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


The SSC (Staff Selection Commission) is a government recruiting agency attached with the DOP (Department of Personnel) at the Government of India. Every year, the agency conducts the CGL (Combines graduate level examination) entrance exam at its 7 Regional offices and 2 Sub-regional offices to select candidates for the Group ‘B’ Non-gazette posts and Group ‘C’ Staff.

SSC-Staff Selection Commission every year conducts the CGL i.e. Combined Graduate Level Examination in four different stages (stages are different for different posts). Each stage needs to be cleared by aspirants in order to appear in the final SSC CGL 2018 merit list prepared by the SSC officials.

 SSC CGL 2018 Latest Notification – 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.

Read to know more about the SSC CGL 2018 Exam.

SSC CGL Exam 2018 – Quick Overview

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

Name of the Examination

SSC CGL Exam (Staff Selection Commission Combined graduate level)

Conducting Authority

Staff Selection Commission commonly known as SSC

Official Website

Exam Occurrence

Once in a year in 4 tiers

Mode of Examination

Tier I and Tier II (Computer-Based Test)

Tier III (Pen-based test)

Number of test takers

Around 1.5 million annually

Exam language

English and Hindi

Exam type

Combined Graduate Level Examination

Offered posts

Group B and Group C posts under departments of Government of India.

Number of papers

Tier I- Preliminary

Tier II- Mains

Tier III-Descriptive Paper

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

Available Application Forms

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Important Dates

About the Exam

Exam Dates (Tentative)

Get Application Form from

5th May 2018

Closing Date of Application form

4th June 2018

Mode of Apply


Get Admit Card online for Tier-1 Exam

May 2018

Exam Date of Tier-1, SSC CGL 2018

August –September 2018

Result Declaration

September – October 2018

Get Admit Card online for Tier-2 Exam, SSC CGL 2018.

End week of August 2018

Exam Date of Tier-2 SSC CGL 2018 Exam

September 2018

Result Declaration

October 2018

Exam Date of Tier-3 SSC CGL 2018 Exam

November 2018

Test of Computer Skill/ Interview Skill

December 2018

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

Selection and Exam Procedure of SSC CGL 2018 Exam

This is a multi-stage exam. There are four tiers of this exam. Candidates are required to pass all the stages of the exam to finally qualify for the post. Check below for the various tiers of the exam.


Type of Test

Subjective/Objective Type



Written Test

Objective Type



Written Test

Objective Type



Written Test

Descriptive Type



Computer test



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Here are further details about the exam-

Details about the Tier-1

About the Exam

Details about it

Type of exam

Objective Type

Mode of exam


Number of sections

4 sections, namely –

  1. General Intelligence and Reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. English Comprehension

Number of questions





75 minutes

Scheme of Negative marking

For every incorrect answer 0.50 marks will be deducted.

Details about the Tier -2

About the Exam

Details about it

Type of exam

Objective type

Mode of exam


Number of sections/Papers

4 Papers-

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. English language and comprehension
  3. Statistics
  4. General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Note – Paper 1 & 2 are common for all Posts but Paper-3 is meant for Post of Statistical Investigator Grade-2 & Compiler and Paper-4 is meant for Assistant Audit Officer.


Number of questions





2 hours

Scheme of Negative marking

The scheme of negative marking is different for different papers. For Paper -1,3 and 4 for every incorrect answer 0.50 marks will be deducted and for Paper-2, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Details about the Tier-3 exam

About the Exam

Details about it

Type of exam

Descriptive Type

Mode of exam





60 minutes

Scheme of Negative marking

No negative marking

The tier-4 will be a computer based exam. It simply tests the skills of the candidate. 

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Eligibility

Nationality – A candidate should be an Indian citizen.

Educational Qualifications – Check the post and its equivalent educational qualification requirement –

Post Applied

Educational Qualification requirement

Assistant Audit Officer

Master in Commerce/ Business studies/Business Administration/Business Economics or C.A/CS/Masters in Management Accountant.

Statistical Investigator Grade-2

Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Statistics with Economics or with Maths.

Compiler Post

UG with Statistics/Economics with Maths as the compulsory elective subject.

All other post

Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university.

Age Limit – The age limit is different for different Posts.


Age Limit

Assistant Audit Officer and Sub-Inspector

20-30 years

Intelligence Bureau Assistant Post

21-27 years

  • Inspector (Income Tax, Central Excise, Preventive Officer, Compiler, Examiner),
  • Sub- Inspector (Divisional Accountants, Tax-Assistants, Auditors)
  • Upper Division Clerk, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Junior Accountant

20- 30 Years

  • Assistant Audit Officer
  • Sub-Inspector for Group-B
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer

Should not exceed 30 years

Statistical Investigator Grade -2

Up to 32 years

Sub-Inspector for Group -C

18-25 years

 Age –relaxation to candidates in reservedcategory.


Age -Relaxation


3 Years


5 years

Physically Handicapped




10 years

13 years

15 years

Ex- Serviceman




3 years

6 years

8 years

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Application Process

Admission Process

  • Candidates can fill the Application form online. The link for Applicationgets activated soon after the official notification for the exam.
  • The candidates should read the instructions carefullybefore filling the form.
  • They are required to fill all the necessary columns.
  • Then upload the scanned copies of their Photo and Signature.
  • The candidates should take the print copy of the Confirmation page generated after application submission. 

Application Fee

  • Candidates should pay the Application Fee of ₹ 100/.
  • Female candidates and the Reserved category candidates should Not payany fee.
  • The Application fee can be made through Net banking, Credit Card/ Debit Card and through SBI Challan.

Other Details

Admit Card Issuance

The Admit Cards are issued online by the authority before every stage of the SSC CGL Exam. No hard copies of Admit cards are sent at the candidate’sresidential address.  Candidates should download it from the commission’s official website. It is mandatory to bring the Admit cards in the exam center.

Answer Key Publication

The answer keys of every question paper are published by the commission. The candidates can cross check their answers with the answer keys.

Cut- off Marks

The cut off marks vary every year. It depends upon the number of candidates appearing in the given year’sexam. It is different for different categories of candidates.


The result is announced after one month of the exam. The candidate can check their results online.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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

The SSC CGL 2018 is a four tier exam. The expected date on which the Tier-1 exam will be held from June to July 2018.

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

It will be declared in the month of the October, 2018.

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. What is the nature of question of the SSC CGL 2018 exam?

The questions are both objective as well as subjective type.

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

Yes, this exam has scheme of negative marking. It is different for different papers. In question paper of Tier-1 exam 0.50 marks will be deducted and in the question paper of Tier-2 exam, 0.50 or 0.25 marks will be deducted. See above for further details about the marking scheme.

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

For different posts age limit varies. Candidate should check above for the age limit for varying categories of the posts.

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

Yes, there is provision for the age relaxation of the candidate. OBC candidates are given 3 years of age relaxation, SC/ST 5 years and the Physically handicapped people are given 10- 15 years of age relaxation depending upon their category of reservation.

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

Candidates can get the Application form online. They can visit the official website of the commission after the publication of the notification and get the Application form.

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

It is held for only once in a year.

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

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