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SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

There are 4 important criteria which a candidate must fulfill in order to be eligible for the SSC CGL 2017. The 4 parameters are given below:

1. Citizenship: Candidate must be a citizen of India

2. Age Limit: There are different set of age limits for different posts in SSC CGL Exam 2017, which are tabulated below:

Required Age LimitSSC CGL Post Name
20-30 yearsAssistant Section Officer 
Sub-Inspector (Group B)
21-27 yearsIntelligence Bureau Assistant Post
20-30 years1Inspector of Income Tax 
Inspector of Central Excise 
Inspector (Preventive officer) 
Upper Division Clerk 
Inspector (CBN) Compiler 
Assistant Enforcement Officer 
Inspector (Examiner) 
Junior Accountant 
Sub-Inspector (CBN) Inspector of Posts 
Divisional Accountants 
Tax Assistants 
Not exceeding 30 yearsAssistant Audit Officer 
 Assistant Enforcement Officer7
Up to 32 yearsStatistical Investigator Gr. II
18-25 yearsSub-Inspector (Group C)

The Government has also provided for Age relaxation for some categories

3. Educational Qualification: The educational qualifications varies according to the post for SSC CGL 2017 and is listed below:

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelors Degree in any subject from a recognized University 
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & 
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ 
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade II PostBachelors Degree from any recognized University 
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th 
Bachelors Degree in any discipline with Statistics as 
 one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler PostsBachelors Degree from any recognized University 
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as 
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other PostsBachelors Degree in any discipline from a 
recognized University or equivalent

4. Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above, there are certain requisite Physical Standards for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).


This is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL 2017, with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:

SectionSubjectNo of QuestionsMax MarksExam Duration
1General Intelligence and Reasoning255075 minutes
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550


There is negative marking in SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam. Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to a penalty of 0.5 marks in all sections

The exam duration is 100 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.