SSC CGL 2021-22 Online Application: Eligibility, Exam Date

SSC CGL 2021 Online Application: Combined Graduate level examination will be conducted for recruiting posts of group B and group C in various departments of the Indian government. The posts that have been specified by the staff selection commission will be filled up by candidates who will qualify for the CGL. These posts are as per the guidelines of the government of India and had associated with various ministries or departments or constitutional bodies in the country. The candidates must apply online in order to appear for the prelims exam in April 2022. The last date to register for SSC CGL 2021 exam is 23 January 2022 and the last day to pay the application fee is 27 January 2022. To know more about SSC CGL 2021 Application, read the article given below.

Update: SSC CGL Tier I Exam date has been released.

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SSC CGL 2021 Online Application 2021

The staff selection commission under the government of India uploaded the combined graduate level notification on 23 December 2021. The authorities are currently inviting online applications for the test and the last date to apply is 23 January 2022. Candidates who will be able to register themselves for the examination completely after paying the application fees will appear for the computer-based test of combined graduate level examination in April 2022. The last day to pay the online fee is 25 January 2022 while the offline challan is 27 January 2022.

SSC CGL 2021 Online Application
SSC CGL 2021 Online Application

The candidates will also be allowed to make corrections in the application form from 28 January 2022 to 1 February 2022. On the basis of these applications, candidates will be issued with admit card to appear for the first level test which will be a computer-based examination. The first level of examination will be followed by tier II examination and descriptive paper as per tier III. The applicant must apply online as per the instructions of the staff selection commission.

SSC CGL 2021 Notification: Highlights

Name of the ExaminationCGL or Combined Graduate Level Examination
DepartmentStaff Selection Commission or SSC
AuthorityGovernment of India
PostsGroup C and D
Number of vacancies (Tentative)To be Notified
Number of Levels4
Tier I Examination ModeComputer-Based Examination or CBE
Tier-II Examination ModeComputer-Based Examination or CBE
Tier III Examination ModePen and Paper Mode
Tier IV Examination ModeComputer Proficiency Test
Accepted LanguagesEnglish and Hindi
Release Date of Notification23 December 2021
Application ModeOnline
Last Date to Apply23 January 2022
Last day to pay Online Fee25 January 2022
Last day to fill Offline Fee27 January 2022
Correction Window28 January 2022 to 1 February 2022
Tier I Examination Date11 to 21 April 2022

SSC CGL 2021 Post and Age Limits

Group C and Group D posts will be filled considering the qualification of the candidates in the combined graduate level examination. The posts will be filled up on the basis of merit in the CGL exam. The score in the exam does not guarantee the selection of the candidate but it will help them clear the initial level. Further procedures in the selection depend upon the recruitment process that will be followed. The following posts have been considered:

S.No.PostMinistryGroupAge Limit (In Years)
1.Assistant Audit
Indian Audit and Accounts Department under C and AGB (Gazetted)18-30
2.Assistant Accounts
Indian Audit and Accounts Department under C and AGB (Gazetted)18-30
3.Assistant Section
Central Secretariat ServiceB20-30
4.Assistant Section
Intelligence BureauB18-30
5.Assistant Section
Ministry of RailwayB20-30
6.Assistant Section
Ministry of External AffairsB20-30
7.Assistant Section
8.Assistant Section
Ministry of Electronics and
Information Technology
9.Assistant Other Ministries or Departments or OrganizationsB20-30
10.Assistant Section
Other Ministries or Departments or OrganizationsB18-30
11.Inspector of Income
12.Inspector, CGST and
Central Excise
13.Inspector Preventive
14.Inspector ExaminerCBICB18-30
15.Assistant Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueB18-30
16.Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of InvestigationB20-30
17.Inspector PostsDepartment of PostB18-30
18.InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsB18-30
19.Assistant or SuperintendentIndian Coast GuardB18-30
20.AssistantOther Ministries or Departments or OrganizationsB18-30
21.AssistantNational Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)B18-30
22.Research AssistantNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC)B18-30
23.Divisional AccountantOffices under C and AGB18-30
24.Sub InspectorNational Investigation Agency (NIA)B18-30
25.Junior Statistical Officer or JSOMinistry of Statistics and Programme ImplementationB18-32
26.Statistical Investigator Grade IIRegistrar General of IndiaB18-30
27.AuditorOffices under C and AGC18-27
28.AuditorOther Ministry or DepartmentsC18-27
29.AuditorOffices under CGDAC18-27
30.AccountantOffices under C and AGC18-27
31.Accountant or Junior AccountantOther Ministry and DepartmentsC18-27
32.Senior Secretariat Assistant or Upper Division ClerksMinistry of Electronics and Information TechnologyC18-27
33.Senior Secretariat Assistant or Upper Division ClerksCentral Government Offices or Ministries other than CSCS cadres.C18-27
34.Tax AssistantCBDTC18-27
35.Tax AssistantCBICC18-27
36.Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsC18-27

SSC CGL 2021 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be able to attempt the CGL exam, the candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria. The following conditions have been laid by the staff selection commission to decide the eligibility:

  • The candidate should be a citizen of India or Nepal or Bhutan.
  • Tibetan refugees who settled in India before 1962 can also attempt the exam
  • A person who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Mawai, and Zaire and wish to settle permanently in India can also appear for the examination
  • The minimum age of the candidate is allowed as 18 years.
  • The maximum age of the candidates should not be more than 32 years. However, The age limit entirely depends upon the post.Additionally, they will be provided certain relaxations for the upper age limit.
  • The educational qualifications depend upon the requirement of the aforementioned post but in the candidates should at least have a bachelors degree from a recognised university or institute in order to be able to apply for the exam.
  • Qualification will only be considered if the candidates have the proper documents for them before 23 January 2022.

CGL Age Relaxations

S.No.CategoryPermissible Age Relaxation
1.Scheduled Castes and Tribes5 years
2.Other Backward Classes3 years
3.Unreserved Persons with Disabilities10 years
4.Other Backward Classes Persons with Disabilities 13 years
5.Scheduled Castes and Tribes Persons with Disabilities15 years
6.Ex-Servicemen3 years
7.Unreserved Defence Personnel disabled and released in some related operation 3 years
8.SC or ST Defence Personnel disabled and released in some related operation8 years
9.Unreserved Central Government Civil Employee serviced for more than 3 yearsUp to 40 Years of Age
10.SC or ST Central Government Civil Employee serviced for more than 3 yearsUp to 45 Years of Age
11.Unreserved Widows or Divorced or Legally Separated Women who did not remarryUp to 35 Years of Age
12.SC or ST Widows or Divorced or Legally Separated Women who did not remarryUp to 40 Years of Age

SSC CGL 2021 Online Application Procedure

The candidates can apply for the combined graduate-level exam online. There is no provision of an offline application for the exam. To register for CGL 2021, observe the following steps:

Apply for CGL 2021
  1. Open the official SSC portal or staff selection commission website at
  2. On the homepage, check the main menu on the top.
  3. Click on “Apply” and the application portal will open.
  4. Tap on “CGL” to check all the registrations of combined graduate level examination.
  5. Check the link attested to the notice of “Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2021“.
  6. Click on “Apply“.
  7. The application form will open up.
  8. Enter all the basic details such as Aadhaar number, ID number, name, Father’s name, Mother’s name, Date of Birth and other details.
  9. Verify each detail after filling it. Click on “Save“.
  10. Enter the “Additional and Contact Details” of the candidate. Save the details.
  11. Finally, upload the digitally scanned signatures and the passport size photographs in the required sizes and format.
  12. Fill the application fee through an online save transfer window and submit the application by tapping on “Submit“.

SSC CGL Application Fees

The application fee differs on the basis of the category candidate belongs to. Generally, the application fee is Rs.100. However, for female candidates, reserved candidates such as SC, ST, ESM, and PWD, there is no application fee. These candidates are exempted from paying the application fee. Only the unreserved candidates will have to pay the application fee through the online safe transfer window. They can choose the mode of payment as UPI, credit or debit card or net banking.

There is also a provision of submitting the fee in an offline mode by downloading the bank challan. This challan can only be paid at SBI branches in cash. The application form will only be considered as complete when the fee will be paid.

SSC CGL Selection Procedure

The combined graduate level examination will be conducted in 4 stages. The candidates will have to clear all the examinations in order to qualify for the CGL. After clearing the CGL, they will only be called in for document verification and the selection will depend upon that. The following examinations will be conducted under CGL:

  • Tier I: computer-based examination or CBE
  • Tier II: computer-based examination of CBE
  • Tier III: Pen and paper mode of examination. It will be descriptive paper and will be held in an off-line mode
  • Tier IV: If applicable, a computer proficiency test or a test to examine the data entry skills of the candidates will be conducted.

SSC CGL 2021 Examination Procedure

The exam that will be conducted at level one and level two will be of a definite pattern. For level one, there will be four subjects, general intelligence/ reasoning, general awareness, quantitative aptitude, and English comprehension. 25 questions will be set from each subject of marks 50. In short, there will be 100 questions of 200 marks and 1 hour time will be allotted to the candidates to finish the exam. In the case of the second level, four papers will be conducted separately. The following examination pattern will be followed by the authorities while setting the examination paper:

ISection AGeneral Intelligence and Reasoning25502 hours for all subjects.
Section BGeneral Awareness2550
Section CQuantitative Aptitude2550
Section DEnglish Comprehension2550
IIPaper-IQuantitative Abilities1002002 Hours
Paper-IIEnglish Language and Comprehension2002002 Hours
Paper-IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper-IVGeneral Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 Hours

SSC CGL Paper and Marking Scheme

All the questions will be of the objective type. The question will be with multiple choices and the candidates can attempt the paper in either English or Hindi except for the comprehension which will compulsorily be in English. In Level I there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer. Whereas, in level II, the negative marking will be 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Only in the subject of English language and comprehension, the negative marking will increase to 0.50. In II Level, Paper I and Paper II are compulsory for every post. However, it entirely depends on the requirement of the post for paper three and paper four.
In the case of the III Level examination which will be of Descriptive type, maximum marks will be 100 and the time allowed would be 1 Hour. The candidates will have to attempt the paper in pen and paper mode, which is offline. It will be required that the candidate has to write an essay or precis or letter or an application or any such comprehension in English or Hindi. The last is Level IV which is the skill test. It will be an examination where the candidate’s computer proficiency and the data entry speed will be examined.

SSC CGL 2021 Important Links

Official Portal of Staff Selection
Application Form Correction Notice Read Here
Official NotificationClick Here
Notice Regarding Upload of Photograph in Application FormClick Here
Application LinkClosed
SSC CGL Admit CardClick here

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