Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level (SSC – CGL)

Hello, Aspirants!!

To give your SSC CGL preparation an appropriate start, it is very important that you have the complete knowledge of SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

This year Staff Selection commission had made some major changes in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern. Therefore, it is a must that you should get every single detail of the new pattern for SSC CGL exam 2018.

SSC has been one of the most desirable organisations for govt. exams in India. Every year thousands of vacancies are filled by SSC in govt. departments. Govt. jobs are the most sought after career choice in India. And it is one of the fastest growing industries in India and they are considered as sunrise sector of Indian Economy. More so, the government is focusing on providing better facilities and services in the every aspect of our lives. Govt is focusing on the development of our COUNTRY and in order to do that millions of Jobs will be created in the coming years. SSC is the only organisation that provides employment to lakhs of students in INDIA. A great opportunity lies ahead for all the SSC aspirants.

As the sector is growing very fast, it also needs manpower at various levels. Essentially the recruitment in SSC happens at the following levels:

1. Posts Under 4800 Grade Pay: Audit Officer Helping in conducting audits of govt./public sector organizations. The in hand salary will be around 55,000.

2. Posts Under 4600 Grade Pay: (Inspector (Examiner) (CBEC)- Income Tax Inspector (CBDT)- Post of Assistants in all Govt. Ministries: (Central Vigilance Commission,) Assistant Section Officer (CSS), Assistant (Intelligence Bureau), Assistant (Ministry of Railway) , Inspector (Dept. of Post) etc. The in hand salary will be around 50,000.

3. Posts Under 4200 Grade Pay: Sub Inspectors (CBI), Divisional Accountant (CAG), Assistant (Other Ministries) Sub Inspectors (NIA), Statistical Investigator. The in hand salary will be around 46,000.

4. Posts Under 2800, 2400 Grade Pay : Compiler (Registrar General of India), Senior Secretariat Assistant, Accountant/ Junior Accountant (Offices under C&AG, CGA & others) , Tax Assistant (CBEC & CBDT) , Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics) etc. The in hand salary will be around 40,000.

SSC CGL is most sought exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission. The exam is conducted in three phases-

Tier-I (Preliminary)
Tier-II (Main)
Tier-III (Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable))


Essential Qualifications for various posts –

I) Assistant Audit Officer:

a) Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute

b) Desirable Qualifications: Chartered Accountant or cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.

II) Statistical Investigator Grade- II:

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% in Mathematics at 12th standard level:


Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.

III) Compiler:

Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics

or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective subject.

IV) All other Posts: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Detail-

General Intelligence and Reasoning (25 Questions of 50 Marks)

General Awareness (25 Questions of 50 Marks)

English (25 Questions of 50 Marks)

Quantitative Aptitude (25 Questions of 50 Marks)


SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Detail

This is good news for all candidates that there is No change in the Exam Pattern. Only change is the mode of exam from Offline to Computer based Exam.

Paper-1 : Quantitative Abilities (100 Questions of 200 marks)

Paper-2 English Language and Comprehension (200 Questions of 200 marks).

Paper-3 : Statistics (100 Questions of 200 marks).

Paper-4 Finance and Accounts (100 Questions of 200 marks).


SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Detail

This is descriptive (Hindi/English) exam with paper pen mode. (Carry total 100 Marks with 1 Hour duration)

SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam Detail

This exam is proficiency (skill test *Wherever Applicable) & Document Verification, candidates have to show their real knowledge apart from bookish knowledge

Negative Marking –

  • 0.25 mark is reduced for each wrong answer in paper II (English Language & Comprehension) of Tier-II and
  • 0.50 mark is reduced for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV of Tier II.



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