SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal)

Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) is one of India's Central Armed Police Forces. It is currently under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India. Prior to 2001, the force was known as the Special Service Bureau (SSB). As of 2017, it has 76,337 active personnel in 73 battalions.
The Special Service Bureau (also abbreviated SSB) was set up in early 20 December 1963, following the Sino-Indian War. The primary task of the force was to provide armed support for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's foreign intelligence agency, with a secondary objective to inculcate feelings of national belonging in the border population and assist them in developing their capabilities for resistance through a continuous process of motivation, training, development, welfare programmes and activities in the then NEFA, North Assam (the northern areas of the Indian state of Assam), North Bengal (the northern areas of the Indian State of West Bengal) and the hills of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh.

The programme was later extended to Manipur, Tripura, Jammu in 1965; Meghalaya in 1975; Sikkim in 1976; the border areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat in 1989; Manipur, Mizoram and further areas of Rajasthan as well as Gujarat in 1988; South Bengal (the southern areas of West Bengal); Nagaland in 1989; and the Nubra Valley, Rajouri and the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir in 1991.

SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal)

SSB Syllabus

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Analytical aptitude and ability to observe and distinguish patterns will be tested through questions principally of non-verbal type. This component may include questions on
  • Analogies
  • Similarities and differences
  • Spatial visualization
  • Spatial orientation
  • Visual memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Figural classification
  • Arithmetic number series
  • Non-verbal series
  • Coding and decoding etc

General Knowledge and General Awareness

Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of:
  • Current events
  • Sports
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research etc

Elementary Mathematics

This paper will include questions on problems relating to:
  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work etc

English / Hindi

Candidates’ capability to understand Basic English/ Hindi, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be examined through this section.

Exam Pattern for Constable

The Written examination will consist of only one objective type paper containing 100 questions and carrying 100 marks. Total time allotted to the paper is 2 hours.

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Part A General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 25
Part B General Knowledge and General Awareness 25 25
Part C Elementary Mathematics 25 25
Part D English/Hindi 25 25

All questions will be of Objective Multiple Choice Types. Questions will be set bilingually in Hindi and English in Parts A, B and C. Candidates are required to attempt either Hindi or English section of Part ‘D’ of the question paper.

Exam Pattern for Constable (Driver)

Exam consist multiple choice objective type question of total 100 marks. Maximum Time allotted to the paper is 2 Hours.
Subject Maximum Marks
General English/Hindi 50 Marks
General Knowledge 50 Marks

Minimum qualifying marks: 35% for Gen. & Ex- Servicemen, 33% for SC/ST/O




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