[SSC-CGL] 2014 Notification is out, Syllabus is same, Last date to apply 14th February, Frequently asked questions

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Important: SSC CGL has made some changes in the notification about age/education for certain jobs. CLICK ME

  2. Exam Syllabus and Strategy?
  3. Important Dates and links for application
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    1. Can I apply multiple times?
    2. Validity of Distance Education Degree?
    3. Confusion in Job Preference codes?
    4. Age and Attempt limit
    5. Codes for Education-qualification, Exam Center and Category
    6. Negative Marketing
    7. Sectional Cutoffs in Tier-I?
    8. Timetable
    9. Tie in score
    10. OBC creamy Layer: Avoid Mistakes
    11. Physical Standards?
    12. Exam Centers
    13. Fees
    14. Hallticket
    15. Photo ID
    16. Helpdesk Numbers
    17. RTI
    18. No. of vacancies?
  5. Last Semester

Prologue WARNING

  1. DONOT apply for this EXAM before knowing the job profiles of various posts offered under this exam (Assistant, Inspectors, Auditors, Clerks etc.) Otherwise, Even if you get high marks, you’ll get lower job IF you tick job preferences foolishly. Job profiles covered in separate article CLICK ME, read it thoroughly before you tick the preferences in the application form. They’ll not allow you to change job preference at later stage.
  2. DONOT tick job preference for Statistical invigilator/compiler posts UNLESS you’ve relevant eligibility. (minimum 60% in class 12 maths OR studied statistics at degree level.)
  3. DONOT Apply for this exam IF You are in last year or last semester of graduation. (Because candidate must have  finished the bachelor’s degree on or before 1/1/2014)
  4. and most importantly, DONOT misplace your registration id and roll number after the exam is over. Write it down down at multiple places: in your mobile contact list, in google docs, in the wall-calendar in drawing room and in your bio data/certificate file. (Same principle for all competitive exams you appear in.)

In short, first get familiar with this exam-system, SSC technicalities are bit different than UPSC and IBPS. So, don’t make haste in filling the application form, read the official notification first.

Exam Syllabus and Strategy?

SSC was thinking of changing syllabus of SSC-CGL 2014. BUT they’ve decided to continue with the old system and syllabus. (only MCQs, No descriptive paper, Same syllabus.)

Therefore, booklist, strategy, study plan same as earlier CGL-2013. click on the following links:

  1. General Awareness (GA/GK)
  2. Maths, Quantitative Aptitude
  3. English Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension
  4. Reasoning, General Intelligence

(Although some minor tweaking here and there according to 2013’s papers, that we’ll see later.

but the underlying principles remains same like explained in above links)

Tier 1 (Written MCQ)

One paper with 200 marks: Reasoning (50) + Maths (50) + GA,GK (50) + English (50)

Tier 2 (Written MCQ)

Maths Paper for everyone
English paper for everyone
Statistics paper Only for those who apply for statistics invigilator/compiler post. I repeat again, DONOT apply for this post, UNLESS you’ve the relevant degrees in Commerce, Maths, Stat. or economics. Full list is given on Page 11 of the official notification.

Tier 3 Interview/Proficiency

Interview (100 marks) Assistants (gr.B), inspectors, Enforcement office, Stat.invigilators
No interview Auditors, Jr. Accountant, clerks, Tax assistants and Stat compiler.
Computer proficiency test: word, powerpoint and Excel only Assistants (gr.B)
Data entry test only for Tax assistants (gr.C)

Important Dates and links for application

For SSC-CGL Notification: http://ssc.nic.in/notice/examnotice/CGLE-2014%20Notice.pdf

For Paper application form: http://ssc.nic.in/notice/examnotice/Application%20Form%20CGLE%202014.pdf

(Backup-server): if above links don’t work then, goto following link and download whatever you want:


online applicant 19th Jan SSC will start accepting online application through

  1. http://ssconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php  AND
  2. http://ssconline2.gov.in

Important: Apply using Internet Explorer browser. If you try with google chrome or Firefox, some error may happen.

Credit card/ Debit card NOT accepted.
Payment only via SBI branch challan or SBI netbanking.

22th Feb you must finish part I registration by this date. (5PM)
24th Feb you must finish part II registration by this date. (5PM)
offline (paper-form) applicant 24 February, Friday if you’re apply offline (through paper application), then your application must reach SSC office by this date.
exam dates 27 April and 4th May
  • SSC tier I exam will be held. (you’ll be required to appear only at one date).
  • hall tickets will be uploaded on regional sites two weeks before the respective exam.
30-31 August SSC tier II exam will be held.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I apply multiple times?

Q. I filled up the form but then xyz error happened OR

I’ve already applied but now I want to change the job preference now. Can I apply again? OR

I made some mistake in tying date of birth, graduation marks or xyz thing, can I apply again?
Ans. In case of multiple applications for on-line application, the last application for which part-i and part-ii registration have been completed  will  be  accepted.
For example

  • you applied first time and got registration id: ABC1000.
  • You applied again, after a few days and got registration id: ABC5000. <=They’ll send you hallticket according to this application.

For off-line applications, the regional director/deputy director at his/her discretion, will accept only one of the applications.

Validity of Distance Education Degree?

Q. I’ve done graduation from xyz postal/distance Education University. Is my degree valid for this SSC CGL exam?

Ans. Yes IF your course is recognized by Distance Education Council, IGNOU. You can see the list of valid courses here: http://www.dec.ac.in/Documents/currentstatus.pdf

Confusion in Job prefrence codes

Q. Which job should I give first preferfence to? so What preference should I give to xyz post?
Ans. Job profiles for individual posts, given in a separate article CLICK ME,
Rule of thumbs are:
– Want uniform?= Preventive officer (white), Excise inspector (Khakhi)
– Want adventure/risk= CBI, Nacrotics, Preventive officer, Enforcement directorate. (although in real life, its more stress than adventure.)
– Want peace of mind, family life, permanently settle in Delhi= Assistants in Group B in certain ministries.
– Want posting in foreign country= Assistant in Ministry of External affairs.
– Non interview posts should be given last preference because they get less salary, power, promotion than interview posts.

Age and Attempt limit

For Assistant (CSS) posts: Three attempts.

Age is counted on 1st January 2014.

jobs Age limit for General Category OBC (3 years relaxed) SC/ST (5 years relaxed)
Assistant in ministries (Group B) 20-27
CBI sub inspector 20-30
Statistical invigilator Group II not above 32
Assistant Enforcement Officer 30
all the remaining jobs 18-27

Physically disabled, Central service employees, ex-servicemen, widowed/divorced women also get age relaxation. for full details read page no. 7 and 8 of the notification.

Codes for Education-qualification, Exam Center and Category

Q. I’m applying for SSC via Paper application (offline mode), what is the code for xyz thing?

Ans.  You’ll find those codes in the official notification (click me)

Details Page Number
Job preference codes 3 and 4
Category codes for Age relaxation 7, 8 and 9
Exam Center Codes 13 and 14
Educational Qualification Codes 39 and 40

Negative Marketing

Q. Is there negative marking in SSC CGL exam?

Ans. Yes.

Paper negative marking for wrong answer
Tier-1 -0.25
Tier-2 (maths) compulsory for everyone -0.50
Tier-2 (English) compulsory for everyone -0.25
Tier-2 (Statistics) only for those who apply. -0.50

Sectional Cutoffs in Tier-I?

Q. Does SSC CGL exam have sectional cut-offs like in IBPS and RBI exams?

Ans. No.

But to remain ‘legally-correct’, SSC-walla always mention in notification that they shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying marks  in each component (Maths, English, Reasoning, GK/GK) of Tier 1.


Q. What is the time table for Tier I and Tier II exams?

Tier-1: 27th April and 4th May. (Given the large number of applicants, it is conducted twice and there also morning and evening session). BUT you’ll have to appear for only one paper.


30th August Statistics paper (only for those who applied for Stat invigilator/compiler job)
31st August Maths Paper (morning)
31st August English paper (afternoon)

Tie in score

Q. What if two candidates get same final score?

Ans. Final merit list is prepared by combining the marks of Tier-I + Tier-2 + Tier 3. If there is tie, then it will be solved in following sequence:

  • Total marks of Tier-II Examination.
  • Total marks in Tier-I Examination
  • Date of Birth, with older candidate placed higher.
  • Alphabetical order in which the first names of the candidates appear.

OBC creamy Layer: Avoid Mistakes

To claim OBC reservation benefit, you need two certificates.

Name of certificate Important thing to keep in mind:
  1. OBC Caste certificate.
State’s own list and Central government’s list are different.Your caste MUST be in central list. Check here http://www.ncbc.nic.in/centrallistifobc.htmlFor example,

  • Certain Chaudhari caste in Gujarat are in state backward list but not in the central backward list.
  • Meaning, such person can claim reservation when applying for Gujarat University /GPSC but he cannot claim reservation when applying for IIM/UPSC/SSC/Banks.

The Commission has decided to accept OBC certificate, in the prescribed format, issued after the closing date for receipt of application but issued on or before the date of completion of last tier of the examination i.e. Interview/Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test/ Document Verification, as applicable , in the concerned SSC Regional Office, as valid proof of belonging to non-creamy layer of OBC. NOTE:- Candidates are warned that they will be permanently debarred from the examinations conducted by the Commission in case they fraudulently claim SC/ST/OBC/ExS/PH status.

  1. Non-Creamy layer certificate.
  • Candidates claiming OBC status may note that certificate on creamy layer status should have been obtained within three years before the closing date for receipt of application.
  • This depends on the income/status of your PARENTS (this is clearly mentioned in page 10 of official notification)
  • This doesn’t depend on your own job/business OR your husband’s job/business.
  • If your mom/dad is government employee then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply. (e.g. if dad is class3 employee, then it doesn’t matter whether he gets 6 lakhs or 7 lakhs. You’re still non-cream layer. For more, read this PDF file click me)
  • If your parents have private business, then income criteria applies.  (Max. 6 Lakh rupees annual income)
  • In short, make sure you’ve these certificates, else make trip to Tehsildar’s office/Collector Office/Jan-Seva Kendra and get the proper certificates.
  • Otherwise, SSC will reject you at the last stage, during document verification and your entire year will be wasted for nothing.

Physical Standards?

Q. What are the Minimum height/chest/eye-sight requirements for SSC jobs?

Ans. It applies to only a few specific jobs:


Male female
  • 157.5cm.
  • and 5 cm relaxed for ST, Gorkhas, Garwalis,  and Assamese.
  • 152cm.
  • and 2.5 cms relaxed for ST, Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese
chest Chest 81 cms (+5cm expansion)
weight 48 kg. and 2 kg relaxed for  ST, Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese
physical test (walking) 1.6kms in 15 minutes 1km in 15 minutes
physical test (cycling) 8 km in 30 minutes 3 km in 25 minutes


  1. Persons with disabilities will have to meet the physical standards i.e. Height, Chest and Weight prescribed for the post of Inspectors, Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer in CBEC.
  2. However, for orthopedically disabled candidates the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed:
    1. The test of ―Walking‖ shall not be insisted in case of OL and OAL categories.
    2. The test of ―Cycling‖ shall not be insisted in case of OA, OL and OAL categories.

Category#2: CBI sub inspector

Male female
  • 165cm.
  • 5 cm relaxation for ST and hillsmen
  • 150cm
  • 5 cm relaxation for ST and hillsmen
chest Chest 76 cms (with expansion)

Vision requirements:

  • Eye-sight (with or without glasses)
  • Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.
  • Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.

Exam Centers

  • You’ll have to pick your Tier-1 exam center. In tier II, Commission will allot the candidates to the same or nearby centre in Tier II Examination.
  • The Commission reserves the right to cancel any Centre and ask the candidates of that centre to appear from another centre.  (and this happens often).


  • Following people don’t need to pay fees Women, SC, ST, PH and Ex-serviceman
  • Others have to pay Rs.100 fees.
  • There are two ways to pay fees
  1. Online application = Challan (and pay cash At local SBI branch) OR via internet banking from SBI account. (Note: they don’t accept debit card or credit card.)
  2. Offline (paper application)= you’ve to buy Rs.100 worth Central recruitment fee stamp (CRFS). Important: you must get it “cancelled” (i.e. ask the post office clerk to put a sign on it.)


Q. When will I get my hallticket /Admission card?

Ans. two weeks before the exam. it’ll be uploaded on the regional site of SSC.

Photo ID

During exam, you MUST carry at least one photo bearing IDENTITY PROOF in original such as Driving Licence, Voter Card, Aadhaar Card, Identity Card issued by University/College, Income Tax Pan Card.

Helpdesk Numbers

  1. SSC(NR), New Delhi – 01164715222, 01165021888,01124363343,01124360840
  2. SSC(CR), Allahabad – 05322460511, 05326541021
  3. SSC(SR), Chennai – 09445195946, 04428251139
  4. SSC(WR), Mumbai – 09869730700, 07738422705
  5. SSC(ER), Kolkata – 09477461228, 09477461229
  6. SSC(MPR) Raipur – 09407921504, 09407921505
  7. SSC(KKR), Bangalore – 08025502520, 09483862020
  8. SSC(NWR), Chandigarh – 09915509204, 09915509331
  9. SSC(NER), Guwahati, – 09085073593, 09085015252


Q. I want to file RTI to SSC for xyz matter

Ans. How to file RTI, is explained in following article click me

No. of vacancies?

Q. How many vacancies are there, for those individual posts?

Ans. Firm number of vacancies in each category of posts will be determined at least one month before the declaration of the final results.

Last Semester

Q. I’m in the last semester/ last year of college? Can I apply?
Ans. No. You must have completed graduation on OR before 1st January 2014. Otherwise, they’ll reject you at document verification stage.
Let’s assume you prepare extremely well and clear tier 1 and tier 2, still they’ll reject you at document verification stage. So, instead of occupying a seat at tier-II, tier III, better let a needy person get those seats.
Besides, SSC will release official answerkeys and cut-offs. So, you can practice the same question paper at home. (instead of appearing in the exam just for the sake of “experience”).

additional FAQ

Courtesy Mr. Chandra Deo

Q-   I have not filled the non interview post as my preference , can i get that post because now i am planning to change my preference order?

No , SSC strictly followed the preference order , if you have  not filled the post then you will not get it .

Q I have a backlogs in my graduation , that i have still not cleared , can i fill this form?

No, if you have back it means you have not yet completed your graduation .

Q i have 45% marks in graduation , can i fill this form ?

Central govt recruitment is based on merit system , for this they conduct written exam . Less marks in graduation / 10th / 12th  does not create any problem . There is no such specific criteria, you can go ahead.

Q I use -5D spectacles , will it create any problem in income tax inspector or any other post ?

No , no problem at all. Your vision should be 6/6 using glasses.

Q  i have not filled CSS cadre in my preference in 2012 exam , will it be count as a used attempt for CSS cadre.

If you have not filled CSS cadres in your preference / you dropped the idea to give T1 exam then this attempt will not be counted as a used attempt.

Q – i have filled statistical investigator post in my preference but i don’t have statistics as a subject in my graduation ?

Give T1 exam and don’t appear in statistics paper of T2. not a problem at all.

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1,134 Comments on “[SSC-CGL] 2014 Notification is out, Syllabus is same, Last date to apply 14th February, Frequently asked questions”

  1. Thanku very much for your answer sir… sir I am going to first time attend it so pls tell me how to prepare for it I really want to crack it pls help me…..

  2. Sir,i completed btech last year but had a backlog in a subject .result for same is awaited.i am elligible?

  3. Sir we are waiting for final article of [Land Reforms] :forest rights act, draft national policy and few other misc topics & [Geography] Location Factors : 6th and 7th Articles……
    Thanx in Advance :-)

  4. @mrunal and others.my date of birth is 2/7/1986. am i eligible for ssc exam . i am in dilemma because computer is accepting my candidature. PLEASE GUIDE

  5. Hello Sir,
    Three attempts wud be given for CSS(Assistants) Group “B” or for all Assistants posts Group “B” ??? Please, reply asap.

  6. DEAR SIR …

  7. When 2014 notification of upsc exam..

  8. what address is to write in postal address, present address or permanent address as my hometown is jammu and i am living in dehradun and i am selecting dehradun as exam center. plz reply mrunal sir…..

  9. does rough work on question paper in railway exams cause rejection , i haven’t done rough work in space provided rough page, please clear my doubt ,i appeared in commercial clerk mains exam yesterday

  10. Sir I have completed my BA degree from IGNOU can i fill the ssc cgl 2014 form ?

  11. my marks in b.tech is given in cgpa then how could it be calculated in percentage format… plz reply

  12. sir i have completed my b.sc in mathematics,but i never studied statistics as a paper or as a main subject throughout, I want to know can i apply for this , what are the post i can apply and what are the post where i can’t?


    mrunal sir ,
    I have certificate in office management(ms office and other software),
    in online form ssc has given option of only computer science and computer application and i’m confused which one to tick. i’m more afraid because in note 1 of 6. ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS section they have said that For posts of Assistants (CSS), Computer Proficiency has also been prescribed as an Essential Qualification – How to mention it in online application form, if necessary (at this time).

  14. Mrunal sir, I have colour blindness. For which posts I won’t be considered? PL reply sir..

    1. Except uniformed officer (inspector …..)post….u r eligible.

      1. Thank you for your response sir..


  16. Hi All,
    I have obc certificate issued on 07/09/2013.am i need to get fresh obc certificate issued after closing date ? do we need to get separate non creamy layer certificate? please help me i am really confused..
    Ajay Bhagat
    [email protected]

    1. my father is in public sector undertaking and have income more than 6 lakhs
      so will i be eligible for obc non creamy layer reservation

  17. hello sir, I have completed my B.sc(IT) form Kuvempu University Distance Education. am i eligible for ssc cgl?
    because in your list of institute with program there is only B.Sc(PCM & CBZ) plz sort out my confusion.i will be very thankful to you.

  18. helllo sir

    sir i have passed in all my subjects of my graduation exams but in the marksheet they have made mistakes in marks and delhi university is not taking any fast step they may more time may be 1 or 2 month more… what should i do …do i fill up the form or not please give any suggestion

  19. “@Hitesh
    Reply to this comment
    I am having a little problem in hearing but below 40db with no physical handicapped so questions is that whether I am eligible for inspector posts.Also is there any medical test conducted for these posts. A quick reply will be appreciated.”
    Is there anybody who can reply on this ????

    1. yes there will be medical test…..bt its depends on zone(hyderabad, mumbai etc)for your inspector post you should confirm from ssc. i faced that test….called ENT.

  20. Mrunal I belong to OBC Category and my age is 23 years. I appeared for SSC CGL in 2nd year of college as I thought that no limit for attempts is there..SSC CGL 2014 will be my 4th attempt. I want to get into Central Ministries as Assistant Grade B and as you have mentioned that for it only three attempts are there. So , is there increased number of attempts for OBC candidates or is it that even after getting high marks I wont get CSS assistant post.Please Clarify.

  21. Sir my eye site 6/9 with glass in howmany post in ssc cgl i am not eligible .. Plz sir reply and if possible plz mail at [email protected]

  22. hi mrunal ji.which which posts hs interview??wch r not hv interview??plse reply mi.if i called for interview but i didnt qualify means wil they give non interview post?????????plse kindly reply mi.still i didnt apply due 2 these doubts……..

  23. is there any sectional cutoff in cgl?????????

  24. sir , the university i graduated from is approved by DEC when i taken admission but now its validity is expired. will i am eligible for ssc

    1. Even i have same problem

    2. no, if it was expired before 1 jan of 2014 then it is not valid.

      1. i graduate in 2009 through distance edu then i was approved by DEC, but now validity is expired.
        Now the question is will i’m eligible to write the exam as i got the graduation when validity was active in 2009 but expired in 2012.

      2. i think i am eligible as it was recognized in period i pursued gradution ,,if it is not then what is the value of any degree ,recognization might be cancelled any time

  25. I have applied for statastic/compilar by mistake(as i am from engineering background)…but i have given preference at the last(as there are vacant seat).
    Will the application be valid?

    1. or should i apply again with care?

      1. apply again with care. :-) naye sire se kaam karo and don’t make mistakes.

        1. Will there not be problem for double application?

          1. no, but if u don’t fill a new form there will be a career problem

          2. don’t be afraid your first application is also valid.

  26. I applied for CGL starting from 2011. So 2011, 2012, and then 2013. All these three years, I could clear only Tier-1, could NEVER clear Tier-2.
    In 2011, I put Assistant in CSS 1st preference. In 2012 & 2013, I also put Assistant in CSS but NOT in 1st preference.
    My question is:
    Is my attempt at CSS now over? Hv I already used my 3 attempts at CSS?
    Any experienced person plz answer.

    1. Yes Your attempt are over now.

      1. It is given in the notification that a maximum of 3 attempts are allowed for CSS post. So, I think that other posts can be applied.



    1. No buddy. Almost all the engineers learned PROBABILITY & STATISTICS in their syllabus but they arent ELIGIBLE FOR STATISTICAL INVIGILATOR

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