SSC JE Civil Syllabus – Online exam and Expert analysis

Want to know the complete SSC JE Civil syllabus ? If yes, let’s embark upon the journey to prepare for one of the most prestigious exams in the stream of Civil Engineering. If you hold a bachelor’s degree/diploma and are looking for a career in civil engineering as ‘Junior Engineer’, this is the right place for you to get started. Here, you will find all information you need about the SSC JE Examination (Civil and Structural Engineering) and guidance on how to prepare the ‘SSC JE Civil Syllabus’.

Now, let us have a look at the complete syllabus of SSC JE (Civil and Structural) Examination 2020 in detail.

I.SSC JE Civil Syllabus : Important Insights

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) organizes recruitment examination every year for the post of Junior Engineer (Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Quantity Surveying & Contracts). It is held to fill the vacancies in various ministries, departments and organizations in the Government of India. Some of these organizations are mentioned below:

  • Central water commission
  • Central Public Works Department (CPWD)
  • Military Engineer Services (MES)
  • Border Road Organization (BRO)
  • Central Water and Power Research Station
  • National Technical Research Organization (NTRO)
  • Farakka Barrage Project

SSC JE- Educational Qualification

Bachelor’s degree or diploma in civil engineering from a recognized University/Institution. For detailed qualifications and age limit criteria – click here.

SSC JE -Scheme of the examination

The examination consists of two papers. Paper-I is a computer-based examination and Paper-II is a descriptive type. Detail of these papers are mentioned below:

Papers/ Mode of Examination Subject No of Questions/ Maximum marks Duration
Paper-I (Objective Type)Computer Based Examination (i) General   Intelligence and Reasoning

(ii) General   Awareness

(iii) Part-A   General engineering

(Civil &   Structural)




2 Hours
Paper-II (Descriptive Type)Written  Examination Part-A General   engineering(Civil & Structural) 300 2 Hours

Paper-I consists of objective type and multiple-choice questions only. The question paper will be set in both languages i.e. English & Hindi. There is a negative marking in Paper-I which is of 0.25 marks per each wrong answer.

Paper-II must be written either in Hindi or in English. Partly written in Hindi and remaining in English will be given zero marks.

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SSC JE Civil Syllabus Paper-I

The level of the questions that will be asked in the examination will be having the difficulty level of diploma in engineering (Civil engineering / Electrical engineering / Mechanical engineering) approximately. Questions are to be set in SI units.

Paper-I consists of following parts:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness
  • Part-A General engineering (Civil Engineering & Structural Engineering)

Part-A (Civil Engineering)

Hydraulics, Building Materials, Soil Mechanics, Irrigation Engineering, Estimating, Costing and Valuation, Environmental Engineering, Theory of Structures, Surveying, Concrete Technology, RCC Design, Transportation Engineering, Steel Design.


To crack any examination, the detailed analysis of the previous year question papers is very important. It gives an understanding of what the exam demands and how deep we need to go into concepts while studying. Therefore, we provide here the analysis of previous year exam and SSC JE civil syllabus in detail.

Here is the more comprehensive analysis of SSC JE Civil Syllabus- Part A General Engineering (Civil and Structural), SSC JE 2018 (held in 2019) Paper-I.

SSC JE Civil Syllabus – Subjects No. of Questions SSC JE Civil Syllabus-Subject Analysis
Building   Materials 12-14 The easy questions comprise of factual and theoretical questions based on IS codes. The tough question require deep understanding of the concept.
Estimating,   Costing and Valuation 11-12 Mostly comprises of definition and formula based questions of moderate difficulty level but in-depth conceptual clarity is needed.
Surveying 8-10 Theoretical questions require basic understanding of the sub-topics or bare minimum memorization of standard values is sufficient.
Soil   Mechanics 7-9 Moderate and tough difficulty level questions are based on formula and definition of basic terminologies.
Hydraulics 9-11 Mostly numerical questions were asked. Knowledge of the formulae, standard values and basic definitions is necessary.
Irrigation   Engineering 11-13 Overall tough section.Questions are analytical demanding clarity of concepts of sub-topics.
Transportation   Engineering 8-11 The easy question can be answered with memorization of basic formulae, definitions and facts. Numerical questions are formula based.
Environmental   Engineering 6-8 Questions require memorization of formulae, facts, basic terms and standard values.
Theory   of Structures 6-8 Overall difficult section and time consuming. Memorization of formulae, standard values or assumptions from the sub-topics is sufficient.
Concrete   Technology 4-6 In-depth conceptual clarity of topics needed
RCC   Design 9-11 Easy questions are factual questions based on IS 456:2000 code of practice, and require a thorough reading of IS code. Tough questions requires in-depth knowledge of design concepts and specifications and standard values recommended in code
Steel   Design 4-6 Easy fact or definition based questions from IS 800:2007 code. Basic terminologies asked. Design specifications were asked directly from code.

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That brings us to the end of this article. We hope that the SSC JE Civil syllabus and analysis provided for SSC JE Exam 2020 help you prepare for the exam in an efficient way.In our next blog we will discuss complete preparation strategy for SSC JE (Civil and Structural) Examination Paper-I in detail. In the meantime keep preparing. All the best.


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