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Who will hold SSC CGL 2019: CBSE or NTA

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Jan 17, 2019

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Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Test or SSC CGL is a national level entrance test conducted to recruit staff at multiple levels in various ministries and departments. A huge number of candidates appeared for the exam every year and enrolled in various government jobs. 

As per the latest news, the Apex court ruled in the favour of scrapping the SSC CGL held in 2017. The question papers of SSC CGL 2017 were leaked well before the exam last year, which led to a huge protest among the applicants. Even the Supreme Court stayed the result announced of SSC CGL 2017 in August this year.

Based on the allegations on SSC (Staff Selection Commission), the Supreme court has said, they may ask some other agency to conduct SSC CGL 2019. It is rumoured that the newly formed NTA may conduct the examination. CBSE is also one the front-runner, however, the authorities are yet to finalize on it.

SSC CGL: The Issue

After the alleged paper leak in 2017 paper, candidates and aspirants all over the country protested against the conducting body. After which the Supreme Court had asked the government to conduct a CBI probe in the same matter.

Due to the reports of the leak in Tier II of SSC CGL 2017 paper, one of the bench in the Supreme Court bench was quoted saying to The Economic Times, “The entire test was tainted and it can’t permit the people benefiting from the leaked paper to get into service. It prima facie appears that the entire SSC system is tainted and entire examinations (2017) are tainted. It can't be believed that the custodian of the examination paper is himself leaking the paper.”

The court said that even after the investigation by many agencies, there was no mechanism to determine who all were the culprit and who were innocent. Keeping all the students in mind the Supreme court decided to scrap the SSC CGL.

The bench also said, “ We want such agency to conduct the examination which cannot be approached. The bench may ask National Testing Agency or CBSE to conduct the examination”.


Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is a national level board of education in India, controlled and managed by Union Government of India. Earlier CBSE conducted AIEEE for admission to undergraduate courses in engineering and architecture in colleges before it was merged with the IIT-Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). CBSE also conducts AIPMT (All India Pre Medical Test) for admission to major medical colleges in India and many other examinations.

National Testing Agency (NTA) is an Indian government agency under MHRD to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. It was set up in 2017. NTA will be conducting JEE Main and NEET from 2019.

Given that NTA is set up by the government to relieve CBSE from its duties of conducting competitive examinations. NTA seems to be the body which will conduct SSC CGL 2019. Also, due to leaks of CBSE Board papers of Class X and XXI in March, NTA seems to be a better option with which the authorities may move forward. No official statement regarding the same has been made yet.

About SSC CGL Exam

The Staff Selection Commission is a government body which conducts examination for recruitment of staff in various Group B, C, and D posts in the various government agency.

Until 2017, Staff Selection Commission conducted Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination in four tiers between August and December every year for the recruitment of personnel for Grade-B and C categories posts in various Ministries, Departments and Organisations under central and state government. Tier I and Tier II are held in computer-based mode, while tier III and IV are held as a descriptive paper and a computer proficiency test or skill test respectively.

Tier-I and Tier-II exam are compulsory for all posts mentioned in SSC CGL while Tier-III is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler, and Tier-IV exam is specifically for the aspirants for the post of TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.