The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination is one of the most popular jobs in India and lakhs of candidates appear for this examination every year. The recruitment is carried out by the SSC for the Group B and Group C posts in various central ministries, departments and organizations of the central government. It is a dream of many to land a government job so that there is job security and stability in life with very good work-life balance. In this blog, I am going to discuss in detail about the SSC CGL Examination along with the preparation tips that will help you ace the exam with systematic planning and execution.
Before getting into the details, let me introduce myself. I am Sourin Saha and am currently working as an Administrative Officer with one of the Public Sector General Insurers after stints with two of the leading public sectors banks in the country as an assistant and as a Probationary Officer.
SSC CGL: What and why?
SSC CGL Exam is conducted every year by the Staff Selection Commission in order to recruit candidates in various non-gazetted posts in the Group B and Group C cadres in the various departments and ministries of the government. The posts for which this recruitment is valid are as follows:
Group B Posts
The following are the Group B posts for which recruitment is carried out through the SSC CGL Examination:
Apart from the above, there are various Group C posts for which recruitment is carried out through the SSC CGL Examination:
SSC CGL Examination: Who can take the Exam?
Now that we are well aware of the posts on offer through this exam, it is time that we check the eligibility criteria regarding who can appear in this examination.
What is the Pattern of the Exam and what is the scheme of Evaluation?
The Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination is conducted in four phases and then candidates are recommended for service by the SSC on the basis of merit cum preference of the candidates as specified in the application form. The pattern of the Examination is as follows:
Tier – I
This is an objective paper for 200 marks. You have to attempt 100 questions within 60 minutes in this paper. There is negative marking of 0.50 marks in this paper for every wrong answer.
|Subjects||No of Questions||Marks||Time|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||25||50||Composite Time of 60 minutes (For VH Candidates and Candidates suffering from cerebral palsy: 80minutes)|
Tier – II
For all candidates, it is a 400 marks examination whereas for candidates appearing for the AAO examination, there is an extra paper of 200 marks and the same is applicable for candidates appearing for the Junior Statistical Officer Post. For the English paper, the negative marking will be 0.25 marks for every wrong answer whereas for other papers, it will be 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
|Papers||Subjects||No of Questions||Marks||Time|
|Paper I||Quantitative Aptitude||100||200||120 minutes for each paper (for VH candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy: 160 minutes)|
|Paper II||English Language and Comprehension||200||200|
|Paper IV||General Studies (Finance and Economics)||100||200|
Tier – III
It will be a pen and paper based paper on Descriptive English for 100 marks which needs to be finished within 60 minutes. The cut-off marks in this paper are 33% below which the paper will not be evaluated.
Tier – IV
This is a qualifying test for some of the posts and only candidates having given those in the preference will have to take this. It consists of Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Typing Test. Apart from this, the document verification will also be carried out during this stage only.
Scheme of Evaluation
The final list is prepared on the basis of the marks obtained by a candidate in the Tier I, II and III exams. And allotment of posts is done on the basis of the merit list as well as the preference given by the candidate. There is basically a separate cut-off for each of the posts mentioned above and if you have given it in preference and you have secured the minimum cut-off for that post, you are eligible to be considered for that particular post code.
How to prepare for SSC CGL Exam?
We are now aware of the exam pattern and the eligibility criteria for the examination. So, we know who can apply for the exam and what the pattern of the examination is. It is time that we start preparing for the examination. It is clear from the exam pattern that there are basically four subjects that you need to prepare for the general posts offered through this examination:
English Language and Comprehension:
This section is there in all the three tiers of the examination. It is the most important section in the SSC CGL Examination given the fact that most of the questions are tricky and confusing. That is why it is very difficult to avoid negative marking in this section. The syllabus of English Language section covers the following:
In order to ace this section, the following tips will be very useful:
You may follow these books for preparation of this section for SSC CGL:
This is also an important section for the SSC CGL Examination. It is there in both Tier I and Tier II Examinations. The syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude covers the following:
The following tips will be very helpful for the preparation of this section:
Following books are recommended for preparation of this section:
General Intelligence and Reasoning:
This section is there in the Tier-I examination but it is the most scoring area in the whole syllabus given the fact that this is considered to be the easiest section in the whole examination. The syllabus of this section includes:
In order to master this section, you may follow these important tips:
The following books are recommended for preparation of this section for SSC:
This section is infamous for the vast syllabus and the unpredictable nature of questions being asked. You have to be very careful in this paper in order to avoid negative marking. The syllabus includes:
The following tips are very much useful for the preparation of this section:
Following books are recommended for the preparation of General Awareness:
What not to do during the preparation?
We have seen the do’s of a candidate for success in the SSC CGL Examination but it is equally important to understand what you should not do while preparing for SSC CGL Examination. Here’s a list of all such things:
SSC CGL is a popular examination in India with a lot of candidates appearing in this exam every year. This examination demands proper planning and impeccable execution on your part to crack it with the desired rank. If you are serious about the examination, plan your preparation accordingly and start. Once you start, you will face difficulties and you will have to solve it. It will help you evolve into a more organized person in the end.
All the Best!!