SSC CGL Examination – An Overview of the Process

Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) 2020-21 Notification was released on December 29, 2020. SSC CGL examination is conducted over 4 different stages named tiers. The first two tiers of the SSC CGL examination are conducted over online mode. The next two tiers of the examination are conducted over offline mode. Tier-I of SSC CGL examination will have four sections – English comprehension, general awareness, english intelligence and reasoning, quantitative aptitude. Tier II of SSC CGL examination will have four papers – Statistics, Quantitative Abilities, English Language and Comprehension, General Studies. Tier-III of SSC CGL examination will have one descriptive paper in English or Hindi. Tier IV consists of computer proficiency test or skill test. The total number of questions in Tier-I, II and III are 100, 500 and 1 respectively. Tier I and Tier II will have multiple choice questions (MCQ) and Tier III will have descriptive patterns. Tier I of SSC CGL examination will have 100 marks, Tier II is for 800 marks and Tier III is for 100 marks

SSC CGL examination is conducted for recruitment into Group B and Group C posts. Candidates could download SSC CGL Admit Card for 2020 examination from November 2020. SSC CGL Tier I exams are yet to be notified. SSC CGL 2019 notification was released on 22nd October 2019.

SSC CGL Online Application submission was from 22nd October 2019 to 25th November 2019. SSC CGL 2019 Tier-I examination was scheduled from March 3, 2020 to March 9, 2020. SSC CGL Result of Tier – I examination was on 1st July 2020.The 2019 Tier II exam was initially scheduled from 22nd June 2020 to 25th June 2020, it was later postponed to October. Finally the exams were scheduled from November 15th to November 18th 2020. These postponements were due to pandemic. For 2018 examination, SSC CGL result for Tier II was released in the month of October. SSC CGL Admit card can be downloaded from the official website.

Under SSC CGL Tier I, General Intelligence and Reasoning section will have 25 questions and for a total of 50 marks. General Awareness section will have 25 questions for a total of 50 marks. Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension sections also will have 25 questions each and each section will be evaluated for a maximum score of 50 marks. Under Tier-II, all four papers will be for 200 marks each. Quantitative Abilities, Statistics and General Studies will have 100 questions each. English Language and Comprehension will have 200 questions.

The documents required for verification during the selection process are as follows, marks sheets of graduation, two passport size color photographs, matriculation or secondary certificate, no objection certificate if already employed with Government or Government undertakings, caste or category certificate (if applicable), identification proof, if the candidates come under category of ex-servicemen, then relevant documents needs to be submitted.

Some of the Government posts filled with SSC CGL exams are Assistant Audit Officer under Indian Audit & Accounts Department, this is a Group B post; Assistant Accounts Officer under Indian Audit & Accounts Department, which is also a Group B post. Assistant Sections Officer in different Departments or ministries such as Central Secretariat Service, Ministry of External Affairs, Intelligence Bureau, AFHQ, Ministry of Railways, all these are Group B posts. The other posts which are filled through this examination are Inspector (Central Excise, Preventive Officer, Examiner) in CBIC department, these come under Group B posts. There are plenty of other Group B and Group C posts which are filled through SSC CGL examination.


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