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Monday, 11 September 2017

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam Overview

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) - Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam Overview
Staff Selection Commission- Combined Graduate Level exam is a multiple choice examination conducted by (SSC) Staff Selection Commission, an organization which is founded by Indian Government to recruit eligible staff for various government posts in various department and Ministers of the Indian Government and its subordinate Offices, which can be applied through both SSC online as well as offline.
SSC was formed in 1975 as Subordinate Services Commission. It is currently operated by former UPSC Secretary and ISS Ashim Khurana, who serves as the chairman of SSC since 2015.

Main Responsibilities of Staff Selection Commission:
SSC is responsible for making Group B (non-gazetted posts for both non-technical and technical jobs) and Group C Recruitments (non-technical jobs), suitable for various departments of Indian government and its subordinate and attached offices. 
Note recruitments concerning Industrial Establishments and Railway Recruitment Boards are not held based on this examination.

SSC is also responsible for conduction departmental exams for internal promotions from Group D to Grade LDC, Stenographers Grade D to Grade C(Apart from conducting Periodical Typewriting test in Hindi and English), and LDC to UDC Grade.
Now that we have briefed you about the working and importance of SSC, let’s talk about its combined Graduate level exam, and how you can apply for the exam, and get a secured government job. Candidates can apply for SSC online as well as offline.

SSC- CGL (Detailed Explanation)
SSC - CGL (Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level) is a type of MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) based standardized test conducted by the government of India to test the general knowledge, English, quantitative aptitude and reasoning of the candidates, with the motive of recruiting eligible candidates in various government organizations. This examination is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission of the country for various Central Civil service posts in some of the most reputed government organizations.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million applicants appear for this examination every year in India. The test has a basic eligibility criterion, which pre-requisites applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. Note candidates can apply for the exam by filling an application on official SSC online website.
SSC CGL is a 200 mark examination with 100 questions, which the candidates have to answer within 60 minute duration.
4 Tiers of SSC- CGL
CGL is divided into Three Tier based on the position the applicant is applying for which are (All these tiers are conducted through an SSC online execution):

  • Tier 1 (Preliminary Examination) - Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Questions)
  • Tier 2 (Main Examination) - Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier 3 (Descriptive Test) - Essay / Letter Writing / Passage / Application
  • Tier 4 (DEST/CPT) - Computer Proficiency Test / Document Verification / Data Entry Skill Test

No More Interview Round in SSC-CGL
With effect to the new laws passed by the Staff Selection Commission since 1st January 2016, CGL’s 3rd Tier which used to be Interview Round has been replaced by a Descriptive Test, in which the candidate's language skills are tested through his/her writing skills.
SSC made these chances following a discussion, in which it was pointed out that there was no requirement for candidates to clear a personality test for D, C, and B Grade posts. This new law is also applicable in a few more graduate level jobs, in which interviews are not necessary.

Eligibility Criteria
It is mandatory for all candidates applying for SSC-CGL for any government post, to have a bachelor’s degree in any disciplined course, from a government recognized university, when they are submitting their application form. The candidate age should be between 18 - 32 years old (which can vary according to the applied post requirements and the societal category of the applicant) on 1st August when he/she is appearing for the test.
Note that scheduled caste, physically handicapped, ex-servicemen, scheduled tribe and other backward classes are eligible to apply for relaxation on their age eligibility. Females of these categories are also eligible for attaining reservation relaxations that exempt them from paying any application fee.

Entrance Fees
The application fee for SSC-CGL for general category is only Rs 100, for its 2017 examination. As we have discussed above, female candidates of reserved category can apply for this examination free of cost. Applicants can apply and pay their application fee on SSC online website.

Examination Structure
SSC-CGL comprises of a Preliminary examination which is followed by the Main examination. Previously it also included an interview, but that round is dispensed off from all non-gazetted posts for the central government. However, a few skill and proficiency tests are conducted for a few posts, which select its candidates from this examination.

Preliminary Examination
This exams preliminary comprises of total 200 marks, which are divided into four sections of multiple choice questions. Applicants are given a time duration of 60 minutes (as of 2017 CGL) to answer all questions.
·         General Awareness
·         Quantitative Aptitude
·         English Comprehensive
·         General Reasoning and Intelligence

Main Examination
The main written or online examination is also conducted in four sections. The first two sections of the examination are compulsory for all qualified candidates. The other two sections, 3 and 4 are designed especially for candidates who have an applied for other special posts in the government sector.
·         Quantitative Ability
·         English Comprehension and Language
·         Statistics
·         General Studies (Economics and Finance)
SS has also planned on adding a descriptive written paper, which can be used to test the language understanding of the candidates, this paper can be attempted in both Hindi and English for writing letters, précis, and essays. This paper is replaced with the interview round for the same 100 marks. 

  • Logistics of Last Year Applications

This year more than 3.8 million candidates applied for the Staff Selection Commission exam conducted in 2017, according to, who registered their applications in 2016. The exam was held in 415 venues in 43 batches across 96 cities.

How to Apply for SSC
Any graduate candidate can apply for the exam by going to the official Government website of Staff Selection Commission. Applicant can apply for the exam on SSC online website or through offline procedure.
Applicants can apply for this exam through an online as well as an offline procedure, provided they fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
Usually, if a candidate wants to sit in the next year SSC examination, he needs to apply or register a year before. So candidates who wish sit in 2018 SSC exam, should submit their application form this year, that is in 2017. Unfortunately, the application submission date for next year’s SSC exam is over now, so the applicants have to wait till next year to submit their applications.

SSC Online application
The online registration for SSC exams is divided into two categories, Part-I Registration and Part-II Registration.
Step 1: First the applicants need to go to And follow the instructions given on the application form to properly fill it.
Step 2: Now the applicants are required to submit all the genuine details on the online forms. Note all the fields marked with a '*' signs are mandatory.

Once you have submitted your basic information on SSC online Application, the Part I Registration will appear on the screen.
Step 3: Ensure to print the page, or note down the registration number generated on the page.
Step 4: The Part II Registration Procedure, demands applicants to upload their documents like a photograph, scanned signature image etc all in JPEG format within the specified size mentioned on the application form.
Step 5: Fees Submission.
Note: The candidates are only allowed to pay their SSC registration fee through State Bank of India, in through credit/debit card, net banking or Challan which can be generated online. An applicant can also pay their fees in cash, by submitting their challan and form fee in their nearest State Bank of India Branch.

Important Notes:
Applicants are requested to go through each instruction properly to avoid any confusion or error.
Applicants are requested to fill the fields with their genuine information, or their application can be dismissed.
If the applicants are submitting their application forms through an offline procedure, they should ensure to submit that at least two days before the last date of registration.
Note that SCC and the Government of India are not responsible for any mistake made by the applicant on his/her registration form.
Once the application form is submitted on the website, or at the respected office, applicants won’t be allowed to make any correction or change on the application form.
The examination fee for SSC is non-refundable.

Preparation Guide for SSC CGL Examination
Solve as Many Previous Year Question Paper as You Can
Candidates can download previous years CGL question papers to practice for their exam. In this way, if any question is repeated from the previous year’s which is likely, the candidate will easily be able to crack those questions.
Solving previous year question papers will also help candidates in getting a rough idea of where they stand and where they need to work. By solving these papers as real exam paper, candidates will be able to understand their weakness as well as their strengths.
These previous year examination papers are easily available on the internet, which can be downloaded free of cost. Applicants can also increase their speed by completing these tests using a timer. However, remember to download these question papers with their answer keys, else check and match the correct answers with your answer.

Tips and Trick for SSC CGL Preparations
  • Make a Study Plan

Start with a plan, whenever we think about preparing for any competitive exam, the first question that arises in our head is where to start? We all are better at one subject compared to others. Now find your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure to create a time table that focuses towards your weak subjects, so that you enough time, to become decent in, that particular subject by the time the exam date arrives.
  • Collect Good Study Material

It is obviously important for the candidates to use good study material. So ensure to do a quick research on Google, to find the best SSC exam book publishers in the market, which can help you in increasing your chances of successfully clearing the examination. Interest can be a great resource to get SSC online information of its previous year’s papers etc.
  • Quant Tricks and Formulas

Maths can be a very time-consuming subject during their exam, as it can take a few minutes to solve a question. So in order to use your time effectively during the actual exam, start learning formulas and practicing with short tricks that can you solve maths problems within a few seconds.
  • Work on Time Management

Candidates are expected to solve a 200 marks paper in 1 hour, which is designed with some of the questions online. So, by working on your time management skill you can really.

SSC Online Admit Card Download 2017
Applicants can download their admit cards for SSC online. After filling the Application and Preparing for the CGL applicants, every aspirant eagerly waits for the release of their admit card. This year’s admit card for Tier 1 Preliminary exam was released on 26th July.
Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of the Staff Selection Commission by login in their respective registered accounts.

SSC CGL Calendar for 2017 Examination
As we have already discussed that this year application date has expired and its Preliminary exam has already been conducted in August.
It is expected that its Main Examination will be conducted on 10th and 11th November, which will be a computer based examination. The other two tiers (Descriptive and Skill based) of the SSC exam will be held next year in 2018 in the first few months of the year.
Note that application forms for 2019’s examination will be released in 2018 around July, so be prepared to apply for the exam this year.

Pay Bands for Various SSC CGL Posts
One of the biggest reason for the popularity of CGL lies behind the salary bands offered for its government posts. Most SSC graduate level jobs in the country start above Rs 25,000 per month which can go up to Rs 1 Lakh, which also includes several health benefits and security like pension, tax benefits etc.
Usually graduate has to gain experience for over 2 years, to get a Rs 25,000 salary, but by clearing SSC CGL examination, candidates can jump start their career with a higher income, a secured jobs which provide them all sorts of government benefits.
In order to gain any further regarding SSC and other competitive exams organized by them, you visit their official site by clicking here.

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