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SSC CGL Eligibility – Age, Relaxation, Education, Nationality

SSC CGL Eligibility – SSC CGL exam recruits graduates for Group B and C posts available in the ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. One needs to hold a bachelor’s degree and fulfil other eligibility criteria as per the post advertised by the SSC, Government of India, to appear for this exam. 

Talking about the age criteria, the latest updates on the age limit for SSC CGL was announced in 2019. Age criteria for the post of Tax Assistant that comes under ‘CBEC Group C’ cadre has been changed. 

The SSC CGL eligibility criteria is divided into 4 sections namely age (limit & relaxation), nationality, education and physical fitness. While there are some common eligibility criteria that apply to all the candidates, there are a few others that are based on the post applied for. 

In this article, you will get familiar with SSC CGL’s age limitation, relaxation for reserved categories, education qualification requirements and physical fitness test criteria for certain posts like central excise officer, sub inspector in CBI etc.

SSC CGL Eligibility – Age Limit & Relaxation

The following age criteria has been prescribed by SSC for CGL candidates:

  1. Applicants should be in the age group of 18-32
  2. Lower and upper age limit varies depending on the SSC CGL posts
  3. Age present on the class 10 and 12 marksheet will be considered

In the table below, one can find the  age limit for each CGL post along with post code details.

Keep checking SSC home page for current updates.



Not born earlier than (date)

Not born later than (date)

Post code

CBEC (Tax Assistant)

18 -27



Central Vigilance Commission (Assistant)





Ministry of Railway (Assistant)


Ministry of External Affairs (Assistant)


AFHQ (Assistant)


Other Ministries/Departments/ Organizations (Assistant)


Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations (Assistant)


CBDT (Inspector of Income Tax)


CBEC (Inspector, (Central Excise))


CBEC (Inspector Preventive Officer)


CBEC (Inspector (Examiner))


Department of Post (Inspector of Posts)


Offices under CAG (Divisional Accountant)


Central Bureau of Narcotics (Inspector)


Offices under C&AG (Auditor)


Offices under CGDA (Auditor)


Offices under CGA & others (Auditor)


Offices under C&AG (Accountant/ Junior Accountant)


Offices under CGA & others (Accountant/ Junior Accountant)


Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres (Senior Secretariat Assistant)


CBDT (Tax Assistant)


Registrar General of India (Compiler)


Central Bureau of Narcotics (Sub-Inspector)





Intelligence Bureau (Assistant)





Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue (Assistant Enforcement Officer)

Up to 30 years




National Investigation Agency NIA (Sub Inspector)


M/o Statistics & Prog. Implementation. Statistical Investigator Grade II

Up to 32 years




Age Relaxation

Upper age limit relaxation has been provided to candidates belonging to categories such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Class (OBC), Persons with Disability (PwD) and Ex-Servicemen (ESM). 

To know how to download admit card, read SSC CGL admit card here.


Age Relaxation


5 years


3 years

PwD (unreserved)

10 years


13 years

PwD (SC/ ST)

15 years

Ex Serviceman

3 years (excluding period of military service rendered from the actual age on the application closing date)

Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989

5 years

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country etc.

3 years

Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or etc. (SC/ ST)

8 years

Allowed upper age limit for Group-C posts only

Central Govt. Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service 

Up to 40 years 

Central Govt. Civilian Employees (SC/ST) who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular and continuous service as on  closing date 

Up to 45 years 

Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated 

Up to 35 years 

Widows/ Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated (SC/ ST)

Up to 40 years 

SSC CGL Eligibility – Nationality

To fulfil the nationality or citizenship criteria for appearing in the SSC CGL examination, the candidate must be:

  1. A citizen of India
  2. Or, A subject of Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  3. Or, A person of Indian origin migrated from either/or Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

SSC CGL Eligibility – Education

Educational qualifications also differ according to the CGL posts applied for by the SSC CGL aspirants. The table below shows the details on the educational qualifications for different CGL posts. The table is updated as of January, 2020.

Assistant Audit Officer/ 

Essential: Graduation from a recognised university

Desirable: Chartered Accountancy or Cost & Management Accounting or Company Secretary or Masters in Commerce etc.

Junior Statistical Officer

Essential: Graduation in any subject from a recognised university with at least 60 % marks in Mathematics in Class 12 or Graduation in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at graduation level.

Statistical Investigator Grade-II

Essential Qualification: Graduation in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects from a recognised university. Candidates must have studied Statistics as a subject in all the three years of the graduation course.

Other posts

Essential: Graduation in any subject from a recognised university

SSC CGL Eligibility – Physical Fitness Requirements

Physical fitness test is required in the last stage (Tier 4) of SSC CGL exam. The eligibility criteria for this stage are mentioned in the table below.






157.5 cm

Chest must be 81 cm with a minimum of 5 cm expansion. 

Note: Candidates from North East have further relaxation of 5 cm



152 cm height can be relaxed by 2.5 cm

Weight must be 48 kgs. Note: North Eastern candidates are given a weight relaxation of 2 kgs.

Male and female candidates have to fulfil the following parameters in the Physical Fitness test:  





Candidates have to cover 1600 meters in 15 minutes

Candidates have to walk 8 kms in 30 minutes.


They have to cover 1000 meters in 15 minutes.

Aspirants have to walk 3 kms in 25 minutes.

The table below mentions the height, weight and vision details for the Sub Inspector post. (based on the latest updates on Sub Inspector (CBI) physical test meeting requirements)






Height must not be less than 165 cms for the General category.


Height can be relaxed for tribal candidates up to 5 cms

A minimum of 76 cms 

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 another.


150 cms.


Similar to male candidates

SSC CGL Eligibility – FAQs

Q. How many times a year is the SSC CGL exam conducted?

The SSC CGL exam is conducted once a year and candidates have to pass all the four stages or tiers of the exam.

Q. What is the age limit for the SSC CGL exam?

Candidates should be between the age of 18-32. However, this age limit may vary for certain in CGL.

Q. How many stages are present in the SSC CGL Exam?

The exam comprises four tiers (I,II,III,IV) in which Tier I and II is an objective type exam, Tier III is a descriptive paper and Tier IV involves a computer skill test & document verification.

Q. How many vacancies are advertised in SSC CGL examination?

Annually, more than 10,000 vacancies are advertised for SSC CGL exam.

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