OFB Recruitment – Ordnance Factories Board – Scheme and Syllabus of Examination 2017

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The OFB Scheme and Syllabus of Examination:

The Scheme of examination for OFB Semi skilled Workman is shown below.

  1. There will be a written examination of one paper. The paper will be of “Objective-Multiple-choice-type” of maximum 100 marks.
  2. The paper will consist of two parts:

    a. PART -A will consist of 20 marks having questions on General Science and Quantitative Aptitude, each having weightage of 10 marks. The question will be of up to 10th Standard.

    b. PART – B will consist of 80 marks of NCVT syllabus for the relevant trade.

3. All the Questions will be compulsory. There will be no negative marking for wrong answer.

The subject of the written examination, the maximum marks allotted to each paper, no of questions and the time allowed is given in the table below:-

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
Part A
(Objective Type)
1.General Science
(10 Questions)
2. Quantitative Aptitude
(10 Questions)
10 Marks
10 Marks
2 Hours
Part B
(Objective Type)
Questions from the NCVT Syllabus of relevant trade
80 Questions 80 Marks
Total 100 Questions 100 Marks


1. The paper would be required to be answered in OMR sheets.

2. Candidates would be required to darken the circles in the OMR sheet with black pen. OMR sheets marked in pencil would be rejected outright.

3. No marks would be allotted for questions in which multiple darkening has been done in the OMR Sheet.

The Syllabus for OFB Semi Skilled Workman is shown below:


A. General Science (10 Questions)

Question will be aimed at testing the candidate’s General Awareness of the environment around him. Question will also be designed to test knowledge of basic science studied upto 10thstandard and would include such matters of every day observations and experience as may be expected of any educated person.

B. Quantitative Aptitude (10 Questions)

The candidate will be tested for general mathematics of upto 10th Standard involving number systems, equations in two variables, simple and compound interest, perimeter, area and volume of geometrical figures, Direct and inverse proportions, Pythagoras theorem and trigonometry.

C. NCVT Trade (80 Questions): Questions from the NCVT Syllabus of relevant trade.

D. Trade Test: The syllabus for trade test (Practical) will be as per trade test specification of semi-skilled grade of the relevant trade, trade test will be merely qualifying nature. It will not decide the merit of the selected candidates. The merit will be decided solely based of the results of written examination.

E. There shall be no interview for filling up of these vacancies.

The OFB Scheme of Examination for Labour Post is shown below:

Numerical Aptitude (Objective Type) 40 40 2Hours
General Science (Objective Type) 30 30
General Awareness (Objective Type) 30 30
Total Marks 100 100


1. Numerical Aptitude

2. Number Systems

3. Fractions, Decimals and Percentage

4. Ratio and proportion

5. Averages

6. Interest, Profit & Loss, Discount

7. Time & Distance, Time & Work


The questions on science may be set keeping in view the standard appropriate to High School. Questions may include subjects and activities which are more relevant to day-to-day existence/activities of human life.


1. Current events-National & International

2. History & Culture

3. General polity and Indian Constitution

4. General Geography

The question paper for the written examination shall be set in Hindi, English and the local language


As per trade test specifications, an unskilled workman will be mainly engaged on handling/shifting of material. He will also be required to clean machines, floors of shop/areas around machines and other similar places, if and as necessary. The trade test may be designed accordingly to test the aptitude of the candidate. However, this test will be of qualifying nature only.

Final grading will be decided based only on marks obtained in written test subject to qualifying in the prescribed trade test.

There shall be no interview for filling up of these vacancies.

OFB Examination centre:

Centre will be allotted with respect to location of the Ordnance Factory applied by the candidate in one of the 12 centres viz. Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Kanpur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Trichy. Additional centres like Bhopal, Lucknow and Dehradun may be included. Candidates may be allotted any other centre other than the one determined at the time of submission of online application for administrative reasons. No request for change of centre shall be entertained under any circumstances at any stage of the examination.

OFB Medium of Examination:

The examination will be trilingual, i.e., Hindi, English and regional language of the State where the factory against which the candidate has applied is located. With reference to Ordnance Factories and their respective locations, this translates to English, Hindi & any one regional language among the following- Bengali/ Marathi/Oriya/Tamil/Telugu. It may be noted that candidates can appear only for that regional language of the state where the factory concerned is located and will have to appear for examination in that State/Centre only.

Selection Process:

  1. Written Test
  2. Trade Test

a) Selection process shall comprise of a 2 stage process:

Written examination of 100 marks, objective type and OMR based

Trade Test (Practical) at respective factory along with document verification

b) On the basis of merit list based on marks obtained in written test, candidates 1.25 times the number of vacancies shall be called for Trade Test (Practical).

c) The Trade Test (Practical) shall be only qualifying in nature, without any marks. However, those candidates who do not qualify in the Trade Test shall not be considered at all, irrespective of marks obtained in the written examination.

d) The credentials (as submitted in the application) of the candidates called for the trade test (Practical) will be verified with the original documents at the time of Trade Test at the respective factory.

e) The final merit/select list shall be based on marks obtained in the written test only, subject to document verification and qualifying the Trade Test.

f) The final merit/select list thus prepared factory wise will be published atwww.ofb.gov.in.

OFB Recruitment – Ordnance Factories Board – 4110 Industrial Employees Semi-Skilled & Labour Vacancy – Last Date 19 June 2017

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