Jammu & Kashmire Service Selection

JKSSB: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

September 9, 2022

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Candidates who wish to apply for JKSSB recruitment must be aware with its syllabus and exam pattern for their District cadre, Divisional cadre, and Union Territory. Candidates who will take the JKSSB test must be aware of the full syllabus and exam pattern before beginning to prepare for the exam. Of course, this would help applicants in covering the whole syllabus in a topic-wise pattern for all subjects.

  • Aspirants can also prepare for the exam by taking mock tests or taking part in a test series. Also, knowing the exam pattern is important for candidates.
  • Equally important is to know that the written test will be divided into four simple subjects. These are Basic Reasoning, Basic Math, Basic English, and General Awareness & Science. Aspirants must concentrate and study the syllabus for each topic accordingly.
  • Candidates applying for JKSSB recruitment 2021 must complete and clear all stages of the selection process (Written Exam as well as Document Verification).

This article contains a detail syllabus and JKSSB exam pattern for the 2021.

JKSSB Syllabus

The selection process for the JKSSB will be divided into two parts. To get placed, candidates must pass both the written test and the document verification. We can now go over the detailed syllabus for the written exam. While preparing for the examination, candidates must read the syllabus given below.

Reasoning (A logical reasoning test measures the ability or aptitude to reason logically. Also, the non-verbal abilities of the candidate are tested.)Analogies, Relationship concepts, Odd one out, Direct Sense, Series completion, Venn Diagram, Number series, Coding/Decoding
Mathematics (Basic 10th level math is required for this test.)Percentage, Average Time work & distance, Ratio and proportion, Time & age, Probability, HCF,LCM, Mensuration
English (In competitive exams hold on the English language is needed.  Thus, it is an important part of the exam process. Grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension are three of the most important sections of the English language. )Articles, Synonyms, Antonyms, Preposition, Verbs, Reading comprehension, Determiners, Spellings, Sentences
General Awareness and Science (Awareness is necessary for the skills that are needed to fulfill the duties of the post for which the candidate has applied.)Current events at National Level, Sports, India culture, India history, Indian geography, Capital/State, General Science- Biology, Chemistry & Physics; Health, Hygiene & Sanitation; Geography of J&K, Culture of J&K, History of J&K.

JKSSB Exam Pattern and Selection Process

The JKSSB’s selection process consists of only two stages, the written exam and Document Verification. But, other criteria will also be examined by the selection board during the final score review. Also, it differs across Union Territories, Divisional Cadre, and District Cadre. The tables are given below clarify the other criteria considered for the final selection:

For UT Cadre

Criteria for Selection ProcessMarks
Written Examination85
Candidates who do not have a family member serving in the govt., a private institution, or an autonomous body, etc.05
In the cases of widows, divorced women, or girls residing in an orphanage who has a Tehsildar certificate.05
5+ years of employment by a casual worker, with documents.05

For Divisional Cadre

Criteria for Selection ProcessMarks
Written Examination80
Candidates Belonging To Home Division05
Candidates who do not have a family member serving in the government, a private institution, or an autonomous body, etc.05
In the cases of widows, divorced women, or girls residing in an orphanage who have a Tehsildar certificate.05
5+ years of employment by a casual worker, with documents.05

For District Cadre

Criteria for Selection ProcessMarks
Written Examination75
Candidates Belonging To Home Division10
Candidates who do not have a family member serving in the government, a private institution, or an autonomous body, etc.05
In the cases of widows, divorced women, or girls residing in an orphanage who have a Tehsildar certificate,05
5+ years of employment by a casual worker, with documents.05

JKSSB Exam Pattern

Written Test

It is the first part of the selection process. In general, the JKSSB exam is of 100 marks and covers topics like basic mathematics, Basic English, general awareness, science, and logical thinking and reasoning. Further, for a better understanding, check the table below:

Nature of ExamLanguageSubjectMarksDuration
Written ExamEnglishEnglish202 Hours
Logical Reasoning20
General Awareness & Science40
  • The paper will only be available in the English language.
  • It will be a multiple-choice test with objective questions.
  • Equally important, a 0.25 mark negative marking will be applied for each wrong answer.

Document Verification

It is the 2nd and last stage of the selection process. Candidates who pass the written test with the needed cut-off marks will be called for the Document Verification. Candidates must provide the original documents as well as a self-attested Photo-copy of each document given below. It is important to note that the candidate must have the necessary academic qualifications and age confirmation certificates. In fact, the certificate must be issued on or before the last date for submitting the online application form. In addition, other documents such as a Domicile Certificate, Category Certificate, etc. must be produced on the day of Document Verification.

  • Degree or certificate of graduate, post-graduate, or doctorate.
  • 12th certificate.
  • 10th certificate (required for Date Of Birth)
  • If a candidate claims a certain qualification as an equivalent qualification, an order letter is needed. It should indicate the authority (number and date) under which it has been so held. It is done considering the equivalent clause in the Essential Qualifications section.
  • Caste/Category Certificate, if you fall into one of the reserved categories.
  • Besides, two current passport-sized photo, one original ID (Aadhar Card Voters ID, etc.) is required.
  • Additionally, candidates claiming domicile must present a J&K domicile certificate.
  • Also, a Physically Handicapped Certificate is required (if applied under PH category)

In addition, candidates must read the original notification present on the official site for detailed information on the document verification process.

The JKSSB Exam Pattern and syllabus are given above. Applicants should prepare accordingly. In fact, candidates must have a clear understanding of the JKSSB Syllabus and Exam Pattern to stay ahead of the competition.

For JKSSB exam preparation, candidates should have the top books for each subject. The JKSSB has recently posted a recruitment Advt. to fill posts in many departments. Later, the board will take a written test. Hence, candidates must study according to the syllabus. Also, applicants are advised to select the most recommended books for each subject in the JKSSB syllabus.

For this exam, you should carefully go through the course  before you begin reading the books. As the UT Cadre, Divisional Cadre, and District Cadre will have a written test, you will need to consult number of JKSSB books accordingly. The following is a list of the best books for each necessary subject.


  • Arithmetic For General competition Paperback, written by Neetu Singh and published by KD Publication
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic of Arihant Publications Fourth edition (2018) by Rajesh Verma
  • JKSSB Science Math Recruitment Exam paperback by Arihant Experts.

Basic Reasoning

  • R. S. Aggarwal for Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Reasoning Book for Competitive Examinations by Nishith K. Sinha published by Pearson Publication
  • A new approach to Reasoning of Arihant Publication presented by B.S. Sijwali & S. Sijwali.


  • General English for Competitive Exams by S.C Gupta of Arihant Publications.
  • Objective English for Competitive Examination of McGraw Hill Education written by Hari Mohan Prasad & Uma Sinha.
  • Tips & Techniques in English for Competitive Exams provided by Disha Experts.

General Awareness and Sciences

  • General Science for Competitive Exams (Objective as well as Subjective) presented by BK Editorial Board of B.K. Publications.
  • JKSSB: Matric Level Posts (MCQ Type) Written Test Guide Paperback by RPH Editorial Board of Ramesh Publishing House; 2021 edition.
  • JKSSB: 10+2 Level Posts (Written Test Guide) Paperback Presented by RPH Editorial Board of Ramesh Publishing House

Preparation Tips for JKSSB

  •  Study the syllabus carefully. Since this will help the candidate to plan the preparation better and stick to the needed curriculum
  • Along with the syllabus, examine the previous year’s test papers. Also, check to see whether the exam pattern has changed. In this manner, one can get an idea of how much time as well as expertise are essential for preparation and passing the exam.
  • Even, make a plan for every day. If possible, prepare a timetable till a week before the exam.
  • In addition, take weekly time bound tests to determine your level of preparation. To take tests, use model test papers, test series, online test papers, and so on.
  • Take breaks whenever you need them. In fact, to keep your thoughts peaceful in the morning, practice meditation.
  • Like any other competitive exam, general knowledge and current affairs are included in this written test as well. Candidates must be familiar with current events. Even after they are hired, they should still keep up with current national and international affairs.
  • All in one type books as well as guides create confusion and do not completely cover the entire syllabus. Therefore, avoid these types of study materials.
  • The candidate should download the Admit Card at least a week before to avoid any technical glitch at the last moment. They must also keep all the documents in the prescribed format, in original form to present for the Document Verification process.

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Q.1 JKSSB Selection Process comprises of how many stages?

Ans. For the various vacancies advertised by the JKSSB, the selection process have two stages:

  • Written Test, which carries a total of 100 marks.
  • Document Verification

However, there are some positions, such as Stenographer and JR Assistant that require a typing test.

Q.2 Will there be an interview round after JKSSB written exam?

Ans. NO. There will be no interview round or personality test after the written exam. However, the written exam is followed by Document Verification.

Q.3 How important is the Document Verification step of the selection process?

Ans.  The final step in the recruitment process is the Document Verification of the candidate. If the candidate is not able to provide the required documents in the format prescribed by the Recruitment board, then, he or she will not be selected for the advertised post even if they have cleared the written exam.

Q.4 How many marks are provided to the candidate belonging to the home division?

Ans. For the candidate who belongs to the home division, 10 marks are given in the district cadre while in the divisional cadre five marks are provided.

Q.5 From where can I download the detailed syllabus for the written test and JKSSB exam pattern 2021?

Ans. The candidates who have applied for the various posts advertised under JKSSB can download the latest syllabus from the official website of the recruitment board i.e. jkssb.nic.in

Q.6 How do previous years’ question papers help in the preparation for JKSSB exams?

Ans. With prior years’ question papers, the applicant can gain a sense of the difficulty level of the questions. In addition, they can identify patterns that have occurred in previous years’ papers.  The questions will undoubtedly change, but having a concept of what they will be can help students prepare accordingly.

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