S.S.C. JE – Junior Engineer (CPWD) Exam


SSC Junior Engineer (CPWD) Exam – Staff Selection Commission holds an open competitive examination all over the country for recruitment of Junior Engineers (Civil and Electrical) in CPWD. A candidate who clears this exam is eligibile to become a SSC Junior Engineer.

SSC JE Exam Eligibility:

  1. Educational Qualification Candidates should have a Diploma in Civil or Electrical or Mechanical Engineering from an institute recognized by the Central Government or equivalent qualification. 2. Age Aspiring candidatew should not be more than 27 years on the specified date of the exam.

SSC JE Exam Pattern:

Junior Engineer (CPWD) Examination will be conducted in two parts :

A. Written Test  500 marks
B. Interview  100 mark

Part A  i.e  written test consisting of two papers as given below and Part B is a personality test. Paper 1 which will be of Objective type multiple choice.

Paper Subject No. of Questions Marks
I (a) General Awareness 25 50
I (b) General Engineering (Civil & Structural)  or

General Engineering (Electrical & Mechanical)

75 150
  Total 100 200

Paper 2 will be of conventional type.

Subject Marks
General Engineering (Civil & Structural) or

General Engineering (Electrical & Mechanical)


Important: Paper I and II will be bi-lingual (i.e. in Hindi and English). Candidates will have option to answer Paper II either in Hindi or in English language. Paper II will be evaluated in respect of only those candidates who qualify in Paper I at the minimum standard which may be decided by the Commission at its discretion. Only those candidates who attain minimum qualifying standard in Part-I of the Examination, as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion, will be eligible to be called for Personality Test/Interview.

Part B Personality Test (Interview): 100 marks The interview/personality test is structured in such a manner that the candidates’ interest, knowledge, various traits, aptitude, suitability etc. are probed among other things, through academic qualifications, experience, extra-curricular activities, general awareness/knowledge, depth of knowledge of the subjects studied (10+2 onwards), communicative skill and over-all personality etc. Candidates called for interview/personality test, have the option to converse either in Hindi or English language during the interview process.

SSC Junior Engineer (CPWD) Exam syllabus:

The standard of the questions in Engineering subjects will be approximately on the level of Diploma in Engineering (Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical) from a recognized Institute, Board or University and recognized by All India Board of Technical Education.

1.General Awareness:

Questions will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him 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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sport, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution and Scientific Research, etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

2.General Engineering (Civil and Structural) 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.

 (a) Surveying: Principles of surveying, working of properties, compass and bearing, plane table surveying, theodolite traverse, adjustment of theodolite, levelling and contouring, curvature, refraction, permanent adjustment of dumpy level, methods of contouring and uses of a control map, tachometric survey.

(b) Soil Mechanics: Origin of soil phase diagram, definitions of void ratio, porosity, degree of saturation, water content, specific gravity of soil grains and unit weights, grain size distribution curves for different solid and their uses. Atterjerg’s limits, ISI soil classification, plasticity chart, coefficient of permeability, effective stress, consolidation of soils. Calculation of shear strength of soils, direct shear test, vane shear test, triaxial test, soil compaction, Lab compaction, Lab compaction test, moisture content and bearing capacity of soils, plate load test, standard penetration test.

 (c) Hydraulics: Fluid properties, hydrostatics, measurements of flow, Bernoulli’s theorem and its application, flow through pipes, flow in open channels, weirs, flumes, spillways, pumps and turbines. Environmental Engineering: Quality of water, source of water supply, purification of water, distribution of water, need of sanitation, sewerage system, circular sewers, oval sewer, sewer appurtenances, surface water drainage, sewage treatments.

(d) Structural Engineering : Theory of structures: Elasticity constants, type 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 rect. & circular section, bending moment and shear stress for tee, 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.

 (e) Concrete Technology : Properties, Advantages and uses of concrete, cement aggregates 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 structure.

 (f) RCC Design: RCC beams: flexural strength, shear strength, bond strength, design of single reinforced beans, lintels, cantilever beams, double reinforced beams, one way slabs, two way slabs, isolated footings, reinforced brick work. T-beams, columns, staircases, retaining walls, water tanks (RCC design questions may be based on both Limit State method and Working Stress method). Steel Design: Steel design and construction of steel columns, beams, roof trusses, plate girders.

3. General Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical) Electrical Engineering Basic Electrical Engg.: Elect. Measurements, Concepts of current, voltage, resistance, power and energy, their units, Ohm’s law.

(a) Circuit Law: Kirchooff’s law, solution of simple network problems, Network theorems and their applications, Electro-magnetism, concept of flux, e m f, reluctance, magnetic circuits. Electro-magnetic induction, self and mutual inductance.

 (b) A.C. fundamentals, instantaneous, peak, R.M.S. and average values of alternating waves, Equation of sinusoidal wave form, simple series and parallel AC. circuits consisting of R.L. and C, Resonance. Measurement and measuring instruments, Moving coil and moving iron ammeters and voltmeters, Extension of range, Wattmeters, Multimeters, megger, Basic Electronics.

 (c) Electrical machines: Basic principles ofD.C. motors, generators, their characteristics, Speed control and starting of D.C. motors, losses and efficiency of D.C. machines. 1-Phase and 3-phase Transformers: Principles of operation, equivalent circuit, voltage regulation, O.C. and S.C. tests, efficiency, auto transformers. Synchronous machines, generation of 3-phase e m f, armature reaction, Voltage regulation, parallel operation of two alternators, synchronizing, starting and applications of synchronous motors. 3-Phase Induction motor, rotating magnetic field, principle of operation, equivalent circuit, torque-speed characteristics, starting and speed control of 3-phase induction motors, Fractional KW motors, 1-phase induction motors, A.C. series motor, reluctance motor. General, Transmission and Distribution: Different types of power stations, Load factor, diversity factor, demand factor, simple problems thereon, cost of generation, inter- connection of power stations. Power factor improvement, various types of tariffs, types of faults, short circuit current for symmetrical faults.

 (d) Switchgears- rating of circuit breakers: Principles of a extinction by oil and air, H.R.C. fuses, Protection, earth leakage, over current, Buchhotgz relay, Merz- Prince system of protection of generators & transformers, protection of feeders and bus bars. Lightning arresters, Various transmission and distribution systems, Comparison of conductor materials, efficiency for different systems. Utilization of Electrical Energy, Illumination, electric heating, Electric welding, electroplating, electric drives and motors.

 (e) Mechanical Engineering Flow of Fluids: Laminar & turbulent flow, equation of continuity, Bernoulli’s theorem, measurement of discharge, flow through pipes, friction losses, Forces of jet impinging on vanes, blades, work done and efficiency, classification of turbines & pumps.

 (f) Thermal Engineering: Laws of thermodynamics, change in entropy in various processes; uses of steam, Properties of steam table & charts; Construction & Working of Cochran, Lancashire locomotive & Babcock & Wilcox boilers, working of steam turbine, Otto & Diesel Cycles, working of IC engines, Carburetion, Solex Carburettor. Diesel fuel, pump & injector: Cooling & lubrication.

 (g) Production Engineering: Foundry- Different casting processes, concept of Patterns; types of mould making, purring defect in castings, causes & remedies, Welding-classification and types of welding, Testing and defects in welds. Lathes- working of lathe, various tools, operation on lathes, types of lathes. Drilling operations performed on drilling machines. Description, principles of working and various operations on machine tools, milling machine, shaper, grinder, boring and slotting machines. Strength of Materials: Stresses in composite bars, relation between elastic constants, Resilience under different types of loads, SF and BM diagrams; stresses in beams-combined direct and bending stresses, Struts and columns – Euler’s and Rankin’s theories, Torsion of circular shafts.

(h) Theory of Machines: Simple Machines – Four bar chain, Slider crank chain, double slider crank chain, Flywheel – Turning moment diagrams. Fluctuation of energy, Friction-in collar and pivots, plate clutch, conical clutch, journal bearing. Transmission of power through flat and V-belts, Gears, profile of gears, Governors- Watt and Hartnell governors.

SSC JE(CPWD) Exam Dates:

SSC JE (CPWD) exam is normally held in the month of May.

How to apply for SSC JE (CPWD) Exam?

Aspiring candidates can apply for SSC JE (CPWD) Exam in the application form given in Annexure-I in A-4 size paper.

The candidates may utilize in original the form published in the ‘Employment News” for filling up the columns with ball-point pen.

They may also use the application form neatly typed on white paper in double space and typed on only one side of the paper. There is no objection to candidates using printing application form, if available from private agencies, as long as the format and size of application form is exactly the same as published in Annexure-I of this advertisement.

The application must be filled up by the candidate in their own handwriting. They must put their signature at the appropriate places/declaration, failing which the application will be summarily rejected by the commission without any correspondence with the candidate.

The envelope containing the application must be superscribed in bold letters as “Application for Junior Engineers (Civil & Electrical) Exam and the name of the Centre from where the candidate intends to appear should be written in capital letters at the left side corner.

SC/ST/OBC candidates should also superscribe their category on the envelope.

Candidates have the option to submit either self attested/self certified photocopies of various documents or to submit photocopies of various documents duly attested by a gazetted officer as per extant procedure alongwith the application form. However, the original documents/certificates will be verified at the time of interview and their candidature will be subject to result of such scrutiny. While exercising the facility of self-attestation of various documents, the candidates are warned that – any wrong attestations so as the mislead the Commission or to gain access to our examinations, would lead to criminal/debar action against the candidates, besides cancellation of their candidatures.

Application may also be submitted at the Commission’s Regional/Sub-Regional Office concerned, personally/by hand within the stipulated date and time of submission.

Besides candidates can also apply for the said exam ONLINE.

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