What is SSC JE Exam – An Introduction

What is SSC JE Exam - An IntroductionAs the title of this article “What is SSC JE Exam – An Introduction” might have already told you, this article has been posted to introduce you to SSC JE Exam, so that at once you come to know what this exam is all about, how many appears for it and how many qualifies. A good understanding about any exam lays the foundation for you to understand about the exam in a better way and hence help you in your exam preparation. Without wasting time further,  let us know What is SSC JE Exam.

What is SSC JE Exam

SSC JE Exam is conducted by SSC (Staff Selection Commission) to recruit Junior Engineers (JE) in Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts in such central Govt. organisations in India as Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Department of Post, Military Engineer Services (MES) etc. The minimum qualification needed to appear in this exam is Diploma (or equivalent qualification) in relevant discipline of Engineering i.e. Civil, Electrical & Mechanical. If you want to know more about what eligibility you need to have to appear in SSC JE Exam, please go through my article titled: SSC JE Exam Eligibility Criteria.

The selection process in SSC JE Exam consists of two written exam – Paper-I & Paper-II, followed by Interview. Paper-I is Objective type of 200 marks. Paper-II is Descriptive type of 300 marks. Thus there are 500 marks in the written exam and 100 mark in the Interview. You can find details about it in my blog post: SSC JE Exam 2015 Pattern.

List of organisations recruiting through SSC JE Exam:

What are the organisations in which you can get a Junior Engineer job after qualifying in the SSC JE Exam? You can find the list of these organisations below:
1.0 Central Water Commission (CWC).
2.0 Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
3.0 Department of Post.
4.0 Military Engineer Services (MES).
5.0 Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
6.0 Farakka Barrage.
Not every organisations as given above takes part in SSC JE Exam every year. For instance for SSC JE Exam 2015, vacancies exists only for the first four of the organisations as given above.

JE Salary through SSC JE Exam:

Salary offered in these organisations is in the Pay Band of Rs. 9300-34800/- plus Grade Pay Rs. 4200/-.

Number of candidates in SSC JE Exam:

Number of candidates appearing in SSC JE Exam is rising every year and you may want to know how many candidates appear in this exam. I had gone through the Annual Reports of SSC as well as the Results for the last three years and have compiled the following table, which shows how many candidates had applied for SSC JE Exam, how many qualified for Paper-II, how many appeared in the Interview and ultimately how many were selected for last three years SSC JE Exam i.e. from 2012 to 2014:Number of candidates in SSC JE Exam - 2012-2014

Stage-wise Screening in SSC JE Exam:

You can find from the figures given above how many candidates could cross on to the next level of selection -i.e. Stage-wise Screening in SSC JE Exam. I had done this for you and following table gives you some interesting information about  SSC JE Exam.
Stage-wise Screening in SSC JE Exam - 2012-2014
As you can see, a large number of candidates who applies actually never appears in the exam. In SSC JE 2012 Exam, only 54.64% appeared. Figure for SSC JE 2014 Exam is not available till date, as the Annual Report has not been published so far.

Of all the stages, qualifying in Paper-I of SSC JE Exam is the most difficult – less than 7% of those who appears in paper-I, could obtain the necessary Paper-I cut-off to appear in Paper-II of SSC JE Exam. After crossing this obstacle however, things becomes easier. About 45% of those who appears in Interview are finally selected – i.e. your chance is almost 50-50 if you get the call letter for  SSC JE Interview!

You can find more about the Cut-Off required in my blog article titled: SSC JE Exam Cut-Off Stage-wise Last 3 Years.

Hope this article on “What is SSC JE Exam” has thrown new lights and you would be in a better position to appreciate that Paper-I is the most difficult to get through and hence prepare yourself accordingly!


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