SSC CGL 2018 Exam: Important Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card, Results

SSC CGL Exam

SSC, Staff Selection Commission, has started the online application process for its Combined Graduate Level Examination. SSC CGL exam is conducted for recruitment at Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ posts in various Departments/Ministries/Organisations working under the Government of India (GOI). The exam is conducted in four Tiers and candidates need to clear all the Tiers in order to make to the final merit list.

SSC CGL 2018 Latest Notification -

  • Staff Selection Commission has changed the age criteria for the post of Inspector in the Central Bureau of Narcotics. The age limit is now ‘Not exceeding 30 years’ as stated in the official document. Earlier, it was 18-27 years.
  • The SSC started the application process for SSC CGL 2018 on 5th May 2018. The SSC CGL Tier-I 2018 exam has been postponed and the exam is likely to take place in August-September 2018.

SSC CGL Exam 2018 – Quick Overview

Here is a quick overview of the SSC CGL 2018 exam.

Name of the Examination

SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level) Exam

Conducting Authority

Staff Selection Commission

Official Website

www.ssc.nic.in

Exam Occurrence

Once a year

Mode of Examination

Tier I and II (Computer-Based Test)

Tier III (Pen and Paper Based Test)

Tier IV (Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test/Document Verification)

Exam language

English and Hindi

Exam type

National level

Number of papers

Tier I- Preliminary

Tier II- Main

Tier III-Descriptive Paper

Tier IV- Computer Proficiency Test/Data Entry Skill Test /Document Verification


Available Application Forms

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

Application Form availability

5th May 2018

Closing Date of Application form

4th June 2018 5th June (5:00 PM) extended

Application fee payment facility

5th May to 5th June 2018

Last date for paying application fee through e-challan

7th June 2018

Get Admit Cards for Tier-I Exam

Two weeks before the examination

SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I exam

25th July to 20th August 2018

To be notified later

Result Declaration

To be notified later

Get Admit Card online for Tier-2 Exam

Two weeks before the examination

SSC CGL 2018 Tier-II Exam

To be notified later

Result Declaration

To be notified later

Exam Date of Tier-III SSC CGL 2018 Exam

To be notified later

Test of Computer Proficiency/Skill Test (Tier-IV)

To be notified later

Final result declaration

To be notified later


SSC CGL Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Combined Graduate Level Examination is conducted in four different stages:

  • Tier-I – Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Tier-II – Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Tier-III – Pen and Paper Mode Test (Descriptive paper)
  • Tier-IV – Computer Proficiency/Skill Test (whatever applicable)/Document Verification

Here is the detailed pattern for all the Tiers of the examination.

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

Subjects

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

60 minutes

General Intelligence and Reasoning

25

50

English Comprehensive

25

50

General Awareness

25

50

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Negative Marking:

There is a provision of negative marking in Tier-I of SSC CGL exam. 0.50 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

Subjects

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities

100

200

120 minutes

Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension

200

200

Paper-III: Statistics

100

200

Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)

100

200

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The paper I and II are compulsory for all posts. Paper III will be only for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) post and those who are shortlisted for this paper. Paper IV will be for posts Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.

Negative Marking:

  • 0.50 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in Paper I, III, and IV.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in Paper II.

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

Mode of Examination

Pen and Paper Mode

Paper Type

Descriptive Paper – Writing essay/Precis/Letter/Application in Hindi or English

Maximum Marks

100

Time Allotted

60 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier-IV

Tier-IV includes Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test (wherever applicable). Document Verification will also be conducted in this phase. For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise & Income Tax), data entry speed at 8,000 (eight thousand) key depressions per hour on the computer is required.

The ‘Data Entry Speed Test’ will be conducted for a passage of 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for 15 minutes.

The ‘Computer Proficiency Test’ will include three modules – Word processing, Spread Sheet, and PowerPoint. The CPT will be conducted for the posts of Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant Section Officer (CSS), and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.

For ‘Document Verification’, candidates are required to produce in original documents such as Matriculation Certificate, Educational Qualification Certificate, Caste Certificate, and other relevant documents (if any) supporting relaxation taken by the candidate. Copies of these documents are also to be submitted. Candidates who fail to appear for the DV process will not be considered for the final selection.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2018

SSC has prescribed the syllabus for SSC CGL 2018 exam in the official notification. Candidates can check the ‘9.5’ paragraph in the notification for ‘Indicative Syllabus’ of the exam. Complete syllabus for Tier-I and Tier-II has been provided in the official information bulletin.



SSC CGL Exam 2018 Eligibility

Nationality

  • A candidate must be a citizen of India, Nepal or Bhutan.
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with an intention of permanent settlement is also eligible.
  • Persons of Indian origin who have migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam for permanently settling in India.

Age Limit

Different posts have a different age limit. So here are the details of different posts and their related age limits:

S.No.

Name of Post

Ministry/Department

Classification of Posts

Age Limit

1

Assistant Audit Officer

Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG

Group ‘B’ Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)

Not exceeding 30 years

2

Assistant Accounts Officer

Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG

Group ‘B’ Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)

Not exceeding 30 years

3

Assistant Section Officer

Central Secretariat Service

Group B

20-30 years

4

Assistant Section Officer

Intelligence Bureau

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

5

Assistant Section Officer

Ministry of Railway

Group B

20-30 years

6

Assistant Section Officer

Ministry of External Affairs

Group B

20-30 years

7

Assistant Section Officer

AFHQ

Group B

20-30 years

8

Assistant

Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Group B

18-30 years

9

Assistant

Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Group B

20-30 years

10

Assistant Section Officer

Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

11

Assistant

Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

12

Assistant/Superintendent

Other Ministries/Departments/Organisations

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

13

Inspector of Income Tax

CBDT

Group C

Not exceeding 30 years

14

Inspector (Central Excise)

CBEC

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

15

Inspector (Preventive Officer)

Group B

16

Inspector (Examiner)

Group B

17

Assistant Enforcement Officer

Directorate of enforcement, Department of Revenue

Group B

Up to 30 years

18

Sub Inspector

Central Bureau of Investigation

Group B

20-30 years

19

Inspector Posts

Department of Post

Group B

18-30 years

20

Divisional Accountant

Offices under CAG

Group B

Not exceeding 30 years

21

Inspector

Central Bureau of Narcotics

Group B

18-27 years Not exceeding 30 years (amended)

22

Sub Inspector

National Investigation Agency

Group B

Up to 30 years

23

Junior Statistical Officer

M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation

Group B

Up to 32 years

24

Auditor

Offices under C&AG

Group C

18-27 years

25

Auditor

Offices under CGDA

Group C

18-27 years

26

Auditor

Other Ministry/Departments

Group C

18-27 years

27

Accountant

Offices under C&AG

Group C

18-27 years

28

Accountant/ Junior Accountant

Other Ministry Departments

Group C

18-27 years

29

Senior Secretariat Assistant/Upper Division Clerks

Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres

Group C

18-27 years

30

Tax Assistant

CBDT

Group C

18-27 years

31

Tax Assistant

CBEC

Group C

20-27 years

32

Sub Inspector

Central Bureau of Narcotics

Group C

18-27 years

33

Upper Division Clerks

Directorate General Border Road Organisation (MoD)

Group C

18-27 years

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Check out the relaxation criteria in the upper age limit in the official notification.

Educational Qualification as on 1st August 20018

Posts

Educational Qualification

Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer

Essential qualification: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University

Desirable qualification: CA/CS/Cost & Management Accountant/M.Com./MBA (Finance)/Masters in Business Studies/Masters in Business Economics

Junior Statistical Officer

Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) with 60% marks in Mathematics in 12th class

OR

Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) with Statistics as one of the subjects.

All other posts

Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) from a recognized University

Note: Candidates appearing in the final year of graduation are also eligible for the exam provided they pass the exam on or before 1st August 2018.


SSC CGL Exam 2018 Application Process

The application forms for the SSC CGL 2018 exam can be filled online only through the official website. The application process has started from 5th May and will continue till 5th June 2018.

Steps to Fill SSC CGL Application Form 2018 -

  • Go to SSC’s official Application Form filling website – www.ssconline.nic.in
  • Read the instructions carefully and move to Part 1 of the registration process.
  • Provide the details asked for and submit them to complete the registration process. On successful submission of the form, a registration ID and password will appear. Please note that the SSC registration process is one-time. With the registration ID and password, candidates (if eligible) can apply for all exams conducted by the commission in any year.  So, if you have already registered at the commission’s website, do not register again. Just log-in and complete the application form.
  • Use your registration ID and password to log-in and complete the application form by uploading scanned images of your passport size photograph and signature. Scanned images should be in JPG format. Size of the photograph should be between 4 KB and 20 KB while the size of the signature should be between 1 KB and 12 KB.
  • Check all the entries filled in the application form carefully before the final submission.
  • Make fee payment and complete process.
  • Take a printout of the completed application form for your own record. Do not send/post the printout of the completed application form to the Commission.

Application Fee

  • Candidates should pay the Application Fee of 100/.
  • Female candidates and the reserved category (SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen) candidates are exempted from the application fee payment.
  • The Application fee can be paid through SBI Challan/SBI Net Banking or by using Visa Mastercard, Maestro Credit or Debit card. Additional bank charges/transaction charges are to be paid by the candidate.
  • The application fee is non-refundable.

Other Details

SSC CGL 2018 Admit Card

SSC CGL 2018 admit cards will be uploaded on the official website two weeks prior to the examination date. If any candidate does not find the admit card on the official website one week prior the exam, he should contact the concerned regional commission with the printout of complete application form. Admit card can be download using the registration ID and password. It is a mandatory document for making entry to the examination hall.

SSC CGL 2018 Answer Key

SSC CGL answer keys will be published by the Commission on the official website. Candidates can cross-check their answers with the answer keys released to calculate their expected score. Candidates will also be provided with the options to challenge the answer key. Candidates’ representations will be scrutinized by the experts and changes (if any) will be informed through the updated answer keys.

SSC CGL 2018 Result

The SSC CGL result will be declared at the official website. The commission has not announced any specific date for the same yet. Results are announced after every stage of the examination listing the qualified candidates for the next stage. And, a final result on the basis of candidates’ performance at all the stages is also declared.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. How to get the Application form for the exam?

Candidates can get the Application form online from the official website of the commission. The online application forms have been issued on 5th May and will remain available till 5th June 2018.

Q. When will be the SSC CGL 2018 exam held?

SSC CGL 2018 exam will be conducted in four tiers. The exam dates are not announced yet. They will be updated here as soon as the official announcement is made.

Q. When will be the final result of the SSC CGL 2018 exam declared?

The commission has not announced the result dates yet.

Q. How many stages are there for the SSC CGL 2018 exam?

There are four stages of the exam, namely Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3, and Tier-4.

Q. Is there a scheme of negative marking in the SSC CGL 2018 exam?

Yes, there is a scheme of negative marking in the exam. In Tier-I, 0.50 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. In Tier-II, 0.25 marks will be deducted for the wrong answer in Paper II and 0.50 marks will be deducted for Paper-I, Paper-III, and Paper-IV.

Q. What is the age limit for SSC CGL 2018 exam?

The age limit varies for different posts. You can check out the table provided above in the article.

Q. If there is provision for age relaxation for the reserved category candidates?

Yes, there is a provision for age relaxation for reserved category candidates. OBC candidates are given 3 years of age relaxation, SC/ST 5 years and the persons with disability are given 10 years of age relaxation.

Q. In a year, how many times the SSC CGL exam is held?

It is held only once in a year.

Q. What are the cut-off marks for the exam?

The cut-off marks vary every year and are different for different posts.


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