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Staff Selection Commission is a Central Government Recruitment Agency, mandated for making recruitment to Group “B” (Non-Gazetted) and Group-“C” (Non-technical) posts in various Departments, Ministries and Subordinate and Attached Offices under Government of India.

Salient features of the new Scheme are :
I. There will be a single application for all posts.
II. Candidates will be advised to give option, in order of priority, for various group of posts included in the Examination. The Notice for the Examination will mention the date of Tier-I as well as Tentative date for Tier-II Examination.
III. Tier-I of the Examination will comprise of one paper of Objective Type with the
Following parts:

Iv. Tier-I will be used to screen the candidates for appearing in Tier-II for various papers which will be specifically required for different groups of posts. However, to avoid replication at Tier II level, marks of such screened candidates in Tier-I will be taken into account for ranking of candidates for selecting them for the interview and also final selection.

v. Tier-II of the Examination will consist of three Objective Multiple Choice papers which the candidates will be required to take depending upon their qualifications and options for various posts:

Paper Subject Posts Posts No. of questions & duration Marks
I Arithmetical Abilities All posts other than SI in CPOs 100
2 hours
II English language & comprehension All posts 200
2 hours
III Mathematics/economics/ Statistics/commerce Statistical investigators/ compiler 100
2 hours

vi. All papers in Tier-II will be of Objective Type as recommended by the 2nd ARC. While papers I and II of Tier-II Examination will be of general nature and at a level consistent with the Educational Qualifications prescribed for the posts, namely a degree, Paper-III of specialized nature will be of Degree Level.

vii. Tier-III will consist of Interview. Additionally for posts Tax Assistants and Assistants(CSS) Skill Test in Data Entry/Computer Proficiency will be of qualifying nature and compulsory. Interview will iner-alia test the comprehension and analytical ability of the candidates to supplement testing of language skills in Tier-I and II, General Awareness and personality,

besides giving suitable weight age for levels of performance in minimum educational qualification prescribed, additional qualifications, if any, social abilities as evidenced through participation in extra curricular activities or depth of knowledge gained in the job in the case of candidates already employed etc. Marks for interview will be apportioned appropriately to test the competencies which might not have been adequately tested through objective type testing in Tier I and II.

viii. Skill Test for Tax Assistant / Assistants (CSS) will be held on-line and results will be available to the SSC immediately after conduct of the Text to avoid any delay in finalization of the results. To avoid inconvenience to the candidates, SSC will endeavor to schedule skill test along with interviews.

ix. Interview will carry a weight age of 100 marks.
x. SSC will have the option of seeking detailed /revised option from the candidates at the time of Tier-II Examination/Interview.


A. General Intelligence & Reasoning : It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

B. General Awareness : Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, scientific Research etc. These Questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

C. Numerical Aptitude : The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions and relationships between numbers. It will test sense of order among numbers, ability to translate from one name to another, sense or order of magnitude, estimation or prediction of the outcome of computation, selection of an appropriate operation for the solution of real life problems and knowledge of alternative computation procedures to find answers. The questions would also be based on arithmetical concepts and relationship between numbers and not on complicated arithmetical computation(The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level).

D. English Comprehension : Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

(The questions in all the components A,B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz; graduation).


Paper-I : Arithmetic Ability : This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Use of Table and Graphs, Menstruation, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time etc.

Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension :Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on error recognition, fill in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, etc. There will be a question on passages and comprehension of passages also. (The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level).

Paper-III : Commerce/Mathematics/Statistics/Economics for Investigator Grade-II, for Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and Compiler for
Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Category of posts Age limit

Inspector of Income Tax/ Inspector (Central Excise)/ Inspector (Preventive Officer)/ Inspector (Examiner)/ Inspector of Posts/ Assistant
Enforcement Officer Divisional Accountant/ Auditors/ UDCs /Tax Assistants .

18-27 years

Statistical Investigators Gr.II Not exceeding 26 years
Assistant/Sub Inspector in CBI 20-27 years
Sub Inspectors(Ex) in CPOs 20-25 years

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