SSB Exam 2022

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SSB Exam

SSB, or the Sashastra Seema Bal came into its existence due to the aftermath of the Sino- Indian War(in 1962).  Established in May 1963, this ‘Special Service Bureau’ was established as the border guarding force of INDIA. Deployed shoulder-to-shoulder with the nation’s borders with Nepal and Bhutan, SSB is an esteemed guarding force that symbolizes ‘Service, Security and Brotherhood’. In this blog post, we will learn the latest updates and notifications by the government till now for the SSB exam 2022.

Name of organisation Sashastra Seema Bal
Conducting Body  Union Public Service Commission
Post Assistant Commandant
Number of Vacancies To be Notified
Job Location Anywhere in India

About SSB

Deemed to be one of the most dominant guarding forces of the nation, SSB falls directly under the administrative control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (since Jan 2001) and comes under one of the seven ‘Central Armed Police Forces’ (India). 

SSB was initially declared as the ‘Lead Intelligence Agency’ for the Indo-Nepal Border in June 2001 and the Indo-Bhutan border in March 2004. The body was remunerated with the President’s colours in March 2004 for playing a pivotal role in national security. 

Applicants foreseeing themselves working with the esteemed bureau are required to clear the UPSC CAPF examination. 

SSB Recruitment Exam Overview 2022

Candidates aspiring to work as Assistant Commandants in the prestigious body are required to give the ‘Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) recruitment exam( It is a national-level exam that is held annually).   Recruitment for the aforementioned post is predominantly conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). 

Applicants are required to check out the CAPF recruitment page to get notified about the aforementioned recruitment exam. Notification dates for 2022 are scheduled to be released on April 20th, 2022.  As for the recruitment exam itself, it is speculated to be held on  August 7th 2022. 

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SSB Recruitment 2022 

Aspirants aiming to work for SSB should exercise patience because the recruitment process for the positions of ‘Assistant Commandants is generally slow and lengthy.  This is because it takes roughly a year for the completion of the entire recruitment process. 

Going through the following table will give you a certain idea about the important dates regarding the SSB recruitment exam, in 2022. 

SSB AC Exam 2022 Exam Dates
Notification April 20th 2022
Last Date to Apply May 10th 2022
Admit Card July 2022
SSB written exam August 7th 2022
Personality Test To be notified
Mode of application Online
Mode of examination Offline

It is imperative for applicants prospecting to apply for the recruitment process to go through the official notification thoroughly before applying for the exam. Coming to the recruitment process, it is conducted annually. 

SSB Vacancies 2022

As of 2022, the number of vacancies in SSB is yet to be announced. And, according to the data gathered for the past three years, 158 job postings had been released by SSB for the post of Assistant Commandant in the mentioned body. 

UPSC is deemed to be the conducting body for the CAPF SSB recruitment process and can change the number of vacancies if needed. Hence, applicants are advised to look out for any changes in the number of vacancies on their official website. 

Refer to the data given below to get an idea about the vacancies declared by UPSC for SSB AC recruitment over the years. 

Year-Wise vacancy in SSB Number of vacancies 
2021  1
2020 22
2019 66
2018 29
2017 63

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SSB Salary 2022

Candidates aspiring to work as Assistant Commandants in SSB are in for a ride. This is because the body has announced an increment in the wage division for the mentioned position after the 7th pay commission. 

SSB Post SSB salary 
Assistant Commandant  INR 50,000 – INR 60,000

SSB Exam Pattern 2022

Aspirants prospecting to work for the SSB are required to qualify for the SSB exam conducted by CAPF UPSC. Given that the entire recruitment process can seem interminable at times, it is recommended that candidates prepare themselves according to the set pattern (released by UPSC) each year. The process can be segregated into the following stages: 

  • CAPF written exam
  • Physical Efficiency Test & Medical Standards Test
  • Interview/ Personality Test

Applicants performing well in all of the aforementioned levels, and creating a decent merit score will be deemed eligible to be recruited into the Forces.

Have a look at the following table to understand the SSB exam pattern (2022): 

SSB Exam Pattern  Marks Duration
Written test
Paper I- General Ability
Paper II- General Studies, Essay and comprehension
250 marks
200 marks
2 hours
3 hours
Physical efficiency test
Personality test 150 marks

The questionnaire for the  ‘General ability’ section of the written examination is objectively based. In this case, each incorrect answer will cost the candidate one-third negative marking.  And based on the marks scored by the candidates in their written exam and interview, the final merit list will be calculated. 

SSB Exam Syllabus 2022 

Refer to the table given below to go through the CAPF SSB recruitment exam (2022). 

SSB Exam Syllabus  Topics
Paper I: General Ability/ Intelligence (objective) Indian History, Indian and World, Geography, General Science, Indian Economy and Politics, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Numerical Ability, Data Interpretation
Paper-II: General Studies, Essay and Comprehension Paper A: Essay Questions Long and narrative essay ( Paper I syllabus for essay)
Paper B:  Comprehension, Precis writing and Communication/language skills

Applicants preparing for the Paper II section of the examination are required to work on: 

  1. Letter writing
  2. Precis writing 

Other topics worth considering while you are preparing for ‘Paper II’ include:

  1. One word substitutions 
  2. Homophones/ Homonyms
  3. Synonyms and Antonyms
  4. Idioms and Phrases
  5. Prefix and Suffix

Now, apart from being academically eligible for the examination, one needs to be physically fit as well.  Coming to the physical exam, candidates must qualify for the ‘Physical Efficiency Test’ (PET) and the Medical Standards Test.  For SSB, the physical proficiency test entails:

Physical Efficiency  Male  Female
100 meters race In 16 seconds In 18 seconds
800 meters race In 3 minutes 45 seconds In 4 minutes 45 seconds
Long Jump 4.5 meters
Shot Put 3 meters (3 chances) 3 meters (3 chances)

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SSB Eligibility Criteria 2022

Candidates hoping to work as CAPF Assistant Commandants are required to satiate a certain criteria list declared by the ‘Union Public Service Commission’.

Have a look at the following list of ( general) requirements: 

Age limit Must be between 20-25 years. 
Age relaxation-5 years for SC/ST candidates                           
-3 years for OBC candidates
Education Must have done graduation from any recognised govt. Institution (university)
Sex Both male and female candidates can apply
Nationality Must be Indian or a subject of Nepal/ Bhutan

Apart from the aforementioned criteria list, one must fulfil the following physical and medical requirements. 

SSB Physical Requirements  2022 

Physical requirements for the CAPF SSB exam 2022 are as follows. 

SSB Physical Requirement Male Female
Height  165 cm 157 cm
Weight  50 kg (as per height)  46 kg (as per height) 
Chest 81 cm

SSB Medical Requirements 2022

One must meet the following medical criteria in order to be deemed eligible for the examination. 

Eye sight  6/6 or 6/9 eyesight for good vision. 
Ear Must not have any degree of hearing impairment. 
Speech  Must not have speech impairment. 
Tattoo clause Tattoos are not allowed (except the religious ones). 
Chronic disease Must not have any chronic disease (such as skin disease, or any venereal disease). 


How to directly apply for SSB without giving any entrance exam?

Yes, it is true that one need not give any written exam to qualify for the interview round. You can skip this section only if you fall into the following slots. 
Technical Entry Scheme (TES)
Technical Graduate Course (TGC)
SSC Tech
University Entry Scheme – Army (UES)
University Entry Scheme – Navy (UES)
Indian Navy – Logistic, Technical, Executive, Pilot
Special Entry Scheme – NCC
Fast Track Selection (FTS) by IAF 

How can one apply for the SSB army?

Candidates who were in the NCC senior division of the Indian army  may apply for the SSB interview round 2022 through their  NCC Branch HQ/Zonal HQ. The minimum requirement in this case is a ‘Certificate’ with an average ‘B’ grade. 

What is the age limit for SSB? 

Candidates falling into the age group of 18-23 years are deemed eligible enough to partake in the SSB examination 2022. 

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