Staff Selection Commission or SSC as popularly called, is one of the major recruiting organizations in the government sector. SSC releases its recruitment notification each year where it announces the vacancies under different posts. SSC CGL is one such major recruitment that SSC announces almost every year. It is considered as one of the biggest examinations that is conducted by SSC to recruit eligible graduates to various posts in the departments and ministries of Central Government. SSC released its notification in the year 2018 but the examination got stalled due to some reasons. It has therefore released the exam dates for the exam to be conducted now. This year SSC CGL exam is expected to be conducted from 4th - 19th June 2019.
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) was expected to conduct the "Tier-I" of Combined Graduate Level (SSC CGL) Examination, 2018 from 25th July 2018 to 20th August 2018, however, SSC CGL Tier-I exam was postponed due to some circumstances. Now SSC has announced SSC CGL Tier-I exam dates. SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam will be conducted from 4th June 2019 to 19th June 2019. SSC CGL Tier-I candidates will be selected based on their choices of different categories of posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations. Subject to administrative/public exigencies, final selection through the SSC CGL Examination to specific categories of posts would be according to the confirmed number of vacancies from the concerned Indenting Ministries/ Department/Office/Cadres before declaration of results. This is a Graduate Level Exam and is a golden chance for all the graduates to acquire a Government job and is thus one of the most sought-after exams among graduate students in our country.
SSC announced 8089 vacancies for in the year 2017. SSC is likely to announce a similar number of vacancies or even higher vacancies for SSC CGL 2018-19. The total number of vacancies for SSC CGL 2018-19 will be updated as soon as SSC releases the notification.
The online exam of SSC CGL 2018-19 will consist of Questions from Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language. The tests except for the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
Computer Based Examination
Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification
Scheme of Tier-I Examination:
The first phase or Tier - I of SSC CGL examination consists of four sections/subjects, that are assigned equal marks and contain equal number of questions which need to be solved in a composite time of 60 minutes. The details are as follows:
Number of Questions
General Intelligence and Reasoning
60 Minutes (Total) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para- 5.10 of Notice): 80 Minutes
Scheme of Tier-II Examinations:
The Tier - II of SSC CGL exam will also consist of four papers where all the papers are not mandatory for all the candidates. A candidate will have to attempt the papers according to the posts applied by him / her.
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability
120 Minutes (for each Paper) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para- 5.10 of Notice):160 Minutes
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Scheme of Tier-III Examination:
The Tier - III of SSC CGL is conducted in the pen & paper mode. The format of this exam is descriptive with 100 marks alloted to it and 60 minutes time duration.
Mode of Examination
Scheme of Examination
Pen and Paper mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/Letter/ Application etc.)
60 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl.
Every examination follows a particular marking scheme, where it assigns marks to any section and also contain a system of negative marking as described below:
SSC CGL Exam Tier I
While attempting any test, it is extremely important to keep track of the number of attempts and the accuracy, as the Tier - I of SSC CGL exam will also consist of negative marking . The complete marking scheme in SSC CGL Tier I is as follows:
SSC CGL Tier
General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral Awareness/ General knowledgeQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
Each question carries 1 mark
-0.50 for each wrong answer
SSC CGL Exam Tier II
SSC CGL's Tier II contains varied marking and negative marking in all the four papers. The scheme of marking is as follows:
Paper 1: Quantitative AbilityPaper 2: English Language and ComprehensionPaper 3: StatisticsPaper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: Each question carries 2 marksPaper 2: Each question carries 1 mark
Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: -0.50 for each wrong answerPaper 2: -0.25 for each wrong answer
SSC CGL Exam Tier III
The Tier -III of SSC CGL is a simple exam with one descriptive paper. It has a qualifying percentage without any negative marking as indicated in the following table :
Essay, Application, Passage Writing
Minimum qualifying marks 33%
SSC CGL Exam Tier IV
The SSC CGL Tier IV will be given by selected candidates in whichever post it will be applicable, where certain candidates will be tested for their skills with computer typing on various softwares.
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (whichever applicable)
Qualifying in nature
The Preliminary exam (Tier I) of SSC CGL 2018-19 will be of 60 minutes duration, having four major subjects. These subjects are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Studies, and English Language. The SSC CGL 2018-19 Tier 1 Exam will have a total of 100 questions from these four sections - Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Studies, and English language. Please note that there is 'no sectional cut-off' and the overall score will be considered for selection. Know in detail about the topics/chapters which are covered under these subjects for each tier of SSC CGL 2018-19 exams:
SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier I
SSC CGL Tier I contains four sections for which the detailed syllabus has been given in the following table:
Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, Sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test.
Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, Arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, Statement conclusion, syllogism, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Input-Output questions, Problem Solving, Word Building, Seating arrangement, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Dies, Clock, Calendar, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, folding & un-folding of Punched hole/pattern, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence etc.
Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Square and cube roots, Surds and indices, Lcm and hcf, Averages, Age problems, Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns, Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances, Divisions and Remainders, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries, Also questions from History, Geography, Economic Scene, Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research are asked, Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and Biology, Current affairs ( Last 6 months).
SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier II
SSC CGL Tier II also contains four papers, where all of these are not mandatory for each candidate. As mentioned above, it depends on the choice of post of every candidate that which paper he / she is supposed to write. The table below gives all the required details of the syllabus of SSC CGL Tier II.
Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Square and cube roots, Surds and indices, Lcm and hcf, Averages, Age problems, Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns, Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances, Divisions and Remainders, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
English Language & Comprehension
Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test, Active & Passive.
Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data Measures of Central Tendency Measures of Dispersion-Common measures dispersion Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis, Correlation and Regression, Probability Theory, Random Variable and Probability Distributions, Sampling Theory, Statistical Inference, Analysis of Variance, Index Numbers.
General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Finance and Accounts, Economics and Governance.
The SSC CGL Tier III follows a different pattern and tests the writing skills of a candidate. There is a fixed format assigned to the Tier III which requires you to be good in writing based on the below-mentioned syllabus that you will have to prepare :
Written Descriptive English Test
Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter/Application/Passage Writing
SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier IV
As the Tier IV of SSC CGL is not mandatory for everyone, therefore the knowledge of the syllabus is not required by everyone who is filling the form. After you check if you need to appear at this stage, you should start practising to improve the below-mentioned skills.
Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test
DEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour whereas CPT test requires computer knowledge.
SSC CGL 2018-19 being conducted by the Staff Selection Commission is an All India Entrance Exam . To appear in SSC CGL 2018-2019 Exam, one needs to be a Graduate (in any discipline). However, for few posts the graduation requirement is specific. The eligible 'Age Limit' also varies across various posts.
Eligibility Criteria : Educational Criteria
All the candidates need to follow a certain specified educational criteria to ensure their eligibility for the SSC CGL Exam 2018-19. You candidature will be cancelled if you fail to follow this criteria.
SSC CGL Post
Assistant Audit Officer
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University OR Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies
Junior Statistical Officer
Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th OR Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
All Other Posts
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent
Age limit will be reckoned as on 1st August, 2018 (As per 2017-18 SSC Notification):
There is different age criteria for different posts under the SSC CGL notification as indicated below:
For Post for which age limit is 20-27 years
He/ she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1991 and not later than 01.08.1998
For Post for which age limit is 18-27 years
He/ she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1991 and not later than 01.08.2000
For Post for which age limit is 20-30 years
He/ she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1988 and not later than 01.08.1998
For Post for which age limit is up to 30 years
He/ she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1988 and not later than 01.08.2000
For Post for which age limit is up to 32 years
He/ she must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1986 and not later than 01.08.2000
Certain categories are provided relaxation in the age criteria as explained in the table given below:
Age-relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit
3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
For Group “B” posts Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on Closing date for receipt of application
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application
For Group “C” posts Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years regular and continuous service as on Closing date for receipt of application
Up to 40 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years Regular and continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application
Up to 45 years of age
Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried
Up to 35 years of age
Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried (SC/ ST)
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ ST)
Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces
Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces (SC/ ST)
Up to 50 years of age
Retrenched census employees of the Office of Registrar General of India (They will be considered only for offices under RGI in their order of merit and subject to availability of vacancies)
3 years plus length of service rendered by them in connection with census, before retrenchment, and weightage of past service.
The Staff Selection Commission was supposed to conduct the SSC CGL Examination 2018-19 in four phases, The Tier 1 Exam of SSC CGL 2018-19 is tentatively scheduled to be held from 4th June 2019 to 19th June 2019.
Name of Examination
Date of Advt.
Date of Exam
Combined Graduate Level Exam,2018 (Tier-I)
04.06.2019 to 19.06.2019
Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2018 (Tier-II)
11.09.2019 to 13.09.2019
Combined Graduate Level Exam,2018 (Tier-III)
29.12.2019 (MORNING) Sunday
SSC CGL Tier- 4 Exam Computer Skill Test / Skill Test
To be notified later
Combined Graduate Level Exam,2019 (Tier-I)
The 'centre, venue address, date and time' for both online Preliminary and online Mains examinations and Interview shall be intimated in the respective 'Call Letter'. An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorized website by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ information handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.
Before you start your preparation you need to get an idea about the last year exam scenario. This will help you in planning for your SSC CGL exam preparation in a strategic way.
SSC CGL Cut-Off 2018 for Tier I
List-I: Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-IV (General Studies (Finance & Accounts) and Tier-III
List-II: Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper- II, Paper -III (Statistics) & Tier III
List – III: Candidates qualified in Tier-I for appearing in Tier-II (Paper-I & Paper-II & Tier III)
Initial cut off
Revised cut off
Previous Year's SSC CGL Cut-Off for Tier I:
Cut off marks (Out of 200)
SSC CGL Cut-Off for Tier-I + Tier-II: Cut-off marks (out of 600)
SSC CGL 2018-2019 requires systematic planning and a well-drafted preparation strategy. While preparing for SSC CGL 2018-2019, you need to keep in mind the latest exam pattern and also need to go through the SSC CGL syllabus thoroughly.
Read, SSC CGL preparation tips by toppers, to know what strategy did the toppers of SSC CGL adopt to crack the exam.
Practice is the key to success and it holds true even for SSC CGL 2018-2019 exam. To gear up for your preparation you need a lot of practice. Practicing SSC CGL 2018-2019 mock tests will not only help you analyze your performance but will also help you to perform in the exam in a better way.
SSC CGL being one of the most sough-after & awaited jobs, rewards its employees generously. The postings under SSC are done in various ministries and government departments which pay their employess based on various pay scales as depicted in the following table :
Name of post
Department / Ministries
Assistant Section officer
Central Secretariat Service
Ministry of Railway
Ministry of External Affairs
Other Ministries / Dept. / Org.
Central Bureau of Investigation
Not Exceeding 30 years
Inspector, (Central Excise)
Central Bureau of Narcotics
Other ministries / Dept. / Org.
Inspector (Preventive officer)
Indian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAG
Group B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG
Assistant Section Officer
Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.
Assistant / Superintendent
Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations
Inspector of Income Tax
Officer under CAG
Up to 30 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
National Investigation Agency (NIA)
Up to 32 years
M/O statistics & Prog. Implementation
Officer under C&AG
Officer Under CGDA
Accountant / Junior Accountant
Other Ministry/ Dept.
Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerks
Central Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadres
Upper Division Clerk (UDC)
Dte. General Border Road Organisation (MoD)Only For Male Candidates
Department of Post.
SSC CGL Center of Examination
SSC assigns various exam centres in different cities to conduct the SSC CGL online examination smoothly. SSC reserves the right to add / cancel any exam centre and no request from any candidate to change the centre will be entertained.
Examination Centres & Centre Code
SSC Region and States/ UTs under the jurisdiction of the Region
Address of the Regional Offices/ Website
Bareilly(3005), Gorakhpur(3007) ,
Central Region (CR)/ Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
Regional Director (CR),
21-23, Lowther Road,
(WB)(4403), Chinsurah (4405),
Sambalpur(4609), Port Blair (4802)
Eastern Region (ER)/ Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal
Regional Director (ER),
1st MSO Building,(8th
Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR)/ Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Kerala
1st Floor, “E” Wing,
Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (MPR)/ Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
Dy. Director (MPR),
J-5, Anupam Nagar,
Itanagar(5001), Dibrugarh(5102), Guwahati(Dispur)(5105),
North Eastern Region (NER)/
A good preparation majorly depends on the quality of study material and therefore you should make sure that you study from the right books and gain right knowledge.
SSC CGL Subjects
Useful Books for SSC CGL
SSC CGL Exam Book’s Author
Lucent General Science
A modern approach to verbal & Non-verbal reasoning
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
Static GK/ Current Affairs
SQ Sachdeva Mahendra Jain
Wren & Martin
Word Power Made Easy
The candidates are required to submit the application fee once he / she fills all the required details in the application form.
Exempted from payment of fee.
Candidates can fill the form in online mode.
Question: What is SSC CGL?
Answer. SSC CGL is a Combined Graduate Level Examination that recruits candidates for different posts in ministries/government offices.
Question: Can Any Candidate apply for more than one post in SSC CGL?
Answer. Yes, you can set your preference and will get selection according to the marks.
Question: What is the number of vacancies for SSC CGL 2018-19?
Answer: Vacancies for CGL 2018-19 are not yet published along with SSC CGL 2018 notification.
Question: Can those students who are appearing in final year of graduation apply for any post in SSC CGL?
Answer. Yes, all those who are appearing or have just appeared in the final year of graduation can apply for any post in SSC CGL 2018-19.
Question: Can I upload the passport size photo and signature in any format?
Answer. No, you must upload the photo and signature only in JPG/JPEG format. The passport size photo should be between 30 to 50 kb and signature should be between 1 to 12 kb.
Question: Is there any NEGATIVE MARKING in SSC CGL Exam?
Answer. Yes. Negative marking for wrong answers in SSC CGL Exam is 1/4th of the marks for that question.
Question: Do I need Aadhaar Card to register for SSC CGL?
Answer. No, Aadhar Card is not mandatory to register for SSC CGL.
Question: SSC CGL 2018 -19 Exam is in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?
Answer. SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam will be in online mode.
Question: Is there SECTIONAL CUT-OFF in SSC CGL Exam?
Answer. No, there is no sectional cut-off in SSC CGL Exam.
Question: What is the educational qualification for SSC CGL?
Answer. Candidate should hold a 'graduation' degree in any discipline from a recognized University.
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