SSC CGL 2018 – Exam Date, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Application Procedure

SSC (Staff Selection Commission)has released the SSC exam calendar for the year 2018-19, stating the important dates for various examinations and the completion of various procedures. According to the calendar, this year’s SSC CGL recruitment notification would be released on April 21,2018 with the online application form being released two-three days later.The exam is split into 4 tiers.The candidates would have to clear Tier 1 to appear for Tier 2 and 3.Tier 4- is applicable only to a few posts.


      SSC is short for “Staff Selection Commission” which is responsible for the recruitment of employees to various posts in the government sector by conducting suitable examinations.Every year SSC conducts exams at various levels like CGL, CHSL, MTS, Sub Inspector, Section Officer and Junior Engineer Exam.

       SSC CGL stands for “Combined Graduate Level” and is one the most highly reputed government job examinations in India.The exam is conducted for recruiting candidates to various government departments. Every year the number people appearing for the exam keeps on increasing and in the year 2017, 30 lakh people applied.

SSC CGL – Job Opportunities

Out of the 30 – 40 lakh candidates who appear for the exam every year, usually only 15-20 Lakh candidates make it to the second stage.Only those who clear Tier 2 and 3, make it to the list. Depending on post applied, Tier 4 may or may not be conducted. The result of Tier 3 and 4 are released together and based on that recruitment takes place.The various posts are shown below

GroupPostGrade Pay*
AAssistant Audit Officer4800
Assistant Accounts Officer4800
Assistant Section Officer
Assistant(Central Vigilance)
Assistant Section Officer(Intelligence Bureau)
Assistant Section Officer (Railway)
Assistant Section Officer (Railway)
Assistant Section Officer (External Affairs)
Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ)
Assistant(Other Ministries)
Assistant (Other Ministries)
Inspector of Income Tax4600
Inspector (Central Excise) -CBEC 4600
Inspector (Preventive Officer) -CBEC
Inspector (Examiner) -CBEC
Assistant Enforcement Officer (Dept. of Revenue)
Sub-Inspector (CBI)
Inspector of post (Dept. of Post)
Divisional Accountant (Under C & AG)4200
CJunior Statistical Officer (Statistics)4200
DInspector (Narcotics)4600
Auditor (Under C & AG)2800
Auditor (Under CGDA)2800
Auditor (Under CGA & Others)2800
Accountant/ Jr. Accountant (Under C & AG)2800
Accountant/ Jr. Accountant (Under CGA & Others)2800
Senior Secretariat Assistant (Central govt. offices)2400
Tax Assistant (CBDT)2400
Tax Assistant (CBEC)2400
Sub-Inspector (Narcotics)2400
Sub-Inspector (NIA)2400
Upper Division Clerks (Border road org.)4200

*Salary according to Grade pay(approx) : 1) 4800 – 46,700 , 2) 4600 – 44,900, 3) 4200 -35,400, 4)2800 – 29,200, 5) 2400 – 25,500

SSC CGL 2018-Eligibility Criteria

  The eligibility criteria for SSC CGL varies depending on the post applied. The various criteria are shown below:

  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen
  • Age Limit: The age limit is different for different posts.

Age Limit Post
20-30Assistant Section Officer
Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector of Central Excise
Inspector(Preventive officer)
Upper Division Clerk
Inspector (CBN)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Inspector (Examiner)
Junior Accountant
Sub-Inspector (CBN)
Inspector of Posts
Divisional Accountants
Tax Assistants

21 - 27Intelligence Bureau Assistant Post
Maximum 30Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Upto 32Statistical Investigator Gr. II
Intelligence Bureau Assistant Post
Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Statistical Investigator Gr. II
  • SSC CGL 2018 Qualifications

    The qualification requirements vary according to the SSC CGL post as follows:

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university
CA/CS/MBA/Cost Management
Masters in Commerce/
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade -II PostBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation.
Compiler PostsBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective Subject.
All Other PostsBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized university

SSC CGL 2018 – Application Procedures

    The procedures to be followed to apply for the application form are as follows:

  1. Register on the SSC CGL Website through a valid email ID.
  2. Payment for the exam is done online using Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Wallets.
  3. Download a copy of scanned photograph & signature for future requirements.
  4. Click Submit button for application form submission.
  5. Now take the print out of the application form.

SSC CGL 2018 Important Dates

Date Events Details
21 April to 25 May 2018Online registrationTo apply for application form.
25 July to 20 August 2018 SSC CGL tier- 1 Exam DateOnline Examination (Objective MCQs).
TBA*SSC CGL tier -1 admit card download and tier -1 resultsThe date to download the admit card for tier -1 and the date of publishing tier -1 exams will be announced later.
27 November to 30 November 2018 SSC CGL tier -2 ExamOnline Examination (Objective MCQs).Only those who clear tier -1 are eligible to appear for tier -2 exam.
TBA*SSC CGL tier -2 admit card download and tier -2 resultsThe date to download the admit card for tier -2 and the date of publishing tier -2 exams will be announced later.
TBA*SSC CGL tier -3 ExamDescriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter/Application Writing).Only those who clear tier -2 will have their tier -3 answer sheets evaluated.
TBA*SSC CGL tier -4 ExamComputer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification.Applicable only for certain posts.

 *TBA -To Be Announced

SSC CGL 2018 – Exam Pattern

Exam QuestionsMarking scheme
SSC CGL tier -1Tier 1 exam is an online objective type MCQ exam consists of 100 questions with total marks of 200. There are 4 sections (Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and General Awareness),each section having 25 questions.Each question carries 2 marks giving a total of 200 marks with negative marking of -0.5 being awarded for incorrect answers.

Duration: 60 minutes
SSC CGL tier -2There will be 2 sections
Quantitative Aptitude-100 questions
General English-200 questions.
In Quantitative Aptitude Section,each question carries 2 marks(total -200 marks)
In General English Section,each question carries 1 mark(total -200 marks)

Duration:2 hours for each section
SSC CGL tier -3It would be a descriptive paper in Hindi/English.Maximum marks would be 100

Duration: 60 minutes
SSC CGL tier -4Computer Proficiency Test
(for the post of Assistant Section
Officer in CSS & MEA only)
Duration:45 minutes

How to prepare for SSC CGL 

SSC CGL is one of the most sought after examinations in India and its immense popularity makes it even more difficult for candidates to score a good rank. This makes it all the more important to prepare beforehand itself for the examination. If you haven’t started preparing yet, it’s not too late to start.Here are some tips on how to crack the exam.

  • Know the exam pattern and syllabus: The exam pattern and syllabus keeps changing every year, thus making it extremely important for students to stay updated. It would be advised that students download the syllabus or keep a print of it so that they can easily refer to it and prepare accordingly.It is important to know the topics and to give more importance to the main topics. Time management is yet another skill that students need to develop while preparing for the exam.
  • Get the required reference books: Students must know which are the right guidebooks for them. Choosing the books with the right guidelines is extremely crucial for the exam preparations. If one can’t find the required book, they could download it from the internet.
  • Previous years question papers: Previous years question papers can give students an idea about the difficulty level of the exam and which topics should be given more emphasis.Previous years question papers are available here
  • Practice mock tests: Practicing mock tests would help students prepare accordingly and improve their problem-solving skills.They also learn to manage time accordingly so that they don’t run out of time during the main exam.It also gives them an idea about their weak subjects. Practice mock tests are available on Entri. Log in here to know more.

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