SSC CGL by NRA CET 2023: Notification, Syllabus, pattern, cut-off

SSC CGL 2023 recruitment notification and other related information will be discussed in this article. We are talking about the upcoming SSC CGL exam that will be conducted through the NRA CET exam. NRA CET is a national-level combined competitive exam that will be conducted to shortlist candidates at the preliminary level.

After the NRA CET exam, candidates will apply for the SSC CGL exam to participate in the further hiring process. In short National Recruitment Agency will conduct a Common Eligibility Exam that will replace the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam.

Since the official notification about the NRA CET exam is yet to come so we will update this post with the latest information on the upcoming SSC CGL exam that will be conducted through the Common Eligibility Test. You may check our website for the fastest updates about the official notification and other information.

The below-mentioned information about the SSC CGL exam is not updated. We will update this information as soon as the official NRA CET notification is released.

Interested and eligible candidates who want to apply for the SSC CGL 2021 exam can submit an online application form. It is advised to check the SSC CGL Exam Date and submit the application one week before the last date due to too much heavy load on the SSC server last week.

For more details about eligibility criteria, educational qualifications, important exam dates, and the online application process please read this post.

Update (29th December 2020): SSC has released the official notification for the 2021 exam. Download the pdf from the link at the end of this post.

Update (9th October 2020): Following the previous update on 1st October 2020, Staff Selection Commission will conduct the Skill Test for the SSC CGL 2018 exam on 18th and 19th December 2020.

Update (7th October 2020): Candidates can check their CGL Tier-3 exam marks on the official website.

Update (1st October 2020): Staff Selection Commission has issued a notification about the Skill Test for SSC CGL 2018 exam. The commission will conduct the SSC CGL 2018 exam Skill Test in December 2020. The exact date will be notified soon by the SSC.

Update (26th September 2020): As per the latest notification by SSC, Candidates can change their examination center for CGL 2019 Tier-2 and Tier-3 exams from 26 Sep to 29 Sep 2020.

Update (22nd September 2020): As per the latest revised dates notification from Staff Selection Commission SSC on 22nd September 2020, SSC CGL 2020 Tier-1 exam will be held from 29th May 2021 to 7th June 2021. The official notification for the SSC CGL 2020 exam will be made available on 21st December 2020.

Update (26th August 2020): As per the latest notification from Staff Selection Commission SSC CGL 2019 Tier-3 exam will be tentatively conducted on 22nd November 2020. All the qualified candidates in the Tier-1 exam are eligible for the Tier-2 and Tier-3 exams. Please check the below notice.

Update (21st July 2020): SSC once again revised the exam schedule on 21st July 2020. As per the revised schedule, SSC CGL 2019 Tier-2 exam will be conducted from 02nd November 2020 to 05th November 2020.

What is the SSC CGL exam?

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination commonly known as SSC CGL is a national-level competitive exam conducted each year by SSC to recruit staff for Group “B” and Group “C” posts in various ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India.

It’s a dream job of graduates who are looking to make a career in reputed Indian Government organizations and require consistent study for at least 6 months to crack the exam due to a large number of applications.


Finally, the Staff Selection Commission has released the much-awaited SSC CGL notification 2021 pdf on the official website. Previously CGL notification was scheduled to be released on 21st December 2021 but it was delayed due to the Covid-19 crisis. Now after the release of the official notification candidates can start submitting online applications. The last date to submit the online applications is 31st January 2021.

Please check all important details related to the notification on this page. Candidates can also download the official notification pdf from this page. The link is given at the end of this post.

Post details:

Please find the list of posts in the below table that may be filled in for the CGL exam. Candidates can easily check posts and salary details.

Pay Scale:

Exam date 2021

Check all important SSC CGL Exam dates in the linked article.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must check the complete eligibility criteria before proceeding with the online application.

Nationality/ Citizenship:

A candidate must be either:

Age Limit:

Please check the age limit in table 1. The age requirement for various posts is as follows:

Sr. No.Age LimitComments
(i)For the posts for which the age limit is 18-27 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1994   and not later than 01-01-2003.
(ii)For the posts for which age limit is 20-27 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than   02-01-1994   and not later than 01-01-2001.
(iii)For the posts for which age limit is 20-30 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1991   and not later than 01-01-2001.
(iv)For the posts for which age limit is up to 30 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1991   and not later than 01-01-2003.
(v)For the post for which age limit is upto 32 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1989   and not later than 01-01-2003.

Age Relaxation:

Candidates who are looking Age relaxation according to the reservation category in SSC CGLExam can find details in the below table.

Also, check SSC Stenographer exam full details

Educational Qualification:

The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however, they must possess Essential qualifications on or before 01-01-2020.

Selection Process:

The SSC CGL exam will consist of the below steps:

  1. Computer-Based Examination (Tier-I)
  2. Computer-Based Examination (Tier-II)
  3. Descriptive Paper (Tier-III)
  4. Data Entry Test/Computer Proficiency Test/ Typing Test (Tier-IV)
  5. Document Verification

1- Tier-I (Computer-Based Examination):

Sr. No.SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
5Total10020060 Minutes

2-Tier-2 (Computer-Based Examination):

Sr. No.SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
1Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities100200120 minutes
2Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension200200120 minutes
3Paper-III: Statistics100200120 minutes
4Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)100200120 minutes

Important Points:

  • Tier-1 and Tier-2 Examination will consist of objective type of questions and question papers will be available both in Hindi and English language except for English comprehension.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks in the Tier-1 exam and 0.25 for each incorrect answer.
  • In the CGL Tier-2 Exam, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks in English Language and Comprehension and a negative marking of 0.50 marks for the Quantitative Abilities, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance and Economics) papers.
  • The answer key will be updated later on SSC official website.
  • In the Tier-2 exam, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-III of Tier-2 will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Statistical Investigator Grade-II in the office of Registrar General, India (M/o Home Affairs).
  • In Tier-2, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Tier-3 (Descriptive Paper):

Important Points:

  • In the Tier-3 Exam, candidates can write answers either in Hindi or English for all papers.
  • Candidates are advised to write the correct Roll Number and affix their signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Answer Book.

Tier-4 (Skill Test):

In the Tier-4 exam, Computer Proficiency Test and Data Entry Skill Test will be conducted.

How to Apply for SSC CGL Exam:

A two-step application process is required to apply for the Exam. Click on the below link to check the complete online application process.

Answer Key

Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2019 (Tier-1) Answer Key has been uploaded on the portal by the examination authority. Candidates can check their Answer Key by login on to the website.

How to check the Answer Key? Please find below the steps:

  • Visit the official SSC website at
  • Click on the Answer Key link on the top menu
  • Now click on SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2019 (Tier-I) Answer Keys link
  • Now click on the link given in the notice
  • Enter your registration information
  • The answer Key will be displayed on the computer screen.

Candidates can check their answers and can send their challenge response to the exam authority for correction by paying Rs 100 fee per question.

Cut Off

Staff Selection Commission has released the cut-off for the 2019 Tier-1 cgl exam. Candidates can check the cut-off at the linked article. We have also included previous years’ cut-offs as well. Please check.

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Source: Official Notification

Notification pdf download

Download the Official notification pdf from the below-given link.

Frequently asked questions

Is SSC CGL tough?

The CGL exam is not that easy. You need to do a proper and well-planned study of at least 8 hours a day for at least 6 months. You may also take the help of any professional coaching centers.

Is there any medical test for SSC CGL?

For some posts like Inspector, (Central Excise)/Inspector (Preventive Officer)/Inspector (Examiner) physical test is mandatory.

What is the SSC CGL salary?

Salary is different for different posts and varies from Pay Band 4 to Pay Band 8. You can expect a minimum salary of 30000 in hand per month.

What is the CGL exam post?

Some of the CGL exam posts are mentioned below.
Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Inspector (Examiner)
Inspector (Central Excise)
Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs)

Who is eligible for SSC CGL Exam?

As per the official eligibility criteria, any graduate can apply for the exam.

What are the subjects in the Combined graduate-level exam?

General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness are common subjects.

What is the minimum percentage required in graduation for CGL Exam?

There are no minimum percentage criteria except for the Statistical officer’s 60% marks in graduation.

Which newspaper is best for the Combined graduate-level Exam?

You can read any newspaper listed below to prepare for the exam.
The Times of India (English Daily)
Hindustan Times (English Daily)
The Hindu (English Daily)
Amar Ujala (Hindi Daily)
Nav Bharat Times (Hindi Daily)
Dainik Jagran (Hindi Daily)
Hindustan (Hindi Daily)

Is there an interview for CGL Exam?

There is no interview in the Combined graduate-level exam. The tier-3 exam is introduced to replace the interview.

Can I apply for multiple posts?

Yes, you can apply for multiple posts. You can give your preference for the posts while applying for the exam.

What are the benefits of the CGL Exam?

There are many benefits like a handsome salary package, paid and unpaid leaves, traveling, and medical allowances. On-time salary, Pension, Less work stress, and most important job security.

Please check the below links for more govt jobs information:

SSC ExamUPSC ExamBank ExamRRB Exam

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