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Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Exam | SSC CGL

Updated: Mar 10, 2024

Few months left for the aspirants to prepare for the SSC CGL 2024 examination. Yes, it will probably take place in June. However, the first notification isn’t out yet. But apart from the notification, there is still much information left that you should know beforehand. If you are appearing for it for the first time, these things will help you a lot. 

What is SSC CGL?

SSC CGL is a combined graduate-level examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission of India. This examination is conducted to recruit candidates for Group B and C posts.

Every year 30 lakh people apply for SSC CGL exams and 15 lakh among them show up for the examination. Yes, almost half of them don’t appear but that does not indicate lesser competition. The number of vacancies was only 8,415.

These above-mentioned stats are not meant to scare you but to give you an idea of what kind of preparation and dedication a candidate must have. 

Apart from that, a student needs to know a lot of other pieces of information like the cut-off, question pattern, marks distribution, etc. All these things, you will get here.

SSC CGL Exam Date for 2024

The SSC CGL 2024 exam announcement is likely to be made available online on June 11, 2024. The Staff Selection Commission will make the SSC CGL 2024 applications available on its official website, The SSC CGL 2024 will take place in August/September 2024. The SSC CGL 2024 admit card will be available four days before the exam day. Within a week of the exam's completion, the Commission will also provide the SSC CGL 2024 answer key.

To appear for the exam, the candidate needs to go through a registration or application process in which he registers himself and fills out the application form with the fee. Only the candidate will be considered accepted and will be given the admit card to appear for the examination. Each step of this long process is conducted on different days. Here is the schedule for you:


Exam Process Events

June 11, 2024

Expected date of first notification release

June 11, 2024

Application form available

July 10, 2024

Last date of application submission

Will be Updated

Last Fee Payment Date

Will be Updated 

Admit Card (Tier 1)

September/ October 2024

Exam Date

No Updates as of Now

Answer Key Upload

Same as Above 


Soon to be Updated on the site 

Tier 2 Updates

However, for other examination dates, you can refer to

SSC CGL 2024Eligibility Criteria

  • An Indian National
  • Graduation from a recognized Indian board or university or it's equivalent
  • The age limit for different posts under SSC varies accordingly (usually 18-30).


The candidate must fall under the age group of 18-32 to take this exam. So does it mean anyone older than 32 cannot take this exam? Well, there is some age relaxation for different categories of people. They are as follows: 

  • SC and ST candidates have an age relaxation of up to 5 years

  • OBC candidates have an age relaxation of up to 3 years

  • The PWD+General individual gets an age relaxation of up to 10 years

  • PWD+OBC people get 13 years of age relaxation 

  • In the case of PWD+SC/ST, it is 15 years

  • Ex-serviceman get an age relaxation of up to 3 years

  • Defense personnel who get disabled due to operational hostilities can get an age relaxation of up to 3-8 years. 

  • People who have been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir between 1980-1989 get the relaxation of up to 5 years.

  • Central Government civilians from the general category can apply up to 40 years of age and the SC/ST ones can apply up to 35 years of age.

  • General category unmarried divorced or widowed women can apply up to 35 years of age and SC/ST ones for 40 years of age.


The candidates must be of Indian nationality. However, people from Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet who came to India as permanent residents, before Jan 1, 1963, can apply. The same thing applies to people who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Zambia, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zaire to India.

Educational Qualifications:

It differs from post to post. A graduate can apply for all the posts except Assistant Audit Officer, and Junior Statistical Officer. To apply for an audit officer, one must have a CA/CS/MBA,, degree. For a statistical officer, the candidate must have 60% marks in maths in 12th standard and statistics as a subject as part of any stream in his graduation.


There is no limit. As long as you complete all the eligibility criteria successfully, you can apply. 

Applying for SSC CGL 2024

This step-by-step guide will help you to apply for the examination without being misguided and confused. 


As soon as the registration portal opens. You register yourself by using your email ID and phone number. An OTP will verify both. After that, you get the application form. You can get it from

Application Form Submission

You just need to fill the form with basic information like your address proof, sign, photograph, mark sheets, etc. You have to choose the examination center in the same process.


After that, you review it once to make corrections. It is better to be assured.

Fee Payment

The last step is the fee payment. As per your eligibility and fee structure, you can pay the fees online or offline. However, online is suitable.

Admit Card Download

When the SSC CGL 2024 admit cards are available on their official site, you can collect the same by using the credentials you used while registering. 

SSC CGL 2024 Fee Structure:

Only General category students have to pay the fee of 100 rs. For others, it’s free.

SSC CGL 2024 Exam Pattern

THE SSC CGL examination is divided into 2 tiers. The first tier is easy but the second tier has 2 sessions and sections under each session. Though it sounds complicated, here is the simplified version: 

Tier 1 Pattern:

Exam Mode: CBT

Type of Questions: MCQ, Objective

Total Marks: 200

Time: 1 Hour

Total Questions: 100

Sections: General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Aptitude, English Comprehension. (25 questions worth 50 marks for each section)

Negative Marking: Yes

Tier 2 Pattern:

Only those candidates who will qualify for Tier 1 will be eligible for Tier 2. 

Number of Papers: 3

Exam Mode: CBT

Number of Papers: 3 (Paper 1 mandatory for all posts, 2 and 3 are for auditors and statistics officers)

The pattern of 3 Papers:

Paper Number

Session Number


Number of Questions





Maths, General Intelligence, and Reasoning



   1 Hour

English, General Awareness



Computer Knowledge Module




Data Entry Speed Test



15 Min







  2 Hour



Finance and Economics



SSC CGL 2024 Exam Centers

Candidates are free to choose their examination centers in their state at their convenience.  You need to do that while filling out the application form. Once the admit card arrives, all the details will be mentioned there. 

SSC CGL 2023 Cut-Off

  • UR - 287.0

  • OBC - 271.0

  • SC - 252.0

  • ST - 241.0

  • OH - 234.0

  • EWS - 265.0

  • HH - 172.0

  • VH - 228.0

  • ESM - 223.0

How Many Students Appeared for SSC CGL 2023

24.7 Lakh people applied for SSC CGL in the year 2023.

SSC CGL Response Sheet 2024

The response sheet of SSC CGL 2024 will allow the student to check their attempted answers and the right answers published by SSC. They can create a brief idea of how many marks they will be securing through this response sheet.

SSC CGL 2024 Answer Key Challenge

Students who are not satisfied with their marks and feel that the answers marked wrong are right also raised objections by paying a certain fee. They need to provide documents to prove their answers.

SSC CGL 2023 Toppers List

  • Harsh Varma

  • Jitendra Kumar Patra

  • Aman Kumar

  • Shivam Tripathi

  • Prince Tyagi

  • Rohit Yadav

  • Prakash Singh Manaji

  • Arun Kumar

  • Archit Sharma

  • Prem Shankar Ojha

  • Aditya Sharma

  • Mohit Gupta

  • Sachin

  • Devank Gupta

  • Abhishek Gupta

  • Rahul Pareek

  • Divyanshi

  • Abhed M A

  • Mandeep Singh

  • Himanshu Vishnoi

  • Divyanshu Fauzdar

  • Ashi Kumari

  • Utkarsh Srivastava

  • Manish Bugaliya

  • Akhil Kumar Nandi

  • Mahak Jotwani

  • Abhishek Chaudhary

  • Nitesh Kumar Singh

  • Abhijeet Kumar

  • Yogesh Kumar

  • Nidhi Agrawal

  • Himanshu Khanna

  • Apurv Kukreti

  • Sachin Kumar

  • Md Yunus Ahamed

  • Uppu Sai Siva Trivedi

  • Sukrit Kumar

  • Tarun Kumar

  • Poladi Prakyathrao

  • Gopal Pradhan

  • Sudip Maji

  • Jaswant Singh

  • Nitin Chaudhary

  • Karn Khandelwal

  • Niranjan Kumar

  • Debrup Chakraborty

  • Aayush Baluni

  • Ayush Shivam

  • Vishal Kumar

  • Abhinav Adarsh

  • Chitransh Pratap Singh

  • Mohammad Saqib

  • Snehil Nandi

  • K Venkat Vijay Kumar

  • Sohit Kumar

  • Lalit Kumar

  • Kunal Kaushik

  • C R Ramanuja Desikan

  • Aaditya Poonia

  • Vikas Chaudhary

Preparation Tips for SSC CGL 2024

SSC CGL 2024 is going to be more challenging. Therefore, a solid preparation plan is a must-have. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Make a list of chapters you have practiced well and the ones you don’t have much grip on.

    After that, you can prioritize according to that. Start preparing for chapters that are not clear first.

  2. Practice previous years’ question papers. It will give you an idea of the question types and what areas

    the exam board focuses on. You can find the same here

  1. Once you are done with completing the syllabus you can start taking mock tests, it will make you learn

    how to manage time and answer everything in the exam hall. Refer to study apps like Unacademy,

    and Testbook for the mock tests.

  2. S.P. Bakshi, Lucent, and Rakesh Yadav’s books will help you a lot. For current affairs, keep an eye on

    the newspaper and take lectures to understand the concepts in detail.

Preparing for SSC CGL with Coaching Institutes

So, does taking coaching help? Yes, it does. Sometimes, you might not be able to self-study, but being in a routine like coaching will give you the motivation to keep going. Apart from that, students also get their hands on top-class materials and mock tests through coaching institutes which is a pivotal part of the preparation.

It is brilliant to self-study but one can always take the help of institutes to give their journey a clear vision. Refer to the list on the right side of the screen to find out about the best coaching institutes in your city. The top ones are Patna, Kota, and New Delhi.

Tip: Always try to understand concepts rather than memorizing. The more you understand it, the more effortlessly you will be able to keep information in your mind. 





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