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SSC comes under Department of Personnel and Training(DoPT), a body which is a part of Government of India. The primary job of DoPT is to recruit people for various departments, and  ministries at state as well as union level. For the same purpose SSC conducts CGL or Combined Graduate Level Exam. The main objective of this exam is to recruit people for Assistants, Inspector, Sub Inspector, Divisional, Auditor, Secretariat and Statistical posts.

Some of these posts are Assistant Enforcement Officer, Inspector of Posts, Divisional Accountant, Statistical Inspector, etc. Candidates who apply for these posts are given jobs under many departments and/or organisations under the government. These include CBDT, CBEC, Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue, Central Bureau of Investigation, Offices under CAG, etc.

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All you need to know about SSC CGL Exam

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20th April, 2018 

The Staff Selection Commission will conduct Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Examination 2018 to fill several posts across the country. The exam notification which was scheduled to release on Saturday, April 21, 2018, will now be released on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Read here Official notice....Click here

Tentative Answer keys for Combined Graduate Level Examination(Tier-II), 2017 : Click here

The Commission had conducted Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier II), 2017 from 17.02.2018 to 22.02.2018 and Re-exam on 09.03.2018 in the Computer Based Mode. The tentative Answer Keys for the said Examination have been uploaded on the website of the Commission. 

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Study Plan

Students planning to crack SSC CGL exam in first attempt or a recurring would find it a little easier with an adequate study plan. Adequately, if you are planning to clear SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam, the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Practice Case-lets or Sets
  • Practice Reasoning & General Intelligence Topics
  • Attempt Questions Topic Wise
  • Attempt Model Test Papers

Click here to know more about guidelines to Crack SSC CGL Tier-1 exam.


Students who have cleared the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam and planning to clear SSC CGL Tier-2 exam should also follow a set pattern of guidelines, such as:

  • Learn about test pattern and syllabus from previous year papers
  • Attempt previous year papers and note down your results.
  • Create your own sectional analysis

Or follow our 30 Days Plan To Crack SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam , save all of your hard work.


Application Process

 According to SSC, here are a few updates on the application for SSC CGL exam:

  • Applications for SSC CGL exam will be available between 21st April 2018 and 25th May 2018 only(This is a tentative date for the examination. As of now, no official date has been release for SSC CGL exam).
  • Application fee for all candidates excluding SC,ST, Physically handicapped and Ex-servicemen would be INR 100.
  • The application fee can be paid only by SBI in the form of challan or through SBI Netbanking or any other bank debit/credit card. The challan form for the same would be generated online. 
  • All aspiring candidates can also pay the challan/application fee offline. To pay challan offline, candidates can should firstly take a printout of challan generated after successful completion of Part-1 registration. Thereafter, the candidate can submit the fee of the challan at any SBI branch and continue his/her Part-2 registration process.
  • Candidates who wish to pay through online mode can do so by proceeding to Part-2 of registration process after completion of Part-1 of registration. It should be noted that candidates can only proceed to Part-2 of registration if they have filled fields like Registration number and D.O.B.



SSC has announced 5000+ job vacancies across PAN India on its panel. However, total number of post wise vacancies opened through SSC CGL 2018-19 exam are yet to be announced.

Selection Process

The Selection Procedure of SSC CGL exam will include four stages, namely:

  • Tier 1: Computer Based Examination

During this primary stage of SSC CGL exam, candidates would be required to attempt objective types of questions worth 200 total marks. The examination would be a computer based test. 

  • Tier 2: Computer Based Examination 

This is the second phase of SSC CGL exam. Candidates who qualify the Tier-1 exam would be able to attempt Tier-2 exam. The paper would include objective type of questions worth a total sum of 200 marks. 

  • Tier 3: Pen and Paper Mode

The third phase of SSC CGL exam would involve writing answers physically, i.e., by the use of pen and paper. The questions within this exam would be worth 100 marks. It should be noted that only candidates who have cleared Tier-2 exam would be able to attempt Tier-3 of SSC CGL exam. 

  • Tier-4: Skill Test or Computer Proficiency Test(wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

The last phase of SSC CGL exam would include either a skill test or a computer proficiency test, if there is requirement pertaining for the same. In other cases, candidates would generally have to proceed with the process of document verification only.

Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria for applying to any post listed under the SSC CGL exam are following:

Nationality: Candidate should be a citizen of India. Candidates must have documents supporting their nationality.

Age Limit: The minimum age limit listed for posts within SSC CGL exam is 18 years and maximum is 27 years. However, the upper age limit for posts available through SSC CGL exam can vary if a candidate is female, ex-servicemen, physically disabled, etc. 

Qualifications: The degrees of post are defined under the educational qualification. Candidates should only apply if they hold the prescribed degree listed within the educational qualification. 

Click here, to know more about Eligibility Criteria for SSC CGL Exam. 

Age Limit

The basic criteria of age limits for applying to most posts through SSC CGL exam is between 18 to 30 years. Also, the minimum age limit(leaving out a few exceptions) of posts through SSC CGL exam remains 18 years, the upper age limit might differ.

For example, upper age limit for Assistants, Auditors and Inspectors goes up to 27 year, the bar goes up to 32 years for Sub inspector, Statistical Inspector, Assistant Audit Officers, etc. Another exception to this is the upper age limit of Sub-inspector of Central Bureau of Narcotics with a maximum age of 25 years.

Also, the minimum age limit for posts like Assistant Sector Officer for CSS, Assistant in Intelligence Bureau, Sub-inspector for CBI, and others is 20-21 years.

*Click here to find out category wise exceptions to age limit criteria's.

Educational Qualification

The qualification of candidates applying for certain posts might differ with certain criterias. Here is a list of criterias under various posts:

1. Assistant Audit Officer

a) A candidate applying for this post must hold a Bachelor's degree from recognized University or institute.

b) Students applying for Assistant Audit Officer post must also hold degrees in either of the following:
Chartered Accountant or
Cost & Management Accountant or
Company Secretary or
Masters in Commerce or
Masters in Business Studies or
Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or
Masters in Business Economics.

2. Statistical Investigator Grade-II

Candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II must have

a) A Bachelor's degree from a recognized University or Institute with minimum 60% in Mathematics(12th standard level) or

Bachelor’s degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at a degree level.

3. Compiler

Bachelor’s degree from any recognised University with either Economics/ Statistics/ Mathematics as compulsory or elective subjects.

4. All Other Posts

Candidates who are planning to apply for all other posts listed under the SSC CGL exam must hold a Bachelor’s degree from recognized University or equivalent.


The SSC CGL exam is divided into four phases, namely, Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 and Tier-4. All four phases are described under the Exam Pattern. Click here to know detailed syllabus for all four tiers of SSC CGL exam.

Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-1

The Tier-1 of SSC CGL exam would be given through online mode. The paper would include four sections. These include General Intelligence & Reasoning; General Awareness; Quantitative Awareness and English Comprehension.

The sum total marks of the questions within the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam would be 200. The total time for the examination is 60 minutes. However, physically handicapped people are cumulatively allotted 80 minutes to complete the paper.

Candidates should note that 0.5 marks are deducted for each wrong answer within all four sections of the examination.

SSC CGL Tier-2

First and foremost, candidates who clear SSC CGL Tier-1, would only be able to appear for SSC CGL Tier-2 exam.

Tier-2 of SSC CGL exam would have 100 questions in three sections, namely, Quantitative Ability, Statistics and General Studies(Finance & Economics). Also, English Language and Comprehension section would have a total of 200 questions worth 200 marks.

2 hours of time would be provided to each candidate for completing each section of SSC CGL Tier-2 exam. However, physically handicapped candidates would be given 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete each section of the examination. All candidates should note that 0.25 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL Tier-3

The Tier-3 of SSC CGL would be a descriptive based written exam, which all candidates would have to appear in either English or Hindi language. It should be noted that SSC CGL Tier-3 exam would be conducted offline. The paper would carry 100 marks and 60 minutes would be allotted to complete the exam. However, physically handicapped candidates would be given a total of 80 minutes to complete the exam.

It should be noted that SSC CGL Tier-3 exam are only given by candidates who are either interested in the post of Statistical Investigator Grade II or Compiler.

SSC CGL Tier-4

The Tie-4 of SSC CGL exam includes either a Data Entry Speed Test or Computer Proficiency Test depending on the type of post a candidate is applying. Candidates appearing for Data Entry Test would have to write 2000 words in a span of 15 minutes. On the other hand, candidates appearing for Computer Proficiency Test would be noted for their knowledge of Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Generation of slides.

Job Profile

Jobs available after appearing for SSC CGL exam are divided into four broad groups, namely Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D. 

Group A:

  • Assistant Audit Officer
  • Assistant  Account Officer

Group B:

  • Assistant Section Officer(CSS/IB/RailwayMEA/AFHQ)
  • Inspectors(CBDT/Central Excise/Preventive Officer)
  • Sub Inspector
  • Divisional Accountant

Group C:

  • Junior Statistical Officer

Group D:

  • Auditor
  • Accountant/Jr.Accountant
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant
  • Tax Assistant
  • Central Bureau of Narcotics

Click here to know more details about job profiles listed in Group A, B, C & D.


The result of SSC CGL Tier-1 exam has been already declared in October 2017. The upcoming date for SSC CGL Tier-1 2018 exam has yet to be released. Thereafter, once the result date is released, candidates would be able to check their results by using their name and roll number.


The cut-off for SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 for UR category was between 127 to 132 marks; OBC was 117 to 122 marks; SC was 104 to 109 marks and ST was 93 to 98 marks. Therefore, students can make an estimate on the expected cut-offs for upcoming SSC CGL examination. 


What should be your focus areas while preparing for the exam ?

Key focus areas while preparing for SSC CGL exam should be to score high marks under two or three sections of the exam. At the same time, candidates should avoid answering questions wherein they have doubts. Click here to know strategies to prepare for SSC CGL exam.

What was the difficulty level of SSC CGL 2017 Tier-1 exam ?

The difficulty level for clearing SSC CGL Tier-1 2017 was between easy to challenging, depending on each section. Click here to know more about level of difficulty for SSC CGL Tier-1 exam.

What would be the level of difficulty for upcoming SSC CGL exam ?

Candidates appearing for upcoming SSC CGL exam must know that the level of the exam has been between easy to challenging. Therefore, they must prepare themselves with a range of moderate to challenging papers for the upcoming SSC CGL exam.

Are there any mock test or patterns that can be followed to clear SSC CGL exams in first attempt ?

The number of candidates appearing for any SSC exam are quite larger than the number of total vacancies available through the exams. Therefore, there is high competition for any SSC exam. Mock test like All India Tests are conducted by Online Tyari to help with their exam preparation. Apart from the AIT’s there are also a number of free or paid tests students can give by clicking here.

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