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SSC Exams Pattern

As per Article 320 of the Constitution, the examinations for recruitment to all posts and services of the Central Government are required to be conducted by the UPSC. The Estimates Committee of Parliament in its 47th Report (1967-68) recommended the setting up of a Service Selection Commission for taking over examinations for recruitment to lower category of posts from the UPSC. Pursuant to this, and as an interim measure, an Examination Wing was added to the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management of Government of India. The Staff Selection Commission has been mandated with recruitment of Group 'C' (non-technical) and Group 'B' (non-gazetted – both technical and non-technical) posts in various Ministries/Departments of Government of India and their Attached and Subordinate offices except those for which recruitment is made by the Railway
Recruitment Boards and Industrial Establishments.

The task of conducting Departmental Examinations for (i) promotion from Group 'D' to LDC Grade, (ii) promotion from LDC Grade to UDC Grade and (iii) promotion from Stenographer Grade 'D' to Stenographer Grade 'C' has been entrusted to Staff Selection Commission. The Commission also holds Periodical Typewriting Tests in
English and Hindi.

A Chairman, of the rank and status of Secretary to Government of India, heads the Commission assisted by two Members. A Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations heads the Secretariat of the Commission. The sanctioned strength of Commission's staff in its Headquarters at New Delhi and Regional and SubRegional offices as on 31.3.2011 was 511. The sanctioned strength consisted of 240 Gazetted Officers (Group A 46 posts, Group B 194 posts), 158 Group C and 113 Group D officials. Out of the total strength of 511, 238 (46.57 percent) are at the Headquarters.

The Staff Selection Commission has a nationwide network of nine Regional / SubRegional Offices. Seven Regional Offices are located at Allahabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and two Sub-Regional Offices at Chandigarh and Raipur. The Regional/Sub-Regional Offices implement the policies and programmes of the Staff Selection Commission which include holding of Examinations at various
centres of the country with the help of the State Government Authorities and conducting interviews of candidates in Regions. Twelve All India Open Examinations and two Departmental Examinations were conducted by the Commission during the year 2010-11. In addition, selections were made through Interview for certain categories of posts, the details of which are given in Chapter-V.

(Chapters – IV & V)
5. A total of 5952671 candidates applied for 12 All India Open Examinations, 2,25,600 candidates for Selection Posts and 812 candidates for Departmental Examinations during the year 2010-11.

(Chapters – IV & V)
6. The Commission organized its major examinations through a network of 108 Examination Centres and 1418 examination venues.

(Chapter – VI)
7. The Commission nominated 23187 candidates for appointment to various posts through All India Open Examinations and 471 candidates against Selection Posts
during the year 2010-11.

(Chapters – III & IV)
8. In compliance of various provisions of the Official Language Act, 1963 and Official Language Rules, 1976, the Commission continued to increase the use of Hindi in official work during the year under report.

Detail of Posts

S.No.

Exam

Post

Qualification

Age

Pay Scale

1.

Matric Level

LDC

Typing: Hindi 25 wpm, Eng. 30 wpm

18-27

3050-4500

Steno D

Shorthand: 80 wpm

4000-6000

Steno C

Shorthand: 100 wpm & High School or equivalent

5500-9000

2.

Graduate Level

Assistant

Graduate

20-27

6500-10500

SI in CBI, Delhi Police

20-25

5500-9000

Inspector (Central Excise, Preventive Officer, Examiner)

18-27

6500-10500

Inspector of
Posts/ Income Tax/
AEO in DoE

18-27

5500-9000

Divisional Accountant

18-27

5500-9000

Auditor/UDC
Junior Accountant

18-27

4000-6000

3.

CPOs

SI

Graduate

20-25

5500-9000

4.

SO(Commercial)

SO(Commercial)

Commerce Graduate

18-27

6500-10500

5.

SO(Audit)

SO(Audit)

Graduate

18-27

6500-10500

6.

Junior Hindi
Translators

Junior Hindi
Translators

Post Graduate in Eng/Hindi with Eng/Hindi as compulsory & elective subject at Degree level

< 28

5500-9000

7.

CPWD

JE

Diploma in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical
Engg. or Equivalent

18-27

5000-8000

8.

Investigators

Investigators

Degree in Statistics/Economics/Maths or Commerce (with Statistics) or Equivalent

<26

5000-8000

9.

Tax Assistants

Tax Assistants

Graduate

20-27

4000-6000

List of Open Exams

S.No.

Name of Examination

Posts to be filled

1.

Combined Graduate Level Examination

Assistants ,in CSS,AFHQ, MEA etc, Inspectors in Central Excise/Preventive Officer/Income Tax, Inspector of Posts, Sub Inspector in CBI, Divl Accountants, Auditors,UDC etc

2.

Tax Assistant Examination

Tax Assistant in CBDT & CBEC

3.

Statistical Investigators (SSS) Grade IV Examination

Statistical Investigators (SSS( Grade IV in Deptt. of Statistice & PI

4.

Junior Engineers(Civil & Elect) Examination

Junior Engineers (Civil & Elect) in CPWD/Deptt of Posts,Military Engineering Service

5.

Junior Translators (CSOLS) Examination

Junior Translators of CSOLS Cadre in DOL

6.

Section Officer (Comml Audit) Examination

Section Officer(Commercial Audit)

7.

Deputy Field Officer (Cab Sectt) Examination

Deputy Field Officer(Cabinet Sectt)

8.

Data Entry Operator(DEO) Examination

Data Entry Operator(DEO)

9.

Sub Inspector in CPOs Examination

Sub Inspector in CPOs

10.

Section Officer (Audit) Examination

Section Officer
(Audit)

11.

Combined Matric Level Examination

Steno Gr"C",
Steno Gr "D",
& LDC

12.

Section Officer (Accounts) Examination

Section Officer(Accounts)

Departmental Examinations

S.No. Name of Examination
1. Grade ‘C’ Stenographers Ltd. Depttl. Cpmpt. Examination.
2. UD Grade Ltd. Depttl. Compt. Examination.
3. Clerks Grade (For Group 'D' Staff only) Examination.

SSC Selection Process

SSC Selection of the candidates for the post of Sub Inspector (SI) & Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) will be done on the basis Written Examination, Physical Standard Test (PST), Endurance Test (PET), Medical Examination and Interview / Personality Test.

Written Test

SSC Test Comprised of Two Papers, Paper-I will be of 200 Marks Consisting of 200 Multiple choice Questions based on General Intelligence, Reasoning, GK, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension and Paper-II will be 200 Marks consisting of 200 Questions based on English Language and Comprehension only.

Written Test (Paper-I), Duration: 2 Hours (First Half)

Subjects                                                Questions          Marks
1. General Intelligence & Reasoning  50                     50
2. GK & GA                                                50                     50
3. Quantitative Aptitude                          50                     50
4. English Comprehension                  50                     50

Written Test (Paper-II), Duration: 2 Hours (Second Half)
1. English Language & Comprehension 200 questions and 200 marks
SSC Questions of this test will be objective type set in English and Hindi. The Test Carries negative Marking, so Candidates must be careful while answering the questions.

SSC Exams Pattern

Combined Matric Level

Combined Matric Preliminary Examination

The Combined Matric Preliminary exam pattern is as given under. The Combined Matric Preliminary Exam is the screening test for selection of candidates for the Main Examination for the different categories of posts mentioned in the notification. The Preliminary written exam will comprise OF one paper with two parts:

Part I - General Intelligence Exam : This will be conducted for 100 marks.
Part II - General Awareness : This will be conducted for 100 marks.

The duration of the paper is 2.00 hrs. The questions in all the tests will be "Objective Multiple-Choice-Type". Candidates will be required to qualify in each of the two tests separately. The questions will be set in English and Hindi.

Typewriting Test/Shorthand Test

The candidates who qualify the Main Exam(s) (The Main Examinations will be of descriptive-type) will have to undergo a Typewriting Test/Stenography Test as the case may be of Main Examination(s).

Eligibility

The nationality and other eligibility conditions of the candidates who are intending to appear in the For Combined Matric Preliminary Exam conducted by the SSC is explained here.

Nationality

A candidate must be either
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Age Limit : Candidate must have attained the age of 18 years and must not have attained the age of 27 years as on the first day of August of the year of examination.

Educational Qualification : Must have passed Matriculation or equivalent or higher examination as on first day of August of the year of examination.

Syllabus

The syllabus of the General intelligence and General Awareness parts of the Combined Matric Preliminary Examination is provided here.

General Intelligence
The syllabus for General Intelligence would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate's abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.

General Awareness
Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidate's general awareness of the environment around him and its application to the society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture. Geography, Economic scene, Central Policy and Scientific Research.

Combined Matric Level - Main Examination
The Staff Selection Commission invites all the qualified candidates of combined matric level preliminary examination to appear in the Combined Matric Level-Main Examination. The nationality, age, qualifications are same as mentioned in Preliminary Examination details.
Examination Pattern

Main Examination for Grade 'C' Stenographers (Conventional Type)

Subject Marks Duration Timings
Paper-I
Part-A General English 100 2 hours 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Part-B General Studies 100
Paper-II
Essay (Hindi/English) 100 2 hours 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

Skill Test: Stenography skill test: 100 words per minute - 300 marks

(Stenography Test will be conducted later for those candidates who qualify in the Main Examination)

Note: - The candidates who opt for Hindi/English in General Studies and Essay will have to take the skill test in Hindi/English as the case may be.

Typewriting Test

The candidates who qualify the Main Examination(s) will have to undergo a typewriting test/Stenography test as the case may be. Details of the typewriting test/stenography test are as below:
Typewriting Test is a qualifying test only.
Only those candidates, who qualify in the Main Examination and attain minimum qualifying marks at the Main Examination as may be fixed by the commission in their discretion, will be eligible to take the typewriting test, i.e. Part-III of the Examination.
Candidates are allowed to take the typewriting test either in Hindi (Devanagri Script) or in English.
Candidates shall have to bring their own typewriter for the test. Use of electronic typewriter is not allowed in typewriting test.
Only those candidates who secure in the written (Main) Examination such minimum qualifying marks as may be fixed by the Commission in their discretion will be eligible to be considered for appearing in the Typewriting Test and only such of them as qualify at the Typewriting Test at the prescribed speed will be eligible for being recommended for appointment upto the number of vacancies available. The typewriting test will be a qualifying test only.
The typewriting test will consist of one paper of running matter of 10 minutes duration.

Syllabus

1. Syllabus for Clerks

General English: In addition to the testing of candidates’ understanding of the English language and its correct usage, his writing ability would also be tested; questions on paragraph writing/report writing/letter writing etc. may be included.

General Studies: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person.

The test will also include questions relating to India and it’s neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, culture, geography, economic scene, general polity, scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Arithmetic: Questions of this component will cover number system including questions on simplification, decimals, fractions, LCM, HCF, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Average, Profit and Loss, Discount, Simple and Compound interest, Menstruation, Time and work, Time and Distance, Tables and graphs etc.

2. Syllabus for Grade 'D' Stenographers

General Studies: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, culture, geography, economic scene, general polity, scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Language Comprehension (Hindi/English): In addition to testing of the candidates’ understanding of the Hindi/English Language and its correct usage, his writing ability would also be tested; Questions on paragraph writing / report writing / letter writing etc. may be included.

Stenography Test

a) For Grade 'D' Stenographers:
Shorthand Test in Hindi or in English 300 Marks for those who qualify at the Main Examination.
Scheme of Shorthand Test:
(i) The candidate will be given one dictation test in English or in Hindi at the speed of 80 words per minute for 10 minutes. The candidates who opt to take the shorthand test in English will be required to transcribe the matter in 65 minutes and the candidates who opt to take the test in Hindi will be required to transcribe the matter in 75 minutes.

3. Syllabus for Grade 'C' Stenographers

Paper-I

General English: In addition to the testing of the candidates’ understanding of the English language and its correct usage, his writing ability would also be tested, Questions writing of paragraph writing/ report/ letter/ précis, etc. may be included.

General Studies: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, culture, geography, economic scene, general polity, scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Paper-II

Essay: Candidates will be required to write essays on two topics, They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay, to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Combined Graduate Level

Combined Graduate Preliminary Examination

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Preliminary Examination once a year for selection of candidates for the main Examination. Candidates declared qualified by the Commission in preliminary examination will have to apply again with requisite fees in the prescribed application form which is sent to such qualified candidates by the concerned regional offices of the Commission.

This Examination is conducted for recruitment to various subordinate services like:
(A) Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
(B) Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
(C) Inspectors of Income Tax.
(D) Preventive Officers in Customs.
(E) Examiner in Customs.
(F) Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police & CBI.
(G) Sub-Inspectors in BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF.
(H) Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.

Examination Pattern
Paper No. of Questions Marks Duration
Part A :
General Intelligence & General Awareness 100 100 2 Hrs.
Part B :
Arithmetic 100 100 2 Hrs.

Note:
i) Both parts A & B will be of objective type (multiple Choice types).
ii) Question Papers (Test Booklets) for both the parts in Preliminary Exam will be set both in English and Hindi.

Eligibility

Age: The age of a Candidate must lie between
(a) 20 to 27 years for Assistant Grade & SIs in CBI
(b) 18 to 27 years for inspectors of CE/IT & Div. Acctts/Auditors/UDCs, etc.
(c) 20 to 25 years for SIs in CPOs on the first day of August of the year of Examination.

The upper age limit may be relaxed in case of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and few such other reserved categories.

Educational Qualification: Degree of a recognized University or equivalent.

Desirable Qualification for SIs in CPOs: Possession of NCC 'B' or 'C' certificate or outstanding sports or athletic certificates.

Physical Standards: For the posts of Inspector of Central Excise and Preventive Officer, candidates have to satisfy the minimum physical standards as specified in the examination notifications. They would also be required to undergo a physical test.

For further clarification/explanations, please refer to noticification when published in Emplyment News / Rozgar Samachar, etc

Combined Graduate Level - Mains Examination

Staff Selection Commission holds a Combined Graduate Level Mains Examination only for those candidates who qualify the Prelims Examination held by the commission successfully. The Enrolment Numbers of all the successful candidates generally appears in Employment News / Rojgar Samachar. All the successful aspirants are also informed by the commission through correspondence.

Examination Pattern

The combined main examination will be of conventional type
Scheme - A Scheme - B

Scheme - A
Scheme – A is for the Main Examination for recruitment to the posts of Assistant Grade/ Inspectors of Central Excise/ Income Tax, Sub Inspectors of CPOs/ CBI.
The main examination consists of two parts –
Part I : Written Examination
Part II : Personality Test wherever applicable.

Part I: Written examination
Paper Name of Test Marks Duration
I English 100 2 Hours
II Language comprehension (English) 100 2 Hours
III Communication Skill & Writing Ability (either in Hindi or in English) 200 2 Hours
IV Arithmetic (Option to answer either In Hindi or in English) 200 3 Hours
V General Studies (Option to answer either in Hindi or in English) 300 3 Hours
VI Hindi (only for Delhi Police) 200 3 Hours

NOTE:
1. All the question papers for the main examination will be of conventional type.
2. All the question papers except that of paper I and paper II will be printed both in English and in Hindi.
3. Paper I will be compulsory for all the candidates. However, this will be of qualifying nature only for the candidates who are opting for the post of Assistants (for candidates who are opting for the post of Assistants, the marks secured in this paper will not be counted for preparation of the final select list. The Commission shall have the discretion to fix the qualifying standard in this paper. Scripts of the remaining papers will be evaluated only of those candidates who secure the minimum qualifying standard in paper I of the main examination).
4. Paper II will be compulsory for all the candidates except those opting for the post of Assistants.
5. Paper III will be compulsory for candidates opting for the post of Assistants only.
6. Paper IV and Paper V are compulsory for the candidates appearing for all the categories.
7. Candidates will have the option to answer Paper III, Paper IV & Paper V either in Hindi or English.
8. Paper VI (Hindi) will be held if vacancies are reported by Delhi Police for this examination.

Part II: Personality Test wherever applicable.

Scheme – B
Scheme B is for the Main Examination (Conventional Type) for recruitment to the posts of Divisional Acctts /Auditors/ UDCs.

The main Examination will consist of the following papers:
Papers Subjects Marks Duration
Paper - I (Part A & B) General English 50 2 hours
General Studies
(Option to answer in Hindi or English 50 2 Hours
Paper - II Arithmetic (Option to answer in Hindi or English) 100 2 Hours

Note:
1. The Question Papers for the main examination will be of conventional type.
2. Candidates will have the option to Answer Paper I Part (b), and Paper II, either in Hindi or in English.
3. The Commission will have full discretion to fix separate qualifying marks in each of the papers and in the aggregate of all the papers separately for each category of candidates (viz UR/SC/ST/OBC/PH/EXS). Only those candidates who qualify in all the papers as well as in the aggregate would be eligible to be considered for selection.

Personality Test
The Personality Test wherever applicable will carry a maximum of 100 marks.

Syllabus

a) General Intelligence: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualisation, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

b) General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, culture, geography, economic scene, general polity, scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

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