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SSC JE Electrical Syllabus- Topics, Preparation Tips and Books

Last Updated - June 03, 2017

SSC JE Electrical Syllabus- Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts recruitment examination for Junior Engineer Electrical (JE) as per the requirements of staff for Government Departments of India. The standard of the questions in Engineering subjects will be approximately of the level of Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) from a recognized Institute, Board or University recognized by All India Board of Technical Education.

Here are few key points related to SSC JE Syllabus for Electrical Engineering:

  • Syllabus for SSC JE Electrical covers very basic fundamental of Electrical Engineering, General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness. Syllabus is divided into 2 parts as per the scheme of SSC JE Electrical recruitment exam; Paper I and Paper II.  
  • Syllabus for Paper-I consists of General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness in addition to General Engineering Electrical which is common subject in Paper I & Paper II.
  • General Intelligence & Reasoning in SSC JE covers various topics like Decision Making, Problem Solving, Analysis, Arithmetic Calculations, Visual Memory, Observation etc.
  • General Awareness includes topics like History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity and Scientific Research etc.
  • General Engineering Electrical involves Basic concepts, Circuits, Measurement and Measuring instruments, Electrical Machines, Motors, Utilization and Electrical Energy, Basic Electronics etc.
  • SSC JE Electrical Syllabus of Paper-II comprises only one subject i.e. General Engineering Electrical. This subject has some topics like: Basic concepts, Magnetic Circuit, AC Fundamentals, D.C. Machine, 1 phase and 3 phase Transformers, 3 phase induction Motors, Estimation and costing, Utilization of Electrical Energy etc.


SSC JE Exam Pattern: Electrical Engineering

SSC JE Electrical exam is conducted in Online Mode in Paper-I and Offline Mode in Paper-II.

  • In Paper-I, there are 2 Tests. First Test is for 100 Marks and Duration is 2 hours and Second Test is also of 100 Marks and duration is 2 Hours.
  • Questions in both the tests are Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions. Total Marks for Paper-I are 200 marks.

Note: There will be Negative Marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

  • In Paper-II there is only one subject and one test of 300 Marks and Duration of exam is 2 hours.
  • Paper-II is offline Pen Paper Based exam. Questions are of descriptive mode. There is No Negative Marking scheme in Paper-II of SSC JE Electrical exam.
  • Candidates will be required to attempt only the part as per option selected in application form for SSE JE Exam. In other words, the candidates appearing for the post of Junior Engineer (Electrical) should attempt Electrical Part of Paper-I and Paper-II failing which his/her answer sheet (Paper-II) will not be evaluated.
  • Candidates who are shortlisted on the basis of performance in Paper –I will be called for Paper-II (Conventional Type).

Note: Candidates are allowed to bring their own Slide–Rule, Calculator, Logarithm Tables and Steam Table for Paper-II only. They are not allowed to use such aids for Paper-I.

SSC JE Electrical Pattern at a glance is given below herewith:

PapersMode of ExaminationSubjectMaximum MarksDuration
Paper-I Objective TypeComputer
Based Mode
General Intelligence & Reasoning502 Hours
General Awareness50
General Engineering Electrical1002 Hours
Paper-II Conventional TypeWritten ExaminationGeneral Engineering (Electrical)3002 Hours

Note: There will be Negative Marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I.


SSC JE Electrical Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type.
  • The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series etc.
  • The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions

SSC JE Electrical Syllabus for General Awareness

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

SSC JE Electrical Syllabus for General Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering Basic concepts, Circuit law, Magnetic Circuit, AC Fundamentals, Measurement and Measuring instruments, Electrical Machines, Fractional Kilowatt Motors and single-phase induction Motors, Synchronous Machines, Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Estimation and Costing, Utilization and Electrical Energy, Basic Electronics

The details of the syllabus are given below herewith:

Basic ConceptsConcepts of Resistance, Inductance, Capacitance, and various factors affecting them. Concepts of Current, Voltage, Power, Energy and their units.
Circuit LawKirchhoff’s Law, Simple Circuit solution using network theorems
Magnetic CircuitConcepts of Flux, MMF, Reluctance, Different kinds of Magnetic Materials, Magnetic Calculations for Conductors of different configuration e.g. Straight, Circular, Solenoidal, etc. Electromagnetic Induction, Self and Mutual Induction
AC FundamentalsInstantaneous, Peak, R.M.S. and Average Values of Alternating Waves, Representation of Sinusoidal Wave Form, Simple Series and Parallel AC Circuits consisting of R.L. and C, Resonance, Tank Circuit. Poly Phase System – Star and Delta Connection, 3 Phase Power, DC and Sinusoidal Response of R-Land R-C circuit
Measurement and Measuring InstrumentsMeasurement of Power (1 Phase and 3 Phase, both Active and Re-active) and Energy, 2 wattmeter Method of 3 Phase Power Measurement, Measurement of Frequency and Phase Angle, Ammeter and Voltmeter (both Moving Oil and Moving Iron Type), Extension of Range Wattmeter, Multimeters, Megger, Energy Meter AC Bridges, Use of CRO, Signal Generator, CT, PT and their uses. Earth Fault Detection
Electrical Machines:D.C. Machine – Construction, Basic Principles of D.C. motors and generators, their characteristics, speed control and starting of D.C. Motors. Method of braking motor, Losses and efficiency of D.C. Machines 1 phase and 3 phase transformers – Construction, Principles of Operation, Equivalent Circuit, Voltage Regulation, O.C. and S.C. Tests, Losses and Efficiency. Effect of Voltage, Frequency and Wave Form on Losses. Parallel Operation of 1 phase /3 phase transformers and Auto transformers. 3 Phase Induction Motors, Rotating Magnetic Field, Principle of Operation, Equivalent Circuit, Torque-Speed Characteristics, Starting and Speed Control of 3 Phase Induction Motors. Methods of Braking, Effect of Voltage and Frequency Variation on Torque Speed Characteristics. Fractional Kilowatt Motors and Single-Phase Induction Motors: Characteristics and applications
Synchronous Machines:Generation of 3-Phase E.M.F. Armature Reaction, Voltage Regulation, Parallel Operation of Two Alternators, Synchronizing, Control of Active and Reactive Power, Starting and Applications of Synchronous Motors
Generation, Transmission and Distribution:Different types of Power Stations, Load Factor, Diversity Factor, Demand Factor, Cost of Generation, Inter-connection of Power Stations. Power factor improvement, various types of tariffs, types of faults, short circuit current for symmetrical faults. Switchgears – rating of circuit breakers, Principles of ARC Extinction by Oil and Air, H.R.C. Fuses, Protection against Earth Leakage / Over Current, etc. Buchholtz relay, Merz-Price System of Protection of Generators & Transformers, Protection 14 of Feeders and Bus Bars. Lightning Arresters, Various Transmission and Distribution System, Comparison of Conductor Materials, Efficiency of Different System. Cable – Different type of Cables, Cable Rating and Derating Factor
Estimation and costingEstimation of Lighting Scheme, Electric Installation of Machines and Relevant IE Rules. Earthing Practices and IE Rules
Utilization of Electrical EnergyIllumination, Electric heating, Electric welding, Electroplating, Electric drives and motors.
Basic ElectronicsWorking of Various Electronic Devices E.g. P N Junction diodes, Transistors (NPN and PNP type), BJT and JFET. Simple circuits using these devices.

SSC JE Preparation Tips and Books for Electrical Engineering

Cracking the exam depends not on intelligence and knowledge but on utilising your strength with proper strategy of Time Management and Answering Speed with Accuracy. Some important factors Candidate must remember are as follows:

  • Analyse contents of the syllabus
  • Find out the topics in which you are comfortable and strengthened
  • Set a Goal to cover all the topics Month-wise, Week-wise and Day-wise
  • Leave no space for making mistakes in easy topics and create 100% accuracy flawlessly
  • Don’t try Hit & Try Rule, you will be eligible for Paper II if passes in Paper I
  • Stress on Basic fundaments of all contents in above given syllabus
  • Don’t stretch answer, clarify answer to the point precisely
  • Don’t dry hard on memorising General Awareness and General Intelligence & Reasoning Subjects. Go through possibly all the contents in a simple way
  • Create flowchart for all contents need repetition and practice
  • Practice every day with planning, this will smoothen the preparation and will give full control on planning and implementation
  • Solve questions of old exam papers of SSC JE Electrical for practicing and understanding the kinds of the questions
  • Using solved paper, observe and learn to answer in descriptive manner

SSC JE Preparation Books for Electrical Engineering

There are lots of books available in the market for preparation of SSC JE Electrical. Following are some books recommended on the basis of its popularity for your reference:

SSC JE Preparation BookTitle:
SSC Junior Engineers (Electrical Engineering) Recruitment Examination - Paper 1
Author: Arihant Publication
Second edition (2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9351764060
ISBN-13: 978-935176406
SSC JE Preparation BookTitle:
SSC Junior Engineer Electrical Engineering Recruitment Exam Guide
Author: Disha Experts
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9386146924
ISBN-13: 978-9386146922

SSC JE Preparation Book


SSC (CPWD/CWC/MES) Electrical Engineering (Junior Engineers) 19 Practice Papers 2016
Publisher: G.K. Publications Private Limited;
Second edition (23 March 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9351448606
ISBN-13: 978-9351448600
SSC JE Preparation BookTitle:
Question Bank in Electrical Engineering (With More Than 17,000 Objective Type Questions & Answers) Paperback – 2013
Author: J.B. Gupta
Language: English
ISBN-10: 818975792X
ISBN-13: 978-8189757922
SSC JE Preparation BookTitle:
SSC JE: Electrical Engineering - Topicwise Previous Solved Papers Paperback – Mar 2017
Publisher: Made Easy Publications (1 March 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9351472442
ISBN-13: 978-9351472445

SSC JE Preparation Book


Objective Electrical Engineering Paperback – 2010
Author: P.K. Mishra
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8174822410
ISBN-13: 978-8174822413



1 Comment
Mushtaq Ahmed

is there any way to prepare for ssc electrical in 2 months and which book to prefer?

26 Oct, 2017 14:18

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