SSC CGL FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions About SSC CGL Exam

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Sun, 13 Feb 2022 10:51 AM IST

SSC CGL is a national level exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission every year. Candidates who qualify this exam are recruited to serve at various non-gazetted Group B and Group C posts in various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. There are four stages in this exam- Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and skill test if applicable. Every year around 15 lakh candidates appear for this exam. Given its highly competitive nature, candidates should prepare well for this exam. Before starting your preparation, you should also have complete knowledge of the examination. Here we have answered some Frequently Asked Questions on SSC CGL Exam to help candidates have more clarity about the exam. 

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SSC CGL FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions About SSC CGL Exam

How is SSC CGL Exam conducted?

SSC CGL Exam is conducted online, once every year.

What is the age limit to be eligible for SSC CGL Exam?

Candidates should be between 18 to 32 years of age to be eligible for SSC CGL Exam.

What is the required educational qualification to be eligible for SSC CGL Exam?

Candidate should have completed graduation from a recognised college or university to be eligible for SSC CGL Exam.

How many stages are there in SSC CGL Exam?

There are four stages in SSC CGL Exam- Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Skill Test if applicable.

What is the pattern of SSC CGL Tier I Exam?

The exam pattern for Tier I is as follows:
  • Each question carries 2 marks.
  • There is negative marking and 0.5 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Question paper is set both in Hindi and English.

Subject

Number of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Time allowed

A. General Intelligence and
Reasoning

25

50

1 hour

   

B. General Awareness

25

50

C. Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

D. English Comprehension

25

50

What is the pattern of SSC CGL Tier II Exam?

The exam pattern is illustrated below:

  • Each question carries 1 mark.
  • In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

Subject

Number of
Questions

Maximum
Marks

Time allowed

Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities

100

200

2 hours

 

  

 

Paper-II: English Language and
Comprehension

200

200

Paper-III: Statistics

100

200

Paper-IV: General Studies
(Finance and Economics)

100

200

What is the pattern of SSC CGL Tier III Exam?

SSC CGL Tier III Exam is a descriptive paper. Only those candidates who qualify Tier II will be allowed to be appear for this exam. The exam pattern is as follows:

Mode of
Examination

 

Maximum
Marks

Time Allowed

Pen and Paper
mode

Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)

100

1 hour
(1 hour and 20 minutes
for the candidates who are
eligible for scribe)

What are the different posts for which candidates are recruited through SSC CGL Exam?

The various posts for which candidates are recruited are as follows:
SC CGL Post Department/Ministry Classification 
Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
Assistant Accounts Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
Assistant Section Officer Central Secretariat Service, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs, AFHQ Group “B” 
Assistant  Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations  Group “B” 
Inspector of Income Tax CBDT Group “C” 
Inspector (Central Excise) CBIC Group “B”
Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue Group “B”
Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation Group “B” 
Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “B”
Junior Statistical Officer M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation Group “B”
Statistical Investigator Grade-II Registrar General of India Group “B”
Assistant National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)  Group “B”
Research Assistant National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  Group “B”
Asst./ Supdt. Indian Coast Guard Group “B”

Various Group 'C' Posts are given below 
Posts  Department/Ministry Classification
Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA Group “C” 
Accountant/ Junior Accountant Other Ministry/ Departments Group “C”
Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks  Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres Group “C” 
Tax Assistant CBDT/ CBIC Group “C”
Upper Division Clerks Government Departments Group “C”

 

What is the salary that one gets after qualifying SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL salary is as follows:
Pay Level 8 (Rs 47600 to 151100) Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Accounts Officer
Pay Level-7 (Rs 44900 to 142400) Assistant Section Officer 
Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector, (Central Excise)
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Inspector (Examiner)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Sub Inspector
Pay Level-6 (Rs 35400 to 112400) Assistant/ Superintendent
Divisional Accountant
Sub Inspector(NIA)
Junior Statistical Officer
Statistical Investigator Grade-II
Pay Level-5 (Rs 29200 to 92300) Auditor
Accountant
Accountant/ Junior Accountant
Pay Level-4 (Rs 25500 to 81100) Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks
Tax Assistant
Sub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
Upper Division Clerks
To Be Updated Soon Salary For  Assistant in National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) 
Research Assistant in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 
Asst./ Supdt. in Indian Coast Guard

Are there any allowances that one gets after qualifying SSC CGL Exam?

Yes, candidates who are recruited to various posts after qualifying SSC CGL Exam receive various allowances such as:
  • House Rent Allowance
  • Travelling Allowance
  • Medical Allowance
  • Special Security Allowance
  • Pension

What are the job roles associated with different posts under SSC CGL Exam?

The job profile associated with different posts are as follows:
SSC CGL Posts SSC CGL Post-Wise Job Description
Assistant Audit Officer Works under CAG in the audit department.Responsible for inspection and conducting audits.
Assistant Accounts Officer Largely assists with data management, maintains records of audits and data so assimilated.
Assistant Section Officer Looks after the day-to-day office management in Departments.
Assistant  Compiles files and reports, keeps a  track of ongoing departmental cases, etc. The nature of the job is clerical
Inspector of Income Tax Ensuring compliance with income tax laws, Conducts raids and searches at the behest of seniors.
Inspector (Central Excise) Prevents of excise duty, preventing smuggling. Is actively involved in raids and field operations
Assistant Enforcement Officer Preventing forgery and money laundering
Sub Inspector Works at the Level of thana and chauki. Gathers information and enforces law and order.
Inspector(Narcotics) Implementation of PNDT act. Caries out inspections and raids to prevent drug trafficking.
Junior Statistical Officer Assisting the Statistical Officer in making documents, data entry, and tabulation
Statistical Investigator Grade-II Complies data from various sources. Oversees data to point out irregularities and mismatches.
Auditor Audit expense details of the State Departments
Accountant/ Junior Accountant Maintains day-to-day accounts like - Salary departmental expenses and pensions.
Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks  Clerical level post. Requires employee to maintain files & data entry
Tax Assistant Access, modify and verify tax of individual or business
Upper Division Clerks Maintain files, financial documents, and accounts
Assistant in National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)  Assist in Insolvency Resolution procedures and related office work in NCLT 
Research Assistant in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 
 
Conduct research and look after issues related to Human rights.
Asst./ Supdt. in Indian Coast Guard Protect and maintain sovereignty and check any violation of Maritime laws.

What are the most sought after jobs under SSC CGL?

The most sought after jobs under SSC CGL are as follows:
  • Income Tax Inspector
  • Assistant Section Officer
  • Central Excise Inspector
  • Assistant Audit Officer

How are posts assigned in SSC CGL Exam?

Posts are assigned on the basis of rank and preference in SSC CGL Exam.

What are the skill tests in Tier IV of the exam?

In the Tier-IV, Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) will be conducted. This is not applicable to all the posts.

How many attempts are allowed for SSC CGL Exam?

There is no restriction on the number of attempts for SSC CGL Exam. Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

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