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SSC Scientific Assistant Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 13th April, 2021
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The Staff Selection Commission conducts Scientific Assistant Indian Metrological Department (IMD) recruitment examination, for recruiting eligible candidates as Scientific Assistants in the Indian Meteorological Department. The IMD is a government organization that issues weather forecasts and weather warnings and other alerts to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of India. It issues warnings for flood, storm, heatwave, and daily weather updates, etc. The Scientific Assistant in the Indian Meteorological department is an important post conferred with the task of assisting the scientists in the matter of research and educational subject related to IMD-specific research.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Occasional
Purpose of the Exam To recruit Scientific Assistant in Indian Metrological Department
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
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SSC SA Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either:
    (a) a citizen of India, or
    (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • The candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Science with Physics as one of the key subjects/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications or Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from a recognized institution.
    • The qualifying marks should be above first class. The Diploma refers to the full time 3 years course after 10+2 examination. Candidates must have passed 10+2 from a recognized institute with Physics and Mathematics as core subjects.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The upper age limit to appear in the SSC SA examination is 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 35 years
    OBC 33 years
    PH 40 years
    PH + OBC 43 years
    PH + SC/ST 45 years
    Ex-Servicemen( Unreserved/General ) 33 years
    Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 36 years
    Ex-Servicemen (SC & ST) 38 years
    Central Govt. Civilian Employees(General/Unreserved) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application 36 years
    Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC)) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application 38 years
    Central Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application 40 years
    Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989(Unreserved/General) 35 years
    Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 ( OBC ) 38 years
    Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 ( SC/ST) 40 years
    Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof. (Unreserved/General) 35 years
    Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.( OBC) 38 years
    Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof( SC/ST) 40 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no restriction on the number of times one can attempt the exam; as long as the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.

SSC SA Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Admit Card To be notified
Exam Date To be notified

SSC SA Exam Pattern 2021

Some important points regarding the exam:

  •  The selection begins with the written examination, comprising 2 hours and two separate sections.
  • There are two major parts in the exam: Part I and II. The first section consists of General Topics whereas the second section is Knowledge based on the professional field. There are a total of 200 questions, of 1 mark each. Candidates need to finish the paper within the given time. The test is held online.
  • For the Computer Based Test of the recruitment, there are 25 questions set from each of the general topics sections. The number of questions for the 2nd part is 100.

Pattern for Part-I Computer Based Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 General Intelligence & Reasoning

The Syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type

Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 25
2 Quantitative Aptitude

The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate

Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 25
3 English Language and Comprehension
Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 25
4 General Awareness
Merit Ranking Nature 25 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 25
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Part-II Computer Based Exam

The SSC Scientific Assistant IMD syllabus part 2 consists of physics, computer science and information technology, electronics, and telecommunication.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Physics
Merit Ranking Nature
2 Computer Science and Information Technology
Merit Ranking Nature
3 Electronics and Telecommunication
Merit Ranking Nature
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

SSC SA Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Part-I Computer Based Exam

1 General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • 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

2 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Regular Polygons,
  • Circle,
  • Right Prism,
  • Right Circular Cone,
  • Right Circular Cylinder,
  • Sphere, Hemispheres,
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped,
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,
  • Trigonometric ratio,
  • Degree and Radian Measures,
  • Standard Identities,
  • Complementary angle,
  • Heights and Distances,
  • Histogram,
  • Frequency polygon,
  • Bar diagram & Pie chart.
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Discounts
  • Averages
  • Mixtures
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss, etc.

3 English Language and Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Improving Sentences and paragraphs
  • Completion of paragraphs
  • Para jumbling
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Parts of speech
  • Cloze Test
  • Detection of Errors
  • Modes of narration
  • Prepositions
  • Voice Change, etc.

4 General Awareness

  • General,
  • Physical,
  • Geographical,
  • Topographical,
  • Economic and climatic features of India,
  • Current events,
  • Matters of everyday observation and experience on scientific aspects and reasoning,
  • Basic topics of mathematics,
  • Chemistry and Physics,
  • History of India, its cultural heritage,
  • Freedom movement,
  • The salient feature of the Constitution of India,
  • The economic and social aspect of the country and its people.

Syllabus for Part-II Computer Based Exam

1 Physics

  • Mechanics: Units and dimensions, SI Units, Newton‟s Laws of Motion, conservation of linear and angular momentum, projectiles, rotational motion, moment of inertia, rolling motion, Newton‟s Law of gravitation, Planetary motion, Kepler‟s Laws of Planetary motion, artificial satellites, Fluid motion, Bernoulli‟s theorem, Surface tension, Viscosity, Elastic Constants, bending of beams, torsion of cylindrical bodies, elementary ideas of special theory of relativity.
  • Wave and Oscillations: Simple harmonic motion, wave motion, superposition principle, Damped oscillations; forced oscillations and resonance; simple oscillatory systems; vibrations of rods, strings and air columns. Doppler effect; Ultrasonic; Sabine‟s law of reverberation; Recording and reproduction of sound.
  • Optics: Nature and propagation of light; Reflection & Refraction. Interference; diffraction; polarization of light; simple interferometers. Determination of wavelength of spectral lines, Electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Electricity and magnetism: Electric charges, fields and potentials, Gauss‟s theorem, Electrometers, Dielectrics, Magnetic properties of matter and their measurement, Elementary theory of dia, para and ferro-magnetism, Hysteresis, Electric current and their properties, Ohm‟s law, Galvanometers, Whetstone‟s bridge and applications.
  • Atomic structure: Electron, measurement of „e‟ and „e/m‟, measurement of Planck Constant, Rutherford-Bohr Atom, X-rays, Bragg‟s law, Moseley‟s law, Radioactivity, Alpha-Beta-Gamma emission, Elementary ideas of nuclear structures, Fission, Fusion and Reactors, Louis de Broglie waves and Electron Microscope.
  • Electronics: Thermo-ionic emission, diodes and triodes, p-n diodes and transistors, simple rectifier, amplifier and oscillator circuits.

2 Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Computer: History of Computer and their classification, Basic Organization, Memory – RAM, ROM, EPROM, etc, Magnetic-Floppy, Hard disks, CDROM, WORM etc, 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 IBM 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.
  • File System: File Concepts – Assess Methods – Directory Structures – Protection Consistency Semantics – File system Structures – Allocation Methods – Free Space Management.
  • I/O System: Overview – I/O hardware – Application I/O Interface – Kernel I/O subsystem, Performance, Secondary Storage Structures, Protection, Goals, Domain – Access matrix.
  • Assemblers: Elements of assembly language programming – Overview of the Assembly process – Design of a low-pass Assembler – a single pass Assembler for the IBM PC. The security Problem – Authentication – Threats – Threat Monitoring – Encryption.
  • Fundamentals of programming: Unix Programming, Programming in FORTRAN, C, Object Oriented Programming in C++, programming in Java, Basics of compilers.
  • Database Management Systems: Advantages and components of a Database Management Systems, Data Types, Data Dictionary, Query Basics, Forms and Reports, Graphical objects, Error Handing, Distributing Application, Data Storage Methods, Data Clustering and Partitioning, Database Administration, Backup and Recovery, Security and Privacy, Distributed Databases, Client/Server Databases, Object Oriented Databases, Integrated Applications, SQL, RDBMS.
  • Internet Technology: Basics, topologies, layers, switching in the networks, bridges, routers and gateways, types of networks, WWW. Client/Server Applications, Internet Standards and specifications, ISP, Broad Band Technologies, Protocols, web-servers, browsers, and security, fire walls, date security, HTML, dHTML, XML, Web designing.
  • Fundamentals of Geographical Information System (GIS): GIS Data and Spatial Models, Topology ad Spatial Operations, Projections, Scale and Coordinate Systems, Mapping, GIS Analysis, Cartography. Basics of GIS application development.

3 Electronics and Telecommunication

  • Electronics: Combinational Logic Design, Circuits, Voltage, and Current Relationships, Transistors, Introduction to Network Theorems, Conductors and semiconductors, Magnetic, Passive components, Insulators, Characteristics of Resistors,  Concepts, Digital Electronics etc.
  • Telecommunication: Modulations, Introduction to Digital Communication, Multiplexing, Propagation of Signals, Basics and Principles, Directivity, Pattern, Propagations.

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