Can Final Year Students Apply for SSC CGL?

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : September 2nd, 2022

"Can Final Year Students Apply for SSC CGL?" is one of the commonly asked doubts by the SSC CGL aspirants as the SSC Combined Graduate Level exam is one of the most popular exams among the candidates for making their careers in the government job exams and students start preparing for the exam from their college years. In this article, we will address this query of the SSC CGL aspirants and discuss the SSC CGL eligibility, educational qualification and age limit required to apply online for the Combined Graduate Level exam. All those candidates who are planning to apply for the upcoming SSC CGL 2022 must read this article completely. 

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Can Final Year Students Apply for SSC CGL?

  • Many candidates aspiring to the SSC CGL have this important question on their minds. "YES" is the correct answer to this query. Yes, students who are in their final year of the graduate program can apply for the exam.
  • A "Bachelor's Degree" from an accredited university, or its equivalent, is the minimum educational requirement needed to be qualified to appear in the CGL Examination.
  • Candidates who are in their final year of graduation can apply for the SSC CGL exam provided they must possess a graduation certificate as on or before the specific mentioned in the SSC CGL notification.  
  • The Staff Selection Commission will be releasing SSC CGL 2022 recruitment notification on 10 September 2022. 

Is Final Year Student Eligible for SSC CGL 2022?

Candidates who are in their final year of graduation program can apply for the SSC CGL 2022 exam provided they fulfil the following criteria:

Education Qualification: The minimum educational qualification needed to be qualified to appear in the CGL Examination is a "Bachelor's Degree" from an authorised university or its equivalent. Candidates who are in their last year of their bachelor's degree program are still eligible to apply for the SSC CGL exam, but they must have received their bachelor's degree certificate by the deadline (last date) specified in the SSC CGL notice.

Age limit: There are different age limits required to apply for different posts as per the preference of the candidates. SSC CGL age limit criteria have been explained below along with the relaxation in the upper age limit. Candidates must fulfil the criteria as on or before the specified date mentioned in the SSC CGL notification. 

SSC CGL 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Read the qualifying requirements thoroughly before applying online for the SSC CGL test. Learn about the physical requirements for the SSC CGL test in 2022 as well as the SSC CGL age limit for OBC, SC, ST, and NR. The SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) eligibility for 2022 is provided below for your convenience.

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age limit
  • Physical fitness
  • Nationality

SSC CGL Education Qualification

Candidates must possess a "Bachelor's Degree" from an accredited university, or its equivalent, is the minimum educational requirement needed to be qualified to appear in the CGL Examination as on or before the specified date mentioned in the SSC CGL recruitment notification. For the posts of Assistant Audit/Accounts Officer, Junior Statistical Officer and Compiler, some specific education qualifications are required along with the bachelor's degree - Click here for complete details on SSC CGL education qualification.

SSC CGL Age Limit

Different age limits are required for the different SSC CGL posts specified by the Staff Selection Commission. Check out the table below for the post-wise age limit. 

Group

Posts

Department

Age Limit (years)

A

Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts officer

Indian Audit &
Accounts & CAG

 

30

B

Assistant
Section Officer

CSS/MEA/Railway/IB / AFHQ/ Other Ministries

 

20-30

Income Tax Inspector Excise Inspector

Preventive Officer

Examiner

Asst. Enforcement Officer

Inspector of Posts

CBDT/ CBEC/Revenue Dept./ Dept. of Posts

30

 

Inspector

Narcotics

18-27

Assistant/Superintendent

Other Ministries

30

Sub Inspector

NIA

30

Divisional Accountant

CAG

30

Assistant

Other Ministries

18-27

C

Junior Statistical Officer

M/o of Statistics & Prog. Implementation

32

D

Tax Assistant

CBEC

20-27

Tax Assistant

CBDT

18-27

Auditor

CAG/CGDA/Other departments

18-27

Sub Inspector

Narcotics

18-27

SSC has also provided relaxation in the upper age limit for the reserved category candidates such as OBC, ST, SC, PwBD etc. Click here for the SSC CGL Age Relaxation

SSC CGL Nationality

Candidates who are willing to apply for SSC CGL 2022 must be a resident of Indian territory with valid ID proof to substantiate it. However, the following candidates are also eligible for SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL):

  • Tibetan refugee who moved to India before 1962, to settle down permanently in India.
  • A person of Indian origin who has moved from Pakistan, Burma, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with intention of settling down permanently in India.
  • The subject of Nepal or Bhutan.

SSC CGL Eligibility for Physical Fitness

SSC CGL Physical Efficiency Test and Physical & Medical Standard are the criteria specified by the Staff Selection Commission for some specific posts. As per the SSC Board, different physical fitness and standards are required for different posts.

SSC CGL Eligibility For the Post of Excise Inspector/ Examiner/Preventive Officer/Inspector & Sub-Inspector in Narcotics

Gender

Weight

Height

Chest

Male

-

157.5 cm

(Height relaxation by 5 cm in case of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas, and members of Scheduled Tribes)

81 cm
(with a minimum expansion of 5 cm)

Female

48 Kg

(Relaxation in Weight by 2 Kg for Gorkhas, Garhwali, Assamese, and Members of Scheduled Tribes).

152 cm
Height relaxation by 2.5 cm in case of Garhwali, Assamese, Gorkhas, and members of Scheduled Tribe)

-

Candidates applying for the post of Excise Inspector/ Examiner/Preventive Officer/Inspector & Sub-Inspector in Narcotics have to pass the Physical Test mentioned below:

Gender

Walking

Cycling

Male

1.6 KM in 15 minutes

8 KM in 30 minutes

Female

1 KM in 20 minutes

3 KM in 25 minutes

NOTE: For the post of Inspector Central Excise, Examiner, and Preventive Officer, persons with disabilities need to meet the physical standards i.e. Height, Chest, and Weight prescribed for the post of Inspectors, Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer in CBEC. However, for orthopedically disabled candidates the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed:

(a) The test of “Walking” shall not be insisted in the case of OL and OAL categories

(b) The test of “Cycling” shall not be insisted in the case of OA, OL, and OAL categories

SSC CGL Eligibility For the Post of Sub-Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation

Gender

Height

Chest

Vision

Male

165 cm

Height relaxable for Hillmen and Tribal: 5 cm

76 cm (with expansion)

Distant vision:
6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.
Near vision:
0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in the other eye.

Female

150 cm

Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cm

-

SSC CGL Eligibility 2022 For the Post of Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency

Gender

Height

Chest

Vision

Male

170 cm

Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cm

76 cm (with expansion)

Distant vision:
6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.
Near vision:
0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in another eye.

Female

150 cm

Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals: 5 cm

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Hope this was useful. Stay Tuned for more useful information. 

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  • Many candidates aspiring to the SSC CGL have this important question on their minds. "YES" is the correct answer to this query. Yes, students who are in their final year of the graduate program can apply for the exam. A "Bachelor's Degree" from an accredited university, or its equivalent, is the minimum educational requirement needed to be qualified to appear in the CGL Examination.

  • Candidates who are in their final year of graduation program can apply for the SSC CGL 2022 exam provided they fulfil the age criteria, post-specific educational qualifications, and other physical standards. In this article we have explained in detail all the SSC CGL eligibility criteria required in order to apply online for SSC CGL exam.

  • The minimum educational qualification needed to be qualified to appear in the CGL Examination is a "Bachelor's Degree" from an authorised university or its equivalent. Candidates who are in their last year of their bachelor's degree program are still eligible to apply for the SSC CGL exam, but they must have received their bachelor's degree certificate by the deadline (last date) specified in the SSC CGL notice.

  • There are different age limits required to apply for different posts as per the preference of the candidates. SSC CGL age limit criteria have been explained below along with the relaxation in the upper age limit. Candidates must fulfil the criteria as on or before the specified date mentioned in the SSC CGL notification. 

  • Yes, candidates in their final year of graduation can apply for the SSC CGL exam provided they must have received their bachelor's degree certificate by the deadline (last date) specified in the SSC CGL notice. There are no qualifying marks precribed for graduation. As per eligibility criteria, candidates must be graduates. The age of candidates should be between 18 to 32 years.

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