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Clerks' Grade Examination : Introduction, Eligibility, Scheme Of The Examination

Clerks' Grade Examination

  1. Introduction
  2. Eligibility
  3. Scheme Of The Examination
  1. Introduction

    The Assistants' Grade Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruitment to:

    1. Grade IV (Assistant) of the General Cadre of the Indian Foreign Services (B).
    2. Grade II (Cypher Assistant) of Cypher Cadre of Indian Foreign Service Branch (B);
    3. Assistants' Grade of the Railway Board Secretariat Service
      1. Assistants' Grade of the Central Secretariat Service
      2. Assistants' Grade of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service; and
      3. Posts of Assistants in other Departments / Organizations and the Attached Offices of the Government of India, not participating in IFS (B)/Railway Board Secretariat Service/ Central Secretariat Service/Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services.

    The Staff Selection Commission (S.S.C.) conducts the Assistants' Grade Examination, once a year in two stages. The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the Main Examination is held in the month of January.

    The Assistants' Grade Main Examination is held in the month of July. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment News, usually in the month of September of the previous year. The last date for submission of applications is usually the first week of. October of the previous year.

  2. Eligibility

    1. Age

      A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on the first day of the August of the previous year. The upper age limit may be relaxed in respect of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and such other categories of persons as may, from time to time, be notified in this behalf By the Government of India, to the extent and subject to the conditions notified in respect of each category.

      The upper age limit is also relaxed to 30 years in respect of LDCs/UDCs, Stenographers' Grade 'D' and Grade III with not less than 3 years continuous and regular service in various departments/offices. Government of India.

    2. Educational Qualifications

      Degree of a recognized University, or equivalent.

  3. Scheme Of The Examination

    1. Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)

      The Preliminary Examination will be of a Test for selection of candidates for the Main Examination and would compromise of the following subjects:

      Sl No. Test No.of Questions Marks Duration
      1 Reasoning Ability 75 75 3 Hrs
      2 General Awareness 75 75 3 Hrs
      3 Arithmetic 75 75 3 Hrs
      4 Language paper English/Hindi 75 75 3 Hrs
      Total   300       300

      1. The papers in all the subjects will be of Objective Type (Multiple Choice Type).
      2. Question Papers (Test Booklets) in Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and Arithmetic will be set both in English and Hindi.
      3. Part (iv)-Language Paper (English or Hindi) will be of qualifying nature and the marks secured by the candidates in this part will not be counted for preparation of the list of candidates to be called for the Main Examination. Candidates will have the option to answer the Language Paper (Paper (iv)) either in English or in Hindi. (The language opted in Prelim will not be changed in the Main Exam).
      4. The aggregate marks secured in Part (i), Part (ii) will be taken for preparation of the list of candidates to be called for Main Examination.
      5. The Commission have the discretion to fix minimum qualifying standard in any of the four parts of the Preliminary Examination.

    2. Main Examination (Conventional Type)

      Paper Name of Test Marks Duration
      I Language Comprehension (a) General English 50 3 Hrs
      (b) Communication/Writing Skill 150 3 Hrs
      II Arithmetic 100 2 Hrs


      1. The question Papers for the Main Examination will be of Conventional (Essay) Type.
      2. In Paper I, Part (a) of Main Examination will be Compulsory for all the candidates. However; this will be of a qualifying nature. The marks secured in this part will not be Counted for preparation of the final selection list: The Commission have the discretion to fix a qualifying standard in this part.
      3. Candidates will have the Option to answer Paper I Part (b) (Communication/Writing Skill) and Paper II (Arithmetic) either in-Hindi or in English.
      4. Scripts of Paper I Part (b) (Communication/Writing Skill) and Paper II (Arithmetic) will be evaluated of only those candidates who secure minimum qualifying standard in Part (a of Paper I of the Main Examination.

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