SSC CGL 2018 – Notification, Application Form, Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2018 – Exam Date, Notification, Apply Online :

SSC CGL 2018 notification has been released On 5th May 2018 by staff selection commission for recruiting more than 4800 candidates into various posts vacant in the central government departments. Eligible candidate can apply online to appear in SSC CGL 2018 examination. In this article you can find details on SSC CGL 2018 official notification, important dates, number of vacancies, eligibility criteria, SSC CGL syllabus, online application, admit cards, results, cutoff etc.

Staff Selection Commission also known as SSC, is one of the most prominent recruiting bodies in the government of India. On 4th Nov, 1975, SSC was formed to recruit manpower for several posts in the different departments as well as ministries of Indian government and its associated offices

  1. Notification
  2. Application Fee
  3. Application Form
  4. Apply Online
  5. Eligibility
  6. Exam Pattern
  7. Admit Card
  8. Result
  9. Cut off

Every year, SSC conducts CGL examination to fill up non-technical Group ‘A’, Group ‘B’ as well as non gazette Group ‘C’ and group ‘D’ posts in different Departments/Organizations /Ministries of the Government of India. Through this exam, every year SSC provide government job opportunities to thousands of students across India. SSC through CGL examination recruits candidates into below mentioned posts vacant in government departments/Organizations /Ministries –

  • Inspectors of Income Tax
  • Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs
  • Assistants in Departments/Ministries, associated and secondary office of the Govt. of India
  • Examiner and preventive officers in Customs
  • Sr./Jr. Accountant
  • Auditor officers under CGDA, CGA, C&AG and others
  • Jr. Accountant, Auditor, divisional accountant and UDCs in several Indian government offices
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
  • Sub-Inspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics and CBI
  • Compiler in Registrar General of India
  • Tax Assistant in CBEC and CBDT

Important Note : Candidates selected for appointment on any of the above-mentioned posts are bound to serve anywhere across India, i.e. all vacancies hold All India Service Liability (AISL).

SSC CGL Notification

Quick look SSC CGL 2018 Examination

Exam conducted byStaff Selection Commission
Exam nameSSC CGL 2018
Essential QualificationGraduation
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Notification Date5th May 2018
Application Start and end05.05.18 – 04.06.18
Examination DateTier I – ( July - August 2018 )
(25.07.2018 to 20.08.18)
Tier II (November 27-30) Tier III, IV- Yet to be declared
Mode of ExaminationTier I & II - Online (computer based test)
Tier III - Offline (Descriptive test on Paper)
Tier IV - Skill test/ Computer proficiency test (For some posts)
Examination TypeJob Recruitment test
Download Hall ticketsYet to be declared
Exam centersAll over India
Apply online at
Result declarationYet to be declared
Mode of ExaminationTier I & II - Online (computer based test)
Tier III - Offline (Descriptive test on Paper)
Tier IV - Skill test/ Computer proficiency test (For some posts)
Examination TypeJob Recruitment test

SSC CGL 2018 Notification

The Staff Selection Commission is going to release official recruitment notification for SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) examination 2018 in the month of May or June. As per the notification, SSC will fill up total of 4807 vacancies through this year examination. SSC CGL 2018 official notification will have several important things like eligibility criteria, important dates, application form, fee, process, admit cards and so on. Therefore, you guys out there are requested to wait for official notification. Till then, you can get SSC CGL 2018 provisional information from this page.

Click here to download Official SSC CGL 2018 Notification.

About SSC CGL Examination:

Combined Graduate level exam is conducted by SSC every year to fill vacancies in various government departments. This exam is conducted in four stages namely Tier I, II, III and Tier IV. SSC CGL recruitment event is considered as one of the largest as well as popular recruitment events in India. Every year, millions of candidates appear in this recruitment event. 

SSC CGL 2018 Application Fee and Payment Mode

SSC’s CGL examination application fee is Rs. 100 (One hundred rupees only). However, as per the official notification, women and candidates belonging to Physically Handicapped, Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste, and Ex-Servicemen categories are exempted from paying application fee.

Other candidates have to submit the requisite fee either through net banking, credit/debit card or in the form of State Bank of India challan, generated online. Candidates cannot make the payment through any other mode.

Important note – Fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.

SSC CGL 2018 Application Form

After release of official notification, candidates can attempt online application for this year’s SSC CGL Examination. Application forms will be available online @ SSC’s official website from May 5th to june 6th 2018. Before filling and submitting SSC CGL 2018 application form, candidates are requested to go through official notification to check eligibility criteria and several other essential things.

SSC CGL 2018 Apply Online

Only online application will be accepted, before final submission, candidates are advised to cross check their online application form as all the changes are not permitted once form it is submitted but there is an option for view or edit application. Follow the below steps for applying online.

  1. Open SSC official website and find and click on APPLY button @
  2. On your screen you will get Apply Dialog box.
  3. Choose CGL among the list of examinations.
  4. Click on “Click here to apply”. Or click here for direct link.
  5. Find New registration and Click on Register.
  6. You will get a window having new registration.
  7. Enter details like Name, verify name, fathers name, mothers name, 10th board roll number, date of birth, Gender.
  8. Enter text showed from the box and click on Enter.
  9. You will get Registration number and password, save it for further use.
  10. Complete the registration by entering educational qualification and uploading photo and signature.
  11. Make a payment to complete registration.
  12. Take print and save it for further use.

SSC CGL 2018 Eligibility

Age Limit :

There are different age limits for different post categories; the post wise age limit has been given below. Age limit will be calculated as on 1st August 2018.

S.NoGroupName of the PostAge limit
1BAssistant audit officer (Gazetted)Not exceeding 30yrs
2BAssistant Accounts officer (Gazetted)Not exceeding 30yrs
3BAssistant Section officer20-30 yrs
4BAssistant Section officer (IB)Not exceeding 30yrs
5BAssistants18-27 years
20-30 years
6CInspector of Income TaxNot exceeding 30yrs
7BInspector central Excise18-27 years
8BInspector Preventive officer18-27 years
9BSub Inspector, CBI20-30 years
10BSub Inspector, NIAUpto 30 yrs
11BJunior Statistical OfficerUpto 32 yrs
12CAuditor (offices under C&AG)18-27 years
13CAuditor (offices under CGDA)18-27 years

For complete list of posts, pay scale and age limit check the below screenshot of official notification.

Minimum Qualification

1. For the posts of Assistant Accounts Officer/Assistant Audit Officer:

  1. Necessary qualification – Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized Institute or university
  2. Desirable qualifications – CA or CMA (Cost & Management Accountant) or CS or M.Com or MBA (finance) or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Economics.

2. For the posts of Junior Statistical Officer:

  1. minimum qualifications – Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized Institute or university and Mathematics at Intermediate level with at least 60% marks


Bachelor’s Degree in any stream with Statistics as one of the subjects in course

3. For all other posts: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized Institute or university

Important note – Final year students can also apply. Though, they have to show certificate of completion of essential qualification at the time of joining


Candidates who are fulfilling following criteria can apply:

  1. a citizen of India
  2. a subject of Nepal
  3. a subject of Bhutan,
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st Jan, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African Countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (previously Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Malawi, Zaire, Zambia, Vietnam and Ethiopia with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note* candidate belongs to (2), (3), (4), and (5) categories can get a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such candidates may appear in the examination, but they have to present a certificate at the time of appointment.

Age Relaxation

Reservation will be given as per the government reservation policies to the applicants of SC/ST/OBC/PH/Ex-servicemen categories. Age relaxation for different categories has been tabulated below.

S.NoCategoryAge relaxation ( in Years)
4PH Cum OBC13
5PH cum SC/ST15
6Ex -Servicemen (General)3
7Ex- Servicemen (OBC)6
8Ex -Servicemen (SC/ST)8

For complete list, look at the below screenshot which was taken from official notification.

Process and Format of Certificates

Applicants those are eligible for reserved vacancies or want age-relaxation must submit document/certificate issued by the authorized government body in the prescribed format. If a candidate fails to do so, their claim may cancelled by the recruitment body and their application will be considered under general (Unreserved or UR) category.

All needed certificate formats are available on SSC’s official website. Here’s the link- Documents in other format will not be accepted by the SSC.

Centers of Examination

An applicant must fill the exam centre while filling online application. SSC conducts CGL tier-I exam 2018 almost in every major city of India. Names of few Tier I examination centres are given below:


Note – Once your application is submitted, no change in examination center is possible. Therefore, indicate exam center carefully.

SSC CGL 2018 Application Form

SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern

SSC conducts CGL examination in four stages. An applicant who qualifies in all the four stages will be finally selected for the appointment.

1. Tier -I: Computer Based Examination

This exam will be divided into 4 sections with 25 questions in each. The four sections are-General Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. Each section will be of 50 marks (total 200 marks). Total 60 minutes time will be given to candidates to solve all the sections. For VH and persons suffering from cerebral plasy will get 80 minutes time to complete the paper. There will be a negative marking of 0.5 marks per each wrong answer.

2. Tier -II: Computer Based Examination

This exam is also divided into 4 papers they are as follows- Quantitative Abilities (100 Questions), English Language & Comprehension (200 questions), Statistics (100 Questions) and General Studies (Finance and Economics) (100 Questions).  Each Paper is of 200 Marks and total time is 120 minutes. There is no sectional cutoff and there will be a negative marking of 0.5 marks for paper I, II, IV and 0.25 marks for Paper II.

3. Tier -III: Pen and Paper Mode

This exam is a Descriptive Paper conducted in Hindi/English, applicants have to write Essays/Precise Letter/Applications etc., paper will be for 100 marks, and the time duration is of 60 min.

4. Tier-IV: Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Document Verification

This paper is qualifying in nature, Data entry skill test is for only for the posts of Tax assistants.

Note- there will be no interview

On the basis of overall performance in all these exams, the merit list will be prepared. Though, an applicant has to qualify each tier exam separately. There is no sectional cut-off.

S.NoStagesModeQuestionsMarksDuration (min)
1Tier IComputer Based10020060
2Tier IIComputer Based
Paper I
Paper II
Paper III
Paper IV



3Tier IIIPen and Paper ModeNA10060
4Tier IVSkill TestNAQualifyingNA

SSC CGL 2018 Selection Process

SSC CGL’s selection process is the most complex one as compared to other recruitment events. To be finally selected, a candidate has to crack four tiers examinations:

  • Tier I: It will be a CBT. To appear for Tier II examination, a candidate has to cross cutoff in Tier I examination. Negative marking of 0.5 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Tier II: It will be also a computer based examination. To appear in SSC CGLE Tier III examination, a candidate has to score above cut-off marks. For paper II 0.5 marks and for remaining papers 0.25 marks will be deducted as negative marking.
  • Tier III: It will be a descriptive paper to be held in pen & paper mode. Tier II exam qualified candidates will appear in this examination. Tier III exam cut-off will be set by SSC. To qualify Tier III, candidates have to score above or equal to cut-off. No negative marking and need to secure atleast 33% to qualify Tier III.
  • Tier IV: It will be a skill test for few posts. Candidates who will score at least cut-off marks in the written examination will be eligible to appear in Tier IV/Skill Test. It will be of qualifying nature.
  • Final selection will be based on overall marks scored in Tier I +II+III.

After conducting all Tier examinations, SSC will prepare a national level merit list for each category of post. Final appointment of candidates will be done on the basis of that merit list.

SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

English LanguageQuantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessLogical Reasoning
This section of SSC CGL question paper will have the questions from topics like one word substitution, reading comprehension, spellings, phrases & idiom meaning, active/passive voice of verbs, phrase replacement/sentence correction, synonyms, antonyms, error spotting and so on.This section will have the questions on the following topics- trigonometry, geometry, algebra, time & work, data interpretation, mensuration, number system, number series, profit & loss, speed, time & distance, average, ratio & proportion, percentage, S.I. & compound interest, age problems, simplification and so on.This section will have the questions on several topics like India’s & World’s geography, Indian history, polity, environment, schemes & portfolios, famous authors & books, people in news, famous sports personalities, national/international current affairs, diseases and so on.This section will have the questions from both verbal as well as non-verbal reasoning topics such as analogy, classification, matrix, dictionary order, alphabet series, Venn diagram, blood relation and so on.

SSC CGL 2018 Admit Card

A candidate can download admit cards from regional websites. Separate links have been given under admit cards section on SSC’s official Website. Links have been given below for viewer’s convenience.

Regional Websites Of SSC

Eastern region: click here

Kerala& Karnataka region: click here

Southern region: click here

North eastern Region: click here

Western Region: click here

Madhya Pradesh Region: click here

Central Region: click here

North Western Region: click here

Northern Region: click here

How To Download SSC CGL 2018 Admit Cards

  1. Open SSC’s regional website
  2. Look for the ‘download SSC CGL admit card’ link and click on that
  3. Enter and submit the required details carefully
  4. You will see your SSC CGL 2018 admit card
  5. View, save or print it

There will be different hall tickets for different tiers, so candidates should download separate admit card for each tier examination.


SSC CGL 2018 Result

Results will be declared by SSC on its official website for each tier, candidates can download qualified list region wise and can check their marks and rank by using roll number or name.

How To Check Results

  1. Open official website of SSC @
  2. Check for SSC CGL result
  3. Click on Result to download list of qualified and non qualified candidates
  4. Save pdf and search your roll number from the list by using search/ Find option.
  5. To check marks find SSC CGL link in results page and click on mark list link.

SSC CGL 2018 Cut Off

There will be different cutoff for different tiers, SSC will release cutoff for each tier after announcing results. We will update cutoff here once it is officially released.


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