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Know more in details about SSC CGL – Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Exam

23 August,2022  |  By Brainwonders

Know more in details about SSC CGL

Table of Contents:


SSC CGL Eligibility

  • Nationality
  • Age Limit
  • Education
  • Physical Standards

SSC CGL Syllabus

  • SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus
  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

SSC CGL Application Fees

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

  • Tier 1 Pattern
  • Tier 2 Pattern
  • Tier 3 Pattern
  • Tier 4 Pattern


SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Exam) is a national-level entrance exam to recruit graduates for different Group ‘B’ & ‘C’ posts in the Central government departments. This recruitment exam offers a variety of job profiles such as Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Section Officer, Sub-Inspector, and others. Those who want to apply for this exam soon can bookmark this page to keep up to speed on all the latest SSC CGL notification updates.

SSC CGL Eligibility

SSC CGL eligibility includes various parameters that candidates need to satisfy in order to see their names in the final selection list, like age limit, educational qualification, physical standards, etc. Check out the eligibility requirement that the candidates must fulfil:


A candidate must be a resident of Indian territory with valid ID proof, a subject of Nepal or Bhutan, a Tibetan refugee who moved to India before 1962 intending to settle down permanently in India, or a citizen of Indian origin who has moved from Pakistan, Burma, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam intending to settle down permanently in India.

Age Limit:

The SSC has raised the age restriction for SSC CGL 2022 recruitment, albeit the age varies per post. The lowest age limit is 18 years old, while the highest age limit is 32 years old. This age restriction criterion varies post to post and for different types of persons, as shown in the following section. Candidates might also look into the age relaxations that are provided for certain groups of individuals.

Department SSC CGL 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

Up to 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 who have completed their graduation or are in the final year of graduation can also apply for their provisional degree by applying for an SSC CGL. Moreover, the SSC CGL qualification varies from post to post.

Physical Standards:

Listed below are some of the essential physical standards required to be considered before applying for the post of Central Excise/ Preventive Officer/ Examiner, Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN:

  Male Female
Height 157.5 cm 152 cm
Height Relaxable 5 cm in the case of Garwalis, Gorkhas and Assamese. 2.5 cm
Walking 1600 metres in 5 minutes 1 km in 20 minutes
Cycling 8 km in 30 minutes 3 km in 25 minutes


SSC CGL Physical criteria for the position of Sub-Inspector in the Central Bureau of Investigation and Sub-Inspector in the National Investigation Agency:

  Male Female

165 cm (SI in CBI)

170 cm (SI in NIA)

150 cm
Height Relaxable 5 cm in the case of Tribals and Hillsmen. 2.5 cm
Chest 76 cm with expansion NA

Distance Vision: 6/6 in one eye, 6/9 in the other.

Near Vision: 0.6 in one eye, 0.8 in the other


SSC CGL Syllabus

Those who wish to appear for the SSC Combined Graduate Level exam must have a thorough knowledge of the complete SSC CGL Syllabus in order to crack it. Having all the information about your exam pattern and syllabus is essential. To help you out, we have listed below the SSC CGL syllabus for Tiers 1 & 2 below. 

Four sections- Logical reasoning, English, general awareness, and quantitative aptitude are asked in Tier 1. Tier 2 also has four sections, including statistics, English, quantitative aptitude and general studies, from which quantitative aptitude and English are standard sections for all posts. The SSC CGL syllabus of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 differ from each other.

Tier 1 exam consists of 60 minutes containing 25 questions each from quantitative aptitude, English, reasoning and general awareness. Each right answer will fetch you +2 marks, and each wrong answer will deduct 0.50 marks from your total score. 

The SSC CGL Tier 2 exam consists of four papers, of which Paper 1 and Paper 2 are required readings for everyone who passed the Tier 1 test. Only applicants who applied for the relevant jobs can take Papers 3 and 4.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

English Fill in the blanks, Antonym/Synonym, Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Para jumbles, Idioms & Phrases, Spelling Errors, Error Spotting, One-word substitution.
Quantitative Aptitude Average, Data Interpretation, Mensuration, Mixture & Alligation, Pipes & Cistern, Profit loss & Discount, Ratio and Proportion, Time, and work, Percentage, Compound & Simple Interest, LCM & HCF, Boat & Stream, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances
General Intelligence and Reasoning Alphabet Test, Embedded figures, Analogy, Arithmetic Reasoning, Blood Relation, Coding-decoding, Distance direction test, Matrix, Logical Venn diagram, Cube & Dice, Mirror and Water Image, Missing Number, etc
General Awareness Current Affairs, Economy & Finance, Indian Polity & Constitution, Science & Technology, Static GK, Geography, History, etc.


SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

Quantitative Ability Coordinate Geometry, Algebra, Data Interpretation, Trigonometry, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Mixture and Alligation, Mensuration, etc.
English Language & Comprehension Sentence Improvement, Sentence Restructuring, Speech, Reading Comprehension, One-word substitution, Spotting errors, Active-Passive Voice, Direct and Indirect, etc.

SSC CGL Application Fees

Go through the chart below and submit the application form as per your caste category.

Category Fee
Male (General/OBC) Rs. 100/-
Female (All Categories) No Fee


SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination in 4 tiers. Tier 1- general awareness, quantitative aptitude, reasoning and English. Tier 2- quantitative aptitude, general studies, statistics, and English. Check the complete pattern of the SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Pattern

Subject Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General English 25 50
General Awareness 25 50


SSC CGL Tier 2 Pattern

Paper Subject Questions





Paper-I Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
Paper-II General English 2 Hours 200 2 Hours
Paper-III Statistics 100 200 2 Hours

General Studies

(Finance & Economics)

100 200 2 Hours
SSC CGL Tier 3 Pattern

Maximum Marks

Time Duration Exam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi  100 60 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 Minutes Pen & Paper Mode


SSC CGL Tier 4 Pattern

SSC CGL Skill Test Maximum Marks Time Posts
Data Entry Speed Test Qualifying in nature 15 Minutes Tax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test Qualifying in nature 45 Minutes Assistant Section Officer in SFIO, GSI, CSS, MEA, etc.

We hope this blog will assist you and give you thorough information on the SSC CGL Exam. If you have further questions about the entry examinations, don't hesitate to get in touch with Brainwonders. Brainwonders Career Counselling experts will advise and guide you through any specific admission exam.

Freuqnetly Asked Questions 

1. What is the success rate of ssc cgl?

Ans: The success rate of SSC CGL varies each year but generally falls within a range of 1% to 3%.


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