SSC CGL is the abbreviation for Staff Selection Commission-Combined Graduate Level examination. The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CGL examination to recruit staffs to different posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the India

  • Overview
  • Important Dates
  • Application Form
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Exam Pattern
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SSC CGL is the abbreviation for Staff Selection Commission-Combined Graduate Level examination. The Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CGL examination to recruit staffs to different posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Indian Government. The SSC conducts the exam for staff selection for various Group B and Group C posts.

The SSC CGL is conducted for posts of:

  • Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs)
  • Assistant (Ministry of Railway)
  • Assistant (Central Vigilance Commission)
  • Assistant (Intelligence Bureau)
  • Inspector (Central Excise)
  • Assistant Section Officer (Central Secretariat Service)
  • Inspector of Income Tax (CBDT)
  • Inspector (Examiner)
  • Assistant (Other ministries/ departments/ organizations)
  • Sub Inspector (Central Bureau of Investigation)
  • Sub Inspector (National Investigation Agency, NIA)
  • Assistant (AFHQ)
  • Inspector ( Central Bureau of Narcotics)
  • Inspector (Preventive Officer)
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer (Directorate of Enforcement, department of Revenue)
  • Statistical Investigator Gr. II (M/O Statistics & Prog. Implementation)
  • Divisional Accountant (Offices under CAG)
  • Inspector of Posts (Department of Post)

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Important Dates

The tentative dates for the SSC CGL exams are given below:

  • Online application starts March 2019
    Last date of submission of application April, 2019
    Admit Card May, 2019
    Tier-I Examination June, 2019
    Tier-I Exam Result August, 2019
    Admit Card for Tier-II Exam August, 2019
    Tier-II Examination September, 2019
    Tier-II Result October, 2019
    CGL Tier-III-Skill Test/Document Verification December, 2019

Application form

The forms for SSC CGL 2019 exams will be available from March 2019. Candidates must visit the official website or and fill the required details in their application form. After filing the application form the candidates must take a printout of the duly filed application form.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be an Indian resident/a subject of Bhutan or Nepal.
  • A Tibetan exile who came here before first January 1962 with the aim to settle here forever.
  • For Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer:
  • Four year college education from a perceived University or Institute and
  • Alluring: Chartered Accountant or cost and 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

For Junior Statistical Officer:

  • Four year certification in any subject from a perceived University or Institute with somewhere around 60% Marks in Mathematics at twelfth standard level: or
  • Four year certification in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.

For every single other Post:

  • Four year certification from a perceived University or proportional.
  • Age Limit and Relaxation
  • Age breaking point will be considered on 01.08.2019.
  • Age of the candidate ought to be between 18 to 32 years.
  • Age criteria fluctuate post to post.
S.No Category Age Relaxation
1 OBC 3 yrs
2 ST/SC 5 yrs
3 Gen +PH 10 yrs
4 OBC+ PH 13 yrs
5 SC/ST+PH 15 yrs
6 Ex-Servicemen (Gen) 3 yrs
7 Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 6 yrs
8 Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST) 8 yrs

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The SSC exam pattern and syllabus changes every year. The 2018 exam pattern is also changed. The candidates must go through the changed exam pattern for all the 3 tiers. The changed exam pattern and syllabus for Tier-1, Tier-2 and Tier-3 is given below:

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

In Tier-1 phase there are 100 questions with 200 total marks. The 100 questions are further divided into 4 sections, and each section has 25 questions. For each correct answer the candidates score 2 marks, and for each incorrect attempt candidates score a negative marking of 0.5 marks.

Exam sections No. Of Questions Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English 25 50
 Total 100 200
 Total Time
  • 75 minutes
  • Cerebral Palsy- 100 minutes
 Examination Mode

Online mode

SSC CGL 2-Tier Exam Pattern

Candidates those who qualify the 1-Tier exam can appear for this phase. It is an online Mode examination in which candidates have to answer 3 papers. The third paper is optional for everyone except candidates applying for Statistical Investigator/Junior statistical Officer Post. Paper-1 is on English, Paper-2 is on Quantitative Abilities while Paper-3 is on Statistical Methods.

For English paper each correct answer scores 1 positive mark, while each negative answer deducts 0.25 from the total score. For Quantitative Abilities each correct answer has 2 marks and incorrect answers have a negative marking of 0.50. Same is the marking scheme for Statistical methods.

Paper Total no. Questions Marks
English 200 200
Quantitative Abilities 100 200
Statistical Methods 100 200
Total 400 600
Total Time 2 hours for each paper  

SSC CGL 3-Tier Exam Pattern

The candidates successfully qualifying the 2-Tier exam can appear for 3-Tier exam. This Tier checks the candidates’ writing skills. The candidates have to answer descriptive paper in either English/Hindi. The paper consists of passages or essays of 250 words or application writing of 150 words.

Paper type Descriptive Paper
Language English/Hindi
Total Marks 100
Passing Marks 33
Syllabus 10+2 level
Time Duration 1 Hour

SSC CGL 4-Tier Exam Pattern

Candidates clearing the I, II, III are eligible for appearing for tier IV e4xam. The exam is simple from the previous tiers. Candidates in this phase have to clear Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and then the candidate will pass the SSC CGL exam. Candidates have to type 8000 words in one hour or 2000 words in 15 minutes. This test is conducted to test the data entry speed test of the candidates.

Segment Wise Tips to Prepare for SSC CGL 2019

For General Intelligence and Reasoning:

  • This segment is exceptionally scoring so hopefuls need to concentrate more on this part.
  • This area needs fixation, with appropriate direction and sufficient rehearsing hopefuls can get full stamps.
  • The thinking part assumes a urgent job in choosing value of competitors.
  • Thinking questions are less time taking than Aptitude inquiries in SSC exams.
  • Make General Intelligence and Reasoning your primary weapon in the exam.
  • Signs of competitors likewise rely upon this segment.

For English Language:

  • This part is anything but difficult to score and less time taking.
  • It is frequently observed that competitors appears this part intense and less scoring.
  • In this segment hopefuls need to concentrate more on some scoring themes like One Word Substitution, Errors, Miss Spelt Words, Comprehension, Cloze Test.
  • As it is extremely helpful in scoring marks in composed exam, applicants are prompted not to leave English part less arranged.
  • Try not to invest more energy to mug up Antonym and Synonyms.
  • In this part on simple concentrating on 5 or 6 segments competitors can without much of a stretch score great imprints.

For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Hopefuls need to spare time in the composed exam for unravel this area.
  • As this part sets aside greater opportunity to take care of the issues, competitors are encouraged to spare time from Reasoning, English and General Awareness.
  • Competitors set your objective to No. of inquiries to be understand with giving legitimate thoughtfulness regarding every single other segment.
  • Theme situated plan is valuable for critical thinking.
  • To answer this part hopeful needs to rehearse more on chosen points.
  • Competitors are encouraged to not illuminate time taking inquiries.
  • Simply subsequent to rehearsing more and more Questions, the propensity for perceive nature of question by minor seeing it can come.

For General Awareness:

  • Applicants can concentrate more investigation of General Science.
  • In late time SSC solicit number from inquiries from General Science area.
  • Hopefuls can cover syllabus as indicated by their quality as inquiries are to be ask from History, Current Affairs, Geography, Polity, Economy.
  • Wrong Answers debilitate your odds of scoring more stamps in the Tier-I exam.
  • Hopefuls are encouraged to choose inquiries on which you have full certainty.
  • Spotlight on Questions asked in Previous Year Papers.
  • Endeavor to give whatever number test as could be expected under the circumstances. It will expand your Knowledge.

Tips to Prepare for SSC CGL 2019 for Tier 2 Exam

  • Practice is the Key for Tier 2 Exam.
  • Endeavor to take in the entire Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude and Specially English Comprehension.
  • Level 2 Exam will be on the web so make your methodology as per that.
  • As there is no Interview so cut off may go high.
  • Hopefuls are encouraged to Practice as indicated by the normal cut off in their brain.
  • Hopefuls who get Good stamps in Quant Section and As Well as in English have toll opportunity to fit the bill for Next Stage.

Vital Book to Prepare for SSC CGL 2019

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Science 7300+ target by Rakesh Yadav
  • Arihant’s Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
  • Quick Track by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative fitness by RS Aggarwal
  • NCERT books for Maths (Class seventh to Class tenth)

English Language

  • Secondary School syntax by Wren and Martin
  • Target General English by S P Bakshi (Arihant)
  • Earlier Year inquiries of SSC by Kiran Parkashan
  • Plinth to Paramount by Neetu
  • Speedy learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal and Vikas Aggarwal
  • Word Power made simple by Norman Lewis
  • Thinking Ability
  • Diagnostic Reasoning by M K Pandey
  • Thinking by RS Aggarwal
  • Kiran’s SSC Reasoning chapterwise
  • A New Approach to REASONING Verbal and Non-Verbal by Arihant

General Awareness

  • Arihant’s SSC CGL Solved Papers (2010-2015)
  • Manorama Yearbook 2016 (English)
  • Lucents General Knowledge

Previous year questions and Practice sets

English Section SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
Quantitative Aptitude SSC Mathematics Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
General Intelligence & Reasoning SSC Reasoning Chapterwise Solved Papers 1999 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
General Awareness SSC General Awareness Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997 – Till Date by Kiran Prakashan
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