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SSC CGL 2019-20

SSC CGL is the short term of "Combined Graduate Level", the most popular government job exam in India. Every year around 30-40 lakhs eligible candidates fill the application form and around 15-20 lakh aspirants appear in the exam. The final shortlisted & selected candidates get the opportunity to work in ministry & various government departments in India.

Selection Procedure:

SSC CGL is conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

  • Tier -I: Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -II: Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -III: Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precise/Letter/Application Writing)
  • Tier -IV: Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification

After clearing the cut-off of Tier 1 exam, you will be eligible to appear for Tier 2 & Tier 3. Answer Sheet of SSC CGL Tier 3 will be evaluated for those candidates who will qualify SSC CGL Tier 2 Cut-off. Tier 4 exam (Computer Proficiency Test or Skill Test) is applicable to some specific posts only. The Tier 3 result is declared after both Tier 3 and Tier 4 have occurred. The final result is declared after all the Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 are conducted. Final merit list is prepared by considering marks of all the Tier (1, 2, 3). If you do not clear Tier 4 (Skill/SSC CGL Eligibility .

1. Educational Qualifications

Candidates should have a graduate degree, Candidates; those are in the final year of graduation can also apply for SSC CGL with their provisional degrees.

2. Age Limit

SSC has increased the age limit for SSC CGL recruitment 2019-20, though the age varies from post to post. The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 27 years and the maximum age limit criteria are 32 years.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

This is CBE (computer based examination). There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL 2018, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:

Tier 1 Examination

Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 25 50 60 Min
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Intelligence & Reasoning Ability 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Total 100 100

NOTE: There is a negative marking of 0.5 in all section

Tier 2 Examination:

In CGL Tier 2 two papers will be conducted on the same day .Paper 1 is Quantitative aptitude and Paper 2 is English. In addition, for the posts of JSO and AAO, Paper 3 and Paper 4 are conducted respectively.

Paper Subject Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1 Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
Paper 2 General English 200 200 2 Hours
Paper 3 Statistics 100 200 2 Hours
Paper 4 General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200 General Studies (Finance & Economics)

  • Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper 3 is only for the post of "Statistical Investigator Grade 2 " & "Complier ".
  • Paper 4 is only for the post of "Assistant Audit Officer "
  • 0.25 negative in Paper 2
  • 0.50 negative in paper 1,3,4

Tier 3 Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Scheme Maximum Marks Duration Exam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay /Precise/Letter/Application 100 60 Minutes. For VH/OH (afflicted with cerebel palsy/deformity in writing hand )-80 Minutes Pen & Paper Mode

Tier 4 Exam Pattern:

The Tier 4 of SSC CGL Exam 2018 comprises DEST/CPT. These are required for certain government posts.

1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test):

For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax).

Any Candidate who takes CPT does not require to appear for DEST as the part 1 of CPT (Typing) will be considered for DEST evaluation.

Requirement: 8000 key depression per hour, that is 2000 key depression per 15 minutes.

Relaxation: VH Candidates will be allowed 20 minutes.

2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):

The Commission will provide the Computer for the test. The Skill test in Computer Proficiency is a qualifying test only. It will consist of three Modules in the following manner:

(I) Word Processing Test: 2000 Key Depressions

(II) Test in spread Sheets on Microsoft Excel: 15 Minutes

(III) Test in PowerPoint (Microsoft Power Point): 15 Minutes


After the test of Module-I is over, the candidate will have to write in his/her own handwriting one paragraph of about 50-60 words from the Data Entry passage given to him/her on a separate sheet, then only the candidate will be given the exercise sheet of Module-II.

The candidate has to prepare spreadsheet as per the given exercise in 15 minutes and then save it with the filename as prescribed in the exercise sheet. Printout of the saved files should be taken thereafter.

After the test of Module II is over, the candidate will be given the exercise sheet of Module III (PowerPoint) which has to be completed in 15 minutes. The candidate has to prepare presentation slides as per the exercise given and then save it as instructed above as well as print the same.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Skill Test Maximum Marks Time For the post
Data Entry Speed Test Qualifying in nature 15 Minutes Tax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Qualifying in nature 45 Minutes Assistant Section Officer in CSS,MEA,SFIO,GSI

SSC CHSL 2019-20

  • SSC CHSL is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year to recruit eligible candidates for various posts such as DEO, Postal Assistant, LDC and Sorting Assistant. Every year, a large number of eligible candidates appear for this examination with a dream to join Central Government body and avail all the perks imparted to them by the Government of India.
  • SSC CHSL 2018 notification to be released on 5 March 2019 and CHSL 2018 Tier 1 to be conducted from 1st July 2019 to 26th July 2019
  • SSC CHSL Eligibility Criteria 2019

SSC CHSL Eligibility - Step 1

Candidates applying for the CHSL exam must possess the citizenship in the following ways:

  • A candidate must be either-
  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or

A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note: - A candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

SSC CHSL Educational Qualification - Step 2

In order to appear for SSC CHSL Exam, you must have passed 12th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board or University.

Some other important points:

If you possess any Degree obtained through open Universities/Distance Education Mode, then that must be recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU.

Skill Test Eligibility [Revised]

When you are called for typing test/skill test, you should bring all the original educational certificates and documents.

SSC CHSL Age Limit 2018 - Step 3

After clearing the above-mentioned eligibility conditions, you are required to make yourself confirmed about meeting the age limit criteria.

The instructions of the Government (DoP&T) contained in OM No. 14017/70/87-Estt. (RR) dated 14.7.1988 contains the guidelines for Age limit for Competitive Examinations held by Staff Selection Commission.

According to the latest notification of CHSL 2018 the age limit for SSC CHSL candidates set by the officials is 18-27 years. There is no change in this date would be made.

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern 2019

There are three different levels in SSC CHSL exam that have to be cleared by candidates to get selected for various posts in the Government Offices. SSC CHSL Tier I is Objective Multiple Choice Question; Tier II exam is Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi, while Tier III is the Computer Proficiency Test.

Tier Type Mode
Tier - I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online)
Tier - II Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode
Tier - III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200 60 minutes

SSC CHSL Tier-II

SSC CHSL Tier-II is a descriptive test that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The paper would demand writing of an Essay of 200-250 words and Letter/Application writing of approximately 150-200 words. The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.

  • The exam is of 60 minutes' duration and carries 100 marks.
  • The questions are based on 10th level.
  • The exam is qualifying in nature.
  • The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffer from cerebral palsy.

SSC CHSL Tier-III Exam Pattern

The Tier 3 of SSC CGL Exam 2019 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.

SSC CHSL Syllabus 2019

SSC CHSL is conducted in three different phases, the syllabus of all the three sections is likely to be different. All candidates must stay updated about the latest changes in SSC CHSL syllabus and exam pattern to prepare thoroughly for SSC CHSL 2019.

SSC CHSL Tier-1 Syllabus

General Intelligence and Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension History
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test Culture
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Allegations Para jumbles Geography
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous Economic Scene
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks General Policy
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Scientific Research
Puzzle Menstruation - Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Awards and Honors
Tabulation Data Interpretation One Word Substitution Books and Authors
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Active/Passive Voice
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

SSC CHSL Tier II Syllabus

As mentioned above, this paper requires candidates to write an essay and Letter/Application that tests the writing skills of the candidates. The essay topics will be related to National Interest, Finance & Economy, Ecological Issues, Social Issues, Politics, Schemes & Governance, Technology, Sports, Geopolitics, and Environmental Concerns etc. While, the type of letter/ application asked will be Complaint, Suggestion, Application, Official Appreciation, Follow up or Feedback etc.

SSC CHSL Tier III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CHSL 2019 will be a Skill/ Typing Test which would be of a qualifying nature. The final merit of the selected candidates will be based on the basis of total score obtained in Tier-I and Tier-II.

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