Staff Selection Commission or SSC has been one of the most desirable organizations for Government exams in India. It conducts Combined Graduate Level - SSC CGL exam every year for recruitment to non-technical Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ non gazetted posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India.
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:
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:
|1.||Tier – I||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer Based (online)|
|2.||Tier – II||Objective Multiple Choice||Computer Based (online)|
|3.||Tier – III||Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi||Pen and Paper mode|
|4.||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 2018 for Tier 1 & 2 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|
|18-27 years||Auditor||Officer under C&AG||2800|
|20-30 years||Assistant Section officer||Central Secretariat Service||4600|
|20-30 years||Assistant Section officer||Ministry of Railway||4600|
|20-30 years||Assistant Section officer||Ministry of External Affairs||4600|
|20-30 years||Assistant Section officer||AFHQ||4600|
|20-30 years||Sub Inspector||Central Bureau of Investigation||4600|
|20-30 years||Inspector, (Central Excise)||CBEC||4600|
|20-30 years||Inspector (Preventive officer)||CBEC||4600|
|20-30 years||Inspector (Examiner)||CBEC||4600|
|Not Exceeding 30 years||Assistant Audit Officer||Indian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAG||4800|
|Not Exceeding 30 years||Assistant Audit Officer||Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG||4800|
|Not Exceeding 30 years||Assistant Section Officer||Intelligence Bureau||4600|
|Not Exceeding 30 years||Inspector of Income Tax||CBDT||4600|
|Up to 30 years||Assistant Enforcement Officer||Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue||4600|
|Up to 30 years||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
Educational Qualification: The educational qualifications varies according to the post for SSC CGL 2018 and is listed below:
|Sl. No.||SSC CGL Post||Educational Qualification|
|1.||Assistant Audit Officer||Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies
|2.||Statistical Investigator Grade – II Post||Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
|3.||Compiler Posts||Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective Subject|
|4.||All Other Posts||Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent|
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).
Since the SSC CGL is comprised of 4 different levels, we must deal with their syllabus independently.
This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL 2018, 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 mins.|
|2.||General Awareness||25||50||60 mins.|
|3.||Quantitative Aptitude||25||50||60 mins.|
|4.||English Comprehension||25||50||60 mins.|
1. There is negative marking in SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections
2. The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.
This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 2 exam of SSC CGL 2018, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:
|Paper||Subject||No of Questions||Max Marks||Exam Duration|
|1||Quantitative Abilities||100||200||2 Hours|
|2||English Language and Comprehension||200||200||2 Hours|
|4||General Studies (Finance & Economics)||100||200||2 Hours|
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 2018 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.
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.
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.
The Tier 4 of SSC CGL Exam 2018 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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