SSC CGL Exam – All you need to know

SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) exam is a national level online exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission of India. As the name suggests, it is an exam conducted for the graduate level candidates to get appointed for ‘Group B’ and ‘Group C’ posts under various ministries and departments of the Government of India.

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

There are 4 important criteria that a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible for the SSC CGL 2022. The 4 parameters are given below:

  • Citizenship: The candidate must be a Citizen of either India or Nepal or Bhutan. If a candidate is a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan shall have a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Government of India in favour of him/her.
  • Age Limit (as on 01/01/2022): There are different sets of age limits for different posts in the SSC CGL Exam 2022, which are mentioned below:
Age GroupPost NameDepartments / MinistriesClassification of PostGrade Pay
 18-27 yearsAuditorOfficer under C&AGGroup “C”2800
 AuditorOfficer Under CGDAGroup “C”2800
 AuditorOther Ministries/Dept.Group “C”2800
 AccountantOfficer under C&AGGroup “C”2800
 Accountant / Junior AccountantOther Ministry/ Dept.Group “C”2800
Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerksCentral Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadresGroup “C”2400
 Tax AssistantCBDTGroup “C”2400
 Sub-InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsGroup “C”2400
 Upper Division Clerk (UDC)Dte. General Border Road Organisation (MoD)
Only For Male Candidates
Group “C”2400
 18-30 yearsInspector PostsDepartment of Post.Group “B”4600
AssistantOther ministries/ Dept. / Org.Group “B”4600
20-27 yearsTax AssistantCBECGroup “C”2400
 20-30 yearsAssistant Section officerCentral Secretariat ServiceGroup “B”4600
 Assistant Section officerMinistry of RailwayGroup “B”4600
Assistant Section officerMinistry of External AffairsGroup “B”4600
 Assistant Section officerAFHQGroup “B”4600
 AssistantOther Ministries / Dept. / Org.Group “B”4600
 Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of InvestigationGroup “B”4600
 Not exceeding 30 yearsInspector, (Central Excise)CBECGroup “B”4600
 InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsGroup “B”4600
AssistantOther ministries / Dept. / Org.Group “B”4200
 Inspector (Preventive officer)CBECGroup “B”4600
 Inspector (Examiner)CBECGroup “B”4600
 Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAGGroup B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)4800
 Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under CAGGroup B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)4800
 Assistant Section OfficerIntelligence BureauGroup “B”4600
 Assistant Section OfficerOther Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.Group “B”4600
 Assistant / SuperintendentOther Ministries / Departments/ OrganisationsGroup “B”4200
 Inspector of Income TaxCBDTGroup “C”4600
 Divisional AccountantOfficer under CAGGroup “B”4200
Up to 30 yearsAssistant Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueGroup “B”4600
 Sub InspectorNational Investigation Agency (NIA)Group “B”4200
Up to 32 yearsJunior Statistical OfficerM/O statistics & Prog. ImplementationGroup “B”4200

Age Relaxation: The Government has also provided for age relaxation for some categories.

Sl. No.CategoryAge Relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit
1.OBC3 years
2.SC/ST5 years
3.PH + Gen10 years
4.PH + OBC13 years
5.PH + SC/ST15 years
6.Ex-Servicemen (Gen)3 years
7.Ex-Servicemen (OBC)6 years
8.Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)8 years
  • Educational Qualification (as on 23/01/2022): The educational qualifications varies according to the post for SSC CGL 2022 and is listed below:
SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit OfficerEssential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University.   Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ Master’s in Business Studies
Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th OR Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler PostsBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other PostsBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent
  • Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above, there are certain requisite Physical Standards for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau ofInvestigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission of India will be conducting SSC CGL 2022 Exam in four stages: Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4 exam. While Tier-I & Tier-II exams will be conducted online, Tier-III will be a pen and paper-based exam and Tier-IV will be a computer skill test. Let’s have a look at the exam pattern for all these stages of SSC CGL 2021-22 Recruitment process one by one.

Candidates must note that the score for SSC CGL Tier-I & Tier-II Exam will be normalised if it is conducted in multiple shifts. The normalisation score will be decided by SSC and it will be considered final for selecting candidates for the further rounds (Tier-III & Tier-IV) of the SSC CGL 2022 Exam.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL 2022 Tier-1 exam will be conducted online comprising of 4 sections with about a 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. The entire exam is needed to be completed in a time span of 60 minutes.

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-I Exam are:

  1. General Intelligence & Reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. English Comprehension
Serial No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and Reasoning255060 minutes
2General Awareness2550 
3Quantitative Aptitude2550 
4English Comprehension2550 
Total 100200 

Penalty of Wrong Answer: There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off. No point will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted by a candidate.

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL Tier-2 exam will be conducted online comprising of 4 papers with about a 100 questions in Quantitative Ability, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics) & 200 questions in English Language and Comprehension Papers and with maximum marks of 200 for reach papers.

The papers asked in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam are:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Statistics
  3. General Studies (Finance & Economics)
  4. English Language & Comprehension
S. No.PapersNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1Paper-I: Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
2Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
3Paper-III: Statistics1002002 hours
4Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

Penalty of Wrong Answer: There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern:

Tier-3 of SSC CGL will be a descriptive test. The paper will be in English/Hindi and will constitute of 100 marks. The entire paper needs to be completed in 60 minutes.

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)100 marks60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam is a Computer Skill Test. It will be conducted in two steps: DEST Test & CPT Test.

DEST: Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s writing skills.

CPT: This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Generation of Slides.

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