What is SSC CGL exam

What is SSC CGL ExamCombined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam is one of the most competitive exams conducted by SSC, for which close to 10 lakh candidates applies every year. But, what is SSC CGL exam?  This article tells you that – it is all “About” SSC Exam. This is an introductory article on CGL Exam – and it gives you some important insights about why this exam is conducted, for which departments, how much salary you can expect and how competitive this exam is.

Let me begin this by saying that, as the name implies, “Graduation” i.e. Bachelor’s Degree is the minimum educational qualification required as eligibility for this recruitment exam and it is called as “Combined” as this exam was formed by merging a number of individual graduate level exams, which were previously conducted by SSC for various departments of Govt. of India.

What is SSC CGL exam?

CGL Exam is conducted to recruit manpower in “Group-B” and “Group-C” posts in various central govt. departments of Government of India. As said above, previously recruitment for these posts were conducted individually by SSC. But from the year 2010, all these exams have been combined and CGL exam was initiated.

How much salary you can expect through CGL exam?

You may be wondering what is a “Group-B” and a “Group-C” post in central govt.
Group-B is a category of posts which is one-level senior to Group-C.
The central govt. pay scale for Group-B post is Rs. 9300 – 34800 in the Pay Band-2 while for Group-C, the same pay scale is Rs.5200-20200 in the Pay Band-1.
With above pay-scale and allowances like House Rent Allowance (HRA), Transport Allowance (TA) etc. the Gross salary is approx. 32000/= per month for “Group-B” posts while the gross salary for “Group-C” posts would be around Rs. 22,000/=

Which jobs you get through CGL exam?

You can find below the name of posts and departments in which you get jobs after being selected in CGL exam:

Department Post
Central Secretariat Service Assistant
Central Vigilance Commission Assistant
Intelligence Bureau Assistant
Ministry of Railway Assistant
Ministry of External Affairs Assistant
Ministry of External Affairs Assistant (Cypher)
Armed Forces Head Quarters (AFHQ) Assistant
Central Board Of Direct Taxation (CBDT) Inspector of Income Tax
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Inspector, (Central Excise)
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Inspector (Examiner)
Directorate of Enforcement/ Revenue Assistant Enforcement Officer
Central Bureau of Investigation Sub Inspectors
Department of Post Inspector of Posts
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Divisional Accountant
Min. of Statistics & Program Implementation Statistical Investigator Gr.II
Central Bureau of Narcotics Inspector
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Auditor
Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Auditor
Controller General of Accounts (CGA) Auditor
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Accountant/ Junior Accountant
Controller General of Accounts (CGA) Accountant/ Junior Accountant
Central Dept. other than CSCS cadres Upper Division Clerk
Central Board Of Direct Taxation (CBDT) Tax Assistant
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Tax Assistant
Registrar General of India Compiler
Central Bureau of Narcotics Sub-Inspector

This list of departments and posts are indicative only and is not exhaustive. The exact name of departments and vacancies are known only when the notification for CGL exam is published for any particular year.

How competitive CGL exam is:

CGL Exam is a very competitive exam, as close to 10 lakh of candidates participates every year. To find the figures tabled below, I took the help of “Annual Reports” brought out by SSC every year, which you can find in the official website of SSC.

The following table depicts the number of candidate who appeared in SSC CGL exam, the number who actually appeared and the number of candidates selected finally for the three years – 2008, 2010 & 2011.

CGL Exam Applied Vs. Selected
CGL Exam Applied Vs. Selected

As you can find in the table, the number of candidate appearing in CGL exam each year is rising. But however, only 1.5% of them finally gets the job.

This ends a small introduction on SSC CGL Exam. While trying to know about this exam, I was myself interested to know about the information given above; but could not find them anywhere on the net in an organized manner. That’s why I am publishing these info so that you can have a birds eye view while preparing for the exam.


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