SSC CGL

The Staff Selection Committee (SSC) conducts SSC CGL exam to recruit staff at multiple levels in various ministries and departments.

Updated: June 16, 2022


The Staff Selection Committee (SSC) conducts SSC CGL exam to recruit staff at multiple levels in various ministries and departments.

This is a national level exam and the candidates who appears this exam get in to government services in Group C and D Categories of jobs once they qualify.
SSC CGL has four phases, they are indicated below:
  • Tier I: Preliminary Exam (Computer Based Exam)
  • Tier II: Main Exam (Computer Based Exam)
  • Tier III: Descriptive Test (Pen-Paper Mode)
  • Tier IV: Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam for recruitment to various subordinate services like:
  • Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and the Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
  • Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
  • Inspectors of Income Tax.
  • Preventive Officers in Customs.
  • Examiner in Customs.
  • Sub-Inspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics & CBI.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
  • Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.
  • Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA & others.
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant
  • Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC
  • Compiler in Registrar General of India.
All the information regarding SSC CGL exam will be available in the official website i.e ssc.nic.in


SSC CGL Eligibility:

Educational Qualifications:

  • Candidates should have a graduate degree on or before 1st Aug of current year. Candidates, those are in the final year of graduation can also apply for SSC CGL with their provisional degrees.


For Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer:

  • Essential Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree from a recognized University or Institute
  • Desirable Qualifications: Chartered Accountant or Cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Masters I Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics


For Junior Statistical Officer:

Bachelor's Degree in any subject with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level  or                                                                                   
Bachelor's Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the core subjects at degree level


Age Limit:

SSC has increased the Age limit for SSC CGL Recruitment, though the age varies from post to post. The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 27 years and the maximum age limit criteria is 32 years.


Post Wise Age Limit:

  • In CSS Department for the post of Assistant Section Officer, the age limit should be 20-30 years           
  • Intelligence Bureau Department for the post of Assistant Section Officer, Not exceeding 30 Years   
  • Directorate of Enforcement, Department for the post of  Assistant Enforcement Officer, Up to 30 years        
  • M/o of Statistics & Prog. Implementation Department for the post of Junior Statistical Officer, Up to 32 years           
  • NIA Department for the post of Sub Inspector, Up to 30 years           
  • CBI Department for the post of Sub Inspector, the age limit should be 20-30 years          
  • Narcotics Department for the post of Sub Inspector, the age limit should be 18-25 years           
  • CBEC Department for the post of Tax Assistant, the age limit should be 20-27 years           
  • Other departments for all other posts, the age limit should be 18-27 years


SSC CGL Reservation – Age Relaxation

  • There is no state wise reservation.
  • Reservation will be provided to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCL/ PH category.
  • Ex-Servicemen candidates will also be given relaxation. No separate SSC CGL Reservation will be given to female candidates.
Category                                       Years
OBC                                            3 years
SC/ST                                         5 years
Physically Handicapped (PH)    10 years
PH + OBC                                  13 years
PH + SC/ST                               15 years


Application form:

The application form for SSC CGL Exam is available on its official website i.e ssc.nic.in. Below steps are given to apply for the exam:
  • Log on to the official website i.e. ssc.nic.in
  • Register as a new user at the website which can be created by using a valid email ID and phone number. You will get OTP of the required ID you want to generate for SSC portal.
  • You can pay the application online or through a Challan which will be generated after you have filled in the required Application form.
  • You need to have the scanned copies of the recent passport size photograph, signature, and thumb impression to fill the application.
  • After registration click on the Apply button to get the application submitted to the portal.
  • After you click on Apply button you will get the application form, fill it online.
  • Then click on the Submit button after cross-checking the details or else you will not be able to make any changes afterward.
  • Download the duly filled-in application form
  • Take print out for future references.


Application Fee:

For General /OBC candidates the application fee is INR 100 where as there will be no charge for for SC/ST/PH candidates and Female candidates.
Applicants can give application fees through online debit/Credit card or through net banking.   

SSC CGL Admit Card:

SSC will release Admit Card separately for different regions. A candidate is required to login to the official website of SSC through the link provided on this page to download their Admit Card. Registration Number/Roll Number and the Password/D.O.B will be rquired while logging in. The admit card of SSC CGL Tier 1 exam will be release first which  can be downloaded only from the official website of SSC.
SSC will release SSC CGL Admit Card separately for different levels of Examination, i.e. Admit Card for Tier-I will be released first followed by Admit Card for Tier-II and so on. Admit Card for Tier-II will be issued to candidates who have qualified Tier-I Exam. Similarly, Admit Card for Tier-III will be issued to candidates who have cleared the Tier-II Exam and so on.


Steps to Download Call Letter For SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam:

The Commission releases a separate SSC CGL Admit Card for every tier on the regional websites of SSC. The candidates can follow the below steps to download the Admit Card.
  • Visit the Regional websites of SSC. (Eg: for a candidate of Delhi, visit the official site of SSC Northern Region)
  • Click on the link provided to download Staff Selection Commission CGLE Admission Certificate.
  • The applicants can download the SSC CGL Admit Card by using their Registration ID, By Roll No. or by Name including the candidate's Date of Birth
  • The admit card will appear on the computer screen on clicking 'Search status'.
  • Check all the details mentioned on it along with the time-table and exam center details.
  • Download the SSC CGL Admit Card and take a print out of the same.
There are chances that candidates may not find their admission certificates till a week before the examination. In such case, they must immediately contact concerned Regional/ Sub- regional Office.
The communication must be made along with a proof of SSC CGL Application Form submission.


Exam Centers for SSC CGL:

  • The SSC CGL will be conducted in 120 cities across India.
  • All the SSC CGL Exam Centers are segregated into 9 main regions of the country.
  • The applicants have to fill the choice of their centers in the Application Form for SSC CGL.
  • The Commission reserves the right to make a decision regarding the final allotment of SSC CGL Exam Center.
  • Any changes regarding the exam centers will be notified on the regional official websites of SSC and leading newspapers of the regions.
  • The candidates of SSC CGL will know the final allotted Exam Center in SSC CGL Admit Card.


SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

Staff Selection Commission of India will be conducting SSC CGL Exam in four stages. These are Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4 exam. Tier-I & Tier-II exam will be conducted online, where as Tier-III will be a pen and paper based exam and Tier-IV will be a computer skill test. 

Tier 1:

It is a computer-based online test of 200 marks in 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off.
There will be 4 sections namely General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. Each of these section will carry 25 questions of 50 marks. The duration of exam will be 60 Minutes and 80 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Tier 2:

Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the students. Paper 3 is only for Statistical Investigator Gr II & Compiler Post while Paper 4 is for Asst. Audit Officer Gazetted Group 'B' Post only.
Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities of 100 questions
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension of 200 questions
Paper-III: Statistics of 100 questions
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) of 100 questions
The candidate has to appear for total of 200 marks in 120 minutes. The duration of exam is 160 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Tier 3:

This is a descriptive type paper of 100 marks and will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode. The candidate has to write Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) in 60 Minutes. The duration of exam is 80 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

Tier 4:

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)- Asst. Section Officer in CSS & MEA Post only and Data Entry Skill Test (at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour) – Tax Assistant Post only
CPT/ DEST/ Document verification for 45 Minutes.
Negative marking is applicable in the examination. Each incorrect entry carries a penalty of 0.25 marks.
The SSC CGL question paper is set in Hindi and English.


SSC CGL Syllabus:

SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus:

The major sections asked in SSC CGL Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.


SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus:

The Mains Exam will be conducted online and is an objective multiple choice exam. The major sections asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics).


SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CGL exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The mode of examination is offline and students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc. in this exam.
The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes.
The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes.
Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of 'Statistical Investigator Grade II' & 'Compiler'.


SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus:

Tier-IV examination comprises of couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.
  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), DEST Exam through SSC CGL exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.
  • 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).


SSC CGL Result:

CGL Results will be published on the website of Staff Selection Commission after the completion of Tier 1 Exam. Tier II results will be announced after Tier I and so on for tier III and yier IV.
Follow the below steps to check your SSC CGL Result.
  • Visit their official site i.e. ssc.nic.in
  • Click on the Results Tab in the top menu.
  • A list of Entrance exams conducted by SSC along with their result status will be displayed on the screen. Click on the CGL Tab.
  • Click on the 'Click Here' button in the right column to check your results.
  • A PDF file bearing the list of selected candidates of respective tier will be downloaded on your system.
The Final Merit list of SSC CGL Results can be downloaded after 2-3 Months from the examination. This final merit list contains the Details of the candidate along with the marks secured, irrespective of his qualification status.


SSC CGL Selection Process:

  • SSC CGL exam is divided into 4 stages i.e. Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and finally Tier 4.
  • Candidates who qualify in Tier 1, will be eligible to appear in Tier 2.
  • Candidates who qualify in Tier 2, will be eligible to appear in both Tier 3 and Tier 4.
  • Final Merit of SSC CGL will be based on cumulative marks of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.
  • Tier 4 is of qualifying nature and mandatory for CSS / MEA / Tax Assistant Posts.


FAQs:

I want to apply for IB, Railway and Narcotics Department through CGL, so will I have to attend all 4 tier or only tier 1 & 2?

If you want to apply for IB, Railway and Narcotics Department, you have to appear only for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam. Tier 4 is only for those candidates who are applying for the post of Asst. Section Officer in CSS.


SSC CGL exam would be online or offline?

SSC CGL Tier 1,2 and 4 would be online. Tier 3 would be an offline, descriptive paper.


Do I have to register myself before applying?

Yes, first you have to complete the registration process. Only then can you can apply for the examination.


Can I edit my application form?

No, you can not edit your SSC CGL Application Form once you have submitted it and paid the application fee.


Where do I have to upload my photograph and signature?

You have to upload your photograph and signature in the 'Registration Part'.


How do I reprint my offline bank challan if I have misplaced mine?

Click on the 'Download Offline Challan' on the main page.


Can I generate my offline bank challan from the link given on the main page before completing Application Part?

No, that link is only for reprinting purpose. To do so you have to complete the application process.


I have submitted fee through offline bank challan. Now should I enter my transaction id and date of deposit in the application form?

Wait for 3 working days. Your bank payment details will be updated automatically.


I have deposited my fee in the bank through offline challan. But the status still shows Pending. What should I do?

Wait for 3 working days to receive the fee status from the bank.


I have completed the application process (including fee payment). However, I cannot find any link to download my application form pdf.

Go to 'Apply/Print', enter your details and your pdf will automatically be downloaded.


Due to network problem my link got disconnected while submitting fee in online mode. My payment was not successful. What should I do?

Go to 'Apply/Print', enter your details and you will be redirected to the payment gateway.


My online payment was unsuccessful. Can I generate offline challan to pay the fee?

Yes you can. Go to 'Apply/Print', enter your details and you will be directed to fee section. Then choose the appropriate mode of payment.


What if I do not receive SSC CGL admit card before the exam?

All applicants will be able to download SSC CGL Admit Card from official website. In case any candidate doesn’t receive hall ticket, then contact to the regional office with registration number, hard copy of the application, Transaction details copy of SBI Bank, etc


Are Engineers eligible for this exam having B.E. in Electrical and Electronics?

Any Graduate can apply for the SSC CGL Exam. Apart from few SSC CGL Posts like that of Compiler, Statistical Investigator Grade II and Assistant (CSS) require Graduation in specific streams.


I am 30+ and belong to SC category but got married to a guy who belongs to gen category. Am I eligible to apply for SSC CGL by claiming sc category?

You can apply for the SSC CGL Exam and take the benefits of SC Category. You will have to produce the necessary caste certificates for availing the category relaxations and benefits.

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