FAQ for SSC CGL 2018- About SSC CGL, Eligibility, Salary, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, etc

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Frequently Asked Questions

For SSC CGL 2018


This FAQ article was really mandatory because the SSC has already released its calendar for 2018 – 19, the expectations of the notification of the SSC CGL 2018 is expected to get out by the last week of next month. Thus, there are so many students who are facing many doubts regarding the SSC CGL exam.

This article is going to solve all your doubts and in case if we have not answered your question in this article, then you can comment it down below in the comments section, and we will definitely going to answer it later.

So let’s begin with the questions.


Questions About SSC CGL Exam

What is SSC CGL exam is about?

The Staff Selection Commission recruits candidates for various departments and ministries through the CGL or Combined Graduate Level exam, every year.

What Ministries and Departments recruit through SSC CGL?

There are actually many govt. departments and ministries are there, which recruit through this exam. Some such names are –

  • Indian Audit and Accounts Department
  • Central Secretariat Service
  • Intelligence Bureau
  • Ministry of External Affairs
  • AFHQ
  • Ministry of Railway
  • CBDT
  • CBCE
  • Department of Revenue
  • Offices under CAG
  • Central Bureau of Narcotics
  • NIA
  • Central Bureau of Investigation
  • C& AG
  • Other ministries and departments

What group posts are included in SSC CGL?

There are four posts included in SSC CGL, which are group A, B, C and D.

Is there any limit of number of attempts in SSC CGL?

No. There is no such limit of number of attempts. You can apply for the exam as many times as you can until you fit into the age limit criterion.

Are we required to send any hard copy to the SSC after applying for the exam?

No, you need not to send any hard copy of the SSC.

Is the SSC CGL exam will be in Hindi language also?

Yes. The questions of reasoning section, quantitative aptitude section and general awareness section will be in both the languages that is in English and in Hindi. But the English section of the examination will be in English language only.

Questions About Eligibility Criteria

What is the educational qualification for SSC CGL?

The candidate has to be graduate from any recognized university of India. For more details on educational qualification, click here.

Is there is any age relaxation?

Yes, there is age relaxation provided to the reserved categories and to the handicapped persons. To know about the age relaxation, click here.

Is there any minimum percentage criterion for this exam?

No, there is no such condition.

What is the age limit for SSC CGL exam?

The age limit changes for different posts and different departments. But the minimum age limit is 18 years and the maximum age limit is 32 years.

I am a diploma holder. Can I apply for SSC CGL?

No. The SSC CGL exam is only for the graduates.

Is the computer proficiency required for some posts?

Yes. There are many posts where the computer proficiency is required.

Questions About SSC CGL 2018

When will the notification for the SSC CGL will be out?

The notification will be released by the end of next month. To be more precise, the expected date for the notification to get released is 21st/ April/ 2018.

How many vacancies will be there in SSC CGL 2018?

The number of vacancies has not been declared yet, it needs to be declared later.

If I am in the last semester or in last year of the college, can I apply for the exam?

Yes you can apply for the exam, but the only condition here is that your final results must have to be declared before 01st/ July/ 2018.

Is the Aadhar Card is compulsory for filling the SSC CGL 2018 exam form?

No, the Aadhar Card is not compulsory.

What documents do I need to upload while applying for the SSC CGL 2018?

You will be required to upload your recent passport size photograph and your signature only.

What is the application fee for SSC CGL 2018?

The application fee is Rs. 100 only.

What are the important dates for SSC CGL 2018 exam?

For all the important dates, you can go though our article regarding complete guide for SSC CGL 2018, by clicking here.

What are the different posts involved in SSC CGL 2018?

There are many different posts from different ministries and govt. departments. For full detail on the name of posts, please click here.

From where can I apply for SSC CGL 2018?

If you wish to apply for SSC CGL, then you need to visit their official website and can get yourself registered over there. The link to their official visit is www.ssc.nic.in.

Questions About Exam Pattern

How many stages are there in SSC CGL exam?

There are a total of 4 stages in this exam, which are more commonly called as Tier – 1, Tier – 2, Tier – 3 and Tier – 4.

What will be the exam pattern for Tier – 1 exam of SSC CGL 2018?

It will be a computer based objective type test of 4 sections. For more details, you can click here.

What is the selection procedure for SSC CGL?

There are 4 stages in SSC CGL and you have to clear all the stages to get a job through SSC CGL. For complete details, click here.

How much time will be allotted in the tier – 1 examination?

There will be a total time of 60 minutes.

Is there any sectional cut off like it is there in banking exams?

No. SSC don’t follow the concept of sectional cut off. You only need to clear the overall cut off.

Is the tier – 3 exam is also computer based?

No. The third level exam of SSC CGL is not a computer based exam. It is of pen and paper mode.

Is the tier – 1 marks get considered in the final merit list?

Yes. The marks from all the four tiers, gets considered in the final merit list.

Is there any physical examination for any post?

Yes, there is a physical examination that you need to go through for the posts like – inspector and sub inspectors.

Do women candidates also have to go through the physical examination?

Yes. The physical examination is for both men and women.

Is there any negative marking in SSC CGL?

Yes. SSC CGL follows the concept of negative marking in the first two stages of the examinations.

How much marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in tier – 1?

There will be a deduction of 0.5 marks for every wrong answer in SSC CGL tier – 1 examination.

How much negative marking is there for tier – 2 exam?

There will be a negative marking of one forth marks of the total marks that have been allotted to a question.

Questions About Application Form

Is there any other means to fill the application form than online?

No, there is no such other way to fill the application form. You have to get it filled online only.

How can I make payment after filling my application form?

You can either pay through your SBI Net banking or through challan, which gets generated online and has to be submitted to any of the SBI branch.

What should be the format of the files that need to be uploaded?

The file should have to be JPEG format.

What should be the size of the scanned photograph that we need to upload?

The size of the photograph should be in between 30Kb to 50 Kb.

What should be the size of the scanned signature?

The scanned copy of signature should not have to be less than 1Kb and more than 12kb.

Is there any fees exemption for women candidates?

Yes, women candidates need not to pay any fees for this exam.

Can I apply for more than one post?

Yes. All you need to do is the fill the post preferences in the correct order as per your eligibility for the post.

Is it compulsory to fill all the three centers for exam?

Yes. As there are a huge number of candidates that apply for SSC CGL, so it might be not possible for the commission to allot you the center of your very first preference. So they ask for the alternatives.

Questions About Syllabus and Books

Where can I get the complete syllabus of SSC CGL tier – 1 exam?

You will find the complete syllabus in the exam notification itself. But until it get released, you can get the full syllabus from our website by clicking here.

What are the best books to follow for the preparation of SSC CGL?

For knowing about the best books, you can either go through this link, by clicking here, which will guide you about a few best books or you can go through our article about top ten books for SSC CGL, by clicking here. You will also get the links to buy these books from Amazon, in case if you wish to.

Questions About Job Location

Is there a possibility that I can get a job at my preferred location?

Yes, there is a possibility of that, but the only condition here is that you have to score really good marks, so that the post in your preferred location is still vacant for you. Otherwise some people with better marks have more chances to get it.

Questions About Salary

What is the grade pay for the posts under SSC CGL?

There are actually many grade pays in SSC CGL because of the different groups. The 5 grade pays of SSC CGL are – 4800, 4600, 4200, 2800 and 2400.

How much salary is there is SSC CGL?

Well the salary depends upon on what post you have been recruited for and for what department of ministry you are going to work for. Also, there are many other allowances that the govt. departments and ministries provide other than the salary. But on an average, we can consider the following table as the salary for the different grade pays.

S. No. Grade Pay Salary
1 4800 (pay band 2) Rs. 47600/-
2 4600 (pay band 2) Rs. 44900/-
3 4200 (pay band 2) Rs. 35400/-
4 2800 (pay band 1) Rs. 29200/-
5 2400 (pay band 1) Rs. 25500/-

Questions About Admit Card

How will be I get my admit card?

The admit cards will be out on the official website of SSC.

Is SSC going to send me the admit card at my home address?

SSC used to do this a few years back, but now they do not send any admit cards physically.

From where can I download my admit card?

You need to visit the official website of SSC, you can go there by clicking here, after there go to the admit card tab. You will find the separate links of SSC websites state wise and you are supposed to visit the respective link of your state (from where you have applied for). Now you can download the admit card by entering the registration number and password.

What if I forget my registration number, then how will I download my admit card?

You can also download the admit card by entering basic details like – First four letters of your name, first four letters of your father’s name and your date of birth.

Some Other Common Questions

How can I get the OBC reservation benefits?

To get details regarding how and what reservation benefits you get, you are required to go through the official notification. The link to the official notification will be updated here, once the notification gets released.

I use 5D spectacles, so is it going to create any problem for me if I apply for the post of Inspector or Sub – Inspector?

No. All what SSC needs for such posts is that you should have 6/6 vision, either with glasses or without glasses.

What if I don’t write the Statistics or General Studies paper in tier – 2?

Even if you don’t write the above mentioned papers, then you will not be considered for the posts that are respective to these papers. You will be considered as a valid candidate for rest of the posts.

If I don’t qualify in the statistics paper in the tier – 3, then will I be rejected for all other posts as well?

No. You will be considered for all other posts, if you qualify the first two common papers of tier – 3 and do not qualify the third paper.

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