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SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern

The Combined Level Graduate examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year. Lakhs of candidates appear annually in this prestigious examination generating stiff competition. It is thus important to be aware of the examination pattern. This article will provide you with all the necessary information regarding SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern.

Examination Scheme

This examination will have a three tier procedure for recruitment. The movement from one tier to another is dependent on the performance in the previous tier examination. The three tiers of this examination are:

  • Tier 1: Preliminary Examination
  • Tier 2: Mains Examination
  • Tier 3: Interview/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test/ Document Verification

The detailed pattern for each tier is as follows:        

Tier 1

The Preliminary Examination will be an objective type written examination including four sections. It will be a screening examination testing the basic knowledge and awareness of the candidates and only those candidates who clear the minimum cut-off of this examination will qualify for the tier 2 examination. It will be a bilingual examination with total time duration of 2 hours. The individual weightage of each section is as follows:

  • General Intelligence and reasoning: 50 questions, 50 marks
  • General awareness: 50 questions, 50 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 50 questions, 50 marks
  • English comprehension: 50 questions, 50 marks

There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer. This exam is compulsory for all.

Tier 2

The tier 2 or mains examination is also an objective-type written examination. The movement to the next tier is subject to the performance of the candidate in this level. There are 3 sections in this examination and the total marks are 600. The important features of each section are as follows-

  • Paper I (Qualitative Aptitude): 100 questions, 200 marks
  • Paper II (English Language Comprehension): 200 questions, 200 marks
  • Paper III (Statistics): 100 questions, 200 marks
  • Paper I and paper II are compulsory for all candidates and Paper III is compulsory for the posts of Statistical Investigators Group II and compiler.

Tier 3

Those candidates who clear the cut-offs of both- the tier 1 and tier 2 examinations are eligible for this level. It is the final level of recruitment and includes Interview/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill test/ Document verification.

The All India merit list is then announced, taking into account the performance in each level and the posts are allotted to the candidates accordingly.

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SSC CGL 2016 Important Dates

The Staff Selection Commission is one of the premier recruitment commissions in India. It conducts the Combined Graduate Level examination annually for recruitment in various Central government Gazetted and non-Gazetted job posts like Assistant, Inspector, Auditor, tax assistant, Compiler etc. The SSC CGL is one of the most sought after examinations in the country, with lakhs of candidates appearing annually. The candidates who are willing to give this examination must complete the registration procedure before the given deadline.

This article will provide the SSC CGL 2016 Important Dates for the candidates appearing this year.

Tentative dates

The candidates appearing for this examination must be aware of the important dates and notifications of the same. The examination is conducted in three tiers including Preliminary examination, mains examination and the final interview/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Document Verification process. The following table will enlist the tentative dates for the tier 1 examination as issued by the SSC on their official website.

Starting Date of registration procedure

13th February 2016

Last Date of registration Part I

14th March 2016 extended to 21st March 2016

Last date of application Part II

extended to 24th March 2016

Examination Date (SSC CGL 2016 Tier-I)

From 27th August 2016

Examination Date (SSC CGL 2016 Tier-II)

Not yet announced

SSC CGL examination postponed

The Staff Selection commission has recently announced to postpone the Combined Graduate Level examination. The tier 1 examination was earlier supposed to be conducted on 8th May and 22nd May 2016. According to the official notification of the board, the tier 1 examination will now be held in the month of August, 2016. The exact dates for the same will be notified on the Commission’s website shortly.

The decision has been taken by the commission in order to improve the existing pattern of the examination, keeping in mind the interest of the candidates appearing for the examination. Meanwhile, the delay in conduction of the examination has given more time to the candidates to prepare for the tier 1 examination.

All the aspirants must note that this is the tentative schedule for the SSC Combined Level Graduate examination. The candidates must stay tuned to the official website (http://ssc.nic.in) for further notifications regarding the exact dates of the examination.

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SSC CGL 2016 FAQs

With the SSC CGL examination 2016 round the corner, the aspiring candidates might have some doubts and questions regarding it. This article will provide you with the frequently asked questions on this exam to help resolve your queries.

Question: What is SSC CGL Exam?

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level examination every year for recruitment in various central government Gazetted and non-Gazetted posts like Assistant, Auditor, Compiler, Inspector, etc.

Question: What is the pattern of examinations conducted by the SSC?

Recruitment through the Combined Level Graduate Examination will be a three tier process. The movement to each consecutive level is dependent on the previous level’s performance. The three tiers of this examination are as follows:

  • Tier 1 exam: Preliminary Examination (objective MCQ pattern)
  • Tier 2 exam: Main Examination (objective MCQ pattern)
  • Tier 3 exam: Interview/ Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test/ Document Verification

The candidates who clear the minimum cut-off of tier 1 and tier 2 examinations are eligible for tier 3 examination. The final allotment of posts takes place on the basis of the All India merit list which is formulated taking into account the performance of each level.

Question: What are the important dates for this examination?

  • Starting Date of registration procedure: 13th February 2016
  • Last Date of registration Part I: 14th March 2016 extended to 21st March 2016
  • Last date of application Part II: extended to 24th March 2016
  • Examination Date (SSC CGL 2016 Tier-I): 8th and 22nd May 2016

This is the tentative schedule. The tier 1 examination which was earlier supposed to be conducted on 8th May and 22nd May 2016 will now be held in the month of August, 2016. The exact dates for the same will be notified on the Commission’s website shortly.

Question: What are the age limits for the SSC CGL examination?

The age limit is 18 to 27 years on the crucial date generally. It is different for different posts and can be confirmed in the notice of exam on the official website (http://ssc.nic.in).

Question: Is there any Age Relaxation for SSC CGL Examination?

The age relaxation in the upper age limit for SCs/STs is five years, three years for OBCs and ten years for physically handicapped candidates. 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.

Question: How long does it take to nominate candidates after declaration of the final results of an examination?

It generally takes about 30-40 days for the completion of the process. The candidates are then nominated to the respective ministries to which they have been allocated. The offer of appointment is issued to the candidates by the concerned ministry within a few months. 

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SSC CGL 2016 Selection Procedure

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level examination every year for the recruitment of employees for various posts in the Ministries and Departments of the government of India. Every year lakhs of aspirants, predominantly first-timers who are unaware of the procedural workings give this examination. This article will provide the candidates appearing this year the necessary information regarding SSC CGL 2016 Selection Procedure.

Scheme of Examination

Recruitment through this examination will be a three tier process. The movement to each level is subject to the previous level’s performance. The candidates eligible for the subsequent levels of examination will have to clear the eligibility criteria of the previous level. The three tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1: Preliminary Examination (objective MCQ pattern)
  • Tier 2: Main Examination (objective MCQ pattern)
  • Tier 3: Interview/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test/ Document Verification

Tier 1

The tier 1 is a preliminary examination which is compulsory for all the candidates. Only those candidates who clear this examination will qualify for the tier 2 examinations. It is an objective type written examination and tests the basic knowledge and skills of the candidates. Its salient features are:

No. of questions

Maximum marks

General Intelligence and reasoning

     25

    50

General awareness

    25

    50

Quantitative Aptitude

    25

    50

English comprehension

    25

    50

The exam is bilingual and the time limit is 2 hours (120 minutes).

Tier 2

The tier 2 examination is known as the mains examination. It is also an objective type written examination. The candidates who clear the minimum cut-off qualify for the next level of examination. The important features are:

Subject

No. of question

Maximum marks

Qualitative Aptitude

100

200

English Language Comprehension

200

200

Statistics

100

200

  • Paper I and paper II are compulsory for all.
  • Paper III is compulsory for the posts of Statistical Investigators Group II and compiler.

Tier 3

It is the final level of selection. The candidates who qualify the tier 1 and tier 2 will be eligible for tier 3 which will include Interview/ Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill test/ Document verification.

After the conduction of all three tiers, the All India merit list will be announced and the candidates will be allotted the posts accordingly.

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