Staff Selection Commission
SSC: Combined Graduate Preliminary
Clerks Grade Exam is conducted by the
Staff Selection Commission for recruitment to the posts of clerks for the
following groups of services/offices:
Indian Foreign Service (B) Grade VI
Railway Board Secretariat Clerical Service Grade II
Central Secretariat Clerical Service- Lower Division Grade
Armed Forces Headquarters Clerical Service-Lower Division Grade
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
Equivalent/comparable posts in Subordinate offices of Government of
India located throughout India
Offices of the Controller and Auditor General of India, Accountants
General (Audit) and Accountants General (Accounts and Estt.) in various
Controller General of Defence Accounts
Central Vigilance Commission
Equivalent/comparable posts in other Department s and Attached Offices
of Government of India not mentioned in Group 'X'
Equivalent/comparable posts in the offices of Public Sector
undertakings, Autonomous Bodies, etc. like Employees State Insurance
Municipal Corporation of Delhi
New Delhi Municipal Corporation
Age limits: 18 to 25 years on
the 1st August of the year of examination. Upper age limit relaxable for
scheduled castes/scheduled tribes, etc.
Matriculation or equivalent.
The Staff Selection Commission conducts the
Clerks Grade examination once in a year, generally in the month of September.
Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment
News in the month of April. The last date for the submission of application is
usually the third week of May every year.
Plan of Examination: The
examination shall consist of two parts. Part I- Written Examination and Part II-
Typewriting Test for those candidates who attain such minimum standards in the
written test as may be fixed by the commission in their discretion.
Written Examination: The
subjects of written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks for each
subject will be as follows:
|General Intelligence and Clerical Aptitude
Note: (i) The questions in all
the four tests will be Objective -Multiple Choice Type
(ii) Candidates will be required to qualify in
each of the tests separately.
Type Writing Test: Only those
candidates who qualify in the written examination will be eligible for type
writing test. It shall consist of one paper of 'Running Matter' of 10 minutes
General Intelligence and Clerical
Aptitude: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal
type. The test will include questions on analogies, similarities and
differences, space visualisation, problem-solving, analysis, judgement,
decision-making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship
concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical
number series, non-verbal series etc. The test will also include questions
designed to test the candidate's ability to deal with abstract ideas and symbols
and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical
Clerical Aptitude is designed to test
candidates perceptual accuracy and aptitude. This is the ability to notice
similarities and differences between pairs of names and numbers. Questions in
clerical aptitude will also assess in addition to perceptual accuracy and
aptitude, ability to handle office routine work, like filing, abbreviating,
English Language: Questions in
this test will be set to assess the knowledge of English Language, its
vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms etc. There will also
be questions on comprehension of a passage.
Numerical Aptitude: Questions
will be designed to test the ability of arithmetical computation of whole
numbers, decimals and fractions and relationship between numbers. The questions
would be based on arithmetical concepts and relationship between numbers and not
on complicated arithmetical computation.
General Awareness: Questions
will be designed to test the ability of the candidates general awareness of the
environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be
designed to test the knowledge of current affairs and of such matters of
everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be
expected of an educated person. An elementary knowledge of computers will also
be ascertained. The test will also include questions relating to India and its
neighbouring countries, especially those information which are related to
history, geography, culture, economic scenario, polity and scientific research.
Note: Only those candidates
who qualify in all the four tests would be eligible to be considered for being
called for the 'type-writing tests'. The commission will have full discretion to
fix the minimum qualifying marks in each of the four tests.
Type Writing Test: It shall
consist of one paper of 'Running Matter' of 10 minutes duration. The
type-writing test will be a qualifying test only.
Only such candidates as qualify in the type
writing test with a speed of not less than 30 words per minute in English or not
less than 25 words per minute in Hindi will be eligible for being recommended
for appointment as Lower Division Clerks in the Central Secretariat and its
attached/subordinate offices etc.