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Friday, 16 September 2016

SSC CGL 2017 Eligibility Criteria

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Going to Apply for SSC CGL 2017 Exam ? Know the CGL 2017 Eligibility Criteria in Advance

Staff Selection Commission's (SSC) much awaited Combined Graduate Level (CGL) 2017 Notification and Exam dates, will be announced soon. The tentative schedule, will be known,when SSC announces its official Exam Calendar for 2017, but the exact information on  CGL 2017 Exam Dates, will be known, only after the announcement of SSC CGL 2017 Notification.

Whenever the CGL 2017 Notification, gets announced, the same will be uploaded on the Official website and published in the Employment Newspaper. However it will take some time, as Notification, is likely to be published not earlier than Feb, 2017, but still you can start your preparation for the exam, as over 40 lakh candidates may register for CGL 2017 Exam.

However, there are talks, that SSC may revise the Eligibility criteria for CGL 2017 Exam. If, you are thinking, that, changes, will be made in the Educational Qualification, then don't worry, as CGL being a Graduate Level Exam (CGL), will remain a Graduate Level Exam and the minimum Qualification will remain graduation only.

The changes, we are discussing here are that in Age Limit Criteria. Earlier, SSC had proposed to make these changes for CGL 2016 Exam, but later issued a Notification informing, that Changes, will be applicable from SSC CGL 2017 Exam.

In this post, we are going to discuss the complete and detailed Eligibility criteria to appear for SSC CGL 2017 Exam. However, the exact eligibility criteria, will be known, only when the CGL-2017 Advertisement will be announced. 

What is the Basic Eligibility Criteria for SSC CGL 2017 Exam ?

Here in this section, we will provide, the basic SSC CGL 2017 eligibility criteria, that you need to possess, before applying for the exam. Applicants, must note that, this is the basic criteria, and merely, applying for the exam, does not entitle you, for appointment.

Moreover, this CGL eligibility criteria, can be changed anytime, and is at the complete discretion of SSC. However the criteria, given below is being followed over the last few years, and chances, are low, that it can be changed.

1) Nationality : All those, people who are born in India are eligible to apply. 

Moreover, If, you are subject of Nepal Or Bhutan Or a Tibetan Refugee, who came over to India, can also apply.

2) Age-Limit : The minimum age limit to apply for CGL 2017 Exam is 18 years, while the the maximum is 32 years. It is worth mentioning here that there is for different category of posts, there is a different Age Limit . But, most of the posts have age Limit in the bracket of 18 to 27 years and 20 to 30 years.

Here we have categorized the posts, as per the Age Limit criteria, as prescribed for CGL-2017 Exam

1) Age Limit ( 20-30 years) : Here is the List of posts, for which the age limit is 20 to 30 years

  • Assistant Section Officer
  • Assistant (Ministry of External Affairs)
  • Assistant (AFHQ)
  • Sub-Inspector (CBI)

2) Age: Limit (21 to 27 years) :  Assistants in Intelligence Bureau (IB)

3) Age: Limit (Upto 30 years)

  • Assistant Enforcement Officers in Directorate of Enforcement, Revenue Department
  • Sub Inspector in National Investigation Agency
  • Assistant Audit Officer

4)  Age: Limit (Upto 32 years)

  • Statistical Investigator GR-II
5) Age: Limit (18 to 25 years) 
  • Sub-Inspector in Central bureau of Narcotics
6) Age-Limit (18 to 27 years ) : For all other posts, the age limit is 18 to 27 years.
  • Assistants (In various Departments)
  • Income tax Inspector (CBDT)
  • Inspector (CBEC)
  • Inspector of Posts (Department of posts)
  • Divisional Accountant (CAG)
  • Auditor
  • Accountant /Jr. Accountant
  • Sr. Secretariat Assistant
  • Tax Assistant (CBDT)
  • Compiler (Registrar Compiler of India)

3) Education Qualification : The minimum qualification to apply for CGL 2017 Exam is only Graduation. However for some of the posts, you may need additional qualification, as detailed below. 

1) Assistant Audit Officer : The basic Qualification for this post is Graduation only, however, those with Masters in Commerce, OR MBA (Finance /Economics) OR Chartered Accountant OR Cost and Management Accountant OR Company Secretary, will be given preference. 

2) Statistical Investigator GR-II : For this post, you should have degree in any discipline along with 60% marks in Math at 10+2 Level (12th standard) OR You should have Degree in any discipline, with statistics as one of the subject .

3) Compiler : For the post of compiler, you must have studied, Mathematics, Economics, or statistics as one of your compulsory subjects in bachelor degree. 

For All Other Posts : You need Degree in any discipline obtained from a recognized Board / University in India. 

Important Points Regarding the Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants, should keep in mind the following points regarding the Eligibility criteria

1) For determining the Age Criteria, your Matriculation Or School leaving Certificate, will be considered as the only valid proof for determining the age. 

2) Relaxation in Age-Limit : Applicants belonging to reserved categories other special categories are entitled for relaxation in upper age limit, as per the criteria, given below.

3) The cut off Date for determining the Age Limit and Educational Qualifications is 1st August, 2017.

4) It is worth mentioning here that your Admission to Online Examination (Tier-1, Tier-2) is completely Provisional only, the scrutiny of your documents, will be undertaken at the time of Descriptive Paper.

Updates ?

We will update this page, when SSC will announce the Notification for CGL Exam and open the Link for submitting the SSC CGL 2017 Online Application form. Moreover, if there are any changes in the Eligibility criteria, we will also update the same on this page. 

Applicants are advised in their own interest to keep in touch with the Official SSC Website and this exclusive SSC CGL 2017 Website for updates on 2017 CGL Exam.

For any Queries, applicants are advised to post their comments below. 


  1. Btech final year students are eligible for the exam or not?

  2. Hi...I am a 2 nd yr student of BA and will be in 3rd yr in 2017.. I am above 18.. So.. I wonna ask you whether i could give SSC Cgl exam in 3rd yr in 2017..????????????????? PLZ reply soon...

  3. sir
    to apply or compete in combine gradute level are 50 percentage are mendatory

  4. Are u sure that age limit for ministry of external affairs,AFHQ,enforcement directorate ,sub inspector in CBI is up to 30 years ..

  5. Sir,can final year UG candidates can apply?

  6. Sir I got 64% marks in 12 standard but in maths subject I got only 55 marks and then I completed bsc degree in statistics can I give the exam of statistical investigator Grade 2 please reply

  7. I have completed my btech from amiete recognised by mhrd my degree is eligible for ssc cgl exam or not plz tell me soon

  8. I'll complete my B.E in IT this July'17.
    Can I apply for SSc CGL?

  9. Can i apply already done b.com my D.O.B. is 18/feb/1982

  10. Can i apply already done b.com my D.O.B. is 18/feb/1982

  11. I am in final year of b.com can i apply for cgl exam 2017

  12. my age is 30.3 year in general category.can i apply only for junior statistical officer .plz reply me.

  13. Waiting for part 3 results I can apply this job

  14. Waiting for part 3 results I can apply this job

  15. M in last year graduation now...can i apply for ssc cgl??