SSC CGL Eligibility

SSC CGL Eligibility: The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to recruit candidates to Grade B and Grade C category posts in Government Offices, Departments and Ministries.  Read about SSC CGL eligibility for each Tier of the recruitment process in this blog.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam scholarship test

SSC CGL exam comprises 4 stages which are referred to as Tiers.  Of the 4 Tiers of the process, Tier-1 and Tier-2 are online exams, and Tier-3 and Tier-4 are offline exams.  SSC conducts candidate registration and all of the communication with the candidates on its official website.  A candidate must check these communications to know the latest information and to know the result of each Tier of the examination.  Only if a candidate clears one Tier is the candidate eligible for entering the next Tier.

Before you actually put effort into studying for the SSC CGL 1-Tier exam, it will be a good idea to check out if you have all the qualifications to move from 1-Tier to 2-Tier and so on till the last stage of the recruitment process.  

SSC CGL Eligibility

A person’s eligibility to be a candidate who can participate in the SSC CGL recruitment process is spread across four different categories.  These categories are – Education, Physical Fitness, Age and Citizenship.  Read on to know the details of eligibility associated with each of these categories.

Citizenship/Nationality Criteria for SSC CGL

In the case of Citizenship/Nationality, to be eligible for appearing for the SSC CGL examination, the candidate should fulfil one of the following criteria.

  1. A citizen of India.
  2. A citizen of Bhutan, Nepal or a refugee from Tibetan who before 1 January 1962 came to India with the intent of settling in India permanently
  3. Be a person of Indian origin who has migrated from either/or Vietnam, Ethiopia, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Burma or Pakistan, intending to settle in India permanently.

Age-Limit Criteria for SSC CGL

Each one of the different posts for which the recruitment process is being conducted carries a different set of age-related eligibility criteria.   In some cases, there is also some relaxation provided for age. The following two tables provide information on age criteria for the various posts and the relaxation that has been provided for specific cases. 

Post-wise Maximum and Minimum Age Limit

PositionAgeNot born earlier than (date)Not born later than (date)Postcode
Tax Assistant – CBEC 18 -2702.08.199101.08.1998
Assistant – Central Vigilance Commission18-2702.08.199101.08.2000B
Assistant – Ministry of Railway18-2702.08.199101.08.2000D
Assistant – Ministry of External Affairs18-2702.08.199101.08.2000E
Assistant – AFHQ18-2702.08.199101.08.2000G
Assistant – Other Ministries/Departments/ Organizations18-2702.08.199101.08.2000H
Assistant – Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations18-2702.08.199101.08.2000I
Inspector of Income Tax – CBDT18-2702.08.199101.08.2000J
Inspector, (Central Excise) –  CBEC18-2702.08.199101.08.2000K
Inspector Preventive Officer – CBEC18-2702.08.199101.08.2000L
Inspector (Examiner) – CBEC18-2702.08.199101.08.2000M
Inspector of Posts – Department of Post18-2702.08.199101.08.2000P
Divisional Accountant – Offices under CAG18-2702.08.199101.08.2000Q
Inspector – Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-2702.08.199101.08.2000S
Auditor – Offices under C&AG18-2702.08.199101.08.2000T
Auditor – Offices under CGDA18-2702.08.199101.08.2000U
Auditor – Offices under CGA & others 18-2702.08.199101.08.2000V
Accountant/ Junior Accountant – Offices under C&AG18-2702.08.199101.08.2000W
Accountant/ Junior Accountant – Offices under CGA & others18-2702.08.199101.08.2000X
Senior Secretariat Assistant – Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres18-2702.08.199101.08.2000Y
Tax Assistant – CBDT18-2702.08.199101.08.2000Z
Compiler – Registrar General of India18-2702.08.199101.08.2000$
Sub-Inspector – Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-2502.08.199301.08.2000#
Assistant – Intelligence Bureau21-2702.08.198801.08.1998C
Assistant Enforcement Officer – Directorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueUp to 30 years02.08.198801.08.2000N
Sub Inspector – National Investigation Agency (NIA)Up to 30 years02.08.198801.08.2000%
M/o Statistics & Prog. Implementation. Statistical Investigator Grade IIUp to 32 years02.08.198601.08.2000R

Also Read : SSC CGL Exam Date 2021

Age Relaxation for Various Categories

There is a relaxation in the maximum or upper age limit that has been made for such candidates who belong to any of the following categories: 

  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Persons with Disability (PwD)
  • Ex-Servicemen (ESM)
  • Other Backward Class (OBC)
CategoryRelaxation in Age
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC)3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) (unreserved)10 years
PwD (OBC)13 years
PwD (SC/ ST)15 years
Ex-Serviceman3 years (Excluding period of military service done from the actual age on the application closing date)
Candidates ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 19895 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation at the time of hostilities with a foreign country, etc.3 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation at the time of hostilities with a foreign country, etc. (SC/ ST)8 years
Group-C Posts: Upper Age Limit
Central Govt. Civilian Employees with less than 3 years of continuous and regular serviceUp to 40 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) with not less than 3 years of continuous and regular and service as of the closing dateUp to 45 years
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated Up to 35 years
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated (SC/ ST)Up to 40 years

Other categories for which age relaxation has been provided are given in the following table.

S.NoCategoryAge Relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit (in years)
1.PH Gen10 
2PH OBC13 
3PH SC/ST15 
4Ex-Servicemen (Gen)
5Ex-Servicemen (OBC)
6Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)

Here is a table that will provide a good understanding of whether a person is of eligible age to participate in the SSC CGL recruitment process.

S.NoAge LimitRemarks
1If the age limit is 18-27 yearsBorn not before 02-01-1994 and not after 01-01-2003
2If the age limit is 20-27 yearsBorn not before 02-01-1994 and not after 01-01-2001
3If the age limit is 20-30 yearsBorn not before 02-01-1991 and not after 01-01-2001.
4If the upper age limit is upto 30 yearsBorn not before 02-01-1991 and not after 01-01-2003
5If the upper age limit is upto 32 yearsBorn not before 02-01-1989 and not after 01-01-2003.

Educational Qualification Related SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria associated with educational Qualification is applicable for qualification as of 1 January 2021.  There is a different educational qualification required for eligibility to the different posts advertised for the SSC CGL recruitment drive. The following table provides the details.

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualifications
Assistant Audit OfficerEssential: Graduation from any recognized university in any subject.  Desirable: MBA/CS/CA/ Masters in Commerce/Cost and Management Accountant/ /Masters in Business Studies
Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)Graduation from a recognized University and at least 60% in Mathematics in 12th Standard examination OR Graduation in any discipline with one subject as Statistics at graduation level
Compiler PostsGraduation from a recognized University and Mathematics/Statistics/Economics  as elective/compulsory subject at Graduation level
All Other PostsGraduation from any recognized University or its equivalent

Physical Fitness and Standards Related SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

There is a certain level of Physical Fitness and Physical Standards required for the posts of Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency (NIA), Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer) and Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation).  Test of Physical Fitness is conducted during the SSC CGL’s Tier-4 stage of the recruitment process. The tables given below display the Physical Fitness related eligibility criteria for the candidates.

Physical Standards Test

MaleMinimum: 157.5 cmChest Minimum: 81 cm Minimum Expansion: of 5 cm expansion.Note: Candidates from North East are given 5 cm relaxation
FemaleMinimum: 152 cm Relaxation: 2.5 cmMinimum: 48 kgs, Candidates from North Eastern candidates have 2 kgs. relaxation

The following table depicts the Physical Fitness standards required from male and female candidates. 

Physical Fitness Test

MaleCover 1600 meters in 15 minutesCycle 8 kms in 30 minutes.
FemaleCover 1000 meters in 15 minutes.Cycle 3 kms in 25 minutes.
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Those who are applying for the post of Sub Inspector must meet the following Vision, weight and height eligibility criteria.

MaleGeneral category: Minimum 165 cms 
tribal candidates: Minimum 160 cms
Minimum  76 cmsEye-sight (with or without glasses)Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in the other.
FemaleMinimum 150 cms.NAEye-sight (with or without glasses)Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in the other.


Carefully check the SSC CGL Eligibility for the various Tiers of the recruitment and get your physical fitness up.  Study well, and there is nothing that can keep you from clearing SSC CGL.  Best of luck.


What is the frequency of conducting the SSC CGL Exam?

The SSC CGL exam is conducted once each year.

Are all the stages in the SSC CGL Exam offline?

There are 4 stages in the SSC CGL exam referred to as Tier-1, Tier-2.Tier-3 and Tier-4.  While the first 2 are online exams, Tier-3 and Tier-4 are offline exams. Both Tier-1 and Tier-2 are online objective type exam.   Tier-3 is a descriptive exam.  The Tier-4 stage comprises a computer skill test and verification of the candidate’s documents.

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