SSC CGL notification 2021 pdf released: Check Syllabus, pattern, cut-off, etc

SSC CGL 2021 recruitment notification has been released today (29th December) by the Staff Selection Commission officially on their website to recruit candidates in various Ministries/ Departments/ Offices of the Government of India.

Interested and eligible candidates who want to apply for the SSC CGL 2021 exam can submit an online application form. It is advised to check the SSC CGL Exam Date and submit the application one week before the last date due to too much heavy load on the SSC server last week.

For more details about eligibility criteria, education qualification, important exam date, and online application process please read this post.

Update (29th December 2020): SSC has released the official notification for the 2021 exam. Download the pdf from the link at the end of this post.

Update (9th October 2020): Following the previous update on 1st October 2020, Staff Selection Commission will conduct the Skill Test for the SSC CGL 2018 exam on 18th and 19th December 2020.

Update (7th October 2020): Candidates can check their CGL Tier-3 exam marks on the official website.

Update (1st October 2020): Staff Selection Commission has issued a notification about the Skill Test for SSC CGL 2018 exam. The commission will conduct the SSC CGL 2018 exam Skill Test in December 2020. The exact date will be notified soon by the SSC.

Update (26th September 2020): As per the latest notification by SSC, Candidates can change their examination center for CGL 2019 Tier-2 and Tier-3 exam from 26 Sep to 29 Sep 2020.

change of ssc examination notice 26 Sep 2020

Update (22nd September 2020): As per the latest revised dates notification from Staff Selection Commission SSC on 22nd September 2020, SSC CGL 2020 Tier-1 exam will be held from 29th May 2021 to 7th June 2021. The official notification for the SSC CGL 2020 exam will be made available on 21st December 2020.

Update (26th August 2020): As per the latest notification from Staff Selection Commission SSC CGL 2019 Tier-3 exam will be tentatively conducted on 22nd November 2020. All the qualified candidates in the Tier-1 exam are eligible for the Tier-2 and Tier-3 exam. Please check the below notice.

ssc cgl 2019 tier-3 exam notice

Update (21st July 2020): SSC once again revised the exam schedule on 21st July 2020. As per the revised schedule, SSC CGL 2019 Tier-2 exam will be conducted from 02nd November 2020 to 05th November 2020.

What is the SSC CGL exam?

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination is commonly known as SSC CGL is a national level competitive exam conducted each year by SSC to recruit staff for Group “B” and Group “C” posts in various ministries, departments and organizations of the Government of India.

It’s a dream job of graduates who are looking to make a career in reputed Indian Government organizations and require consistent study for at least 6 months to crack the exam due to a large number of applications.


Finally, the Staff Selection Commission has released the much-awaited SSC CGL notification 2021 pdf on the official website. Previously CGL notification was scheduled to be released on 21st December 2021 but it was delayed due to the Covid-19 crises. Now after the release of the official notification candidates can start submitting online applications. The last date to submit the online applications is 31st January 2021.

Please check all important details related to the notification on this page. Candidates can also download the official notification pdf from this page. The link is given at the end of this post.

Post details:

Please find the list of posts in the below table that may be filled in the CGL exam. Candidates can easily check posts and salary details.

ssc cgl posts 2020

Pay Scale:

ssc cgl pay scale

Also, check SSC JHT Exam all details at the linked article

Exam date 2021

Check all important SSC CGL Exam date at the linked article.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must check the complete eligibility criteria before proceeding for the online application.

Nationality/ Citizenship:

A candidate must be either:


Age Limit:

Please check the age limit in table 1. Age requirement for various posts is as follows:

Sr. No.Age LimitComments
(i)For the posts for which the age limit is 18-27 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1994   and not later than 01-01-2003.
(ii)For the posts for which age limit is 20-27 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than   02-01-1994   and not later than 01-01-2001.
(iii)For the posts for which age limit is 20-30 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1991   and not later than 01-01-2001.
(iv)For the posts for which age limit is up to 30 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1991   and not later than 01-01-2003.
(v)For the post for which age limit is upto 32 yearsThe candidate must have been born not earlier than  02-01-1989   and not later than 01-01-2003.

Age Relaxation:

Candidates who are looking Age relaxation according to the reservation category in SSC CGLExam can find details in the below table.

age relaxation

Also, check SSC Stenographer exam full details

Educational Qualification:

ssc cgl educational qualification

The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 01-01-2020.

Also, check the SSC Sub Inspector exam full details

Selection Process:

The SSC CGL exam will consist of the below steps:

  1. Computer-Based Examination (Tier-I)
  2. Computer-Based Examination (Tier-II)
  3. Descriptive Paper (Tier-III)
  4. Data Entry Test/Computer Proficiency Test/ Typing Test (Tier-IV)
  5. Document Verification

1- Tier-I (Computer Based Examination):

Sr. No.SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
5Total10020060 Minutes

2-Tier-2 (Computer Based Examination):

Sr. No.SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime
1Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities100200120 minutes
2Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension200200120 minutes
3Paper-III: Statistics100200120 minutes
4Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)100200120 minutes

Important Points:

  • Tier-1 and Tier-2 Examination will consist of objective type of questions and question paper will be available both in Hindi and English language except for English comprehension.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks in the Tier-1 exam and 0.25 for each incorrect answer.
  • In the CGL Tier-2 Exam, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks in English Language and Comprehension and a negative marking of 0.50 marks for Quantitative Abilities, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance and Economics) paper.
  • The answer key will be updated later on SSC official website.
  • In the Tier-2 exam, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-III of Tier-2 will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Statistical Investigator Grade-II in the office of Registrar General, India (M/o Home Affairs).
  • In Tier-2, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Tier-3 (Descriptive Paper):

ssc cgl tier 3 pattern

Important Points:

  • In the Tier-3 Exam, candidates can write answers either in Hindi or English for all papers.
  • Candidates are advised to write the correct Roll Number and affix signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Answer Book.

Tier-4 (Skill Test):

In the Tier-4 exam, Computer Proficiency Test and Data Entry Skill Test will be conducted.


Please find below the SSC CGL syllabus for 2021.

We have mentioned syllabus of all Tiers mentioned below in the pdf.

Please download the complete syllabus 2021 from the below link:

How to Apply for SSC CGL Exam:

A two-step application process is required to apply for the Exam. Click on the below link to check the complete online application process.

Answer Key

Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2019 (Tier-1) Answer Key has been uploaded on the portal by the examination authority. Candidates can check their Answer Key by login on to the website.

How to check Answer Key? Please find below steps:

  • Visit the official SSC website at
  • Click on the Answer Key link on the top menu
  • Now click on SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination – 2019 (Tier-I) Answer Keys link
  • Now click on the link given in the notice
  • Enter your registration information
  • Answer Key will be displayed on the computer screen.

Candidates can check their answers and can send their challenge-response to the exam authority for correction by paying Rs 100 fee per question.

Cut Off

Staff Selection Commission has released the cut-off for the 2019 Tier-1 cgl exam. Candidates can check the cut-off at the linked article. We have also included previous years’ cut-off as well. Please check.

Important Links

Apply Online: Click Here

Official website: Click Here

Source: Official Notification

Also, check SSC CGL exam date information
SSC CGL online Application process with complete steps.

Notification pdf download

Download the Official notification pdf from the below given link.

Frequently asked questions

Is SSC CGL tough?

CGL exam is not that easy. You need to do a proper and well-planned study of at least 8 hours a day for at least 6 months. You may also take the help of any professional coaching centers.

Is there any medical test for SSC CGL?

For some posts like Inspector (Central Excise)/Inspector (Preventive Officer)/Inspector (Examiner) physical test is mandatory.

What is SSC CGL salary?

Salary is different for different posts and varies from Pay Band 4 to Pay Band 8. You can expect a minimum salary of 30000 in hand per month.

What are CGL exam post?

Some of the CGL exam posts are mentioned below.
Assistant Audit Officer
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Inspector (Examiner)
Inspector (Central Excise)
Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs)

Who is eligible for SSC CGL Exam?

As per the official eligibility criteria, any graduate can apply for the exam.

What are the subjects in Combined graduate level exam?

General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and General Awareness are common subjects.

What is the minimum percentage required in graduation for CGL Exam?

There are no minimum percentage criteria except for Statistical officer 60% marks in graduation.

Which newspaper is best for Combined graduate level Exam?

You can read any newspaper listed below to prepare for the exam.
The Times of India (English Daily)
Hindustan Times (English Daily)
The Hindu (English Daily)
Amar Ujala (Hindi Daily)
Nav Bharat Times (Hindi Daily)
Dainik Jagran (Hindi Daily)
Hindustan (Hindi Daily)

Is there interview in CGL Exam?

There is no interview in the Combined graduate level exam. The tier-3 exam is introduced to replace the interview.

Can I apply for multiple posts?

Yes, you can apply for multiple posts. You can give your preference for the posts while applying for the exam.

What are the benefits of CGL Exam?

There are many benefits like a handsome salary package, paid and unpaid leaves, traveling, and medical allowances. On-time salary, Pension, Less work stress, and most important job security.

Please check below links for more govt jobs information:

SSC ExamUPSC ExamTET ExamBank ExamRRB Exam

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