What is the SSC exam for?
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an Indian organization that plays a vital role to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices.
The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level Examination. The posts included in the Scheme of the Examination are divided into two Groups- B & C based on Grade pay.
The posts included under Group B and group C respectively are given below:
- Assistant in Ministries/Department.
- Inspector of Income Tax
- Inspector (Central Excise/Preventive Officer/Examiner)
- Assistant Enforcement Officer
- Sub Inspectors (Central Bureau of Investigation)
- Inspector of Posts
- Divisional Accountant
- Statistical Investigator Gr.II
- Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
- CAG Offices
- Junior Accountant/ Accountant
- Upper division clerk
- Tax Assistant
- Sub Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)
In order to provide relevant and most required information, we answer the questions most likely to be asked by the SSV CGL aspirants.
1) Who can appear for SSC CGL?
Any person with the educational qualification of Bachelor‟s Degree (Graduation Degree) or equivalent from a recognized University can appear in most of the posts in SSC CGL exam. Respective qualifications required for various post are given below:
i) Assistant Audit Officer:
a) Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognizedUniversity or Institute
b) Desirable Qualifications for the Post of Assistant Audit Officer:
Chartered Accountant or cost & Management Accountant or CompanySecretary or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies orMasters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in BusinessEconomics.
ii) Statistical Investigator Grade – II:
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% in Mathematics at 12th standard:
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
iii) Compiler: Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective subject.
iv) All other Posts: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
2) What are the examination dates?
Staff Selection Commission will hold the Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2016 (Tier-I) on SUNDAY the 8th & 22nd May, 2016.
Tier-II of the Combined Graduate Level Examination -2016 will be conducted over a period of two days. Probable dates for CGL (Tier -II) Exam are 13.08.2016 (Saturday) & 14.08.2016 (Sunday).
3) What is the total number of vacancies this year?
It would be subject to receipt of intimation of confirmed number of vacancies from the concerned Indenting Ministries/ Department/Office/Cadres before declaration of results.
4) How to apply for the examination?
Candidate may note that only online applications will be accepted at
http://ssconline2.gov.in. and http://sscregistration.nic.in.
All Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from paying application fee, as per extant government orders.
The candidates who are not exempted from paying examination fee may
submit the requisite fee through State Bank of India only either in the form of challan, generated on line, or through SBI Net Banking. Payment can also be made through any Credit or Debit Card.
5) What is the exam pattern?
Scheme of the Examination for Combined Graduate Level Examination:
The Examination will be conducted in three tiers as indicated below:
Tier -I — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier –II — Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier –III — Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification
The Commission reserves the right to make changes in the scheme of examination such
as conduct of Tier-I and Tier-II examination in computer based mode, treating Tier-I
examination as only qualifying etc.
Tier -II – Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Scheme of Written Examination (Tier-II):
- Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
- Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical
Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
- Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit
Tier -III Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification
Computer Proficiency Test :
The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprising of three modules-
i) Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistant Section Officer of CSS. The CPT will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose. CPT will be of qualifying nature.
ii) Skill Test: For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax): Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.
iii) Document Verification: All candidates are required to come for document verification. Those failing to do so will not be considered for final selection. Candidates are also required to submit all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification. Revised options for posts will not be taken at the time of document verification. The options exercised in the application form are final.
6) What is the marking scheme for the exam?
There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I. InTier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-Iand Paper-III for each wrong answer.
7) What is the scope / future prospect for the candidate who clear the examination?
I. Pay Band –II Rs.9300-34800
II. Pay Band –II Rs.9300-34800 (Gazetted)*
* Recruitment of the Assistant Audit Officer in the scheme of Combined Graduate Level Examination 2016 has been included with the in principle approval of the Government subject to final approval.
III. Pay Band-I: Rs. 5200-20200
8) How the exam has changed compared to previous year?
Latest change in the SSC CGL exam is interview component has been dispensed with. There will, therefore, be no interview.
9) What are the topics to prepare for the exams?
Indicative Syllabus for Tier-II of the Examination:
Paper-I : Quantitative Ability :
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 ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular RightPyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
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 spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting mis-spelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.
Paper-III : Statistics for Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI.
Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data –
Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles. Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their
relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient; simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only).
Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability
functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of arandom variable; Binomial , Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).
Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability sampling techniques(simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement only);Sample size decisions.
Statistical Inference – Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a
good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way
Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.
Paper IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)
1. Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.
Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)
2. Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and
3. Finance Commission-Role and functions
4. Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve
5. Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer’s behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply,
Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
6. Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
7. Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets
8. Indian Economy
Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;
National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of
measuring national income Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication
9. Economic Reforms in India
Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization and Disinvestment
10. Money and Banking
Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of
Commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
11. Role of Information Technology in Governance.