SSC CGL 2018: Detailed Guide

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A] SSC CGL Notification 2018

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C] SSC CGL Examination Syllabus

D] SSC CGL – Mode of Selection

E] Official SSC CGL Cut Off 2017 (Upto Tier-III)

SSC-CGL 2018: Exam Information 

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will soon be conducting the Combined Graduate Level (SSC-CGL) Examination for selecting suitable candidates to fill up Group “B” and Group “C” posts in various Ministries/ Dept./Org. in the Government of India. The SSC CGL 2018 Exam will be conducted in four stages: Tier-1 to Tier-4 stage exam.

Posts Available Under SSC-CGL 2018

The posts available under this year’s recruitment include Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Accounts Officer, Assistant Section Officer, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Sub Inspector, Junior Statistical Officer,Inspector of Income Tax/Preventive Officer/Examiner,  Auditor, Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks, Divisional Accountant,  Tax Assistant in respective Ministries and Organizations.

Important Dates for SSC-CGL 2018 

Events Dates
Online registration process to commence from Extended —-> (05-May-2018)
Last date to apply Extended —-> 5th June 2018 (5:PM)
 SSC CGL Tier -1 Exam Date 25.07.2018 to 20.08.2018 (CBE)| Delayed
SSC CGL Tier -1 Admit Card Download Date To be Updated Later
SSC CGL Tier -1 Result Announcing Date To be Update Later
SSC CGL Tier -2 Exam Date 27.11.2018 to 30.11.2018
(P-II Computer Based Exam)
SSC CGL Tier -2 Admit Card Download Date Update Later
SSC CGL Tier -2 result announcement Date Update Later
SSC CGL Tier -3 Examination Date To be notified later (P-III Descriptive)
Date of Skill test/Interview/Computer Skill Test

Vacancies for SSC-CGL 2018

The Vacancy for SSC CGL 2018 will be released soon.

For the 2016 SSC-CGL Exam the number of vacancies was increased to 9000. As per last years’ notification released by SSC, a total of 8089 vacancies were to be filled by SSC CGL 2017 exam. These vacancies have been created in the department of Income Tax, Excise and Custom.

Eligibility for SSC-CGL

I] Nationality/ Citizenship

A candidate must be either

  • An Indian citizen OR
  • Nepalese/Bhutanese subject OR
  • A refugee from Tibetan who came to India before the 1st January, 1962 OR
  • A person of Indian origin who migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam

II] Age
The Staff Selection Commission sets age eligibility differently for every post. The detailed age cutoff is as mentioned in the notification elaborately

Age limit will be reckoned as on 1st August, 2018 based on the following specifications:

(i) For Post with age limit 20-27 years Candidate must have been born between 2nd August 1991 and 1st August 1998
(ii) For Post with age limit 18-27 years Candidate must have been born between 2nd August 1991 and 1st August 2000
(iii) For Post with age limit 20-30 years Candidate must have been born between 2nd August 1988 and 1st August 1998
(iv) For Post with age limit 18-30 years Candidate must have been born between 2nd August 1988 and 1st August 2000
(v) For Post with age limit 18-32 years Candidate must have been born between 2nd August 1986 and 1st August 2000

III] Educational Qualifications

Post Educational Qualification Required
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer (a) Essential Qualifications: Graduate (Bachelors) from a GoI recognized university

(b) Desirable Qualifications:

  • Chartered Accountant (CA) OR
  • Management & Cost Accountant OR
  • Company Secretary (CS) OR
  • M.Com. OR
  • Masters in Business Studies/Business Administration (Finance)/Business Economics.

Direct recruits need to qualify the “Subordinate Audit Service Examination” for their regular appointment to posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer during the probationary period.

Junior Statistical Officer Graduation in any subject from a recognised University with minimum 60% marks in Mathematics at Std. 12 level OR

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

All other Posts Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University or any such equivalent qualification
The candidates who are appearing in the final year of graduation can apply, however they must possess the qualification as mentioned above on or before 1st August 2018.

For the following posts, Computer Proficiency Test has also been prescribed as an Essential Qualification:

  • Assistant Section Officer (CSS)
  • Assistant Section Officer (MEA)
  • Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate Affairs
  • Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines

SSC CGL Application 2018

The SSC CGL Applications for 2018 were closed on 5th June 2018.

How to Apply for SSC CGL Exam?

  1. Applicant must first log on to the official website i.e.
  2. Before applying carefully check eligibility norms to ensure you are eligible for the post being applied to.
  3. Next step is to “register as a new user” at the website. This can be done using a valid email ID and phone number.
  4. OTP to validate the required ID will be sent to the phone number entered.
  5. Candidate can then pay the application fee online or through an SBI Challan.
  6. The Challan can be generated online after the SSC CGL Application Form.
  7. Make sure to keep scanned copies of a recent passport size photo, candidate signature and thumb impression to upload during the application.
  8. Once you have done basic registration, you will be directed to Application Form.
  9. Carefully fill details into the form and submit.
  10. After clicking the Submit button, you will not be able to make any changes later.
  11. Take a print out of the filled out application form for future reference.

Application Fee Payment

Application Fee Rs. 100/-

Mode of Payment

SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa, Mastercard or Maestro Credit or Debit card.

Exemption from Fee Payment

Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee.

SSC CGL Examination Pattern

The entire Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

Tier -I Computer Based Examination
Tier -II Computer Based Examination
Tier -III Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
Tier-IV Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

Scheme of Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations

Tier Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time allowed
I A. General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes (Total) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para5.10 of Notice): 80 Minutes
B. General Awareness 25 50
C. Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
D. English Comprehension 25 50
Note In Tier-I: There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.
II Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities 100 200 120 Minutes (for each Paper) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para5.10 of Notice): 160 Minutes
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200
Paper-III: Statistics 100 200
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200

Note-I In Tier-II:
Negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension)
Negative marking 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV (Quant, Statistics and GS)

Note-II in Tier-II:
Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer

Scheme of Tier-III Examination

Tier Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allowed
III Pen and Paper mode Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) 100  60 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para5.10 of Notice): 80 Minutes

Scheme of Tier-IV Examination

Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification will also be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination.

A] Data Entry Skill Test (DEST): For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax)

> “Data Entry Speed Test” Skill Test will be conducted on a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 mins.

> This test will be of qualifying nature.

> Computers for the test will be provided by the Commission at the Centre/ venue as notified.

> The Skill Test will be held at the Commission’s Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices or at other Centres as may be decided by the commission.

B] Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): For the posts of Assistant Section Officer of CSS, Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mine

> The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprising of three modules:

i] Word Processing
ii] Spread Sheet
iii] Generation of Slides

> No exemption from CPT is allowed for any category of PwD candidates

> CPT will be of qualifying nature.

C] Document Verification (DV)

> All the candidates qualified for Document Verification are required to come for Document Verification.

> Those who fail to do so will not be considered for any post at the time of final selection.

> Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates will be required to produce all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification.

SSC CGL Examination Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus for Tier-II Examination as per the notification released by SSC is as found below:

Paper Syllabus
Paper I:
Quantitative Abilities[Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level]
The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate.

The scope of the test will be:
1] Number System:

  • Computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions
  • Relationships between numbers
  • Square Roots
  • Elementary Surds

2] Percentage and Ratios

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time & Work

3] Speed, Time and Distance

4] Algebra

  • Basic Algebraic identities of School Algebra
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Standard Identities

5] Geometry

  • Complementary angles
  • Heights and Distances
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  • Congruence and similarity of triangles
  • Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles,
  • 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

6] Trignometry Basic

  • Trigonometric Ratio

7] Data Interpretation

  • Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart
English Language and Comprehension[Questions in Paper-II will be of 10+2 Level]
Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language.

Question Types:

  • Spot the error
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spelling/ detecting misspelled words
  • Idioms & phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Improvement of sentences
  • Active/ passive voice of verbs
  • Conversion into direct/ indirect narration
  • Shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage
  • Cloze passage
  • Comprehension passage
Statistics[For JSO Post Only][Questions in Paper-III will be of Graduation Level]
1] Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data

  • Primary and Secondary data
  • Methods of data collection
  • Tabulation of data
  • Graphs and charts
  • Frequency distributions
  • Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.

2] Measures of Central Tendency

  • Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.

3] Measures of Dispersion

  • Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

4] Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis

  • Different types of moments and their relationship
  • Meaning of skewness and kurtosis
  • Different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

5] Correlation and Regression

  • Scatter diagram
  • Simple correlation coefficient
  • Simple regression lines
  • Spearman’s rank correlation
  • Measures of association of attributes
  • Multiple regression
  • Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only)

6] Probability Theory

  • Meaning of probability
  • Different definitions of probability
  • Conditional probability
  • Compound probability
  • Independent events
  • Bayes’ theorem.

7] Random Variable and Probability Distributions

  • Random variable
  • Probability functions
  • Expectation and Variance of a random variable
  • Higher moments of a random variable
  • Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions
  • Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).

8] Sampling Theory

  • Concept of population and sample
  • Parameter and statistic
  • Sampling and non-sampling errors
  • Probability and non-probability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling)
  • Sampling distribution (statement only)
  • Sample size decisions.

9] Statistical Inference

  • Point estimation and interval estimation
  • Properties of a good estimator
  • Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method)
  • Testing of hypothesis – Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.

10] Analysis of Variance

  • Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.

11] Time Series Analysis

  • Components of time series
  • Determinations of trend component by different methods
  • Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.

12] Index Numbers

  • Meaning of Index Numbers
  • Problems in the construction of index numbers
  • Types of index number
  • Different formulae
  • Base shifting and splicing of index numbers
  • Cost of living Index Numbers
  • Uses of Index Numbers.
General Studies-Finance and Economics[For Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer Post Only][Questions in Paper-IV will be of Graduation Level]

Part A: Finance and Accounts – (80 marks)

1] Fundamental Principles and Basic Concept of Accounting

  • Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading,
    Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance – (120 marks)

1] Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility

2] Finance Commission-Role and functions

3] Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Micro Economics

  • Definition, Scope and Nature of Economics
  • Methods of economic study
  • Central problems of an economy
  • Production possibilities curve

4] Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand

  • Law of demand and Elasticity of demand
  • Price, income and cross elasticity
  • Theory of consumer’s behaviour – Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach
  • Meaning and determinants of supply
  • Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply

5] Theory of Production and Cost

  • Meaning and Factors of production
  • Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.

6] Forms of Market and Price determination in Different Markets

  • Various forms of markets – Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly
  • Price determination in these markets

7] Indian Economy

  • Nature of the Indian Economy
  • Role of different sectors – Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth
  • National Income of India – Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income
  • Population – Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
  • Poverty and unemployment – Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment
  • Infrastructure – Energy, Transportation, Communication

8] Economic Reforms in India

  • Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment

9] Money and Banking

  • Monetary/ Fiscal policy – Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India
  • Functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks
  • Budget and Fiscal deficits
  • Balance of payments
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003

10] Role of Information Technology in Governance

SSC CGL – Mode of Selection

Qualification to Appear in Tier-II Examination

  • Based on the marks scored in Tier-I Computer Based Examination, candidates will be shortlisted, category-wise, to appear in Tier-II Examination.
  • The Commission shall have the discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in each component of the Tier-I Examination.
  • The Commission may fix separate cut-offs for Paper-III (i.e. for the post of JSO), PaperIV (i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer) and for Paper-I+Paper-II (all other posts).

Qualification to Appear in Tier-III Examination

  • Based on the aggregate performance in Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations, candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Tier-III (Descriptive Paper).
  • The Commission may fix minimum qualifying marks in each Paper of Tier-II. 1

Qualification to Appear in Tier-IV Process

  • The candidates who score minimum qualifying marks, as fixed by the Commission, in Tier-III Examination will be eligible to appear in Skill Tests and Document Verification.
  • Based on the aggregate performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations, candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Document Verification and Skill Tests i.e. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Skill Test (DEST).
  • Skill Tests are qualifying in nature.
  • If a candidate does not appear in Skill Test or fails to qualify the Skill Test, he/ she will not be eligible for the posts where CPT/ DEST are required.

Final Selection

  • Merit list will be prepared on the basis of overall performance of candidates in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations.
  • Final selection of candidates, in each category, will be made on the basis of aggregate marks scored by them in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III examinations and preference of posts exercised by them.

SSC CGL Admit Card

SSC releases Admit Card for every stage of the exam and this is done zone-wise. Depending on the zone in which the candidate falls, the admit card is accordingly available.
Here is a list of all the regions and the states corresponding to them:
Region States/UTs included
N.R. – Northern Region NCT of Delhi, Rajasthan & Uttarakhand
N.W.R – North Western Region J&K, Punjab, Haryana & Himachal Pradesh
C.R -Central Region UP & Bihar
E.R -Eastern Region WB, Jharkhand, Odisha, A&N Island & Sikkim
M.P.R -Madhya Pradesh Region MP & Chhattisgarh
W.R -Western Region Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa
N.E.R -North Eastern Region Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland & Mizoram
S.R -Southern Region AP, Pondicherry & TN
K.K.R -Karnataka Region Karnataka and Kerala

Steps to Download SSC CGL Admit Card

Step 1: Log onto the offical website –

Step 2: On the left, you will find an admit card tab – click on the same. This will open a list of regional websites.

Step 3: Select the required region.

Step 4: Use the E-Admit card option for SSC CGL Tier (I/II/III/IV)

Step 5: Some details may be required such as registration number and DoB.

Step 6: The downloadable SSC CGL Admit Card will be displayed. Download the same for future use.

Note: Verify that all details mentioned on Admit Card are correct and valid. 

Official SSC CGL Cut Off 2017 (Upto Tier-III)

The cutoffs expressed here are aggregate of Tier-I and Tier-II for qualification to Tier-III of the CGLE 2017. While estimating the expected cutoff for 2018, this can be used as a rough guide.

Table 1: Number of candidates qualified for appearing in SSC CGLE 2017 (Tier-III) for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer


Cut-off Marks

Tier-I + Tier-II


Candidates available






















Table-2: Candidates qualified for appearing in CGLE 2017 (Tier-III) for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)


Cut-off Marks

Tier-I + Tier-II


Candidates available






















Table-3: Candidates qualified for appearing in CGLE 2017 (Tier-III) for posts other than Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Accounts Officer and Junior Statistical Officer


Cut-off Marks

Tier-I + Tier-II


Candidates Available