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SSC or Staff Selection Commission has been set up by the Government of India to recruit suitable people for various positions in the Ministries and various Departments of the Government and its offices. For this purpose, SSCCGL exam is held every year. It is called Staff Selection Commission Combined Departmental Examination.
SSCCGL is an open competitive examination (written) for recruiting suitable candidates for Grade B and Grade C categories posts in the government set of ministries, departments and various organisations. The SSCCGL number of vacancies and posts are advertised by the SSC every year along with the SSCCGL exam date.
The CGLexam is one of the most sought-after papers because it holds the key for millions of aspirants to apply for a suitable post in Central Government Posts in India.
Once the SSCCGLnotification is released on the SSC official website, the registrations for the exam is opened and the candidates are given an option to apply online for the CGL exam
The final SSCCGL marks for 2017 is to be announced in February 2018. To view the SSCCGL 2016 result, please visit the pdf link.
The selected candidates through SSCCGL exam are recruited for top posts in central government ministries, departments and its various offices. These are further classified into category B and C jobs. There are many posts available for the qualifiers of the SSCCGL, like Income Tax Inspector, Auditor, Excise Officer and Customs Department Officer, Sub Inspector in CBI and many other posts in various departments like Ministry of External Affairs, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway, Central Secretariat Service and Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG among others.
Posts include Assistant, Assistant Section Officer, Inspector of Income Tax, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner), Assistant Enforcement Officer, Sub-Inspector, Inspector Post, Divisional Accountant, Statistical Investigator Grade-II, Inspector, Auditor, Accountant, Junior Accountant, Upper Division Clerk, Tax Assistant, Compiler and Sub-Inspector (Narcotics). The different departments under which the SSC is recruiting include but are not limited to DoPT(CSS), Central Vigilance Commission, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs, Intelligence Bureau, CAG, AFHQ, Central Administrative Tribunal, CBDT, Department of Post, Central Bureau of Narcotics, CBEC, Ministry of Post, Ministry of Textile and others.
The SSCCGL2017 notification has specified a tentative number of 4733 vacancies for the CGL exam this year. It is an opportune time for central government jobs seekers to apply. This is just a tentative number and the final vacancies number will be notified one month before the result announcement in 2018. Even though the SSCCGL notification specified 5000 vacancies in 2016, the final number of total vacancies was more than 11,000.
Age relaxation for various posts is now increased by three years. Thus, the maximum age limit to be eligible for various posts in several departments is now 30 years.
New posts have been introduced through SSCCGL exam in 2017. The group of new posts include Assistant Accounts Officer, Assistants in Serious Fraud Investigation Office and several other new posts in its ministries.
As per the latest SSCCGL notification, post preference must be duly filled by each candidate at the time of submission of the CGL exam online application. The candidate will need to give the preference option once more at the time of document verification and at the second time, the preferred option will be taken as final.
Nationality:Only Indian Citizens are eligible to apply for SSCCGL exam 2017. Foreign candidates and NRI are not eligible to apply.
Age-Criteria: The standard age-limit to apply for CGL is between 18-27 years. However, for select posts, the upper age limit to apply for CGLexam has been relaxed to 28, 30, and 32 years old. SSC has now changed the age bracket for candidates applying forCGL in 2017. It is now 20-30 years. People who are 30 years old in 2017 can apply for the SSCCGL the same year.
Online Exams:Tier 1 and Tier 2 SSCCGL exams will not be conducted online shifting focus from the pen and paper mode.
E-Admit Cards:Paper-based admit cards will be issued to the candidates for CGL. The admit cards will be online generated and candidates will need to download the SSCCGL e-admit card from the concerning SSC regional websites.
New Exam Pattern: The time duration of tier 1 CGL exam is now 60 minutes. Earlier, it was 75 minutes. The tier 1 exam will have 100 questions of 2 marks each. Tier 2 exam will be computer-based and tier 3 CGL paper of 100 marks, descriptive in nature, has been introduced for the first time. Candidates need to score 33% in tier 3 exam to qualify for the tier 4 CGL stage. The tier 3 CGL paper includes essay writing, an application or letter writing format.
For SSCCGL 2017 notification, there are two websites created exclusively for the current year. The two-web links are www.SSCCGL2017online.in and www.SSCCGL2017notification.in
The SSCCGL exam schedule is usually released in October or November of each year. Like in case of SSCCGL in 2016, the exam calendar was notified on October 18, however, because of administrative issues, SSC did not make the notification announcement due on March 11, 2017. It was later postponed.
It is important to note that often, the SSCCGL notification and exam dates have been postponed. Even SSCCGL 2017 notification was postponed from July 02, 2016 to October. It so happens in case of exam dates even. The usual months is October to November of each year. The SSCCGL 2017 notification was finally released in February 2017.
To handle the big rush of SSCCGL exam applicants, the commission has constructed two websites for candidates to make anonline submission for 2017 CGL.
The two links are:
The following points should be considered while applying online:
1)Each candidate must duly fill details in part 1 and part 2 of registration. Then only, the online registration process for SSCCGL exam will be accepted by the concerned authorities.
2) The online applicant must keep a scanned copy of photograph and signature, in specified ready for submission.
3) The candidate should have academic details handy as it is needed to be filled in the online application format of the CGL form.
The Part 1 Registration of the CGL online form required an applicant to provide all basic details such as full name, age, address, email, etc. The crucial part of part 1 registration is specifying the post preferences for SSCCGL. It is a separate page, in which each candidate will need to key in own preferences.
To fill in the preferences, an online applicate may need a bit of technical knowledge. Before specifying an option, a candidate should carefully evaluate the job profile rather than applying for a CGLpost which has maximum vacancies or is the popular choice.
Upon complete submission of part 1 registration, the online CGL system will give a ‘Registration Number’. Every candidate must record this number as it is required during submission of part 2 registration and later, for downloading the admit card and further examination stages.
The Part-2 Registration, an online applicant needs to upload a personal photograph or signature and submit the online application fees. Post which, the online registration process is complete.
Each candidate will receive an email of acknowledgement from SSC, listing the Registration Number (ID).
Educational Qualifications: Candidates who apply for CGL exam need to be graduates in any discipline. Only for certain posts, a candidate needs to hold additional qualifications.
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer: Even though graduates are eligible to apply for the post, preference is given to people who hold a CA/CS/Cost and Management Accountant/ MBA (Finance)/M Com/ Master in Business/ Master in Business Economics degree.
Jr. Statistical Officer: To be eligible for this post, an aspirant must be a degree holder in any subject with at least a 60% score in 12th standard. Alternatively, a candidate can be a degree holder in any subject but statistics as one of the subjects is a must have in graduation.
The age- qualifying criteria as per the information shared below:
There isage relaxation which is category-specific:
Tier-1: This is the first stage for CGLAspirants. It is the primary level of SSCCGL exam appearance, however, the candidates must not mistake it as an equivalent of thescreening test. It is because the score of the tier 1 SSCCGL is counted when the final merit list is prepared by the commission.
Tier-1CGL is conducted online and is divided into four sections, each section containing 25 questions. The tier 1 CGL exam is for a total duration of one hour or 60 minutes.
Tier-2:Candidates who score the qualifying marks in tier 1 CGL exam, will appear for the tier 2 of SSCCGL. This exam is also held online and has three papers. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory and Paper 2 is for Statistical Investigator Post applicants exclusively.
Tier-3:Candidates who score for tier 3 CGL exam, will appear for the descriptive paper conducted in English or Hindi languages. The paper is of 100 marks and each appearing candidate must score at least 33% marks to be eligible for the next stage of SSCCGL. The paper is constructed in away to judge the writing skill of each candidate.
This is the first time that the commission is conducting a descriptive paper. It happened because of the government’s decision to eliminate the interview test for recruiting candidates for junior level posts.
Candidates who clear the tier 3 exam and score sufficient aggregate score in the three-tier papers- 1, 2 and 3, are shortlisted for the next stage of SSCCGL, tier 4, which is skill test or computer proficiency test. This is the qualifying stage.
The three-tier performance is considered to prepare the final merit list.
From 2016 onwards, the SSCCGL exam pattern changed. Tier 3 CGL exam was introduced and tier 4inducted and interview stage was done away with.
The SSCCGL selected is now based on these 4 tier phases. Only non-interview posts applicants will not have an interview tests. This includes Gazettes Posts of D, C and B level. The non-interview mode also applies to SSC graduate level non-interview posts.
To be ready for one of the most prestigious government jobs, the SSCCGL candidates need to invest time in focused preparation studies. There are many online test series, mock tests and comprehensive online coaching tutorials accessible to CGLaspirants now. It is important to practice using the online database of test series and SSCCGL mock test to achieve effective time management and problem-solving skills.
Through continuous practice, a candidate can realize the personal strengths and weakness and thus, map areas of personal improvement. The candidate will also learn about which section to attempt first as some sections are scoring over others and should be attempted first.
The online test series are created by experts and they are designed considering the previous year CGL pattern and the expected change in the current year patterns to modify questions accordingly.
It is crucial to access the right study material and follow a methodical approach for SSCCGL exam preparation. One cannot cover all the topics in each subject as the syllabus can be massive. Therefore, try and understand the concepts of every subject and this can be done only through a lot of practice. Enrollfor online coaching to target the best CGL score.
Given below is the cut-offs for CGL in theprevious year.
SSCCGL 2016 TIER- 1 Cut-Off:
SSCCGL 2015 TIER- 1 Cut-Off:
SSC CGL exam results are released in four phases, one after another SSC CGL tier stage. The shortlisted candidates are eligible to appear for the next round of the CGL based on every tier result announcement. The CGL result is declared on the SSC website.
Post registration, each candidate required to download an e-admit card, also called the hall ticket or the call letter, from the official website of SSC. The admit card for the SSC CGL Tier 1 paper is published first, followed by the CGL tier 2 admit card for candidates who qualify the tier 1 stage. Complete information related to admit card download and display can be accessed using the official CGL Exam Notification released on the SSC website.
Millions of CGL aspirants appear for the exam every year. The tier 1 SSC CGL exam is conducted in three shifts. Each shift has a stipulated time-frame. It is a wise idea to pre-empt the difficulty level of the tier 1 CGL paper and one can do so, by studying the SSC CGL questions and answers database. The idea is to solve the questions and then evaluate own performance based on the answers given in the sheet. It is vital to check own performance and progress of preparation.
The official answer key for the CGL Tier 1 paper is published after 10-15 days from the day of the exam. Answer keys help candidates evaluate own performance by comparing their answers to the right answers shared by the experts. A candidate can make an estimate of their marks and own expected rank basis the answer key evaluation.
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