By admin 9 February 2018

SSC or Staff Selection Commission – A Few Frequently Asked Questions

It is the entrance exams that drive our country’s employment and education framework. With India sharing more than 60% of the demographic dividend, it is obvious that you may find a beeline for jobs, no matter what level it is. The number of applications for a job in a public sector unit or in any other Government job certainly exceeds a million.

The competition is even stiffer for jobs in Central Govt, where the recruitment is done by the Staff Selection Commission. This level of competition calls for some serious preparatory efforts with both Offline and Online SSC Coaching, which will help the aspirants break the repetitiveness in their approach and make the overall preparation interesting and informative rather than soporific.

For those who are new to this experience but still want to fulfil their dream of getting a job in SSC, here are a few FAQs about the Staff Selection Commission.

Question: 1. What are the various posts for which the Staff Selection Commission conducts competitive exams and what are the basic qualifications needed to appear for the same?

Answer: 1. The various posts here include:

  1. At Graduate Level (CGL) – auditors, assistants, junior accountants, divisional accountants, inspectors of excise, income tax, sub-inspectors in central police organizations like CRPF, CISF, BSF, SSB and ITBP, CBI, section officer (audit) and section officer (commercial).
  2. At Higher Secondary (Class 12th) Level – stenographer with grade ‘C’ and ‘D’, lower divisional clerks, data entry operators, high court clerks and postal assistants & sorting assistants in post office.
  3. At Matriculation (Class 10th) Level – multi tasking staff in various govt. departments.

Then there are some selection posts (applications invited through advertisements) for which direct interviews are conducted. These posts are not fixed and the vacancies are reported to the commission as and when required. The posts here include: information assistant, statistical assistant, store keeper, etc.

Question: 2. What is the basic SSC CGL exam structure or selection scheme?

Answer: 2. Selection Scheme of CGL: The selection is conducted in four tiers as mentioned below.

Tier–I: A 200 mark computer based exam comprising 4 sections: Maths, English, Reasoning & GK.

Tier–II: The computer based exam primarily comprises Maths (200 marks) and English (200 marks). A 200 mark Statistics paper is also conducted for Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) recruitment in Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. A 200 mark General Studies (Finance & Economics) paper is also conducted for the post of Asst. Audit Officer/Asst. Accounts Officer in Indian Audit and Accounts Department under Comptroller & Auditor General.

Tier –III: A 100 mark descriptive paper involving essay, letter, application and précis writing is there.

Tier-IV: It comprises a skill test / computer proficiency test and document verification.

Question: 3. What is the SSC 10+2 (CHSL) selection process?

Answer: 3. The three stages of the CHSL selection process are as explained below:

Tier–I: A 200 mark computer based exam comprising 4 sections: Quantitative Aptitude (Maths), General Intelligence (Reasoning), English & General Knowledge.

Tier–II: It will be a 100 mark test including letter / application and essay writing.

Tier –III: A typing test / skill test of qualifying nature will be there.

Question 4. What are the age limits and age relaxations for SSC examinations?

Answer 4. There are different constraints concerning age limits for different posts and need to be confirmed from the exam notice advertised by the Commission.

  1. However, the general age limit is 18-27 years as on specific date for the CHSL process and 18-32 years for the CGL process.
  2. Age relaxation for different categories is there. For SCs/STs – there is a relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit. Similarly, for OBCs it is 3 years and for physically handicapped, it is 10 years.
  3. For Ex-servicemen and Departmental candidates – Exam notice should be consulted.

Question 5. Is there any provision of change of interview date, if there is a clash of dates with another exam?

Answer 5. Generally, no change of day or date is permissible.

Question 6. What to do if the result sheet shows the candidate’s name and roll number under the wrong category?

Answer 6. For such situations, the candidate is expected to inform the commission immediately and the SSC will re-determine his/her result in the actually applied category.

For any other queries related to fee concessions, admit card issues and nomination procedure, consult the specialist for online coaching for SSC at

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