Engineering subjects, doing an integrated preparation for both stages is useful to score high in both stages. After the learning phase comes the intensive practice of the concepts from various sources including the previous year’s questions.

  • It is often advised to the candidates that they should keep their resources limited and go through them multiple times. This act of repeated revisions helps the candidates to keep all the concepts handy and recall them easily in the examination hall.

Attempting Mock Tests

After the concepts are learned and practiced according to the requirements of the exam pattern and syllabus, the next step is to practice the exam simulation. The sectional mock tests help the candidates narrow down the areas that need more work and the full-length tests help them to minimize the negative marking and efficiently manage the time provided to attempt the paper.

  • A useful trick to score more in the SSC JE Exam is to attempt questions asked in other engineering examinations such as RRB JE, GATE and UPSC IES exams. This exposes the candidates to various levels of questions and strengthens their concepts.

The SSC JE Exam is a highly competitive selection process and having the proper strategy forms the basis of the preparation phase. Candidates should keep in mind that the points mentioned above are to be adapted to their own strengths and weaknesses. Everyone can craft their individual preparation strategy using the points mentioned above.


When will the SSC JE 2024 Exam be held?

The SSC JE 2024 Tier 1 Exam is expected to be held on 4th, 5th and 6th June 2024.

What is the selection process for the SSC JE 2024 Recruitment?

The SSC JE 2024 selection process is divided into two stages i.e. Tier I and Tier II.

How many vacancies have been released for the SSC JE Recruitment 2024?

The Staff Selection Commission has released 968 vacancies for the SSC JE Recruitment 2024.