SSC CGL 2018: Exam Dates, Notification & Syllabus

Staff Selection Commission of India has released the new dates for SSC CGL 2018 Exam. The Online Application for SSC CGL 2018 will start from 21st April to 25th May 2018 and the exam is going to be conducted from 25th July to 20th August 2018.
SSC CGL Exam is conducted every year to recruit eligible candidates for non-technical posts (Group B and Group C) as well as for non-gazetted posts in various ministries/departments of the Government of India. SSC organizes Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL) for recruitment of candidates to multiple posts like:
  • Inspector of Excise and Customs
  • Examiner in Customs
  • Inspectors of Income Tax
  • Assistant in Ministries/Departments associated with Government of India
  • Preventive Officers in Customs
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement as well as in Department of Revenue
  • Divisional Accountant
  • Junior Accountant
  • Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA and others
  • UDCs in various offices of the Government of India
  • Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC
  • Compiler in Registrar General of India

SSC CGL Exam Dates 2018

Paper Online Application Conduct of Exam
SSC CGL Tier I 2018 21st April to 25th May 2018 25th July to 20th August 2018
SSC CGL Tier II 2018 27th November to 30th Novembe

SSC CGL Exam Dates 2017

Application starts form15th May 2017
Last date for registration19th June 2017
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam5th Aug to 23rd Aug 2017
SSC CGL Tier-I Result30th October 2017
SSC CGL Tier-II (CBE) 17th to 22nd February 2018 (CBE)
SSC CGL Tier-III (Des) Exam31.03.2018 (Des)
SSC CGL Tier-IV ExamMay/June,2018 (Skill Test)

SSC CGL 2018 Notification

The official notification for SSC CGL 2018 has not been released yet. Staff Selection Commission had published the notification for SSC CGL 2017-18 exam on 16th of May, 2017 for SSC CGL Exam 2017-18. The notification is updated on this website, so keep visiting the page regularly in order to remain updated about SSC CGL 2018 exam. Read Official SSC CGL 2017 Notification.

SSC CGL 2018 Recruitment

SSC or Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGL) every year to recruit candidates for non-technical posts (Group B and Group C) as well as for non-gazetted posts in various ministries/departments of the Government of India. The exam is held in 4 stages. The entire registration process happens online through the official website of the SSC CGL. It’s mandatory for a candidate to qualify each stage of examination to proceed to the next one. Candidates who qualify all the rounds will be allotted the post in Government organization/ministries.

SSC CGL 2018 Vacancy

For SSC CGL 2017-18 exam, SSC had announced a total of 3805 vacancies for the recruitment process in Combined Graduate Level Exam 2017. Keep visiting this page to know about number of vacancies to be released for 2018.

SSC CGL Job Profile 2018 

There are various Job Profiles under SSC CGL 2018 under various boards and ministries that includes Central Board Of Excise and Customs (CBEC),  Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Railway, Central Bureau of Narcotics, Central Secretariat Service, CBDT and CBEC, Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue, Income Tax Inspector, Assistant in Armed Force Headquarter and more. 

SSC CGL Application Fee

Candidates are required to pay Rs. 100/- for SSC CGL 2017 form. No fee is required to be paid by Female candidates, SC/ST, Physically Handicapped and Ex-Servicemen Candidates.

Application fee should be paid only through SBI either through challan or through SBI net banking or through Credit Card/Debit Card of any other Bank. Candidates must pay fee in cash, take print out of the challan generated online after completion of Part-I registration. The requisite fee is then to be paid in any one of the branches of SBI and then students can continue with part-II of the registration.
Candidates who wish to pay the application fee online can do so by directly going to the part-II of the registration after completion of Part-I of the registration process.

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern

SSC conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination in 4 different levels. The first two levels, Tier-I and Tier-II exams are conducted online. The third level, i.e. the descriptive Paper in English/Hindi is conducted via pen and paper mode while the fourth level, i.e. the computer skill test can be taken anywhere as per the candidate’s availability.

Level of Examination
Mode of Examination
Objective Multiple Choice
Objective Multiple Choice
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
Pen and Paper Mode
Computer Proficiency Test/Skill Test
Whenever Applicable

SSC CGL has introduced a descriptive paper in English/Hindi of 100 marks that have to be completed in 60 minutes. The time limit of Tier-I examination has been reduced from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. The key point to note here is that there is no sectional cut-off in any level of SSC CGL Examination.

SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for SSC CGL 2018 is different for all the 4 levels in which the examination is to be conducted.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I Exam Pattern

The Tier-I exam of SSC CGL 2017 is an online mode of examination where 4 sections are present. The total marks allotted for all the sections combined is 200 and the time allotted for the completion of Tier-I exam is 60 minutes. A penalty of 0.5 marks will be imparted to every question attempted wrong by a candidate. A cumulative time of 80 minutes is allotted to physically handicapped students.
Serial No.
No. of Questions
Total Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning
A cumulative time of 60 minutes
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension


Click Here to View Detailed SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-II

The maximum marks for each section in Tier-II exam is 200.  In Tier II Quantitative Ability and English Language are the compulsory test that every candidate has to take but the rest two depend upon the post or job preference. A total of 100 questions are asked in each section and a cumulative time limit of 2 hours is provided to a candidate to complete each section which gets increased to 2 hours 40 minutes in case of physically handicapped students. 0.25 marks are deducted every time a candidate marks a question wrong.
Serial No.
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Time Allotted
Quantitative Ability
2 hours 
2 hours 
English Language and Comprehension
2 hours
General Studies (Finance and Economics)
2 hours

Click Here to View Detailed SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-III 

This is a descriptive exam designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. Conducted offline, students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc. in this exam. The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes. The allotted time for candidates belonging to PWD category is 80 minutes. Tier-III paper is given by the candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-IV 

Tier-IV examination comprises of a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): This skill is required for qualifying all the posts, other than compiler, to check the typing speed of the candidate. The students are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that the commission takes into consideration for a candidate to be proficient in for the post of Assistant of CSS.

Tier-I and Tier-II exam is compulsory for all posts while Tier-III is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler. Similarly, Tier-IV exam is specifically for Assistant Audit Officer.

Click Here to View Detailed SSC CGL Tier III & IV Syllabus

Negative Marking

Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to deduction of 0.5 marks in Tier-I and paper – I, III and IV of Tier-II while that of 0.25 marks in Paper II of Tier-I.

SSC CGL 2018 Eligibility Criteria

There are 4 criteria that a candidate must fulfill while filling in the application for SSC CGL 2017.

1. A candidate must be a citizen of India

2. The candidate must fall under the prescribed age limit as specified by the Government of India.

Required Age


20-30 years

Assistant Section Officer
Sub-Inspector (Group B)

21-27 years

Intelligence Bureau Assistant Post

20-30 years

Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector of Central Excise
Inspector of Preventive Officer
Inspector (CBN) Compiler
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Upper Division Clerk
Inspector (examiner)
Junior Accountant
Sub-Inspector (CBN) Inspector of Posts
Divisional Accountants
Tax Assistants

Not exceeding 30 years

Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Enforcement Officer

Up to 32 years

Statistical Investigator

18-25 years

Sub-Inspector ( Grade C)

3. The candidate must hold the required educational qualification for each post filled through SSC CGL 2017 exam.



Assistant Audit Officer

Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost and
Management Accountant/Masters in Commerce/Masters in Business Studies

Statistical Investigator Grade-II Post

Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university
with 60% aggregate 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 Subjects

All other Posts

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a
recognized university

4. A candidate must be physically fit as per the standards of the inspector as there are some pre requisites for physical fitness for the post of Inspector ( Central/State Excise/Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and sub-inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency)

SSC CGL 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for SSC CGL 2017 Tier-I was released in July 2017 (Tentatively)Download your SSC CGL Tier-I admit card for SSC CGL exam. The admit cards for Tier-I exam have been released. Candidates who qualify from Tier-I exam are allotted admit card for Tier-II examination.

Download SSC CGL Tier-I 2017 Admit Card

SSC CGL 2018 Preparation 

The preparation of SSC CGL 2018 exam must be done judiciously. Since the syllabus covers a large number of topics, it is necessary for the candidates to choose the right set of books to prepare effectively in the given time frame for their examination.

Candidates must also go through previous years’ SSC CGL question papers in order to acquaint themselves to the changes in pattern of the exam and to know the sections from which the questions are majorly asked in the exam. Follow  and to get all study materials in new pattern. Apart from test series you can also join any Coaching or online test series for self-assessment and better exam preparation.

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SSC CGL 2018 Mock Test Series 

SSC CGL 2018 Results

The result for SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I will be released after the exam for the same has been conducted. The result of Tier-II and the subsequent examination will be released when the examination for the same has been conducted.

SSC CGL 2018 Cut Off

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the results in four stages after completion of each Tier Exam. The candidates selected in the rounds progress to the next one. Candidates can check the result from the direct link to official SSC CGL website as and when the results are announced.

SSC CGL Tier-I 2017 Cut Off Marks

AAO Post129.00123.00140.50113.5079.00-152.50
JSO Post127.50117.00140.00104.5062.00116.00151.00
For Remaining Posts103.0093.00115.0087.0040.0089.50131.0073.50

SSC CGL 2016 Tier-I Cut Off

The Category-wise cut off for SSC CGL 2016 Tier I is given in the Table below:
Candidates qualified in Tier-I

Cut-off Marks 114 103 125.50 92 97 20 68 137
Available candidates 24277 11352 56192 4965 2742 2008 1411 46422 149319

Category-wise break up of Candidates qualified for Paper-III (Statistics) of Tier-II is given below:

Available Candidates 4236 1703 11351 329 262 168 132 10053 28234

SSC CGL 2016 Tier-II Cut Off

Candidates qualifying for Tier-III Assistant Audit
Cut-off Tier-I+II (PAPER I, II, IV) 454 427 493.75 411 264 536
Available candidates 707 333 1775 78 74 1829 4796

Candidates qualifying for Tier-III/CPT for Assistant Section Officer in CSS and Assistant in MEA

Cut-off Tier-I+II (PAPER I, II) 389 370 424.50 366.50 262 364.50 449
Available Candidates 2162 1033 5630 156 151 48 5850 15030

Candidates qualifying for Tier-III for Junior Statistical officer

Cut-off Tier-I+II (PAPER I, II, III) 423 397 471 364 230.25 267.50 502
Available Candidates 190 89 495 13 13 12 442 1254

Candidates qualifying for Tier-III/DEST for all posts except AAO, ASO/Assistant (in MEA and CSS) and Junior Statistical Officer

Cut-off Tier-I+II (PAPER I, II) 363.25 341 397 287.50 333 216 336 422
Available Candidates 4715 2139 12604 1427 415 312 89 13388 35089