The Staff Selection Commission has defined the SSC CGL eligibility criteria for the Exams. Age Limit, Nationality, Education Qualification, etc. are the SSC CGL eligibility criteria that is set by the Staff Selection Commission. Candidates must fulfill the SSC CGL eligibility criteria conditions set by the commission to get selected in the SSC CGL examination.

Knowing the SSC CGL eligibility criteria is an important factor that makes you aware if you can apply for the desired post.

  • It has been noted that many aspirants apply for the post without knowing the SSC CGL age limit and in turn, their application gets rejected.
  • Thus it is mandatory to follow the criteria mentioned in the Official Notification. You need to check the SSC CGL Age limit for minimum and maximum years.
  • This will help you understand the range of SSC CGL age limit.
  • You should also check the SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern in detail.
  • Check this article to know about the SSC CGL eligibility criteria and you will be updated with the latest information so that you stay ahead.

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

The SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria required to apply for the 2021 exam is as follows:

  1. Age Limit
  2. Nationality
  3. Qualification

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria – Age Limit

The SSC CGL age limit for different posts is a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 32 years. Apart from this, there are certain age relaxation criteria for the reserved group of candidates. The SSC CGL age limit for different age groups, the detailed information of the date of birth to which the candidate needs to be in order to make himself/herself qualify for the exam is given below:

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria:- Post wise Age

The age criteria for different posts have been defined in the table below. It is very important to note that the age criteria for different posts are different and the aspirants should carefully go through the table below:

SSC CGL Age limitPost
18-30 yearsAssistant, Inspector
18- 30 yearsAssistant Section Officer, Assistant, Auditor, Sub-Inspector, Junior Accountant, Tax Assistant, Assistant Account Officer, Upper Division Clerk
Up to 30 yearsSub Inspector, Assistant Enforcement Officer
Up to 32 yearsJunior Statistical Investigator
Not exceeding 30 yearsAssistant Audit Officer, Assistant Account Officer, Inspector of Central Excise, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Assistant Section Officer, Inspector of Income Tax
SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria:- Post wise Age

The SSC CGL Age limit to apply for various Departments is as follows:

SSC CGL Age LimitDepartment
20-30 yearsCentral Secretariat Service
Not exceeding 30 yearsIntelligence Bureau
20-30 yearsMinistry of Railway
20-30 yearsMinistry of External Affairs
20-30 yearsAFHQ
Not exceeding 30 yearsCBDT
Up to 30 yearsDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
20-30 yearsCentral Bureau of Investigation
Not exceeding 30 yearsOfficers under CAG
Up to 30 yearsNational Investigation Agency
Up to 32 yearsM/O Statistics of Prog. & Implementation
SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria:- Post wise Age

SSC CGL Age Limit Relaxation

There is a certain age limit relaxation for the reserved section of candidates. The table below gives an idea on the age relaxation for the reserved category candidates:

SSC CGL Age Limit relaxationCategory
3 yearsOBC
5 yearsSC/ST
10 yearsPhysically handicapped( General)
13 yearsPhysically handicapped (OBC)
15yearsPhysically handicapped (SC/ST)
3 yearsEx-Servicemen (General)
6 yearsEx-Servicemen (OBC)
8 yearsEx-Servicemen (SC/ST)
5 yearsCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(General- Group B)
8 yearsCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC-Group B)
10 yearsCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST-Group B)
Up to 40 years of ageCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(General- Group C)
Up to 43 years of ageCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC-Group C)
Up to 45 years of ageCentral Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST-Group C)
5 yearsCandidates domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(General)
8 yearsCandidates domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(OBC)
10 yearsCandidates domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(SC/ST)
Up to 35 years of ageWidows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not remarried- Group C/ General)
Up to 38 years of ageWidows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not remarried- Group C/ OBC)
Up to 40 years of ageWidows/Divorced Women/Women judicially separated and who are not remarried- Group C/ SC & ST)
5 yearsDefence Personnel disabled in hostilities- General
8 yearsDefence Personnel disabled in hostilities- OBC
10 yearsDefence Personnel disabled in hostilities- SC/ST
SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria- Age Limit Relaxation

SSC CGL Nationality

The SSC CGL Eligibility criteria for exam based on the Nationality is given below.

Candidate must be:

  • A citizen of India
  • A citizen of Nepal
  • A citizen of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee settled in India before 1st January 1962
  • Indian by origin, who has migrated Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of staying permanently in India

SSC CGL Educational Qualification

To apply for the SSC CGL Exam, the candidate must be a Graduate from a recognised University/ Institution.

The SSC CGL Exam Eligibility based on the Qualification requirements:

SSC CGL PostQualification
Statistical Investigator- Grade BBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics in Class 12thORBachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University.ORCA/CS/MBA/Cost &Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/Masters in Business Studies
CompilerBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University or InstitutionAnd,Candidates must have studied either Economics/Statistics/Mathematics as a compulsory or as an elective subject.
Assistant Section OfficerBachelor’s Degree from a recognized University/Institute And Candidates must also qualify in the Computer Proficiency Test.
All other postsBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or Institute

Candidates must carefully read and understand the qualification requirements with reference to the post they are applying for in order to avoid any confusion during application form submission.

Physical Fitness SSC CGL Eligibility

There are one more eligibility criteria a candidate has to fulfill that is Physical Fitness Standard. This criterion is applicable for candidates applying for the following posts:

[Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN]

For Male Candidates
  • (i) Physical Standards:
    • Height 157.5 cm. 
    • Chest 81 cm (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm.)
    • Height relaxable by 5 cm in the case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas, and members of Scheduled Tribes.
  • (ii) Physical Test:
    • Walking – 1600 meters in 15 minutes.
    • Cycling –  8 Kms.  in 30  minutes.
For Female Candidates
  • (i) Physical standards (Minimum requirement)
Height:  Weight:Exemptions
152cms 48 Kgs.Height relaxable by 2.5 cms. Weight relaxable by 2 Kg. for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese, and members of Scheduled Tribes.
  • (ii) Physical Test:
    • Walking –  1 Km. in 20 minutes.
    • Cycling – 3 Kms. in 25 minutes.

NOTE:  For the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), persons with disabilities will have to meet the physical standards i.e. height, chest and weight as prescribed for the relevant post. 

However, for orthopedically disabled candidates, the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed:

  1. The test of “Walking” shall not be insisted in case of OL and OAL categories.
  2. The test of “Cycling” shall not be insisted in case of OA, OL and OAL categories
Physical standards for the Post of Sub-Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation:
  • Height
    • Men – 165 cm. 
    • Women – 150 cm.
    • Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cms.
  • Chest:
    • 76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
  • Vision:
    • Eye-sight (with or without glasses)
    • Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.
    • Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in the other eye.
Physical standards for the Post of Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency:
  • Height
    • Men – 170 cm. 
    • Women – 150 cm.
    • Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cms.
  • Chest:
    • 76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
  • Vision:
    • Eye-sight (with or without glasses)
    • Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.
    • Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in the other eye.

Note:

Candidates are advised to make sure before opting for any category of post that they fulfill the requirements for that category. The physical measurements (including vision test) for candidates will be conducted by the concerned Indenting Departments and only those candidates who fulfill the specified physical measurements will be eligible for the respective posts. No request from candidates for allotting to any other service category of post will be entertained by the Commission if the nominated candidates fail to meet the physical requirements. Thus, the onus of fulfilling the eligibility criteria will exclusively be on the candidates opting for such posts.

For more details on the same, candidates can check the physical standards and criteria in the SSC official website (ssc.nic.in).

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria-Number Of Attempts

Though there is no defined number of attempts. It depends upon which age group a candidate falls. For instance, if a candidate is trying for the post of an inspector in central excise and has started appearing from the age of 21 years then he can give exams until he reaches the age of 30 years. So the number of attempts will be restricted to 9. If the Commission updates any specific number of attempts we will update the same here.

Important Points To Remember For SSC CGL

Candidates must be updated regularly on the SSC CGL exam dates by visiting the official site to avoid last-minute issues.

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Important information related to the SSC CGL Eligibility criteria are given below:

  • Candidates must have the necessary original documents for validating the above-mentioned SSC CGL eligibility criteria.
  • Candidates should go through the SSC CGL syllabus and exam pattern before applying for the desired post as it may vary depending on the post.
  • Candidates must keep themselves updated on the SSC CGL official notification on a regular basis.

Note:- Candidates appearing for other SSC exams can go through the links for assistance:

Frequently Asked Questions-SSC CGL Eligibility criteria:

Ans. The common requirement is to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University. For more eligibility criteria refer to the article above.

Ans. The age limit for different posts is different. For more details please refer to the article.

Ans. No, candidates to appear for the CGL exam are required to have a bachelors degree from a Government recognised university.

Ans. No, Candidates with Diploma Certificates do not fulfil the eligibility requirement of the CGL exam.  To be eligible for CGL exam candidates must have a Graduation degree

Ans. Candidates aspiring to appear for SSC CGL exam can apply for more than One Post provided that he or she fulfils the required Combined Graduate level eligibility conditions

Ans. Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree from a Government recognized university or institute to meet the basic SSC CGL eligibility requirement.