Soldier Tradesman Syllabus, Paper Pattern And Books

People are often confused that what is the work of tradesman? Even people who apply for tradesman don’t know what they will be doing. Basically, the job of a tradesman is to help in the smooth functioning of a unit in army. As we know that army has units, and each unit is self dependent.

They have their own equipment and vehicles and people to maintain them, there is separate armed troop, and to carry out the daily chores like cooking, laundering etc. they need people who are called tradesman. There are multiple trades for which a person can apply.

Following are the trades : chef, hair dresser, store hand,  animal store holders, ferrier, pioneers, postal, steward, artisan (wood), artisan (painter), artisan (tailor), artisan (metallurgy), artisan (musician), equipment repairer, kennel man, washer man, mess keeper, house keeper.

If you think that you are good in any of the given trades, then you can apply for that particular trade. You can pursue your skills being a government employee. After all you will do better in things you are good at.

In this article, all the details like tradesman syllabus, tradesman papers pattern and the books that are good for tradesman are given.

See also : know different reasons on why to join Indian army.

Soldier Tradesman Paper Pattern / Exam Format

To get recruited as tradesman, a candidate has to go through many physical fitness test (PFT),aptitude test, medical test, and finally the written test or CEE. The aptitude test is an exception for tradesman category, and this test is carried out to check the knowledge of a candidate about the trade that he has applied for.

Written exam format / CEE papers pattern

Subjects Questions Marks
General Knowledge 20 40
Maths 15 30
General science 15 30
Total 50 100
Time 1 hour

Following are the main points of the written exam :

The paper will carry total 100 marks. 50 questions will be asked in the papers. 1 hour will be given to complete the test. Each question will be of 2 marks. And there will be negative marking. 0.5 or ½ marks will be reduced for every wrong answer. However, no negative marking for leaving the answer blank.

The question in the written exam will be based on three main subjects, general knowledge (gk), general science, and maths. Part 1 which is general knowledge will carry 20 question making it worth 40 marks. Part 2 is general science, and 15 questions will be asked in this section making it of total 30 marks. Last part which is part 3 Maths will have 15 questions, and this section is worth 30 marks.

Soldier Tradesman Syllabus And Topics

The syllabus of soldier tradesman is simple. Except for the gk part, rest of the questions will come from CBSE syllabus of class 8, 9 and 10th. So, I will recommend all the readers to consider NCERT books of science and maths of class 10th (except for those who are applying on 8th base). It will be great if you prepare CBSE class 10th Science and Maths syllabus.

Here is the syllabus for tradesman :-

Army soldier tradesman syllabus and paper pattern

See Also : Soldier Tradesman Sample Papers And Previous Year Papers

The given list of topics is not a comprehensive list of tradesman syllabus. The question in written exam may be asked from topics which are not given. But, all the questions will come within the syllabus of CBSE, this is sure.

Best Books For Soldier Tradesman

Though, it will be better if you prepare for NCERT books, but if you are not from CBSE background, or don’t feel like studying from them, then there are various publisher that provides special books for different trades. The most common ones are SK publication, Arihant publication etc.

You will find number of books in market, but choosing the right book is very important. I have seen books that shows different index and totally different content. So, make sure that you do not fall for such books. Inspect the book properly before investing in it.

See our article “best books for army” to get suggestions on different books, and you can even order books online if you want.

How is merit list made for army tradesman?

The Merit list of tradesman is made on the basis of marks scored by a candidate in PFT (30%) + aptitude (40%) + CEE (30%). So, this means that of the total marks that you will score in these tests, some percent will be added to the merit list.

E.g : if you get 60 marks in PFT, 40 Marks in aptitude, and 50 marks in CEE, then your final marks will be 18+16+15 = 49 marks out of 100.

Note : merit list / cutoff list is never fixed, therefore candidates should try to get maximum marks in every test to make sure that his name comes in the merit list.

Tips to prepare for soldier tradesman written exam

If you find it difficult to study, then these tips may help in dealing with the hard time.

Divide and study

When the syllabus looks too lengthy to cover, then the best thing to do is break it into small parts. This will give your mind space to organize things and will increase efficiency. This may sound boring, but successful implementation will surely benefit you in many ways.

Small targets

Making small targets increases the chances of success, this is the most effective way of learning and progressing. Mind is less burdened when it knows that the target is easy, and hence will work much faster to achieve it. If learning big answers is tough, then break in small facts and lines.

Procrastinate and you will lose

It’s the law of universe that one who procrastinate will definitely lose, no matter what the task. So, if you are in the habit of procrastinating and putting things on tomorrow, then either you quite this habit, or be prepared for the consequences. I know that it’s hard to suddenly start doing something that you have resisted your whole life, but accept the fact that there is not shortcut’s for success. Hard work is the only way that leads to success.

Slow start

Don’t sit for long hours to study if you can’t, instead start slow. Give 1 hour daily just for studies, some will say this is lame. Why i am not advising you like others to sit at least 3 to 5 hour a day to study ? Just think it this way, if you can’t force yourself to sit for 1 hr then how are you going to do it for 5 hours. If you stick with the 5 hours theory, then you will eventually end up not studying for a single hour.

Slow start is better than no start at all. So, begin with small time, and keep on increasing your study time gradually.

Make it interesting

One of the main reason why we procrastinate when it comes to study is because books look boring to us. Just some gloomy white pages, and black words. So, this problem can be fixed by making study interesting, and how to do that ? Simple. Use other sources like internet, tv, your smartphone, etc.

Just look around, world is full of knowledge, all you need is the will to gain that knowledge. Internet is filled with websites and applications that are providing an easy and interactive learning on almost every topic. So, instead of just lingering on social network, put your smartphone and internet to a good use, and gain some knowledge.

Try to implement these techniques in your daily life, they will help you a lot. Hope this write up was useful to you. You can mention your queries via comments.

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  1. Sir what is the syllabus for tradesman 8th level, and is it as hard as tradesman 10th level, and who can apply for it.

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Anyone who has cleared class 8th from a recognized board is eligible to apply for tradesman 8th posts. The syllabus for tradesman 10th and 8th level are same (you can check the syllabus in the above article), but, the difficulty level for 8th level is much easier as compared to 10th level.

  2. Sir trademan or general ke exam mein koi difference hai ya same hi hai
    Matlab gd ke book lekar trademan ko practice kar sakte hai kyaa?

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      The syllabus for both the trade is same, even the exam pattern is also same. But, the level of question asked are harder is gd than tradesman. So, yes, you can prepare from gd book for tradesman as practicing harder question will automatically prepare you for easy ones.

  3. After entering into army as a tradesman ER. I want to upgrade my rank till subedar major or lieutenant, how will that be possible? tell me the procedure. I’m a degree certificate holder and a ncc ‘C’ certificate holder too.

    1. Prof. Mohan Singh Rawat

      Hello Selva, firstly if you have not yet applied then i would suggest you to apply for some other trade, as it will be more convenient to reach you desired posts. If you have joined army as tradesman then you can apply for ACC exams after clearing which you will be recruited as officer in army. Or you can change your trade and then gradually after promotions you can reach the post of SM and hon. lieutenant and hon. captain.

  4. प्रिंस त्तिवारी

    सर मैं आचार्य कर चुका हूं संस्क्रत से jco की भर्ती कब आये गी और क्या प्रोसेस है

  5. hi sir ncc ki vicency alg se aati h kya

    1. Hello Vikash,
      No, there are no separate vacancies for NNC certificate holders, although you will get some benifits of having a NCC certificate.

  6. Sir analytical ability come in tradesman exam

    1. Hello sajad,
      the syllabus for CEE is given in the above page. If by analytical ability you mean aptitude test, then yes for certain trades there will be aptitude test.

  7. Best book of army tradesman Mate

    1. Prof. Rajeev Mehra

      Hello Sitender,
      We have a dedicated article for best books on different trades of Indian army. Please search for “Best books for army” in the search box of

  8. Ashish singh chauhan

    Sir jb tradesman 8th class pass wlo k liye hai to isme 10th class Ka syllabus kyu mix hai

    1. Hi Ashish,
      There are many trades in Soldier Tradesman, so according to that the syllabus of class 8th to 10th is include.

  9. Shivam kumar singraul

    Tradesman ke liye kya qualification hai?

    1. Hello Shivam,
      Please refer to the article “army tradesman eligibility and selection process“. In this article you will get answers to all your queries.

  10. Hi Sir. Indian army clerk ka merit kese banate hai. Or clerk ka merit ketne marks tak jata hai. Kitne mark hoge to merit me naam aa sakta hai.

    1. Hi Kadachha.
      For clerk post only the Common Entrance Examination (CEE) marks are considered for merit. However, the individual should have qualified in Physical Fitness Test (PFT). So, your PFT marks are not included in the merit list but it is mandatory to qualify this round. Indian army does not release the cut off marks so we cannot say how much marks you exactly need to get into the final merit list. But the paper is of 200 marks and you must score at least 80 marks to pass the examination.

  11. Hello Sir. what is the aptitude test for soldier tradesmen post? please give me full information.

    1. Hi Sudhanshu.
      This is an extra test that is organised only for tradesman category. Since, a candidate will be selected for a particular trade, therefore, to make sure that a candidate do know about the applied trade, this test is conducted.Make sure that you are fully prepared for this test and do your best, because out of the total marks that you will score in this test, 40% will be added to the final merit list. i.e 40% marks of this test will add in final merit list. So, this test is very crucial, and you need to be prepared for it.

  12. Sar ji army clerk ki kaya qualification requirement hai. Please reply fast.

    1. Hi Vikram.
      The eligibility criteria for clerk post is 10+2 / Intermediate Examination Pass in any stream (Arts, Commerce, Science). Should have secured 50% marks in each subject and 60% in aggregate in Class XII. Should have studied English and Maths / Accounts / Book Keeping in Class XII or Class X. Should have secured min 50% marks in each of these subject, whether in Class XII or Class X. And the age limit criteria is 17 and half to 21 years.

  13. Sir TGC me kon se month me apply kar sakte hai? what is the procedure for it? what is the site for it?

    1. Hi Shaktisinh.
      You can check the notification for TGC and other officer entries in the official website of Indian army which is In the home page of the website you will have to scroll down and click on the officer opportunity, there you will find all the information.

  14. Sir I have completed B.E automobile. Sir army ki kon si post me apply kar sakta hun and age criteria kya hoga?

    1. Hi Shaktisinh.
      There are two types of commission for joining Indian army after engineering, one is permanent Indian Army Jobs for Engineering Students commission and another is short service commission. Indian army has special technical entries for engineering students but there are other Indian army entries which engineering students can apply.
      The most popular entry for engineering students to join Indian army after engineering is TGC entry. TGC(Technical Graduate Course) entry is conducted by Indian army two times every year and engineering candidates get shortlisted based on their percentage till 6th semester. TGC entry is only for male engineering students and one gets permanent commission through this entry, one who clear TGC entry interview join Indian military academy for training. Age Limit for this exam is 21- 26 Years. There is no written test the shortlisting of candidates is based on engineering percentage.
      Next option is SSC- Technical, this is a similar entry like TGC entry but the main difference is that it is for short service commission and not for permanent commission. Both male and female candidates can apply for SSC- Tech entry which is conducted by Indian army twice every year. And the age limit is 21- 26 Years. Other then this if you aspire to join Indian army as officer then you can apply for CDS(Combined Defence Service) exam which is conducted by UPSC twice a year.

  15. Sir tradesmen ki merit kese our kis tarike se banti hai. Me pichli 2 bharti me merit se rha hun. Physical test mai mere 88 marks the. Please sir mujhe btaye.

    1. Hi.
      For tradesmen with aptitude test the final merit list will be based on 30% Physical Fitness Test (PFT) marks + 30% Common Entrance Examination (CEE) marks + 40% Tradesman Aptitude Test marks. While for tradesmen without aptitude test merit weightage will be according 60% Physical Fitness Test (PFT) marks + 40% Common Entrance Examination (CEE) marks. And for tradesmen(Musician) 50% Physical Fitness Test (PFT) marks + 25% Aptitude Test marks + 25% Common Entrance Examination (CEE) marks.

  16. Hello Sir. My name is Mukesh gurjar. Sir education havildar ki qualification detail bta doh please. I have completed my BA course. Please reply as soon as possible.

    1. Hi Mukesh.
      The education qualification required for the post of education havildar is Group X – MA / MSc / MCA or BA / BSc / BCA / BSc (IT) with B Ed and Group Y – BSc/BA/BCA/B Sc (IT) (w/o B Ed.) The age limit criteria for this post is 20-25 years. As, you have mentioned that you have completed your BA course then you are eligible for this post.

  17. Hello Sir. Mujh jaan na hai ki agr kisi k pass NCC k sare certificate ho(A,B and C) toh written exam dena hoga ya ni.

    1. Hi Aaditya.
      If you have NCC ‘C’ certificate then you are exempted from the written exam for the post of soldier GD and Tradesman.

  18. Navy ke liye Tradesman ka syllabus kya hai? Please answer me.

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Ajit.
      The written exam consist of 100 questions all MCQ types. Subjects that are included are General Knowledge, General English and Technical subject. GK section consist of questions regarding current affairs, national and international events, technology, sports, arts, books political, economical etc. English section have noun, verb, pronoun, idioms, adjective conjunction etc in grammar section while vocabulary section includes meaning, synonyms, antonym etc. In the last section questions are asked from the technical subject.

  19. Sir mere pass polytechnic ka 3 years ka diploma h or soldier techanical ka form complete nhi Ho rha 4 subject Ke no. Mang rha h Kya Kre

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Deepak.
      As, you have not mentioned from which subject you have completed your diploma first make sure you are eligible for the post. You must have 3 years diploma in engineering (Mechanical /Electrical/ Automobiles/ Computer Science Mechanical Engg and Electronic & Instrumentation Engg). If you have completed your diploma from one of these stream then you should not face such problem.

  20. Hi sir mera Nam Shyam Kumar hi aur mera 10m 65/percent aur math me 42number hi .kya mai trademan apply kar sakta hu aur age 21years hi please help me

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Shyam. Yes sure, you can apply for the post of soldier tradesman in Indian army.

  21. Hi sar mere 10th class me 60% hai but sad mere math me 32 no hai kya mai gd Ka online kar Sakta hu pls help sar….. Wats no 8318674354

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Prakash. Sorry to say but you cannot appear in the Soldier GD exam as the required percentage is at least 33% in each subject.

  22. Dear sir, me Distict sitamadhi bihar ka rehne wala hu aur main 2017 army really me TRADSMAN se karna chata hu per sir main bahut jada confuse ho raha hu ki salection mode me Apptitude Test hai Aur without Apptitude Test likha aa raha hai …plzz aap mujhe ye bato ki TRADSMAN se applay karne par kya sabhi ko Apptitude Test dena compalsaryi hote hai ya nhi..aur Apptitude Test me kya hota hai sir….plz sir replay dijiye

    1. Prof. Divyanshi Sharma

      Hi Vikas.
      As you have mentioned you want to apply for the post of Soldier Tradesman. In the selection process there is an extra test which is only for the tradesman category that is aptitude test. Yes, everyone who apply for this post have to give aptitude test. Since, a candidate is selected for the particular trade, it is to make sure the candidate know about the applied trade. Aptitude test is to determine your ability in particular skills or field of knowledge. In this test there are questions related to numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, diagrammatic test etc. Out of the total marks scored in this test, 40% is added to the final merit list. So, this test is very important.

  23. many more thanks for your impermation

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