DSSSB Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2017: LDC/DASS/Assistant/JE Recruitment

By Neha Goyal|Updated : July 21st, 2017

Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) has released a notification regarding recruitment drive for the posts of Lower Division Clerk, Grade-IV (DASS), Grade-II (DASS), Statistical Assistant, Junior Engineer (Civil), Draughtsman Grade-III, Field Assistant, Food Safety Officer and Librarian. This article includes all vital pieces of information regarding exam pattern and syllabus for various posts under DSSSB recruitment 2017.

DSSSB Post Wise Detailed Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2017

DSSSB Lower Division Clerk Exam Pattern (LDC)

SubjectsNo. of questionsNo. of MarksTime
General Awareness35352 Hours
Mental Ability & Reasoning3535
Numerical Ability & Data interpretation3535
Test of Hindi Language3535
Test of English Language3535
Computer Knowledge2525

DSSSB Exam Pattern for Statistical Assistant Draughtsman Grade-III Librarian

SubjectsNo. of questionsNo. of MarksTime
General Awareness 20 20 2 Hours     
Mental Ability & Reasoning  20 20
Numerical Ability & Data interpretation  20 20
Test of Hindi Language  20 20
Test of English Language  20 20
Subject Concerned as per Qualification prescribed 100100 
Total  200200

DSSSB Grade-II (DASS) Exam Pattern - Tier I

SubjectsNo. of questionsNo. of MarksTime
General Awareness 4040 2 Hours     
Mental Ability & Reasoning 4040
Numerical Ability & Data interpretation 4040
Test of Hindi Language 4040
Test of English Language 4040
Total Tier 1 200200

 DSSSB Grade-II (DASS) Exam Pattern - Tier II

SubjectsNo. of questionsNo. of MarksTime
General Awareness75753 Hours
Mental Ability & Reasoning7575
Numerical Ability & Data interpretation5050
Test of English Language7575
Computer Knowledge2525
Total Tier 2300300 
Exit Exam - Qualifying
Essay/Expansion of Ideas, Precise writing/summarising, Letter/Application writing.21001 Hour 

Junior Engineer (Civil) Food Safety Officer Exam Pattern

Tier I - Pattern

SubjectsNo. of questionsNo. of MarksTime
General Awareness 2020      2 Hours
Mental Ability & Reasoning 2020
Numerical Ability & Data interpretation20 20
Test of Hindi Language20 20
Test of English Language20 20
Subject / Qualification Related Paper100 100
Total - Tier 1 200200
Subject / Qualification Related Paper -(75% weightage)1501502 hours
English (25 % Weightage)5050

Tier II - Exam Pattern

Subject / Qualification Related Paper -(75% weightage



2 Hours

English Language and Comprehension - (25%weightage






 Important points regarding DSSSB Exam Pattern

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks.
  • The Board reserves its right to prescribe a minimum cut off mark for any post as per availability of candidates.
  • Candidates numbering 6 to 10times of vacancies will be called for Tier – II examination subject to a number of vacancies/applicants.
  • For the post of Grade-II (DASS), based on the merit in Tier-II examination, candidates will be instructed to upload their documents on the website of the Board.
  • For candidates found eligible after verification of documents, numbering 1.25 times of vacancies exit exam shall be conducted so as to fill vacancies and prepare to wait for the panel. All those who qualify in Exit Exam/Writing Skill test shall be provisionally selected or shall be part of the waiting panel as per the vacancy.
  • Skill test / Endurance test will be taken as per requirement of the job.
  • In Two Tier examinations, Tier I exam to be used for short listing only. Selection will be made on the basis of marks obtains in Tier II Examination.
  • The Board at its discretion may dispense with the Tier-I exam and directly conduct the Tier-II examination in case the number of eligible candidates/applicants for the post codes whose examination schemes are Two Tier is lesser in number (i.e. not very high).

DSSSB Syllabus for Lower Divison Clerk/Assistant/Junior Engineer (Civil)/DASS (Grade 1, 2, 3, 4)




Reasoning Ability Syllabus






Meaningful Words based





Meaning based

Coding Decoding


Letter shifting

Coding Letters of a Word

Coding and decoding in fictitious language.


1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.

Word formation

From the given word finds whether the given option words
can be formed or not. Most of the time word cannot be
formed is asked.

Arranging words
in Meaningful
order or
Dictionary order

It can be a meaningful order of doing a certain task or following a certain rule. Most Probably dictionary order
based problems will be asked in which words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending
or descending order.

Venn diagram

Problems based on Venn Diagram, Syllogism,
Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student,
Teacher and Boys

Directions; Distances

Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all
information on paper.

Blood Relations

Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.

Missing Number

Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.


Number based puzzles like


 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575,
then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?



Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating
arrangement questions.


Mainly questions on Number, Alphabet series.
Question Type: Complete the given series
a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda

Non Verbal

Questions like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image,
Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/ Series or cube based questions may be asked.

Numerical Ability Syllabus


Questions on BODMAS Rule (calculation based), Fractions, Surds and Indices etc.


Problems on Simple & Compound Interests and Instalments


Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems

Ratio and Proportion

Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios


Problems on Average Weight/Height/ Marks etc.

on Ages

Basic Problems on Ages (involving linear equations and ratios)

Speed Time & Distance

Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.

Profit & Loss

Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Discount, MP, Partnerships, Sales & Tax etc.

Number Series

Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series,
Finding Missing/ Wrong Term

Number System

Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational
Numbers, Divisibility and Remainders


Problems on 2D as well as 3D Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder, Sphere etc.

Data Interpretation

Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.

Time & Work

Problems on Work efficiency, Wages, Pipes and cistern.

Mixture problems

To Make a Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures


Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic
and Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities


Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate
geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.


Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc. Remember all the Trigonometric Identities.


DSSSB Syllabus 2017


Hindi Language & Comprehension


English Language & Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

The passage could be on any topic. Questions are mostly fact based & can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly
used words.

Fill in the Blanks

A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in  context, homonyms words


Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelt word from different words. The same word can be spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.

Phrase or Idiom

Easy to moderate difficulty level. The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can
also be asked directly.

Synonyms & Antonyms

One word given with four options to choose from, (mostly 3 synonyms and 3 antonyms). Rarely the words can be given in sentences. Prepare a list of commonly asked words to answer this part and score full marks.

One Word Substitution

Substitute one word for the phrase given. Go through a list of the one-word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one-word substitution.

Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction

A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions (Mostly in the combination of 4:1 or 3:2 respectively). Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different
parts of speech, Easily confusing words, Usage in Context,


Error Spotting

Grammar based Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.

DSSSB Syllabus for General Awareness



Indian History

Geography (Indian + World)







Physics +Space Science

Computer &
Mobile Technology

Diseases, pollution



Current Affairs

Misc. GK- Sports,
People In News,

Dates, Portfolios, Schemes

The table above covers complete syllabus of all required subjects except qualification related subjects. Though official syllabus for these subjects has not been published in the notification, the applicants are advised to go through all of relevant their graduation subjects.

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Dass grade ll ka exam call letter kb tk aayega..exam 8 ko hai na

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Grade 4 ka  admit card dwnld ni ho rha...
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Dass grade 2 m b.tech wale bhi eligible h na......notification m any degree in arts/commerce/ science diya h......plz suggest
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@Neha Goyal  Ma'am
do u have any idea about DSSSB  dass 81/17  exam date
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Dsssb exam ki full jankari chahiye.kese milegi.paper kesa aata h please koi btayega.
Sonu Joshi

Sonu JoshiJun 30, 2018

sir , dsssb 1/17 ka exam date kya h
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