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 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
- Citizenship/Nationality Criteria for SSC CGL
- Age-Limit Criteria for SSC CGL
- Educational Qualification Related SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria
- Physical Fitness and Standards Related SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria
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.
- A citizen of India.
- 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
- 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
|Position||Age||Not born earlier than (date)||Not born later than (date)||Postcode|
|Tax Assistant – CBEC||18 -27||02.08.1991||01.08.1998|
|Assistant – Central Vigilance Commission||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||B|
|Assistant – Ministry of Railway||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||D|
|Assistant – Ministry of External Affairs||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||E|
|Assistant – AFHQ||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||G|
|Assistant – Other Ministries/Departments/ Organizations||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||H|
|Assistant – Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||I|
|Inspector of Income Tax – CBDT||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||J|
|Inspector, (Central Excise) – CBEC||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||K|
|Inspector Preventive Officer – CBEC||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||L|
|Inspector (Examiner) – CBEC||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||M|
|Inspector of Posts – Department of Post||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||P|
|Divisional Accountant – Offices under CAG||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||Q|
|Inspector – Central Bureau of Narcotics||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||S|
|Auditor – Offices under C&AG||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||T|
|Auditor – Offices under CGDA||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||U|
|Auditor – Offices under CGA & others||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||V|
|Accountant/ Junior Accountant – Offices under C&AG||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||W|
|Accountant/ Junior Accountant – Offices under CGA & others||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||X|
|Senior Secretariat Assistant – Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||Y|
|Tax Assistant – CBDT||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||Z|
|Compiler – Registrar General of India||18-27||02.08.1991||01.08.2000||$|
|Sub-Inspector – Central Bureau of Narcotics||18-25||02.08.1993||01.08.2000||#|
|Assistant – Intelligence Bureau||21-27||02.08.1988||01.08.1998||C|
|Assistant Enforcement Officer – Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue||Up to 30 years||02.08.1988||01.08.2000||N|
|Sub Inspector – National Investigation Agency (NIA)||Up to 30 years||02.08.1988||01.08.2000||%|
|M/o Statistics & Prog. Implementation. Statistical Investigator Grade II||Up to 32 years||02.08.1986||01.08.2000||R|
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)
|Category||Relaxation 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-Serviceman||3 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, 1989||5 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 service||Up 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 date||Up 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.No||Category||Age Relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit (in years)|
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.
|1||If the age limit is 18-27 years||Born not before 02-01-1994 and not after 01-01-2003|
|2||If the age limit is 20-27 years||Born not before 02-01-1994 and not after 01-01-2001|
|3||If the age limit is 20-30 years||Born not before 02-01-1991 and not after 01-01-2001.|
|4||If the upper age limit is upto 30 years||Born not before 02-01-1991 and not after 01-01-2003|
|5||If the upper age limit is upto 32 years||Born 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 Post||Educational Qualifications|
|Assistant Audit Officer||Essential: 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 Posts||Graduation from a recognized University and Mathematics/Statistics/Economics as elective/compulsory subject at Graduation level|
|All Other Posts||Graduation 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
|Male||Minimum: 157.5 cm||Chest Minimum: 81 cm Minimum Expansion: of 5 cm expansion.Note: Candidates from North East are given 5 cm relaxation||–|
|Female||Minimum: 152 cm Relaxation: 2.5 cm||Minimum: 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
|Male||Cover 1600 meters in 15 minutes||Cycle 8 kms in 30 minutes.|
|Female||Cover 1000 meters in 15 minutes.||Cycle 3 kms in 25 minutes.|
Those who are applying for the post of Sub Inspector must meet the following Vision, weight and height eligibility criteria.
|Male||General category: Minimum 165 cms |
tribal candidates: Minimum 160 cms
|Minimum 76 cms||Eye-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.|
|Female||Minimum 150 cms.||NA||Eye-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.
The SSC CGL exam is conducted once each year.
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.