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SSC JE 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper, Analysis & Cut off, Jan 22

Last Updated - January 23, 2018

SSC JE 2018 Paper-I is going to be held from January 22 to January 29, 2018. SSC examination consists of two papers: Paper-I & Paper-II. Exam for SSC JE paper 1 of Day 1 was held on January 22, 2018. Candidates waiting for the answer keys for the Day 1 paper can check answers through the answer keys of renowned institutes.Check SSC JE Cut off

  • As per every year trend, SSC JE 2018 Paper-I exam difficulty is average.Check SSC JE Paper Analysis
  • General awareness section was difficult to moderate level.
  • Most aspirants who have taken the examination felt that this year Technical section was moderate but time-consuming.
  • Result of SSC JE 2018 Paper 1 will likely be announced by the SSC in March, 2018. 
  • The first section on General Intelligence & Reasoning comprised of 50 questions. The questions included arrangement, set theory, number system and geometry. 
  • The second section on General Awareness also comprised of 50 questions The questions covered a broad range of subjects including Biology, Economics, Polity, and Current affairs including books, people and sports.
  • The third section on Basic Engineering comprised of 100 questions. Basic Engineering Section is further divided into three parts, candidates have to attempt the part related to their course. Most of the questions are from general topics of Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.
  • The civil engineering section of SSC JE Paper I exam was moderate.

How to Access SSC JE 2018 Answer Key?

  • SSC JE 2018 Answer key along with the question paper for Paper-I of will be released online by the SSC few days after the exam has been conducted. 
  • Candidates appearing in the exam will be able to download the answer key with the help of their roll number, password and examination date.
  • Candidates will also be able to challenge the provisional answer key through an online objection form that will be released by the commission. 
  • The answer key of SSC Junior Engineer will help the candidates to calculate their probable score and analyse their performance in the exam.

The following steps involved in accessing the answer key of SSC JE 2018 are as follows:

  1. Visit the official website of SSC i.e.
  2. Go to the ‘SSC JE 2018’ section.
  3. Click on the ‘Answer Key’ link.
  4. Enter your Roll number, password, and examination date.
  5. Click on “Submit” button
  6. Check your answer and Download the answer key for future references.

SSC JE 2018 Paper-I: Sectional Analysis 

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • The level of this section was Good. 
  • Most of the student find General Intelligence paper easy to moderate level.
  • The ideal time allocation for this section would be 20-25 min.
  • An attempt of at least 35-44 questions would be considered good as the section was fairly easy.
  • If you have practised some questions on reasoning then this section will prove to be scoring for you.

Given below is the analysis of General Intelligence & Reasoning section:

Type of QuestionNo. of QuestionsDay 1Day 2Day 3
Syllogism3Easy to moderateEasy to moderateModerate
Logical Reasoning1-2ModerateEasyModerate
Analogy 3EasyModerateEasy to moderate
Alphabetical Sequence2ModerateEasy to moderateEasy to moderate
Missing Character1-2Easy to moderateModerateEasy to moderate
Odd one Out 5-6Easy to moderateEasy to moderateEasy
Direction & Distance2-3Easy to moderateEasyEasy
Paper Folding 2-3EasyModerateEasy
Water Image 2EasyEasy to moderateEasy
Alpha Numeric Series 3-4EasyModerateModerate
Matrix1EasyEasy to moderateModerate
Blood Relation3ModerateEasyEasy to moderate
Alphabetical Coding 5ModerateModerateEasy
Number Series3-4Easy to moderateEasy to moderateModerate
Analogy 3EasyModerateEasy to moderate

General Awareness:

  • General Awareness comprised questions from both Static and current GK with the maximum number of questions related to current GK.
  • Almost all the areas like Science, Geography, Sports, Economics, Polity, Current Affairs, etc. are covered.
  • Current affairs questions are of easy to moderate level of difficulty whereas the questions from static GK are more difficult to attempt.
  • A good score in this section could be 30-35.
  • Current Affair was asked for fewer marks. Most of the questions are related to Biology and Polity. 

Given below is the analysis of General Awareness section:

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsDay 1Day 2Day 3
Geography3Moderate to DifficultModerate to DifficultModerate
Polity4-5Easy to ModerateModerate to DifficultModerate to Difficult
Economics3-4ModerateEasy to ModerateModerate
Biology9-10Moderate to DifficultModerateModerate to Difficult
Physics 3-4ModerateModerate to DifficultModerate
Chemistry4-5Easy to ModerateModerateEasy to Moderate
Computers 2ModerateModerateEasy to Moderate
Current Affairs2-6Easy to ModerateEasy to ModerateModerate

Basic Engineering

A). Civil Engineering

TopicsNo. of QuestionsAnalysis
Building Materials20-22Mostly statement Based Questions, most of the questions are asked from Timber & Paints.
Surveying8-10Both theory & numerical questions are asked. Questions are based on topics like - Principles, Linear Measurement, Angular Measurement & Levelling, Contouring, Tachometric Survey.
Hydraulics10-12 -
Strength of Materials10-12Calculative & time consuming numerical based on Column, SFD, Principle Stress, Spring
RCC Design10-12 -
Steel Design8-9Questions based on Prestress Concrete was asked. This topic was new & was not mentioned in the SSC JE Syllabus.
Estimating, Costing and Valuation5-6Knowledge in depth is required for answering questions of this topic.
Soil Mechanics2-3 -
Irrigation Engineering3-5 -
Transportation Engineering3-4Highways & Railways based questions.

B). Electrical Engineering

This section required the understanding of the basic concepts. The questions are not asked directly & required the subject knowledge in depth.

TopicsNo. of QuestionsAnalysis
Basic Concepts10Moderate, Questions are asked involving all the concept of Networking.
Magnetic Circuit10Moderate Level Numericals
AC Fundamental9Moderate Level Numericals
Circuit Law & Network Theorem10Easy level Numericals
Electrical Machines21Mostly numerical are asked.
Basic Electronics7Questions are based on the working principle of various electronic devices & Circuits.
Generation, Transmission & Distribution15Easy to Moderate, Theory based Questions are asked.
Utilisation of Electrical Energy7Easy to Moderate, Application based Questions
Measurement & Measuring Instruments9Easy, Both Theory + Numerical are asked.

C). Mechanical Engineering

TopicsNo. of QuestionsAnalysis
Fluid Mechanics & Machinery31Easy, Mostly numerical are asked from this portion
Thermal Engineering30Moderate
Strength of Materials & Mechanics15Moderate and Time consuming
Production Engineering1010Moderate but time taking, Mostly on theoretical concept although there are some numerical.
Theory of Machine & Machine Design15Difficult to Moderate

SSC JE 2018 Cutoff

SSC JE 2018 Cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks set by the SSC to select candidates for the next level of the recruitment process. Candidates have to secure the SSC JE cutoff in paper 1 to qualify for paper 2. The cutoff list of SSC JE 2018 will be made available in along with the declaration of result.

  • The cut off for SSC JE Paper-I Exam is declared along with the result only.
  • These are the minimum qualifying marks that a candidate must secure to stand eligible for next selection rounds.
  • Some of the factors that determine SSC JE cutoff include previous year cutoff, difficulty level of exam, number of test takers, etc.

Given below are the expected category-wise cut off marks for SSC JE 2018 Paper-1:

Civil Engineering

CategoryExpected Cutoff

Electrical / Mechanical Engineering

CategoryExpected Cutoff

Previous Year SSC JE 2017 Cutoff :

CategoryCivil EngineeringElectrical/Mechanical



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