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Candidate who is minimum of 18 years of age and graduation degree in any stream are eligible to apply for SSC CGL 2017. The application form of SSC CGL 2017 can be filled in online mode only from March 11 to April 15, 2017. Candidates are advised to read the SSC CGL 2017 notification carefully before online registration to ascertain their age and academic qualification required for different posts.

SSC CGL 2017 Important Dates
Event Date
Online registration of application form begins March 11, 2017
Online registration of application form ends April 15, 2017
Online Fee Payment March 11 to April 15, 2017
Admit Card for SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Exam April-May, 2017
SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Exam Date June 9 to July 2, 2017
SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Result July-August, 2017
SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Exam Date September 5 to 8, 2017
Tier II Result Dates September-October, 2017
SSC CGL 2017 Tier III Exam Date November 12, 2017
SSC CGL 2017 Tier IV Exam Date December 2017

SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of MCQs (Each question carry 2 marks) Total Marks of each subject Negative Marking
General Awareness 25 50 0.50 for each wrong answer
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
Total 100 200

SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of MCQs Total Marks of each subject Negative Marking
Paper I – Quantitative Ability 100 (Each Question carries two marks) 200 0.50 for each wrong answer
Paper II – Language & Comprehension 200 (Each Question carries one marks) 200
Paper III- Statistics (For Statistical Investigator Post) 100 (Each Question carries two marks) 200
Paper IV -Finance & Accounts and Economics & Governance (For Assistant Audit Officer in C & AG) 100 (Each Question carries two marks) 200

Paper I & II – Compulsory for all candidates

(For details visit the SSC Website ssc.nic.in)


Key to success in any entrance exam: Practice. Improve speed. Clear the concepts. Exam preparation require dedication, preservance, hard work and best guidance. The competition for SSC is stiff as lakhs of students apply for them every year. A SWOT analysis is necessary before an exam.

Preparation Strategy (WORK HARD & WORK SMART)

Be selective about GK

Practice past years’ papers

English: Focus on one word substitution and idioms & phrases.

Reasoning is the most scoring section.

The competition is fierce but once you practice in the right direction, the chances of your success is high. One must focus on 4 key points.

1. General Awareness

2. Aptitude

3. English Grammar

4. Reasoning Ability

General Awareness: This can be the one of the high scoring sections, if you have prepared it well. This Section has Questions and are generally asked in varied Topics Like General Science, Polity, Geography, Computers, Current Affairs etc.

As far as aptitude is concerned it requires practice. You can easily solve the questions of paper 1 ( tier- I) but for paper 2 you must have a good speed and accuracy. Try to solve previous years’ papers and see what are your weak points and accordingly practice from any standard book. Take online test series to check your performance.

English paper contains 65-70% questions on grammar only. One should start learning key concepts in grammar like subject verb agreement, active passive voices, use of preposition, direct indirect speech, etc. idioms and phrases are also asked in the paper for about 10-15 marks. Test series are also helpful for English .

The questions of reasoning are very easy and by little or no practice (depending upon your reasoning ability) one can score 95% marks in this. One can just go through the previous year’s papers to have an idea.

The first thing one needs to do is study the whole syllabus and exam pattern of the examination. Identify the topics and sections in the syllabus which are easy and which are tough. Note down weak topics and make plans and strategies to overcome it.

Study regularly. Divide the preparation time on daily hours’ basis Give more time to weaker areas. Plan your study time to manage a balanced preparation for all the sections and topics.

Download previous year question papers and practice regularly.

Read Newspaper daily.

Jobs and posts one can get into with SSC Exam

SSC conducts examination and recruitment process to recruit manpower at all group B and all Non-technical posts at various Ministries/ Departments of Government of India. It offers jobs in the categories like:

Clerical Services at the Armed Forces Headquarters/ Railway Board Secretariat

Assistant and Subordinate Officer posts in various Departments and Ministries

Central Excise Inspector, Income Tax Inspector, Assistant Enforcement Officers

Sub Inspector in CBI and other Police Organization

Divisional accountants, Auditor and Accountants in various Offices

Junior Engineer (Civil & Electrical) in CPWD

Statistical Investigator Grade IV

Tax Assistant in Central Board of Direct Tax (CBDT), Central Board of Excise and Custom (CBEC) offices

Lower Division Clerks (LDC)at various Ministries / Departments

The SSC also allows the candidate to get promotion in different offices after getting selected over the course of time. It offers adequate opportunity to the candidates to grow positively. The posts in offer from SSC CGL examination are quite lucrative and carry a provision of growth in future for the candidates. The work in the different posts ranges from that of office executive work to that of field working.

Some of the top profile of jobs are:

• Examiner: Examiner posts, often regarded as Inspector, is generally recruited at the headquarters

Assistant / Cypher in Ministry of External Affairs

Sub Inspector in CBI

Excise Inspector


• Effective guidance: In a cut-throat competition, how to study in effective way and what to study becomes important. For that, effective guidance is required. Continue consulting with your expert subject teachers.

• Be Assertive: Do a realistic review of where you stand and in which area improvement is required.

• Make a study plan: Map out a study plan. Budget your time realistically and take baby steps to achieve them.

• Practice Previous Years’ Papers

• Time Management: Follow a study routine and remain focused. Take small breaks in between to keep your mind fresh.

Be positive and confident. Your mental balance and ability to withstand stress will help you in achieving your goal

• Maintain your Health: While preparing for exams, aspirants should keep a balance between the preparation time and relaxation time. Follow healthy food habits and few exercises.

Work out a time schedule, seek guidance from your teachers, practice test entrance papers and keep yourself free of stress.

(Usha Albuquerque is Director & Nidhi Prasad is Senior Counseling Psychologist at Careers Smart Pvt. Ltd e-mail : careerssmartonline@gmail.com)

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