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SSC CGL Exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year. The exam takes place in 4 Tiers. The full form of ‘SSC CGL’ is Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level. SSC CGL job is an important part of the functioning of bureaucracy. Once you qualify the exam, you are hired under Group ‘B’ or Group ‘C’ posts. This year, there are around 5,000 SSC CGL 2017 vacancies.


The SSC CGL Salary differs for various posts. All the posts which can be applied to by SSC CGL examinations are either from the Pay Band 9300-34800 or Pay Band 5200-20200. Your salary will also depend on the level you are in the government department. When candidates will first join SSC, their level will probably be that for a beginner. Monthly salaries of those with the following grade pays can initially be as follows:

Grade Pay Salary
4800 (Pay band 2) 47, 600
4600 (Pay band 2) 44, 900
4200 (Pay band 2) 35, 400
2800 (Pay band 1) 29, 200
2400 (Pay band 1) 25, 500

The SSC or the Staff Selection Commission conducts many exams every year. Some of the most sought-after SSC recruitment exams are SSC CGL recruitment, SSC CHSL recruitment, SSC MTS exam, SSC Junior Engineer exam, SSC Stenographer Exam, SSC Translator and many more.

Official SSC CGL Cut Off 2017

The SSC CGL cut off vary every year. The SSC CGL Tier I Cutoffs 2017 were released as soon the SSC CGL Results were declared. Have a look at the Official Cut off for SSC CGL Tier I 2017:
List-I: Candidates who qualified in Tier-I and will be appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-IV (General Studies (Finance & Accounts) and Tier-III

Category Cut Off Candidates Appeared
SC 129.00 2502
ST 123.00 1161
OBC 140.50 6049
OH 113.50 240
HH 79.00 228
UR 152.50 5270
Total 15,450

List-II: Candidates who qualified in Tier-I and will be appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper- II, Paper-III (Statistics) & Tier III

Category Cut Off Candidates Appeared
SC 127.50 1518
ST 117.00 837
OBC 140.00 3850
OH 104.50 202
HH 62.00 210
VR 116.00 39
UR 151.00 3655
Total 10,311

List – III: Candidates who qualified in Tier-I and will be appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I & Paper-II & Tier III)

Category Cut Off Candidates Appeared
SC 103.00 25,052
ST 93.00 12,358
OBC 115.00 58,633
Ex- S 73.50 6,290
OH 87.00 2,327
HH 40.00 1,709
VR 89.50 559
UR 131.00 43,476
Total 1,50,404

To know more about the SSC CGL Cut Off 2016, read the table mentioned below:

Category Cut-off marks (out of 200)
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
SC 114 80.25 77 77 64
ST 103 74.25 69.5 69 62
OBC 125.50 89.50 82 85 70
Ex-S 92 67.75 62 25 25
OH 97 69.00 68.75 67 60
HH 20 20.00 25 25 25
VH 68 51.00 40 61 25
GEN 137 102.25 96.5 102 82

SSC CGL Vacancies List

The total number of vacancies for this year is 4733 for SSC CGL Exam. Read our article on Latest SSC CGL Vacancy Update to get a complete idea of the SSC CGL Vacancy.

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

There are overall 3 criteria of eligibility that you need to fulfil to apply for the SSC CGL exam. You need to qualify all these 3 criteria to prove your candidature for this exam. These 3 criteria are broadly classified into the following categories :

1. SSC CGL Age Limit:
The Age Limit is different for different posts. The table given here will help you know the Age Limit for SSC CGL various posts.

Post Age Limit
Statistical Investigator Grade II Max. 32 years
Assistant in CSS 20 – 30 years
Assistant in IB 21 – 30 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer/SI in CBI/SI in NIA 30 years
SI in Central Bureau of Narcotics 18 – 27 years
All Other posts Refer the Official Notification

2. SSC CGL Age Relaxation
The Age Relaxation for SSC CGL is according to the set Government standards.

  • SC/ST - 5 years
  • OBC - 3 years
  • PwD - 10 years
SSC CGL Qualification for Education
  • To apply for SSC CGL Exam, you need to have a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised university.
  • If you are applying for the post of AAO or JSO, you should also possess some Desirable Qualifications as mentioned in the Official Notification.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern & Selection Process

The SSC CGL Exam pattern consists of 4 Stages as mentioned below:

Stage 1: SSC CGL Tier 1
It is a computer based online test of 200 marks in 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off and you are required to cross the overall SSC CGL cut off.

Subjects Qs Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
(For VH & Candidates
suffering from Cerebral Palsy:
80 minutes)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Stage 2: SSC CGL Tier 2
This is an online exam consisting of 4 papers as mentioned in the table. There is no sectional cut off. The negative marking for each wrong answer as follows:
Paper I, Paper III & Paper IV – 0.5 marks
Paper II – 0.25 marks

Paper Subjects Qs Marks Time
Paper I Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
(For Each Paper.
40 min extra for
Paper 3&4)
Paper II English Language & Comprehension 200 200
Paper III Statistics (Paper I & II as above) 100 200
Paper IV General Studies (Finance & Economics, Paper I & II as above ) 100 200

Stage 3: SSC CGL Tier 3
This is a descriptive type paper of 100 marks and will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode. It will be of total 60 minutes of time duration.

Subject Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
(Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)
100 60 Minutes
(For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes)

Stage 4: SSC CGL Tier 4
Tier-IV of the SSC CGL Examination is Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). This test is of qualifying nature. The DEST test is for the Tax Assistant Post only.

SSC Tier IV Time Duration Syllabus
Computer Proficiency Test(for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only) 45 Minutes Word/Excel/ PowerPoint

Detailed Syllabus to prepare for SSC CGL Exam

Given here is the detailed Syllabus topics for SSC CGL

Logical Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Language
- Classification
- Analogy
- Coding Decoding
- Puzzle
- Matrix
- Word Formation
- Dictionary Order
- Venn Diagram
- Direction & Distance
- Blood Relation
- Missing Number
- Number Series
- Alphabet Series
- Verbal Reasoning
- Non-Verbal Reasoning
- Indian Culture
- Geography of India & the World
- Indian History
- Environment
- Economy
- Polity
- Physics + Space Sciences
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Computer & Mobile Technology
- Diseases
- Pollution & Nutrition
Current Affairs
- Sports
- People in News
- Books & Authors
- Schemes & Portfolios
- Simplification
- Interest
- Percentage
- Ratio & Proportion
- Average
- Problems on Age
- Speed Time & Distance
- Profit & Loss
- Number Series
- Number System
- Mensuration
- Data Interpretation
- Time & Work
- Mixture Problems
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Trigonometry
- Reading Comprehension
- Fill in the Blanks
- Spellings
- Phrases & Idiom Meaning
- One Word Substitution
- Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction
- Error Spotting

Now that you know the new SSC CGL Exam Pattern, you should start your preparation accordingly. The following SSC CGL exam Preparation Tips will help you kick-start your preparation.

1. Know the pattern & SSC CGL Syllabus with Weightage of each topic

This step is very important before you start the preparation of any exam. It gives you a basic idea about the exam and puts you on the right track for your preparation.

2. Your Current Preparation Level

Once you know the pattern and syllabus, you need to know where you stand in terms of preparation. This is a very crucial step because it will help you do the reality check.
This exercise will help you assess the following:

  • The difference between your current preparation level and the level that is required to pass the exam.
  • If you need to work on certain topics from scratch.
  • If you are taking too much time in solving questions.

3. Know the Previous Years Cut Off

In these exams, cut-off is more important than the actual score. This is because cut offs are the first hurdle that you need to cross to reach your goal. You need to reach to the bare minimum score before you can even start dreaming of maximizing your score. Hence, once you have appeared for a few mock tests, go through the cut-offs of these exams and figure out the difference that you need to cover. You should at least be familiar with SSC CGL Cut Off 2016 & 2015.

4. Knowing the SSC CGL Syllabus & Difficulty Level

This is the most crucial step. This analysis will help you make an informed decision. This is because this is the part of the plan where you plot to get the maximum output in the minimum time.

5. Time Left for SSC CGL Preparation

Keep in mind the time left for SSC CGL exams. Your decision will also depend upon the time factor as you should not make plans that are unachievable. Time plays an important role. Because at the end of the day, if you run out of time, even the best-laid plans will come to waste.

How to Apply for SSC CGL Exam?

You can apply for SSC CGL Exam through Online mode only. To apply for SSC CGL Exam, follow the below steps :

  1. You can register through SSC CGL official website.
  2. You need to pay the Application fee online using Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets, etc.
  3. Use a valid email ID that should be kept active till the declaration of results.
  4. You should keep a scanned photograph and signature ready as per requirements mentioned in the official notification. Submit the Application Form.
  5. Take out the Print Out of the Application Form for future reference.
  6. By following these above steps, you will be able to submit your SSC CGL Form successfully.

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