Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is a government organisation that conducts various exams every year to recruit candidates for Group - B and C posts in various ministries/departments/organisations of Government of India. This article provides all the necessary information about SSC CGL exam.
SSC CGL Exam Pattern
|Purpose of Exam||Selection of candidates for Group B and C posts in ministries,departments,organisations of the Government of India|
|Stages||Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4 exam|
|Mode||Tier-I & Tier-II - online
Tier-III - pen and paper
Tier-IV - computer skill test.
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Mode of Language||English, Hindi|
|Duration of Exam||Tier-I - 60 minutes
Tier-II - 120 minutes for each paper
Tier-III - 60 minutes
|No of questions||Tier-I - 100
Tier-II - 500
Tier-III - 1
|Marks||Tier-I - 200
Tier-II - 800
Tier-III - 100
|Type of questions||Tier-I - Objective
Tier-II - Objective
Tier-III - Descriptive
Tier-IV - Skill test
|Negative marking||Tier-I - 0.5 marks
Tier-II - 0.50 marks(In paper I, III and IV) and 0.25 marks in Paper II
Tier-III - None
Tier-IV - None
SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria 2020
To be eligible in SSC CGL exam, the candidate must hold a Bachelors degree in any discipline from a recognized university/ institution. There are different eligibility criterias according to the posts.
SSC CGL Posts
|SSC CGL Post||Department/Ministry||Classification||Description|
|Assistant Audit officer
||Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG
||Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
||Needs to assist audits in government/public sector organisation.Also needs to travel during an inspection.
|Assistant Accounts officer
||Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG
||Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
||Work includes data entry, processing, and recording transactions.
Assisting with audits or fact-checking
|Assistant Section officer
||Central Secretariat Service, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway,
Ministry of External Affairs, AFHQ
||It is a desk job and the lowest post in the Central Secretariat Services
||Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations
||Different clerical responsibilities in different departments. Compiling files,reports, keeping track of ongoing cases,
|Inspector of Income Tax
||Assessing Income Tax payable by
people or companies. Managing TDS and refund claim
||Checking if there is any kind of
invasion of excise duty, preventing smuggling & assisting raid teams
|Assistant Enforcement Officer
||Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
||Preventing forgery and money laundering
||Central Bureau of Investigation
||Main responsibility is to gather
information and make enquiry and investigations
||Central Bureau of Narcotics
||Illegal manufacture and transport of opium
|Junior Statistical Officer
||M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation
||Assisting the Statistical Officer
in drafting documents, data entry and tabulation
|Statistical Investigator Grade-II
||Registrar General of India
||Drafting Documents, preparing survey
reports, editing and compiling existing data
||Offices under C&AG, CGDA
||Audit expense details of the State Departments
|Accountant/ Junior Accountant
||Other Ministry/ Departments
||Passing of various bills, salary allowances,
office expenses, pension-related issues
|Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks
||Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres
||Clerical level post. Requires employee to maintain files & data entry
||Access, modify and verify tax of individual or business
|Upper Division Clerks
||Maintain files, financial documents and accounts
Pay levels and Job titles associated
|Pay Level 8 (Rs 47,600 to 151,100)||Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Accounts Officer|
|Pay Level-7 (Rs 44,900 to 142,400)||Assistant Section Officer, Assistant Inspector of Income Tax, Assistant Inspector, (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer),Inspector (Examiner),Assistant Enforcement Officer, Sub Inspector|
|Pay Level-6 (Rs 35,400 to 112,400)||Assistant/ Superintendent Divisional Accountant,Sub Inspector(NIA),Junior Statistical Officer, Statistical Investigator Grade-II|
|Pay Level-5 (Rs 29200 to 92300)||Auditor, Accountant, Accountant/ Junior Accountant|
|Pay Level-4 (Rs 25500 to 81100)||Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks,Tax Assistant,Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics) ,Upper Division Clerks|
The below link consists of the official notice regarding 2019-20 vacancy. A total of 8582 Vacancies have been notified by SSC in which 3674 vacancies are declared or the General category. The vacancies have seen a decrease as compared to SSC CGL 2018-19. A total of 11271 vacancies were to be filled by SSC CGL 2018-19 exam.SSC Notice
Information Regarding Exam Timeline and Important Dates
Detailed Analysis of Exam
Tier I details
SSC CGL tier-I exam consists of a total of 100 MCQs of 200 marks. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the exam. Total marks is 200 and the mode of exam is online with the negative marking of -0.5 for an incorrect response.
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||50|
|General Awareness/ General knowledge||50|
General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory,discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding anddecoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification,Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding,Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern- folding &un-folding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion,Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capitalletters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking,Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.
Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds,Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, 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, Standard Identities, Complementary angles,Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
Tier II details
SSC CGL tier-II exam consists of a total of four papers in which paper 1 and paper 2 are compulsary for all while paper 3 is for candidates who have applied for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and were shortlisted in tier-I. Paper 4 is valid only for< candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer and were shortlisted in tier-I
|Paper- 1: Quantitative Ability Paper||100||200|
|Paper- 2: English Language and Comprehension Paper||200||200|
|Paper- 3: Statistics (only for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler Paper||100||200|
|Paper- 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer)||100||200|
Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities): The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, 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, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension): Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate‟s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/ passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/ indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.
Paper-III (Statistics): Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts;Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.
Paper-IV (General Studies-Finance and Economics):
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks): Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting: Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks):
Details for Tier III
Minimum qualifying marks for this exam are 33%
Details for Tier IV
It consists of three modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slides.
Date Entry Skill Test (DEST):
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
The last step to the final selection would be Document Verification. Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates will be required to produce all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification.