SSC CGL 2021: Overview, Dates, And Eligibility

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In India, government jobs are one of the most sought after professional choices due to lucrative salaries, perks, and a stable career path. From Civil Services and Banking jobs to Armed Forces and PSU’s, there is an array of government jobs in all the grades available for students after graduation. But to pursue a career in this line, the students have to pass tough competitive exams conducted at the national or state levels by competent bodies. One such being the Combined Graduate Level exam(CGL). Conducted by the Staff Selection Commission(SSC), the CGL is a national level exam which is used to recruit potential candidates for the Grade “B” and “C” posts at various Government of India departments, ministries, and organizations. Since each and every phase of the SSC CGL is essential, we, in this blog, will discuss the important details pertaining to the SSC CGL 2021 exam.  

SSC CGL 2021: Overview

The SSC CGL 2021 will be conducted in four-tiers namely, Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV. While the first two levels will be computer-based, the tier-III will be a paper-based test. Those who qualify the first three levels will be then required to appear for the computer proficiency or data entry skill tests. At this stage, the candidates also have to verify various documents. However, the final selection of the candidates will depend on the number of vacancies and the performance at every phase. To perform to the best of your abilities it is advised that you go through the SSC CGL Syllabus. To ensure maximum preparation time and to avoid last-minute hurdles, given below are some of the details of the exam. 

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Important Dates

The dates mentioned below are important to ensure that potential candidates do not face challenges in terms of this examination:

SSC CGL Exam EventsDate of Exam Salient Features
Notification of ExamDecember 29th, 2020The recruitment for SSC CGL was released on December 29th 2020
Application FormsDecember 2020 to January 31st  2021The application process for SSC CGL commenced on December 29th and will end by January 31st 2021
Last Date for Generation of Offline ChallanFebruary 4th, 2021All candidates can generate the bank challan for fee payment offline till February 4th 2021
Last Date for Online Fee Payment February 2nd, 2021The online mode of the payment of fees will be allowed till February 2nd 2021
Last date for Offline Fee PaymentFebruary 6th, 2021All candidates can pay the SSC CGL fees offline through a bank challan latest by February 6th 2021
SSC CGL Tier 1 ExamMay 29th 2021 to June 7th 2021The SSC CGL Tier I exam will be conducted from May 29th 2021 to June 7th 2021

Note: It is advised to visit the official website on a regular basis to stay updated with the eaxm-related dates.

SSC CGL 2021: Eligibility Criteria

Since there are numerous posts and job profiles available for candidates after clearing the SSC CGL 2020 exam, the eligibility criteria may vary. But, there are some common prerequisites for all the vacancies which have been listed below: 

  • The minimum and maximum age for appearing for the exam is 18 to 32 years respectively. 
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or institute.
  • For profiles such as Sub Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation or the National Investigation Agency or Inspector (Examiner/ Preventative Officer/Central Excise), candidates also have to clear physical fitness test to be considered eligible. 

Exam Pattern

As mentioned above, the exam is conducted in 4 modes and all of them follow a different pattern. Here is a brief overview of the exam pattern of all the levels:

Tier 1 Pattern

This is an objective paper that is held in online mode. It consists of 100 questions which are divided into 4 sections. For each correct answer, 2 marks are awarded and ¼ of the marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. The bifurcation of marks are tabulated below: 

SubjectMax MarksNo of QuestionsDuration
General Awareness5025For Candidates with Cerebral Palsy and VH- 80 minutes
English Comprehension5025For Candidates with Cerebral Palsy and VH- 80 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude5025For Candidates with Cerebral Palsy and VH- 80 minutes
General Intelligence and Reasoning502560 minutes

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Tier II Pattern

This level of the SSC CGL 2021 is also held in an online mode and is an objective exam. For every wrong answer, ¼ of the marks are deducted. Given below are the sections of this level: 

Subject Max marksNo of QuestionsDuration
English language and Comprehension2002002 hrs
General Studies (Economics and Finance)2001002 hrs
Statistics2001002 hrs
Quantitative Abilities2001002hrs

Tier III Pattern

In this tier, the writing skills of the candidates are tested in both Hindi and English languages. The applicants are required to write essays, applications or emails within an hour and the marks allocated to this section are 100 marks. 

SSC CGL Application Form

The Staff Selection Commission on the 29th of December released the SSC CGL 2020-21 notification. The application form for the same has also been released. The form has to be filled and submitted by aspiring candidates by January 31st 2021. The tier I exam of the SSC CGL will be conducted from May 29th till June 7th.

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How to fill SSC CGL Application Form?

There are two parts to the filling up of the Application form for SSC CGL. candidates can fill the form on the official website of the Commission. All aspiring candidates should follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go on the official web page of the SSC CGL (
  • Go on the button of ‘New User’ and then click on ‘Register Now’
  • Fill up the SSC CGL application form entirely
  • You will be provided with a registration number. Log in to the registered account by using the registration number and password (which you will set at the time of registration)
  • Fill all the required details in the SSC CGL application form.
  • You must have scanned copies of your passport size photos and your signature as well as other important documents.
  • Before you click on the button of ‘Submit’ you must revise the form and go through it to make sure you have not missed out on any important information.
  • Pay the SSC CGL application fees either online or in offline more. The amount of the fees is INR 100. 

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Hopefully, this blog has given you an insight into the SSC CGL 2021 exam. If you are preparing for competitive exams that follow the same line but are unsure about what strategy to follow then the experts at Leverage Edu will lend you a helping hand and will help you prepare the perfect strategy to ace these exams. 

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