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SSC – CGL examination is conducted by Staff Selection Commission every year to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of Government of India. It selects staff for Group B and Group C officers. The examination is conducted in three successive tiers; Tier I, Tier II and Tier III. The Commission discontinue its interview phase from the year 2016-17.


 1. SSC - CGLE Tier I   2016-17

 2. SSC - CGLE Tier II  2016-17

 3. SSC - CGLE Tier III  2016-17

 4. SSC - CGLE Syllabus

 5. SSC - CGLE Selection Process

 6. SSC - CGLE Previous year Cut-offs

 7. SSC - CGLE Eligibility Criteria

1. SSC - CGL Tier I Examination

It consists of a paper of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 200 marks to be solved in duration of 2hr. Tier-I is common test for all categories of posts. This is a screening test only to qualify for the next step i.e. Tier II and its marks will be counted for determining their order of merit both in Tier III and final selection.

The scheme of this test is given below in a table:

PartsSubjectNo. of QuestionsMax. Marks
AGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning2550
BGeneral Awareness2550
CNumerical Aptitude2550
DEnglish Comprehension2550

Duration & Timings for General candidates: 2Hours

Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped candidates: 2 Hours 40 mins

2. SSC - CGL Tier II Examination

This test is also a multiple choice objective paper, but unlike Tier I, it held over a period of two days. For all posts excluding that related to Assistant Audit officer and Statistical Investigator, there are only two tests namely Quantitative Abilities and English Language. After Tier II test, the merit is made based on aggregate marks of Tier I and Tier II.

The scheme of this test is given below in a table:

PapersSubjectsMax. Marks/ Questions
IArithmetical Ability200 (100 Questions)
IIEnglish Language & Comprehension200

3. SSC - CGL Tier III Examination

After clearing the Tier I and Tier II, the selected candidates gets qualified for Tier III. Earlier the SSC, conducted Interview after Tier II but from last year it was discontinued. In this Tier, SSC checks Computer Proficiency Test/ Skills for the selected posts (SSC would name those posts in the upcoming notification) and this round is also meant for document verification for all the selected candidates.

4. SSC - CGL Exam Syllabus

For Tier- I

S.noGeneral Intelligence & ReasoningNumerical AptituteGeneral Awareness English Comprehension
1AnalogiesSimplificationCultureReading Comprehension
2Similarities and differencesInterestIndian HistoryFill in the Blanks
3Spatial visualizationPercentageGeography
(Indian + World)
Phrase or Idiom Meaning
4Spatial orientationRatio and ProportionEnvironmentSynonyms and Antonyms
5Problem solvingAverageEconomyOne Word Substitution
6AnalysisProblems on AgesPolityPhraseReplacement/ Sentence Correction
7JudgementSpeed Time And DistanceBiologyError Spotting
8Decision makingProfit and LossChemistrySpellings corrections
9Visual memoryNumber SeriesPhysics +Space Science-
10DiscriminationNumber SystemComputer &
Mobile Technology
11ObservationMensurationDiseases, pollution-
12Relationship conceptsData InterpretationNutrition-
13Arithmetical reasoningTime and WorkCurrent Affairs-
14Figural classificationTime and WorkSports-
15Arithmetic number seriesAlgebraPeople In News-
16Non-verbal seriesGeometryBooks-
17Coding and decodingTrigonometryImpotant Days-
18Statement conclusion-Portfolios-
19Syllogistic reasoning-Govt. Schemes-

For Tier II:

S.noArthmatic AbilityGeneral English
1SimplificationReading comprehension
2Number seriesPara jumbles
3Number systemError spotting
4AlgebraFill in blanks
5AveragesPhrase replacement
6PercentageCloz test
7Ratio & ProportionSynonym
9Profit & LossActive passive voice
10Time & WorkDirect indirect speech
11Time, Speed and Distance-
15Data interpretation-
16Mixtures & alligations-

5. SSC - CGL Exam Selection:

The following are the required conditions the candidate needs to be fulfilled to earn the final selection:

A). The candidates who are qualified after Tier II would need to submit their documents like Graduation Marks sheet or provisional certificate/ Certificate of Graduation etc. during Tier III Computer Proficiency Test.

B). The minimum required educational qualification must be acquired before the stipulated late as it will be mentioned in the upcoming notification. In case of failure in any of the two conditions mentioned above, the candidate will be disqualified.

6. SSC - CGL Exam Previous Year Cut off for Tier I

.noCategoryCut off marks out of 200Total Candidates Available
6Ex. Service men92.004965


Candidates qualified for Tier-III for post of Assistant Audit Officer:

.noCategoryCut off marks out of 600 (Paper I+II)Total Candidates Available


Candidates qualified for Tier-III/CPT for Assistant Section Officer in CSS and Assistant in MEA:

S.noCategoryCut off marks out of 600 (Paper I+II)Total Candidates Available


7. SSC - CGL Exam Eligibility Criteria

Education Qualification – Under SSC CGL Recruitment Eligibility Criteria, the Candidates must have completed their Graduation Degree from any recognized university or institution.

Nationality / Citizenship – Participants must have this citizenship which is given below.

  • Citizen of Indian
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee
  • Migrated Peoples from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limit

S. noAge limit
1For Post for which age limit is 20-27 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1989 and not later than 01.08.1996
2For Post for which age limit is 18-27 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1989 and not later than 01.08.1998
3For Post for which age limit is 18-25 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1991 and not later than 01.08.1998
4For Post for which age limit is 21-27 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1989 and not later than 01.08.1995
5For Post for which age limit is 20-30 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1986 and not later than 01.08.1996
6For Post for which age limit is upto 30 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1986 and not later than 01.08.1998
7For Post for which age limit is upto 32 yearsHe/she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1984 and not later than 01.08.1998

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