SSC Combined Matric Preliminary Exam
Department of Personnel and Training
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Block No. 12, Kendriya Karyalay Parisar
New Delhi – 110003
The combined Matric Preliminary Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting candidates for the Main Examinations for the following Recruitments:
(a) Clerks' Grade
(b) Grade 'D' Stenographers
(c) Grade 'C' Stenographers
- The Recruitment to the above posts will be in the following groups of services/offices:
(a) Indian Foreign Service (B) Grade VI
- Railway Board Secretariat Clerical Service Grade II
- Central Secretariat Clerical Service- Lower Division Grade
- Armed Forces Headquarters Clerical Service-Lower Division Grade
- Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
- President's Secretariat
- Group 'Y' (for Clerks and Steno `D' only) ( Mentioned in the website)
Candidate should be of 18 to 25 years on the1st August of the year of examination. Upper age limit is relaxed for scheduled castes/scheduled tribes, etc.
Education qualification should be Matriculation or equivalent
Mode of Exam
The SSC Combined Matric Preliminary Exam is to test for selection of candidates for the Main Examination for the different categories of posts mentioned in first paragraph. The written exam will comprise one paper with two parts:
- General Awareness
- General Intelligence
Both the papers will be of 100 marks each
General intelligence: The test may include questions on analogies, similarities, differences, space visualization, problem solving analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, etc. The test will also include questions designed to test the candidate’s abilities to deal with abstract ideas and symbols and their relationships, arithmetical computations and other analytical functions.
General Awareness: Questions will be designed to test the ability of the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to the society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture. Geography, Economic scene, Central Policy and Scientific Research. The questions in all the tests will be "Objective Multiple-Choice-Type". Candidates will be required to qualify in each of the two tests separately. The questions will be set in English and Hindi.
The Main Examinations will be of descriptive-type.
Typewriting Test/Shorthand Test:
The candidates who qualify the Main Exam(s) will have to undergo a Typewriting Test/Stenography Test as the case may be of Main Examination(s).
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Matric Prelim Examination once a year generally in the month of September for selection of candidates for the Main Examination.
The Main Examinations for the above-mentioned posts are held at the end of the year. Blank application forms and other particulars are published in the Employment News, usually in the month of May.
The last date for submission of applications is usually the last week of May