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Types of Exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

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Exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

The Staff Selection Commission, commonly known as SSC, is a Central Government organization that takes care of the recruitment process of its various departments. SSC conducts a variety of entrance exams to fill up the technical and non-technical posts in autonomous and subordinate ministries of the Government of India. These posts are summed up in two broad groups namely Group B and Group C.

Here is a snapshot of the different SSC exams held throughout the year –

1. SSC CGL – Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam

The Combined Graduate Level exam is the most popular and sought-after exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. SSC CGL is conducted to select suitable candidates for Group B and Group C posts in the following departments of Central Government:

  • Intelligence Bureau
  • Statistics & Prog. Implementation
  • Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
  • CSS
  • NIA
  • Narcotics
  • CBI
  • CBEC, etc.

Minimum qualification Bachelor’s degree from a recognized board. Students in the final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.

Stages of SSC CGL exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective CBT (online)
Tier-II Objective CBT (online)
Tier-III Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi Pen and Paper test
Tier-IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Both applicable

 

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of questions Maximum Marks Time allowed
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50

 

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of questions Maximum Marks Time allowed
Paper I- Quantitative Ability 100 200
Paper II- English Language and Comprehension 200 200 60 minutes
Paper-III Statistics 100 200
Paper IV- General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200

 

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allowed
Pen and Paper Test Descriptive paper 100 60 minutes

2. SSC CHSL – Staff Selection Commission Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam

SSC CHSL is another reputed exam held in the country. The recruitment is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission to hire lower division clerks and data operators in various departments and ministries of the government. The prominent posts for which SSC CHSL is conducted include:

  • Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
  • Junior Secretariat Assistant (JST)
  • Postal Assistant (PA)
  • Sorting Assistant (SA)
  • Data Entry Operator (DEO)

Minimum qualification – Class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized Board or University

Stages of SSC CHSL Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Multiple Choice Questions Online
Tier-II Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi Pen and Paper test
Tier-III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Pen and Paper test

 

SSC CHSL Exam Pattern

Stages Nature of Questions Time Allowed
Tier-I 100 objective questions 75 minutes
Tier-II 2 descriptive questions (Essay and Letter/Application) 20 minutes
Tier-III Computer typing of 2000 words 15 minutes

 

 3. SSC SI CAPF – Staff Selection Commission Sub Inspector in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces Exam

The SI CAPF exam is conducted by SSC to recruit candidates for the different police organizations of the country. Some of them include:

  • Central Armed Police Force
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Delhi Police, etc.

Minimum qualification – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from any recognized university

Stages of SSC SI CAPF Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective Test Online
Tier-II Physical Test + Written Exam Pen and Paper test
Tier-III Personality Interview
Tier-IV Medical Test

 

SSC SI CAPF Exam Pattern

Stages Tier-I Tier-II
Total no. of Questions 200 200
Type of Questions Objective Objective
Subjects
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • General Awareness and General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
  • English language
  • Comprehension
Time Allowed 2 hours 2 hours

 

4. SSC MTS – Staff Selection Commission Multi-Tasking Staff Exam

SSC MTS is a popular exam conducted to recruit multi-tasking staff for non-gazetted, non-ministerial in different government departments. The job profile of such staff majorly includes:

  • Physical maintenance of records
  • Sending of FAX, photocopying, carrying files and documents
  • Routine office work
  • Non-clerical work
  • Cleanliness and maintenance of the unit
  • Opening and closing or rooms
  • Ward duties
  • Delivering letters (dak)
  • Driving vehicles, etc.

Minimum qualification – Matriculation or equivalent exam from a recognized board

Stages of SSC MTS Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective Test Online
Tier-II Written Exam Pen and Paper test

 

SSC MTS Exam Pattern

Stages Tier-I Tier-II
Total no. of Questions 100 1-2
Type of Questions Objective Descriptive
Subjects
  • General English
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • Numerical Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • Short essay
  • Letter
Time Allowed 90 minutes 30 minutes

 

5. SSC JE – Staff Selection Commission Junior Engineer Exam

SSC JE entrance is administered by the Staff Selection Commission to recruit Junior Engineers of Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical branches different government organizations. Some of them include –

  • Central Water Commission
  • Central Public Works Department
  • Military Engineering Services
  • Department of Post
  • Border Roads Organization
  • National Technical Research Organization, etc.

Minimum qualification – Three years’ diploma in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or equivalent course from a recognized university or institute

Stages of SSC JE Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective Test Online
Tier-II Written Exam Pen and Paper test

 

SSC JE Exam Pattern

Stages Tier-I Tier-II
Total no. of Questions 200 300
Type of Questions Objective Descriptive
Subjects
  • General English
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • Civil & Structural OR Electrical OR Mechanical
Civil & Structural OR Electrical OR Mechanical OR Electronics
Time Allowed 120 minutes 120 minutes

 

6. SSC Stenographer Grade C and D Exam

SSC Stenographer exam is a computer-based entrance test to find suitable candidates for the post of stenographers in government ministries and their subordinate offices. The recruitment is basically done for two grades –

  • Grade C (Non-gazetted posts of Group B)
  • Grade D (Non-gazetted posts of Group C)

Minimum qualification – Matriculation or equivalent exam with stenography skills

Stages of SSC Stenographer Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective Test Online
Tier-II Skill Test Online

 

SSC Stenographer Tier-I Exam Pattern

Total no. of Questions 200
Type of Questions Objective
Subjects
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • English Language and Comprehension
Time Allowed 2 hours

 

SSC Stenographer Tier-II Exam Pattern

Post Words per Minute Duration
English Hindi
Stenographer Grade C 100 40 minutes 55 minutes
Stenographer Grade D 80 50 minutes 65 minutes

 

7. SSC CPO – Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organization Exam

SSC CPO exam is conducted to screen personnel for the paramilitary forces. The exam completes the recruitment process of Sub-inspectors and Assistant Sub-inspectors in –

  • Delhi Police
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), etc.

Minimum qualification – Graduation from a recognized institute or university

Stages of SSC CPO Exam

Stages Exam Type
Tier-I Objective Computer Based Test (Paper-I)
Tier-II Physical Standard Test (PST)/Physical Endurance Test (PET)
Tier-III Objective Computer Based Test (Paper-II)
Tier-IV Detailed Medical Examination
Tier-V Document Verification

 

SSC CPO Paper 1 and 2 Exam Pattern

Stages Paper-I Paper-II
Total no. of Questions 200 200
Type of Questions Objective Objective
Mode Online Online
Medium of Instruction English/Hindi English/Hindi
Subjects
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • General Awareness and General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
  • English language
  • Comprehension
Time Allowed 2 hours 2 hours

 

Specifications for Physical Endurance Test (PET)

Parameters Male Female
100 meters race 16 seconds 18 seconds
800 meters race 4 minutes
1.6 km race 6.5 minutes
Long jump 3.65 meters in 3 chances 2.7 meters in 3 chances
High jump 1.2 meters in 3 chances 0.9 meters in 3 chances
Shot put (16 lbs) 4.5 meters in 3 chance

 

8. SSC Constable GD Exam

The Staff Selection Commission recruits constables for different government departments and ministries through the SSC GD Constable exam. This exam is announced by:

  • Border Security Force (BSF)
  • Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  • Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
  • Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  • Secretariat Security Force (SSF)
  • National Investigation Agency (NIA)
  • Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)

Minimum qualification – Matriculation or equivalent exam from a recognized board

Stages of SSC GD Constable exam

Stages Exam Type
Tier-I Computer-Based Examination (CBE)
Tier-II Physical Efficiency Test / Physical Standard Test (PET/ PST)
Tier-III Detailed Medical Examination

 

SSC Constable GD Tier-I Exam Pattern

Total no. of Questions 100
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Mode Online
Medium of Instruction English/Hindi
Subjects
  • General Intelligence and reasoning
  • General Knowledge and General Awareness
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • English/Hindi
Time Allowed 90 minutes

 

Parameters of Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

Running Male Female
Ladakh candidates 1 mile in 6.5 minutes 800 meters in 4 minutes
Non-Ladakh candidates 5 km in 24 minutes 1.6 km in 8.5 minutes

 

Specifications of Physical Standard Test (PST)

Category Height (in cms) Chest (in cms)
Male Female Male Female
General, OBC, and SC 170 157 80/5 NA
ST 162.5 150 76/5 NA

 

9. SSC JHT – Staff Selection Commission Junior Hindi Translator Exam

SSC JHT is yet another entrance conducted by the Staff Selection Commission to absorb Junior Hindi Translators in the various ministries and department of the Central Government. It is a highly remunerative and prestigious job and is sought after by thousands of aspirants.

Minimum qualification – Graduation or Post-graduation degree in Hindi or English

Stages of SSC JHT Exam

Stages Exam Type Mode
Tier-I Objective Test Online
Tier-II Skill Test Offline

 

SSC JHT Exam Pattern

Stages Paper-I Paper-II
Type of Questions Objective Descriptive
Subjects
  • General Hindi
  • General English
  • Translations
  • Essays
Time Allowed 2 hours 2 hours

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