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SSC CGL

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries, Departments and Subordinate Offices. SSC conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination for the recruitment of Grade “B” and “C” categories posts in various Government Ministries, Departments and Offices.

Every year thousands of vacancies are filled by SSC in Government departments. Govt. jobs are the most sought after career choice in India. More so, the government is focusing on providing better facilities and services in every aspect of our lives. Govt is focusing on the development of our country and to do that millions of Jobs will be created in the coming years. SSC is the leading Govt. organization that provides employment to lakhs of students in India. A great opportunity lies ahead for all the SSC aspirants.

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 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.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) every year in four levels for various posts. Exam Pattern - The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online)
Tier – II Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online)
Tier – III Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier – IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable

Before beginning the SSC CGL preparation, it is important to make note of changes in exam pattern and syllabus. The modifications to SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 for Tier 1 & 2 are given below:

  • SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam will be conducted in online mode.
  • Introduction of a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  • Reduction in time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.
  • Tier II will remain same.
  • No Sectional Cut off.

Since the SSC CGL is comprised of 4 different levels, we must deal with their syllabus independently.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The time duration of Tier-1 will be 60 minutes. The subject-wise details are given below:

Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50 60 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50 60 minutes
4 English Comprehension 25 50 60 minutes
Total 100 200

Important Points:

  • There is negative marking in SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections
  • The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 2 exam of SSC CGL, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:

Paper Section No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 Quantitative Abilities 100 200 2 Hours
2 English Language and Comprehension 100 200 2 Hours
3 Statistics 100 200 2 Hours
4 General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200 2 Hours

Important Points:

  • Paper-1 and Paper-2 are compulsory for all posts
  • Paper-3 is only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Gr. II” & “Compiler”
  • Paper-4 is only for the post of “Assistant Audit Officer”
  • There is negative marking in SSC CGL Tier 2 exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in Paper-1,3,4 and 0.25 marks in Paper-2.
  • Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level, Paper-2 of 10+2 level and Paper-3 & 4 of graduation level.
  • The computer will be provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue notified for the purpose. Candidates shall not be allowed to bring their own Key-board.
  • The exam duration is 2 Hours and 40 Minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Syllabus

This is a descriptive exam that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. It is conducted offline and candidates need to write Essay/Letter/Application/Precis. The best way to prepare for the same is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the pattern of Letter and Application.

Important Points:

  • The exam is of 60 minutes’ duration and carries 100 marks.
  • The questions are based on 10+2 level.
  • The exam is qualifying in nature.
  • The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Syllabus

The Tier 4 of SSC CGL Exam comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.

  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): This skill test is of qualifying nature for all the posts, other than Compiler, and is used to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given printed matter in English which they must accurately type on a computer with a minimum of 2000 (two thousand) key depressions in a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes.
  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules - Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS(Assistant), MEA(Assistant), Inspector (Central Excise) [CBEC], Inspector (Preventive officer)[CBEC] & Inspector (Examiner)[CBEC]. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.

here are 4 important criteria which a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible for the SSC CGL 2017. The 4 parameters are given below:

1. Citizenship: Candidate must be a citizen of India

2. Age Limit: There are different set of age limits for different posts in SSC CGL Exam 2017, which are tabulated below:

Age Limit Name of post Department / Ministries Grade pay
18-27 years Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics 4600
Auditor Officer under C&AG 2800
20-30 years Assistant Section officer Central Secretariat Service 4600
Assistant Section officer Ministry of Railway 4600
Assistant Section officer Ministry of External Affairs 4600
Assistant Section officer AFHQ 4600
Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation 4600
Not Exceeding 30 years Inspector, (Central Excise) CBEC 4600
Inspector (Preventive officer) CBEC 4600
Inspector (Examiner) CBEC 4600
Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAG 4800
Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG 4800
Assistant Section Officer Intelligence Bureau 4600
Inspector of Income Tax CBDT 4600
Up to 30 years Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue 4600
Sub Inspector National Investigation Agency (NIA) 4200
Up to 32 years Junior Statistical Officer M/O statistics &Prog. Implementation 4200

The Government has also provided for Age relaxation for some categories

3. Educational Qualification: The educational qualifications varies according to the post for SSC CGL 2017 and is listed below:

SSC CGL Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University 
OR 
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & 
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ 
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade – II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University 
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th 
OR 
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as 
one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler Posts Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University 
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as 
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a 
recognized University or equivalent

4. Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above, there are certain requisite Physical Standards for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

SSC CGL Tier-I Cut-Off (2017)

List-I: Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-IV (General Studies (Finance & Accounts) and Tier-III

SC ST OBC OH HH UR TOTAL
Cut-off Marks 129.00 123.00 140.50 113.50 79.00 152.50  
Available Candidates 2502 1161 6049 240 228 5270* 15,450

* In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 1953-OBC, 256-SC, 57-ST, 9-OH candidates are provisionally qualifying at UR Cut-off.

Only candidates who had applied/possess EQ for the post of A.A.O. have been considered for Paper-IV.

List-II : Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III (Statistics)) and Tier-III

SC ST OBC OH HH UR TOTAL
Cut-off Marks 127.50 117.00 140.50 104.50 62.00 151.00  
Available Candidates 1518 837 3850 202 210 39 3655

* In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 1376-OBC, 153-SC, 37-ST, 7-Ex-servicemen, 5-OH, 1-VH candidates are provisionally qualifying at UR Cut-off.

Only candidates who had applied/possess EQ for the post of J.S.O. have been considered for Paper-III.

List-II : Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III (Statistics)) and Tier-III

SC ST OBC Ex.S OH HH VH UR TOTAL
Cut-off Marks 103.00 93.00 115.00 73.50 87.00 40.00 89.50 131.00
Available Candidates 25052 12358 58633 6290 2327 1709 559 43476 1,50,404

* In addition to the UR candidates shown above, 23536-OBC, 4089-SC, 1041-ST, 242-Ex-servicemen, 101-OH, 16-HH, 34-VH candidates are provisionally qualifying at UR Cut-off.

On the basis of CGL(Tier-I) Exam, 2017, number of candidates provisionally qualified for Tier-II and Tier-III are :-

Tier-II (Paper-I and II) and Tier-III : 1,50,404 (Total candidates)

Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III) and Tier-III : 10,311 (Only for post of JSO)

Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-IV) and Tier-III : 15,450 (Only for posts of AAO)

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