SSC (GD) 2018 – Examination Pattern & Syllabus

The Staff Selection Commission will conduct an open examination for recruitment to posts in Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Secretariat Security Force (SSF).

Applications for SSC (GD) are now closed however candidates may refer to exam details such as eligibility and pattern/syllabus in this post. 

SSC (GD) Vacancies and Pay-Scale

The total number of 54,953 vacancies for Constable (GD) Examination in CAPFs, Force wise as intimated by the Nodal Force i.e CRPF are as under:-

Note-I: Candidates selected for appointment are liable to serve anywhere in India.

Pay Scale

Rs 21700- 69100

SSC (GD) Eligibility

Nationality/ Citizenship

Candidate must be a citizen of India. Vacancies are state/ UT wise hence a candidate must submit domicile/ PRC against his/ her state/ UT.

Age Limit

18-23 years as on 01.08.2018. Candidates should not have been born earlier than 02.08.1995 and later than 01.08.2000.

Note-I: The upper age limit is relaxable for SC, ST, OBC, Ex-Servicemen and other categories of persons in accordance with the Governments orders.

Educational Qualifications (as on 01.08.2018)

Matriculation or 10th class pass from a recognized Board/ University.

Physical Standard



Male ST

Female Gen/OBC/SC

Female ST


170 CMS

165 CMS

157 CMS

155 CMS


80-85 CMS

76-80 CMS




5 KM in 24 Minutes

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1.6 Km in 8.5 Minutes

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SSC (GD) – Scheme of Selection

I. Computer Based Examination (Dates of examination will be intimated in due course)


All candidates whose online applications are found to be in order will be called to appear in the Computer Based Examination (CBE). The Computer based examination will consist of one objective type paper containing 100 questions carrying 100 marks, with the following composition:

Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration/ Time Allowed
A General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 25 90 mins
B General Knowledge and General Awareness 25 25
C Elementary Mathematics 25 25
D English/ Hindi 25 25

Note-I: All questions will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.

The computer based examination will be conducted in English and Hindi only.

Syllabus for Computer Based Exam

The syllabus for the Examination will be as follows (The questions in all the components will be of Matriculation level):

A. General Intelligence & Reasoning

Analytical aptitude and ability to observe and distinguish patterns will be tested through questions principally of non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non- verbal series, coding and decoding, etc.

B. General Knowledge and General Awareness

Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, and scientific Research etc. These Questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

C. Elementary Mathematics

This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental arithmetical operations, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, Time and Work, etc.

D. English/ Hindi

Candidates’ ability to understand basic English/ Hindi and his basic comprehension would be tested.

II & III. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) & Physical Standard Test (PST)

Based on the performance in CBE, candidates will be shortlisted for PET/ PST by the Commission. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Standard Test (PST) will be conducted at various centres finalized by the CAPFs.

The number of candidates shortlisted for PET/PST on the basis of merit in the Computer Based examination will be around 10 times of the number of vacancies

IV. Medical Examination

Candidates will be shortlisted for Detailed Medical Examination (DME) from the pool of candidates who qualify PET/ PST.