SSC Scientific Assistant Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern

ssc scientific assistant syllabus and exam pattern

SSC Scientific Assistant Syllabus and Exam Pattern: SSC recently released a recruitment notification for several posts of Scientific Assistant. Are you looking for the complete syllabus and exam pattern for the Scientific Assistant exam? You are in the right place. Keep reading. In this post, I am going to write the complete syllabus(subject-wise) and the exam patterns for the upcoming Scientific Assistant Exam.

Scientific Assistant Exam Pattern

SSC conducts two papers comprising 200 multiple choice questions carrying 200 marks for two hours duration(120 Minutes).

Exam NameExam pattern
Scientific Assistant Exam Paper 1(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning(25 Marks)
(ii) Quantitative Aptitude(25 Marks)
(iii) English language & Comprehension(25 Marks)
(iv) General Awareness(25 Marks)
Scientific Assistant Exam Paper 2Physics / Computer Science & Information Technology / Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.(100 Marks)

The candidates will be required to attempt both Part-I and Part-II of the examination. Part II of the exam will be based on the subject you selected in the online application. For instance, candidates who choose Physics must take the Physics paper, and those who choose Computer Science & IT must take the Computer Science & IT paper.
For each incorrect answer given during the exam, 0.25 marks will be deducted from your final score(negative marking).

Scientific Assistant Exam Syllabus

The SSC Scientific Assistant Exam has two papers – Part-I and Part-II.

Scientific Assistant Paper-I Syllabus

Paper-I comprised of 4 subjects –

(i) General Intelligence & Reasoning(25 Marks)
(ii) Quantitative Aptitude(25 Marks)
(iii) English language & Comprehension(25 Marks)
(iv) General Awareness(25 Marks)

Let’s check the subject-wise syllabus for part-I

General Intelligence & Reasoning

The General Intelligence paper will include questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. The test will cover questions on analogies, visual memory, discrimination, observation,  similarities, differences, decision making, space visualization, problem-solving, analysis, judgment, relationship concepts,  arithmetical computations, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical reasoning, arithmetical number series, abstract ideas and symbols, and their relationships and other analytical functions.

Quantitative Aptitude

Questions from the following topics will be asked –

  • computation of whole numbers
  • Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Standard Identities
  • Time and Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Basic algebraic
  • Hemispheres
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  • Circle and its chords
  • tangents
  • angles subtended by chords of a circle
  • common tangents to two or more circles
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Complementary angle
  • Heights and Distances
  • Histogram
  • Frequency polygon
  • Bar diagram & Pie chart
  • identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds
  • Graphs of Linear
  • Equations
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centers
  • Congruence and similarity of triangles
  • decimals
  • fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Square roots
  • Averages
  • interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Regular Polygons
  • Circle
  • Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere

English language & Comprehension

The English question paper will contain 25 questions on these topics: English grammar, Vocabulary,
Spellings, Correct and incorrect, Synonyms and Antonyms, Comprehension and usages.

General Awareness

  • general characteristics of India, including its size, shape, location, topography, economy, and climate.
  • Current affairs, everyday observations, and experiences relating to scientific principles and reasoning.
  • fundamental physics, chemistry, and math topics.
  • India’s history, its cultural legacy, the freedom movement, key elements of the Indian Constitution, and the economic and social aspects of the nation and its citizens.

Now let’s check syllabus for important part, Paper-II

Scientific Assistant Paper-II Syllabus

Paper-II of the exam will be based on the subject you selected in the online application and have 100 questions. For instance, candidates who choose Physics must take the Physics paper, and those who choose Computer Science & IT must take the Computer Science & IT paper.


Mechanics: Units and dimensions, SI Units, projectiles, rotational motion, moment of inertia, rolling motion, Newton’s Law of gravitation, Viscosity, Elastic Constants, Newton’s Laws of Motion, conservation of linear and angular momentum, bending of beams, torsion of cylindrical bodies, elementary ideas of the special theory of relativity, Planetary motion, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, artificial satellites, Bernoulli’s theorem, Fluid motion, Surface tension.

Thermal Physics, Radiation & Sound: Heat engines, Maxwell’s relation, first and second laws of thermodynamics, Heat Capacities, Adiabatic and Isothermal processes, Clausius-Clapeyron relation, Equations of state, Ideal and real gases, Dalton’s law of partial pressure. Thermometry, Zeroth, reversible and irreversible processes, Thermal Conductivity, Thermodynamic state variables, viz., Internal energy, Entropy, Enthalpy, Helmholtz’s free energy function, Gibb’s free energy function. Vapour pressure, evaporation. Kinetic theory of gases, Brownian motion, mean free path Vander walls’ equation of State, Maxwell’s velocity distribution, Equipartition of energy, Liquefaction of gases. Blackbody radiation, Stephen’s law, Planck’s law, Kirchhoff’s law, Conduction in solids.

Wave and Oscillations: Simple harmonic motion, wave motion, simple oscillatory systems, vibrations of rods, superposition principle, Damped oscillations, forced oscillations and resonance, strings, and air columns. Doppler effect, Recording, and reproduction of sound, Ultrasonic, Sabine’s law of reverberation.

Optics: Nature and propagation of light, Electromagnetic spectrum, Reflection & Refraction, diffraction, Interference, the polarization of light, simple interferometers, Determination of wavelength of spectral lines, Rayleigh scattering and Raman effect, Microscope, Telescope, Eyepieces and Photometry, Lenses and mirrors, the combination of coaxial thin lenses, spherical and chromatic aberrations, and their corrections.

Electricity and magnetism: Gauss’s theorem, Electric charges, fields and potentials, Electrometers, Dielectrics, Magnetic properties of matter and their measurement, Elementary theory of dia, para and ferromagnetism, Ohm’s law, Hertz experiment and electromagnetic waves, Galvanometers, Whetstone’s bridge and applications, Hysteresis, Electric current, and their properties, Potentiometers, alternating currents, impedance and resonance, Faraday’s law of E.M. induction, self and mutual inductance and their applications, LCR circuit, Dynamos, motors, transformers, PeltierSeebeck and Thomson effects and applications, electrolysis, Hall effect, Particle accelerators and cyclotron.

Atomic structure: Electron, measurement of ‘e’ and ‘e/m’, measurement of Planck Constant, Bragg’s law, Moseley’s law, Radioactivity, Alpha-Beta-Gamma emission, Louis de Broglie waves, and Electron Microscope, Elementary ideas of nuclear structures, Rutherford-Bohr Atom, X-rays, Fission, Fusion, and Reactors.

Electronics: Thermo-ionic emission, p-n diodes and transistors, diodes and triodes, simple rectifiers, oscillator circuits, amplifiers.

Calculus: Limits, Concept of Laplacian of a function, Differential calculus, Integral calculus, Multivariable Calculus (Function theory), basic concepts of the differential equation (types, order, degree of differential equations).

Linear algebra: Matrix and determinant, Concept of a Vector Space, Concepts of Eigen Value and Eigen Vectors, Basic concepts of linearly dependent/independent vectors.

Vector Algebra & calculus: Zero Vector, Collinear Vector, Equal Vector, Unit Vector, Position Vector, Co-initial Vector, Components of a Vector, Like and Unlike Vectors, Co-planar Vector, Displacement Vector, Negative of a Vector, Vector Algebra, Dot Product of Two Vectors, Scalar Triple Product, Vector and Scalar Quantities, Vector Formulas, Vector Addition and its Laws, Multiplication of Vectors and Scalar Quantity, Basic concepts of Vector calculus (Grads, Divergence, Curl, Stokes theorem, Gauss divergence theorem).

Computer Science and Information Technology

Computer: History of Computers and their classification, Basic Organization, Memory (RAM, ROM, EPROM, Magnetic-Floppy, Hard disks, CDROM, WORM). Concept of Virtual Memory and Cache Memory, Number systems (binary, octal, Hexadecimal), Binary (Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication), Flotation, point representation, and arithmetic, Arithmetic through stacks.

Operating systems: assemblers, elements of Assembly language programming- Overview of the Assembly process, assembler for the PC, Process synchronization, Memory Management (address Binding, dynamic Loading, and linking), overlays (logical and Physical address space), Contiguous Allocation (internal & External Fragmentation). Non-Contiguous Allocation (Paging and Segmentation Schemes – Implementation – Hardware Protection – Protection – sharing – Fragmentation).

Virtual Memory: Demand Paging, Page Replacement, Page Replacement algorithms, Thrashing.

I/O System: Overview, I/O hardware, Kernel I/O subsystem, Application I/O Interface, Performance, Secondary Storage Structures, Goals, Domain, Protection, Access matrix.

File System: Assess Methods, Directory Structures, File Concepts, Protection Consistency Semantics – Allocation Methods, Free Space Management, File system Structures.

Assemblers: Elements of assembly language programming, a single pass Assembler for the PC, Overview of the Assembly process, Design of a low-pass Assembler. The security Problem (Authentication, Threats, Threat Monitoring, Encryption).

Fundamentals of programming: Basics of compilers, Unix Programming, C, Object Oriented Programming in C++, programming in Java, Programming in FORTRAN.

DBMS: Advantages and components of a Database Management Systems, Data Types, Data Dictionary, Query Basics, Data Clustering and Partitioning, Database Administration, Backup and Recovery, Distributing Applications, Data Storage Methods, Forms and Reports, Client/Server Databases, Object Oriented Databases, Integrated Applications, Graphical objects, Error Handling, Security and Privacy, Distributed Databases, SQL, RDBMS.

Internet Technology: Basics, topologies, browsers, and security, firewalls, data security, layers, switching in the networks, types of networks, bridges, routers and gateways, WWW, ISP, Broad Band Technologies, Client/Server Applications, Internet Standards and specifications, Protocols, web-servers, HTML, DHTML, XML, Web designing.

Fundamentals of Geographical Information System: GIS Data and Spatial Models, GIS Analysis, CartographyProjections, Scale and Coordinate Systems, Topology and Spatial Operations, Mapping, Basics of GIS application development.

Electronics & Telecommunication

Electronics: characteristics of Resistors, Capacitors, and inductors, Conductors, Semiconductors, Insulators, Magnetic, Passive components, PN Junction diode, Zener diode and applications, forward and reverse bias characteristics and equivalent circuits of a diode, clipping, clamping and rectifier circuits using diodes, Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT), Field Effect Transistor (FET) and MOSFET, Biasing and stability, Emitter follower and its applications, Negatives Feedback- Transistor as a switch, Multistage Amplifiers, Feedback, Oscillators, Multivibrators, Voltage regulation, Power amplifiers, 3 phase supply-star and delta connection diagrams, Relation between line and phase & voltages and currents, series and parallel resonance circuits, Introduction to Network Theorems, Concept of reactance, susceptance, conductance, impedance and admittance in series and parallel RL, RC and RLC circuits, Thevenin’s, Norton’s and Maximum power theorems, Kirchoff’s laws, superposition, Voltage and Current relationship in the resistance, inductance and capacitance, the condition of resonance, resonant frequency, Q factor and bandwidth, Logic gates, Demorgan’s theorem, Boolean algebra, frequency counters, flip-flops, shift resistors, Timing circuits, Digital logic circuits, systems & codes Combinational logic design, Basic concepts of Digital to Analog and Analog to Digital Converters.

Telecommunication: Modulation, types of modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), Modulation index, Basic antenna principle directive gain, directivity, radiation pattern, broad-side and end-fire array, Yagi antenna, Parabolic antenna, Ground wave propagation, space waves, ionosphere propagation and electromagnetic frequency spectrum, Power relation in AM, Generation and Demodulation of AM. Single Side Band (SSB): Power requirement in comparison with AM, Advantages of SSB over AM. Concept of Balanced Modulator, Generation of SSB, Pilot Carrier System. Independent Side System, Vestigial Sideband Transmission.Frequency Modulation (FM): Definition of FM, Bandwidth, Noisetriangle, Pre-emphasis and De-emphasis. Pulse Modulation (Definition of PM, Difference between AM and FM), Introduction of digital Communication( PSK, ASK, FSK, introduction to fiber optics system, Propagation of light in optical fiber and ray model), Radio receivers. Sampling Theorem, PWM, PPM, PAM, PTM, pulse code modulation, Quantization noise, commanding, PCM, system, differential PCM, Delta modulation. Multiplexing (FDM/TDM), Propagation of signals at HF, VHF, UHF and microwave frequency and satellite communications.

That’s all guys. The syllabus is really huge and so is the reward for passing the exam.

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