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SSC CGL 2021: Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Salary, Other Details

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is among the most eminent and important organizations situated under the Government of India. Every year, the Commission announces various positions for which different examinations are held. However, the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination which is conducted by the SSC happens to be one of the most prominent exams. The SSC CGL examination happens to be an All India Entrance examination for recruiting aspiring and eligible candidates. The complete information regarding SSC CGL is available in detail at Candidates can go through the following article for further information.

SSC CGL Highlights



Exam Name

SSC CGL 2021 (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level)

Commonly Known As


Conducting Body

Staff Selection Commission

Examination Level

National Level Exam


Vacancy Based


English and Hindi

Exam Mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Mode of Application



SSC CGL Online Application

SSC will release the online application form at their official website: Candidates are required to carefully fill up the online application form. Given below are important guidelines regarding the application process.

·         Before beginning, the aspirant is advised to go through and understand the important guidelines.

·         The application form will be online available on the official website following which candidates are required to visit to avail the same.

·         Candidate has to register using their e-mail ID and contact number.

·         All the mandatory information has to be filled in carefully.

·         The format required to fill the form and upload documents must be noted carefully. 

·         Mandatory documents are to be uploaded in the required format.

·         Pay the application fee through the payment modes mentioned and submit the application form.

·         Candidates are advised to get a copy of the application form printed for future use.

Application Fee: Male candidates belonging to the General and Other Backward Class (OBC) Category are required to pay an application fee of Rs 100, while candidates belonging to the other categories as well as the Female candidates are not required to pay an application fee.

SSC CGL Notification

Notification regarding the SSC CGL 2021 examination has not yet been released. However, the official notification which will be released by the Commission will be uploaded on their official website. The notification will give a detailed insight regarding the exam dates, pattern, syllabus and other details.

SSC CGL Examination Date 2021

The examination date regarding SSC CGL 2021 has not yet been finalized however, it is predicted that the examinations will be conducted by the Commission in the year 2022.

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to confirm their eligibility before commencing the application process.

Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India. Citizens from Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet are also eligible given that they have been permanent Indian residents before 1 January, 1962. Also, candidates who have their origin from India but have migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar, Kenya, East African countries etc can also apply.

Educational Qualification: Aspiring and eligible candidates are required to have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

Age Limit: Candidates must fulfil the eligibility of being between the age group of 18 to 27 years. However, age relaxations are applicable for candidates belonging to different categories.

Category of the Applicant

Age Relaxation


Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe (SC / ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes

3 years

Persons with Disabilities (General)

10 years

Persons with Disabilities (SC / ST)

15 years

Persons with Disabilities (OBC)

13 years

Ex-Servicemen (General)

3 years

Ex-Servicemen (SC / ST and OBC)

8 years and 6 years


SSC CGL Examination Pattern

The SSC CGL examination pattern includes three tiers: Tier I, Tier II and Tier III.

Tier I: This is the first stage of the SSC CGL examination. The Tier I exam consists of questions which will be objective in nature, while negative marking is also applicable. Registered candidates are required to appear for the examination. Instead of 60 minutes, candidates who are Visually Handicapped and Orthopaedically Handicapped will be given 80 minutes.

Following is a table of distribution of questions and marks:

Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

General Intelligence & Reasoning



60 minutes (Total)

General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language




100 questions

200 marks

Tier II: Clearing Tier I exam will allow selected candidates to proceed to the next stage of SSC CGL exam which is Tier II exam. Tier II consists of 4 papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory for all while Paper 3 is for candidates aiming for post of Assistant Audit Officers and Paper 4 is for candidates aiming for Assistant Accounts Officer post. Instead of 60 minutes, candidates who are Visually Handicapped and Orthopaedically Handicapped will be given 160 minutes for each paper.

Following is a table of distribution of questions and marks:

Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Quantitative Ability (Paper 1)



120 minutes

English Language & Comprehension (Paper 2)



120 minutes

Statistics (Paper 3)



120 minutes

General Studies (Finance, Economics) (Paper 4)



120 minutes


Tier III: The Tier III examination is the third stage of SSC CGL examinations including questions regarding Essay writing, Letter writing, etc which are descriptive in nature. The exam will be conducted in a pen and paper mode while the candidates will be given 60 minutes, while candidates who are Visually Handicapped and Orthopaedically Handicapped will be given 80 minutes.

SSC CGL Syllabus

Candidate is required to be completely aware regarding the syllabus of SSC CGL in order to clear the examination. Detailed information is available on the official website.

Paper 1:

General Intelligence & Reasoning: Semantic Classification,Symbolic/ Number Classification, Number Analogy, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Word Building, Coding-Decoding, Problem Solving, Space Visualization, Venn Diagram, Drawing Inferences, Indexing, Address and Date Matching, Classification, Emotional and Social Intelligence, Critical Thinking.

General Awareness: History, Geography, Polity, Economy, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

Quantitative Aptitude: Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixture, Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages,Interest, Number System Problems,Percentage, Algebra, Time and distance, Time & Work, Elementary Surds, Linear Equations Graph, Triangle, Congruency, Circles, Polygons, Prism, Cones, Cylinders, Pyramid, Angles, Heights Distances, Histogram, Data Analysis.

English Language: One Word Substitution, Synonyms &Antonyms, Grammar, Spelling Errors, Comprehension.

Paper 2:

Quantitative Ability: Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Number System Problems Percentage, Profit and Loss, Discount, Triangles, Polygons, Circles, Cylinders, Bar graph, Histogram, Pie chart, Time and Distance, Time & Work, Basic School Algebra.

English Language & Comprehension: Synonyms Antonyms, Spelling, Idioms & Phrases, One Word Substitution, Improvement of sentences, Active Passive Voice, Spot the Error, Shuffling of Sentence, Comprehension, Conversion.

Statistics: Mean, Mode and Median, Moments and Relationships (Skewness Kurtosis), Data Distribution, Calculation, Diagrammatic Representations, Deviation, Dispersion, Probability, Correlation, Sampling Theory, Regression, Variance, Time Series.

General Studies: Economics (Micro Macro, Growth Development), Finance (Fundamentals), Indian Economy, Economic reforms, Money and Banking, Technology, Market Analysis, Growth Demand and Supply.

SSC CGL Admit Card 2021

The Admit Card regarding the SSC CGL 2021 examination will be released on the official website of SSC around a week before the commencement of the examination. The candidate can avail the admit card online and get it downloaded and printed. The candidate is mandatorily required to carry the admit card to his/ her respective examination centre.

SSC CGL Cut Off 2021

The Commission sets a certain cut-off for the candidates to pass and achieve to be able to get selected. The cut-offs usually differ for candidates from different categories. The cut-off will be released officially.

SSC CGL Result 2021

SSC will declare the results of candidates on the official website of the Commission. The results will be declared after each stage of the examination, candidates who clear the first phase will have to appear for the second phase. Candidates clearing Tier II have to clear Tier III.

SSC CGL Vacancies

The Commission will declare the important details and information regarding the available vacancies on their official website. The vacancies will be distributed among candidates from all categories.

SSC CGL Selection Procedure

The selection of aspiring candidates regarding SSC CGL will be made on the basis of three papers: Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3. After a candidate clears Paper 1, he/she will have to appear for Paper 2 and then for Paper 3.


SSC CGL Preparation Tips & Tricks

The candidate must be aware of the important aspects of SSC CGL and must have appropriate knowledge of the examination. Candidates are required to go through the exam pattern and syllabus and prepare accordingly. Doubts must be cleared alongwith the candidate giving importance to the concepts that are unclear. The syllabus must be revised before the examination after a thorough study. It is advised that the applicant must carefully answer the questions and leave the one's he/she is not sure about. General awareness must be strengthened by reading newspapers, magazines, books and watching the news. Candidates can also prepare by appearing for the mock tests and mock test series which are available at

SSC CGL Exam Analysis

SSC CGL exam consists of three papers, one including objective questions and the other consisting of descriptive questions. The difficulty level of Paper 1 is easy to moderate, Paper 2 is moderate to slightly difficult and Paper 3 is moderate.

SSC CGL Salary

The salary for candidates getting selected for various positions after clearing SSC CGL examination and interview will vary from a minimum amount of Rs 18,000 to maximum amount of Rs 2,50,000. The salary also depends on the category that the candidate belongs to.

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