SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria 2024: Check Out Age Limit, Qualification

SSC CGL 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The SSC CGL exam, conducted by the Staff Selection Commission, is an All India Entrance Exam for recruiting candidates to various Group B and Group C posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India, offering a wide range of career opportunities. The aspirants are eagerly awaiting the release of the SSC CGL exam notification for the year 2024. The notification will provide aspiring candidates with valuable details about the application and exam dates, SSC CGL eligibility criteria, application process, SSC CGL syllabus and exam pattern, salary structure for different posts and more.

The eligible SSC CGL age criteria and SSC CGL educational qualifications may vary according to the posts you are applying for in the SSC CGL 2024 recruitment, and we can infer the details for the time being from the last year SSC CGL notification 2023. Failure to meet the specified educational or age criteria outlined in the SSC CGL notification 2024 will result in the cancellation of your candidature. Therefore, it is imperative for interested individuals to thoroughly read and comprehend the entire notification to ensure compliance and eligibility.

SSC CGL Educational Criteria 2024

Candidates need to possess certain specified SSC CGL eligibility requirements to ensure your eligibility for the SSC CGL exam. You need to be a Graduate (in any discipline) to fulfill SSC CGL eligibility criteria. However, the educational qualification requirement differs and is specific for a few SSC CGL posts. Refer to the detailed SSC CGL eligibility criteria, as of the 2023 notification, given below.

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer
  • Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.
  • Desirable Qualifications: Chartered Accountant or Cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.
  • During the period of probation direct recruits shall have to qualify the “Subordinate Audit/ Accounts Service Examination” in respective branches for confirmation and regular appointment as Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.
Junior Statistical Officer

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level

Or

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.

Statistical Investigator Grade-II Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects from a recognized University or Institute. The candidates must have 10 studied Statistics as a subject in all the three years or all the 6 semesters of the graduation course.
Assistant in National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)
  • Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.
  • Desirable Qualifications: Degree in law from a recognized university.
Research Assistant in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
  • Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.
  • Desirable Qualifications:
    • • Minimum one-year research experience in any recognized university or recognized Research Institution
    • • Degree in Law or Human Rights from a recognized university.
All other Posts Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

SSC CGL 2024 Age Criteria

One of the most worrisome things before applying for an exam is to check the age limit for the concerned post(s). As for the SSC CGL eligibility, various posts require different age limit criteria. However, the cut-off date for all posts will be as specified in the notification, which is strictly to be followed.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be eligible. However, there are maximum age limits which vary according to the specific post applied for and the candidate’s category (such as General, OBC, SC, ST etc.).

It is important that you consider your age effective as of the closing date of the examination application. So make sure you meet the age criteria by that date. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on age and leisure, always refer to official information published by the SSC. Please refer to the age limit for SSC CGL eligibility for each post as indicated in the table below.

Sr. no.PostDepartmentAge Limit
1 Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Gazetted 18-30 years
2 Assistant Accounts Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Gazetted 18-30 years
3 Assistant Section Officer Central Secretariat Service 20-30 years
4 Assistant Section Officer Intelligence Bureau 18-30 years
5 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of Railway 20-30 years
6 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of External Affairs 20-30 years
7 Assistant Section Officer AFHQ 20-30 years
8 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of Electronics and nformation Technology 18-30 years
9 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations 20-30 years
10 Assistant Section Officer Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations 18-30 years
11 Inspector of Income Tax CBDT 18-30 years
12 Inspector, (CGST & Central Excise) CBIC 18-30 years
13 Inspector (Preventive Officer) CBIC 18-30 years
14 Inspector (Examiner) CBIC 18-30 years
15 Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue 18-30 years
16 Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation 20-30 years
17 Inspector Posts Department of Post 18-30 years
18 Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-30 years
19 Assistant/ Superintendent Indian Coast Guard 18-30 years
20 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations 18-30 years
21 Assistant National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) 18-30 years
22 Research Assistant National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) 18-30 years
23 Divisional Accountant Offices under C&AG 18-30 years
24 Sub Inspector National Investigation Agency (NIA) 18-30 years
25 Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation 18-32 years
26 Statistical Investigator Grade-II Registrar General of India 18-30 years
27 Auditor Offices under C&AG 18-27 years
28 Auditor Other Ministry/ Departments 18-27 years
29 Auditor Offices under CGDA 18-27 years
30 Accountant Offices under C&AG 18-27 years
31 Accountant/ Junior Accountant Other Ministry/ Departments 18-27 years
32 Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology 18-27 years
33 Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres 18-27 years
34 Tax Assistant CBDT 18-27 years
35 Tax Assistant CBIC 18-27 years
36 Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-27 years

SSC CGL Age Relaxation

The SSC provides relaxation in the upper age limit to the candidates belonging to the reserved categories. The period of relaxation will vary for each of the mentioned categories. Complete details of the relaxation in the SSC CGL age limit for OBC and other reserved categories for the SSC CGL exam notification are given below.

Please note: The relaxation meant for ESM (Ex-servicemen) will not be applicable to anyone else (except the Ex-serviceman), who is related to an Ex-servicemen in any way (son/daughter/dependants).

CategoryAge-relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit
OBC 3 years
SC/ST 5 years
PwD (Unreserved) 10 years
PwD+OBC 13 years
PwD+SC/ ST 15 years
Ex-Servicemen (EXM) 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof 3 years
Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof (SC/ST) 8 years
Additional permissible relaxation in upper age limit 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
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) Up to 40 years of age

Nationality/Citizenship:

A candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Candidates in either of the above category should produce a certificate of eligibility, issued by Government of India in their favour, as part of SSC CGL eligibility criteria, for them to be eligible to apply for the SSC CGL examination.

Work Experience

While work experience can be beneficial, it's not always mandatory for all positions. SSC CGL aims to provide opportunities for individuals at various stages of their careers, from fresh graduates to experienced professionals. The SSC CGL exam is a great opportunity for fresh graduates because for majority of posts work experience is not a mandatory criteria, as of the last SSC CGL notification, except for selected few posts like Research Assistant in National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), where minimum one year research experience from any recognized university or recognized Research Institution was mandatory. In short, candidates who have recently completed their graduation are eligible to apply for the position based on their educational qualifications, for various posts under SSC CGL exam. Here is the breakdown of work experience required for various levels of posts under SSC CGL.

1. Entry Level Position : Many entry positions do not require any prior work experience. These roles are open to fresh graduates or individuals with limited work experience.

2. A technical field: The specialized field may require specific qualifications or prior work experience to ensure that the candidate is aware of the basic information regarding the job role. Such fields include roles such as accounting, auditing, or law enforcement.

3. Experience-based qualifications: Positions that require a specific tenure of experience in a related field, applies to mid- or senior-level positions that require some skill.

4. Preferred Experience: Although optional or relevant work experience can strengthen your application and improve your chances of selection. These experiences can be in the form of internships, part-time work, or volunteering in related fields.

5. Training programme: In some cases, candidates selected for the post of SSC CGL may be given a training programme to enhance the required skills and experience in the job.

Document Verification

  • To speed up the hiring process for government jobs, the User Departments/Organizations will handle Document Verification as directed by the Commission.
  • All the candidates qualified for the particular post will have to appear for Document Verification along with the photocopies and original documents.
  • Before document verification stage, candidates will get a chance to choose their preferred posts and departments through an Online Option Form on the Commission's website before the final result is announced. If a candidate doesn't pick their preferences, they won't be considered for those posts or departments. Once options are submitted, they can't be changed later. So, candidates should be careful when choosing their options.
  • Candidates who don't choose their preferred posts on the Commission's website within the given time won't be considered for any post in the final result. They won't get another chance to pick posts. The Commission won't accept any complaints about this through Post, Fax, Email, or in person; they'll be rejected right away.

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FAQs

Yes, you are eligible to apply for the SSC CGL exam 2024.
All candidates are required to have a Bachelor’s Degree (in any field) from a recognized univeristy. For some posts, there are some additional/desirable eligibility requirements as well. Kindly scroll to the top to check the SSC CGL eligibility criteria for all posts.
No. All the candidates need to possess the essential educational qualification on or before the application last date for the SSC CGL 2024 recruitment, which is October 08, 2024. If you have appeared for the final exam and do not have your qualification certificate yet, you can apply given that you have the qualification by the last date of application.
Yes. SSC follows government mandated age relaxation rules for SC/ST/OBC candidates. However, the duration of relaxation varies across categories. It is essential for candidates falling under these categories to refer to the proper guidelines of SSC CGL notification, to ascertain the specific time allowances. This ensures accurate understanding and adherence to the prescribed relaxations during the application process for SSC CGL exam.
The minimum qualification required to apply for SSC CGL 2024 will be a 'graduate' degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

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