SSC Exams – The Staff Selection Commission is functioning under the Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India. Initially known as Subordinate Services Commission, it was set up on 1 July 1976 primarily to make recruitment on zonal basis for non-technical Group C posts under the Central Government, except the post for which recruitment was made by Railway Service Commission and the industrial establishments. The functions of the Staff Selection Commission have been enlarged from time to time and now it carries out the recruitment for Group B posts also under the Central Government. Thus, the Commission recruits for the major work force of the Central Government. This segment constitutes the most vital part of the Government machinery; the posts for which it makes recruitment are at the grass root level which interact with the public and interfaces with the implementation of the Government’s policies.
Posts for which SSC conducts exams:
The SSC conducts open examinations regularly for posts for which large number of vacancies exist, these are: Graduate Level [Assistant Grade, Auditors/ Jr.Accountants/ Upper Division Clerks, Divisional Accountants, Inspectors of Income Tax/Central Excise, Sub-Inspectors in Central Police Organisations (CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB) and CBI, Section Officer (Commercial) and Section officer (Audit)] and Matric Level [Stenographer Grade ‘C’, Stenographer Grade ‘D’, Lower Division Clerks].
Scheme of examinations conducted by the SSC:
The Staff Selection Commission conducts Graduate Level Examination every year for various posts, qualification for which is graduation, and Combined Matric Level Examination for posts requiring matriculation qualification or High School. Those candidates who qualify in the prelims are required to appear for the Mains. Candidates qualifying in the mains have to appear for an Interview or Physical Efficiency Test (PET). Those qualifying in the Matric Level Main Exam are required to pass a skill test (typing or stenography). Some exams such as the Section Officers, Investigators etc, are held separately and no prelims are held for them.
Age limits and age relaxations for examinations conducted by SSC:
Generally, the age limits are 18 to 27 years .The age concession in the upper age limit for SC/STs is 5 years, for OBCs it is 3 years and for physically handicapped candidates it is 10 years. For widows, divorced women and judicially separated women, the age limit is 35 years for UR category; 40 years for SC/ST women and 38 years for OBC women.
SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier-I)
- General Intelligence & Reasoning: It includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning aptitude. This component includes topics such as analogy, classification, coding-decoding, number puzzles, syllogism and embedded figures.
- General Awareness: Candidates are expected to have awareness of a wide-range of subjects including History, Economy, Geography, Polity and General Science. Questions normally veer round the basic subject matters taught at secondary school levels.
- Numerical Ability: This section covers the candidate’s numerical ability, number system, profit and loss, compound interest and simple interest, time and work, data interpretation, geometry, trigonometry and all other mathematical sections.
- English Language: Under this section questions are asked to test the ability to understand correct English language and comprehension and writing ability.
SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination (Tier-II)
- Arithmetic Ability: This part, consisting of 100 questions, tests the candidate’s numerical ability, number system, profit and loss, compound interest and simple interest, time and work, data interpretation, geometry, trigonometry and all other mathematical sections.
- English Language & Comprehension: This component is designed to test the candidates understanding and knowledge of English language