SSC (STAFF SELECTION COMMISSION) EXAM

SSC means Staff Selection Commission. It is an Organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices i.e. Group ‘B’ & Group ‘C’.  Initially SSC termed as Subordinate Service Commission because it conducts exams for lower posts than UPSC. Final Structure of SSC came into effect from 1st June 1999 when it renamed as Staff Selection Commission.

 SSC conducts many competitive exams such as CGL(Combined Graduate Level Exam), CPO(Central Police Organization),CHSL(Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam), Jen(Junior Engineer), MTS(Multitasking) etc.

The main attraction of SSC is the CGL Exam, because this exam provides many Top Group “B” posts like Inspector in Income Tax Department, Central  Excise Department, Customs Department, Narcotics Department, Enforcement Department(ED), Central Vigilance Commission, Department of Post, Sub Inspector in CBI, Sub Inspector in IB, Assistant in Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Railway, Armed  fascinating posts.

When we enter as Inspector in Revenue departments like Income Tax, Central Excise and Customs, we can get promotion to Class ‘A’ officer that is ‘IRS’ (Indian Revenue Service) within a stipulated time. These posts are undoubtedly very much popular among the aspirants who are preparing for this exam every year because it makes us feel very proud and our family as well. In many of the Posts there is Uniform also with ‘3’ stars, which makes us feel something special and we get higher social respect.

In these Central Govt. Posts salary is very good. As an Inspector, we draw around 62,000/- in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmadabad (‘X’ cities), around 58,000 in ‘Y’ cities and around 54,000 in ‘Z’ cities. So as a beginner drawing this much of salary with stability is quite good as career prospective.

If someone wants to continue his or her studies for UPSC or State Services, he or she can continue with this kind of job specially in Central Secretariat Service (Delhi). Because workload is very nominal and classes can also be taken on Weekends i.e. Saturday and Sunday so studies can be continued in a very regular way, so no more hectic schedules in terms of preparation for UPSC or State Services. It is not mandatory to opt Central Secretariat Service for UPSC preparation, one can also prepare while working in other departments also.

The number of vacancies is about 10,000 – 12,000 every year through CGL exam which is no doubt very big in terms of All India Level Exam. That’s why this particular exam is very popular among the students. This number of vacancies may vary year by year. It may increase upto 15,000 which depends on different departments and their requirements.

WHY SSC?

  1. Job safety: Central government jobs are secure and recession proof. The Indian government is seen as a stable employer, unlike many private sector establishments, where hire and fire work culture is there. Job prospects in public sector are relatively unaffected by the demand and supply forces prevailing in the job market.
    2. Financial stability: Working in a government job comes with complete financial stability. The government is not expected to default on salary payments that are due to its employees. The payments are made on time and one does not have to worry about the salary not getting credited into the account.
    3. Salary increments: Pay commissions regularly review the salary structure offered to Central Government workforce. Salaries in public sector go up, whenever the recommendations of a pay commission are implemented. In the recent past, these recommendations have been employee-friendly, thereby making Central Government jobs even more lucrative.
    4. Timely promotions: Seniority is a crucial factor in Central Government promotion policy. Due importance is given to the time that one has spent in the job. Employees get fairly rewarded on the basis of the experience they possess
    5. Work-Life balance: Cracking SSC CGL ensures that you will get into a job which offers wonderful work-life balance. Unlike the private sector, wherein performance on the job is of utmost importance, a Central Government job gives you ample time for personal enrichment.
    6. Equal opportunities: Central Government is an equal opportunity employer in the real sense. It does not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed religion, ethnicity or any other parameter. The recruitments made are seen to be by and large transparent. One has to prove one’s merit in a competitive exam in order to get selected
    7. Social status: A person employed in Central Government enjoys a dignified standing in society. A lot of candidates attempt SSC CGL as they are not just after a well paying job but after the social esteem associated with the post. For many candidates taking SSC CGL is the first step towards their dream of becoming a gazetted officer some day.
    8. Career progression: SSC keeps conducting grade-wise departmental competitive exams for existing Central Government staff members. This provides them with ample growth prospects. Superior performance in these exams can set a person on a path of accelerated career progression.

SSC Integrated Batch:

· SSC CGL / CPO / CHSL / JE / GD
· Duration: 4 months
  • Timing: Daily 2 hours
  • Morning/Evening – Regular Batches

SSC Exam Pattern & Syllabus

1.    SSC CGL Exam
  1. SSC CPO Exam
  2. SSC CHSL
  3. SSC JE
  4. SSC GD
SSC CGL pattern

The SSC CGL Exam is conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

  • Tier I- Computer Based Examination
  • Tier II- Computer Based Examination
  • Tier III- Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
  • Tier IV- Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification.

The table below gives an idea about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

Tier

Subject

No. of questions

Maximum Marks

Time allowed

Tier I

General Intelligence and Reasoning

25

50

60 Minutes (Total)

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- 80 Minutes.

General Awareness

25

50

Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

English Comprehension

25

50

Tier II

Paper 1- Quantitative abilities

100

200

120 Minutes (for each Paper)

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- 160 Minutes

Paper 2- English language & Comprehension

200

200

Paper 3- Statistics

100

200

Paper 4- General Studies(Finance & Economics)

100

200

Tier III SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

Tier

Mode of Exam

Scheme of Exam

Maximum marks

Time allowed

Tier III

Pen and Paper mode

Descriptive Paper in Hindi/English

(Writing of Essays, Precis, Applications,etc.)

100

60 Minutes

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- 80 Minutes

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I

Tier I comprises of four sections-

  1. General Intelligence & reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. English Comprehension skills

General Intelligence & Reasoning

General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

English Comprehension skills

Symbolic/Number Analogy, Semantic Classification,

Symbolic/Number Classification,

Space Visualization,

Venn Diagrams,

Drawing inferences

History- Harappa Civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom Movement and their leaders,

Geography- about countries and their geographical details, Famous Seaport and Airport and their location.

General Knowledge, current affairs

Number System Problems

Percentage.

Ratio & Proportion,

Square roots,

Averages,

Interest,

Complementary angles,

Heights and Distances,

Histogram,

Data analysis

Synonyms &

Antonyms, One Word Substitution, grammar skills, spelling error, comprehension passages

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II

The SSC CGL syllabus for Tier II will have 4 papers-

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. English Language & Comprehension
  3. Statistics
  4. General Studies- Finance & Economics-

The detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-II Exam is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language & Comprehension

Statistics

General Studies- Finance & Economics-

Number System Problems

Percentage,

Time and distance,

Time & Work,

Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra

The active/ passive voice of verbs,

Conversion into direct/ indirect narration

Shuffling of sentence parts in passages,

Comprehension passage.

Data distribution, calculation, diagrammatic representation of data, Moments and relationships- skewness, kurtosis

Economics-Macro & Micro Economics, Growth & Development

Market analysis- production, demand, supply,

Indian Economy,

Economic reforms,

Money and banking,

Role of Technology in reforming the Economic domain

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier III

The main aim of this Tier III exam is to evaluate the candidates’ language proficiency, grammar knowledge, vocabulary usage, and writing skills in English/Hindi.

The topics for this exam can be related to current affairs and sensitive matters like- Demonetization, women empowerment, Terrorism, Right to equality, freedom of women in a country like India, etc.

Candidates need to write precis, application, letters, essays, passages as a part of the qualification for this exam.

Staff Selection Commission Syllabus for CGL Tier-IV

The syllabus for the SSC CGL Tier-IV exam is as follows:

SSC CGL Test

Description

Post

Data Entry Speed test

8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on the computer

Tax Assistants (Central & Excise)

A passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes.

Computer Proficiency Test

Word Processing

Spreadsheet

Generation of slides

Assistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.

Important Pointers for SSC CGL Exam Pattern:

  • The Commission reserves the right to make changes in the scheme of examination.
  • As per the SSC Exam Pattern for CGL Exam, In Tier-I, there will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer
  • In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
  • As per the SSC CGL Exam Pattern, In Tier-II, Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/ Paper.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • The SSC CGL Exam Pattern has Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification that is conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination.

 

SSC CPO Syllabus

The SSC exam syllabus and paper pattern information for the Central Police Organization (CPO) exam is covered in this section.

The SSC CPO Exam has a pattern which consists of :

  1. Paper-I
  2. Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)
  3. Paper-II
  4. Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

All these stages of the examination are mandatory.

The detailed SSC CPO Exam Pattern is as follows:

Paper

Subject

No of questions

Total Marks

Duration

Paper 1

General Intelligence & Reasoning

50

50

02 hours

General Knowledge & General Awareness

50

50

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

English Comprehension

50

50

Paper 2

English language & Comprehension

200

200

02 hours

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper I covers the same topics as in SSC Syllabus for CGL examination. 

The SSC EXAM syllabus for CPO Paper-II covers English Language & Comprehension. The topics that need to be focused while preparing for Paper II is as mentioned below.

SSC CPO Syllabus for Paper-II

English Language & Comprehension

Error recognition, filling in the blanks (using verbs, Preposition, articles etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, comprehension etc.

SSC CPO Exam Pattern- Salient Points:

  • As per the SSC CPO Exam Pattern, the questions in both papers will be of Objective Multiple Choice Type.
  • Questions will be set in Hindi and English in Parts-I, II and III of Paper-I.
  • As per the SSC Exam Pattern,there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I & Paper-II.
  • The Commission at its discretion may fix qualifying marks in Paper-I, Paper-II and any part(s) of Paper-I.
  • The Commission reserves the right to alter/ modify the scheme of examination.
SSC CHSL Syllabus

The SSC exam Syllabus and paper pattern for the Combined Higher Secondary level (CHSL) is mentioned in this section.

The SSC CHSL Exam will consist of the following Pattern:

  1. Computer Based Examination (Tier-I)
  2. Descriptive Paper (Tier-II)
  3. Skill Test/ Typing Test (Tier-III)

The SSC Exam pattern for CHSL- Tier-I

Part

Subject

No of questions

Total Marks

Duration

Part I

English Language

(Basic Knowledge)

50

50

60 Minutes (80

Minutes for

candidates eligible

Part II

General Intelligence

50

50

Part III

Quantitative Aptitude

(Basic Arithmetic Skill)

50

50

Part IV

General Awareness

50

50

The SSC Exam pattern for CHSL- Tier II

Tier

Mode of Exam

Scheme of Exam

Maximum marks

Time allowed

Tier II

Pen and Paper mode

Descriptive Paper in Hindi/English

(Writing of Essays, Precis, Applications,etc.)

100

60 Minutes /Reserved candidates-

80 Minutes

The SSC Exam pattern for CHSL- Tier III

Category

Post

Exam description

Duration

Data Entry Skill test

Skill Test for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Speed of 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depressions on Computer.

60 minutes/80 minutes for reserved candidates

Data Entry Operator in the Office of the

Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG):

Speed of 15000 key depressions on Computer‟

Typing Test

LDC/ JSA and Postal Assistant/ Sorting

Assistant

English typing speed- 35 words per minute

Hindi typing speed-

30 words per minute

60 minutes/80 minutes for reserved candidates

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier I

General Intelligence/Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

English Language

General Awareness

Logical Reasoning

Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.

Reading Comprehension

History

Alphanumeric Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test

Culture

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Para Jumbles

Geography

Coding/Decoding

Permutation, Combination & Probability

  

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier II

Essay Writing

Letter Writing

Application

Comprehension

SSC CHSL Syllabus for Tier III

Skill Test

Speed

Time

Data Entry Operator

Data Entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on the computer. The speed will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage

The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 2000-2200 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer

Data Entry Operator in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (C&AG)

The speed of 15000 key depressions per hour will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage

The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 3700-4000 key-depressions would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer

Lower Division Clerk/ Junior Secretariat Assistant (LDS/JSA) and Postal Assistants/ Sorting Assistants (PA/SA)

The speed of 10500 key depressions per hour will be adjudged on the basis of the correct entry of words/key depressions as per the given passage

The duration of the test will be for 15 minutes and printed matter in English containing about 9000 key-depressions/hour would be given to each candidate who would enter the same in the test computer.

Important Pointers for SSC CHSL Exam Pattern:

  • The Tier-I Examination will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only & will be set in English & Hindi for Part-II, III & IV.
  • As per the SSC Exam Pattern for CHSL, there will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier-II would be 33 per cent.
  • The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English & combination of both languages while answering will be rewarded with zero marks.

SSC JE Syllabus

The exam pattern of SSC JE is divided into two papers i.e. Paper-I (Computer-based Test) and Paper-II (Written Test).

The SSC JE Exam Pattern is given below:

Paper

Exam Mode

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Paper-I: Objective Type

Computer-based Test

General Intelligence and Reasoning

50

50

02 hours

General Awareness

50

50

 

Part-A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)

Or

Part-B General Engineering (Electrical)

Or

Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical)

100

100

 

Paper-II: Descriptive Type

Written Test

Part-A General Engineering (Civil & Structural)

Or

Part- B General Engineering (Electrical)

Or

Part-C General Engineering (Mechanical)

 

300

02 hours

 

SSC JE Syllabus

Paper I

General Intelligence & Reasoning

General Awareness

General Engineering

Relationship concepts

Arithmetical reasoning

Problem-solving

Space visualization

Visual memory

Analysis and judgment

Analogies

Geography

Culture

History

Economic Scene

Scientific Research

General Polity

Part-A (Civil Engineering & Structural Engineering)

Building Materials

Surveying

Estimating

Soil Mechanics

Costing and Valuation

Concrete Technology

Irrigation Engineering,

  

Part-B (Electrical Engineering)

Basic concepts

Circuit law

AC Fundamentals

Magnetic Circuit

Electrical Machines

Measurement and Measuring instruments

Synchronous Machines

Part-C (Mechanical Engineering)

Theory of Machines and Machine Design

1st Law of Thermodynamics

2nd Law of Thermodynamics

IC Engine Performance

Air standard Cycles for IC Engines

IC Engines Combustion

Boilers

IC Engine Cooling & Lubrication

Classification

Rankine cycle of System

Paper-II

The Paper-II is a written test of 300 marks for a duration of 2 hours on any of the following parts chosen by the respective candidate:

  • Part-A (Civil Engineering & Structural Engineering)
  • Part-B (Electrical Engineering)
  • Part-C (Mechanical Engineering)

Candidates need to select any one of the parts which they wish to take during the exam.

Basically, in Paper II of the SSC JE syllabus includes a detailed explanation of each of the topics under each part as discussed in the General Engineering section of Paper I.

Important Pointers for SSC JE Exam Pattern:

  • As per the SSC JE Exam Pattern, Paper-I and Paper-II for General Engineering, the candidate will be required to attempt only the part as selected in the application form filled by the candidate.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I. Candidates are, therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

SSC GD Syllabus

The SSC Syllabus and Exam pattern for the Constable in General Duty (GD) exam is discussed in this section.

The SSC GD Exam consists of Computer-based mode which consists of one objective type paper containing 100 questions carrying 100 marks.

SSC GD Exam Pattern

Subject

No of questions

Total marks

Duration

Part A-

General Intelligence and Reasoning

Part B-

General Knowledge and General Awareness

Part C-

Elementary Mathematics

Part D-

English/ Hindi

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

90 minutes

The SSC Syllabus for SSC GD Constable examination is aligned to the syllabus of CGL, CPO and CHSL exams.

Important Pointers of SSC Exam Pattern and Syllabus for GD Exam:

  • The computer-based examination will be conducted in English and Hindi only.
  • Based on the performance in CBE, candidates will be shortlisted for PET/ PST by the

Staff Selection Commission. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Standard Test (PST) will be conducted at various centers finalized by the CAPFs

SSC
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