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SSC JE Exam Pattern 2023

The SSC JE Exam Pattern 2023 for civil, mechanical, and electrical contains important exam information. Suitable candidates are recruited to Group-'B' posts in the Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying, and Contract domains through the SSC JE exam. In order to be selected aspirants must have a thorough understanding of the SSC JE paper pattern.

SSC JE exam pattern is presented for two papers namely Paper 1 and Paper 2. The SSC JE Paper 1 exam pattern contains only objective-type questions, whereas the SSC JE  paper 2 exam pattern contains only descriptive or written type of questions. They need to pass Paper 1 in order to sit for Paper 2. 

SSC JE Exam Pattern: Overview

We have provided the exam pattern which elucidates the basic structure of the SSC JE question paper. Candidates must plan their preparation in accordance with the SSC JE paper pattern.

SSC JE Exam Pattern: Highlights

Name of the Exam


Number of Papers


Exam Mode

- Paper 1: Computer-based test (Online)

- Paper 2: Pen and paper-based mode (Offline)

Question Paper Type

- Paper 1: Multiple Choice Questions

- Paper 2: Descriptive Paper

SSC JE Total marks

- Paper 1: 200 marks

- Paper 2: 200 marks

Exam Duration

- 2 hours for Paper 1

- 2 hours for Paper 2

Exam Language

English and Hindi

SSC JE Negative Marking

- 0.25 marks in SSC JE Paper 1

- No negative marking in SSC JE Paper 2

SSC JE Paper 1 Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

The SSC JE paper 1 is a tier 1 exam. Aspirants can check out the SSC JE exam pattern 2023 for Paper 1 below for an enhanced understanding of the exam.

      The SSC JE Paper 1 is an online test with objective multiple-choice questions.

      There are three parts to the SSC JE paper 1.

      The SSC Junior Engineer general engineering paper will have questions from the engineering discipline chosen by the candidates while filling up the application form.

      There will be 200 questions of 200 marks whereby, each question will be for 1 mark each.

      All the questions will be set in both English and Hindi.

      The General Engineering discipline will have the maximum weightage, which is 100 marks.

      There is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer marked by you in the SSC JE Paper 1 online test.

SSC JE Paper 1 Exam Pattern


Number of Questions

SSC JE Maximum Distribution

Exam Duration

General Intelligence & Reasoning


50 marks

Cumulative duration of 2 hours

(2 hours and 40 minutes candidates with scribes)

General Awareness


50 marks

General Engineering  (Any one from the given parts)

      Part A – Civil & Structural)/

      Part B (Electrical)/

      Part C (Mechanical)


100 marks


200 Questions

200 Marks

2 Hours

SSC JE Paper 2 Pattern and Marking Scheme

Those who score the SSC JE cut off marks in Paper 1 as per their category will appear for SSC JE Paper 2. According to the SSC JE exam pattern for Paper 2, it will be a written or descriptive test.

      Only one paper will be there in SSC JE paper 2 having questions from the relevant engineering discipline.

      Paper 2 will have questions that you will have to answer in offline mode.

      The paper will have questions only from the core engineering branch opted by you.

      Further, the duration of the exam will be 2 hours and the SSC JE total marks for it are 300.

      There will not be negative marking in the SSC JE Paper 2 exam.

      You can attempt SSC JE Paper 2 in either English or Hindi. However, you must not write a part paper in English or Hindi otherwise you will be awarded zero marks.

SSC JE Paper 2 Exam Pattern


Total Marks

Exam Duration & Time

Part A – General Engineering (Civil and Structural)


Part B – General Engineering (Electrical)


Part C – General Engineering (Mechanical)

300 marks

2 hours

SSC JE Exam Pattern 2023 FAQs

What is the SSC JE exam pattern?

SSC JE exam pattern comprises two papers, paper 1 and paper 2. Paper 1 is objective in nature consisting of GK, Reasoning, Civil/Electrical/Mechanical papers. On the other hand, SSC JE Paper 1 shall be descriptive in nature consisting of only Civil/Electrical/Mechanical papers.

Will there be a negative marking in SSC JE Exam Pattern 2023?

Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 mark in SSC JE paper 1 only. There will be no negative marking in SSC JE Paper 2.

How many papers are there for the SSC JE Exam 2023?

The SSC JE Exam has the following two papers:

      Paper 1: Computer-based written test (CBT)

      Paper 2: Written/Descriptive Paper

What is the medium of exam according to SSC JE Exam Pattern?

The SSC JE 2023 exam will be held in both English and Hindi. You can attempt the paper in the language in which you are comfortable at.

Will the SSC JE written-test be conducted in the online mode or offline mode?

The SSC JE Paper I will be an online test while paper 2 will be a written test. The SSC JE tier 1 exam will have objective questions while tier 2 shall be a descriptive paper.

Is the SSC JE paper 1 and paper 2 exam pattern similar?

No, there is a huge difference in the SSC JE exam pattern for paper 1 and paper 2. The Paper 1 exam will have objective-type questions with GK, Reasoning as well as subject-specific paper. On the other hand, Paper 2 shall have only subject-specific questions.

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