SSC

The SSC Exams are conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments, and organisations of the Government of India. This article will give a general overview of all Staff Selection Commission exams such as the SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, SSC JE, and SSC GD, SSC CPO exam.

The full form of SSC is Staff Selection Commission. Established in 1975, it has been instrumental in selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts.

SSC CGL,-SSC Exams 2020 - SSC GD, SSC CPO, SSC JE, SSC CHSL Exam

SSC CGL

The SSC CGL is one of the most sought after Staff Selection Commission exams conducted annually to recruit candidates for various Group B and Group C posts. The recruitment is done in various departments, ministries, and organizations of the Central Government.

Exam Pattern of SSC CGL Tier,1,2,3 and 4

  1. Tier – 1 will take place in multiple slots via computer mode, with objective type questions.
  2. Tier – 2 will comprise of two papers – Quantitative Aptitude and English of about 200 marks
  3. Tier – 3 is a descriptive type exam that is designed to test the written skills of candidates in the Hindi/English language.
  4. Tier – 4 is conducted exclusively for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

SSC CGL Eligibility

Qualification :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with at least 60 % Marks in Mathematics at 12 standard Or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the core subjects.

Age Limit

SSC has increased the age limit for SSC CGL Recruitment, though the age varies from post to post. The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 27 years and the maximum is 32 years

The table below gives Post Wise Age Limit:

Department Age Limit Posts
CSS 20 – 30 years Assistant Section Officer
Intelligence Bureau Not exceeding 30 Years Assistant Section Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue Not exceeding 30 Years Assistant Enforcement Officer
M/o of Statistics & Prog. Implementation Up to 32 years Junior Statistical Officer
NIA Up to 30 years Sub Inspector
CBI 20-30 years Sub Inspector
Narcotics 18-25 years Sub Inspector
CBEC 20-27 years Tax Assistant
Other departments 18-27 years All other posts

Candidates can fill in online mode only by visiting the official portal( different for different regions) of SSC.

  • Candidates need to register by entering his/her email ID, phone number and password
  • An SSC registration number will be issued
  • Use the given registration number and password to log in
  • Fill the detailed application form and upload scanned photographs and signature as per the dimensions specified in the JPEG format.

Candidates would be selected through a 4-tier selection process of SSC CGL, in which the fourth tier would be of qualifying nature only.

  • Tier 1 comprises of about 100 MCQs based on the general aptitude to be done within an hour.
  • Tier – 2 is a descriptive test comprising two papers of Mathematics and English with each being of 200 marks and of 2 hours duration.
  • Tier 3 would be a subjective exam of 1-hour duration. Tier 4 would be typing test/computer proficiency test
Mode of Examination SSC Online (Except tier – 3)
Number of Questions 100 (In Tier 1 and Mathematics Tier -2), 200 (English Tier 2)
Maximum Marks 200 in Tier 1, 400 in Tier 2, 100 in Tier 3
Duration 1 hour (Tier 1), 2 Hours (Tier 2), I Hour (Tier 3)
Sections 4 (In Tier 1)

The tier-wise SSC syllabus for the examination is given below:

Tier I SSC Syllabus for CGL

The major sections asked in SSC CGL Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, And English Language.

Tier II SSC Syllabus for CGL

Mains Exam will be conducted online and is an objective multiple-choice exam.

The major sections in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Tier III SSC Syllabus for CGL

  • Tier – III of SSC CGL exam is a descriptive exam to test the writing skills of the candidates in English/Hindi.
  • The mode of examination is offline and students are required to write essays, precision writing, application, letter etc. In this exam
  • The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes
  • The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes
  • Tier – III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus

Tier – IV examination comprises of a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), Dest Exam through SSC CGL exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate.

The candidatures are given an article in English which they have to type on the designated computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes

  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Generations of slides are three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).

For detailed information on SSC CGL Syllabus, refer to the linked article.

SSC GD

The SSC GD Exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission.

The SSC GD Exam is conducted to appoint candidates who can fill the various posts available in paramilitary organisations such as BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, SSB, NIA, SSF and Rifleman in Assam Rifles.

The SSC GD full form is Staff Selection Commission General Duty.

SSC GD Recruitment

The recruitment process of SSC GD 2018-19 has been initiated with the release of the official SSC GD Notification.

Candidates are advised to visit the official SSC page regularly to remain updated about the upcoming notification, eligibility criteria, SSC syllabus and SSC exam dates of GD Exam.

SSC GD 2018-19 Exam will be conducted to selected candidates for the post of constable in BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP, SSF, SSB, NIA and riflemen.

The entire recruitment process of SSC GD is conducted in four stages: Physical Standard Test (PST), Physical Efficiency Test (PET), computer-based test, and lastly the medical test.

SSC GD Selection Process

SSC GD Exam is conducted in three stages. Upon qualification in all the three phases then you will be recruited for various posts like Constable General Duty in BSF, SSB, CRPF, NIA, CISF, SSF, ITBP, Rifleman in Assam Rifles.

These phases are mentioned below:

Stage 1: – Written Exam (Objective type)

Stage 2: – Physical Standard Test/ Physical Efficiency Test

Stage 3: – Medical Test

SSC GD Written Exam Pattern

The first phase of SSC GD Exam 2019 will be the Objective Type Written Exam, The SSC GD Written Exam will be conducted through online mode only.

To compete in the SSC GD Physical Test, one must qualify the written test first.

The SSC GD Exam Pattern for written exam is as follows:

Part Subject No. OfQuestions Maximum Marks Time Duration
A General Intelligence &Reasoning 25 25 120 Minutes(Total)
B General Knowledge & General Awareness 25 25
C Elementary Mathematics 25 25
D English/Hindi 25 25
Total 100 100 100

Each question carries 1 mark and time duration for the exam will be 2 hours (120 minutes).

Matriculation level questions will be asked in the Exam.

SSC Online examination will be conducted in English and Hindi Language.

Physical Standard Test/ Physical Efficiency Test Pattern

The Physical Test of SSC GD is a very important phase for those candidates who want to apply for this exam

All candidates will have to undergo a physical endurance & measurement test.

The Physical test doesn’t carry any marks but it is very crucial that you clear it. If you fail in the physical test then you won’t be able to clear the SSC GD Exam

SSC GD Physical Standard for Male Candidates

Height – 170 cm.

Chest – 81 (Unexpanded), 85 (Expanded)

Race – 5 km in 24 minutes.

Long Jump – 14 feet (In three chances)

High Jump – 3’9’’ (In three chances)

SSC GD Physical Standards for Female Candidates

Height – 157 cm.

Chest – There is no chest measurement for female candidates.

Race – 1600 meters in 8.30 minutes.

Long Jump – 10 feet (In three chances)

High Jump – 3’ (In three chances)

SSC GD Syllabus for Written Exam

The SSC GD Syllabus is a very important element for all those who are preparing for SSC GD because if you know the complete syllabus then you can eliminate wasteful hours and fully focus on any weak areas that might be there.

The SSC GD Syllabus is mentioned below:

SSC Syllabus for General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and Differences
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Spatial Orientation
  • Visual Memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation
  • Relationship Concepts
  • Arithmetical Reasoning and Figural Classification
  • Arithmetic Number Series
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Coding and Decoding

SSC Syllabus for General Knowledge and General Awareness

  • Sports
  • History
  • Culture
  • Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • Scientific Research

SSC Syllabus for Elementary Mathematics

  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work

SSC Syllabus for English Comprehension

  • Spot the Error
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Synonyms/Homonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • One Word Substitution
  • Improvement of Sentences
  • Active/Passive Voice of Verbs
  • Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
  • Shuffling of Sentence parts
  • Shuffling of Sentences in a passage
  • Cloze Passage
  • Comprehension Passage

SSC GD Admit Card

The Admit Card for SSC GD will be released after the application process for the same has been completed.

Candidates are requested to visit the SSC official website, in order to download the SSC GD Admit Card.

Check detailed information on SSC GD Admit Card in the linked page.

SSC CHSL

The SSC conducts the Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) exam every year for recruitment in various Ministries/Departments and organizations of the government of India.

The various posts under the SSC CHSL Exam:

  • Postal Assistants/Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)
  • Lower Divisional Clerk (LDC)
  • Court Clerk

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

The SSC CHSL Exam Pattern is usually published on the SSC official notification.

The SSC CHSL exam is held via three tiers mentioned below:

  1. Tier 1: It is Computer – Based Written Exam (Objective Type)
  2. Tier 2: Written Exam (Descriptive Paper)
  3. Tier 3: Typing Test/Skill Test.
Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50 60 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill) 25 50 60 minutes
4 English Language 25 50 60 minutes
  Total 100 200 60 minutes

Tier I SSC Syllabus for CHSL

The brief idea of CHSL Tier I SSC Syllabus is given below:

General Intelligence/Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Para Jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Work & Time Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Time & Distance Fill in the Blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Data Interpretation Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Tabulation Ratio & Proportion, Percentage One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Number Systems Active/Passive Voice  
Blood Relations Sequences & Series    
Input/Output Mixtures & Allegations    
Coding/Decoding Premutation, Combination & Probability    

Tier II SSC Syllabus for CHSL

As mentioned above, this paper candidates to write an essay and Letter/Application that tests the writing skills of the candidates.

The topics asked in this exam will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Politics, Schemes and Governance, Technology, Sports, Geopolitics, Environmental Concerns etc.

Tier III SSC Syllabus for CHSL

This exam will be a skill/typing test which would be of qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the total score obtained in the Tier – I and Tier – II exams

The table below lists out in detail about the Skill Test, Time and Speed needed to qualify:

Skill Test Speed Time
Data Entry Operator Data Entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The ‘speed will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG) The speed of 15000 key depressions per hour will be judged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer
Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDS/JSA) and Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PA/SA) The speed of 10500 key depressions per hour will be judged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 9000 key-depressions/hour would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer.

For details on the SSC CHSL Syllabus, refer to the linked article.

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CHSL

There are 3 important criteria that a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible for SSC CHSL .

The SSC CHSL Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Citizenship: The candidate must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, in order to settle down on a permanent basis.

A person who has migrated from the following lands and wishes to permanently in India are also eligible:

  • Pakistan
  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Zaire
  • Ethiopia
  • Vietnam

2. Age Limit: Age limit for the post is 18-27 years as on 01-08-2019 (i.e. candidates born not before 02-08-1992 and not later than 01-08-2001)

3Educational Qualification:

For LDC/JSA, PA/SA. DEO (except DEO in C&AG), the candidate must have passed 12th standard or equivalent examination from a recognized board of a university. Whereas for Data Entry Operator (DEO) in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG): 12th Standard pass in Science stream with Mathematics as a subject from any recognized Board or equivalent.

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SSC JE

In order to fill the Group – ‘B’ posts in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract domain, the SSC conducts the annual examination for the recruitment of Junior Engineers (JE).

The SSC JE exam is a competitive exam for Group ‘B’ (non-Gazetted) posts in Level- 6 administered by SSC under the Government of India.

SSC JE Exam Pattern

The SSC JE exam pattern is divided into two papers i.e. Paper – I (Computer-Based Test) and Paper -II (Written Test).

The duration of each paper is 2 hours. Given in the below tables are highlights of Paper I and Paper II:

SSC JE Paper – I Pattern

Mode Computer Based Test (Online Mode)
Subject General Intelligence & ReasoningGeneral AwarenessPart – A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)Part – B General Engineering (Electrical)Part – C General Engineering (Mechanical)
Maximum Marks 200 Marks
Negative Marking 0.25 Marks
Duration & Timing (Date to be Intimidated later) The morning shift will be from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The afternoon shift will be from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

SSC JE Paper – II Pattern

Mode Written Exam (Offline Mode)
Subject Part- A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)Part- B General Engineering (Electrical)Part- C General Engineering (Mechanical)
Maximum Marks 300 Marks
Duration & Timing (Date to be intimated later) 2 Hours

SSC Syllabus JE 2019

The SSC JE syllabus consists of topics related to Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, etc.

The topics for JE Paper – I SSC syllabus are shown below:

General Intelligence & Reasoning Basic topics related to Analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem-solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series etc
General Awareness Basic topics related to History, Culture, Geography, Economics, General Polity and Scientific Research etc
General Engineering Basic topics related to Civil and Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

JE Paper-II SSC Syllabus

This paper consists of three parts that focus on core subjects.

They are as follows:

  1. Part-A (Civil & Structural Engineering): It includes topics like Building Materials, Surveying, Estimating, Costing and Valuation, Concrete Technology, Irrigation Engineering, RCC Design, Hydraulics, etc.
  2. Part-B (Electrical Engineering): It includes topics like Circuit law, AC Fundamentals, Electrical Machines, Measurement and measuring instruments, Synchronous Machines, etc.
  3. Part- C (Mechanical Engineering): It includes topics like Theory of Machines and Machine Design, Thermal Engineering, Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics & Machinery, etc.

Candidates should focus on the SSC JE Preparation for scoring well in the upcoming exam.

SSC JE Eligibility Criteria

Candidates willing to appear for the exam are required to check the SSC JE eligibility criteria and the basic SSC JE requirements before they fill up the SSC JE Application form.

The SSC JE Eligibility is as follows:

  1. Educational Qualifications: Eligible candidates must hold the essential educational qualification for the post relevant to their degree.

They should have passed the Matriculation examination or any equivalent degree from a recognised Board.

  1. Citizenship: The candidate must be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, in order to settle down on a permanent basis.
  2. A person who has migrated from the following lands and wishes to permanently in India are also eligible:
  • Pakistan
  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Zaire
  • Ethiopia
  • Vietnam

3. SSC JE Age Limit:

Candidates must fulfil the below-mentioned age requirement as on 1st August 2019:

Position Age Limit
Junior Engineer (Civil and Electrical), Department of Posts and Junior Engineer (Surveying & Contracts) and MES 18-27 Years
Junior Engineer (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical), MES, NTRO, Naval, Border Road Organization 30 Years
Junior Engineer (Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical) and CPWD 32 Years

SSC CPO

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Central Police Organization(CPO) exam.

The SSC CPO exam is conducted to recruit candidates for various posts under the Central Police Force like Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assistant Sub Inspectors in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

SSC CPO Exam Pattern

The SSC CPO Exam is conducted in 4 stages-

  1. Paper I
  2. Physical Endurance Test/Physical Standard Test
  3. Paper II
  4. Medical Examination

The last process is the selection which is done after the successful verification of documents.

The table below gives an idea about the Paper I & Paper II of the SSC CPO Exam

Paper Subject Duration
Paper I General Intelligence & ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension 2 hrs
Paper II English language & Comprehension 2 hrs

The Physical Test is done for candidates who qualify for the paper I. Aspirants of SSC CPO Exam must keep abreast with the latest exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. Therefore, it is advised to check SSC CPO Previous Years Papers to keep abreast of the same.

SSC CPO Syllabus

The SSC CPO syllabus comprises of various topics related to the General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension.

For detailed SSC CPO syllabus topics and weightage, candidates can check the linked article.

Candidates preparing for any of the SSC exams be it SSC CPO, SSC GD, SSC JE, SSC CGL or SSC CHSL they must prepare well for the general awareness section to score well in the exams. Candidates can check various Static GK topics relevant for their exams.

A thorough SSC preparation is needed as there is coverage of vast syllabus and topics for each of these exams.