SSC CGL 2020 Reservation For OBC, SC/ST, PwD, Women, Ex-Servicemen

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Apr 7, 2020

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SSC CGL Reservation is offered to reserved category candidates, wishing to apply for the Combined Graduate Level Test (CGL). SSC CGL is a gateway for recruitment to Group B and Group C posts in various ministries, government departments, and offices across the country.  

There will be no state-wise reservation. Aspirants belonging to the SC/ ST/ OBC or PH category are eligible for reservation. Ex-Serviceman candidates will also have a reservation of seats. There is no separate reservation for female candidates. However, they are exempted from paying any application fee.

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Academic Qualification

SSC CGL 2019-20 Reservation- Relaxation in Academic Qualification

Candidates belonging to reserved categories, PwD candidates and Ex-Servicemen will have the same eligibility criteria for educational qualifications as that for General category applicants. They will have to meet the minimum qualifications as declared by SSC. No relaxation in terms of academics will be granted to these candidates.

The educational qualification required for various posts is tabulated below:

Post Basic Requirement
Assistant Audit Officer Bachelor’s Degree Additional Qualifications include Chartered Accountant/ Cost & Management Accountant/ Company Secretary/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies/ Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.
Statistical Investigator Grade I Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with at least 60% in Mathematics at 10+2 level or in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level
Compiler Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or elective subjects.
For all other posts Bachelor’s Degree in any subject

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Age Relaxation

SSC CGL 2019-20 Reservation- Relaxation in Age Limit

SSC allows the relaxation of upper age limit for applicants belonging to various categories. The age relaxation is decided after taking into account years of work spent on the field, residential region, service offered to the government and other factors.

The upper age limit for Reserved category, Physically Handicapped candidates, and Ex-Serviceman is given below:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
ST/ SC 5 years
PH + Gen 10 years
PH + OBC 13 years
PH + SC/ ST 15 years
Ex-Servicemen (Gen) 3 years
Ex-Servicemen (OBC) 6 years
Ex-Servicemen (SC/ ST) 8 years

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Upper Age Limit for Central Government Civilian Employees:

Central Government Civilian Employees who have rendered not less than 3 years of regular, continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application are eligible for age relaxation in SSC CGL.

For Group B posts Age relaxation
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(General/Unreserved) 5 years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC)) 8 (5 +3) years
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST) 10(5+5) years
For Group C posts
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(General/Unreserved) Up to 40 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(OBC) Up to 43 years of age
Central Govt. Civilian Employees(SC/ST) Up to 45 years of age

Upper Age Limit for Defense Personnel:

Age relaxation will be applicable for Defense Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and were released as a consequence of the same.

Defense Personnel (Unreserved/ General) 5 years
Defense Personnel (OBC) 8(5+3) years
Defense Personnel ( SC/ST) 10(5+5)years

Upper Age Limit for Jammu & Kashmir Candidates:

Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(Unreserved/General) 5 years
Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir(OBC) 8 years
Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir( SC/ST) 10 years

Reservation benefits for women under SSC entries:

Female candidates will be granted age relaxation only in Group C posts. The age relaxation is as follows:

Widows/Divorced Women/ Women judicially separated and who are not

SSC CGL 2019-20 Reservation FAQs

Q1: What is SSC CGL?

Ans: SSC CGL is Combined Graduate Level exam which is conducted by Selection Staff Commission for the recruitment of personnel for Grade-B and C categories posts in various Ministries, Departments and Organisations.

Q2: I am from SC/ST category. Are we exempt from paying the examination fees for SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, SC/ST candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

Q3: Do female candidates have to pay the examination fees?

Ans: Yes, female candidates are exempted from payment of fees.

Q3: Is there any state-wise reservation in SSC CGL?

Ans: No there will be no state-wise reservation in SSC CGL

Q4: I am an Ex-serviceman and I want to know if there is some reservation for us in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, Ex-serviceman candidates also have a reservation for seats in various posts. The reservation of seats depends upon the ministries, government departments norms.

Q5: What is the age limit to apply for SSC CGL?

Ans: The age limit is different for different posts, you can confirm that from SSC CGL Notification published by the SSC. Generally, the age limit is between 18 to 30 years.

Q6: What are the age relaxations for SC/ST Category in SSC CGL?

Ans: The age relaxation in the upper age limit for SCs/STs is five years, for OBCs it is three years and for physically handicapped candidates it is ten years.

Q7: Is there any age relaxation for Ex-serviceman in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, there is a relaxation in age to Ex-serviceman candidates, the relaxation varies with duration served, candidates can check SSC CGL notification for detailed information.

Q8: Is there any age relaxation for female candidates in SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes there is age relaxation for widows, divorced women and judicially separated women. The age limit is 35 years for UR category women; 40 years for SC/ST women and 38 years for OBC women.

Q9: Is there any age relaxation for unmarried/married female candidates in SSC CGL?

Ans: No, there is no age relaxation for unmarried and married female candidates.

Q10: Who determines the reservation criteria for SSC CGL?

Ans: Ministries/Departments/Offices or Cadres determines the reservation criteria, as per Government of India rules.

Q11: Do SC/ST candidates gets relaxation in Academic Qualification?

Ans: No, there is no relaxation in terms of academics for any candidates, all must meet the minimum qualification as declared by SSC.

Q12: What factors are taken into account for deciding age relaxation criteria for ex-serviceman candidates?

Ans: Years of work spent in the field, residential region, service offered to the government and other factors are taken into account while deciding the age relaxation.

Q13: Is there any reservation of Government Civilian Employee?

Ans: No there is no reservation for Government Civilian employee. However, such candidates who rendered not less than 3 years of regular, continuous service as on closing date for receipt of application are eligible for age relaxation.

Q14: I have color blindness, Can I apply for the posts of SSC CGL?

Ans: Yes, you can apply for SSC CGL provided you do not want to apply for the post of Examiner, Preventive Officer, Excise Inspector, Sub Inspector in CBI and NIA, and Inspector CBN as these posts require you to pass the colour-blindness test.

Q15: Do Physically Handicapped candidates get reservation and age relaxation?

Ans: Yes, Physically handicapped candidates get the reservation in some of the posts. Physically handicapped candidates in General category gets 10 years, OBC gets 13 years, and SC/ST candidates get 15 years relaxation in upper age limit.

Q16: Do candidates from Jammu Kashmir get a reservation?

Ans: No, there is no special reservation for candidates from J&K, unless they belong to reserved category. However, they are given age relaxation in the Upper age limit.

Q17: What is the relaxation in Upper age limit for candidates of J&K?

Ans: Candidates who had been domiciled ordinarily in the State of Jammu & Kashmir are given age relaxation as 5 years for General Category, 8 years for OBC candidates, and 10 years for SC/ST category candidates.

Q18. Do all categories have the same Cutoffs in SSC CGL?

Ans: No, Cutoff for each category is different as per the rules and regulations stipulated by Government of India.

Q19. What is the percentage of seats reserved for Physically Handicapped candidates?

Ans: As per Government of India rule, 3% of the seats will be reserved for the Physically Handicapped candidates.

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


ramesh kumar sk
iam exservicemen having service of 19 years can i apply for cgl post
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ramesh, yes, you are eligible for this exam only if you have not exceeded 50 years of age.
dhirendra mishra
I am an exservicemen i want to know which posts has reservations for ex servicemen in ssc cgl
shobhna chaturvedi
Hello sir, you can apply for all the posts being offered by SSC. It is just that they have to satisfy the eligibility criteria after getting relaxation in age criteria and others.
Central Government employees can claim age relaxation of 5 Years for SSC CGL,Please let us know if railway employees/Public sector employees can claim this.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Sondekoppa, as railways come under central government, therefore, this policy will be valid for ex-railway staffs also.
gurpreet singh
is there any sports quota for ssc cgl ?
bhawna vedwal
NO, Sports quota is not provided in SSC CGL for reservation