SSC Scientific Assistant Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2017 (Part I, II)

By Neha Goyal|Updated : November 3rd, 2017

Students who are eligible for the IMD Scientific Assistant post must be curious about the SSC Scientific Assistant syllabus & exam pattern. So, we are sharing the latest exam pattern and syllabus for Scientific Assistant IMD 2017 exam which will be beneficial for your preparation. As per the latest SSC Scientific Assistant Notification 2017, IMD Scientific Assistant Exam is going to be conducted on 20th - 27th November 2017. Check out eligibility requirements and subject wise syllabus & exam pattern with number of questions, minimum marks, & important topics for Scientific Assistant Part I & Part II. Have a look at detailed post-

SSC Scientific Assistant Exam Pattern 2017

Detailed Exam Pattern of SSC Scientific Assistant in IMD

There will be just one exam for India Meteorological Department(IMD) which consists of 2 parts - Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Part 1 will have 100 questions carrying 100 marks.
  • Part 2 will also have 100 questions carrying 100 marks.
  • Time duration will be 2 hours to attempt both the parts.
  • Part 1 is just like SSC CGL Tier I Paper consisting 25 questions from all the four sections (General Intelligence Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English, General Awareness)
  • Part 2 consists of 100 questions related to Physics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks and each question is of 1 mark.




Maximum Marks

Exam Duration

Part 1




General Intelligence & Reasoning 



2 hours







Quantitative Aptitude



General English



General Awareness



Part 2

Physics, Computer Science, and Information Technology, Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.



Note: Exam will be conducted in online mode and candidates are not permitted to use mobile, calculators or any digital means.

SSC Scientific Assistant Syllabus 2017

Part I Syllabus of SSC Scientific Assistant Exam

Reasoning Syllabus - Important Topics

Alphabet Test
Arithmetic Reasoning
Blood Relation
Distance direction test
Logical Venn Diagram
Missing Number
Paper Cutting-Folding
Mirror Image - Water Image
Embedded figure
Figure formation & Analysis
Pattern Completion
Counting of figures. 

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus - Important Topics

Square roots



Profit and Loss


Whole Numbers



Time & Distance

Time & Work

Elementary Surds

Ratio & Proportion 

Mixture and Allegation

Partnership Business

Graphs of Linear Equations

Fractions and Relationships between numbers

 Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra 

Triangle and its various Kinds of centers

Congruence and similarity of triangles

Bar diagram & Pie chart 

 English Syllabus & Topics

 English grammar

Vocabulary, Spellings

Synonyms and Antonyms


Correct and incorrect usages

 General Awareness Syllabus


Indian Constitution



Awards and Honors

Current events


Important Days

Sports and Games

General Politics

Books and Authors

Economic Scene


Science – Inventions & Discoveries

Important Financial & Economic News

Current Affairs – National & International

The IMD Syllabus of SSC Scientific Assistant part 1 is similar to SSC CGL Exam. You can easily find study material on gradeup which will boost your exam preparation.

SSC Scientific Assistant Syllabus - Part II

Questions related to Physics, Computer Science and Information Technology, Electronics & Telecommunication and Telecommunication will be asked. 

Physics Syllabus


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.

Thermal Physics, Radiation & Sound

Thermometry, Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, Internal energy, Heat engines, Maxwell‟s relation, ideal and real gases, equations of state, Heat Capacities, Adiabatic and Isothermal processes, Clausius-Clapeyron relation, Thermal Conductivity, Entropy, Enthalpy, Dalton‟s law of partial pressure, Vapour pressure, Kinetic theory of gases, Brownian motion, Maxwell‟s velocity distribution, Equipartition of energy, mean free path Vander walls‟ equation of State, Liquefaction of gases. Blackbody radiation, Kirchhoff‟s law, Stephen‟s law, Planck‟s law. Conduction in solids.

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. Rayleigh scattering, Raman effect, Lenses and mirrors, combination of coaxial thin lenses, spherical and chromatic aberrations, and their corrections, Microscope, Telescope, Eyepieces and Photometry.

Electricity and magnetism

Electric charges, fields and potentials, Gauss‟s theorem, Electrometer, 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, Potentiometer, Faraday‟s law of E.M. induction, self and mutual inductance and their applications, alternating currents, impedance and resonance, LCR circuit, Dynamos, motors, transformers, Peltier-Seebeck and Thomson effects and applications, electrolysis, Hall effect, Hertz experiment and electro-magnetic waves, Particle accelerators and cyclotron.

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.


Thermo-ionic emission, diodes and triodes, p-n diodes and transistors, simple rectifier, amplifier and oscillator circuits.


Syllabus of Computer Science and Information Technology



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 synchronisation, 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.


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 and Spatial Operations, Projections, Scale and Coordinate Systems, Mapping, GIS Analysis, Cartography. Basics of GIS application development.  

Electronics & Telecommunication Syllabus


Conductors, Semiconductors, Insulators, Magnetic, Passive components, characteristics of Resistors, Capacitors and inductors, PN Junction diode, forward and reverse bias characteristics and equivalent circuits of diode, Zener diode and applications, 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 feed back-transistor as a switch, Multistage Amplifiers, Feedback, Oscillators, Multi vibrators, Voltage regulation, Power amplifiers.

Introduction to Network Theorems

Kirchoff‟s laws, superposition, Thevenin‟s Norton‟s and Maximum power theorems. Voltage and Current relationship in the resistance, inductance and capacitance. The concept of reactance, susceptance, conductance, impedance and admittance in series and parallel RL, RC and RLC circuits – Three phase supply-star and delta connection diagrams – Relation between line and phase & voltages and currents, series and parallel resonance circuits – condition of resonance, resonant frequency, Q factor and bandwidth.

Digital electronics

Logic gates, Demorgan‟s theorem, Boolean algebra, frequency counters, flip-flops, shift resistors, Basic concepts of Digital to Analog and Analog to Digital Converters, Timing circuits, Digital logic circuits, systems & codes Combination logic design. 



Basic antenna principle directive gain, directivity, radiation pattern, broadside and end-fire array, Yagi antenna, Parabolic antenna, Ground wave propagation, space waves, ionosphere propagation and electromagnetic frequency spectrum, Modulation, types of modulation, Amplitude Modulation (AM), Modulation index, Power relation in AM, Generation and Demodulation of AM.

Single Side Band (SSB)

Power requirement in comparison with AM, Advantages of SSB over AM. The concept of Balanced Modulator, Generation of SSB, Pilot Carrier System. Independent Side System, Vestigial Sideband Transmission. Frequency Modulation (FM): Definition of FM, Bandwidth, Noise triangle, Preemphasis and De-emphasis. Pulse Modulation (PM): Definition of PM. The difference between AM and FM. Radio receivers. Sampling Theorem, PAM, PTM, PWM, PPM, pulse code modulation, Quantization noise, commanding, PCM system, differential PCM, Delta modulation.

Multiplexing: FDM/TDM

Introduction of digital Communication

The introduction of digital Communication: PSK, ASK, FSK, introduction to fibre optics system, Propagation of light in optical fibre and ray model. Propagation of signals at HF, VHF, UHF and microwave frequency and satellite communications.

You should have good knowledge of Computers, Electronics and Physics to get the good score in Part-2.

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abhilash gaurav
Can choose any one subject among PHY, cse and ece...a total of 2 hrs time is given,u can start any subject after start exam and jump to any section..
Mukesh Bhagyawant
Anyone have physics notes?
Vaisakh Kv

Vaisakh KvNov 24, 2017

Part 1 and 2 conduct same day???
Vishnu Vijayan
Manoj Yadav
@Neha Goyal - mam, ssc scientific assistant(imd) ka kya cutoff jane wala h, kuch idea
Kamal Biswas
What is the next stage of recruitment of scientific assistance?? Is there any interview or descriptive?? Waiting for kind reply
durgesh kumar
How many paper will conduct for ssc je ???

JeetMar 28, 2018

Btech candidates are not eligible.
saloni tripathi
Any one tell me jisne chemistry subject choose Kiya hai form fill kerte time uska bhi syllabus yahi hoga
Antima singh

Antima singhDec 17, 2018

Part 1 k baad hi part 2 deskte h..ya dono m se koi ek choose krskte h plss tell me?

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