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SSC CGL

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL) every year to recruit eligible candidates for various Grade “B” & Grade “C” category post in Central government.

A candidate can go in various Government Ministries like Finance Ministry, Education Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, etc. They can also opt for various Department and offices like Income Tax department, Excise Department, Import Export, etc.

SSC CGL Vacancy

SSC CGL Vacancy is generally released in the month of January / February tentatively, 10000’s of vacancies are released for the candidates to apply in 2017 there were 9276 vacancies 2018 there were 11,271 vacancies , in 2019 there were 8,582 vacancies and in 2020 there were a total of 7,035 vacancies.

SSC CGL Exam

SSC CGL generally conducts exam after 2 to 3 months of notification date in 4 stages (Tiers), the first two exams are conducted on Online mode and latter two are on offline mode.

SSC CGL is a great opportunity for students looking forward for a career in the reputed organizations under the central government. Every year thousands of vacancies are filled by SSC in various Government departments. While a government job helps to build a stable career, it is also loaded with responsibilities.

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam for recruitment of 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.

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SSC CGL Salary Structure

The initial salary package of SSC CGL is about Rs. 40,000/- to 70,000/- per month  depending on post, pay scale and city of posting that includes the Dearness Allowance and other benefits.

SSC CGL Pay Levels

SSC CGL Pay Levels

SSC CGL Pay Scales (in INR)

4

25,500-81,100

5

29,200-92,300

6

35400-1,12,400

7

44,900-1,42,400

8

47,600-1,51,100

Post-Wise SSC CGL Salary

After the 7th pay commission, the employees of central government get a 3 percent hike in their salaries. Based on the designations, the salary scale varies.

Post Name & Ministry/Department/Office/Cadre

Details about the Posts

Grade Pay

Post: Assistant Audit Officer; Department: Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG

Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)

INR 4,800

Post: Assistant Accounts Officer;

Department: Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG

Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)

INR 4,800

Name of Post & Ministry/Department/Office/CadreClassification of PostsGrade Pay

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: Central Secretariat Service

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: Intelligence Bureau

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: Ministry of Railway

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: Ministry of External Affairs

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: AFHQ

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant

Department: Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant

Department: Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Section Officer

Department: Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations

Group “B”4,600

Post: Inspector of Income Tax

Department: CBDT

Group “C”4,600

Post: Inspector (Central Excise)

Department: CBIC

Group “B”4,600

Post: Inspector (Preventive Officer)

Department: CBIC

Group “B”4,600

Post: Inspector (Examiner)

Department: CBIC

Group “B”4,600

Post: Assistant Enforcement Officer

Department: Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue

Group “B”4,600

Post: Sub Inspector

Department: Central Bureau of Investigation

Group “B”4,600

Post: Inspector Posts

Department: Department of Post

Group “B”4,600

Post: Inspector

Department: Central Bureau of Narcotics

Group “B”4,600

Post Name & Ministry/Department/Office/Cadre

Details about the Posts

Grade Pay

 

Post: Assistant;

Department: Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations

Group “B”

4,200

 

Post: Assistant Superintendent;

Department: Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations

Group “B”

4,200

Post: Divisional Accountant;

Department: Offices under C&AG

Group “B”

4,200

Post: Sub Inspector;

Department: National Investigation Agency (NIA)

Group “B”

4,200

Post: Junior Statistical Officer;

Department: M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation

Group “B”

4,200

Post: Statistical Investigator Grade-II

Department: Registrar General of India

Group “B”

4,200

 

Post Name & Ministry/Department/Office/Cadre

Posts

Grade Pay

Post: Auditor Department: Offices under C&AG

Group “C”

2,800

Auditor; Other Ministry/ Departments

Group “C”

2,800

 

Auditor; Offices under CGDA

Group “C”

2,800

Accountant; Offices under CGDA

Group “C”

2,800

Accountant/Junior Accountant; Other Ministry/ Departments

Group “C”

2,800

Post Name & Ministry/Department/Office/Cadre

Classification of Posts

Grade Pay

Post: Senior Secretariat Assistant/Upper Division Clerks; Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres

Group “C”

2,400

 

Tax Assistant; CBDT

Group “C”

2,400

 

Tax Assistant; CBIC

Group “C”

2,400

Sub Inspector; Central Bureau of Narcotics

Group “C”

2,400

Upper Divisions Clerk; Dte. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)

Group “C”

2,400 

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement.
  4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India in their favor.

Education qualification varies from post to post for SSC CGL, below you can find the desirable qualification for each posts

SSC CGL Post

Educational Qualification

Assistant Audit Officer

Essential Qualifications: 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

Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)

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

Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above requirement, 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).

SSC CGL Age Limit

Candidates applying for the SSC CGL exam should not be below 18 years and not above 30 years.

Category

Age Relaxation

General Category

0 years

Scheduled Caste(SC)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

PWD (Gen/EWS)

10 years

PWD (SC/ST)

15 years

PWD (OBC)

13 years

Ex-servicemen, ECOs, SSCOs who have rendered 5 years of military service.

5 years

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Exam pattern of SSC CGL is in 4 Stages

The Composite time for Tier 1 exam is of 60 minutes for 200 Marks and consists 100 questions.

SSC CGL Tier 1 exams rewards 2 mark for every correct answer and deduct 0.5 marks for every incorrect answer

 

S.No.

Name of Tests
(Objective)

No. of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Duration

1

General Intelligence & Reasoning

25        

50

Cumulative time of

60 minutes

2

General Awareness

25        

50

3

Quantitative Aptitude

25        

50

4

English Comprehension

25        

50

Total

100

200

  • There are 4 papers in Tier 2 – Paper I, II, III, IV.
  • Paper I & II are compulsory for all posts.
  • Candidates who have applied for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and were shortlisted for the same post in Tier I have to appear for Paper III
  • Candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer and were shortlisted for the same post in Tier I have to appear for Paper IV
  • In Tier 2, the aspirants will get a deduction of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer in paper II (English Language and Comprehension) and 0.50 marks for every incorrect answer in Paper II, III & IV.

 

 

S.No.

Section

No. of Questions

Maximum

Marks

Time allotted
for each
test

1

Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities

100

200

2 hours for each paper

2

Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension

200

200

3

Paper-III: Statistics

100

200

4

Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)

100

200

 

  • Hindi & English language is available for Tier 3
  • Wherever mentioned candidates have to write their correct roll number
  • Left-thumb impression also to be affixed in relevant columns
  • The answer books not containing the roll number, signature, and left thumb impression will be awarded as zero marks.
  • No personal identity such as – name, email id, mobile number is to be revealed inside the answer sheet

Particulars

Details

Number of Papers

1

Total Marks

100

Question Type

Descriptive (Pen and paper-based)

Sections

Essay Writing Letter/Application Writing Passage Writing

Duration

1 hour

1 hour and 20 minutes for the aspirants who eligible for scribe

Exam Mode

Offline

 

The SSC CGL Tier 4 exam pattern is not the same for all the posts. The DEST and CPT examine different calibers of the students.

Particulars

Details

Total Marks

Qualifying in Nature

Time Duration

15 minutes

Tests

Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Exam Mode

Online

Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)

Only for candidates applying for the post of Tax Assistants (in Central Excise and Income Tax)

Criteria: 8000 key depression per hour

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Only for candidates applying for the post of Assistant Section Officer

Three modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Generation of Slides

           

SSC CGL Syllabus

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Subject

Topic

General

Intelligence & Reasoning

This section is based on Questions from Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem-solving, analysis, judgment. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation. Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning, and figural classification.

Arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding, and decoding. Statement conclusion, syllogism in reasoning, etc. The topics are Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy. Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification. Figural Classification, Input-Output questions, Problem Solving, Word Building, Seating arrangement, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations. Questions on Dies, Clock, Calendar.

Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams. Drawing inferences, folding & unfolding of Punched holes/patterns. Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching. Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/roll numbers. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding, and classification. Embedded Figures, Critical thinking. Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

Subject

Topic

Quantitative

Aptitude

This section is based on questions on Percentages. Ratio & Proportion. Square and cube roots. Surds and indices. LCM and HCF, Averages, Age problems. Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership. Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns. Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances.

Divisions and Remainders, decimals, fractions, and relationships between numbers. Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centers, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped.

Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio. Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords. tangents angles subtended by chords of a circle. common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities. Complementary angles, Heights and Distances. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

English Language

Subject

Topic

English Language

  1. One word Substitution
  2. Synonyms and Antonyms
  3. Idioms and Phrases
  4. Spellings/Detecting miss spelt words
  5. Passages/Reading Comprehension
  6. Sentence Improvement
  7. Para jumbles
  8. Error Spotting
  9. Fill in the blanks

General Awareness

Subject

Topic

General

Awareness

  1. History
  2. Geography
  3. Culture
  4. General Policy & Scientific Research
  5. Current affairs of Last 6 months
  6. Economic Scene
  7. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry, and Biology



Quantitative Aptitude

The SSC CGL syllabus for the Quant section is similar to Tier 1 but the difficulty level for Tier 2 is much higher. Candidates must solve these quiz papers for Tier 2 Quantitative Ability for a better idea of the exam pattern. Major topics under this section are Geometry, Trigonometry, and Average.

Subject

Topic

Quantitative Aptitude

1.      Simplification

2.      Number Series

3.      Number System

4.      Percentages

5.      Ratio & Proportion

6.      Interest

7.      Profit & Loss

8.      Time & Work

9.      Time, Speed & Distance

10. Mensuration

English language

The section tests a candidate’s aptitude in English. It is tested via essays, error spotting, sentence formation, change of speech, etc. The major topics in this section are Verbal Ability, Grammar, Active Passive Voice, and Direct Indirect Speech.

 

Subject

Topic

English

1.      Reading Comprehension

2.      Grammar

3.      Vocabulary

4.      Verbal Ability

5.      Fillers

6.      Sentence Improvement

7.      Para Jumbles

8.      Cloze Test

9.      Error Spotting

10. Fill in the blanks

Statistic

Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation.

Subject

Topic

Statistic

1.      Measures of central tendency

2.      Measures of dispersion

3.      Moments, Skewness, and Kurtosis

4.      Correlation and probability theory

5.      Random variable and probability distributions

General Studies (Economics & Finance)

This is Paper IV in the SSC CGL Tier 2 examination. It is conducted exclusively for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO). A total of 200 questions are asked in the paper, out of which 120 questions are from Economics and 80 questions are from Finance.

Subject

Topic

General Studies (Economics & Finance)

Economics & Governance Topics

Finance & Accounts Topics

Auditor Role and Responsibility

Fundamentals of Accounting

Finance Commission Role & Functions

Principles of Accounting

About Economics/ Micro Economics

Basics of Accounting

Theory of Demand and Supply

Nature and Scope of Financial Accounting

About Indian Economy

Limitations of Financial Accounting

Role of Information Technology in Governance

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a descriptive based paper conducted offline which includes :

  1. Letter Writing
  2. Essay Writing
  3. Precis Writing
  4. Application Writing

Tier 3 is of 100 marks for 60 minutes. For visually challenged candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the time is extended upto 80 minutes. Tier 3 exam focuses on the writing capability of the candidate, the candidate can attempt the paper in English/Hindi. Minimum 33% of marks is required to qualify SSC CGl Tier 3 paper.

After the merit list is prepared of Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 the candidates are shortlisted to appear the SSC CGL Tier 4 exam which is purely a skill based test

  • Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

DEST is conducted for aspirants who have applied for the post of Tax Assistant in Income Tax & Central Excise. Data Entry speed is tested at 8000 key depressions per hour.

Likewise CPT is conducted for aspirants who have applied for the post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS only. Aspirants who appear for CPT have to showcase their comfort and easiness in operating computer.

SSC CGL Cut off

SSC CGL cut off varies from post to post (Assistant Audit Officer, Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Compiler Posts & All Other Posts) There are many factors which would affect the SSC CGL Cut Off . The most important factors which would affect the SSC CGL Cut Off will include:

  • Candidates’ performance in the exam
  • Number of applicants
  • Number of vacancies

Tier 1

2018

2019

2020

Cut-off

126 – 148

137 – 170

147 – 165

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