SSC CGL 2018 – Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Job Profile, Salary

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Complete Guide to SSC CGL 2018

The Staff Selection Commission of India has released the notification of the SSC CGL for the year 2018. The SSC CGL’s tier – 1 exam’s tentative date is in the month of July and August, starting from last week of July 2018 to the third week of August 2018. The official notification was released by SSC on their official website on 05th May 2018.

SSC CGL 2018


The notification of the SSC CGL 2018 is out and the registration for the same has been started from 05th May 2018. The last date of registration is the 04th June 2018.

The registration can be done by online means only. It has been expected that the notification will be out for approximately 5000+ posts in various groups. SSC CGL exam gets conducted for the posts of different groups like – Group A, Group B, Group C and Group D. The Group A belongs to the Officers level and has the highest pay band among all other groups.

The official notification of SSC CGL has been released by the staff selection commission on their official website, which is You can reach to the SSC’s official website through clicking on the above-mentioned link or by clicking here.

Important Dates

All the important dates regarding SSC CGL 2018 has been precisely mentioned in the table given below.

S. No. Events Dates
1 Notification Release 05th May 2018
2 Online Registration Starts 05th May 2018
3 Last date for Registration 04th June 2018
4 Admit Cards of SSC CGL Tier – 1 10 days before the examination
5 Tier – 1 examination From 25th July 2018 to 20th August 2018
6 Results of SSC CGL Tier – 1 September 2018 (expected)
7 Admit Cards of SSC CGL Tier – 2 10 days before the examination
8 Tier – 2 examination To be announced later


SSC has plans to recruit around 200 thousand to 250 thousand of candidates this year. But remember this is not the number of vacancies for SSC CGL only. These the number of vacancies for all the SSC exams that takes place in 2018 – 19.

As per the SSC CGL is concerned, the number of vacancies could be around 5000 or even a bit more. 5000 is not a small number; try your hard to get there. The most number of vacancies are expected to be in a few departments only. These departments are – Income Tax Department, Excise Department, and Customs Department.

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Name of the Posts

There are many posts, for which the Staff Selection Commission recruits through the Combined Graduate Level Exam. These posts belong to four different groups.

Group A

S. No. Name of The Post
1 Assistant Audit Officer
2 Assistant Accounts Officer

Group B

S. No. Name of The Post
1 Assistant Section Officer
2 Assistant
3 Assistant Superintendent
4 Inspector of Income Tax
5 Inspector, (Central Excise)
6 Inspector (Preventive Officer)
7 Inspector (Examiner)
8 Assistant Enforcement Officer
9 Sub Inspector
10 Inspector Posts
11 Divisional Accountant
12 Inspector

Group C

S. No. Name of The Post
1 Junior Statistical Officer

Group D

S. No. Name of The Post
1 Auditor
2 Accountant/ Junior Accountant
3 Senior Secretariat Assistant
4 Upper Divisional Clerk
5 Tax Assistant
6 Sub – Inspector


This defines the various eligibilities in which the candidate applying for the job has to be eligible in.


  • The candidate applying for the exam of SSC CGL must have a graduation degree. The students, who are currently in the final semester or are giving exam for the final year of graduation, can also apply.
  • For the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer, the candidate should have Bachelor’s degree with either of these – CA or Cost and Management Accountant or CS or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.
  • In case of Junior Statistical Officer’s post, the candidate should have Bachelor’s degree in any subject with a minimum of 60% of marks in mathematics in 12th OR Bachelor’s degree in any subject with statistics as one of the core subjects in graduation.


The candidates who can apply for this exam should be either of the following –

  • Citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • Any Tibetan refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962, with an intention of getting settle in India, permanently.
  • A person of Indian origin, who have migrated either from Pakistan or Burma or Sri Lanka or from East African Countries like – Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, who has intentions of settling in India, permanently.


  • The age limit is not same for all the posts.
  • Posts belonging to different groups have different age limits.
  • The minimum age limit for this examination is 18 years.
  • The maximum age limit has been increased by the Staff Selection Commission from 27 years to 30 years. Maximum age limit 32 for some posts.
  • The age relaxation follows as per the government rules.

Age Relaxation

Category Years
OBC 3 years
SC/ ST 5 years
Physically Handicapped (PH) 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ ST 15 years

Exam Fees

  • The application fees for this exam is Rs. 100/- (One Hundred Only)
  • All the women candidates are exempted from paying application fees.
  • Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, Ex-Servicemen, who are eligible for reservation are all exempted from paying the registration fees.
  • All other candidates need to pay the registration fees.
  • The fees can be paid either through SBI Net Banking or by debit or credit card.
  • No refund of the fees will take place under any circumstances.

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Selection Procedure

  • The selection procedure of SSC CGL is not at all easy. It is a very complicated procedure for the students as well as for the commission. They have four stages in the selection procedure. IN the very first stage, called as tier – 1, there is a computer-based test of 1 hour. If a candidate clears the overall cut off marks of the tier – 1 exam, he or she will get selected for the second stage of examination.
  • The second stage is called as Tier – II examination. In tier – 2, there is another computer-based test of 2 hours. After the candidate clears tier – 2, he or she has to go for the tier – 3 exam, which is a pen and paper mode, commonly called as a descriptive exam in English/ Hindi.
  • After qualifying tier – 3, the candidate will have to appear for the tier – 4, which is actually the last stage of the SSC CGL’s recruitment process.
  • Only after you qualify this last stage, will be get placed in some govt. department.
  • One more very important part here is that the candidate has to fill the choices of posts very carefully because this will going to affect your placement.

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Exam Pattern

SSC conducts the CGL examination in four different tiers. The description of all the four tiers are given below –

  • Computer Based Examination Tier – 1
  • Tier – 2 – Computer Based Examination
  • Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive Paper) Tier – 3
  • Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (not for all posts)/ Document Verification – Tier – 4

Tier – 1

The SSC CGL’s exam pattern for tier – 1 is –

S. No. Subject Name No. of Questions Marks
1 General Intelligence Reasoning 25 Questions 50 Marks
2 General Awareness 25 Questions 50 Marks
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 Questions 50 Marks
4 English Comprehension 25 Questions 50 Marks
Total 100 Questions 200 Marks


  • The tier – 1 exam will have negative marking as half of the marks allotted to the question.
  • The total time of the exam will be 60 minutes or 1 hour.
  • There is no sectional time division.
  • The VH candidates will get 80 minutes or 1 hour and 20 minutes to solve the tier – 1 examination.
  • There will be no sectional cut off in the tier – 1 examination.

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Tier – 2

The exam pattern for tier – 2 of SSC CGL is given below –

S. No Subject No. of Questions Marks
1 Quantitative Abilities 100 Questions 200 Marks
2 English Language and Comprehension 200 Questions 200 Marks
3 Statistics 100 Questions 200 Marks
4 General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 Questions 200 Marks


  • The first and second subjects are common for all the candidates who have cleared the tier – 1 exam.
  • The third and fourth subjects are for the candidates who have applied for the respective posts.
  • There will be a negative marking of one – fourth marks allotted to the question, for the English language and comprehension section only.
  • For all the other sections, the negative marking is of half marks allotted to the questions.
  • The composite time of this exam is 120 minutes or 2 hours.
  • VH candidates will get a composite time of 160 minutes or 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • There will be no sectional cutoff for the SSC CGL’s tier –II examination.

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Tier – 3

S. No. Subject Questions Marks
1 Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi Essays/ Precise/ Letter/ Application etc. 100 Marks


  • The candidates will get a total time of 60 minutes or 1 hour.
  • And the VH candidates will get 20 minutes extra, which is 80 minutes or 1 hour 20 minutes.

Tier – 4

  • The tier – 4 is the computer proficiency test or the skill test, as wherever it is applicable.
  • Document verification will also take place as per the provisions of the notice of examination.


The syllabus of various subjects of tier – 1 is given down below –

General Intelligence and Reasoning

Semantic Analogy, Symbolic Analogy, Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic Classification, Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding and Decoding, Numerical Operations, Symbolic Operations, Trends, Space orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing Inferences, Punched Hole and Punched Pattern Folding and Un folding, Figural Pattern Folding and Completion, Indexing, Address Matching, Date and City Matching, Classification of Centre Codes, Classification of Roll Numbers, Small and Capital Letters and Numbers Coding, Decoding and Classification, Embedded Figures, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and other sub – topics.

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General Awareness

India and its neighboring countries, General Policy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Scientific Research, Environment, Current Affairs, Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, World History, Art and Culture, World Geography, Basics of Geography, Indian Geography, Ecology, Computers, Indian Economy, Indian Polity and General Knowledge.

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Quantitative Aptitude

Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Relationship between Numbers, Percentage, Ratio and Proportions, Square Roots, Averages, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership, Mixture and Allegation, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra and Elementary Surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, Tangents, Angels Subtended by chord 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, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency Polygon, Bar Diagram and Pie Chart.

English Comprehension

Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Para jumbles, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Correction, Spelling Correction, Fill in the blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Fillers, Error Spotting, Double Fillers.

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Job Profile

The job profile will depend on what post you have got selected for. As per the different groups and different posts, the job profile varies with the following mentioned factors –

  • Salary
  • Job Location
  • Work Pressure
  • Nature of the job
  • Department


It is a factor of job profile, as we have just discussed. The salary will also differ as per the group for which you have selected for and as per the post and job location also. There are a total of 5 grade pays in SSC CGL and they are – 4800, 4600, 4200, 2800 and 2400.

How to Apply

The steps to how to apply for SSC CGL are as given below –

  1. Firstly you need to know this very well that there are no other means of filling the form other than doing it online.
  2. You need to register yourself at the SSC’s official website, once the registration process of the exam gets started.
  3. Now, you need to fill the form completely. SSC do have the rights to cancel your application if they found it wrong in any way.
  4. After filling the form submit the form and proceed to the payments option.
  5. You can make payment only either by SBI’s Net banking or by credit or debit cards.
  6. After making the payment, your form has been successfully submitted.
  7. Now take the print out of your application form for future use.
  8. Also, save the registration number and password.

Admit Cards

The admit card of each tier exam will be out, in approximately 10 days before the exam date. The admit cards for tier – 1 will get released around mid of month of July. You can download the admit card from your local regional SSC’s official website. You can get the links to your regional SSC website through the SSC’s official website.


The results dates are to be announced later. We just can predict the tentative month of declaration of results for tier – 1 examination could be September 2018.

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