[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. i have state obc certificate
    i dont have central obc certificate
    now if i apply for obc certificate will ssc accept it at the time of doucument verification?? or there is any other procedure ??

    ur answers wil help me and many others

  2. i had filled in the application my father’s name as SUDHIR KUMAR SETHY the correct name of my father but in my 10th certificate it’s SUDHIRA KUMAR SETHY.i have an affidavit also for that name problem…………”sudhir kumar sethy” is correct….and i.e written in all my photo documents like votor id,DL,aadhar.
    Will it cause any problem during doc verification as during online application below that father’s name box nothing mentioned strictly as per matriculation certificate?

  3. Hi. Plz plz reply urgently. I applied in cgl 2014 in feb and filled the form throgh offline mode. I had just sent the form through courier. So i dont have any registration number or anything which i can put on the site and get my admit card. So how the offline candidates are going to get their admit card. Plz reply asap. Thankyou so much

  4. I,ve accidentally applied for the post:
    Statistical Investigator Gr.II in M/Statistics & Prog Implementation, although i don’t have any eligible degree for this post
    but i’ve kept its preference on the lower side.
    what will happen now?

  5. guys ye cgl 2013 all over india ka hoga kya aur maine to cgl 2013 ka application form hi delete mar diya ab mera kya hoga.plz help me

  6. If I m appearing in interview and not qualifying then will I get non-interview post automatically or will get none?

  7. i have applied for the ssc cgl 2014 but i didn’t downloaded the application. now in the site if i give my reg no and date of birth also it is coming as invalid . so please help me to find my application form

  8. Please tell me I have not remember that I fill ssc2014 cgl anyone can tell me how can see my status on website please

  9. Sir i am 2nd year engg student …. someone told me SSC CGL exam will over after 2 to 3 years no post will vacant after 3 years in SSC CGL….. sir is it true????? i will be graduate after 3 years ???? please reply sir

  10. Sir ,me post prefranc me first no pr tax assistant k post dala hu than othor post so sir m typing m disqualify hota hu to me othor post k lye eligible hu? Pls help me

  11. SIR i am orthopadicallydisable student . so will i get some relaxation in cutoff marks in SSC CGL EXAM for qualifing??

  12. maine cgl 2014 ka application form fill kiya , mera graduation final year part 3 ka exam sep 2013 me hua aur mera session bhi 2010 se 2013 hi tha lekin bihar me flood aane se result publish jun 2014 ko kiya jab maine cgl 2014 ka form fill kiya to sath me maine ek application bhii diya ki sir main 1.1.2014 ke pahle ka educati0nal qualification rakhta hun lekin marksheet publish nahi hone k karan maiin marks mention nahi kar pa raha hun aur jab verification hoga tab main marksheet ke sath present rahunga . to sir ab bataiye mera kya hoga . ssc kya karegi ……….

  13. Sir mene ssc cgl ke leye apply kiya he or me prepetion ker rha hu to kon si book mere liye sahi rahegi ap koe achhe righter ka name or book ka name bata de to mere liye acchha hog THANK YOU.

  14. agar mai statistic ka paper na du to koi problem to nai hoga? because i don’t have statistic as a subject .

  15. Respected Sir / Madam,

    I have done my Graduation from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, United Kingdom. I want to know about my eligibility; will I be eligible for SSC – CGL Exam and what are the supportive documents I will have to attach with my application form (regarding graduation).

    1. u will need an equivalence certificate, that your degree and university is recognized, from association of indian universities ( u can look up their websites). But i guess u will need this only when the SSC asks for this certificate (They wont ask for it till after the second phase of the exam). Their may be a case that they wont require this certificate t all and allow you. So go ahead and apply.

  16. Today in tier 2 exam one of the visiting invigilators took my hall ticket and noted something in their records can you clarify what was that for

    1. roll no. starts from here, new series starts from here, another 100 students starts from here, random roll numbers for creating a sample survey or “I would marry my daughter to this guy, if he clears the exam ” : (Invigilator thought process) . Imagine all the good things you can and be happy .

  17. PLZ REPLY!!!
    I’ve chosen my category as OBC by mistake.
    I fall under creamy layer of OBC.
    Is it possible to inform the authorities during certificate verification and get my category changed to general.
    PLZ REPLY!!!

  18. SIR



  19. my graduation is completed on June 2014…nd i have filled the ssc cgl form..and now exams are in october nd document verifcation is probabily in next year…so may be my degree will be accepted…so should ii gave exam which is on 26 oct..pls reply fast

  20. Sir
    I like to inform you that my SSC cgl exam is held on 19 October but I m not able to download amit card . Due to some problem. Even I didn’t got my admit card by post.
    I request you to solve my problem as soon as possible. regarding my admit card so that I could able to attain my examination.
    registration id-51106210250

  21. sir i have opted for statistical and compiler in filling the form is it compulsory for me to give stats3 paper of 200 marks i am commerce graduate with stats.

  22. Hello Sir,

    I am planning to appear for SSC CGL 2015.I am from OBC background.

    Do we need to submit the Non creamy certificate along with the online application before the tier 1 exam ?

    Please reply
    Thanks in advance

  23. Hello Sir,

    I am explaining my doubt which i mentioned in my previous comment.
    What i did not understand is the following
    1)On online application is there aare a provision to attach the 2 OBC certificates(2 or 1 .confused :-( )

    2)please explain the following notes.
    NOTE II:
    Candidate should furnish relevant OBC Certificate in the format prescribed for
    Central Government jobs as per Annexure-VII, issued by Competent Authority.

    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 oflast tier of the examination i.e.Interview/SkillTest/Computer Proficiency Test/Document Verification,as applicable in the concerned SSC Regional Off
    I mean do it mean that we need to get the annexure vii certified as proof of both obc certificates(or not? ) before the application last date or after?

    Please clarify my doubt

    Thanks in advance

  24. What is your Message? Search before asking questions & confine discussions to exams related matter only.sir maine application form me galti se apna naam namrata ki jagah namrita ho gaya hai aur mai dubara apply bhi nai kar sakti ..sir please tell me ki mai exam to de sakti hu ..

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