Combined Graduate Preliminary
The Staff Selection
Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Preliminary Examination
once a year for selection of candidates for the main Examination. Candidates
declared qualified by the Commission in preliminary examination will have to
apply again with requisite fees in the prescribed application form which is sent
to such qualified candidates by the concerned regional offices of the
This Examination is conducted for recruitment to various subordinate services
(A) Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office
the Govt. of India.
(B) Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
(C) Inspectors of Income Tax.
(D) Preventive Officers in Customs.
(E) Examiner in Customs.
(F) Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police & CBI.
(G) Sub-Inspectors in BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF.
(H) Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various
offices of Govt. of India.
Age: The age of a Candidate must lie between
(a) 20 to 27 years for Assistant Grade & SIs in CBI
(b) 18 to 27 years for inspectors of CE/IT & Div. Acctts/Auditors/UDCs,
(c) 20 to 25 years for SIs in CPOs on the first day of August of the year
The upper age limit may be relaxed in case of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled
Tribes, Other Backward Classes and few such other reserved categories.
Educational Qualification: Degree
of a recognized University or equivalent.
Desirable Qualification for SIs in CPOs: Possession of NCC 'B' or 'C'
certificate or outstanding sports or athletic certificates.
Physical Standards: For the posts of Inspector of Central Excise and
Preventive Officer, candidates have to satisfy the minimum physical standards as
specified in the examination notifications. They would also be required to
undergo a physical test.
For further clarification/explanations, please refer to noticification when
published in Emplyment News / Rozgar Samachar, etc
No. of Questions
Part A :
General Intelligence & General Awareness.
Part B :
i) Both parts A & B will be of objective type (multiple Choice types).
ii) Question Papers (Test Booklets) for both the parts in Preliminary Exam will
be set both in English and Hindi.
a) General Intelligence: It would include questions of
both verbal and non-verbal type. This component will include questions on
analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualisation, spatial
orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual
memory, discrimination observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical
reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetic number series,
non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic
b) General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at
testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its
application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of
current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in
their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will
also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries
especially pertaining to History, culture, geography, economic scene, general
polity, scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not
require a special study of any discipline.
c) Arithmetic: This part will include questions on problems relating
to number systems, computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions and
relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentages,
ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit & loss, discount, use of table
and graphs, menstruation, time & distance, ratio and time etc.
The preliminary exams are generally held in the month of July
following a notification in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar/SSC website (http://ssc.nic.in/graduate.htm).
The application form must be submitted in the prescribed
format published in the Employment News / Rozgar Samachar. The application form
may be typed out in double space or neatly hand written. The applications should
be submitted to the concerned Regional Director as listed in the notification
How to prepare:
The candidates must undergo prolonged preparation to take the
examination. The examination is aimed at judging the candidate decision making
ability and understanding of language and analytical skills. For the Objective
test, one needs to practice regularly to improve knowledge and speed. For
subjects like General Intelligence and General Awareness, one needs to start
practicing early and regularly. A good book on the basics of General Knowledge,
supported by reading a good newspaper and competitive magazine can greatly
assist a candidate to do well in the exam. For mastering the Arithmetic, regular
practice is required.
Staff Selection Commission
Department of Personnel and Training
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Block No. 12, Kendriya Karyalay Parisar,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003
Tele: +91-11- 24360619