All you need to know about SSC CGL Exam

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a government organization that conducts various exams every year to recruit candidates for Group-B and Group-C posts in various ministries/departments/organizations of the Government of India. This article talks about all SSC exams in India.

Posts and Vacancies in SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL vacancy list is released by Staff Selection Commission every year. Total 6,500+ vacancies have been released each year, Out of these, 3,500+ vacancies are for the major 34 Group-B. Check out the latest SSC CGL posts for which vacancies are released by Staff Selection Commission:
SSC CGL Group-B Posts

Post: Assistant Audit Officer

Post: Inspector (Examiner)
Department: Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGDepartment: CBIC

Post: Assistant Accounts Officer

Post: Assistant Enforcement Officer
Department: Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGDepartment: Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Sub Inspector
Department: Central Secretariat ServiceDepartment: Central Bureau of Investigation

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Inspector Posts
Department: Intelligence BureauDepartment: Department of Post

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Inspector  
Department: Ministry of RailwayDepartment: Central Bureau of Narcotics

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Assistant
Department: Ministry of External AffairsDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Assistant Superintendent
Department: AFHQDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations

Post: Assistant

Post: Divisional Accountant
Department: Other Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsDepartment: Offices under C&AG  

Post: Assistant

Post: Sub Inspector  
Department: Other Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsDepartment: National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Post: Statistical Officer
Department: Other Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsDepartment: M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation

Post: Inspector (Central Excise)

Post: Statistical Investigator Grade-II
Department: CBICDepartment: Registrar General of India

Post: Inspector (Preventive Officer)
 
Department: CBIC
  
SSC CGL Group-C Posts
Post: Inspector of Income TaxPost: Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division Clerks 
Department: CBDTDepartment: Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres

Post: Auditor

Post: Tax Assistant
Department: Offices under C&AGDepartment: CBDT

Post: Auditor

Post: Tax Assistant
Department: Other Ministry/ DepartmentsDepartment: CBIC

Post: Auditor

Post: Sub Inspector
Department: Offices under CGDADepartment: Central Bureau of Narcotics

Post: Accountant

Post: Upper Division Clerks
Department: Offices under CGDADepartment: Dte. Gen Border Road Organization (MoD)
NOTE: (Post is only for male candidates with higher physical and medical standards given at Annexure-XVI)
  
Post: Accountant / Junior Accountant
Department: Other Ministry/ Departments

 

Eligibility for SSC CGL Exam

The Staff Selection Commission prescribes SSC recruitment eligibility in three areas:

A candidate must be either: a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st of January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling down in India, or a person of Indian origin migrated from either/or Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, geographical region countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Note: The official notification reads, “A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is critical is also admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment are going to be given only after the required eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the govt. of India.”

The SSC CGL age criteria varies according to the different posts. Given in the table below are post- and pay-level-wise age criteria (as on January 1st) that candidates need to meet in order to be eligible for the SSC CGL exam.

SSC CGL
Post & Ministry/Department/Office/Cadre
SSC CGL Age
Limit
  
Age criteria for posts under pay level-8 (Rs.
47,600 to Rs. 1,51,100)
Post: Assistant Audit OfficerNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Indian Audit & Accounts
Department under C&AG
 
Post: Assistant Accounts OfficerNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Indian Audit & Accounts
Department under C&AG
 
Age criteria for posts under pay level-7 (Rs.
44,900 to Rs. 1,42,400)
Post: Assistant Section OfficerNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Intelligence Bureau
 
Post: Assistant Section Officer20-30 years
Department: Ministry of Railway
 
Post: Assistant Section Officer20-30 years
Department: Ministry of External
Affairs
 
Post: Assistant Section Officer20-30 years
Department: AFHQ
 
Post: Assistant18-30 years
Department: Other
Ministries/Departments/Organizations
 
Post: Assistant20-30 years
Department: Other
Ministries/Departments/Organizations
 
Post: Assistant Section OfficerNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Other
Ministries/Departments/Organizations
 
Post: Inspector of Income TaxNot exceeding 30 years
Department: CBDT
 
Post: Inspector (Central Excise)Not exceeding 30 years
Department: CBIC
 
Post: Inspector (Preventive Officer)Not exceeding 30 years
Department: CBIC
 
Post: Inspector (Examiner)Not exceeding 30 years
Department: CBIC
 
Post: Assistant Enforcement OfficerUp to 30 years
Department: Directorate of Enforcement,
Department of Revenue
 
Post: Sub Inspector20-30 years
Department: Central Bureau of
Investigation
 
Post: Inspector Posts18-30 years
Department: Department of Post
  
Post: Inspector  Not exceeding 30 years
Department: Central Bureau of Narcotics
 
Age criteria for posts under pay level-6 (Rs.
35,400 to Rs. 1,12,400)
Post: Assistant SuperintendentNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Other
Ministries/Departments/Organizations
 
Post: Divisional AccountantNot exceeding 30 years
Department: Offices under
C&AG  
 
Post: Sub Inspector  Up to 30 years
Department: National Investigation
Agency (NIA)
 
Post: Junior Statistical OfficerUp to 32 years
Department: M/o Statistics &
Programme Implementation
 
Post: Statistical Investigator Grade-IINot exceeding 30 years
Department: Registrar General of India
 
Age criteria for posts under pay level-5 (Rs
29,200 to Rs 92,300)
Post: Auditor18-27 years
Department: Other Ministry/Departments
 
Post: Auditor18-27 years
Department: Offices under CGDA
 
Post: Accountant18-27 years
Department: Offices under CGDA
 
Post: Accountant/ Junior Accountant18-27
years
Department: Other Ministry/Departments 
 
Age criteria for posts under pay level-4 (Rs
25,500 to Rs 81,100)
Post: Tax Assistant18-27 years
Department: CBDT
 
Post: Tax Assistant18-27 years
Department: CBIC
 
Post: Sub Inspector18-27 years
Department: Central Bureau of Narcotics
 
Post: Upper Divisions Clerk18-27
years
Department: Dte. Gen Border Road
Organisation (MoD)
(Post is only for male candidates with higher
physical and medical standards given at Annexure-XVI)

Age relaxation

 

Category

Age-relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit

SC/ ST5 years
OBC3 years
PwD (unreserved)10 years
PwD (OBC)13 years
PwD (SC/ ST)15 years
ESM3 years (after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date)
Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 19895 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof3 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)8 years

Permissible relaxation in upper age limit for Group-C posts only

Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of applicationUp to 40 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years  regular and continuous service as on  closing date  for receipt of applicationUp to 45 years of age
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarriedUp to 35 years of age
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST)Up to 40 years of age

Post-wise educational qualification that candidates need to obtain to fulfill SSC eligibility 2020 is mentioned below:

Post

Educational Qualification

Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer

Essential Qualification: Graduation from a recognised university or institute

Desirable Qualification: Chartered Accountancy or Cost & Management Accounting or Company Secretary or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics

Junior Statistical Officer

Essential Qualification: Graduation in any subject from a recognised university or institute with at least 60 per cent marks in Mathematics at class 12th level

OR

Graduation in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at graduation level

Desirable Qualification: Not applicable

Statistical Investigator Grade-II

Essential Qualification: Graduation in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects subject from a recognised university or institute. The candidate must have studied Statistics as a subject in all the three years of the graduation course.

Desirable Qualification: Not applicable

All other posts

Essential Qualification: Graduation in any subject from a recognised university or institute

Desirable Qualification: Not applicable

Note: All candidates giving exams for final year of graduation are also eligible to apply. However, such candidates must possess the essential qualification on or before August 1, 2020.  

SSC CGL recruitment process

SSC CGL recruitment process includes the following stages/tiers:

Firstly, candidates need to fill the SSC CGL application form in online mode on the official website of the commission. The SSC CGL application fee is Rs 100.

All candidates whose applications are accepted by Staff Selection Commission can then download their SSC CGL admit card for tier-I exam from the official regional websites of the commission as per the prescribed schedule. 

SSC CGL tier-I is a computer-based exam that contains objective-type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) of 200 marks. 

SSC CGL result is declared by Staff Selection Commission on its official website. The result contains the names and/or roll numbers of candidates qualifying the tier-I exam. Candidates clearing the tier-I paper are called to appear for tier-II exam.

All qualifying candidates can download their SSC CGL admit card for tier-II from the official regional websites. The admit card is typically released about one week before the exam. 

SSC CGL tier-II is again a computer-based exam that is divided into four papers. Each paper contains 100 MCQs of 200 marks. 

SSC CGL result for tier-II is declared on the official website of the commission in the form of a merit list. Candidates clearing the tier-II exam are called to appear for tier-III paper.

All qualifying candidates again need to download their CGL admit card from the regional SSC websites as per the prescribed schedule.

SSC CGL tier-III is a pen-and-paper based exam that is descriptive in nature. 

Similar to tier-I and -II result, candidates can check SSC CGL result for tier-III also in online mode on the official website. Candidates clearing the tier-III exam need to appear for the final stage – tier-IV.

Like admit card for other tiers, SSC CGL tier-IV admit card is also available for download on the regional websites of Staff Selection Commission,

In tier-IV, SSC conducts either a computer proficiency test, skill test or document verification, as per the post applied by the candidate. SSC CGL tier-IV is only a qualifying paper. It means that marks scored by candidates in tier-IV are not calculated at the time of declaration of final result. 

Final SSC CGL result is announced based on candidates’ performance in tier-I, tier-II and tier-III exams. All qualifying candidates are then allotted Group-B and -C posts in various ministries/departments/organisations of the Government of India.