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SSC CGL Reservation

SSC CGL Reservation is offered to candidates who belong to the reserved categories and wish to apply for the Combined Graduate Level Test (CGL). The exam is a national level recruitment exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year. SSC CGL is a gateway for recruitment to Group B and Group C posts in various ministries, government departments and offices across the country.

ssc cgl reservation

SSC CGL Reservation will be as decided by the organizing body. Here are some key points about it..

  • There will be no state-wise reservation.
  • Aspirants belonging to the SC/ ST/ OBC or PH category are eligible for reservation.
  • Ex- Serviceman candidates will also have reservation of seats.
  • Reservation wherever applicable and admissible, would be as determined by the Indenting Ministries/ Departments/ Offices or Cadres, as per extant Government Orders.
  • There is no separate reservation for female candidates. However, they are exempted from paying any application fee.
  • The reserved category candidates and also the female candidates will be given relaxation in age for appearing for the test.

Only those applicants, who fulfill the complete SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria, will be considered for recruitment by SSC.

SSC CGL Reservation- Relaxation in Academic Qualification

  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories, PwD candidates and Ex- Servicemen will have the same eligibility criteria for educational qualifications as that for General category applicants.
  • They will have to meet the minimum qualifications as declared by SSC.
  • No relaxation in terms of academics will be granted to these candidates.

The educational qualification required for various posts is:

Assistant Audit Officer

Basic Qualification- Aspirants must have a Bachelor’s Degree acquired from a recognized University or Institute.

Additional Qualification- The desirable qualifications for this post are Chartered Accountant/ Cost & Management Accountant/ Company Secretary/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies/ Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics. Check Assistant Audit Officer Job Profile, Salary and Career Prospects

Statistical Investigator Grade– I

Basic Qualification- Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% in Mathematics at 10+2 level or in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.


Basic Qualification- Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics, Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or elective subjects.

Qualifications for All other Posts

Basic Qualification- A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent is necessary to be eligible for SSC CGL.

Read about  SSC CGL 2017 Vacancies

SSC CGL Reservation- Relaxation in Age Limit

  • SSC allows the relaxation of upper age limit for applicants belonging to various categories.
  • The age relaxation is decided after taking into account years of work spent on field, residential region, service offered to the government and other factors.

The upper age limit for Reserved category, Physically Handicapped candidates, and Ex- Serviceman is given below:

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC3 years
ST/ SC5 years
PH + Gen10 years
PH + OBC13 years
PH + SC/ ST15 years
Ex-Servicemen (Gen)3 years
Ex-Servicemen (OBC)6 years
Ex-Servicemen (SC/ ST)8 years

Upper Age Limit for Central Government Civilian Employees:

Central Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular, continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application are eligible for age relaxation.

For Group B postsAge relaxation
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(General/Unreserved)5 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC))8 (5 +3) years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST)10(5+5) years
For Group C posts 
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(General/Unreserved)Up to 40 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC)Up to 43 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST)Up to 45 years of age

Upper Age Limit for Defense Personnel:

Age relaxation will be applicable for Defense Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and were released as a consequence of the same.

Defense Personnel (Unreserved/ General)5 years
Defense Personnel (OBC)8(5+3) years
Defense Personnel ( SC/ST)10(5+5)years

Upper Age Limit for Jammu & Kashmir Candidates:

Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(Unreserved/General)5 years
Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(OBC)8 years
Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir( SC/ST)10 years

Reservation benefits for women under SSC entries:

Female candidates will be granted age relaxation only in Group C posts. The age relaxation is as follows:

Widows/Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried(Unreserved/General)Up to 35 years of age
Widows/Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried(OBC)Up to 38 years of age
Widows/Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried(SC/ST)Up to 40 years of age

SSC CGL Reservation- Bifurcation of Seats 

  • Reservation is offered to various posts on an All India basis in SSC CGL.
  • No seats will be reserved on the basis of States.
  • The organizing body will release the notification for availability of seats on its official website 1 month before declaration of final results.
  • Candidates who are citizens of India and are eligible for reservation under different categories can refer to the seat vacancy table given.

SSC CGL Reservation- Documents Required 

  • Candidates claiming SSC CGL Reservation or seeking age relaxation will require certain documents to prove the same.
  • They will be recruited for the job posts only if they submit the necessary documents issued by the competent authority- Regional or Sub-Regional Government Offices.
  • They must also note that the said documents must be in the format as prescribed by SSC. The formats of all such certificates will be uploaded on the official website.
  • Certificates in any other format will be rejected.
  • Candidates will be treated as general category candidates if they fail to submit the necessary documents.
  • It should be noted that SSC reserves the right to the last admission.

Documents required by candidates from different categories are mentioned below:

CategoryDocuments Required
Reserved Category (SC/ ST/ OBC)Caste certificate Creamy Layer Certificate (if applicable)
Person with DisabilityOH/ VH/ HH Disability Certificate (mentioning percentage of disability)
Central Government EmployeeCentral Govt. Civilian Employee certificate No Objection Certificate (incase seeking age relaxation)
Ex- ServicemenDischarge Certificate

List of Prescribed Formats for Obtaining Requisite Documents

Candidates can check below the prescribed formats by the Commission for obtaining certificates required by candidates seeking any relaxation under reserved categories.

CategoryApplication/Certificate Format
SC (Scheduled Caste)/ST (Scheduled Tribe)Click Here
OBC-NCL (Other Backward Category – Non Creamy Layer)Click Here
Ex-ServicemenClick Here
Serving Defence PersonnelClick Here
Government Civilian EmployeesClick Here
Disability CertificateClick Here
Disability Certificate (OH – Orthopaedically Handicapped)/ VH -Visually Handicapped)Click Here
Certificate for Relaxation in Height and Chest MeasurementClick Here

SSC CGL Reservation FAQs

Ques. What is the relaxation in application fee for candidates claiming SSC CGL Reservation?

Ans. All Female aspirants and aspirants belonging to the Reserved Category, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation will be exempted from paying application fee.

Ques. What is the SSC CGL Reservation policy for Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates?

Ans. A total of 3% seats for a variety of posts will be reserved for the PH Candidates. Out of these seats, 1% seats will be reserved for candidates suffering from blindness or low vision, hearing impairment, locomotor disability and cerebral palsy. These applicants will be eligible only if they suffer from atleast 40% of the relevant disability. They must also submit proof of the same to claim reservation.

Ques. What is the nature of job postings for women who get recruited through SSC CGL?

Ans. Generally, women are posted at the place of their domicile. Also, since we have a lot of central government offices in every corner of our country, it gets easier for a home posting.

Ques. What is the upper age limit for Widows/Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not remarried(Unreserved/General)?

Ans. Women who are Widows/Divorced/ Judicially separated and who are not remarried(Unreserved/General are relaxed upto 35 years of age.

Ques. What if I fail to submit my reservation documents?

Ans. Failure to submission of all relevant reservation documents will lead to cancellation of candidature. Such candidates will not be eligible to sit for SSC CGL exam.

Ques. How are seats reserved in SSC CGL?

Ans. SSC CGL offers reservation for various posts on an All India basis. No seats will be reserved on the basis of States. This policy will be solely decided by the organizing authority.

Ques. How is the age limit calculated in SSC CGL?

Ans. The Age limit in SSC CGL is calculated as on 1 January of the examination year.

Ques. When is a reserved candidate said to be qualified on UR standards?

Ans: A reserved category candidates, if meets the cut-off that of UR candidates and has not sought age relaxation is said to be qualified on UR standards. In that case, he also becomes eligible to be appointed on UR seats too.



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