Sure Shot Planning for Cracking SSC CGL 2017 Exam Online Tips

Hello friends, in this post we are providing all the details of SSC CGL Exam for those Aspirants who wants to go for Central Government Jobs.  We have updated this post with all the necessary details such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, exam strategy etc.  We hope this information will be helpful to the candidates for Cracking SSC CGL 2017.

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization controlled by Government of India for the purpose of recruiting staff for various posts in various Ministries and reputed Departments of the Government of India and in their Subordinate Offices. SSC conducts various exams throughout the year.   SSC CGL is the most popular exam conducted by SSC in India. This is considered to be one of the biggest exams to be conducted for graduate students.  Every year a great number of candidates appear in this examination.

The SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGLE) is an open- competitive written examination conducted for the recruitment of personnel for Grade- B and C categories posts in various Ministries, Departments and Organizations.

Posts that one can opt for :

There are a variety of posts that one can opt for as per one’s preference. Please note that while filing up the application, your preference for a post will be considered as final and any request for change of post will not be entertained later. Whether you get through the post that you applied for or not, will depend on your performance in Tier I and Tier II exams and the Interview/ Computer Proficiency / Skill Test that follows if you successfully clear the Tier I and II exams. Some of the posts that you can apply for are:

  • Assistant in Central Vigilance Commission, Intelligence Bureau Group, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs, AFHQ Group, Other Ministries/ Departments/Organisations.
  • Inspector of Income, Tax CBDT
  • Inspector (Central Excise) CBEC
  • Inspector (Preventive Officer) CBEC
  • Inspector (Examiner) CBEC
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer, Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
  • Sub Inspectors, Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Inspector of Posts, Department of Post
  • Divisional Accountant, Offices under CAG
  • Divisional Accountant, Offices under CAG
  • Statistical Investigator, Gr.II M/Statistics & Prog Implementation
  • Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics Group B
  • Auditor, Offices under C&AG
  • Auditor, Offices under CGDA
  • Auditor, Offices under CGA & others
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant, Offices under C&AG
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant, Offices under CGA & others
  • Upper Division Clerk, Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres
  • Tax Assistant, CBDT
  • Tax Assistant, CBEC
  • Compiler, Registrar General of India
  • Sub-Inspector, Central Bureau of Narcotics

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CGLE 2017 :

Qualification –  The basic and compulsory education qualification required under SSC CGL Eligibility is holding a Bachelor’s Degree/Graduation or any equivalent qualification from a recognized university.

SSC CGLE Education qualification for various posts are explained as follows: –


Name of the Post Educational Qualification
Compiler Bachelor’s Degree with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective subject from any recognized University
Statistical Investigator Grade-II Graduation with statistics as one of the main subjects OR Bachelor’s Degree with Mathematics (with Statistics as a papers studied in one year/two years/all three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects OR Graduation with Economics (with Statistics as a paper studied in one year/two years/all the three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects ORGraduation with Commerce (with Statistics as a paper studied in one year/two years/all the three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects
Assistants (CSS) Graduation + Computer Proficiency
All Other Posts Graduation


“The degree obtained from distance education or open universities are acceptable under the SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria, but the University should have recognition from Distance Education Council, IGNOU.”

Age Limit :  As per the latest notification from SSC, the age limit for CGLE 2017 will be calculated as on 1st August 2017.

  • 18-27 for the below mentioned posts

Inspector of Income Tax, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner), Inspector of Posts, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Inspector (CBN), Compiler Divisional Accountant, Auditors/ UDCs /Tax Assistants, Junior Accountant & Accountant, Sub Inspector (CBN)

  • Statistical Investigator Gr II Not to exceed 26 years
  • Assistant / Sub Inspector in CBI Between 20 – 27 years

For more details of age limit and relaxation in age refer to the official notification 


Selection Procedure for SSC CGLE 2017 :


Selection process includes the following –

  • Tier-1: Written Examination (Objective Type) (200 Marks)
  • Tier-2: Written Examination (Objective Type) (each paper carry 200 marks)
  • Tier-3: Written Examination (Descriptive Type) (100 Marks)
  • Tier-4: Computer Test / Skill Test (wherever applicable)


SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern :

  • It is a Preliminary Examination which is conducted for all students who want to work as assistant in various departments in Staff Selection Commission.
  • It is organize to examine the large no. of applicant’s skills and basic knowledge. It is an objective type written examination.
  • Commission fixes different cut off for different categories in Tier 1.
  • Only those participants who will qualify tier 1 Exam with minimum cut off marks will be able to get involved in tier 2 exam.
Subject Max Ques. Max Marks Duration (hours)
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 50 2 hours
General Awareness 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Comprehension 50 50
Total 200 200
Negative Marking: 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer


Staff Selection Commission CGL Tier 2:

  • After appearing in tier 1 exam, a tier 2 examination is conducted and this is known as Mains Examinations.
  • Question of this paper is also Objective Type. For this exam commission also fixes minimum cut off and candidates who secure marks within that cut off can apply for Tier 3.

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern :

Subject Max Ques. Max Marks Negative Marking (for every incorrect answer) Duration (hours)
Quantitative Abilities 100 200 0.5 2 hours
English Language & Comprehension 100 200 0.25 2
Commerce/ Mathematics Statistics/ Economics / General Studies 100 200 0.5 2
Negative Marking: 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

SSC CGL Tier 3 Details :

Aspirants, who are successfully, qualified (Combined Graduate Level Exam) tier 1 and tier 2 will undergo a tier 3 process that is Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test, and Document verification followed by the descriptive test. Candidates who qualify this round will be recruited for assistant post in different departments. SSC CGL Tier 1 Selection Process is conducted just only the screening of list of applicants but final merit list is prepared after combining marks of tier 1 and tier 2. Then descriptive test will organize for selected candidates if applicable.

After successful completion of each tier / Staff Selection Commission CGL Exam, SSC will announce the all India merit list against each category of post for those candidates who are qualifying Combined Graduate Level Examination / SSC CGL Recruitment Exam. Then Shortlisted successor will be appointed based on their merit. After some time Staff Selection Commission will send offer letter to selected candidates for appointment in concerned department.

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT):

Those aspirants who are applying for Assistant in CSS only have to appear Computer Proficiency Test. This test will consist of Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides.

SSC CGL Skill Test:

Skill test will be for those who are applying for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise and income Tax.

Data Entry Speed Test:

This test will be for those who are applying for Data Entry Operator. 8000 Key Depression per hour on Computer and 2000 key depressions for in 15 minutes.

Physical Standards for All Posts under SSC CGL 2016 Exam

As you all know that there are physical examinations for some of the posts under SSC CGL Exam which are prescribed in the official notification for male and female candidates. So we are providing you the same in the post below –

Physical standards for the post of Inspector

  • Central Excise
  • Examiner
  • Preventive Officer
  • Inspector in CBN (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
  • Sub-Inspector in CBN (Central Bureau of Narcotics)

Male Candidates:

(i) Physical Standards:

  • Height :157.5 cms.

Note: Height relaxable by 5 cms. In the case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and members of Scheduled Tribes.

  • Chest: 81 cms. (Fully expanded with a minimum expanses of 5 cms.)

(ii) Physical Test:

Walking: 1600 metres in 15 minutes.

Cycling: 8 Kms. In 30 minutes.

Female Candidates:

i) Physical standards (Minimum):

  • Height: 152 cms.
  • Weight: 48 Kgs.

Note: Height relaxable by 2.5 cms and Weight by 2 Kgs. for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese and Members of Scheduled Tribes

ii) Physical Test:

Walking: 1 Km. in 20 minutes.

Cycling: 3 Kms. in 25 minutes.


(a) The test of “Walking” shall not be insisted in case of OL and OAL categories.

(b) The test of “Cycling” shall not be insisted in case of OA, OL and OAL categories.

2. Physical standards for the Post of Sub- Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation:

a) Height:

For men – 165 cms.

For women – 150 cms. (Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals : 5 cms.)

b) Chest : 76 cms: With expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

c) Vision :

Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye. Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.

3. Physical standards for the Post of Sub- Inspector in National Investigation Agency:

a) Height

For men – 170 cms.

For women – 150 cms. (Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals : 5 cms.)

b) Chest : 76 cms. with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

c) Vision :

Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

Distant vision : 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye. Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.


SSC CGL Merit List and Appointments:

After the Written Examination and Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test/ PST/ Physical Test/ Document verification organization releases All India Merit List according to category on basis of rules of organization.

How to Prepare for SSC CGLE 2017

You have to make a proper study plan for SSC CGL Exam preparation keeping in mind the limited time provided to attempt all the questions that will be asked in the SSC CGL 2017 Exam.


(I)  Analyze and make study plan – Go through the complete exam pattern and prepare your time table for each subject according to that. Give more time to the subject in which you are weak.

(II) Daily solve a previous year paper or a model test paper and try to do all 200 questions correctly within 2 hrs.

(III)  Note down your score and time taken in each of those papers.

(IV) Take the average of scores of Tier1 and average time taken by you. Do the same for Tier 2 Maths and English papers. Now you know where you are.

(V)  Now find out the cut-offs of Tier1, Tier2 and those of various posts. It will help you know how much effort you need to put in.

(VI) For the section Quantitative Aptitude you must have hold on four major areas i.e  Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.

(VII)  Reasoning is the most scoring section of the exam.  Out here, you must focus on key areas such as: Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series.

Within non-verbal reasoning, the major types of questions asked in the exam are: (a) mirror image and water image (b) paper cutting, punching and folding (c) figural series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover all of them.

When it comes to series and finding the missing number questions, you can expect both number series and semantic series to be there in the exam.

Don’t neglect statement-conclusion & statement-assumption questions from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks as these questions are fairly simple.

(VIII) For English Language you must focus on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement, Narration and active voice / passive voice and jumbled-up sentences.

(IX)  For General Knowledge (GK) you must go through past year SSC questions papers, pay attention to the frequently asked questions from science, politics, history and geography. It is quite common for these questions to get repeated in the exam.  Inspite of this, you must surely focus on questions based on (a) the firsts in India (b) common chemical compounds (c) folk dances of India & traditional festivals (d) Indian constitution (e) socio-religious movements of pre-independent India (f) national income & market structure (g) important scientific phenomena (h) medieval & modern Indian history.

Best Books for Preparation of SSC CGLE 2017

Here are the names of some books which you can practise for your SSC CGL Exam preparation.

  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Pre.Examination by arihant Experts
  • SSC CGL PRE practice sets-30 (contains 30 practice sets)
  • Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL by Disha Publication
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination For Tier I & II 1st Edition by Upkar Prakashan
  • SSC Graduate Level Tier-I & Tier-II Mathematics (Quantitative Aptitude) Year Wise Solved papers 1999-2013 Set-71
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(English)
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(Hindi)
  • Quicker Maths – by M. Tyra
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning – by R.S.Aggarwal
  • Enhance your Vocabulary with Fun – by Lalit Kumar

We hope that the information provided by us will be useful for those aspirants who are going to appear for the SSC CGL Examination 2017.

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