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

Support StaffSSC1134 Comments

Mrunal’s UPSC GSM3-2020 Model Answer lecture: Science Technology, Internal Security Border Management Questions from last Mains Exam Solved!

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.

Indian History Freedom Struggle Pratik Nayak

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

  1. I am 31 and appeared for CGL 2014 for statistical investigator II post.

    But I did’nt have statistics as a subject in my graduation. I had statistics in my Post graduation.

    Am i eligible for the said post?

  2. Sir I am doing dual degree (B.Tech+M.Tech) … will i be eligible for the SSC CGL or not???? sir please reply??? i am in a great confusion?? nd this is also influencing my preparation….

  3. hi sir i have aplied for the cgl 2014 as an obc category but isbelongs to general/unreserved category mistakenly happend can i change the caste after the tier 1 exam 2014 plssss reply througth the mail plsssssssssssssssss…..

  4. sur i do hacr confusion as i have all detail mark of degree in 2013 but dnt have degree .Is this could cause any problem in documention process waiting for your rply plz do clear my confusion.

  5. Is there any limitation on attempts for SSC Exams? I heard that one can have 4 attempts for SSC exams then you will not be able to fill the application form even.

  6. sir mai integrated bsc bed(4year programme) kar raha hu kya mai bsc bed 3rd year mai ssc cgl ke liye apply kar sakta hu

  7. Respected Sir ..the applications for tier1 cgl will be out in -2015 March .I will be in my final sem then and by the time we have the exams I will be a graduate . So can apply for provisional degree certificate and appear for tier1 of cgl?? Because I really don’t wanna waste a year.

  8. sir, I am qualified for all the three papers of ssc cgl 2014 and I have a bsc. maths (h) degree .I want to ask,
    1) Am I eligible to give paper 3?
    2)If I don’t want to give this paper 3 then giving only paper 1 and 2 will make me eligible for other posts?
    3)if i give all the papers but could not clear paper 3, then?
    4) I have given preference to inspector income tax group c. Is it necessary to give paper 3?

  9. Sir, I lost my SSC CGL 2014 Hall Ticket.
    How to find Roll No?
    MY details are
    Amit Kumar
    Reg NO 51100170527
    Eastern Region

  10. Sir
    My catogery is obc how ever by mistake I have filled UR. Now since tier 1 result has come, is it possible to change catogery now?
    Requesting you to kindly suggest

  11. I have filled the application form and if due to any circumstances cannot appear for exam(T1) then will it be my used attempt?

  12. Is there any problem if I dont give paper 3 in tier 2 SSC paper. My nabard main exam is also on 11th april

  13. Dear Sir,

    Thanks for the detailed information about the job profiles, it is very helpful for us. But please clear if any limit for the number of attempts in SSC-CGL. You have mentioned it only for the Assistant (CSS) posts.

    Please clear this to me.

  14. Sir I have selected excise as my 2nd prefrence but I am 151.2 cm tall. So I don’t think will be able to meet the criteria. Plz suggest me if there is a possible way to have a interview job for sure. Won’ they ask again for preffrences as they did earlier????

  15. sir i am trying to apply cgl 2015 my date of birth is 29-04-1987, and i have chosen the preferences assistant enforcement officer age limit 30 as my first choice, SI CBI age limit 20-30 ii choice and SI NIA age limit 30 for general category my last choice is statistical investigator age limit 32 but when i am submitting my form it is showing you are not eligible because of age kindly help or suggest whether i can fill it or not, it will be of great help thanks sir

  16. Sir I have filled form of cgle 2015 online ane payment also done online. But i forgot to take printout of transaction slip of the same. Now I m unable to get that slip. So is that slip is necessary? If yes then how can i get or have to fill seperate form and all the procedure once again? Plz help me.

  17. sir i have completed part 2 registration but i have entered my sur name incorrect and i am eligible dor complier post but have not click yes for the post. Can i fill the form again or what should i do. Thank you in advance.

  18. sir i have completed part 2 registration but i have entered my sur name incorrect and i am eligible for complier post but have not click yes for the post. Can i fill the form again or what should i do. Thank you in advance.

  19. please can anyone tell me how to prepare for ssc cgl GS economics portion i am unable to answer any question asked in ssc cgl regarding economics…..

  20. Maine 1 form ka first part complete kar diya tha but 2nd part open ni ho ra tha toh 2nd form ka first part fill kar diya but evening me 1 form ko complete kar diya (fee payment kar di) but confirmation ni aaya toh ab 2nd form complete karne ki zarurat to ni hai na ? pls help?

  21. i have filled the preference code for statistical investigator in preference as LAST preference by mistake as i dont want this post bt after preferences wen they ask are you applying for the statistical investigator post …i select NO and same in qualification i filled NO so is this mistake lead to any disqualifiaction at any stage??
    pls reply asap

  22. Sir my graduation is complete in 2014 I have all the academic original mark sheet but the degree certificate not yet come because kanpur university give after two or three year . Sir can I eligible for SSC and other graduate level examination of government like upsc state pcs. Sir please help me I am so confused . Thank

  23. sir, iam belonging to ST category. I selected for non-interview posts. i got 340 marks. non-interview cut-off is 308.50, may i get job if iam not qualified in typing test. They called me for typing test or not. plz clarify my doubt sir.

  24. hi sir,
    i got above 60% in my class 12 ,can i applicable to statistical post if yes then i write the exam if i failed in that exam then their is any chance to got job in other areas except the 2 posts related to statistics. please clarify my doubt clearly

  25. Sir
    I have crossed 27can I apply in cgl plz sir reply soon I live in village n belong poor family so nobody know here about cgl

  26. I have appeared in interview of cgl 2014.i am also eligible for css and its dest and typing test is on 29 july.if i am not gonna appear in the typing test ,will there be any problem….

  27. Sir
    my name in the hall ticket as”saiinul abid.m” . Actually it is “sainul abid.m” asper my id proofs. does it make any trouble in the examination hall. If so how can i correct it my region is kkr(9206) . Application number:51113962842

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *