SSC CGL 2021 Recruitment: Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus, Dates

SSC CGL 2021: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is the regulatory body for the SSC CGL exam. It is a national level recruitment exam for filling up the vacancies in different Departments/Ministries. The numbers of applicants are increasing day by day as the Government Sector jobs attracting the job seeker. There is a lot of uncertainty in private sector jobs while Government Sector jobs are providing lifetime security. The SSC has also tightened the difficulty level of the exam it means applicants have to put full efforts in order to qualify the SSC CGL exam.

Here we will explore all possible information regarding the upcoming SSC CGL exam. First of all, you must know that the SSC CGL is two-tier examination where the Tier-I exam is a qualifying exam. Those who qualify the Tier-I exam will be eligible to appear in Tier-II exam. The SSC CGL 2021 exam is likely to be held in the month of July 2021. Candidates must apply within the scheduled date and time. Check detailed information about SSC CGL application form, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and important dates here in this article below.

SSC CGL 2021 Examination Dates

The official dates of the SSC CGL 2021 exam have not been released yet. However, on the basis of previous year exam schedule, a tentative examination schedule is provided below:

EventsDates (Tentative)
CGL 2021 online registration will commence fromMarch 2021
Due date for online application formApril 2021
Admit Card release dateJuly 2021
CGL Tier-I Exam DateAugust 2021
Tier-I resultAugust 2021
Release of Admit Card for Tier-II ExamOctober 2021
CGL Tier-II Exam DateNovember 2021
CGL Tier-II resultDecember 2021
Skill Test/Document VerificationDecember 2021

Eligibility Criteria

The aspirants must go through eligibility criteria details before applying online for SSC CGL 2021 recruitment exam. Candidates can obtain SSC CGL notification for detailed information about eligibility criteria. However, interested candidates can also verify their eligibility for the exam as per the following information:


  • The applicant must be an Indian Citizen or
  • A subject of Nepal/Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01.01.1962 to settle down here in India permanently or
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from the countries like Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, East African Countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to settle down here permanently.

Provided that the candidate belonging to other than India shall have a certificate of eligibility issued the Government of India.

Age Limit

The candidates can check post wise age limit criteria for different posts under SSC CGL 2021 exam here in the tabular form below:

Name of the PostDepartment/MinistriesGrade PayClassificationAge Limit
AuditorOfficer under C&AG2800Group “C”18-27 years
AuditorOfficer Under CGDA2800Group “C”
AuditorOther Ministries/Dept.2800Group “C”
AccountantOfficer under C&AG2800Group “C”
Accountant / Junior AccountantOther Ministry/ Dept.2800Group “C”
Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerksCentral Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadres2400Group “C”
Tax AssistantCBDT2400Group “C”
Sub-InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics2400Group “C”
Upper Division Clerk (UDC)Dte. General Border Road Organisation (MoD)
Only For Male Candidates
2400Group “C”
Inspector PostsDepartment of Post.4600Group “B”18-30 years
AssistantOther ministries / Dept. / Org.4600Group “B”
Tax AssistantCBEC2400Group “C”20-27 years
Assistant Section officerCentral Secretariat Service4600Group “B”20-30 years
Assistant Section officerMinistry of Railway4600Group “B”
Assistant Section officerMinistry of External Affairs4600Group “B”
Assistant Section officerAFHQ4600Group “B”
AssistantOther Ministries / Dept. / Org.4600Group “B”
Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of Investigation4600Group “B”
Inspector, (Central Excise)CBEC4600Group “B”Not Exceeding 30 years
InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics4600Group “B”
AssistantOther ministries / Dept. / Org.4200Group “B”
Inspector (Preventive officer)CBEC4600Group “B”
Inspector (Examiner)CBEC4600Group “B”
Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAG4800Group B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG4800Group B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
Assistant Section OfficerIntelligence Bureau4600Group “B”
Assistant Section OfficerOther Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.4600Group “B”
Assistant / SuperintendentOther Ministries / Departments/ Organisations4200Group “B”
Inspector of Income TaxCBDT4600Group “C”
Divisional AccountantOfficer under CAG4200Group “B”
Assistant Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue4600Group “B”Up to 32 years
Sub InspectorNational Investigation Agency (NIA)4200Group “B”
Junior Statistical OfficerM/O statistics & Prog. Implementation4200Group “B”

Academic Qualification As on 1st August 2021

The candidates can check here educational qualification details for various posts. Check the following information carefully:

Name of Post Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer

Essential Qualification: Candidate must possess a bachelor degree from a university recognized by the Government.

Desirable Qualification: Chartered Accountant or Cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Master in Commerce or Master Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business studies or Masters in Business Economics

Statistical Investigator Grade-IICandidates having a bachelor degree in any stream from a recognized university/institute with minimum 60% in Mathematics at 12th class or

Bachelor degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at graduation level.

Compiler Any graduate from a recognized university with Statistics or Economics or Mathematics as a compulsory subject can apply.
All other Posts

A bachelor’s degree holder from a recognized university or equivalent can apply.

SSC CGL Application Form 2021: How to Apply?

The candidates, who are eligible as per the eligibility criteria mentioned above, can go ahead for submitting an online application form. The SSC CGL 2021 application form will be available online at official website of the SSC (Staff Selection Commission). All the applicants must apply before the last date of application form.

The SSC CGL application form is expected to be available online in the month of March 2021. Keep all your documents ready for quick reference during submitting an application form. Candidates also need to upload scanned images of photograph and signature in the prescribed format. Also, pay the requisite application fee and after verifying all facts submit the application form. Take a printout of the application form at the end for future reference.

Application Fee

  • Candidates have to pay Rs.100/- only in case of General male candidates.
  • SC/ST/PH/Ex-servicemen and Female candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.
  • Applicants can pay the application fee or registration fee through online mode using net banking, credit/debit card. However, one can also pay application fee through e-challan.
  • Candidates should verify all things before paying the application fee as the application fee once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Name of the Posts

The candidates can check the name of posts under SSC CGL exam for which candidates can apply as per the eligibility and desire:

  • Auditor
  • Assistant
  • Assistant Audit Officer
  • Assistant Accounts Officer
  • Assistant Section Officer
  • Assistant/ Superintendent
  • Inspector (Central Excise)
  • Inspector (Preventive Officer)
  • Inspector (Examiner)
  • Inspector Of Income Tax
  • Enforcement Officer
  • Junior Statistical Officer
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant
  • Upper Division Clerk (UDC)
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant/ UDC
  • Divisional Accountant
  • Inspector Posts
  • Inspector
  • Sub Inspector
  • Accountant
  • Tax Assistant

Exam Pattern

The applicants must be conversant with the SSC CGL exam pattern before appearing in the exam. Information about exam pattern will help you guys in preparation for the exam. Here you can check relevant information about SSC CGL 2021 exam pattern below:

Exam Pattern for Tier-I Paper

  • Paper for Tier-I is a written test which will be held through online mode.
  • The duration of test will be 1.00 hour.
  • All the questions in this paper will objective type in nature.
  • Total 100 questions will be asked in the exam.
  • Each question will carry 2 marks. Therefore, 2 marks will be awarded for each correct attempt while 0.50 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • The question paper will consist four sections as explained below:
Paper SectionNo. of QuestionsMax Marks
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
English Comprehension2550
Total 100200

Exam Pattern for Tier-II Paper

Subject NameNo. of QuestionsMarks
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability100200
Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension200200
Paper-III: Statistics100200
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)100200

SSC CGL 2021 Syllabus

Applicants must go through the syllabus of the exam as it is very important to know the syllabus for preparation. The SSC CGL Tier-I will consist of subjects like General Awareness, General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. Similarly, the Tier-II papers will be based on Quantitative Ability, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies (Finance & Economics). Candidates can check official bulletin for detailed syllabus. The Tier-I syllabus will consist of the following topics:

General Intelligence & Reasoning: This section would include the questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. The important topics will be space visualization, analogies, similarities and differences, problem solving, relationship concepts, spatial orientation, judgment, visual memory, discrimination, analysis, observation, decision making, statement conclusion, arithmetic number series, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, syllogistic reasoning etc. Symbolic/Number Analogy, Semantic Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Classification, Trends, Space, Word Building, Number Series, symbolic Operations, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding, Venn Diagrams, Embedded Figures, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence etc.

General Awareness:  This component will be designed in a way to test the candidates’ general awareness and current affairs. Questions will be based on every day happening and current news based on politics, social, sports, awards, space, technology, defence, and other important daily news. The question will also be based on Culture, History, Geography, General Policy & Scientific Research, Economics etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: The section will be prepared to test candidates numeric aptitude and questions will be based on topics like fractions, Percentage, Averages, computation of whole numbers, decimals, Ratio & Proportion, Interest, Profit and Loss, Time & Work, relationships between numbers, Square roots, Discount, Time and distance, Heights and Distances, Partnership Business, Equations, Frequency polygon, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, tangents, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Circle, Right Prism, Quadrilaterals, Triangle, Hemispheres, Regular Polygons, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Histogram, Degree and Radian Measures, Bar diagram & Pie chart

English Comprehension: Ability to understand correct English, Comprehension and writing ability, questions based on the paragraph, fill in the blanks etc.

Admit Card

  • The SSC will issue SSC CGL admit card via online mode and candidates can download their respective admit card from the website.
  • There will be separate admit card issued for both Tier-I and Tie-II exam.
  • Candidates need to enter registration number and date of birth for getting admit card.
  • Take a printout of the admit card and keep it safe. It is pertinent to mention here that no candidates will be allowed to appear in the exam without having valid admit card.
  • Apart from carrying admit card, also carry identity proof.

SSC CGL Answer Key 2021

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) after conducting the SSC CGL exam will publish answer keys on its official website. Candidates can download the answer keys and can check their answer given in the exam. If candidates found any discrepancy in the answer keys then report it to the competent authority through proper channel within the specified time limit.

SSC CGL Result 2021

  • The SSC will announce result for each stage of examination separately.
  • The result will be available on official website and candidates can obtain their result from the website.
  • You need to enter roll number and date of birth for downloading the result.
  • You should take a printout of the result for future reference.

SSC CGL Selection Process

The candidates should obtain proper information about the exam including selection procedure. There are various stages of exam and candidates have to through each stage successfully. Qualified candidates of the Tier-I exam will go for Tier-II exam. Thereafter Tier-II qualified candidate will have to attend skill test and documents verification. Final selection or merit list of the candidates will depend on various factors including marks obtained by the candidates, the category of the candidates and vacancy available.

SSC CGL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Check some of the frequently asked questions regarding SSC CGL exam herein below:

Q: Whether 10% reservation for poor people belonging to upper caste (recently came into force) will be applicable to SSC CGL 2021?

A: Yes, the 10% reservation will be provided to poor general category candidates in the Government Sector job and hence, it will be applicable to the next SSC CGL exam.

Q: Sir, can I apply for more than one post?

A: Yes, candidates can give preference of the posts in a single application form. There is no need to submit a separate application form for different posts.

Q: Whether the exam will be held online or offline?

A: The preliminary exam will be through online mode while the main exam will be conducted through offline mode i.e. pen & paper based exam.

Q: What is age criterion for appearing in the SSC CGL?

A: Candidate’s age must be within 18 to 32 years. Detailed information is given above.

Q: Is there negative marking in the SSC CGL exam?

A: Yes, negative marking will be there in the exam. Hence, candidates should not attempt the question on assumption basis.

Q: What is the registration fee for SC candidates?

A: All the women and reserved category candidates are exempted from paying the registration fee. General category candidates have to pay Rs.100/- as application fee.

Q: Sir, is there any chance for an increase in vacancy?

A: Yes, the vacancies are always tentative and it may increase or decrease as per the requirement.

Q: How to prepare for the SSC CGL exam, is there any specific suggestion for preparation?

A: There is no specific suggestion for preparation. However, we recommend candidates to practice hard, buy some good sample paper books, solve previous question papers and study regularly to crack the exam.

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