Here, we have compiled all the rules that candidates generally need to know about the technicalities involved for them related to examinations conducted by the staff Selection Commission (SSC).  After going through them you’ll feel more confident when a doubt arises in your mind.

1. Photo ID CARD in original is now a MUST in all SSC Exams/Skill Tests/PETs

Whenever a candidate is going to take an exam whether it’s a written exam or a skill test a photo ID card is mandatory to carry with him. Without that he won’t even be allowed to enter in an exam hall.

The photo ID card could be any such as Driving Licence, Voter Card, Aadhaar Card, Identity Card issued by University/College, Income Tax Pan Card. If one’s admit card doesn’t bear one’s photo, take a photo ID card such as voter’s card, driving licence etc and two passport size photos.

2. Date of reckoning of age & educational qualification for an SSC exam


According to this circular the crucial date for determining the age limits for competitive examinations held for recruitment by UPSC/SSC etc. in the first half of the year is the first day of January of the year in which the examination is held; and if the examination is held in the second half of the year, the crucial date will be the first day of August of the year in which the examination is held.

If an examination is held in two parts on two different dates of the year, the crucial date for determining the age limits will normally be the 1st of January when both parts of the examination fall in the first half of the year, and when both parts of the examination fall in the second half of the year the crucial date for determining the age limits will be the 1st of August .

It may sometimes happen that due to exigencies of the circumstances an examination, which is normally held during the first half of the year, is shifted to the second half. In such a case, the date of determining the age limits would still be the 1st of January.

 3. Do State Govt Employees get age relaxation in SSC exams or vice-versa?

State Govt employees do not get any age relaxation in Central Govt exams, and Central govt employees also do not get age relaxation in State Govt exams.

NOTE: But not all Central Govt employees get age relaxation in the Central Govt exams, employees who are in Group-C service only get age relaxation. How they get this read here:

Posts under Group-C: a central govt employee serving for 3 years continuously can take this exam up to 40 years for this post. For reserved categories add to it the usual age relaxation available to them.

4. Age relaxation for Central Govt Employees in SSC Exams

Upper age limits for a UR Central Govt civilian employees:

Posts under Group-B: No age relaxation

Posts under Group-C: a central govt employees serving for 3 years continuously can take this exam up to 40 years for this post. For reserved categories add to it the usual age relaxation available to them.

5. Does Central Excise Inspector/GST Inspector need to wear uniform all the time?

Excise Inspector doesn’t have to be behind the smugglers; he is Preventive Officer (PO) who is supposed to do this job. A PO post is in 6 zones and lies at coastal cities only. At rest of the places this is Excise Inspector who has to perform his job and therefore he is also posted at places such as airports. But this posting is on cyclic basis. Smugglers also could be found at such places but they are generally not that hard core.

An Excise Inspector if posted at such places normally has to be in the uniform all through his duty period; but need not wear the uniform when is posted at other areas. He could be posted at some HQ or areas which are far from it; but they are not rural areas.

6. Eligibility, Age Relaxation & % of reservation for Ex-servicemen in SSC exams


7. In what manner are reserved candidates selected?

SC, ST, OBC, PH and EWS candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, along with candidates belonging to other communities, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. Such SC, ST, OBC, PH and EWS candidates will be accommodated against the general/unreserved vacancies in the post/state as per their position in the overall Merit List or vacancies earmarked for their category, whichever is advantageous to them.

The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SCs, STs, OBCs, PH and EWS candidates who are lower in merit than the last general candidate on merit list of unreserved category but otherwise found suitable for appointment by relaxed standard.

A person with physical disability (OH/HH/VH) who qualifies the Commission’s examination under UR standards can be appointed against an unreserved vacancy provided the post is identified suitable for person with disability of relevant category.

8. When is a reserved candidate said to be qualified on UR standards?

A reserved category candidates, if meets the cut-off that of UR candidates and has not sought age relaxation is said to be qualified on UR standards. In that case he also becomes eligible to be appointed on UR seats too.

For example in an exam result the cut-off for UR is 354.75; and If an OBC etc candidate has scored 354.75 or more marks and is aged below 27 on the day of reckoning of age for the exam will be said to have qualified on UR standards. And thus, for him the total vacancies will be for example 1552 (Vacancies for UR) + 883 (Vacancies for OBC) = 2435. Otherwise his vacancies would have been just 883. Also while allotting seat to him he is chosen for the category which is in his favour.

9. How to keep cool and patience in the exam hall?

I advise my students to put cotton in their ears in exams, if found noise from outside, like public meeting etc. So they are always advised to carry a small piece of cotton with them in their pencil box. I have experimented it on me myself also during my exam days and derived good result from that.

It is always not possible on the part of recruitment agencies to provide minimum assured infrastructure in an exam hall. Invigilators of many state govt schools are quite callous on the matters of competitive exams. They don’t have minimum level of discipline in distribution of booklet etc. They talk among themselves during exam hours inside exam hall. But CBSE etc. schools and state govt colleges have different pictures. They are quite disciplined & responsible to this matter.

So my advice is, you should prepare both the way, I mean in addition to usual way of keeping key board, practise typing by keeping key board on the table in front of monitor. We can compare this practice with a jungle tracking of army. No other way out.

10. Technical Resignation, Procedure and its benefits


As per the Ministry of Finance OM No. 3379-E.III (B)/65 dated the 17th June, 1965, the resignation is treated as a technical formality where a Central Government servant has applied through proper channel for a post in the same or some other Department, and is on selection, required to resign the previous post for administrative reasons.

The resignation will be treated as technical resignation if these conditions are met, even if the Central Government servant has not mentioned the word ‘Technical’ while submitting his resignation.

The benefit of past service, if otherwise admissible under rules, may be given in such cases. Resignation in other cases including where competent authority has not allowed the Government servant to forward the application through proper channel will not be treated as a technical resignation and benefit of past service will not be admissible. Also, no question of benefit of a resignation being treated as a technical resignation arises in case of it being from a post held on ad hoc basis.

NOTE-I: Technical Resignation is a facility provided to the Central Government employees who are going to join other Central Govt jobs. State Govt employees, bank and any other PSU employees are not entitled to Technical Resignation to join Central Government.

NOTE-II: An ordinary resignation from the service or post forfeits entire past service, but if the resignation is technical it does not result in forfeiture  of past service.

NOTE-III: The facility of technical resignation is also admissible to Central Government servants who applied for posts in same or other Departments before joining the Central Government service at which he is working presently. The benefit of past service is allowed in such cases subject to the fulfillment of the following conditions:

1. The Central Government servant should intimate the details of such application immediately on their joining.

2. The Central Government servant at the time of resignation should specifically make a request, indicating that he is resigning to take up another appointment under the Government for which he applied before joining the Government service;

3. The authority accepting the resignation should satisfy itself that had the employee been in service on the date of application for the post mentioned by the employee, his application would have been forwarded through proper channel.


In terms of Rule 9(2) of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972, technical resignation shall not result in the lapse of leave to the credit of the Government servant. The balance of unutilized Child Care Leave (CCL) as well as all other leaves of the kind due & admissible will be carried forward.

As per rule 39-D of the CCS (Leave) Rules,1972, in case of permanent absorption in PSUs/Autonomous Bodies/State Government etc., the Government servant shall be granted cash equivalent of leave salary in respect of EL & HPL at his credit subject to overall limit of 300 days.

Carry forward of LTC
Entitlement to LTC will be carried forward in case of a Central Government Servant who joins another post after having submitted Technical Resignation.

Pay Protection, eligibility of past service for reckoning of the minimum period for grant of Annual Increment
In cases of appointment of a Government servant to another post in Government on acceptance of technical resignation, the protection of pay is given in terms of the Ministry of Finance OM No. 3379-E.III (B)/65 dated the 17th June, 1965 read with proviso to FR 22-B. Thus, if the pay fixed in the new post is less than his pay in the post he holds substantively, he will draw the presumptive pay of the pay he holds substantively as define in FR-9(24).

Past service rendered by such a Government servant is taken into account for reckoning of the minimum period for grant of annual increment in the new post/service/cadre in Government under the provisions of FR 26 read with Rule 10 of CCS (RP) Rules, 2016. In case the Government servant rejoins his earlier posts, he will be entitled to increments for the period of his absence from that post.

GPF transfer
Transfer of GPF on technical resignation would be governed by Rule 35 of the General Provident Fund (Central Services) Rules, 1960.

On technical resignation, seniority in the post held by the Government servant on substantive (permanent) basis continues to be protected. However, in case of a Government servant deciding to rejoin his substantive post, the period spent in another department which he had joined after submitting his technical resignation will not count for minimum qualifying service for promotion in the higher post.

Applicability of Pension Scheme
In cases where the Central Government servants, who had originally joined government service prior to 01.01.2004, apply for posts in the same or other Departments and on selection they are asked to tender technical resignation, the past services are counted towards pension if the new post is in a pensionable establishment terms of Rule 26(2) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972. They will thus continue to be cover under the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 even if they join the new post after 1.1.2004.

New Pension Scheme
In case of ‘Technical Resignation’ of Government servant covered under National Pension System (NPS), the balance standing to their Personal Retirement Account (PRA) along-with their PRAN will be carried forward to the new office.

Need for medical examination
In cases where a person has already been examined by a Medical Board in respect of his previous appointment and if standard of medical examination prescribed for the new post is the same, then he need not be required to undergo a fresh examination.

Verification of Character & Antecedents
In the case of a person who was originally employed in an office of the Central Government, if the period intervening between date of discharge from his previous office and the date of securing a new appointment, is less than a year, it would be sufficient if the appointing authority, before making the appointment, satisfies itself by a reference to the office in which the candidate was previously employed that

(a) that office have verified his character and antecedents; and
(b) his conduct while in the employ in that office did not render him unsuitable for employment under Government.

If however, more than a year has lapsed after the discharge of the person from his previous office, verification should be carried out in full/afresh.

NOTE-I: The benefit of past service, if otherwise admissible under the rules, will be allowed for purposes of fixation of pay in the new post.

NOTE-II: Past service will be counted for age relaxation in Govt exams.

NOTE-III: If the resignation from a post under a Central Government Department is technical, the tenure of service already completed by an employee is added to the time period spent while on service in the next post while determining the years of service for age relaxation provided for Central Govt employees.

NOTE-IV: If you are going to same Grade Pay e.g. 4600 to 4600 or 2800 to 2800, you’ll be fixed on your existing basic pay or more as the case maybe, means you won’t be getting less salary than you were getting previously. This concept of protection is called PAY PROTECTION.

NOTE-V: If it’s a technical resignation, as far as allotment of govt accommodation is concerned your seniority will be counted from the date of joining of your first service, whatever grade pay on you join in the new service.


One should apply for the technical resignation as soon as one gets the OFFER OF APPOINTMENT for the new post; not before that. One needs to write just a simple application to the competent authority giving the reason for the same, the letter of OFFER OF APPOINTMENT being attached with.

11. LIEN

It represents the right of a Central Government employee to hold a regular post, whether permanent or temporary, either immediately or on the termination of the period of absence.

The benefits of having a lien in a post is enjoyed by all officers:

1. who are confirmed in the post of entry

2. or who have been promoted to a higher post declared as having completed the probation where it is prescribed

3. or those who have been promoted on regular basis to a higher post where no probation is prescribed under the rules

NOTE: The above right will, however, be subject to the condition that the junior-most person in the cadre will be liable to be reverted to the lower post if at any time the number of persons so entitled is more than the posts available in that cadre/service.

For example, if a person who is confirmed or whose probation in a higher post has been declared as having been completed or one who is holding a higher post for which there is no probation on a regular basis, reverts from deputation or foreign service and if there is no vacancy in that post to accommodate him, the junior-most person will be reverted.

If, however, this officer himself is the junior-most, he will be reverted to the next lower post from which he was earlier promoted.


A Government servant who has acquired a lien on a Post retains a lien on that post:

1. while performing the duties of that post

2. while on foreign service, or holding a temporary post or officiating in another post

3. during joining time on transfer to another post; unless he is transferred substantively to a post on lower pay, in which case his lien is transferred to the new post from the date on which he is relieved of his duties in the old post

4. while on leave; and

5. while under suspension.

NOTE: A Government servant on acquiring a lien on a post will cease to hold any lien previously acquired on any other post.

Retention of Lien for appointment in another Central Government Office/State Government

i) If a permanent employee is selected on the basis of his application for posts in other Central Government Department/Offices/State Government, his lien may be retained in the parent department for a period of 2 years. If the employee concerned is not permanently absorbed within a period of 2 years from the date of his appointment in the new post; he should immediately on expiry of the period of 2 years either resign from the service or revert to his previous service.

An undertaking to abide by this condition may be taken from him at the time of forwarding of his application to other departments/offices.

ii) The exceptional cases may be when the Government servant is not confirmed in the department/office where he has joined within a period of 2 years. In such cases he may be permitted to retain the lien in the parent department/office for one more year. While granting such permission, a fresh undertaking similar to the one indicated above may be taken from the employee.

iii) Timely action should be taken to ensure extension/reversion/resignation of the employees to their parent cadres on completion of the prescribed period of 2-3 years.

In cases, where employees do not respond to instructions, suitable action should be initiated against them for violating the agreement/undertaking given by them as per (i) and (ii) above and for termination of their lien. Adequate opportunity may, however, be given to the officer prior to such consideration.

iv) Temporary Government servants will be required to severe connections with the Government in case of their selection for outside posts. No lien will be retained in such cases.

NOTE: In other words you can say that LIEN is facility given to a Central Government employee to go back to his previous Central Govt service if he goes in any other govt job giving Technical Resignation.

To avail LIEN Employee should have completed his probation in previous department which is 2 years and also he should have been issued order for his confirmation in the previous department or 3 years of joining whichever is earlier. LIEN period is for 2 years, means a person has time of 2 years of time in his new department to go back to his previous department.

His seniority in the parent department will not be affected in this whole process. He will join back in his previous seniority by taking LIEN. At the expiry of 2 years you will not get chance to go back your previous department.

12. If a candidate is called for both the DEST & TYPING TEST of the Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level (CHSL) exam?

1. If you qualify for all the posts of CHSL i.e. DEO and LDC you’ll be called for both the DEST and TYPING TEST.

2. If you fail to qualify the DEST you’ll be considered only for the post of LDC.

3. If you fail in both the skill tests you won’t be considered for any of the posts.

4. If you qualify both the skill tests you’ll considered for the post which you preferred at the first place first, and then for the second post preferred and so on.

13. What happens if one fails in the PHYSICAL TEST / PET for CBIC/CBEC or CBI, etc.?

QUERY: If a candidate fails in the PHYSICAL TEST/PET for a post meant for CBIC, CBI, NIA or CBN, will he be considered for any other post?

REPLY: No, he won’t be considered for any post as the Physical/PET for CBIC, CBI, NIA or CBN posts because PET for these posts has to be conducted only after you’ve been selected for the appointment.

14. If a candidate does not appear in the paper for Jr Statistical Officer  or AAO, is he considered for other exams of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam?

Of course yes. If a candidate after preferring the post of Jr Statistical Officer or Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) or both later decides to skip any of the paper or both, he will definitely be considered for all other preferred posts.

15. Which SSC CGL posts are Delhi based?

The post of Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in CSS is mainly Delhi based. All other Assistant posts too are Delhi based. I’m not sure about CVC and IB. But an Assistant Section Officer in CSS can be posted out of Delhi as well; however this option lies with the person concerned only. Assistant in MEA can remain throughout in Delhi only if he wishes so.

16. SSC EXAMS: Rules regarding Extension in Joining and how to apply for that?

You may get extension in joining time up to six months in central govt jobs. But it depends upon the ground of extension. Normally 3 months extension will be given to the candidates from the date of issue of Offer of Appointment. There are some examples/cases where the concerned zone has not entertained further request of extension. (i.e. for remaining 3 months).

If within the specified period, a request is received from the candidate for extension of time, it may be considered by the departments but extension beyond three months should not be granted and it may be granted only as an exception where facts and circumstances so warrant and in any case only up to a maximum of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment.

An offer on appointment would lapse automatically after the expiry of six months from the date of issue of the original offer of appointment. The candidates who join within the above period of six months will have their seniority fixed under the seniority rules applicable to the service/post concerned to which they are appointed, without any depression of seniority.

If, even after the extension(s), if any, granted by the departments, a candidates does not join within the stipulated time (which shall not exceed a period of six month), the offer of appointment should lapse.

An order of appointment which has lapsed should not ordinarily be revived later, except in exceptional circumstances and on grounds of public interest.

If a person is already in job, say in a bank where one needs to serve a notice period for 1 or more months, he can also seek extension in joining on this very ground. But not more than 6 months in any case.


1. You can apply for the extension of joining only after you’ve got OFFER OF APPOINTMENT.

2. Apply by the date of your appearance that has been mentioned in Offer of Appointment.

3. Write or type a simple application to the sender of that Offer of Appointment citing Order No. and date of the Offer of Appointment , and stating your every concerned detail, like your name, father’s name, address, designation, rank, ground of seeking extension (if required attach documentary proof, etc

4. Apply for 3 months initially, if a need arises apply for further period before the expiry of the earlier extension.

5. The best ground for the extension, of course, is medical ground; but it can be any other, like your current job, exam preparation, etc.

17. Is a vacant seat added to the vacancies for the next SSC exam if one doesn’t join?

If a candidate does not join in time his seat will be declared vacant after a certain period as the concerned department has to go through some formalities before declaring that seat vacant. So for that vacant seat to be added to the vacancies for the next CGLE, or any other exam; it will be seen whether those formalities have been performed or not till the time of sending final vacancy list to the SSC.

In my opinion it’s not much likely that vacant posts of one exam are added to the vacancies for the very next exam.

18. Probation period in SSC posts

The probation period is a time of evaluation when a new employer can fire you without cause. Though this clause is in theory only; one must explain a fair reason before firing any. There are very few benefits, even fewer rights and less job protection during probation periods.

During the probation period, you can’t lose the rights with laws attached to them. That means that if your employer isn’t honoring discrimination policies, break requirements and pay schedules, it’s within your right to pursue legal action.

19. SSC EXAMS: Books Vs Online Studies

It’s my sincere advice that you should prepare for the exam by books only. The net can’t ever compete with a real book. Several reasons are there! A book is always very convenient in use as compared to the net. You can take a book anywhere in the house or to any other location also whereas it’s not applicable to a computer. A laptop even can’t help all the time.

Sometimes one has to go to a certain page for referring to any other topic which can’t be so comfortable while using that book on the computer. Also books (specially those for SSC exams) not so expensive that a person can’t afford. Sitting on computer screen for long also is a big cause of one’s tiredness; the eyes especially. Many more reasons in addition.

Yes the net is important but mainly when a book is not easily available or when one wants to see some particular topic/s as to purchase so many books of a kind is certainly not advisable.

20. Tax Assistant (TA) Vs Auditor

The post of Tax Assistant (TA) is better than the post of Auditor in my view. The reason for this is very simple. For the post of Auditor, one has to pass the SAS exam to be directly promoted to the post of AAO within a certain number of years which is said to be among toughest of things.

If you are confident about this exam Auditor could be better then as you are a gazetted officer after 3-4 years. But if you are not that confident TA should be better as promotions in this post, especially in the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), are faster. However, TA in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC / CBEC) is on the lower side of the two because of extremely slow promotions.

NOTE: Though the post of Auditor is in the Grade Pay 2,800 and the post of Tax Assistant in 2,400, this difference is minor really. But the next promotion in both these post is in the same Grade Post i.e. 4,200.. I hope this will help you understand my idea better.

21. Criterion of allotting a post & state/zone allocation in SSC exams

1. Once the candidate has been given his/her first available preference, he/she will not be considered for the other options. In other words one is considered for his Ist preference first, then the next preference and so on.

2. States these days are allocated by the user departments themselves according to the policy prevailing there. For example CBDT, CBIC, CAG ask preferences for all zones. Some of the departments do not ask for the states preferences and allot states according to their policies.

22. What type of software is there in SSC exams for the TYPING TEST/DEST?

This is their own software already programmed for time-set, recognition of errors and measuring speed etc. But this is like WORD-PAD; means they give a certain printed (HARD COPY) passage that we have to type like the way we do in WORD-PAD. Backspace is allowed. In fact this is very simple passage not containing special characters. Figures too are 4-5 generally. Errors are not shown/underlined. NOT A BIG DEAL OF COURSE!

23. Names of CGL posts for which COLOUR-BLINDNESS test is necessary to pass


24. CGLE posts & Physical Disabilities permissible 


25. What is the Attestation Form (PVR) for?

The Attestation Form is meant for the Police Verification Report (PVR) only. It is sent to the respective police headquarter by the user department on being one’s selection. The purpose of the Police Verification Report (PVR) is verification of the character and antecedents of the candidates before formal appointment orders to a post are issued. Mainly it’s for checking the criminal record of the candidate and the character.

This PVR is generally carried out by seeking details of the candidates through the police stations related to the addresses which are mentioned in the attestation form of the candidates. Such requests are sent through the State Governments to the local police authorities who ascertain the antecedents of candidates and give the verification report through the same channel. After receiving the Police Verification Report (PVR), the competent authority formally issues the appointment orders.

In the Attestation Form, the recommended candidate has to fill all those addresses where he/she lived for more than one year, in the past five years. The appointing authority has to obtain verification of antecedents from all those respective addresses.

 26. What is SSC NOMINATION?

After the final result of an exam the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) sends all the documents of the selected candidates to the departments to which they have been selected. This set of documents is called dossier. It mainly includes exam application, various admit cards, educational/category/other certificates, report of documents verification, etc. of the candidates.

When the dossier of a selected person is sent to the concerned department by the SSC, it is called nomination. Nominations of Assistant Section Officers in CSS are normally made first. A nomination these days generally takes one month time or so.

27. Steps to be taken by SSC after the final result of an exam?

1. SSC does nomination of the candidates to their user departments (department to which one is selected). List of nomination is available at the candidate’s regional website. Nomination these days takes roughly 1 month or so.

2. After the nomination, state/region preferences are asked from the departments to which one is selected. In a department or two state preferences are not asked for, rather they allocate states according to their policies in this respect. Roughly it takes 2-3 months in the whole process after the nominations.

3. After that Offer of Appointment is sent by the state/zone allocated.

4. But in CBIC/CBEC (except TA), CBN, CBI, NIA, NCB the Physical Test is conducted after the state/zone allocation. The Offer of Appointment is sent only if the physical Test is passed.

5. After getting the Offer of Appointment, the medical test is performed and the police verification goes side by side, but in some departments the police verification is done after the joining.

6. Finally joining.

28. Is a bank employee considered to be a central government employee?

No, whether they are bank employees or employees of the Supreme Court or any other courts, Parliament, Central Govt undertakings such as EPFO, LIC, Autonomous Bodies, etc. are not considered to be Central Govt employees. No benefits of any kind for him are  given to them in an Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam or the posts through it’s exams.

And therefore, they cannot seek age relaxation that is available to the Central Govt Employees in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exams or the exams conducted by the UPSC or any other recruiting agency/board meant for recruitment of candidates in the Central Government.

29. SSC EXAMS: What happens if desired qualification is mentioned there in the advertisement?

Wherever Desirable Qualification is prescribed in Recruitment Rules/Exam Notification, it isn’t important at all from the point of eligibility for the exam; important is essential qualification given; if you have the ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATION you are absolutely fit to the post.

30. Is it a need to apply again for tier-II/second stage of SSC CGL/ other exam

No, you need not apply afresh for tier-II/second stage of an exam if any. The result of tier-I examination, informing the qualified candidates along with the dates of tier-II/second stage examination will be published on the commission’s website.

31. Is any formal qualification for a skill test of SSC exams needed

QUERY: Is any formal qualification i.e. certificate, degree from any institution/organization, etc for a skill test such as TYPING TEST, DEST, STENOGRAPHY etc. needed?

REPLY: No! No certificate from any institution etc. is needed for any skill tests in SSC exams; one needs to know them only as per the requirement of a particular exam

32. Names of exams conducted by SSC & Name of Posts

Here is the detailed list of exams that SSC conducts every year. By going through this you’ll know which exam(s) you are eligible for and what the requirements/pattern of those exams are; and hence can plan in a better way.

  1. Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE)
  2. Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL) Exam
    a) Data Entry Operator (DEO)
    b) Lower Division Clerk (LDC)
    c) Court Clerk
  3. Stenographers (Grade ‘C’ & grade ‘D’) Exam
    a) Stenographer Grade ‘C’
    b) Stenographer Grade ‘D’
  4. SI in Delhi Police & CAPFs; ASI in CISF & Intelligence Officer (IO) in NCB
    a) SI in Delhi Police
    b) SI in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)
    c) ASI in Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  5. Jr Hindi Translator Examination
    a) Jr Translator in Central Secretariat Official Language Service (CSOLS)
    b) Jr Translator in Ministry of Railway
    c) Jr Translator in Armed Forces Headquarters (AFHQ)
    d) Senior Hindi Translator in Various Central Govt Ministries / Departments / Offices
    e) Junior Translators / Jr Hindi translator in Subordinate Offices
  6. Junior Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract Exam
    a) Junior Engineer (Civil)
    b) Junior Engineer (Electrical)
    c) Junior Engineer (Mechanical)
  7. MTS (Non-technical) Exam
    Multi Tasking Staff (Peon, Chowkidar, etc.)
  8. Constables(GD) in CAPFs and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles Exam
    a) Constable (GD) in ITBPF, BSF, CISF, CRPF and SSB
    b) Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles
  9. Delhi Police Constable Exam

33. What is VERTICAL/HORIZONTAL Reservation

There are two types of reservations, which may be referred to as ‘vertical reservations’ and ‘horizontal reservations’. The reservations in favour of Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) may be called vertical reservations whereas reservations in favour of physically handicapped, ex-servicemen can be referred to as horizontal reservations.

Horizontal reservations cut across the vertical reservations – what is called interlocking reservations; means they do not have separate reservation as SCs, STs and OBCs have; rather they have their share of reservation within this quota. Suppose an ex-serviceman is SC, he will be adjusted within the reservation available for SC category only, not any other except under some other circumstances.

34. Time of submission of documents in SSC exams

Documents have not to be submitted at the time of depositing of the application for an SSC exam.

Copies of supporting documents, like educational qualification, caste certificates etc., will be sought by the user department (the department to which one is selected) after declaration of the Final Result.

35. WHO is given benefit of representation

QUERY: If One does not represent a wrong question, is benefit given to him or not?

REPLY: Yes, it doesn’t matter whether one has made a representation or not, if SSC is of the view that the question/answer is faulty the benefit is given to all.

QUERY:  If one does not attempt a question, is benefit of the representation given to him also?

REPLY: Yes, if one does not represent a question, the benefit of the representation is given to him also.

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37. Documents needed for document verification (for all exams/posts)


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Maha Gupta

Maha Gupta

Founder of and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

1. Maha English Grammar (for Competitive Exams)
2. Maha English Practice Sets (for Competitive Exams)


  1. May 16, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    hi ,

    Please can you clear my confusion , If i got rejected in interview round for an interview post will i be considered for non interview post ?

    • May 16, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      Surely you will be considered for NIPs then.

    • May 16, 2015 at 8:51 PM


  2. May 19, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    SIR i m selected for IP(UR-432) bt age km hone k karan maine CSS nhi bhara tha so mujhe CPT to dene ko milega nhi

    to kya mera DEST alg se liya jayega? plz reply

    • May 19, 2015 at 2:26 PM

      Yaar CPT dene ko milegaa pakka.

  3. July 11, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    what will happen if i mistakely forget to fill preference posts in SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) Examination, 2015.
    And my submitted form is showing preference posts blank.

    • July 13, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Candidates without option for posts will not be considered for selection.

    • July 14, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      So then what should i do sir.

    • July 15, 2015 at 9:18 AM

      You should apply again.

  4. July 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    sir, i have submit the application form for ssc cgl 2015 successfully . now i got call letter also .. but i forget to save the application form .. how can i get the application form now ? .. will it create any problem in the future ? .. now the link is de-active.. how can i re print the application form? ..pls help me

    • July 26, 2015 at 11:39 PM

      No problem in it.

  5. August 4, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Hello sir,I have a problem, In my 10th,12th marksheet my mother name is (RAJ BALA),But in my all dmc of graduation my mother name is (RAJBALA),I want to ask you is the little difference of space in my mother name can create problem in SSC cgl documents verification, please tell me sir.

    • August 5, 2015 at 7:51 AM

      No problem at all, carry an affidavit on that to the documents verification.

  6. August 7, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Dear sir, i had completed my regisration in part 1 and part 2 of SSCJE, and i got registration number after completing my registration of part1, but i did not get any conformation mail after the successful completion of 2nd part (i had uploaded a clear photograph and signature), for that payment (net banking) money is deducted from my account with a reference number. when am seeing my view application status , it is showing information given by you is incorrect (but it is correct as per the part1 ) what should i do now , so kindly please give me a quick reply such that i can procude for further process.

    • August 7, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      It’s due to an error in the SSC software; you have nothing to worry if you did not get a mail. Also you have to do nothing.

  7. August 10, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    i applied for ssc jee2015… when i was about to print my application, i saw dat my medium of paper is given as hindi… but i wanna change it to englis… is there any way?? kindly help me out ..

    • August 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Whatever the medium of exam you filled; you can take it in any medium without a fear.

  8. August 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    if a candidate apply two form from different region and he get both the admit card. first paper on 09.08.215 and another on 16.08.2015 then he can give both the exam. if he take both the exam and caught by ssc then what action will take ssc against such candidate.

    • August 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      The former chief tweeted that such a candidate can take both the exams but it could be harmful as the lower marks would be considered in such an event. My advice is you should appear only once.

  9. August 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    is there any debarred from ssc examinations?

    • August 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Yes, the reasons are mentioned in every exam advertisement.

  10. August 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    thans sir..

  11. August 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    thanks sir..

  12. August 17, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Used correction fluid in OMR sheet for some answers (not for ticket number, test id, roll number). Please let me know whether OMR will be evaluated or not?

    • August 18, 2015 at 3:34 AM

      Will be evaluated.