SSC CGL Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with Proper Explanation

What is SSC CGL Exam

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975.

What is the eligibility criteria for SSC CGL?

  • Candidates who are willing to fill the application form of SSC CGL 2017 must read the eligibility criteria to ascertain their academic and age qualification as asked by the examination authority Staff Selection Commission (SSC).
  • As per the SSC CGL 2017 eligibility criteria, candidates must be between 18 and 31 years as on August 1, 2017 and have graduation degree in any stream can fill the application form. The recruitment of candidates will be done only on fulfilment of SSC CGL 2017 eligibility criteria.
    Candidates are advised to carefully read the CGL eligibility before beginning the online registration of SSC CGL 2017. Candidates can fill SSC CGL 2017 application form now as it has been released on May 16, 2017 in online mode. The detail of SSC CGL eligibility 2017 for different posts is given below.

What is the Syllabus Structure of SSC CGL Examination?

Now SSC will conduct both Tier I and Tier II exam in online mode. Reduce the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.
SSC CGL Tier II will remain same.: Introduce a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode. No Sectional Cut off.

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning – 50 Marks for 25 Questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 50 Marks for 25 Questions
  • General English – 50 Marks for 25 Questions
  • General Awareness – 50 Marks for 25 Questions
    Duration – 1 Hours

SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Exam Pattern

  • Quantitative Aptitude – 200 Marks for 100 Questions
  • General English – 200 Marks for 200 Questions
    Duration – 4 Hours

SSC CGL 2017 Tier III Exam Pattern

Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi – 100 Marks
Duration – 1 Hours

SSC CGL 2017 Tier IV Exam Pattern

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only
Duration – 45 Minutes
Word/Excel/ Power Point

SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus

1. SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus & General Intelligence

Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning subject can be understood better by designed in tabular structure.

General Mental Ability
Alphabet Test
Arithmetic Reasoning
Blood Relation
Coding decoding
Distance direction test
Logical venn diagram
Missing Number

Non-Verbal Reasoning
Paper cutting & folding
Embedded figures.
Figure formation & Analysis
Cube & Dice
Mirror Image
Water Image
Pattern Completion
Counting of figures.

2. SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus (Tier I)

SSC CGL GK syllabus can be further categorized into two sections as we’ve discussed below-
General Awareness Topics
Current Affairs
Economy & Finance
Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology
Static GK

Sub Topics
International Affairs
National Affairs
Features of Indian Economy
Geography of India
World Geography
Physical Geography
History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution

3. SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

We’ve structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple section below. Now you can see how quants syllabus can be divided separately.

Boat & Stream
Mixture & Alligation
Pipes & Cistern
Problem on Ages
Profit loss & Discount
Ration Proportion
Speed time and work
Time work & wages

Advance Maths
Data Interpretation
Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
Standard Identities
Complementary angles
Heights and Distances
Frequency polygon
Bar diagram & Pie chart

4. SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting

One word substitution
Idioms & Phrases
Spelling Errors

Reading Comprehension

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Syllabus Tier II

Paper-I : Quantitative Ability
Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension – Active Passive and cloze test
Paper-III : For Statistics for Investigator Grade-II Post Only
Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.
Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient; simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only).
Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial , Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).
Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement only); Sample size decisions.
Statistical Inference – Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood 21 method, Least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data. Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper IV:
General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.
Finance and Accounts – 80 Marks
Economics and Governance – 120 Marks.

What is the age limit for SSC CGL exam?

There are different Age limits for different posts.
You can check here:

Age Relaxation in for SSC CGL Examination?

Applicants must note that Age limit is increased only for the below mentioned Group B posts under the Grade pay of Rs 4200, Rs 4600 and Rs 4800.

1) Assistants in CVC : 18 to 30 years
2) Assistant in Home Affairs: 21 to 30 years
3) Assistant in Railways: 18 to 30 years
4) Assistant in External Affairs: 18 to 30 years
5) Assistants in Ministry of Defence: 18 to 30 years
6) Assistant Other Ministries : 18 to 30 years
7) Inspector of Income Tax: 18 to 30 years
8) Inspector (Excise): 18 to 30 years
9) Inspector (Preventive Officer): 18 to 30 years
10) Inspector (Examiner): 18 to 30 years
11) Assistant Enforcement Officer: 18 to 30 years
12) Inspector of posts: .18 to 30 years
13) Divisional Accountant: 18 to 30 years
14) Inspector (Narcotics): 18 to 30 years.

Other posts for Which the Upper Age Limit is already 30 years or above, as per the previous SSC Notification
1) Assistant in CSS: 18 to 30 years
2) Sub-Inspector in CBI: 18 to 30 years
3) Sub-Inspector in NIA: 18 to 30 years
4) AAO: 18 to 30 years
5) Statistical Investigator: Max: 32 years

Note: For remaining posts having Grade pay of Rs 2400 and Rs 2800, there is No change in the Age Limit.
Here is the Official Notification, regarding the Increase in Upper age limit: Visit Here

What is the Application fee for SSC CGL?

General and OBC candidates have to pay 100/- as registration fee. SC, ST, PWD and women do not need to pay any fee. Payment can be done via both online mode offline modes.

Mode of payment:
Applicants have to pay fee through State Bank of India only either in the form of challan, generated on line, or through SBI Net Banking.

How many times can I appear for this SSC CGL exam?

There is no restriction in the number of attempts for SSC CGL as long as you are eligible for it.
The only restrictions would be in terms of eligibility criteria like age, educational qualification, nationality, etc.

How to apply for SSC CGL exam online?

Procedures to fill Online Application form are given below:
Firstly, click on the direct apply link provided above.
Now, application form window will open.
SSC CGL Online Application Form 2017 is divided into two parts i.e. Registration Part and Apply Part.
Begin with the Registration Part in which candidates need to fill all the relevant details such as Applicant Name, Education, Date of Birth, Category, Email ID, Address, Mobile Phone Number etc.
After filling the required details in the Registration Part, click “I agree” button.
Apply Part requires filling payment details, uploading of photograph and scanned signature.
The candidates have to pay the requisite fee only thru challan or SBI Net Banking or any Credit/ Debit Card.
Then upload a recently taken photograph in JPG format. The digital size of the file must be less than 12 kb and greater than 4 kb with the resolution of 100 pixel widths by 120 pixels height.
Then upload your scanned signature in JPG format. The digital size of the file must be less than 12 kb and greater than 1 kb with the resolution of 140 pixel widths by 60 pixels height.
Take the print out of your submitted application form.
Emails will be received by the candidates on completion of “Apply Part”. Candidate can retain the copy of e-mail for further reference.

Can I fill the SSC CGL application form offline?

No You can’t apply offline for SSC CGL.