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What is SSC / CGL?

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examinations are held for recruiting to various posts into the Central Government and its various departments. This exam is conducted at the national level.

Posts Recruited through SSC CGL 2016 Exam and Pay Scale

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of posts recruited through the SSC CGL 2016 Exam and the corresponding pay scale.

Name of Post Pay Scale
Assistant Enforcement Officer Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4600)
Assistants (CSS) Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4600)
Assistants in other Central Govt. Ministries/ Departments/CVC Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Auditors Rs.5200-20200 (GP=2800)
Compilers Rs.5200-20200 (GP=2400)
Divisional Accountants Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Inspector (Central Excise/Preventive Officer/Examiner) Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4600)
Inspector of Income Tax Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4600)
Inspector of Posts Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Junior Accountants/Accountants Rs.5200-20200 (GP=2800)
Statistical Investigators, Gr.II Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Sub Inspectors Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Sub Inspectors (Ex) in CPOs (ITBP,CISF,CRPF,SSB,BSF) Rs.9300-34800 (GP=4200)
Tax Assistants Rs.5200-20200 (GP=2400)
UDCs Rs.5200-20200 (GP=2400)

Eligibility – Who can Apply?

Qualification: Minimum qualifications differ for various posts. Aspirants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant subject from any institute recognized by UGC. If you are appearing in your final year of graduation, you are eligible provided you complete your degree before 1st August 2016 (this is a tentative date based on last year’s notification until the official detailed notification for 2016 is released).

Age Limit- Age limit varies for various posts as well. Aspirants must be between 18 years to 27 years in age. Age relaxation for the reserved categories will be applicable as per government rules. For a few specific government jobs there are extended age limits – you can refer to the guidelines on the website.

Citizenship– You must be citizen of India and or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1972, with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Selection Process for SSC CGL

The selection process for SSC CGL 2016 has been officially announced. The SSC CGL 2016 will have the following selection procedure:

Combined Graduate Level (Preliminary) Examination (Tier-1) (MCQ | Online)2

Combined Graduate Level (Main) Examination (Tier-2) (MCQ | Online)

Descriptive Test (Tier-3) (Written | Pen & Paper Based)

Skills Test (where applicable) (Qualifying only)

NOTE: We can safely say that, due to a government directive issued with effect from 1st January 2016, there will be no interview process for SSC CGL 2016. There will be no personal interview even for SSC CGL 2015 examination.

Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2

Tier I (Computer Based)

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 75 minutes (Total)
For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
100 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Tier II (Computer Based)

Subject Questions Marks Time
Paper I – Quantitative Ability (for ALL POSTS) 100 200 2 Hours For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Paper II – English Language (for ALL POSTS) 200 200 2 Hours For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
TOTAL 300 400 2 Hours For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Paper III – Statistics (for Statistical Investigator Gr II & Compiler POSTS ONLY) 100 200 2 Hours For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Paper IV – General Studies (Finance & Economics) (for Asst Audit Officer Gazetted Group “B” POST ONLY) 100 200 2 Hours For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Tier III (Pen & Paper Based)

Subject Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
(Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)
100 60 Minutes For VH & Candidates
suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes

Tier IV (Whenever applicable)

Computer Proficiency Test (for Asst. Section Officer in CSS POST ONLY)
Data Entry Skill Test at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour (for Tax Assistant POST ONLY)


The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will be conducting the all India entrance exam to fill various vacancies of Data Entry Operators (DEO), Lower Division Clerk (LDC’s) and New post Postal Assistant / Sorting Assistant and Court Clerk is also introduced under SSC CHSL Recruitment drive.

A large number of candidates were waiting for SSC CHSL Recruitment Notification 2016. The candidates who are preparing for SSC CHSL Exam 2016 need to check the latest SSC CHSL Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern so that they can prepare a better and neat time table by covering all the topics as per official syllabus and pattern. It would enable you to keep a tab on the subjects that you are required to study for the exam.

As you know that lakhs of candidates will apply for this Recruitment, the competition level will be very high. If you don’t prepare well, it is too difficult to get selection in SSC CHSL Exam. So you have to be aware Syllabus & Exam Pattern. So here we are going to update the Latest and Complete Syllabus and Exam Pattern of SSC CHSL 2016.

Selection Process of Examination

  • • The examination will consist of a Computer based Written Examination (Tier-I)
  • • Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
  • • Typing Test/Skill Test (Tier-III) (Qualifying wherever applicable)

Changes in Exam Pattern

  • • Now SSC CHSL also will be conducted Tier -I through Online Mode.
  • • Tier -II Introduce a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  • • Reduce the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  • • Reduce the Number of questions of Tier -I from 200 to 100.
  • • Negative marking will be 0.50.
  • • Tier II and Tier -III will remain same.
  • • No Sectional Cut off.

Exam pattern of SSC CHSL Tier-I, Tier II & Tier III Examination

Tier-I paper

The Tier-I paper will be objective type. There will be 100 questions for which Candidates will get 75 minutes. Questions will be based on following topics:

Date of computer based Written Exam (Tier-I) Part Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration/ Timing
07.01.2017 I General Intelligence (25 Questions) 50 75 Minutes (Total)
05.02.2017 II 50 English Language (Basic Knowledge 25 Questions)
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skills) (25 Questions) 50
IV General Awareness (25 Questions) 50

SSC CHSL Tier II Exam Pattern

Section No. of
Maximum Marks Total Duration/ Timing
Letter/Application 1 50 60 Minutes
Essay Writing 1 50