Lower Division Grade (Clerks' Grade) Limited Departmental Competitive Exam

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts 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. The exam will be held on 2 April, 2017.

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 eentre 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 1st January of the year of the exam, 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 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 1st January of the year of the exam. 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 before the 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 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.

Candidates are allowed the option to answer both the question papers either in English or in Hindi (in Devanagri Script).  The option will be for both the papers viz. Short Essay (Paper-I) and Language and General Knowledge (Paper-II).  The question papers for both the papers will be in bilingual form i.e. these will be printed both in English and Hindi.  Paper II will be of objective type  consisting   of multi choice questions. The Commission has decided that in Paper-II there will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Candidates are therefore, advised to keep this in mind while answering the question.

Note:  Candidate exercising the option to answer the papers either in English or in Hindi (in Devangri Script) must indicate their PREFRENCE/OPTION to do so clearly in Column-11 of the Application Form, otherwise, it would be presumed by the Commission that they would answer the papers in English.

Note: The option once exercised will be final and no request for change of option will ordinarily be entertained.

Note: Zero marks will be awarded for answer written in a language other than the one opted by the candidates.  Further, if answers are written partly in one language and partly in another language, such answer script will  not    be evaluated and such candidate will be awarded ZERO marks.

(i) The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in paper II and paper I of only those who obtain  the qualifying marks in paper II will be evaluated.
(ii) Marks will not be allotted for mere superficial knowledge.
(iii) Deduction up to 5% of the maximum marks will be made for illegible handwriting.
(iv) Credit will be given for orderly, effective and exact expression combined with due economy of words in paper-1.

Provision for Visually Handicapped (VH) Candidates

(a) All the Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates with visual disabilities of Forty (40)% and above including Blind and Partially Blind persons who have applied for the examination can avail the assistance of a SCRIBE for indicating/writing the replies on their behalf as the question papers for the examination will be set both in English and Hindi.  A SCRIBE will be provided by the Commission on request made by such visually handicapped (including blind and partially blind) candidate.  Candidates will not be allowed to bring their own scribe.  No attendant will be allowed with such VH candidates inside the examination premises.

(b) Such visually handicapped candidates, opting for availing the assistance of SCRIBE will have to make a request, in writing, in the prescribed format given at Annexure-III to the concerned Regional/Sub-Regional Office of the Commission for appearing in the said examination, at least 10 days before the date of examination for engaging a scribe and the medium of language in which the SCRIBE is required to write/indicate the replies of the questions set in the examination on his/her behalf.

(c) VH candidates will be allowed EXTRA TIME of 15 minutes for Paper-I (Short Essay) and 20 minutes for Paper-II (Language and General Knowledge).

(d) The Visually Handicapped candidates including Blind and Partially Blind persons with visual disabilities of not less than forty (40%) percent who applied for the examination and who intends to engage a SCRIBE on their behalf for writing/indicating the replies in the examination will have to appear from any one of the Nine Examination Centre viz. New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Allahabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Guwahati, Chandigarh and Raipur at their own risk and expense.  They must also furnish the details of the degree of visual disability to authenticate their position/status as VH candidate at serial No.7 of the application form.

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