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Detailed Introduction Of SSC CGL for current aspirants

SSC CGL - Answer Key Info for Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

Staff Selection Commission has announced the online exam date for Tier-I round which is going to be held from 2nd March to 11th March, 2020. However, the examination for Tier-II and Tier-III will be scheduled from 22nd June to 25th June, 2020. The candidates whose application has been accepted can download the Admit Card from the official website or you can also download it by clicking on the link mentioned.

An Introduction to SSC CGL for current aspirants

In India, we know the number of students and their parents keep an eye on latest type of government jobs, especially when it comes to the graduate level. Govt. jobs are the most common among students career choice in India because of the salary in hand and the power that it offers in the top level government organization. A lucrative career waits for the dreaming aspirants with CGL 2018 and 2019 lined up in few months from now. Every year thousands of vacancies and posts are filled by SSC in Government departments. The number of vacancies depends on the requirement of various departments and is provided at the time of Document Verification which is about one month before the declaration of the final results. While a government job helps to build a student’s stable career, it is also loaded with tons of responsibilities.

SSC CGL Recruitment process

The Staff Selection Commission or popularly known as SSC, conducts the Combined Graduate Level or CGL Examination to recruit Grade “B” as well as Grade “C” category posts in various types of Government Ministries, Departments as well as Offices. The exam is held in 4 different stages which are also known as Tiers. While the first two tiers are online, the later two of the tiers are offline exams. The entire process of registration and communication is done through online process via official website of SSC CGL. Candidates must qualify every stage of the SSC CGL exam in order to proceed to the next stage, before being finally selected for the required post or vacancy. Minimum Age to apply for SSC CGL exam is 18 years and maximum age limit is up to 32 years.

Overview of SSC CGL Exam

Highlights of SSC CGL Exam 2020
Name of the OrganizationStaff Selection Commission (SSC)
Exam NameSSC CGL Exam 2020
Post CategoriesGroup B and C
Name of the PostAssistant Audit Officer, Assistant Accounts Officer, CBI Sub Inspector, Assistant Section Officer, Divisional Accountant, Inspector of IT, Assistant, etc.
EligibilityAny Graduate
Application ModeOnline

Important Dates of SSC CGL Examination

Notification Released Date22nd October 2019
Online Registration Starting Date22nd October- 25th November 2019
SSC CGL Tier-I Admit CardFebruary 2020
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Date2nd to 11th March, 2020
SSC CGL Tier-I ResultMay 2020
SSC CGL Tier-II & III Admit CardJune 2020
SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Date22nd June to 25th June 2020
SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Date22nd June to 25th June 2020
SSC CGL Tier-IV Exam DateAnnounced Later

SSC CGL Application Fee

For General/ OBC CandidatesRs. 100/-
For SC/ST/PH CandidatesNil
For Female CandidatesNil
Note: The candidate can do online payment through SBI Net Banking or through Debit/Credit Card

• To pay fee amount in cash, candidate should take with them the print out of challan generated online after the whole completion of Part-1 registration. Deposit the requisite fee in any particular branch of SBI and then continue with the process of Part-2 registration

• Those candidates who want to pay through the online process can go directly to part-2 registration after the whole completion of part-1 registration. Candidate must supply their registration number as well as date of birth in order to continue to Part-2 registration.

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CGL Exam

Candidates who want to apply for the defined posts in SSC CGL exam must fulfill the eligibility criteria to be qualified for recruitment process. Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected from the recruitment process. The Eligibility criteria for the SSC CGL Jobs for various posts are as follows:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
Post NameAge LimitEducational Qualification
Group B
Assistant Audit Officer Maximum Age: 30 YearsPassed Bachelor Degree from a recognized University or equivalent
Assistant Accounts Officer
Assistant Section OfficerMinimum Age: 20 YearsMaximum Age: 30 Years
Inspector (Preventive Officer)  Maximum Age: 30 Years
Inspector (Examiner)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Sub InspectorMinimum Age: 20 Years Maximum Age: 30 Years
Inspector PostsMinimum Age: 18 Years
Maximum Age: 30 Years
InspectorMaximum Age: 30 Years
Assistant/ Superintendent
Divisional Accountant
Sub Inspector
Junior Statistical OfficerMaximum Age: 32 YearsPassed Bachelor’s Degree with any subject from recognized University and Passed 12th Standard in Mathematics with at least 60% marks
Statistical Investigator Grade-IIMaximum Age: 30 YearsPassed Graduation in any subject but Statistics as one of the subject in all the three years of graduation from a recognized University
Group C
Inspector of Income TaxMaximum Age: 30 YearsPassed Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent
AuditorMinimum Age: 18 Years
Maximum Age: 27 Years
Accountant/ Junior Accountant
Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks
Tax Assistant
Upper Division Clerk

Age Relaxation

For OBC Candidates03 Years
For SC/ST Candidates05 Years
For General (PH) Candidates10 Years
For OBC (PH) Candidates13 Years
For SC/ST (PH) Candidates15 Years
For Ex-Servicemen (Gen)03 Years
For Ex-Servicemen (OBC)06 Years
For Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)08 Years

Pay Scale of SSC CGL Exam

Post NameGroup CategoryPay Scale
Assistant Audit OfficerGroup “B” Gazetted (Non Ministerial)Pay Level-8
(Rs. 47,600/- to Rs. 1,51,100/-)
Assistant Accounts Officer
Assistant Section OfficerGroup “B”Pay Level-7
(Rs. 44,900/- to Rs. 1,42,400/-)
Assistant Section Officer
Inspector of Income TaxGroup “C”
Inspector, (Central Excise)Group “B”
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Inspector (Examiner)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Sub Inspector
Inspector Posts
AssistantGroup “B”Pay Level-6
(Rs. 35,400/- to Rs. 1,12,400/-)
Assistant/ Superintendent
Divisional Accountant
Sub Inspector
Junior Statistical Officer
Statistical Investigator Grade-II
Auditor Group “C” Pay Level-5 (Rs 92,300/- to Rs. 2,92,00/- )
Accountant/ Junior Accountant
Senior Secretariat Assistant/Upper Division ClerksGroup “C”Pay level-4
(Rs. 25,500/- to Rs. 81,100/-)
Tax Assistant
Upper Division Clerks

SSC CGL Exam Structure in Step by Step Process

Tier 1Multiple choiceOnline
Tier 2Multiple choiceOnline
Tier 3Descriptive examOffline
Tier 4Skill test/computer proficiency testNot applicable to all
Tier4Document verificationNecessary to all

The examination consists of several Tiers are conducted over different days according to the calendar provided with results posted after each Tier. Previous exams used to include a special interview tier, but after the government order, tough interviews have been dispensed off for all types of non-gazetted posts in the central government which started from 1 January 2016. A computer proficiency test process at the end was also added as a Tier for some posts. There are four types of major tiers for the 2018 exam.

Tier I: Preliminary (Prelims) Exam

The Tier I of SSC CGL exam consists of an objective multiple-choice exam with four different sections, covering the subjects of:

  • General Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
  • General Awareness

The exam puts primary focus on every subject with each of the subject has maximum 50 Marks per section for a total of 200 Marks at the end. The latest versions of this exam which is in the year 2018 have been conducted online at various centers throughout the country.

Based on results and success from Tier I, qualified candidates can then proceed to Tier II and Tier III exams.

Tier II: Mains Exam

Also known as the Mains Exam popularly, the Tier II exam consists of written objective type multiple-choice exam, which is been given by aspirants in four sections (also known as “Papers”), covering the subjects of:

  • Quantitative Aptitude/ Mathematics Ability
  • English Language and Comprehension
  • Statistics / Analytics
  • General Studies, which is further subdivided into:
    • Finance & Accounting
    • Economics & Governance.

The exam was typically scored with maximum of 200 Marks per section. Most of the positions required the candidate to take only the first two sections (Paper-I: Quantitative Aptitude and mathematical ability, Paper-II: English Language skill as well as Comprehension), but certain important positions require the third or fourth section according to the requirement of the position and demand of the post or vacancy. The latest versions of SSC CGL such as the 2018 edition have been conducted online at all centers of the country.

Tier III Exam: Descriptive Paper

A pen-and-paper “Offline” type of exam in which all the candidates are to present some writing skills in the form of essay writing as well as letter writing, and sometimes precise and deep level of application writing. The exam can be done in English or Hindi in which the candidate is comfortable.

Tier IV Exam: Technical/ Data Entry Test / Computer Proficiency Test

In 2016, a fourth tier was added with two types of possible exams depending on the positions to be applied

  • Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): Candidates have to enter data at the rate of 2000 key presses in time span of 15 minutes. This is mainly for important positions such as Tax Assistant (Central Excise department & Income Tax).
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): Covering the various topics of Word Processing, Spreadsheets and ability of making slides.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019

The major sections asked in SSC CGL 2019 Preliminary Exam are been categorized into General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

ClassificationAverageComprehensionStatic Knowledge
AnalogyPercentageFill in the blanksCurrent Affairs
MatrixRatio & ProportionPhrases & IdiomsGovt. Schemes
Coding DecodingSimple & Compound InterestOne word substitutionScience
Word FormationProblem on agesSentence CorrectionSports

How to prepare for SSC CGL 2019-20?

SSC CGL exam preparation must be done by a student in a systematic manner, with latest exam pattern should be kept in mind. Since the syllabus covers a lot of variety in topics, it is important to choose the right kind of study material, so that the student can understand the concepts clearly and practice a wide variety of questions as well. Apart from deep self-study you can join any other Coaching and Online Test Series for better exam preparation as they help in polishing the skills of students.

Is SSC CGL Coaching worth it?

Various classroom programs are there for SSC verticals across India. No institute is best for the SSC CGL coaching as every person has its own parameters to decide. Also, for the reason that the suitability and requirement of a particular coaching institute differs from person to person. Some of the aspirants or students want good faculty only, some want good infrastructure as well, while some other want good study material in extra being provided as well.

SSC CGL 2019 Admit Card

Every candidate who registers for the process of SSC CGL Exam within stipulated time will be assigned a sort of e-admit card or hall ticket or call letter that can be easily downloaded from the official website of Service Staff Commission. The admit card for the CGL Tier-1 exam (prelims) will released in the month of February 2020 and which is followed by the admit card of CGL Tier-2 exam i.e. Mains exam (administered to only those type of candidates who have been qualified for Tier 2 exam).

Click on the link to download Admit Card

SSC CGL 2019 Result

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the results in each of the four stages after completion of every Tier Exam. The candidates who are selected in their respective rounds progress to the next one. All Candidates can easily check the SSC CGL Result through the official website of SSC.

Click here to download Result


Staff Selection Commission (SSC) releases the cut-off in each of the four stages after completion of every Tier Exam and the cut-off varies from year to year. The candidates selected in the earlier rounds progress to the next tier and so on. All Candidates can check Tier-wise Cut-off for SSC CGL on the official website of SSC where they have mentioned exact cut-off of every round for the latest year. The cutoff depends on following factors:

  • Total number of candidates who are appearing for the SSC CGL exam.
  • Number of vacancies which are issued for year 2019-20.
  • Region Wise available vacancies which are issued for 2019-20 year.
  • Complexity Level or the difficulty level of the exam.
  • Trends for past 3 to 5 years SSC CGL Cut Off.

How to Apply for SSC CGL 2019-20?

  • Visit the official website of SSC CGL and click on the Apply Online link.
  • Now, enter mandatory details like Name, Date of Birth, Parent’s name, Mobile Number, etc. to register yourself.
  • After a successful registration, upload your scanned photograph (Size: 4kb-12kb) and signature (size: 1kb- 12kb).
  • Now, login with your register id and fill out the application form.
  • Now, click on Submit button once review all the filled details.
  • Take the print out of the submitted application for further reference.

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Frequently Asked Questions on SSC CGL by Candidates

Q. How many vacancies are there for SSC CGL 2019?

Ans: The number of vacancies depends on the requirement of various departments and provided at the time of Document Verification which is about one month before the declaration of the final results.

Q. Will the SSC CGL exam be conducted online or offline?

Ans: Written Exam for SSC CGL exam is been conducted in online mode. Only Tier 3 part, descriptive paper is been conducted offline –which is in pen and paper mode.

Q. What are the age criteria in order to apply for SSC CGL?

Ans: Minimum Age to apply for SSC CGL exam is 18 years and maximum age limit is up to 32 years.

Q. Are students in final year of graduation eligible for SSC CGL?

Ans: No. One cannot apply for the prestigious SSC CGL Exam if the student hasn’t cleared the final year exam or completed his or her graduation. For all the posts offered throughout SSC CGL exam, it is necessary to be a graduate.

Q. Is negative marking in SSC CGL applicable?

Ans: There will be negative marking of 0.5 for every wrong answer in prelims or Tier-I. In Tier-II or mains, there is negative marking system of 0.25 for every wrong answer in English Language & Comprehension and 0.50 for every wrong answer in each of Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV of Tier II.

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