SSC CGL EXAM: ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW

The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level exam, also termed as SSC CGL Exam is conducted by the SSG each year. It is a national-level exam aimed to recruit candidates to fill Group-B and -C vacancies in various organisations in the Indian Government. Lakhs of aspirants fill in the form and register for the same. If you have completed your graduation and are desirous of a government job, then read ahead to find out more about this exam and how you can steer yourself successfully through its process to get an opportunity to serve the nation.

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SSC CGL Exam

The SSC CGL Exam is conducted in both offline and online modes. It comprises four stages or tiers. Tier-I and Tier-II exams are shown in the online mode and tier-III and tier-IV offline.

SSC CGL Exam Important Information

NameStaff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL)
Conducted byStaff Selection Commission (SSC)
Exam LevelNational
FrequencyYearly
Exam ModeBoth online and offline
Exam DurationTier-I: 60 minutes timer-II: 120 minutes, for each paperTier-III: 60 minutes
Purpose of Exam To select candidates for Group-B and -C posts in various departments of the Government of India
LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Exam Helpdesk No.011-69999845
Official Websitehttp://ssc.nic.in/

Also Read: SSC CGL Exam 2021 Preparation Guide

SSC CGL Eligibility

Though there are different criteria for each of the posts filled by the SSC CGL exam, the essential eligibility criteria for this exam are as follows.

  • Nationality/citizenship 

The candidate must be an Indian citizen or of Indian origin or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee.

  • Age limit 

The candidate age is needed to be in between 18 to 32 years 

  • Educational qualification

The candidate should complete their graduation from a recognised university or institute.

Filling of SSC CGL Application Form

In order to apply and register candidature for the SSC CGL Exam, the candidates should follow the given steps.

Step 1: Go to Staff Selection Commission’s official website.

Step 2: Select ‘New User? Register Now. 

Step 3: Fill the registration form.

Step 4: Log in to the registered account with the registration number generated during registration and the password set at the same time.

Step 5: Required details must be filled for the application form

Step 6: Upload the scanned documents, including the photograph and signature. 

Step 7: Carefully go through the form that you have filled before selecting the Final Submit button to submit it.

Step 8: The application fee of Rs 100 needs to be paid after this; the. The process can be either online or offline.  

Photograph and Signature Specifications

The format for photograph and signature should be in JPEG or JPEG format. The size required for the same is as follows:

Photo 20-50 KB
Signature 10-20 KB

Application Fee

A payment of Rs 100 has to be made as an application fee by candidates registering to take the SSC CGL exam. Online or offline methods using SBI challan or BHIM, UPI or internet banking, credit card or debit card. However, female candidates and those belonging to reserved categories such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PwD), and Ex-Servicemen (ESM) are exempt from the application fee payment.  

How to fill SSC CGL Post Preference

When filling your SSC CGL Post Preference, you need to keep a few things in mind to help you in the long term. Let’s take a look:

  1. Position or Job Profile:

The SSC CGL allows you to apply to over 30 different types of jobs. This wide range of jobs gives you a lot of options to choose from. Each Ministry and department has its challenges and opportunities. So carefully select your preferences.

  1. Location

The location of the job also is essential. The benefits of a posting in an urban area and a rural area differ greatly. If you are more career-oriented, urban postings may suit you better. On the other hand, if you like working in a more peaceful environment, rural posting may suit you better.

  1. Salary 

The salary for each job varies. IT also varies depending on the seniority, location, responsibilities etc. The other monetary and non-monetary benefits also differ. So check out the salary and benefits of each post before you apply. 

  1. Interests

Even if other factors are in line, it may not give you job satisfaction if you are not interested in the job. To apply for a posting where you would enjoy working.

SSC CGL Recruitment Process

The steps involved in the recruitment process for the SSC CGL exam are as follows.

EventDetails
Filling The SSC CGL Application Form Onlinehttps://ssc.nic.in
Downloading the SSC CGL Tier-I Admit CardRegional website of the Commission
SSC CGL Tier-I ExamComputer-based MCQ of 200 marks
SSC CGL Tier-I Resulthttps://ssc.nic.in
Downloading the SSC CGL Tier-II Admit CardRegional website of the Commission
SSC CGL Tier-II ExamComputer-based MCQ of 200 marks
SSC CGL Tier-II Resulthttps://ssc.nic.in
Downloading the SSC CGL Tier-III Admit CardRegional website of the Commission
SSC CGL Tier-III ExamDescriptive Exam of 100 marks
SSC CGL Tier-III Resulthttps://ssc.nic.in
Downloading the SSC CGL Tier-IV Admit CardRegional website of the Commission
SSC CGL Tier-IV ExamComputer Proficiency/Skill Test
Final SSC CGL Result(based on Tier-I, II, and III Exams)https://ssc.nic.in

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the various tiers for the SSC CGL exam is as follows.

Tier – I Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessGeneral Intelligence & ReasoningEnglish Comprehension skills
Number System Problems,Percentage,Ratio & Proportion,Square roots,Averages,InterestHistory- Knowledge regarding Harappa Civilisation, Medieval India, Vedic culture; the importance of those, India’s freedom movement and their leadersSymbolic/Number AnalogyGrammar skills, Synonyms &Antonyms, spelling error, one-word substitution, and comprehension passages
Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixture,Geography- knowledge about different counties and their features, famous locations including airports and seaportsSemantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification
Time and distance, Graphs of Linear EquationsTime & Work, Algebra & Elementary surds, Basic algebraic identities of School Polity- Symbols of political parties, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the ParliamentFigural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series
Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence, and similarity of triangles, CirclesEconomy- Economy of the Country, Budget related information and terminologies, People engaged in and monetary institutionsProblem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding
Regular Polygons, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Hemispheres Physics- Laws, major Inventions, and Discoveries.Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences
Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Data AnalysisChemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules chemistry in everyday life.Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/roll numbers
Biology- Facts about human body parts, important discoveries relating to biology, diseases and their causes, and nutrition in Animals and Plants.Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence
General Knowledge, Current Affairs

Tier-II Syllabus

English Language & ComprehensionQuantitative AptitudeGeneral Studies- Finance & EconomicsStatistics
Spot the ErrorSynonyms /AntonymsNumber System ProblemsPercentageFinance-Fundamentals of Finance & AccountingData distribution, diagrammatic representation of data calculation
Spelling, Idioms & PhrasesRatio & Proportion,Square roots,AveragesEconomics-Macro & Micro EconomicsMean, Mode and Median
One Word SubstitutionProfit and Loss, DiscountGrowth & Development, Deviation, Dispersion
Improvement of sentences,Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School AlgebraIndian Economy,Moments and relationships- skewness, kurtosis
The Active/ Passive voice of verbs,Triangles, Polygons, Cylinders, and Circles Money and banking,Correlation, regression
Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narrationBar graph, Histogram, Pie chartEconomic reformsProbability- theories, distribution
Shuffling of sentence parts in passages,Market analysis- production, demand, supplySampling theory, index numbers, time series analysis
Comprehension passage.Role of Technology in reforming the Economic domainVariance

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL has 4 tier exams where Tier 1 and Tier 2 will be held on the same day.

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 1

SubjectQuestionsMaximum Marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

Total Duration if Tier 1 Exam is 60 minutes

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 2

Paper I is Quantitative Aptitude, whereas Paper II is English. 

PaperSubjectQuestionsMaximumMarksTimeDuration
Paper IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies(Finance & Economics)1002002 Hours

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 3

SSC CGL Tier IIIExam SchemeMaximumMarksTime DurationExam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Letter/Writing of Essay/ Application /Precis etc.)10060 Minutes For VH/ OH (having Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 MinutesPen & Paper Mode

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 4

SSC CGL Tier IV Skill TestMaximum MarksTimefor the Posts of
Data Entry Speed TestQualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)Qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI

SSC CGL Exam Admit Card

Admit Cards SSC CGL  for 2021 examination Tier-I will be sent out about one week before the examination. The Admit Card’s release will be released on a region-wise basis on the Commission’s Regional websites. Admit cards should be downloaded for the SSC CGL examination from their respective region’s website. Their details are needed to input such as Name, Exam, Registration Number, Date of Birth, City, etc. The SSC  CGL Tier-I examination 2021 was scheduled was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates will be announced shortly. 

Details mentioned on the SSC CGL Exam Admit Card

Applicants Details:

  • Name
  • Roll No.
  • Date of Birth
  • Category
  • Gender
  • Photograph
  • Signature

Process for checking SSC CGL Exam Application Status

Follow the below steps for checking application status:

Step 1: visit SSC- www.ssc.nic.in (official website)

Step 2: Click on Admit Card

Step 3: Select and click on your Regional website link

Step 4: Click the Application status link

Step 5: Enter the Login credentials 

Step 6: Check SSC CGL Application status.

Process for downloading SSC CGL Exam Admit Card

Follow the below steps for downloading admit card:

Step 1: Go to the SSC official website.

Step 2: Select the Admit Card 2021 link

Step 3: Select the SSC Regional or Sub- Regional website link

Step 4: Click the Admit Card 2021 link

Step 5: Enter the credentials to login

Step 6: Download the SSC CGL Admit Card

Step 7: Printout the picture for future references

SSC CGL Exam Cut Off

LIST 1: Qualified candidates for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) will be evaluated; evaluation in Tier-II or Tier-III are as follows:

Category Cut-off marks for Tier I II (Paper-I II-IV)Available Participants
Economically Backward Class- EWS504.58172339
Scheduled Caste- SC422.99783364
Scheduled Tribe- ST377.74693196
Other backward classes – OBC456.79650836
Hearing Handicapped – HH385.7057731
Unreserved class – UR517.46992596
Orthopaedically handicapped – OH449.2009936
Others-PWD (Person with disabilities)306.9320020
Total2418

LIST 2: Qualified candidates for Junior Statistical Officer and Statistical Investigator Gr. II will be evaluated in Tier-II or Tier-III as follows:

Category Cut-off marks: Tier I II (Paper-I II IV))Candidates Available
Scheduled Caste – SC359.87503376
Scheduled Tribe – ST343.80764188
Other backward classes – OBC423.83991605
Economically Backward Class- EWS457.41940361
Unreserved class – UR488.00000307
Orthopaedically handicapped – OH422.2876110
Hearing Handicapped – HH302.891528
Visually Handicapped- VH320.6408929
Others-PWD (Person with disabilities)375.170633
Total1887

In addition to the UR candidates listed above, 03-VH, 405-OBC, 30-ST,03-OH, 100-SC, and 253-EWS  candidates who met the UR cut-off have been listed in their different categories.

LIST 3: For the role except for Statistical Investigator (Gr. II), (AAO) Assistant Audit Officer, and (JSO) Junior Statistical Office qualified candidates for evaluation in Tier-II or Tier-III are:

Category Cut-off marks: Tier I II (Paper-I II IV))Candidates Available
Scheduled Caste – SC434.684076864
Scheduled Tribe – ST405.126413493
Other backward classes – OBC478.8230314664
Economically Backward Class- EWS466.422056904
Unreserved class – UR528.384628674
Ex-Serviceman -ESM365.986011424
Orthopaedically handicapped – OH392.96950610
Hearing Handicapped – HH259.90917538
Visually Handicapped- VH422.76404211
Others-PWD (Person with disabilities)120.00000149
Total43531

In addition to the UR candidates listed above, 14-ESM, 5931-OBC, 157-ST, 16-VH, 654-SC, 25-OH and 2899- EWS candidates who met the UR cut-off have been listed in their different categories.

Following the exclusion of common candidates from all three lists, 43,896 individuals have been shortlisted for the Tier-III examination (Descriptive paper).

Steps for downloading the SSC CGL scorecard 2021 

Following the methods below, candidates can check their SSC CGL  results and download their Tier 1 2021 scorecards:

  1. Go to the official website of SSC CGL https://ssc.nic.in/
  2. Type your login details and password.
  3. Fill in the captcha code that appears on the screen.
  4. Log in by pressing the Login button.
  5. Select the Result/Marks tab from the drop-down menu.
  6. Choose an exam from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click the Submit button.
  8. Check out the SSC CGL scorecard and save it to your computer.

SSC CGL Exam Result 

The SSC CGL exam result is announced on the official website of the exam in the form of a merit list. It can be checked by each candidate by logging into her/her registered account. 

The SSC CGL 2021 Tier 1 exam results will be made accessible for applicants to verify and download one week after the results are declared on the official website. Students can check their scorecard using their Roll No. and Password.

Note: According to SSC CGL, once the result for tier 3 is announced, the marks of qualified/non-qualified applicants in the Tier-II Exam will be released on their official website and Tier-III’s marks (Descriptive Paper).

SSC CGL Preparation

For preparing for the SSC CGL Exam, a strategic approach is needed for the students. Foremost, it is crucial to understand the requirements of the exam by following the exam syllabus. Developing a proper study plan by following preparation tips for different tiers of the SSC CGL Exam is crucial for students to excel in this exam. 

SSC CGL Vacancies 

The SSC CGL Exam vacancy list varies each year and is released by the SSC accordingly. The SSC CGL posts for which vacancies are usually released are as follows.

SSC CGL Group-B Posts

Post: Assistant Audit OfficerDepartment: Indian Audit and Accounts Department under C&AGPost: Inspector (Examiner)Department: CBIC
Post: Assistant Accounts OfficerDepartment: Indian Audit and Accounts Department under C&AGPost: Assistant Enforcement OfficerDepartment: Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: Central Secretariat ServicePost: Sub InspectorDepartment: Central Bureau of Investigation
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: Intelligence BureauPost: Inspector PostsDepartment: Department of Post
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: Ministry of RailwayPost: Inspector  Department: Central Bureau of Narcotics
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: Ministry of External AffairsPost: AssistantDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/Organisations
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: AFHQPost: Assistant SuperintendentDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/Organisations
Post: AssistantDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/OrganisationsPost: Divisional AccountantDepartment: Offices under C&AG
Post: AssistantDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/OrganisationsPost: Sub Inspector  Department: National Investigation Agency (NIA)
Post: Assistant Section OfficerDepartment: Other Ministries/ Departments/OrganisationsPost: Junior Statistical OfficerDepartment: M/o Statistics and Programme Implementation
Post: Inspector (Central Excise)Department: CBICPost: Statistical Investigator Grade-IIDepartment: Registrar General of India
Post: Inspector (Preventive Officer)Department: CBIC
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SSC CGL Group-C Posts

Post: Inspector of Income TaxDepartment: CBDTPost: Senior Secretariat Assistant/Upper Division Clerks Department: Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres
Post: AuditorDepartment: Offices under C&AGPost: Tax AssistantDepartment: CBDT
Post: AuditorDepartment: Other Ministry/DepartmentsPost: Tax AssistantDepartment: CBIC
Post: AuditorDepartment: Offices under CGDAPost: Sub InspectorDepartment: Central Bureau of Narcotics
Post: AccountantDepartment: Offices under CGDAPost: Upper Divisions ClerkDepartment: Date. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)(This is only for male candidates who have higher physical and medical standards provided at Annexure-XVI)
Post: Accountant/Junior AccountantDepartment: Other Ministry/ Departments

Though most say that preparing to take the SSC CGL exam means a lot of hard work, but experience says that if you work smart, then your chances of acing the exam is a hundred percent. Being familiar with the syllabus and the pattern of the various levels of exams is the first step. There are books available that will help you clear the basic fundamentals of the topics in the syllabus. Armed with clarity in the basics, you need to source previous years’ question papers and practice them thoroughly. Taking mock tests and working on your management skills will make you clear the SSC CGL exams with flying colors. 

FAQs

What qualification in the education background is required to appear for the SSC CGL exam?

The minimum educational qualification required to appear for the SSC CGL exam is graduation.

What kind of government jobs will a candidate qualify for by clearing the SSC CGL exam?

Clearing the SSC CGL exam qualifies a candidate to Group–B and –C posts in the various departments of the Government of India.

In what languages is the SSC CGL exam conducted?

The SSC CGL exam is conducted in both English and Hindi mediums.

How many exam tiers are there in the SSC CGL exam?

The SSC CGL exam comprises 4 tiers, of which tiers I and II are conducted online and tiers III and IV are conducted offline.


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