Career OpportunitiesWhen students seek a respectable, financially satisfying, and yet, stable career opportunity, the first option that comes to mind is government jobs. Government jobs or PSU jobs provide very stable and respected career profiles and at the same time, especially after the Sixth Pay Commission, financial satisfaction. In this respect, SSC's Combined Graduate Level Examination becomes the prime gateway to a dream career. And the Seventh Pay Commission is all set to make this an even more lucrative option.
We have already seen the advantages and incentives that SSC CGL Examination offers. These are also reflected in the number of candidates who appear for this examination every year. While close to 5.4 lakh aspirants applied for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2012 (and nearly 2.7 lakh appeared for Civil Services Prelims 2012), close to 9.7 lakh appeared for CGL exam 2012. Further, the number of aspirants who appeared for CGL exam 2013 went up to over 12 lakh. This indicates the popularity and importance of the CGL examination
PLAN OF EXAMINATION
The competitive examination comprises three successive stages:
- Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination.
- Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.
- Civil Services Interview or Personality Test.
The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
- Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
- The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.
- Details of the syllabus are indicated in Part A of Section III.
- Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes for each paper.
The written examination will consist of the following papers:
- Paper- A (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). 300 Marks
- Paper- B English 300 Marks Papers to be counted for merit
- Paper-I Essay 250 Marks
- Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250 Marks
- General Studies - II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250 Marks
- General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250 Marks
- General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) 250 Marks
- Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1 250 Marks
- Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2 250 Marks
- Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
- The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
- The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialized or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should rouse the curiosity of well educated youth.