Staff Selection Commission (SSC) organizes Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL) to recruit staffs for Group “B” and Group “C” posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations in the Government of India. Every year in Government departments thousands of vacancies will be filled by SSC. SSC conducts CGL examination in four levels. The staffs are recruited through the Combined Graduate Level Examination to various posts based on the number of vacancies from the concerned Indenting Ministries/ Departments/ Offices/ Cadres. A citizen of India or refugees with the intention of permanently settling in India can apply for SSC CGL. Candidates should qualify in each Tier to proceed to the next level of examination. Candidates can apply for the SSC CGL examination through online in the official website of Staff Selection Commission.

This year also the Staff Selection Commission will be conducting the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL) for recruitment of staff. Check out the details below.

Examination Date:

SSC CGL 2018 exam has been scheduled as follows:

Level of exams

Date of Examination

Tier-I (Computer Based Examination)

25.07.2018- 20.08.2018


To be notified later

Tier-III (Descriptive)

To be notified later

Tier-IV (Skill test)

To be notified later


Details of Posts:

  • Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2018 will be held for the posts under the pay scale mentioned below
    • Pay Band –II Rs.9300-34800 (pre-revised)
    • Pay Band-I: Rs. 5200-20200 (pre-revised).
  • Final allotment of posts will be made by the commission based on the merit and preferences of the aspirants. The commission will not change the posts once it is allotted. Candidates should fulfill all the requirements of the posts before giving their options for posts.
  • Physical Standards, Physical Tests and Medical Standards will be conducted for the posts like Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), Inspector and Sub-Inspector in CBN, Sub-Inspector in CBI and NIA and UDC in BRO, etc. After final selection of candidates these tests will be handled by concern user departments.
  • The candidates failed to meet the medical/ physical/ educational standards; they will be rejected and will not be examined further.
  • The commission process the result preferably after getting number of final vacancies from the User Departments before Document Verification


Scheme of Examination:

The examination is conducted in four tiers as follows:

Tier I: It is a computer based examination conducted online for total of 200 marks and 6o minutes time is allotted to complete the exam. The question paper will be in four sections General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. In each section 25 questions will be asked and 2 marks will be given for each question. In Tier I negative marking of 0.50 marks will be given for every wrong answer.

Tier II: It is a computer-based examination conducted online for totally 120 minutes. The questions will be asked in four categories



No of questions



Paper I

Quantitative Abilities






120 minutes

Paper II

English Language and Comprehension



Paper III




Paper IV

General Studies (Finance and Economics)




Tier III: It is a descriptive paper in English or Hindi. The mode of examination is pen and paper. The candidates have to write Essays, Letter, Précis and Application etc for total of 100 marks and 60 minutes duration will be given to candidates.

Tier IV: Computer Proficiency Test and Skill Test will be conducted for selected posts and Document Verification will also be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination.

  1. Date Entry Skill Test (DEST): candidates have to enter 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer. It is conducted for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax)
  2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): conducted in the topics of word processing, spreadsheets, and making slides.

Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level. Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts. Paper-III has been conducted only for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) for candidates who are short listed in Tier I. Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I. 0.50 marks will be reduced for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV. 0.25 will be reduced for each wrong answer in Paper-II.

For certain positions Physical Endurance Test / Medical Examination for Central Police Organization (CPO) are required.

Tier I and Tier II are compulsory for all the posts. The commission has rights to change the scheme of examination. Detailed syllabus for all the four tiers has been given in the official website of SSC (http: //


Age Limit:

The commission will accept date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate only for age determination. The age limit for different posts and age relaxation for all categories are clearly stated in the notice of the website.



  • Reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Ex-Serviceman (ExS) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates for all categories of posts/ services will be determined as per extant Government Order/ Instructions.
  • Reservation for Ex-service man will be given only for Group ‘C’ posts as per extant Government Order/ Instructions.


Process of Certification:

Candidates who applied in reservation category or seek age relaxation should submit requisite certificate from the competent authority, in the prescribed format which will be sought by concerned Regional/ Sub Regional Offices during Document Verification. The formats of the certificates are given in the Notice of this Examination. The commission will not accept certificates in any other format.

OBC candidates should ensure that their caste/ community certificate and does not fall in creamy layer on the crucial date.

Candidates will be rejected from the examinations conducted by the Commission in case they fraudulently claim SC/ ST/ OBC/ ExS/ PwD status.


Educational Qualification:

  1. Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute (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).
  1. Junior Statistical Officer:
    1. Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level
    2. Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at minimum 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level
  1. All other Posts: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
  1. Final year graduation candidates shall apply, however they must possess essential qualification on or before 01.08.2018.
  1. Computer Proficiency Test has been determined as an Essential Qualification For posts of Assistant Section Officer (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate Affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines; Computer Proficiency Test has also been prescribed as an Essential Qualification.
  1. Candidates who got their degrees/ diplomas/ certificates through Open and Distance Learning mode of education approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission are also admitted for the posts and services under Central Government.
  1. The candidates qualified for Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test have to produce their relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets for all the three years of Graduation/ Provisional Certificate/ Certificate of Graduation in original as proof to the commission. Candidates who failed to produce will be cancelled by the commission.


Application Fee:

Candidates should pay application fee of Rs.100 by selecting the appropriate mode of payment option while filling the online application form. Payment can be made through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa, MasterCard or Maestro Credit or Debit card.

Payment of fee has been exempted for women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation.

Payment of fee will not be refunded to candidates under any circumstances. Application submitted by the candidates without prescribed fees will be rejected by SSC.

Examination Centres:

Candidates should indicate the centre(s) where they wish to take the examination in the online application form. The Examination Centres and Regional Offices under which the examination centres are located have been clearly specified in the notice of SSC.

Candidates should prefer any three centres within the same region, in the order of priority. Candidates are not allowed to make any changes in examination centre after the submission of application. Hence, the candidates should select the centres and carefully give the options in their application.

Priority will be given to the candidates for allotting examination centre in order of the choice selected by the entrants in their application form by the commission. The commission has the rights to cancel and allot some other centres to the candidates.


Selection Process:

  • Candidates whose application forms are filled properly will be allowed to the Tier-I Computer Based Examination. Admit cards for the candidates to appear in the examination will not be sent by post. Admit cards for all tiers of examination will be uploaded on the websites of concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission.
  • Candidates who are qualified in Tier-I Computer Based Examination will be short listed, category-wise, to appear in Tier-II Examination. Separate cutoffs will be fixed by the commission for Paper-III (i.e. for the post of JSO), Paper IV (i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer).For each component of the Tier- I examination minimum qualifying marks will be set by the commission.
  • Based on the marks secured by the candidates in Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations, candidates will be selected for Tier-III (Descriptive Paper). The Commission may fix minimum qualifying marks in each Paper of Tier-II.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Document Verification and Skill Tests i.e. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) on the basis of aggregate marks in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations
  • Candidates can give their preference of posts either online or at the time of Document Verification.
  • Based on overall performance of candidates in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations, merit list will be declared. Final selection is based on aggregate marks scored by the candidates in all tiers and preference of posts. Candidates are advised to choose their options carefully. Once it is submitted to the commission, candidates will not be allowed to make any changes.
  • SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates will be accommodated in the reserved vacancies.
  • A person with disability qualified on merit will be appointed against an unreserved vacancy if the post is identified suitable for persons with disability of relevant category.
  • Government selects candidates only when the candidate is suitable in all respects of appointment to the service/ post
  • The candidates must carefully read the eligibility criteria and satisfy themselves regarding their eligibility for the test before filling the online application Form.
  • Before applying for the examination candidates should make sure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria in order to get admission to the examination. If it is not fulfilled then the candidature for the examination will be cancelled.


Registration for Examination:

  • The Eligible candidates apply to SSC CGL examination through online application form in the website The candidates should read the official notification carefully before filling up the online one time ‘Registration Form’/ Application Form.
  • Candidates should fill their basic information like name, father’s name, mother’s name, gender, date of birth, category, permanent address, etc and preference of posts in the onetime registration form. Candidates should check the details and make corrections before submitting the registration form.
  • Permanent ‘Registration-ID’ and ‘Password’ will be provided for the candidates. The candidates should keep it safely which would be required for filling online application and other recruitment examination conducted by the commission.
  • Candidates should upload their recent photograph. The registration part will be completed only after uploading the photograph and signature of the candidates. Only once after registration the candidates were allowed to makes changes in name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender and matriculation roll number.
  • Then the candidates have to fill the online application form clearly. Disabled candidates should mention detail of their disabilities in the online Application Form. The candidates are required to select the mode of payment for application fee. The application will be completed only after fee payment and will be accepted provisionally. After submitting the application the candidate should take printout of the application form for their own records.
  • The Examination has been conducted for various posts with different qualifications and other requirements .Candidates are advised to be very careful in indicating the preference for posts.


Admit Cards:

Candidates can download the Admit Cards/ Admission Certificates (ACs) for the Examination which will be uploaded on the website of the concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission. The commission will not send the admit cards by post for any stage of examination.

Candidates avail the facility of downloading Admit cards one week before the examination on the website of concerned Regional/ Sub Regional Office for all four major tiers of examination.

Candidates should regularly visit the website of concerned Regional Office for updates and information ab out the examination.


Document Verification (DV):

All the candidates selected for Document Verification should appear for Document Verification. The candidates failed to appear will not be considered for any post. Candidates are asked to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates should produce their original documents for verification. Detailed options for posts will be taken either online or at the time of document verification.

Disabled person will have to meet the physical standards i.e. height, chest and weight as prescribed for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer). For orthopedically disabled candidates relaxation in Physical Test is allowed.

Candidates should ensure that they fulfill the requirements for category before opting for any category of post. The physical measurements (including vision test) for candidates have been conducted by the concerned Indenting Departments and only those candidates who fulfill the physical measurements have been selected for the respective posts.



Staff Selection Commission (SSC) declares the results after completion of each Tier Exam. The selected candidates will proceed for the next level of examination. The candidates can check their results immediately after declaration of result in the official SSC CGL website. The answer key for tier I exam will be released by Staff Selection Commission within 10 to 15 days after Tier I exam.


Important Instructions to Candidates:

  • The SSC CGl Examination consists of a Computer Based Examination for Tier-I and Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III and paper-IV), written descriptive examination for Tier-III and CPT/ DEST/ Document verification for Tier-IV.
  • Candidates are suggested to go through the instructions given in the notice of examination, very carefully.
  • The candidates should thoroughly read the requirements of educational qualification, age, physical standards etc. and satisfy themselves that they fulfill the eligibility for the desired post(s) before applying. Copies of documents supporting their eligibility will be sought at the time of document verifications.
  • SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwD/ ExS Candidates seeking reservation benefits should make sure that they are qualified to such reservation as per eligibility prescribed in the Notice.
  • Online applications can be submitted through the website Online application fee payment can be made up to the closing date and time only.
  • Application fee paid by the candidates will not be refunded under any circumstances.
  • On submission of the Registration Form, Registration ID and password will be provided to candidates. Note down the Registration ID and password and keep them safely. This would be your permanent Registration ID & Password which would be required to fill the online application form as well as any other Recruitment Examination of the Commission.
  • Take a printout of the application for their reference and no need to submit the printout of the ‘Application Form’ to the commission at any stage.
  • Candidates are permitted to submit only one online application for Combined Graduate Level Examination.
  • The commission will accept the name, date of birth, father’s name and mother’s name strictly as recorded in the Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate.
  • Once submitted the candidates are not permitted to make any changes in the Application Form under any circumstances.
  • Candidates should provide their correct and active e-mail addresses and mobile number in the online application as correspondence may be made by the Commission through e-mail/ SMS.
  • Use of mobile phone, calculator and other electronic gadgets and their accessories is strictly prohibited inside the Examination premises.
  • The candidates should stop use of any unfair method in the examination hall which will render them as ineligible for further consideration.
  • The candidates should carry their Admit card and one latest photo bearing identification proof such as Driving License, Voter Card, Aadhaar Card, Identity Card issued by University/ College, Income Tax Pan Card, etc in original to the Examination Venue, those who failed will not be allowed inside the examination premises.


Resolution of Tie Cases:

If there is a tie in scores of candidates in Tier-I + Tier-II + Tier-III examinations, merit list will be prepared based on the following criteria

  • Total score of Tier-II Examination
  • Total marks in Tier-III Examination
  • Total marks in Tier-I Examination
  • Date of birth (priority will be given to older candidates)
  • Alphabetical order in which the first names of the candidates appear.

Commission’s final decision: The decision regarding eligibility, acceptance or rejection of the applications, penalty for false information, mode of selection, conduct of examination(s), allotment of examination centres, selection and allotment of posts/ organizations to selected candidates will be finalized by the commission.

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