Clerks' Grade (for multi tasking staff only) Exam 2017 (SSC Departmental Exam)


On 2 April, 2017, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will hold a Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for recruitment to vacancies in Lower Division Grade reserved for regularly appointed Group C Staff in the Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/-in:
(i) Central Secretariat Clerical Service
(ii) Armed Forces Headquarters Clerical Service
(iii) Grade VI of the I.F.S. Branch B Clerical Service and
(iv) Central Vigilance Commission Clerical Service.

Only eligible employees for each of the above cadres, will be considered for appointment in respective vacancies in the cadres. 

Exam Centres

The examination will be held at New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Allahabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati Chandigarh and Raipur in accordance with the enclosed Rules (Annexure-II) published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India.
There will be no Centre at any Indian Mission abroad.  A candidate serving at an Indian Mission abroad will have to appear in this examination from any of the Examination Centre mentioned above at his/her own expense.
A candidate must select only one of these centres mentioned for appearing in the written part of the examination.  Any request for change of examination centre will not be allowed under any circumstances.    

Eligibility Criteria

Any permanent or regularly appointed  Group C employee in the Grade Pay of Rs.1800/- in any of the above mentioned Services/Cadres will be eligible to appear for vacancies existing  only in their respective Service/Ministry/ and who satisfy the following conditions shall be eligible to appear in the examination:-

(i) EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION:- As  on 01.01.2017, the candidate must have passed 12th Standard examination from a recognized Board or equivalent .
Note:- Candidates who do not possess at least the minimum education qualification as on 01.01.2017 are not eligible for applying for the examination.

(ii) LENGTH OF SERVICE:- As on 01.01.2017, the candidates must have rendered not less than three years regular service as a Group-C employee with Grade Pay of Rs.1800.
Note-I:   A Group C employee who is on deputation to ex-Cadre post with the approval of the Competent authority shall be eligible to be admitted to the examination , if otherwise eligible.2
Note-II:    A  Group C employee who has been appointed to  an Ex-Cadre  post or  to another  service on transfer and continues to have a lien in the Grade C post for the time being shall also be eligible to be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible.

(iii) AGE LIMIT:- Not more than  45 years of age on 01.01.2017. This age limit can be relaxed up to a maximum of 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

Application Process

Candidate must send his/her application to:
Regional Director (NR),
Staff Selection Commission,
Block No. 12, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110504
through the Head of his/her Department/Office where he/she is working so as to reach the Commission by the stipulated Closing Date

Note I:   Cadre Authorities participating in the examination must forward the duly completed application form of the concerned candidate to the Commission before the Closing Date stipulated in the Notice.  Applications forwarded by any Cadre Authority after the Closing date will not be accepted by the Commission.  
Note-II: In case, any regional/Sub-Regional Office of Commission receives less than ten applications from eligible candidates for appearing in the examination, such candidates may be directed by the Commission to appear from the Delhi Centre at their own expenses and risk.

Exam Schedule

The Scheme of the written part of the examination to be held on 2 April, 2017 is as follows:

Paper No.


Maximum Marks

Duration and Timings for General Candidates

Duration and Timings for Visually Handicapped Candidates


Short Essay (Hindi or English)


1 hour 30 minutes
10am - 11.30am

1 hour 45 minutes
10am - 11.45am


(a) Language (General English or Saamanye Hindi) (50 questions-50 marks)
(b) General Knowledge (English or Hindi) (50 questions-50 marks)


2 hours
1pm - 3pm

2 hours 20 minutes
1pm – 3.20pm

Exam Syllabus

Paper -I
Short Essay: An essay of 400-500 words to be written on any of the several specified subjects.

(a) Language (General English or Saamanye Hindi): Candidate will be tested in simple composition, Applied Grammar and Elementary Tabulation to test the art of compiling, arranging and presenting data in tabular form.

(b) General Knowledge: Knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will include question on Geography of India also.

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