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. The age criteria for the post of Tax Assistant that comes under the ‘CBEC Group C’ cadre have been changed. 

The SSC CGL eligibility criteria are 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.Scholarship Registration, Get Scholarship Update

SSC CGL Eligibility – Age Limit & Relaxation

The following age criteria have 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 class 10 and 12 mark sheet will be considered

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

Keep checking SSC home page for current updates.


Age Not born earlier than (date) Not born later than (date)

Post code

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CBEC (Tax Assistant) 18 -27 02.08.1991 01.08.1998
Central Vigilance Commission (Assistant) 18-27 02.08.1991 01.08.2000 B
Ministry of Railway (Assistant) D
Ministry of External Affairs (Assistant) E
AFHQ (Assistant) G
Other Ministries/Departments/ Organizations (Assistant) H
Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations (Assistant) I
CBDT (Inspector of Income Tax) J
CBEC (Inspector, (Central Excise)) K
CBEC (Inspector Preventive Officer) L
CBEC (Inspector (Examiner)) M
Department of Post (Inspector of Posts) P
Offices under CAG (Divisional Accountant) Q
Central Bureau of Narcotics (Inspector) S
Offices under C&AG (Auditor) T
Offices under CGDA (Auditor) U
Offices under CGA & others (Auditor) V
Offices under C&AG (Accountant/ Junior Accountant) W
Offices under CGA & others (Accountant/ Junior Accountant) X
Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres (Senior Secretariat Assistant) Y
CBDT (Tax Assistant) Z
Registrar General of India (Compiler) $
Central Bureau of Narcotics (Sub-Inspector) 18-25 02.08.1993 01.08.2000 #
Intelligence Bureau (Assistant) 21-27 02.08.1988 01.08.1998 C
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue (Assistant Enforcement Officer) Up to 30 years 02.08.1988 01.08.2000 N
National Investigation Agency NIA (Sub Inspector) %
M/o Statistics & Prog. Implementation. Statistical Investigator Grade II Up to 32 years 02.08.1986 01.08.2000 R

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). 

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PwD (unreserved) 10 years
PwD (OBC) 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, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

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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.

Assistant Audit Officer/  Essential: Graduation from a recognised university

Desirable: Chartered Accountancy or Cost & Management Accounting or Company Secretary or Master 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 three years of the graduation course.
Other posts Essential: Graduation in any subject from a recognised university

SSC CGL Eligibility – Physical Fitness Requirements

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


Height Description


Male 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

Female 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:  




Male Candidates have to cover 1600 meters in 15 minutes Candidates have to walk 8 kms in 30 minutes.
Female 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)

Candidate Height Chest Vision
Male Height must not be less than 165 cm for the General category.


Height can be relaxed for tribal candidates up to 5 cm

A minimum of 76 cm  Eye-sight (with or without glasses) – 

Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.

Near vision is 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in another.

Female 150 cms. NA 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 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 exams, Tier III is a descriptive paper and Tier IV involves a computer skill test & document verification.

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