Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
|What are the posts for which the SSC conducts Exams and what are the required qualifications?|
|What is the scheme of examinations conducted by the SSC?|
|What are the age limits and age relaxations for the examinations of SSC?|
|Which category of candidates are exempted from examination fees for exams?|
|What to do when Admission Certificate for exam is not received?|
|What is the system for allotting centres and sub-centres for examinations?|
|What to do when dates of Interviews/PET clash with another exam or interviews?|
|What to do when the category shown in the result is incorrect?|
|How long does it take for the SSC to nominate candidates, who have qualified in the final results of an examination?|
|When will the result of the written examination be declared?|
|Whether previous year question papers are available?|
|Whether any coaching classes are being conducted by SSC?|
|Whether the admission certificate has to be returned if the category is mentioned wrongly or the name is mis-spelt?|
|How do I ensure that my application is accepted?|
|Whom should I address in case of any queries or for redressal of any grievances ?|
|How do I seek information under the RTI Act, 2005 ?|
|What are the examinations being conducted by the commission? Can you inform me of the syllabus covered in these examinations?|
What are the posts for which the SSC conducts exams and what are the required qualifications?
(i) The SSC conducts open examinations regularly for posts for which large number of vacancies exist, these are: Graduate Level [Assistant Grade, Auditors/Jr.Accountants/Upper Division Clerks, Divisional Accountants, Inspectors of Income Tax/Central Excise, Sub-Inspectors in Central Police Organisations (CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB) and CBI, Section Officer (Commercial) and Section officer (Audit)] and Matric Level [Stenographer Grade 'C', Stenographer Grade 'D', Lower Division Clerks].
(ii) Direct interviews are held for isolated posts, called Selection Posts, after inviting applications through advertisements, as and when such vacancies are reported to the Commission. Some of such posts are Statistical Assistant, Store Keepers, Jr/Sr. Computers, Information Assistant, etc.
What is the scheme of examinations conducted by the SSC ?
The Staff Selection Commission conducts Graduate Level Examination every year for various posts, qualification for which is graduation, and Combined Matric Level Examination for posts requiring matriculation qualification or High School. Those candidates who qualify in the prelims are required to appear for the Mains. Candidates qualifying in the mains have to appear for an Interview or Physical Efficiency Test (PET). Those qualifying in the Matric Level Main Exam are required to pass a skill test (typing or stenography). Some exams such as the Section Officers, Investigators etc, are held separately and no prelims are held for them.
What are the age limits and age relaxations for examinations conducted by SSC ?
The age limits are different for different posts and is to be confirmed from the Notice of exam published in the Employment News/ Rozgar Samachar. Generally, the age limits are 18 to 27 years on the crucial date. The age concession in the upper age limit for SC/STs is 5 years, for OBCs it is 3 years and for physically handicapped candidates it is 10 years. For widows, divorced women and judicially separated women, the age limit is 35 years for UR category; 40 years for SC/ST women and 38 years for OBC women. The Notice of exams may be consulted regarding age relaxations for Ex-servicemen and Departmental candidates.
Typing: Hindi 25 wpm, English 30 wpm
Shorthand: Hindi 80 wpm, English 100 wpm
AND High School of equivalent
Assistant, SI in CBI,
SI in Delhi Police, Inspector (Central Excise, Preventive Officer, Examiner),
Posts/ Income Tax,
AEO in DoE,
Graduate in Eng/Hindi with Eng/Hindi as compulsory & elective
Subject at degree level
Diploma in Civil/Mechanical/Electrical
Engg. Or Equivalent
Which category of candidates are exempted from examination fees for exams ?
Scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, physically handicapped and Ex-servicemen candidates are exempted from payment of fees.
What to do when Admission Certificate for exam is not received ?
If you have not received the Admission Certificate till one week in advance of the examination, you can obtain a duplicate admission certificate by approaching the concerned Regional Office.
What is the system for allotting centres and sub-centres for examinations?
The candidates are normally allotted the centre of examination opted by them while the sub-centre (venue) is allotted according to the Ticket no. of the candidate which is generated by the computer automatically on random number basis. Sometimes when the number of candidates applying from a centre is too large, the excess candidates (except female and physically handicapped candidates) are shifted to nearby centres.
What to do when dates of Interviews/PET clash with another exam or interviews?
No change is Ordinarily permissible. However, if the interviews/ PET are being held at the specified venue on other dates also, the request may be considered if made at least ten days in advance with supporting documents.
What to do when the category shown in the result is incorrect?
Such candidates are expected to inform the SSC immediately for re-determining their results in the actual category.
How long does it take for the SSC to nominate candidates after declaration of the final results of an Examination?
It generally takes about 30-40 days to process the dossiers of successful candidates. Thereafter, the candidates are nominated to the respective Departments/ Ministries, to which they have been allocated. The Concerned Department/ Ministry issues the offer of appointment to the candidates, within about two months, after completing the due formalities.
When will the result of the written examination be declared?
Watch out for the information in the “Message Alert”. The results shall be available in the Commission’s website and also published in the Employment News which may be referred.
Whether previous year question papers are available?
As the Commission is allowing the candidates to take away the question papers with them after the completion of the examination. The question papers are widely available in the market. However, the same will be published in Archives column of the website shortly.
Whether any coaching classes are being conducted by SSC?
The Commission is not conducting any coaching classes. However, the Coaching-cum-Guidance centre for SC/ST of Ministry of Labour conducts coaching classes to SC/ST candidates for a selected examinations. The postal address of the guidance centre is given below:-
Sub Regional Employment Officer,
Dte Genl. Of Employment & Training,
Coaching –cum-Guidance centre for SC/ST,
Ministry of Labour,
56 Santhome High Road, 3rd Floor,
Chennai – 600 004.
Whether the admission certificate has to be returned if the category is mentioned wrongly or the name is mis-spelt?
The candidate need not send back the admission certificate merely for correction. The candidate may take the examination with the same admission certificate, but mention the correct category/name in the answer sheet/OMR. The candidate may also inform the Commission of the required correction.
Please ensure that you fulfill all the eligibility requirements as per the notice
Obtain the Central Recruitment Fee Stamp (CRFS) from Post Office, Paste the stamp in the top left corner of the application and get it cancelled in the post office itself.
Paste a standard photograph (Preferably Black & White) in the top right corner of the application and affix your signature in the box below the photograph.
Fill in the application neatly in English or Hindi.
After filling up the Date of Birth, you are required to fill “Age as on ……”. You have to fill this correctly. An example is given below, as illustration.
Date of Birth :10.07.1980 Age as on 01.08.2007 is 26 years 11 months and 21 days
Fill up all the columns without fail. If any column is not applicable, write clearly as“Not applicable”
Affix your signature at the end of the application.
For detailed instructions, please follow this link.
Whom should I address in case of any queries or for redressal of any grievances ?
You may address all such communications to the Regional Director.
How do I seek information under the RTI Act, 2005 ?
All requests for information under the RTI Act, 2005, should be accompanied with an application fee of Rs.10/- by way of cash or in the form of Demand Draft / Indian Postal Order (IPO), and addressed to the Regional Director (link to Contact Us), who is designated as the Principal Information Officer (PIO) for this Regional office. Shri. L. Viswanathan, Director, Room No. 416, Staff Selection Commission, Block-12, CGO Complex, New Delhi – 110 003, is the designated Appellate Authority for the commission. For more details on the RTI Act, please follow this link.
What are the examinations being conducted by the commission? Can you inform me of the syllabus covered in these examinations?
Please follow this link for the details.
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