It stands for the Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level exam where the graduate candidates can apply to get a job in the prestigious ministries of the government for posts such as Tax Assistant, Inspector, Assistant Audit Officer, Auditor etc. Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC CGL exam every year for the recruitment to various Group B and Group C posts in the Departments under the Government of India. Lakhs of aspirants register for this examination and appear every year for 4 Tiers of examinations overcoming the stiff competition and getting into the desired post.
Post wise educational qualifications required to apply for SSC CGL exam:
Assistant Audit Officer: Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University. or Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies.
Junior Statistical Officer: Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th. or Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
Statistical Investigator Grade-II: Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects from a recognized University or Institute. The candidates must have studied Statistics as a subject in all the three years of the graduation course.
All Other Posts: Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent.
Post Wise Age Limit, Name of Post, Department/Ministries, Group:
|Auditor||Officer Under CGDA||Group “C”|
|Auditor||Other Ministries/Dept.||Group “C”|
|Accountant / Junior Accountant||Other Ministry/ Dept.||Group “C”|
|Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerks||Central Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadres||Group “C”|
|Tax Assistant||CBDT||Group “C”|
|Sub-Inspector||Central Bureau of Narcotics||Group “C”|
|Upper Division Clerk (UDC)||General Border Road Organisation (MoD) Only For Male Candidates||Group “C”|
|Inspector Posts||Department of Post.||Group “B”|
|Assistant||Other ministries / Dept. / Org.||Group “B”|
|Tax Assistant||CBEC||Group “C”|
|Assistant Section officer||Central Secretariat Service||Group “B”|
|Assistant Section officer||Ministry of Railway||Group “B”|
|Assistant Section officer||Ministry of External Affairs||Group “B”|
|Assistant Section officer||AFHQ||Group “B”|
|Assistant||Other Ministries / Dept. / Org.||Group “B”|
|Sub Inspector||Central Bureau of Investigation||Group “B”|
Not Exceeding 30 years
|Inspector, (Central Excise)||CBEC||Group “B”|
|Inspector||Central Bureau of Narcotics||Group “B”|
|Assistant||Other ministries / Dept. / Org.||Group “B”|
|Inspector (Preventive officer)||CBEC||Group “B”|
|Inspector (Examiner)||CBEC||Group “B”|
|Assistant Audit Officer||Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG||Group B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)|
|Assistant Section Officer||Intelligence Bureau||Group “B”|
|Assistant Section Officer||Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.||Group “B”|
|Assistant / Superintendent||Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations||Group “B”|
|Inspector of Income Tax||CBDT||Group “C”|
|Divisional Accountant||Officer under CAG||Group “B”|
Up to 30 years
|Assistant Enforcement Officer||Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue||Group “B”|
|Sub Inspector||National Investigation Agency (NIA)||Group “B”|
Up to 32 years
|Junior Statistical Officer||M/O statistics & Prog. Implementation||Group “B”|
The below table depicts the relaxation in various SSC CGL age limit for all categories.
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried||Up to 35 Years of Age|
|Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST).||Up to 40 Years of Age|
SSC CGL Selection Process:
The SSC CGL Selection Process will require you to pass through 4 stages in order to be eligible to get the appointment letter of desired posts:
Tier 1: Objective Computer-Based (online) Test (MCQs) containing 100 questions
Tier 2: Objective Computer-Based (online) Test (MCQs) with 2 compulsory papers and 2 other papers for specific posts
Tier 3: Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Pen and Paper mode)
Tier 4: Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test as per the post applied.
Marks scored by candidates in Tier-I and Tier-II examinations, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized and such normalized scores will be treated as final and will be used for qualifying the candidates to next stage of examination and to determine final merit.
SSC CGL Exam Pattern For Tier 1:
The Tier 1 exam is the first stage to be passed by the aspirants in order to qualify for the Tier 2. Tier 1 comprise 100 questions totaling to 200 marks that need to be attempted in 60 minutes. The subject wise division of questions has been provided below:
Tier - 1
|Subject||No of Questions||Max Marks|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||25||30|
There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in all sections.
The duration of the exam is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.
SSC CGL Exam Pattern For Tier 2:
This is a CBE (computer-based examination). There are 4 sections in the Tier 2 exam of SSC CGL, with 100 questions that account for a total of 200 marks. The subject wise details are given below:
Tier - 2
|Subject||No of Questions||Max Marks||Exam Duration|
|Quantitative Abilities||100||200||2 Hours|
|English Language and Comprehension||200||200||2 Hours|
|General Studies (Finance & Economics)||100||200||2 Hours|
SSC CGL Exam Pattern For Tier 3:
SSC CGL Exam Pattern For Tier 4 (DEST/CPT):
The Tier 4 of SSC CGL Exam comprises DEST/CPT. These are required for certain government posts. Check out the details for DEST and CPT
DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax).
CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).
Any Candidate who takes CPT does not require to appear for DEST as part 1 of CPT (Typing) will be considered for DEST evaluation.
Requirement: 8000 key depression per hour, which is 2000 key depression per 15 minutes.
Relaxation: VH Candidates will be allowed 20 minutes.
General Intelligence and Reasoning:
|Coding - Decoding|
|Direction & Distance|
|Non - Verbal Reasoning|
|Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.)|
|Books and Authors|
|People in the News|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|Problem on Ages|
|Speed, Distance and Time|
|Time and Work|
|Fill in the Blanks|
|Phrases and Idioms|
|One word Substitution|