What exams are conducted by the SSC?

Following is a list of all the exams organized by the SSC:

  • Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE)
  • Combined Higher Secondary level examination
  • Sub-Inspector in CPO (BSF,CRPF,CISF, ITBP,SSB)
  • Section Officer (Audit & Commercial)
  • Junior Engineers Examination

Combined Graduate Level Examination

  • Recruitment The Combined Graduate level examination is conducted by the SSC for recruitment to different Central Civil posts including:
  1. Assistant
  2. Inspector
  3. SI
  4. Divisional Accountant
  5. Statistical Officer
  6. Auditor
  7. Accountant
  8. Junior Accountant
  9. UDC
  10. Tax Assistant
  11. Compiler

The recruitment for these posts is done in the departments of:

  1. Central Secretariat Service
  2. Central Vigilance Commission
  3. Intelligence Bureau
  4. Ministry of Railways
  5. Ministry of External Affairs
  6. Ministry of Defence
  7. CBI 
  8. few other Ministries and Departments of the Central Govt.

The candidate must hold at least a  Graduation degree from a recognized University to be eligible for these posts.

  • Exam Pattern The Exam itself has three tiers which are:
  • Tier 1 :- This tier consists of multiple choice questions. There are four different sections under this tier.
  1. Reasoning
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. General English
  4. General Awareness
  • Tier 2 :- The Tier 2 exams also have a multiple choice question format. However, the syllabus and subjects for Tier 2  are different and it contains the following subjects.
  • Quantitative Abilities – 200 marks/100 questions (compulsory for all)

Designed to test the number sense of each candidate. The multiple choice questions in this paper will focus on the ability to use numbers in the right manner. Primarily, the application of computation with respect to whole numbers, fractions and decimals will be tested.

  • English Language & Comprehension – 200 marks/200 questions (compulsory for all)

The knowledge of the English language will be tested in this paper. These questions are designed to put applicants through the hoops when it comes to understanding English and answering basic types of spot error, fill in the blanks, synonym/antonym, idioms and phrases types of questions.

  • Statistics – 200 marks/100 questions (only for candidates who wish to apply for the post of Statistical Investigator grade 2)

This paper is compulsory only for those hoping to apply for jobs like Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI. In this paper, applicants will be tested on specific segments like collection, classification and presentation of statistical data, measures of central tendency and dispersion etc. All these are held over a 2 hour time period.

  • Tier 3 :- This stage is the personal interview and skill test. Where the candidates are interviewed by a specialized panel and undergo a skills test in which they’re skills are tested and evaluated.

Combined Higher Secondary level examination

  • Recruitment :- The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) organizes every year the recruitment exam for short listing candidates in the post of LDC (Lower Division Clerks) and DEO (Data Entry Operators) respectively. The applicants short listed in the concerned exam will be recruited under different Group C and D posts. This includes the SSC Stenographer Grade C and D post, one of the most sought after post by all the eligible applicants for this exam.
  • Exam Pattern The written examination consists of 200 questions from four different sections which carry one mark each. The four subjects for the examination are:
  • General Intelligence,
  • English Language,
  • Quantitative Aptitude and
  • General Awareness.

The candidates need to score in each of the subjects to make way to the final cut-off. Each of the questions carries negative mark on wrong answer.

Sub-Inspector in CPO (BSF,CRPF,CISF, ITBP,SSB)

  • Recruitment   This exam is for recruitment to the posts of Sub-Inspector(SI) and Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in:


  1. Border Security Force,
  2. Central Industrial Security Force,
  3. Central Reserved Police Force,
  4. Indo-tibetean Border Police and
  5. Shastra Seema Bal agencies.
  • Examination Pattern  The recruitment process consists of various tests to evaluate a candidates profile like:


  1. Physical Standards Test
  2. Physical Efficiency Test
  3. Written Examination
  4. Medical Examination

Section Officer (Audit & Commercial)

  • Recruitment :- Section Officer Commercial Audit Examination is directed through the Indian government for providing recruitment on qualifying this examination. Competitive examination is directed through Staff selection commission examination for recruitment for the post of section Officer (Commercial Audit), Group ‘B’ Non Gazetted post in the office of Controller and Auditor General.
  • Exam Pattern :- It has two papers, with the following subjects
  • Paper I (Objective):
    1. General Awareness
    2. Arithmetical Ability
    3. English


  • Paper II (Conventional):
    1. Accountancy
    2. Business Organisation
    3. Management
    4. Micro-economics
    5. Indian Economics
    6. Business Statistics
    7. Business Law
    8. Company Law
    9. Cost accounting
    10. Auditing
    11. Income Tax
    12. Labour Laws

Junior Engineers Examination

  • Recruitment :- This exam is held for the recruitment of Junior Engineer in the Disciplines of Mechanical, Civil and Electrical for various departments.
  • Exam Pattern :- This exam consist two papers as Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Paper 1 (Objective)
    1. General Intelligence & Reasoning :50 marks
    2. General Awareness :50 marks
    3. General Engineering (Civil & Structural) OR General Engineering (Electrical) OR General Engineering (Mechanical) :100 marks
  • Paper 2 (Conventional)


  1. Part –A General Engineering (Civil & Structural) OR General Engineering (Electrical) OR General Engineering (Mechanical) : 300 marks
  2. The written exam is followed by personal interview and medical test of the candidates.