SSC CGL 2020: Exam Dates & Important Notifications, all you need to know

The first tier of SSC CGL will take place in March, here are some preparation strategies

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination has released its notification for the year 2020. The first tier will take place in March. As the countdown begins, here are some important notifications and strategies that you need to know. 

Some important dates to keep in mind are-

Tier I exam for SSC CGL 2020 will be conducted online from 2nd-11th March.

Tier II and Tier III exam will be held from 22nd June to 25th June 2020

Online recruitment process for CGL 2020-21 will begin on 15th September 2020

The online application last date will be 15th October 2020 by 5 pm

 Further details about the Tier Exam I, II and III will be notified later. 

SSC CGL 2019- 2020 Calendar
Activity Tentative Dates
Notification Release Date 22nd October 2019
Online Application Process Duration 22nd October -25th November 2019
SSC CGL Tier-I Admit Card February, 2020
SSC CGL 2020 Tier-I Exam Date 2nd to 11th March, 2020 (CBE)
SSC CGL Tier-I Result May, 2020
SSC CGL Tier-II & III Admit Card June, 2020
SSC CGL 2020 Tier-II Exam Date 22nd June to 25th June 2020
SSC CGL 2020 Tier-III Exam Date 22nd June to 25th June 2020
SSC CGL 2020 Tier-IV Exam Date To be notified later

About the exam

There are four different tiers for the exam. The first two are conducted online and the other two are conducted offline. The official website is used for all the applications and other process.

SSC CGL 2020 Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

1.1 Tier-I: Computer Based Examination (60 minutes)

1.2 Tier-II: Computer Based Examination (120 minutes)

1.3 Tier-III: Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper) (60 minutes)

1.4 Tier-IV: Computer Proficiency Test/ Data Entry Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification (45 minutes)

What is Staff Selection Commission? 

The first recommendation for setting up of a Service Selection Commission for conducting examinations for recruitment to lower categories of posts was given by The Estimates Committee of the Parliament in its 47th Report (1967-68). The SSC comes under the Department of Personnel and Training.

It has a Chairman, two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. They are appointed by the Central Government and on the terms and conditions given by them. They are additionally supported by Staff of the HQ, offices established at various locations (which form the Regional Network) and other staff. 

The Commission is headquartered in New Delhi.

The function of the Commission is to make recruitment for Group B and Group C posts (non- technical) in the various Ministries/Departments of the Govt. of India and their Attached and Subordinate Offices.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Citizenship: Candidate must be an Indian citizen
  2. Age Limit: Different posts have different age limits. They are –
Age group Name of post Department / Ministries
18-27 years Auditor Officer under C&AG
Auditor Officer Under CGDA
Auditor Other Ministries/Dept.
Accountant Officer under C&AG
Accountant / Junior Accountant Other Ministry/ Dept.
Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerks Central Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadres
Tax Assistant CBDT
Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics
Upper Division Clerk (UDC) Dte. General Border Road Organisation (MoD)
Only For Male Candidates
18-30 years Inspector Posts Department of Post.
Assistant Other ministries / Dept. / Org.
20-27 years Tax Assistant CBEC
20-30 years Assistant Section officer Central Secretariat Service
Assistant Section officer Ministry of Railway
Assistant Section officer Ministry of External Affairs
Assistant Section officer AFHQ
Assistant Other Ministries / Dept. / Org.
Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation
Not Exceeding 30 years Inspector, (Central Excise) CBEC
Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics
Assistant Other ministries / Dept. / Org.
Inspector (Preventive officer) CBEC
Inspector (Examiner) CBEC
Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department Under CAG
Assistant Audit Officer Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG
Assistant Section Officer Intelligence Bureau
Assistant Section Officer Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.
Assistant / Superintendent Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations
Inspector of Income Tax CBDT
Divisional Accountant Officer under CAG
Up to 30 years Assistant Enforcement Officer Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
Sub Inspector National Investigation Agency (NIA)
Up to 32 years Junior Statistical Officer M/O statistics & Prog. Implementation

Age exemptions have been provided for various categories such as SC, ST, OBC, Physically Handicapped and Ex- Servicemen. 

  1. Educational Qualification: Different posts have different educational qualifications requirements. They are-  
SSC CGL Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost &
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade – II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as
one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler Posts Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a
recognized University or equivalent
  1. Physical Fitness Requirements: This criteria has to be fulfilled for the following posts- 
  • Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer)
  • Sub-Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency

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General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Classification
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Analogy
  • Matrix
  • Word Formation

General Awareness

  • Static GK (Indian History, Culture etc.)
  • Sports
  • Science
  • Important Schemes
  • Current Affairs
  • Books and authors

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Problem on Ages
  • Percentages
  • Average
  • Interest 
  • Simplification

English Comprehension

  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spellings
  • Reading Comprehension

Some tips to prepare for the exam-

  • Read the basics- NCERTs for History, Science etc.
  • Be updated with the current affairs thoroughly 
  • Go through previous year question papers
  • Practice maths as much as possible
  • Time management is the key
  • Make a timetable
  • Watch videos to understand concepts better

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