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  • 1. What is SSC CGL Exam?

    Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is the Body which conducts the CGL or Combined Graduate Level Examination. SSC is also the body which finally does the selection and recruitment for the advertised vacancies in central govt. departments including Union Ministries.

  • 2. What is the Eligibility Qualification for SSC CGL Examination?

    i) Assistant Audit Officer:
    a) Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute
    b) Desirable Qualifications for the Post of Assistant Audit Officer: 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.
    ii) Statistical Investigator Grade – II: Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% in Mathematics at 12th standard level: OR Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
    iii) Compiler: Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as a compulsory or Elective subject.
    iv) All other Posts: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

  • 3. What is the Age Limit for SSC CGL Examination?
    • Earlier, in SSC-CGL exam, the age limit for general category was 27 years.
    • Now for selected posts, Government has increased it to 30 years. (and subsequently, OBC, SC, ST age limits also raised by three since their formula is tied with the age limit of general category.)
    • Age will be counted on 1 Aug 2017 for CGL exam 2017.
  • 4. What is the Written Examination Dates for SSC CGL Examination?

    Tier I – 19th June to 2nd July, 2017
    Tier II – 5th to 8th Sept, 2017
    Tier III - 12th Nov, 2017
    Tier IV - Dec, 2017

  • 5. What is the Selection Process of SSC CGL?

    Refer PRIME Brochure

  • 6. Does SSC CGL exam have sectional cutoffs like in IBPS and RBI exams?

    There is no Sectional cut Offs.

  • 7. I’m in the last semester/ last year of college? Can I apply?

    Yes, If your final result/mark sheet is declared before 01.08.2017 you are eligible.
    NOTE: If marks are not available, equivalent marks (upto last semester marks) may be filled or marks column may be left blank.

  • 8. I have 45% marks in graduation , can I fill this form ?

    Central govt recruitment is based on merit system , for this they conduct written exam. Less marks in graduation / 10th / 12th does not create any problem. There is no such specific criteria, you can go ahead.

  • 9. About OBC creamy Layer

    To claim OBC reservation benefit, you need two certificates i.e. the caste certificate and the creamy layer certificate. It should be in the format provided by SSC. Candidates claiming OBC status may note that certificate on creamy layer status should have been obtained according to the dates mentioned in the exam advt. This depends on the income/status of your PARENTS (this is clearly mentioned in page 10 of the official notification), means this doesn’t depend on your own job/business OR your husband’s job/business. If your mom/dad is government employee then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply. (e.g. if dad is class3 employee, then it doesn’t matter whether he gets 6 lakhs or 7 lakhs. You’re still non-creamy layer. If your parents have private business, then income criteria applies. (Max. 6 Lakh rupees annual income) In short, make sure you’ve these certificates, else make trip to Tehsildar’s office/Collector Office/Jan-Seva Kendra and get the proper certificates. Otherwise, SSC will reject you at the last stage, during document verification and your entire year will be wasted for nothing.

  • 10. I use -5D spectacles, will it create any problem in income tax inspector or any other post?

    No, no problem at all. Your vision should be 6/6 using glasses.

  • 11. Which category of candidates is exempted from examination fees for exams?

    SC/ST, physically handicapped, Ex-servicemen and women candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

  • 12. Is tier 1 of qualifying nature only?

    No, In addition to being a qualifier for Tier 2, tier 1 marks are also counted for final selection. Ref PRIME brochure.

  • 13. What is the Syllabus of the SSC CGL EXAM?

    Refer PRIME session plan for details of syllabus.

  • 14. How many vacancies are there in CGL 2017?

    This is the question that is bothering every candidate but actually, at this point even SSC doesn’t know the exact number of vacancies. No. of posts are given by the individual department to SSC at the time of interview itself and in the final result only, we will come to know the exact vacancies.

  • 15. Is passing of colour-blindness test necessary for CGLE posts?

    Passing of the colour-blindness test is necessary for EXAMINER, PREVENTIVE OFFICER, EXCISE INSPECTOR, SI CBI, SI NIA and INSPECTOR CBN

  • 16. Is it mandatory to appear in SSC CGL Paper III (Statistics) exam as my name is in the list?

    No, it is not compulsory.

  • 17. Why my name is in the list of candidates who are eligible to appear for Paper III?

    Well, at the time of filling up of application form, you must have selected Statistical Investigator as one of your post preference.

  • 18. Then what will happen if I am absent in Paper III exam?

    If you don't write paper III exam, then you will not be considered for Statistical
    Investigator post. But you will get any of the rest of the posts you applied for, if you qualify.

  • 19. After qualifying in Paper III, should I need to provide any documents in favour of statistics paper during documents verification?

    During your documents verification, you need to provide your degree/ master level certificates/ mark sheet to give a proof that you have studied statistics paper in your college level exam. It is mandatory.

  • 20. Can I Prepare for both the SSC and IBPS at the same time?

    Yes any aspirants can prepare for SSC, IBPS and even for any other competitive exam at the same time because the syllabus of all the exams are more or less similar. And with a proper strategy you may get success in all the exams.

  • 21. I am preparing for Civil Services, should I prepare for SSC Exams also ?

    Why not? An aspirant of Civil Services can also prepare for SSC exams because after a change in pattern and syllabus of Civil Services in 2011 now you have to prepare math, reasoning and unseen passages even for the civil services exam and all these sections are a part of SSC exams also. And GS is common to both SSC and Civil services. So you should certainly prepare for SSC exam even when you are preparing for Civil Services.

  • 22. What is the time required for preparing for SSC Exams?

    If you are serious about study and ready to dedicate 5 to 6 hours daily for study, then normally you may prepare the syllabus within 3 to 4 months.

  • 23. hould I join a coaching center for SSC exam?

    Yes for the following reason. A good coaching institute like PRIME will provide the following:
    1. Experienced faculty will guide you to learn more in less time. On your own, you have to spend a lot of time for learning the same thing. In addition expert faculty will focus on important areas, provide tips to solve faster and expose you to areas where students normally make mistakes.
    2. Thorough guidance for complete syllabus. On your own you may miss some parts of the syllabus. Also coverage will be as per syllabus so that you do not wast time on unimportant stuff.
    3. Study Material : for exposure to all question models that you should be thorough with.
    4. Disciplined approach : On your own you may not be able to prepare in a disciplined way.
    5. Interaction with fellow aspirants: This will help in keeping you on your toes all the time. Essentially this is a competitive exam. So you should develop the competitive spirit. Also, by interacting with fellow aspirants you get a lot of information and help.
    6. Grand tests & Online tests: Taking a test unsupervised at home is not the same as taking the test under test taking conditions in the institute.

  • 24. I’ve done graduation from xyz postal/distance Education University. Is my degree valid for this SSC CGL exam?

    Yes if your course is recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.

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