Various Competitive Examinations
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 :
2) 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
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) Junior Engineers Examination
– It consist of only one written examination followed by
an interview for posts of Junior Engineers in CPWD.
6) 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.
7) Junior Hindi Translator
Examination – One written test followed by an
interview is the selection criteria for this post.
8) 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
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.
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
g) Non submission of application form before closing date.