8 Must have Mechanical Engineering competition books( RRB SSE, JE, SSC JE, PSU)
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Railway SSE and JE exams are one of the most simple exam to crack without much effort.
These exams are way much simpler than GATE.
And there is a reason, SSE and JE come under group C, it’s a non-gazzated post. And the promotion chances are almost nil. But, that’s all a different story. When you are jobless, you can’t be that choosy. The salary, facilities and prestige associated with Railways is good.
So, if you are the one who doesn’t feel confident to clear GATE, RRB SSE and JE is a good opportunity to enter government job in renowned Indian Railways.
As per my experience, RRB, PSUs(some) and SSC JE are some of the exams which any of the average students can easily crack without coaching.
Here, I would share complete road map to clear this exam ( below the book list) smoothly and also the booklist.
I too cleared it in 2015 (CEN 01/2015) and presently working as SSE( Senior Section Engineer), Track Machine, Central Railways.
#1. 15 Practice Sets Indian Railways Junior Engineer Recruitment Exam MECHANICAL
This book covers model papers for JE and SSE exams. You should solve every question of technical section.
Mark those questions which you can’t solve at first attempt and those questions which you answered wrong.
Now, next time when you pick up the book revise only these two types of questions.
This technique is going to get you maximum benefit.
#2. A Handbook for Mechanical Engineering Paperback
This is like the most condensed notes that cover all the main points of mechanical engineering.
A great handy book that you should always have in your bag whenever you are traveling.
It’s a great book for revising.
Buy this book in your second year itself.
#3. R K JAIN Mechanical Engineering for competitions by KHANNA Publications.
Don’t be scared by seeing its thickness!!
You don’t need to complete the whole book. Infact, only 20% of the book, that is only the OBJECTIVE QUESTION BANK section is all you need to study.
I was so much scared of its size that I had taken out that particular section leaving the rest book.
The book contains as many objective questions that can be derived from each chapter of ME, like TOM, SOM, MD, IC engine etc.
Exams like SSE JE, RRB, SAIL and some other PSUs especially SSC JE directly copies questions from this book.
(Infact, this book has left no room for any extra objective question.)
Directly copies!! ??
If you don’t believe me, just borrow this book from your friend and download some SSC JE previous year questions. And compare, then only buy.
#4. R S Khurmi Mechanical Engineering for competitions by S Chand Publications
This is also similar to Rk Jain, covering all objective questions.
Either buy this objective from Khurmi or Rk Jain, not the both.
I studied from Rk Jain only.
#5. Lucent’s General Knowledge
Best book for covering your static gk. It has covered everything polity, history, geography, art and culture, world organisation, science and everything.
PSU exams like SAIL, BEL, VIZAG, Railway RRB and SSC JE all asks general knowledge questions and this book is more than enough.
#6. Lucent’s General Science book
It covers all important general science questions from physics, chemistry and biology.
Though above lucent general also contains general science that’s not enough.
Especially, for engineering background exams general science questions are of little high level than general competition exams.
#7. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal( S.Chand Publication)
Needs not much introduction. One of the most popular books for quant.
It’s a book found on the table of every student preparing for competition no matter banking, CAT, Railways or SSC.
#8. Objective arithmetic by Rajesh Verma( Arihant Publication)
It’s also a popular book just like R.S. Aggarwal.
Buy anyone of the two( no need to buy the both).
#9. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
( Just mentioning this book for other exams, like PSUs, not necessary for RRB SSE and JE exams.)
What’s the meaning of Tyro?
No idea! That’s what they ask in exam, English section.
Buy this book in your first year itself. It needs time to grasp it.
Please don’t buy it if you can’t give time to it, it cannot be covered in a haste.
The main benefit of this book is that you don’t need to mug words.
It analyses each word by breaking it into parts, its origin and relating one word with other.
Slowly but steadily, it builds up your vocabulary.
One of a south Indian teacher in first year suggested us to buy this book.
I m really grateful to him.
Road map to clear RRB SSE and JE exam.
The Exam consists of two sections.
Technical and non-technical.
In technical, complete first year syllabus.
No matter what’s your branch.
Question comes from all branches Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical and Civil.
In Electronic: Pn junction, diode, n type, p type, decimal to octa, 1s compliment, jfet, mosfet, boolean algebra etc.
Electrical : Motor, generator, transfomer, rectifier, solenoid etc.
Civil: Cement, concrete, column etc.
Mechanical: SOM, mechanics, production, ic engine, thermodynamics etc.
Thus, you can easily conclude, it’s first-year syllabus.
This is all about technical part.
The best(MUST) way to cover it is to download all the previous year questions of SSE and JE and mug up.
Here is a link for 2015 questions: http://www.allexamreview.com/2017/07/rrb-sse-and-je-2015-questions-papers.html
I don’t mean to say mug up like a parrot. Solve at least 10 papers, you would get most of the answer right especially those from your branch.
Now, learn those questions you made a wrong attempt(most of the questions are repeated). And also read it’s theory from first-year book, but don’t go in much detail.
Also, you should buy notes from Lado Sarai or Saket in Delhi. Just ask the photostate shopkeeper for railway sse je notes. They will give. It’s very thin, less than 50 pages. Just mug it up! I found it very helpful.
Now coming to non-tech part.
First, general knowledge, you will have to learn out LUCENT GK and LUCENT GS.
There would be a good number of questions from the general science background. Like questions from biology, Physics, Chemistry of class 6 to 10.
In GK, it is from history, civics, polity, and geography. So, cover LUCENT.
Also, there are questions of basic computer knowledge. Not a big deal for b.tech guys and gals.
Anyways, refer LUCENT computer section, revise things like generations of computer, PRAM, PROM and all these things.
There would be simple quantitative reasoning question. R. S. Aggarwal jindabaad!!
And, there would be some( a few) questions from current affairs too like recently launched schemes like smart cities, solar energy, ujala, skill India etc.
Hope you find it helpful.. If you did, my solemn request is to share this post on whatever groups(whatsapp, fb, or pagalguys) you are in. It would help me achieve my goal of writing this post to help other students.
1. Where from can I download the notification of previous RRB SSE JE recruitment?
Here is the link of CEN 01/2015 Notification : http://www.rrbbnc.gov.in/notifications/cen%2001-2015%20260615.pdf
2. Where can I find the previous year 2015 online exam RRB SSE and JE questions?
Here is the link: Railway SSE JE Question papers
3. How is the medical examination of Rrb SSE JE?
The medical examination takes place in Railways hospital. I had applied from RRB Mumbai. My medical was carried on at KALYAN Railways Hospital.
I reached there at 10 a.m. You have to go empty stomach, for the first taste is of blood sugar. Again after two hours you have to give the blood sample after having light lunch.
Then, there are other tests like
2. X Ray
4. Eye Test.
5. Urine test
That’s it. I will discuss eye test in detail.
Medical is easy. I took one day, got the fitness certificate very same day. Sometimes, it takes two days too.
4. How is the eye test of RRB SSE and JE?
I have replied to this question on Quora. Please check my answer at quora. ( Also, check the comment section there where I had an informative discussion with Manish, an aspirant.)
Moreover, the test is simple. You are asked to read lines of Snellen chart.
There was colour blindness test known as Isihara colour blind.
Note: You can check whether you are color blind or not online, just search for ‘Colour blindness test’ on Google.
And at last, there was a C test where you have to tell the right direction of opening of letter C from a distance of around 10m.
5. Has Indian Railways discontinued the direct recruitment of Senior Section Engineers?
Yes it’s true. Here is the board’s official letter for your reference:
Many students keep me asking about when new vacancies are coming. I can’t tell you the exact time as we don’t have information on it. But, I can surely say huge numbers of vacancies are coming in Track Machine as railway is going to purchase around 500 track machines. It has been confirmed in a meeting. I can forward you the audio clip over WhatsApp if you need. I can’t tell anything about the timeline as railway is very slow in its recruitment process.
6. Is there any new rrb sse recruitment 2018 to take place?
Recently, news is around the Internet of new rrb je see recruitment notification 2018.
But, it’s still not official. I saw the pdf.
One thing that created doubt was the presence post of SSE. Since, railway has discontinued the direct recruitment of SSE, it shouldn’t be there.
Well, well, well.. It’s already mentioned in the notification tha SSE vacancy is to be considered in JE.
You can check the notification pdf here.
Finger crossed, wait for official notification.
Update: Official notification about rrb je recruitment 2018 is out in employment news: