SSC CGL – Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam 2018

SSC CGL 2018 Overview

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam in order to select candidates to fill up Group B and C posts present in various ministries/ departments/ organisations in the Government of India. Check SSC CGL 2018 vacancies.

As per latest media reports, SSC CGL tier-II 2017 exam might be cancelled and conducted again by National Testing Agency (NTA) or Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The Supreme Court has recently favoured scrapping of the exam which was marred by leaking of question paper.

All candidates who have cleared their graduation from a recognised university fulfill SSC CGL eligibility criteria.

Selection of candidates for various SSC CGL posts is done on the basis of their performance in tier-I and tier-II computer-based objective exams, tier-III descriptive exam, and tier-IV skill test. As per the official website, “The Commission makes final allotment of posts on the basis of merit-cum-preferences of posts given by the candidates.”

SSC CGL 2018 application dates are out. However, SSC CGL tier-I exam dates are yet to be out

SSC CGL 2018 Eligibility

In order to fulfil SSC CGL 2018 eligibility criteria candidates need to meet the parameters mentioned below:

  • Nationality/ Citizenship: A candidate must either be a citizen of India, a person of India origin migrated from Pakistan/ Burma/ Sri Lanka/ East African countries of Kenya/ Uganda/ the United Republic of Tanzania/ Zambia/ Malawi/ Zaire/ Ethiopia/ Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, subject of Nepal/ Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.

The official website informs, “A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.”

  • Age Limit: All candidates applying for SSC CGL 2018 exam must fall in the age bracket as mentioned in the table below. However, it may be noted that five years, three years, and 10 years age relaxation beyond the upper age limit is permissible for SC/ ST, OBC, and PH candidates, respectively.
Post Ministry/ Department/ Office/ Cadre Age Limit as on August 1, 2018 Age Criteria
Pay Band – II (Rs 9,300 – 34,800)
Assistant Audit Officer

Indian Audit &

Accounts Department under CAG

Not exceeding 30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000
Assistant Accounts Officer

Indian Audit &

Accounts Department

under CAG

Not exceeding 30 years
Assistant Section Officer

Central

Secretariat

Service

20-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1988
Assistant Section Officer

Intelligence

Bureau

Not exceeding 30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000
Assistant Section Officer Ministry of Railway 20-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1988
Assistant Section Officer

Ministry of

External Affairs

20-30 years
Assistant Section Officer AFHQ 20-30 years
Assistant

Other Ministries/

Departments/

Organisations

18-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000
Assistant

Other Ministries/

Departments/

Organisations

20-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1988
Assistant Section Officer

Other Ministries/

Departments/

Organisations

Not exceeding 30 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000

Assistant

Other Ministries/

Departments/

Organisations

Not exceeding 30 years
Assistant/ Superintendent

 Other

Ministries/

Departments/

Organisations

Not exceeding 30 years
Inspector of Income Tax

CBDT

 

Not exceeding 30 years

Inspector, (Central

Excise)

CBEC Not exceeding 30 years

Inspector (Preventive

Officer)

CBEC Not exceeding 30 years
Inspector (Examiner) CBEC Not exceeding 30 years

Assistant Enforcement

Officer

Directorate of

Enforcement,

Department of

Up to 30

years

Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation 20-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1988
Inspector Posts Department of Post 18-30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000
Divisional Accountant Offices under CAG Not exceeding 30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000
Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Not exceeding 30 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1991 and not later than August 1, 2000
Sub Inspector

National

Investigation

Agency (NIA)

Up to 30

years

Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 2000

Junior Statistical

Officer

M/o Statistics &

Programme

Up to 32

years

Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1986 and not later than August 1, 2000
Pay Band-I (Rs 5,200-20,200)
Auditor Offices under C&AG 18-27 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1991 and not later than August 1, 2000

Auditor Offices under CGDA 18-27 years
Auditor Other Ministry/ Departments 18-27 years
Accountant Offices under C&AG 18-27 years

Accountant/

Junior Accountant

Other Ministry/ Departments 18-27  years

Senior

Secretariat

Assistant/ Upper

Division Clerks

Central Govt. Offices/

Ministries other than CSCS cadres.

18-27 years
Tax Assistant CBDT 18-27 years
Tax Assistant CBEC 20-27 years Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1991 and not later than August 2, 1991
Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-27 years

 

 

Candidate must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1991 and not later than August 1, 2000

Upper

Division

Clerks

Dte. Gen Border Road

Organisation (MoD)

 

(Only for Male Candidates with higher medical standards given at Annexure-X)

18-27 years

 

  • Educational Qualification: All candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university fulfil SSC CGL eligibility criteria for all posts except the ones mentioned below:
Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer

Essential Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or institute

Desirable Qualification: 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

Junior Statistical Officer

Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognised university or institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at class 12th level

OR

Bachelor’s degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level

SSC CGL 2018 Process

Step 1: Fill SSC CGL Application Form

For CGL 2018 registrations, candidates can fill and submit the application form in the online mode on the official website of the commission. Thereafter, candidates also need to submit CGL 2018 application fee in the online mode (credit card/ debit card/ SBI net banking/ SBI bank challan generated online).

Application fee: Rs 100

It may be noted that all women candidates and SC/ ST/ PH candidates are exempted from paying the CGL application fee.

Step 2: Download SSC CGL Admit Card/ Admission Certificate

Candidates can download SSC CGL 2018 admit card from the official website of the commission’s concerned regional office at least two weeks before the commencement of the exam. The admit card will contain details such as date, time, and exact venue of the examination. Candidates need to carry the admit card along with one ID proof to the allotted CGL 2018 exam centre.

Step 3: Appear for SSC CGL Exam

Next, candidates need to appear for CGL 2018 exam. The Common Graduate Level exam is conducted in four tiers – I, II, III, and IV. Tier–I and II contain objective questions that candidates need to answer in online mode. Tier–III is a descriptive paper that candidates need to write in pen-and-paper mode. Tier-IV contains a skill test (if applicable)/ document verification.

Step 4: Check CGL Result

After exams of all tiers are conducted, an all India merit list is declared by SSC. The list contains the names of all candidates shortlisted for jobs for posts in various ministries/ departments/ organisations.

Helpline Numbers of SSC : Regional Offices and Headquarters
Region Helpline No 1 Fax No Email Id Helpline Timings Website
North

011-69999845/ 011-

69999846

011-24360944 rdsscnr@gmail.com

10 AM to 6 PM on all working

days (excluding  1:30 PM to 2:00 PM)

www.sscnr.net.in
Central 0532-2460511/ 9452424060 0532-2460514 rdcrssc@gmail.com

10 AM to 6 PM on all working

days (excluding  1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)

www.ssc-cr.org
East 9477461228/ 9477461229 033-22904424 contact@sscer.org 10 AM to 5 PM on working days www.sscer.org
West 7738422705/ 9869730700 022 22018527 sscwr@yahoo.com, examsscwr@gmail.com 10 AM to 5 PM on working days www.sscwr.net
South 044-28251139/ 9445195946 044-28270561 sscsr.tn@nic.in 10 AM to 5 PM on working days www.sscsr.gov.in
North – West 0172-2744366 0172-2742144 sscnwrgoi@gmail.com 10 AM to 6 PM (Excluding 1 PM to 2 PM) on  working days www.sscnwr.org
Karnataka Kerala 080-25502520/ 9483862020 080-25520653 rdssckkr@nic.in 10 AM to 5 PM on working days www.ssckkr.kar.nic.in
North -East 9085015252/ 9085073593 0361-2224779 rdner.ssc@gmail.com 10 AM to 5 PM on working days www.sscner.org.in
MPR 0771-2423678/ 0771-2422507 0771-2423678 sscraipur@gmail.com 10 AM to 5:30 PM on working days www.sscmpr.org
HQ 011-24368090 ssconlineapplicationdivision@gmail.com 10 AM to 5:30 PM on working days www.ssc.nic.in

SSC CGL exam pattern is such that the test is conducted in four tiers as mentioned below:

Tier Description
I Computer-based examination
II Computer-based examination
III Pen-and-paper based examination (Descriptive paper)
IV Computer proficiency test/ skill test (if applicable)/ document verification

For further clarification on CGL 2018 exam pattern for all tiers candidates can refer the tables below:

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

Section Subject Questions Marks Duration
A General Intelligence Reasoning 25 50 1 Hour [1 hour 20 minutes for VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand)]
B General Awareness 25 50
C Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
D English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200

Marking scheme: There is negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in the exam.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

Tier – II
Paper Subject Questions Marks Duration Validity of paper
I Quantitative Abilities 100 200 2 Hours for each paper [2 hours 40 minutes for VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand)] Mandatory for all posts
II English Language & Comprehension 200 200 Mandatory for all posts
III Statistics 100 200 Valid only for candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and are shortlisted in tier-I for this post/ paper
IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 Valid only for candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer and are shortlisted in tier-I for this post/ paper

Marking scheme: There is negative marking in the exam as mentioned below:

Paper Negative Marking
I 0.50 Marks
II 0.25 Marks
III 0.50 Marks
IV 0.50 Marks

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2018 exam pattern for tier-III is such that candidates have to take a subjective/ descriptive paper in English or Hindi in pen-and-paper mode. Candidates need to complete the exam in 60 minutes duration. Maximum marks that candidates can score in the exam are 100.

Tier Mode of Exam Exam Description Marks Duration
III Pen-and-paper

Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi

(Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)

100 1 Hour (1 Hour 20 Minutes for candidates afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand)

SSC CGL Tier-IV Exam Pattern

The official website informs, “Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification will be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination.”

Skill Test

The skill test conducted by the commission is of two types as mentioned below:

Data Entry Skill Test (DEST): This test is conducted for candidates who apply for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax). As part of the test, all candidates need to type at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on computer. The skill test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 key depressions for a duration of 15 minutes. The test is of qualifying nature.

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): This test is conducted for candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Section Officer (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ), and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines and Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer) & Inspector (Examiner) in CBEC. The test is of qualifying nature and consists of three modules:

  • Word Processing

    • Spread Sheet

    • Generation of Slides

Document Verfication

Documents to be presented (original as well as photocopy) by candidates for verification on or before August 1, 2018 are:

Matriculation certificate Caste certificate
Mark sheets of all the three years of graduation Provisional certificate/ certificate of graduation

It may be noted that candidature of candidates who are unable to produce the aforementioned documents will be cancelled.

Physical Standards & Tests Required for Posts of Inspector & Sub-Inspector

It may be noted that all candidates applying for the posts of inspector and sub-inspector also have to meet some physical standards and pass some physical tests as mentioned below:

Physical standards & tests for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN:

Physical standards:

Male Candidates
Height 157.5 cm Chest 81 cm (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm)
Note: Height & chest relaxable by 5 cm in the case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and members of Scheduled Tribes
Female Candidates
Height: 152 cm (relaxable by) Weight: 48 Kgs
Note: Height & weight relaxable by 2.5 cms and 2 Kg, respectively for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese and members of Scheduled Tribes

 

Physical tests:

Male Candidates
Walking : 1600 metres in 15 minutes Cycling: 8 Km in 30 minutes
Female Candidates
Walking: 1 Km in 20 minutes Cycling: 3 Km in 25 minutes

Physical standards for the Post of Sub- Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation:

Height

For men – 165 cm

For women – 150 cm.

Note: Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cm

Chest

76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

Vision

Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye

Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye

Physical standards for the Post of Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency:

Height

For men – 170 cm

For women – 150 cm

Note: Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cm

Chest

76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

Vision

Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye

Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye