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About Exam

SSC CGL is composed by the Staff Selection Commission for the recruitment of qualified candidates to fill up around 30 posts under different departments. Staff Selection Commission is a standout amongst the most looked for associations as far as Recruitment exams. SSC CGL is directed to recruit non-specialized Group B and Group C across various ministries.

The exam is held in 4 phases or tiers. The initial two are online while the final two are offline. The registration and communication process for the same would happen online. Candidates are required to qualify each phase of SSC CGL exam to continue before getting chose for the following exam.


There are some eligibility that you need to know before applying for the SSC CGL exam:-

Assistant Audit Officer:

  • Applicant should have a Bachelor Degree from Recognized University or Institute.
  • Applicant should have passed in Chartered Accountant / Cost & Management Accountant / Company Secretary / Masters in Commerce / Masters in Business Studies / Masters in Business Administration (Finance) / Masters in Business Economics course.

Statistical Investigator Grade 2:

  • Applicant should have a Bachelor degree in any subject from a Recognized University with at least 60% in Mathematics at 12th Standard Level.
  • Applicant should have a Bachelor degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.


  • Applicant should have a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics / Statistics / Mathematics as compulsory or Elective Subject.

All other Posts:

  • Applicant should have a Bachelor Degree from a Recognized University or equivalent.

Except for the above educational qualification the applicant must be physically fit as per the standards of the Inspector as there are certain necessary Physical Standards for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

Application Fees

Application fees with there categories are as follows:

  • General - Rs. 100
  • OBC - Rs. 100

Candidates belonging to these categories are exempted from the application fees:

  • Women candidates
  • Scheduled Caste candidates
  • Scheduled Tribes candidates
  • Physically Handicapped candidates
  • Ex-Servicemen candidates

Application Procedure

Here is the application procedure to apply for the SSC CGL exam:

  • Once the link for SSC CGL Application Form is clicked, the candidates should provide their personal details and contact details to complete their preliminary step.
  • Once the Registration ID is generated, the candidate should log in with the details and resume filling the application form. 
  • Candidates would additionally have to update their photograph and signature with their registered account.
  • Candidates also have an option to edit in case any wrong information has been entered while completing the SSC CGL Registration Procedure.
  • Candidates can go through all the preliminary fields that have been filled to check if no information has been omitted or missed. Once a final review is done, the application form can be submitted.
  • The SSC CGL Application Fee can be paid both in an online and offline mode.

Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 1 Pattern:

The applicant who are applying for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam need to know about its exam pattern, which is given below:

Max. Marks
No. of Questions
General Intelligence & Reasoning
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension

  • Time Allotted -  60 Minutes (80 Minutes for disabled candidates)
  • Total questions asked are 100, comprising of 200 marks. Each question would carry 2 marks.
  • Paper Mode: Tier 1 will be conducted online.
  • Negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer you make.
  • Objective type Questions with multiple choices.
  • Candidates can choose the Medium as Hindi or English.
  • You have to qualify the Tier 1 exam to move on to Tier 2.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Pattern:

The applicant who has passed SSC CGL Tier 1 are selected for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam. They need to know about its exam pattern, which is given below:

Max. Marks
No. of Questions
Quantitative Ability
English Language & Comprehension
General Studies (Finance and Economics)

  • Time Allotted- 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
  • Tier 2 will be conducted online.
  • Negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I, III, and Paper IV for each wrong answer.
  • The applicant can choose their Medium as Hindi or English.
  • You have to qualify the Tier 2 exam to move on to Tier 3.
  • Paper-III this is only for those applicants who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/ Paper.
  • Paper IV is only for those applicants who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Pattern-

The applicant who has passed SSC CGL Tier 1 & SSC CGL Tier 2  exam are selected for SSC CGL Tier 3 exam. They need to know about its exam pattern, which is given below:

  • The exam would be a descriptive type.
  • Tier 3 would be an offline paper.
  • It will carry 100 marks and the duration of the paper would be for one hour.
  • This Tier introduced to assess the writing skills of the applicant which are necessary for Government jobs.
  • The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay / Passage of 250 words and Letter / Application Writing of approximately 150 words.
  • Qualifying this Tier you have to gain Qualifying marks 33 percent.
  • The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.
  • The questions in this paper would be of 10+2 standard.
  • The marks obtained by the applicants in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the applicants to appear in Tier III & Tier IV.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Pattern-

The applicant who has passed all of the above exams are selected for SSC CGL Tier 4 exam. They need to know about its exam pattern, which is given below:

  • Tier-IV of the Examination Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) /Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).
  • The exam is qualifying in Nature.
  • Computer Proficiency Test for Asst. Section Officer in CSS, Asst. Section Officer (MEA), Asst. in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Asst. (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines and Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer) & Inspector (Examiner) in CBEC, Asst. Section Officer in AFHQ.
  • Data Entry Skill Test at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour for Tax Assistant post only.

Study Material

The are various books available for the exam of SSC CGL. Here are some of them:

  • Quick Learning Objective General English - RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  • Perfect Competitive English - V. K. Sinha
  • Competitive General English - Kiran Prakashan
  • Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
  • Objective General English - S. P. Bakshi
  • General Knowledge - Dr. Binary Karn (Lucent Publications)
  • General Knowledge - Arihant Publications
  • Manorama Year - book 2015 (English)
  • Quantum Cat - Sarvesh Verma
  • Quicker Mathematics - M. Tyra
  • Elementary and Advanced Mathematics - Kiran Publication
  • Analytical Reasoning - M. K. Pandey
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning - R. S. Aggarwal
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Hindi) - Kiran Publication
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (English) - B. S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali
  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning (English) - A. K. Gupta

Test Centres

These are some exam centers for SSC-CGL:

  • Uttar Pradesh (Regional Director (CR),SSC- Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
  • Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha (Regional Director KKR SSC) - Gangtok, Ranchi, Barasat, Berhampore, Chinsurah, Sambalpur, Port Blair, Jalpaiguri, Kolkata, Malda, Midnapur, Siliguri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Regional Director (ER)
  • Karnataka and Kerala (Regional Director KKR SSC) - Bangalore, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Thrissur, Mangalore, Mysore, Kochi and Kozhikode
  • Rajasthan,Uttarakhand and Delhi (Regional Director NR,SSC) - Almora, Dehradun, Haldwani, Srinagar, Haridwar, Delhi, Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sri Ganganagar and Udaipur
  • Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,Manipur,Meghalaya,Mizoram Tripura and Nagaland (Regional Director NER,SSC) - Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Dispur, Silchar, Kohima, Shillong, Imphal, Churachandpur, Agartala and Aizwal
  • Tamil Nadu,Telangana,Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh (Regional Director SR,SSC) - Guntur, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Tirunelveli and Pondicherry
  • Gujarat,Goa,Maharashtra (Regional Director WR,SSC) - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Surat, Bhavnagar, Kutch, Amravati, Aurangabad, Akola, Jalgaon, Panaji, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Thane, Bhandara and Chandrapur 
  • Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh (Deputy Director) (MPR) - Bhopal, Chhindwara, Guna, Gwalior, Bilaspur, Jagdalpur, Raipur, Durg, Indore, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Ratlam, Satna, Sagar and Ambikapur
  • J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh(Deputy Director NWR) - Anantnag, Baramulla ,Jammu, Leh, Dodda, Hamirpur, Shimla, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Rajouri, Srinagar and Kargil


Some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) related to the exam of SSC-CGL are as follows:

Q: What is the meaning of applications being accepted provisionally?

Ans: All the applications are provisionally accepted as soon as you register. This is also because you do not submit the necessary documents at the time of online application procedure. The document verification stage occurs at the time you qualify for the exam. If all the documents are valid, the candidate would be accepted.

Q: What is the age limit to apply for SSC CGL Recruitment Exam?

Ans: 18-32 years (depending on the post you are applying for).

Q: What is the no. of vacancies in SSC CGL Recruitment?

Ans: SSC has not mentioned the number of vacancies in SSC CGL Official Notification for the exam.

Q: How much is the application fees for SSC CGL?

Ans: The Application fees for SSC CGL 2018 Exam is Rs. 100 for General category. However, there is no application fee for Female/SC/ST/OBC/PH category candidates.

Q: What are the acceptable modes of payment while applying for SSC CGL Recruitment Exam?

Ans: The Application fees for SSC CGL Recruitment exam can be paid by the following methods:

  • Credit Card/Debit Card of any bank
  • Computer generated Challan to be deposited in SBI
  • SBI Net Banking
Q: Is there negative marking in the SSC CGL Recruitment examinations?

Ans: Yes, there will be negative marking in SSC CGL Recruitment Exam, the information related to which is given below:

  • For SSC CGL 2018 Tier I exam – 0.50 negative marks for every wrong answer
  • In SSC CGL 2018 Tier-II exam, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II (English Language & Comprehension) of Tier-II and 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV of Tier II.
Q: In what languages the examinations can be attempted for SSC CGL?

Ans: The SSC CGL Recruitment examination can be attempted in Hindi or English Language.


There are syllabus given for the exam that applicant have to complete before giving the exam:

Quantitative Aptitude

Commercial Mathematics
Time and Work
Speed and Distance
Average and Percentage
Data Interpretation


Blood Relation
Odd one
Coding and Decoding
Direction Sense 


Error Detection
Improvement of sentences
Idioms and Phrases
Substitution of one word
Para Jumble
Cloze test

General Awareness

Current Affairs


SSC CGL Tier-I Cut Off Marks [Revised]:

AAO Post
Previous Cut-Off
Revised Cut-Off
JSO Post
Previous Cut-Off

Revised Cut-Off

For Remaining Posts
Previous Cut-Off
Revised Cut-Off

Selection Procedure

SSC-CGL examination selection procedures are as under:

Tier-1 Test

These are the selection procedure for Tier 1 exam:

  • The Tier-I online test would test the basic understanding of the candidates.
  • Tier-I Exam would be conducted in a Computer-Based Mode consisting of 200 Multiple Choice Questions.
  • The marks of the scoring candidates would be taken into account for the purpose of ranking.
  • The Tier-I marks would be taken into account for selection of candidates for the subsequent stages.

Tier-2 Test

The applicant who has passed Tier 1 are selected for Tier 2:

  • Candidates qualifying Tier 1 Examination would be giving Tier 2 Examination.
  • The Tier 2 Examination would be consisting of Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions for a total of 800 marks.
  • Tier 2 Examination would comprise of 4 papers wherein every paper would be for 2 hours. Two papers are compulsory while Paper 3 is for the post of Statistical Investigator and Paper 4 is for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.
  • Paper 1 is for a standard level, Paper 2 is for 10+2 while Paper 3 and 4 would be at Graduation Level. 

Tier 3 Descriptive Test

The applicant who has passed Tier 1 & Tier 2 are selected for Tier 3  exam:

  • The candidates for performance would be shortlisted on the basis of performance in Tier 2 and 3 exams.
  • The SSC CGL Descriptive test would be conducted for a total of 100 marks in pen and paper mode.
  • This paper has been introduced to assess writing skills.
  • Qualifying candidates would be 33% in Tier 3 and questions would be of 10+2 standard.
  • Tier 4 Skill Test.
  • Tier 4 test would a Computer Skill Test or a Typing test which will determine the eligibility of the candidates appearing Tier 4.

Final Merit List

The applicant who has passed all of the above tests are selected for the final exam for more look below:

  • The final merit list of the candidate would be determined on the basis of scores of a candidate in Tier 1,2,3 and 4 exams.
  • SSC would be preparing an All India Merit List to recommend candidates across for various posts.
  • Letter of appointment would be on the basis of post preferences and ranks allotted.

Documents to be Carried

Applicant should know what are the documents that need to carry to the examination hall:

  • Admit card for Description/skill test. Keep a photocopy for reference. Last year they did document verification and skill test on the same day
  • They will give post preference form to you. Fill and submit it to them
  • 2 or 3 passport photos. Not necessarily recent photographs. The photographs should match the photos you have submitted while applying for the exam
  • Identity Proof, proof of address ( Aadhar is enough for both) proof of age
  • All the educational certificates in original as well as photocopies. Just in case, take two sets of photocopies
  • 10th (Matriculation) certificate
  • 10+2 (Intermediate) certificate
  • For graduation, Mark sheets of semester wise. If not available, consolidation mark sheet is enough. University certificates like original degree and Provisional certificate should be submitted
  • OBC certificate. Take care while submitting the OBC certificate. Make sure it is in prescribed format and date. Else, they will reject your certificate and you have to compete in the general category
  • SC/ST certificate (if applicable)
  • Physically handicapped certificate (if applicable)
  • NOC certificate, in the case of Central government employees
  • Discharge certificate, in case of ex-servicemen
  • You have to self attest all the photocopies of caste certificate, Educational qualifications, proof of age, address etc. Your signature must match the signs you did in various stages of examination


A maximum of 70,000 vacancies would be predominantly in Income Tax, Excise and Customs. On an average about 4500 vacancies are created in SSC CGL every year. Though in the previous year, the number was increased to 9000. The exact number of vacancies declared this year is 4733.

Important Dates

The applicant must look at the important dates given here:

Online application startsMarch 2019
Last date of submission of applicationApril 2019
Admit CardMay 2019
Tier-I ExaminationJune 2019
Tier-I Exam ResultAugust 2019
Admit Card for Tier-II ExamAugust 2019
Tier-II ExaminationSeptember 2019
Tier-II ResultOctober 2019
CGL Tier-III-Skill Test/Document VerificationDecember 2019

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