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The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Exam, is conducted by the Government of India for the recruitment of grade officers for various posts under the ministerial wing. The main posts for which candidates are recruited through the SSC exam are Examiner, Assistant CSS, Preventive Officer, Income Tax Inspector, Central Excise Inspector, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Sub-Inspector in CBI, Inspector of Posts, Auditor etc.

Salary Structure

The approximate salary for the various posts of SSC is as follows:

Grade PayPostApprox. Gross Monthly Salary
1800Multi-Tasking StaffRs. 17,170
1900Lower Divisional ClerkRs. 18,842
2400Tax Asst., Data Entity Operator, UDC and ComplierRs. 25,734
2800Auditor, Jr. AccountantRs. 29,054
4200Statistical Investigator, SI in CBI and Div. AccountantRs. 33,955
4600Assistants and Inspectors in CBDT/CBECRs. 42,291


Age limit is reckoned as per as on 1st August 2017. There will be age relaxation for SC/ST/PWD Candidates

Category of PostsAge Limit
Inspector of Income Tax/ Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner), Inspector of Posts/Assistant Enforcement Officer/Inspector (CBN) Complier Divisional Accountant/ Auditors/ UDCs/Tax Assistants/Junior Accountant & Accountant/ Sub-Inspector (CBN)18-27 years
Statistical Investigator Gr. IINot exceeding 26 years of age
Assistant/Sub Inspector in CBI20-27 years

Educational Qualifications

The minimum educational qualification that is required is a graduation degree. The following qualifications are needed for certain posts:

Compiler: Bachelor's degree from any recognized university with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective subject.

Statistical Investigator Grade II: Bachelor's degree with Statistics as one of the main subjects or Bachelor's degree with Mathematics or Economics or Commerce (with Statistics as a paper studied in one year/two years/all three years as the case may be) as one of the main subjects.


The SSC exam has a 3-tier syllabus, designed to test the candidate's exposure and ability to handle managerial tasks at the Government level.

Tier I :
Reasoning, Intelligence, Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. This is an 1 hour paper and will be for a total of 200 marks.

SectionDurationNumber of QuestionsMarks
General Intelligence and Reasoning---25
Quantitative Aptitude---25
General Awareness---25
Total60 minutes

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Each question carries 2 marks and 0.5 marks are deducted for each wrong answer.

Tier II: 
Quantitative Ability and English Comprehension. This test is held over a period of two days with a total of 3 papers, out of which candidates might have to sit for just 2, depending on the post that is being applied for.

#SubjectNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksNegative Marking
Paper 1Arithmetic Ability100200-0.5 marks
Paper 2English Language and Comprehension Test200200-0.25 marks
Paper 3Mathematics/ Statistics100200-0.5 marks
Paper IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100

Tier III:
Personality Test/ Interview

Important Dates

ExamLast date of RegistrationDate of Exam
Combined Graduate Level (Tier – I), 201716th june 2017
1st August to 20th August
Combined Graduate Level (Tier – II), 2017
---Nov 10, 2017 and Nov 11, 2017
Combined Graduate Level (Tier – III), 2017
--21 Jan 2018