(Information) All Competitive Examinations Conducted By Staff Selection Commission


Staff Selection Commission

Staff Selection Commission conducts the following competitive examinations every year:

1) For candidates having qualification of only Matriculation, they are eligible to apply for the Combined Matric Level Examination. In the same examination, those who are having Stenography speed of 80 WPM can apply for Stenographer also. Combined Matric Level Examination for posts of LDCs and Stenographers is conducted in 3 stages. The preliminary examination is of objective type is conducted to shortlist candidates for next examination i.e. Main Examination and the candidates who qualify in the main examination are to appear in a typewriting test/stenographer test for final selection.

There are various examinations for graduates such as, Tax Assistant, Combined Graduate Level, Sub-Inspectors in CPOs, Section Officer(Audit). However, the graduates in Commerce, in addition to the above, can also apply for Section Officer(Commercial) examination. The graduates in Economics/Statistics/ Maths. can apply for Statistical Investigator also in addition to all the above examination except Section Officer(Commercial). The Engineering graduates are in addition to above, are eligible to appear the Junior Engineer exam. conducted by the Commission. For the candidates having degree in Hindi, are eligible apply for Junior Hindi Translators also.

The details of various examinations are as follows : 

Combined Graduate Examination - for posts of Inspector in Income Tax/Central Excise/Department of Post,  Sub-Inspector in CBI, Assistant, Divisional Accountant, Auditor, Junior Accountant, UDC etc.  

  • This examination is also conducted in 3 stages i.e. preliminary, Main and Interview for mostly group ‘B’ non-gazetted posts. However, for posts of Auditors, UDC, Jr. Accountants, no interview is conducted and candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in the main examination. 

Sub-Inspector in CPO (BSF, CRPF, CISF, ITBP,SSB) Examination – Only one written examination is conducted for this examination, followed by a physical, medical  test and interview. There is some relaxation in height for the candidates belonging to North-Eastern Region.

Section Officer (Audit) & Section Officer (Commercial) Examination – These examinations also consist of only one written examination followed by a interview. The posts of Section Officers are mainly exists in Accountant General offices located all over the country.

Junior Engineers Examination – It consist of only one written examination followed by an interview for posts of Junior Engineers in CPWD.

Tax Assistant Examination – This examination is conducted for selection of candidates for posts of Tax Assistant in Central Excise/Income Tax department. It consist of a written paper followed by a skill test in computer typing.

Junior Hindi Translator Examination – One written test followed by an interview is the selection criteria for this post.

Selection Posts – In addition to the above, some specialized posts like Chemist, Computer typist, Research Assistant, Hindi Translator etc. in central government offices located in north eastern region are conducted by SSC(NER), Guwahati. For those posts, generally no written test is conducted. The short-listed candidates are selected on the basis of an interview only. For getting shortlisted for any selection post, the candidate should enclose all experience certificates/extra curricular certificates though the same are not  asked for.

Advertisement of examinations:

All the advertisements of competitive examinations even an advertisement for a single post are published in the Employment News. However, there was a complaint about non-availability of Employment News in some areas. In order to facilitate the candidates of North Eastern Region, Short notices of the advertisements are sent for publication  in all leading local newspapers and also sent to  all the  local stations of All India Radio/Doordarshan for broadcast.   Now-a-days, applications forms of various competitive examinations can also be downloaded from the website of the Staff Selection Commission-(http//www.ssc.nic.in).

Contents of the competitive examinations:

A simple graduate candidate can easily qualify in any SSC examination if he/she has the thorough knowledge of his own subject and keeps an eye on current affairs etc. Model questions of SSC examinations in the form of  guide books are also available in the market. Also knowledge of present day happenings in the country as well as the world as available in the Newspapers are a must for cracking the examination.    

How to apply:

Before filling up any application form of any examination, candidates should read the  instructions given in the advertisement to avoid rejection of their application form. Since the data of all the candidates are entered and monitored in Computers, data once entered against a candidate, cannot be rectified or changed later on. Application Form can be typed/hand written but it should be same as published, signature should be put in all places wherever prescribed.

Evaluation of Answer Sheets:

Objective type questions that are required to be answered by tick marks/darkening are evaluated by Computer (Optical Mark Reader).Candidate should be careful in handling the OMR Answer Sheet. Making dirty the OMR sheet and any kind of fold may lead to non-evaluation of his answer sheet. Recently, a candidate who was selected for the post of Sub-Inspector in CISF against female quota was found to be male candidate later on. The candidate wrote the code no. 2 which means female instead of code no.1.Descriptive type  questions are evaluated manually.


Interview of SSC are conducted in a candidates’ friendly atmosphere. To get through any interview, the candidate need not put any costly dress but should appear clean, smart and should be familiar about his own subject, native place, state of domicile, places of historical interest of the state etc. However, the interview board members are highly experienced/eminent personalities, confession in case of any doubtful/unconfirmed information will be appreciated by them instead of trying to mislead them.

Reservations of vacancies:

There are reservations of vacancies for SC/ST/OBC etc.as per government’s orders however; there is no reservation for any particular state. Vacancies are open to all and are filled up as per the merit of the candidates drawn on all India basis.

Application Form:

Common errors in submission of the application forms :-
During scrutiny of application forms, the following common errors are found committed by the candidates leading to cancellation of their candidature :-
    a) Non pasting of photographs in proper place.
    b) Not signing below the photograph and also in the declaration at the end.
    c) Signing in capital letters instead of running hand.
    d) Non affixing of CRFS.
    e) Non cancellation of CRFS.
    f) Non submission of requisite documents in support of Date of Birth, Caste/Tribe Certificate and Educational Qualification.
    g) Non submission of application form before closing date.