Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL ) is a National Level Exam conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission of India. SSC conducts SSC CGL once in a year to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in its Subordinate Offices like the Indian Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Ministry of Railways, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), etc. The posts are classified into groups of A, B, C and D. Around 20 to 30 lakh of people register for SSC CGL every year out of which around 10 to 15 lakh people take the exam. The exam is conducted in 4 stages based on the post.
This year the exam is expected to be conducted from 4th June to 19th June 2019. For SSC CGL 2019, level-1 and level-2 exams will be conducted online(computer-based exam) and level-3 will be a descriptive offline (pen paper-based) exam. Level -4 is a Computer Proficiency Test (required for some posts only) and document verification for the candidates selected in level-3.
Name of the exam
Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination
Commonly known as
Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Mode of Application
Mode of examination
Online - level-1, level-2 (Computer Based Test)
Offline - level-3 (Paper and Pen-Based Test)
level-1: For every correct answer (+2)
level-2: For every correct answer (+2)
level-3: Descriptive Type Questions
level-1: No negative marking
level-2: Paper I & III - 0.5, Paper II - 0.25
level-3: No negative marking
Level 1 – 60 minutes
Level 2 – 120 minutes
Level 3 – 60 minutes
Level 4 – 45 minutes
Medium of exam
English or Hindi
Types of questions
Mode of exam
Reasoning & General Intelligence, English Language General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude
Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Statistics, Finance & Accounting, Economics & Governance
Descriptive Paper in Hindi/English (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)
Computer Proficiency Test (required for some posts only), Documents Verification.
Online or Offline
A candidate is required to fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for this exam. The eligibility measures for the recruitment examination is given below:
The Candidates must hold a graduate degree on or before 01.08.2019. Candidates, who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for the exam with their provisional degrees.
Primary Qualifications: Must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute.
Desirable Qualifications: Chartered Accountant /Cost & Management Accountant /Company Secretary / Masters I Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies / a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with minimum 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level OR Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the core subjects at degree level.
The authorities have increased the Age limit for the exam enrollment, though the age differs from post to post. The minimum age limit marked for the exam is 27 years and the maximum age limit criteria are 32 years.
Assistant Section Officer
Not exceeding 30 Years
Assistant Section Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
Up to 30 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer
M/o of Statistics & Prog. Implementation
Up to 32 years
Junior Statistical Officer
Up to 30 years
All other posts
A candidate must be either:
A candidate must be physically fit as per the norms of the inspector as there are some prerequisites for physical fitness for the post of Inspector(Central/ State Excise/ Preventive Officer/ Examiner), Sub-Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) and sub-inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).
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