Download SSC JE Civil Engineering 2020 Syllabus
SSC JE Exam has 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II as a part of the Examination process. SSC JE Exam was scheduled to commence from March 30th 2020 onwards but the commission decided to postpone the exam due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Any new information or change will be cleared in SSC JE 2020 Notification.
The Detailed Syllabus for SSC JE Civil Engineering is given below:
(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning: The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include
questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. The test may include questions on analogies,
similarities, differences, space visualization, problem-solving, analysis, judgment, 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.
(ii) 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 neighboring 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.
(iii) General Engineering (Civil): Building Materials, Estimating, Costing and Valuation, Surveying, Soil Mechanics, Hydraulics,
Irrigation Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering.
Structural Engineering: Theory of Structures, Concrete Technology, RCC Design, Steel Design.
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(i)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,
(ii)Estimating, Costing and Valuation: estimate, glossary of technical terms, analysis of rates, methods
and unit of measurement, Items of work – earthwork, Brick work (Modular & Traditional bricks),
RCC work, Shuttering, Timber work, Painting, Flooring, Plastering. Boundary wall, Brick building,
Water Tank, Septic tank, Bar bending schedule, Centre line method, Mid-section formula,
Trapezodial formula, Simpson’s rule. Cost estimate of Septic tank, flexible pavements, Tube well,
isolates and combined footings, Steel Truss, Piles and pile-caps. Valuation – Value and cost, scrap
value, salvage value, assessed value, sinking fund, depreciation and obsolescence, methods of
(iii)Surveying: Principles of surveying, measurement of distance, chain surveying, working of prismatic
compass, compass traversing, bearings, local attraction, plane table surveying, theodolite traversing,
adjustment of theodolite, Levelling, Definition of terms used in levelling, contouring, curvature and
refraction corrections, temporary and permanent adjustments of dumpy level, methods of contouring,
uses of contour map, tachometric survey, curve setting, earth work calculation, advanced surveying
(iv)Soil Mechanics: Origin of soil, phase diagram, Definitions-void ratio, porosity, degree of saturation,
water content, specific gravity of soil grains, unit weights, density index and interrelationship of
different parameters, Grain size distribution curves and their uses. Index properties of soils,
Atterberg’s limits, ISI soil classification and plasticity chart. Permeability of soil, coefficient of
permeability, determination of coefficient of permeability, Unconfined and confined aquifers,
effective stress, quick sand, consolidation of soils, Principles of consolidation, degree of
consolidation, pre-consolidation pressure, normally consolidated soil, e-log p curve, computation of
ultimate settlement. Shear strength of soils, direct shear test, Vane shear test, Triaxial test. Soil
compaction, Laboratory compaction test, Maximum dry density and optimum moisture content, earth
pressure theories, active and passive earth pressures, Bearing capacity of soils, plate load test,
standard penetration test.
(v)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.
(vi)Irrigation Engineering: Definition, necessity, benefits, 2II effects of irrigation, types and methods of
irrigation, Hydrology – Measurement of rainfall, run off coefficient, rain gauge, losses from
precipitation – evaporation, infiltration, etc. Water requirement of crops, duty, delta and base period,
Kharif and Rabi Crops, Command area, Time factor, Crop ratio, Overlap allowance, Irrigation
efficiencies. Different type of canals, types of canal irrigation, loss of water in canals. Canal lining –
types and advantages. Shallow and deep to wells, yield from a well. Weir and barrage, Failure of
weirs and permeable foundation, Slit and Scour, Kennedy’s theory of critical velocity. Lacey’s theory
of uniform flow. Definition of flood, causes and effects, methods of flood control, water logging,
preventive measure. Land reclamation, Characteristics of affecting fertility of soils, purposes,
methods, description of land and reclamation processes. Major irrigation projects in India.
(vii)Transportation Engineering: Highway Engineering – cross sectional elements, geometric design, types
of pavements, pavement materials – aggregates and bitumen, different tests, Design of flexible and
rigid pavements – Water Bound Macadam (WBM) and Wet Mix Macadam (WMM), Gravel Road,
Bituminous construction, Rigid pavement joint, pavement maintenance, Highway drainage, Railway
Engineering- Components of permanent way – sleepers, ballast, fixtures and fastening, track
geometry, points and crossings, track junction, stations and yards. Traffic Engineering – Different
traffic survey, speed-flow-density and their interrelationships, intersections and interchanges, traffic
signals, traffic operation, traffic signs and markings, road safety.
(viii)Environmental Engineering: Quality of water, source of water supply, purification of water,
distribution of water, need of sanitation, sewerage systems, circular sewer, oval sewer, sewer
appurtenances, sewage treatments. Surface water drainage. Solid waste management – types, effects,
engineered management system. Air pollution – pollutants, causes, effects, control. Noise pollution –
cause, health effects, control.
(i)Theory of structures: Elasticity constants, types 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 rectangular & circular sections, 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
(ii)Concrete Technology: Properties, Advantages and uses of concrete, cement aggregates, importance of
water 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 structures.
(iii)RCC Design: RCC beams-flexural strength, shear strength, bond strength, design of singly reinforced
and double reinforced beams, cantilever beams. T-beams, lintels. One way and two way slabs,
isolated footings. Reinforced brick works, columns, staircases, retaining wall, water tanks (RCC
design questions may be based on both Limit State and Working Stress methods).
(iv)Steel Design: Steel design and construction of steel columns, beams roof trusses plate girders.