Delhi, August 21, 2023 – Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Science and Technology, announced the decision of the union government holding recruitment exams through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English. The Union Minister conveyed this decision while addressing the 14th Hindi Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
The recruitment examinations will now be conducted in 13 regional languages, alongside Hindi and English. These regional languages are Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Urdu, Punjabi, Manipuri (also Meiti), and Konkani. This would be later extended to all 22 scheduled languages.
What is SSC?
SSC, an acronym for Staff Selection Commission, is a recruitment body for subordinate services. The Subordinate Services Commission was redesigned as the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) on 26th September 1977 to make recruitment to Class III (now Group ‘C’) non-technical posts in various Ministries/Departments of the Government of India.
The functions of the Staff Selection Commission have been enlarged from time to time. From May 1999, the Commission was entrusted with recruitment to all Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted posts in various pay scales.
From November 2003, the Central Government further authorised the Commission to make recruitment up to all Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) posts carrying a pay scale of ₹9300-34800 (Grade Pay ₹4,600). The leadership of the commission consists of a chairman, supported by two members, and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations.
The headquarters of the SSC is situated in New Delhi, India. To ensure the efficient conduct of examinations, the SSC has established a regional framework. Currently, it operates through seven regional offices located in Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati, and Bangalore. Additionally, there are two sub-regional offices in Raipur and Chandigarh. The present chairman is Shri S. Kishore.
Key Roles of SSC
- Organising selection processes for Group ‘B’ roles in the Ministries/Departments of the Indian Government and their subsidiary offices
- Non-technical Group ‘C’ positions in Ministries/Departments and their subsidiary offices
- Administering assessments and interviews for positions falling under its jurisdiction
- Managing departmental examinations that facilitate promotions from lower to upper divisions
- Conducting regular typing tests in both Hindi and English languages
- Undertaking additional responsibilities assigned to it by the Central Government periodically
Major Examinations Conducted by SSC
- Stenographer Exam
- General Duty Exam for Constables- GD exam
- Central Police Organization Exam- CPO exam
- Combined Higher Secondary Level Exam- CHSL exam
- Combined Graduate Level Exam- CGL exam
- Multitasking Staff Exam- MTS exam
- Junior Engineer Exam- JE exam
Upcoming SSC Exams in 2023
|Name of Examination||Schedule of Examination|
|Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2023 (Tier II)||Oct 25, 2023 – Oct 27, 2023|
|Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination, 2023 (Tier II)||Nov 2, 2023|
|Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying & Contracts) Examination, 2023 (Paper-II)||Dec 4, 2023|
|Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces Examination, 2023 (Tier-II)||Dec 22, 2023|
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SSC – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: What is the recent decision of the Central Government with regard to SSC job recruitment tests?
Ans: The Central Government has decided to hold government job recruitment tests conducted by SSC in 15 languages.
Q2: How many languages can be selected as a medium of instruction in a recruitment test conducted by the SSC?
Ans: While filling out the SSC application form, candidates will now have the option to select from 15 languages as their medium of instruction/examination for the recruitment tests conducted by the SSC.
Q3: What is the main objective of conducting government job recruitment tests by the SSC in multiple regional languages?
Ans: The main objective of the recruitment tests conducted by the SSC in regional languages is to eliminate language barriers and ensure that the local youth have access to employment opportunities. This will promote participation rates and provide greater opportunities for involvement of local youth from multiple regions across India.
Q4: How does the government look at regional languages benefiting from this decision?
Ans: The government’s decision to conduct examinations in 15 regional languages is expected to promote and revitalise regional languages and ensure local participation.
Q5: How many regional languages, besides Hindi and English, will now be considered as the medium for recruitment?
Ans: The medium for conducting recruitment examinations will now be available in 13 regional languages in addition to Hindi and English. These include Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Odia, Urdu, Punjabi, Manipuri (also Meiti), and Konkani.
Q6: Which major exams are currently conducted in multiple languages?
Ans: Along with government job recruitment tests conducted by SSC, exams like JEE, NEET, and UGC are now conducted in 12 languages.