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SSC CGL 2018 Reservation For OBC, SC/ST, PwD, Women, Ex-Servicemen

Updated On - September 19th 2018 by ANUPAMA SINGH

SSC CGL Reservation is offered to reserved category candidates, wishing to apply for the Combined Graduate Level Test (CGL). SSC CGL is a gateway for recruitment to Group B and Group C posts in various ministries, government departments, and offices across the country. 

Only those applicants, who fulfill the complete SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria, will be considered for recruitment by the Staff Selection Commission. The registration for the recruitment exam concluded on June 19, 2017. Now, the examinations will commence from the first week of August 2017.

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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. Check SSC CGL 2017 Age Criteria.
  • 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.

SSC CGL 2017-18 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 tabulated below:

PostBasic Requirement
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelor’s Degree Additional Qualifications include Chartered Accountant/ Cost & Management Accountant/ Company Secretary/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies/ Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.
Statistical Investigator Grade IBachelor’s Degree in any subject with at least 60% in Mathematics at 10+2 level or in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level
CompilerBachelor’s Degree with Economics, Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or elective subjects.
For all other postsBachelor’s Degree in any subject

Read about  SSC CGL 2017 Vacancies

SSC CGL 2017-18 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 in SSC CGL.

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

SSC CGL 2017-18 Reservation FAQs

Q1: What is SSC CGL?

Ans: SSC CGL is Combined Graduate Level exam which is conducted by Selection Staff Commission for the recruitment of personnel for Grade-B and C categories posts in various Ministries, Departments and Organisations.

Q2: I am from SC/ST category. Are we exempted from paying the examination fees for SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, SC/ST candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

Q3: Do female candidates have to pay the examination fees?

Ans: Yes, female candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

Q3: Is there any state wise reservation in SSC CGL?

Ans: No there will be no state-wise reservation in SSC CGL

Q4: I am an Ex-serviceman and I want to know if there is some reservation for us in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, Ex-serviceman candidates also have a reservation for seats in various posts. The reservation of seats depends upon the ministries, government departments norms.

Q5: What is the age limit to apply for SSC CGL?

Ans: The age limit is different for different posts, you can confirm that from SSC CGL Notification published by the SSC. Generally, the age limit is between 18 to 30 years.

Q6: What are the age relaxations for SC/ST Category in SSC CGL?

Ans: The age relaxation in the upper age limit for SCs/STs is five years, for OBCs it is three years and for physically handicapped candidates it is ten years.

Q7: Is there any age relaxation for Ex-serviceman in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, there is a relaxation in age to Ex-serviceman candidates, the relaxation varies with duration served, candidates can check SSC CGL notification for detailed information.

Q8: Is there any age relaxation for female candidates in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes there is age relaxation for widows, divorced women and judicially separated women. The age limit is 35 years for UR category women; 40 years for SC/ST women and 38 years for OBC women.

Q9: Is there any age relaxation for unmarried/married female candidates in SSC CGL?

Ans: No, there is no age relaxation for unmarried and married female candidates.

Q10: Who determines the reservation criteria for SSC CGL?

Ans: Ministries/Departments/Offices or Cadres determines the reservation criteria, as per Government of India rules.

Q11: Do SC/ST candidates gets relaxation in Academic Qualification?

Ans: No, there is no relaxation in terms of academics for any candidates, all must meet the minimum qualification as declared by SSC.

Q12: What factors are taken into account for deciding age relaxation criteria for ex-serviceman candidates?

Ans: Years of work spent in the field, residential region, service offered to the government and other factors are taken into account while deciding the age relaxation.

Q13: Is there any reservation of Government Civilian Employee?

Ans: No there is no reservation for Government Civilian employee. However, such candidates who rendered not less than 3 years of regular, continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application are eligible for age relaxation.

Q14: I have colour blindness, Can I apply for the posts of SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, you can apply for SSC CGL provided you do not want to apply for the post of Examiner, Preventive Officer, Excise Inspector, Sub Inspector in CBI and NIA, and Inspector CBN as these posts require you to pass the colour-blindness test.

Q15: Do Physically Handicapped candidates get reservation and age relaxation?

Ans: Yes, Physically handicapped candidates get the reservation in some of the posts. Physically handicapped candidates in General category gets 10 years, OBC gets 13 years, and SC/ST candidates get 15 years relaxation in upper age limit.

Q16: Do candidates from Jammu Kashmir get a reservation?

Ans: No, there is no special reservation for candidates from J&K, unless they belong to reserved category. However, they are given age relaxation in the Upper age limit.

Q17: What is the relaxation in Upper age limit for candidates of J&K?

Ans: Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir are given age relaxation as 5 years for General Category, 8 years for OBC candidates, and 10 years for SC/ST category candidates.

Q18. Do all categories have same Cutoffs in SSC CGL?

Ans: No, Cutoff for each category is different as per the rules and regulations stipulated by Government of India.

Q19. What is the percentage of seats reserved for Physically Handicapped candidates?

Ans: As per Government of India rule, 3% of the seats will be reserved for the Physically Handicapped candidates.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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1 Comment
Gurpreet Singh

is there any sports quota for ssc cgl ?

27 Feb, 2018 15:09
Bhawna Vedwal

NO, Sports quota is not provided in SSC CGL for reservation

25 May, 2018 11:43

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