SSC CGL 2021 Recruitment: Exam Pattern, Vacancy

SSC CGL Recruitment or Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Recruitment

The full form of SSC CGL Exam is Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam. It is conducted to recruit candidates for Group B and Group C posts in various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India. The SSC CGL exam is held in 4 stages called Tiers. This exam is a great opportunity for anyone looking to work in the central government. It is considered as one of the largest exams in the country in terms of the number of applicants and competition. In this article, we shall see all important information related to SSC CGL 2021 Recruitment exam such as Exam Date, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, Application Fee, Apply Online, Exam Pattern, Vacancy, Salary, Job profile, etc.

SSC CGL Exam Date 2021

The SSC CGL 2021 Tier I exam, which was originally scheduled from May 29 to June 7, 2021, was postponed until further notice due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The official notice about the postponement was released by the SSC on 7th May 2021.

SSC CGL Exam Events Exam Dates
Notification release date 29-Dec-20
Online Application Start 29-Dec-2020 to 31-Jan-2021
Last date for online fee payment 02-Feb-21
Last date for the generation of offline Challan 04-Feb-21
Last date for offline fee payment 06-Feb-21
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Date 29-May-2021 to 07-Jun-2021

Postponed due to COVID Second wave surge

SSC CGL Notification 2021

The Official Notification of SSC CGL 2020-21 was released by the Staff Selection Commission of India on 29th December 2020. The online application window was opened for one month from 29th December 2020 to 31st January 2021.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Summary

Exam Name SSC CGL
SSC CGL Full Form Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Official Website ssc.nic.in
Exam Type National Level Exam
Exam Date Tier I: Postponed due to COVID-19 Surge

Tier II: To be Updated

Tier III: To be Updated

Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Eligibility
  • Indian citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
Exam Duration Tier 1 – 60 minutes

Tier 2 – 120 minutes

Tier 3 – 60 minutes

Tier 4 – 45 minutes

Section Tier 1 – 4 Sections

Tier 2 – 4 Papers

SSC CGL Vacancy 2021

The vacancy details for 2021 recruitment were released on 25th February 2021. The total number of vacancies in SSC CGL 2021 is 7035, of which 2891 vacancies belong to the General Category. Last year the number of vacancies was 8582.

SSC CGL Vacancy Details

Year UR SC ST OBC Total vacancies
2020-21 2891 1046 510 1858 7035
2019-20 3674 1242 667 2198 8582
2018-19 5770 1723 845 2933 11271
2017 4238 1318 653 1916 9276

SSC CGL Syllabus

The entire syllabus of the SSC CGL exam can be grouped into four sections. They are General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension. Check the below table for a detailed list of topics under each of the sections.

General Intelligence and Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Classification Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.) Simplification Reading Comprehension
Analogy Science Interest Fill in the Blanks
Coding-Decoding Current Affairs Averages Spellings
Word Formation Sports Percentage Phrases and Idioms
Matrix Books and Authors Ratio and Proportion One word Substitution
Important Schemes Problem on Ages Sentence Correction

Posts under SSC CGL Exam

Below are the various posts that come under the Staff Selection Commission CGL exam recruitment process.

  • Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
  • Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
  • Inspectors of Income Tax.
  • Preventive Officers in Customs.
  • Examiner in Customs.
  • Sub-Inspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics & CBI.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
  • Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.
  • Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA & others.
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant
  • Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC
  • Compiler in Registrar General of India.

SSC CGL 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for SSC CGL 2021 is judged on the basis of four parameters given below:

  1. Citizenship – Candidate must be a Citizen of India
  2. Educational Qualifications
  3. Age Limit
  4. Physical Fitness(Optional)

Education Qualifications for SSC CGL 2021 Exam

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university/institution is the minimum or basic educational qualification for any of the posts under the SSC CGL exam. However, more qualifications are required for certain posts and therefore the required educational qualifications vary according to the designation or post. Below are the SSC CGL 2021 post wise educational requirements:

SSC CGL Post Wise Education Criteria
Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University.
OR
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/Masters in Business Studies
Junior Statistical
Officer
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University
OR
Institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level
OR
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
Statistical Investigator Grade-II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
OR
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent
Important Note The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess essential qualifications.

Age Limit

The age limit for SSC CGL 2021 is 18 – 32 years. The age limit and relaxation criteria are based on vacancy as well. Below is the post wise age limit criteria for SSC CGL 2021 posts:

SSC CGL 2021 Post Wise Age Limit
S. No. Name of Post Ministry/ Department/ Office/ Cadre Classification of Posts Age Limit
1 Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial) Not exceeding 30 years.
2 Assistant Accounts Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
3 Assistant Section Officer Central Secretariat Service Group “B” 20-30 years
4 Assistant Section Officer Intelligence Bureau Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years.
5 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of Railway Group “B” 20-30 years
6 Assistant Section Officer Ministry of External Affairs Group “B”
7 Assistant Section Officer AFHQ Group “B”
8 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 18-30 years
9 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 20-30 years
10 Assistant Section Officer Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years.
11 Inspector of Income Tax CBDT Group “C”
12 Inspector,(Central Excise) CBIC Group “B”
13 Inspector(Preventive Officer)
14 Inspector(Examiner)
15 Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue Group “B” Up to 30 years
16 Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation Group “B” 20-30 years
17 Inspector Posts Department of Post Group “B” 18-30 years
18 Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years
19 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B”
20 Assistant/Superintendent Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B”
21 Divisional Accountant Offices under C&AG in SSC CGL 2021 Group “B”
22 Sub Inspector National Investigation Agency (NIA) Group “B” Up to 30 years
23 Junior Statistical Officer M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation. Group “B” Up to 32 years
24 Statistical Investigator
Grade II
Registrar General of India Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years
25 Auditor Offices under C&AG Group “C” 18-27 years
26 Auditor Other Ministry/ Departments Group “C”
27 Auditor Offices under CGDA Group “C”
28 Accountant Offices under C&AG Group “C”
29 Accountant/ Junior Accountant Other Ministry/ Departments Group “C”
30 Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres. Group “C”
31 Tax Assistant CBDT Group “C”
32 Tax Assistant CBIC Group “C”
33 Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “C”
34 Upper Division Clerks Dy Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD) (Post is only for male Candidates with higher physical and medical standards) Group “C”

Category Wise Age Relaxation

Check the below table for category-wise upper age limit relaxation that is allowed.

Category No. of Years
OBC 3 years
SC/ST 5 years
Physically Handicapped (PH) 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ST 15 years

Physical fitness test

Candidates need to have certain physical standards to be eligible for the posts below

  • Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer),
  • Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), and
  • Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

SSC CGL 2021 Selection Process

The SSC CGL Exam is conducted in four stages or Tiers. Every candidate has to score qualifying marks in one tier in order to be eligible for the next tier. Once a candidate has cleared all four tiers, he/she will get a job based on the merit list declared by the SSC and the job preferences declared by the candidate.

Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based Examination(online)
Tier – II Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based Examination(online)
Tier – III Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier – IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Computer-Based (if applicable)

SSC CGL selection process is explained below:

  1. Candidates who have applied for SSC CGL 2021 exam, will be allotted a Roll number and Admit Card to appear in the Computer Based Examination (Tier-I). The time limit for the examination of Tier-I is 60 minutes.
  2. SSC CGL Tier-I date will be out and candidates will be called to appear in the exam.
  3. Those candidates who will qualify Tier-I will be called for the Tier-II and Tier-III phase of the SSC CGL Examination.
  4. SSC will announce separate cut-offs for Paper-III of Tier-II. Paper III is mandatory for the candidates who have applied for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO). Paper-IV of Tier-II is mandatory for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer. Paper-I and Paper-II of Tier-II are common for all the posts offered in SSC CGL 2021 EXAM.

According to the official notification of SSC CGL 2021, minimum qualifying marks have been introduced in Tier-I, Tier-II, and Tier-III exams. It varies for different categories. The Minimum qualifying marks in Tier-I, each Paper of Tier-II and Tier-III examination are as follows:

Category Cutoff Marks
UR 30%
OBC/ EWS 25%
Others 20%

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL Exam consists of four tiers. We shall discuss the exam pattern for each of the tier below. It is wise to carefully understand the exam pattern in detail before starting the preparation.

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-I exam pattern is explained below:

Serial No. Name of the Section No. of MCQs/Questions Total Marks Allotted Maximum Time Allowed
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200
  • There are No Sectional Cut-Offs.
  • There is a Negative Marking of 0.5 marks for every wrong answer in the Tier I exam.
  • No marks shall be deducted for unattempted questions.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-II exam pattern is explained below:

Serial No. Name of the Papers No. of MCQs Total Marks Allotted Maximum Time Allotted
1 Paper-I: Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
2 Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
3 Paper-III: Statistics 100 200 2 hours
4 Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours
  • There are No Sectional Cut-Offs.
  • There is a Negative Marking of 0.5 marks for every wrong answer in the Tier I exam.
  • No marks shall be deducted for unattempted questions.

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-III exam pattern is explained below:

Name of the Subject Marks Allotted Maximum Time Allotted
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.) 100 marks 1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-IV is a computer-based test that is held in two phases: DEST Test & CPT Test. Here are the details of these two exams:

DEST: In this test candidates need to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. This test is carried out to check the writing skills of a candidate.
CPT: This test is carried out to examine the aptitude to work swiftly on Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and making slides.

SSC CGL 2021 Marking Scheme

  • Normalization: In case the multiple shifts of the SSC CGL 2021 exam, having some variations in the difficulty level, then normalization will be implemented on the basis of marks scored in Tier-I and Tier-II. Normalization done through this process will be treated as the final score and the results will be prepared on the basis of those marks.
  • SSC Tier I and Tier II follow negative marking for every wrong answer by deducting 0.50 marks as a penalty for every wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for any unattempted question or in case it is left blank. They do not have a sectional cut-off.
  • SSC CGL Tier III is a descriptive test which is a language proficiency test. It is conducted in English/Hindi medium comprising 100 marks. The maximum time allotted to attempt the exam is one hour.

SSC CGL 2021 Tie Breaking

In case there is a tie in the scores of the candidates in all the four tiers of the examination, then SSC will break the tie using the following conditions in that order :

  • Marks scored in Tier-II Examination.
  • Marks scored in Tier-III Examination
  • Marks scored in Tier-I Examination.
  • Consider the date of birth of the candidates and the older candidate will be placed higher.
  • Consider the alphabetical order of the first names of the candidates.

SSC CGL 2021 Salary Structure

Below is the SSC CGL salary range based on their level of pay.

SSC CGL Pay Scale 2021 
Level Salary
Level 8 Rs 47600 to 151100
Level 7 Rs 44900 to 142400
Level 6 Rs 35400 to 112400
Level 5 Rs 29000 to 92300
Level 4 Rs 25500 to 81100

SSC CGL 2021 Online Application

Below is the step by step process that you can follow to apply for the SSC CGL exam online:

  • Log in to the Official website of SSC
  • Register as a new user at the website, which can be created by using a valid email ID and phone number. You will get the OTP for the required ID you want to generate for the SSC portal.
  • After you click on the Apply button, you will get the application form.
  • Fill in all the relevant details asked in the application form
  • Upload scanned copies of your recent passport size photograph, signature, and thumb impression.
  • Pay the application fee online or through a Challan which will be generated after you have filled in the required application for SSC CGL 2020-21 Exam.
  • Then click on the Submit button after cross-checking the details or else you will not be able to make any changes afterward.
  • Download the duly filled-in application form and take a printout for future reference.

SSC CGL 2021 Application Fee

All candidates have to pay an application fee in order to appear for the SSC CGL Exam. The general and OBC candidates have to pay a fee of Rs 100. SC/ST/PH/Female candidates do not have to pay any fee to appear in the exam.

Applications fee should be paid only through SBI either in the form of challan or through SBI Net Banking or any other bank Credit/Debit Card. In case of payment in the form of Challan, the challan form will be generated online and the candidate needs to deposit cash along with the challan in any of the SBI bank branches.

SSC CGL 2021 Application Fee

Category Fees
For General /OBC candidates Rs.100/-
For SC/ST/PH candidates Nill
For Female candidates Nill

SSC CGL 2021 Document Verification

Document Verification is the final step in the SSC CGL Recruitment process. Staff Selection Commission will call the qualified students for the document verification after the completion of the exam process. Candidates must have their Original hard copies of the Matriculation Certificate, Graduation Certificate, Caste certificate (if filled), and other relevant documents ready, and they should be produced during the document verification process.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Centers

The candidates are allowed to choose three exam centers of their choice while filling the application form. The SSC will try to allocate the exam center according to the candidate’s order of preference. In case, the candidate’s first choice of exam center is not available, then SSC will adjust according to second and third preference. Below is the list of exam centers along with their respective center codes for your reference.

SSC CGL Exam Centers
Exam Centre Centre Code Exam Centre Centre Code Exam Centre Centre Code Exam Centre Centre Code
Jammu 1004 Lucknow 3010 Shillong 5401 Aurangabad 7202
Leh 1005 Meerut 3011 Tura 5402 Kolhapur 7203
Srinagar 1007 Varanasi 3013 Imphal 5501 Mumbai 7204
Hamirpur 1202 Bhagalpur 3201 Churachandpur 5502 Nagpur 7205
Shimla 1203 Muzaffarpur 3205 Agartala 5601 Pune 7208
Bhathinda 1401 Patna 3606 Aizwal 5701 Nashik 7207
Jalandhar 1402 Gangtok 4001 Bhopal 6001 Panaji 7801
Chandigarh 1601 Ranchi 4205 Chattarpur 6002 Guntur 8001
Almora 2001 Chinsurah 4405 Chindwara 6003 Hyderabad 8002
Dehradun 2002 Jalpaiguri 4408 Guna 6004 Kurnool 8003
Haldwani 2003 Kolkata 4410 Gwalior 6005 Rajahmundry 8004
Srinagar UK 2004 Midnapur 4413 Indore 6006 Tirupati 8006
Delhi 2201 Siliguri 4415 Jabalpur 6007 Vishakhapatnam 8007
Ajmer 2401 Sambalpur 4604 Jhabua 6008 Chennai 8201
Alwar 2402 Bhubaneshwar 4604 Khandwa 6009 Coimbatore 8202
Bikaner 2404 Cuttack 4605 Mandsaur 6010 Madurai 8204
Jaipur 2405 Port Blair 4802 Rewa 6012 Tirupati 8006
Jodhpur 2406 Itanagar 5001 Ambikapur 6201 Vishakhapatnam 8007
Kota 2407 Dibrugarh 5102 Bilaspur 6202 Chennai 8201
Sriganganagar 2408 Goalpara 5104 Jagdalpur 6203 Coimbatore 8202
Udaipur 2409 Guwahati 5105 Raipur 6204 Madurai 8204
Agra 3001 Jorhat 5107 Ahmedabad 7001 Tiruchirapalli 8206
Allahabad 3003 Lakhimpur 5109 Vadodara 7002 Tirunelveli 8207
Bareilly 3005 Silchar 5111 Rajkot 7006 Puducherry 8401
Gorakhpur 3007 Tezpur 5112 Surat 7007
Kanpur 3009 Kohima 5302 Amravati 7201

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