SSC CGL Exam 2019-2020

SSC CGL Exam Notification 2019 has been published by the Staff Selection Commission on 22nd October 2019.

The Staff Selection Commission conducts many national level exams to recruit candidates into various Organizations, departments, offices under the Government of India. One of the exams conducted by the SSC is the Combined Graduate level (CGL) Exam.

For more details on other SSC Exams, refer to the linked article.

The SSC CGL Exam is conducted to select candidates into Group B & Group C posts in various categories under the Indian Government. This exam is a 4 stage exam. This article covers all the important aspects related to the CGL 2019 Exam.

Table of Contents:

  1. SSC CGL Exam Date
  2. SSC CGL Notification
  3. SSC CGL Posts
  4. SSC CGL Eligibility
  5. SSC CGL Exam Pattern
  6. SSC CGL Syllabus
  7. SSC CGL Apply Online
  8. SSC CGL Preparation
  9. SSC CGL Admit Card
SSC CGL Exam Date

The SSC CGL 2019 Exam dates have been published in the official CGL Notification released on 22nd October 2019.

The SSC CGL 2019-2020 Exam dates are as follows:

SSC CGL Notification Released on 22nd October 2019
Online Application Submission 22nd October 2019 to 25th November 2019
SSC CGL Admit Card To be released
Tier I exam March 2, 2020, to March 11, 2020
Tier-II exam 22nd June 2020 to 25th June 2020
Tier III exam September 2020
Tier IV exam To be announced

There was a delay in the previous year’s Exam and few exams are scheduled for 2019.

The table below gives information on the SSC CGL 2018 Exam dates:

SSC CGL 2018 Notification Released on 5th May 2018

SSC CGL Official Notification 2018

Online Application Submission 5th May 2018 to 5th June 2018
SSC CGL Admit Card May 2019
Tier I exam 04th June 2019 to 19th June 2019
Tier II exam 11th September 2019 to 13th September 2019
Tier III exam 29th December 2019 ( Morning)
Tier IV exam To be announced

SSC CGL Notification

The official website of SSC releases the CGL exam notification every year. The previous year, the official notification was released in the month of May.

The Staff Selection Commission has released the SSC CGL 2019 Notification on 22nd October 2019 to conduct SSC CGL Exam 2020.

There has been a postponement of few exams as released on the SSC official website ( Candidates should start their preparation very early this year as the Exam dates might vary.

For more information on the SSC CGL official Notification, refer to the linked article.


The tentative vacancies for the various Group B & Group C posts for the SSC CGL 2019 are around 9200. A certain number of vacancies will be notified in due course by the Staff Selection Commission.

Usually, the recruitment happens for posts like Assistant, Inspector, Assistant Section Officer, Assistant, Auditor, Sub-Inspector, Junior Accountant, Tax Assistant, Assistant Account Officer, Upper Division Clerk, Junior Statistical Officer, etc.

Candidates can check the official notification for more details on posts for the SSC CGL 2019.

SSC CGL Eligibility

Candidates who aspire to write the SSC CGL 2019 Exam must understand the Eligibility criteria properly. There are 4 criteria for the exam – 3 are for everyone, 1 is only for certain posts.

The eligibility criteria for the SSC CGL Exam is as follows:

  1. Citizenship– Must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan
  2. SSC CGL Age Limit- Must be between the age group of 18 years to 32 years
  3. Qualification- Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University
  4. Physical Fitness– Only for candidates for certain posts like Inspector, Sub- Inspector, etc.

There is also certain SSC CGL Age limit relaxation for reserved candidates.

Candidates can check the detailed SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria by referring to the linked article.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the CGL Exam is 4 different stages called Tiers. The last Tier Exam is only for certain posts and for candidates who have qualified certain papers.

The SSC CGL Exam pattern is as follows:

Tier SSC CGL Exam Pattern
Tier 1 Online

Multiple choice questions

Tier 2 Online

Multiple choice-based

Tier 3 Offline


Tier 4 Skill Test

Before preparing for the SSC CGL 2019 Exam, candidates must check the official notification to get early information on any upcoming changes in the Exam pattern.

SSC CGL Syllabus

The SSC CGL syllabus covers various topics related to the 10th and 12th grade. The syllabus for the CGL Exam varies with respect to the Tiers.

The SSC CGL 2019 syllabus is as follows:

Tier I:- Topics related to General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language & comprehension.

Tier II:- Topics related to Quantitative Aptitude, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies( Finance & Economics)

Tier III:- This exam is a descriptive exam to evaluate a candidate’s Language skills in Hindi/English. This is only for candidates appearing for Statistical Investigator ( Grade II) & Compiler.

Tier IV:-This test comprises of Data Entry Speed Test & Computer Proficiency Test. This exam is for candidates appearing for specific posts under the Government of India.

Candidates can refer to the linked article for more details on the SSC CGL syllabus.

SSC CGL Syllabus:-Download PDF Here

For more details on the other SSC Exams, refer to the table below:

SSC CGL Apply Online

As per the notification released on October 2019, the SSC CGL Registration window for the 2020 Exam is already opened from 22nd October 2019 and the window will close on 25th November 2019. Candidates need to fill the application form on the SSC official website.

The steps for the SSC CGL 2019-20 Registration is as follows:

Step 1- Go to the official website of SSC (

Step 2- Register using your mobile number, email id

Step 3- Login using your Registration ID that will be generated once you initiate your registration using your mail id, phone number

Step 4- Fill all the details that would be asked

Step 5 – Upload the necessary documents like photograph, signature.

Step 6- Review the application form once again to check for any mistakes

Step 7- Fill the payment details for the application fee. The registration process will be completed. Save the soft copy of the submission completion message.

For more details on the SSC CGL application process, refer to the SSC CGL official notification.

SSC CGL Preparation

SSC CGL Exam preparation needs a lot of smart work to score well. Candidates should be always updated on the Exam pattern, syllabus regularly on the SSC Official website to keep a track of any upcoming changes. The right set of SSC CGL Books and study material is also necessary to have a clear concept of the topics covered in the Exam.

For more details on the SSC CGL preparation, refer to the linked article.

Candidates preparing for the SSC CGL exam can visit the SSC CGL mock test page and get free mock tests based on the latest exam pattern and prepare for the exam accordingly.

SSC CGL Study Material:-Download PDF Here

SSC CGL Admit Card

Admit Cards/ Admission Certificates (ACs) for the Examination will be uploaded on the website of the concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission. The facility for the download of Admit Cards will be available at least one week before the examination on the website of concerned Regional/ Sub Regional Office. Candidates are advised to visit the website of the concerned Regional Office and SSC HQ regularly for updates and information about the examination.

Steps to download SSC CGL Admit Card:

  1. Visit the SSC CGL official website (
  2. Click on the link ‘SSC CGL Admit Card’
  3. Enter the registration number and password to login.
  4. Admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  5. Download it and take the printout for further use.

SSC CGL Exam Centres

Candidates who aspire for the CGL exam should always check this important detail properly. A candidate must indicate the Centre(s) in the online Application Form in which he/ she desires to take the examination.

The Exam centres for the SSC CGL 2019 exam are:

  • Central Region (CR)-Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
  • Eastern Region (ER)– Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal
  • Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR)- Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Kerala
  • Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (MPR)- Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
  • North Eastern Region (NER)- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura
  • Northern Region (NR)- NCT of Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand
  • North Western Sub-Region (NWR)- Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab
  • Southern Region (SR)-Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
  • Western Region (WR)- Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, and Maharashtra

This article will help all the candidates to get a detailed idea regarding the SSC CGL 2019 – 2020 Exam centers. Referring to the previous years’ question papers, exam pattern, syllabus and all other details will the candidates to prepare for the exam systematically and reduce the stress of the Exam.

Candidates can check our Government Exams page to know the details of all the upcoming govt exams.

Frequently Asked Question – SSC CGL 2020

Q.1. Topics covered in SSC CGL Syllabus?

Ans. The SSC CGL exam is conducted in four tiers. Tier I comprises questions from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language & comprehension. Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV consist of an additional section related to professional knowledge. Check the detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for information on all four Tier.

Q.2. What is the highest post in SSC CGL?

Ans. The highest post that a candidate can get through SSC CGL examination is Assistant Accounts Officer or Assistant Audit Officer. SSC CGL AAO is a Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial) post offering the grade pay of 4800. A candidate who qualifies AAO post gets to work in the Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.

Q.3. How many attempts are there in SSC CGL?

Ans. No such number of attempts is specified anywhere for SSC CGL exam. There are certain age limit restrictions based on which the candidates as per the category they belong to can appear for the exam. Aspirants of SSC CGL must not be less than 18 years and cannot be more than 32 years of age (as on August 1, 2018). The age of candidates as present in the 10th and 12th certificates will be considered.

Q.4. Does a candidate who has an electrical and electronics degree fulfill SSC CGL eligibility?

Ans. As per the SSC CGL Eligibility criteria, a candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institution to become eligible for the exam. however, the SSC CGL eligibility differs for different posts in CGL. Check the SSC CLG Eligibility for detailed information.

Q.5. Which is the best book to prepare the reasoning section for SSC CGL exam?

Ans. SSC CGL exam requires good study material and a high level of preparation strategy to get a good score. The important SSC CGL Reasoning Books are Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey, Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr R.S. Aggarwal, Logical and Analytical Reasoning by A.K. Gupta and How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma. Important books and strategies to prepare for English, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude section in CGL exam is given in SSC CGL preparations page.

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