Guidance to Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level exams for posts in Central Government

Are you searching for posts in Central Government offices? Here is an opportunity for graduate students to try for such posts through facing Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exams as notification given by Government of India. In this article I gave an account of various details of Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exams, mode of applying, details of its syllabus and the methods of preparation for its written test.


Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exams are the exams conducted by Government of India to recruit as employees of Group-B and Group-C posts of Central Government of India. These posts are second level rank posts of all other government jobs in India. All graduate pass students have a good opportunity to grab these jobs by preparing and writing CGL exam to settle in their lives. Group-B posts include Income Tax, Central Excise, Preventive officer, Inspector in Customs office, Central Secretariat service, Central vigilance commission, Intelligence Bureau, Assistant posts in Railway, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CBI Sub-inspector, Enforcement Postal Dept., CAG, CBN, Statistical Officer, SI posts in NIA (National Investigation Agency). For the first time government has included Asst. auditor Officer (Gazetted) post in Group-B posts with a grade pay of Rs.4,800 and a monthly salary around Rs.40,000. Tax Asst., Compiler, Jr. Accountant and Auditor posts come under Group-C posts which have a grade pay of Rs.2,800 and a monthly salary around Rs.25,000.

Eligibility criteria

  1. For Asst. Auditors posts candidates with graduation are eligible. Candidates with PG in CA/Company Secretary/MBA/Finance/Economics.
    Age limit:- Below 30 years as on 1/8/2016.
  2. For Statistical officer post, candidates with graduation in Statistics or Intermediate (10+2) with Maths as one of the subject.
    Age limit:- Below 32 years as on 1/8/2016.
  3. For Compiler posts, candidates with graduation in Maths/Statistics/Economics.
    Age limit:-18-27 years as on 1/8/2016.
  4. For all remaining posts Graduation is essential.
    Age limit:-18-27 years as on 1/8/2016. Age limit relax able for 5 years for SC/ST candidates, 3 years for OBC candidates, 10 years for PH candidates.

Important Dates to remember

Last date for registration for Part-I Exam:- 10/03/2016
Last date for registration for Part-II Exam:-14/03/2016
CGL Tier-I Exam Date:-8/05/2016, 22/05/2016

Examination Fee:-

No registration Fee for Female/SC/ST/PH candidates. For General and OBC male candidates have to pay Rs.100 as registration fee for the exam.
For all complete details of notification, qualifications, age limit and mode of applying procedure has to visit the official website:-
Candidates have to apply for these posts through online mode only. To apply online mode candidates have to visit the following official website:-

Recruitment procedure for the posts

Recruitment of candidates for the posts is a 3 tier process. In Tier 1 written Test, in Tier 2 another written test for the candidates successful in Tier 1 test, in Tier 3 Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for those who got minimum eligibility marks in Tier 2 test.
  1. Tier 1 Test:-

    The written test conducted is for 200 marks and the duration of the test is 2 hours. In this test, there will be four section of questions and each section is comprised of 50 questions of 50 marks. The four sections of this question paper is comprised of questions from General Intelligence, General awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
  2. Tier 2 Test:-

    Candidates who secured minimum eligibility marks in Tier 1 test are eligible to write this test. Tier 2 Test include two papers. In Paper1, 100 questions for 200 marks related to quantitative abilities will be there in this paper and has to be completed in 2 hours. Questions from Arthematics Mathematics, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation will be asked in Paper 1.
    Paper 2 include 200 questions for 200 marks related to English language and Comprehension. Objective type questions based on English Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms, Fill in the blanks, sentence arrangement and sentence correction can be found in this paper.
    Paper 3 (Statistics):- This paper is only meant for Compiler and Auditor post candidates only. This paper include 100 questions for 200 marks to be completed in 2 hours.
    Paper 4:- This paper is only meant for Asst. Auditor post candidates only. This paper include 100 questions for 200 marks to be completed in 2 hours.

How to prepare for Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Test

  1. General Reasoning

    General reasoning questions are mainly based on number series, number analogy, letter series, letter analogy, odd-man out, coding-decoding, statement & conclusions, syllogism, inference, input-output, blood relations. Questions from non-verbal reasoning include series analogy, symmetric series, figure classification, word building, missing figure, embedded figure, mirror image, water image, paper folding & cutting, number puzzle etc. Address matching questions from Clerical Aptitude also can be seen in these questions.
  2. Genera awareness

    Questions related to social awareness, Science and History subject related questions can mostly seen in this part. Most of the questions from this paper are from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and History. So the candidates have to be well prepared in general topics of this subject. To score well in current affair questions in this part candidates have to read news paper daily. Candidates have to be thorough with the content like important books and authors, important rivers, countries and capitals, Presidents and Prime ministers details of various countries, currency, UNESCO recognized heritage sites in India, central Govt. schemes, important personnel in news, National and International recent news items, sports, awards, various, Satellite launching events, Science & Technology, vaccines, new diseases & causes etc.
  3. Quantitative Aptitude

    This type of questions can be divided into 3 parts. In one part of this questions include percentages, averages, ratios, profit and loss, time and work, time-distance, simple interest, compound interest, discount, squares, square roots, cubes, cube roots, BOD MAS, Mixture-o ligation, algebra, business partnerships, proportions etc. In second type, questions from trigonometry, heights & distances, permutation combinations, probability, standard deviations (Statistics), suds, indices, matrices,areas, volume-masses etc. In third type questions include data analysis, Venn diagrams, Bar-charts, Pi-charts, Table, Graphs etc. Questions in mathematics are mainly asked basing on daily activities of our life and candidates have to learn simple solving procedures to solve the problems in less time.
  4. English Comprehension

    To score well in this part candidates have to develop good grip and command over the English language. Reading English news paper daily, verifying dictionary meanings for various difficult words is important. Practicing various model questions on English Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Antonyms, Synonyms, Fill in the blanks, sentence arrangement and sentence correction will help to score good marks in this part.

Points to note before attempting CGL Exam

  • For every wrong answer in written test there will be 0.25 negative marks

  • In Tier-1 Test, there will be a cut off marks in every section.
  • Written exams will be conducted in English and Hindi medium only.
  • There is no interview for Group-B and Group-C posts.
  • Written exam may be off line mode or online mode.

  • If exam conducted off line mode, candidate have to mark answers with black pen only and should not change the color in the middle.

By thoroughly understanding the various things discussed above if one can put proper hard work, the fruit of success is not that much difficult for getting selected to these posts.

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Author: Kailash Kumar23 Feb 2016 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

Recently vide a notice published in the Employment News dated 13.02.16, certain important announcement has been made by the SSC regarding the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) 2016 e.g. last date of receipt of applications has been extended which is now as follows -
Applications (Part I) - 21.3.2016 (5.00 PM)
Applications (Part II) - 24.3.2016 (5.00 PM)
Also, all candidates meeting the age criteria as on 1.1.2016 and also on 1.8.2016 are eligible to apply. There are few other aspects also covered in the notice which can be referred by the candidates on the SSC's website.

Author: Partha K.23 Feb 2016 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Many candidates eagerly wait for this examination conducted by the SSC. The candidates must study and understand the pattern of the examination, which is most important for success in such competitive examinations, and start practicing accordingly. If necessary, they can enroll themselves in coaching centers for this purpose. However they may strengthen their strong areas and hide their weak areas by rigorous practice. In my opinion, a fairly good student can achieve success by rigorous practice for three months.
The author of this article has done a great job by writing this article. This article will definitely benefit candidates who are planning to appear in Combined Graduate Level examination conducted by the SSC.

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