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A brief on SSC CGL 2016

SSC CGL 2016: Deadline for Staff Selection Board (SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Registration for both Part – I & II has been extended till 28 and 30 March 2016, respectively. SSC CGL Examination is an open competitive written examination conducted for the recruitment of personnel for Grade- B and C categories posts in various Ministries, Departments and Organizations. Each year, the vast number of aspirants applies to compete in the exam for the desired posts as per the advertisement issued by the Staff Selection Commission, the conducting body of the SSC CGL Exam. The application form for the SSC CGL 2016 has been released on 13 February 2016.
Latest Update: Earlier, the last date to register for SSC CGL was 21 March (5.00 PM) for Part – I and 24 March (5.00 PM) for Part – II registration. And, the age of the candidates shall now be calculated as on 01 August 2016 instead of 01 January 2016.
Latest update: Interview component in the SSC CGL Recruitment has been dispensed with from this year onwards. Therefore, no interviews shall be held.


Check some of the conditions which are mandatory for the candidates to fulfill to be eligible to apply and compete in the SSC CGL Exam 2016 –
Bachelor’s / Graduation degree from a recognized University/ College/Institute
Applicant must be citizen of India and fall in the specified age limit. The Date of Birth recorded in the Matriculation / Secondary Examination Certificate will be considered valid only. Moreover, the maximum age limit is relaxed for the candidates from the reserved category.


The result for the SSC CGL 2016 exam is usually declared after a span of two months. There is no fixed date for the result announcement. The result is hosted on the website of SSC. List of the successful candidates is published online. Such candidates are considered eligible to take the Tier- II exam which is thereafter followed by the Personality Test or Interview/Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test. whichever is applicable.


The application form for the SSC CGL has started on 13 February 2016. The Commission has released both the advertisement and the application form. Aspirants are advised to read the detailed advertisement before applying. Application form can be filled via online mode only. Multiple applications shall be rejected. Last date for submitting the application is 14 March 2016.

Application fee: An amount of Rs. 100/- (One Hundred) is to be deposited towards application fee through the Central Recruitment Fee Stamps (CRFS) / SBI Challan or through Debit card/Credit Card/Net banking. However, the fee payment is exempted for the Women applicants and candidates belonging to ST, SC Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen.

The written examination of SSC CGL will consist of two stages – Tier- I and Tier- II. As per the calendar, Tier- 1 exam will be held on 08 May & 22 May 2016 and Tier -2 will be held on 13 August and 14 August 2016. Candidates who will qualify the Tier-1 exam will be eligible to appear in the Tier-2 Exam in August. For the information, both the exam will be an objective –based test comprising of multiple choice questions.

SSC CGL Tier -1 Exam Pattern SSC CGL Tier – 2 Exam Pattern
uestion paper will be divided into 4 sections – General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
Each section will have 50 questions making a total of 200 questions overall. Total time duration is 2 hours. And yes, there is negative marking with a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
There will be three papers viz. Paper I – Quantitative Ability, Paper- II – English Language and Comprehension and Paper – III Statistics.0.25 marks will be deducted as negative marking in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I and Paper-III respectively. Paper- III can be attempted only by the candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler.

Assistant Section Officer (Central Secretariat Service).
Assistant (Central Vigilance Commission).
Assistant (Intelligence Bureau).
Assistant (Ministry of Railway).
Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs).
Assistant (AFHQ).
Assistant (Other Ministries/Departments/ Organizations).
Inspector of Income Tax (CBDT).Inspector (Preventive Officer.
Inspector (Examiner).
Assistant Enforcement Officer (Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue).
Sub Inspector (Central Bureau of Investigation).
Inspector of Posts (Department of Post).
Divisional Accountant (Offices under CAG).
Statistical Investigator Gr.II (M/o Statistics & Prog. Implementation).
Inspector ( Central Bureau of Narcotics).
Sub Inspector (National Investigation Agency (NIA)).

Well, we all know there is no shortcut to success. Therefore, aspirants need to prepare hard to qualify the exam. The level of difficulty increases with the phases which implies that the Tier- 1 is comparatively easier than Tier-2. Candidates can get some very useful preparation tips by clicking on the sub-heading.
Resolution of Tie Cases
Tie cases will be resolved by applying one after another as follows till the Tie is resolved.

(i) Total marks in the written examination.
(ii) Total marks of Tier-II Examination.
(iii) Total marks in Tier-I Examination.
(iv) Date of Birth, with older candidate placed higher.
(v) Alphabetical order in which the first names of the candidates appear.

Every year, the answer key is published for the candidates to verify their responses in the exam. The answer key is issued by the Commission for the candidates to check the correct answers of the questions asked in the SSC CGL 2016 Exam. Usually, the Commission uploads the answer keys after the seven days of the conduct of the exam. Candidates can evaluate their performance in the exam by calculating the estimated score using the SSC CGL answer key.

Each candidate is required to perform well in the exam so as to score the marks as much as the minimum qualifying marks also known as Cutoff. It is published for all the categories General, SC, ST, OBC and Pwd. However, it may vary to a certain extent for all these. The cutoff is usually declared with the written exam result simultaneously.

Following are the stage which a candidate has to go through sequentially as per the selection process laid down by the Staff Selection Commission. The Examination will be conducted in three tiers as indicated below:
Tier -I — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type).
Tier -II — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type).
Tier -III — Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification.



Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.


The table mentions the important dates for the SSC CGL 2016 recruitment:

  • 13 February 2016
    S.No: 1

    Application process starts

  • 28 March 2016 (5:00 pm)
    S.No: 2

    Last date for Part-I Online Registration

  • 30 March 2016 (5:00 pm)
    S.No: 3

    Last date of Part-II Online Registration

  • 08 May and 22 May 2016
    S.No: 4

    Date of SSC CGL Tier -1 exam

  • 13 August and 14 August 2016
    S.No: 5

    Date of SSC CGL Tier – 2 exam

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