Staff Selection Commission conducts a national-level General Duty Exam to fill the vacancies with Constable and Rifleman in several divisions as defined in the hiring process. The commission conducts the exam in four stages, involving:
- Computer-Based Exam (CBE)
- Physical Standard Test (PST)
- SSC GD Constable PET (Physical Efficiency Test)
- Detailed Medical Examination (DME) or Review Medical Examination (RME)
So, before applying for this prestigious post, the applicant must know the stepwise selection process and exam pattern for each test.
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SSC GD Constable Exam Pattern
The students can prepare based on the information provided on the SSC GD Constable Syllabus for the written test as discussed above. Knowing about the exam pattern gives the candidates a clearer idea of how the examination will be structured.
The computer-based exam is an objective-type test, which every applicant needs to clear to get elected for the next stage. The test is based on a negative marking system and gives a 1 mark for every right answer but deducts 0.4 marks for every wrong answer. SSC conducts this written exam in both English and Hindi languages.
All applicants who clear this exam will move to the next rounds, i.e. PET (Physical Efficiency Test) and PST (Physical Standards Test). CAPF conducts these tests for both male and female applicants to check their physical fitness and strength. The Physical Standards Test is to check whether the applicant meets height, weight and chest criteria set by the authority or not. The applicants who pass the PST exam will be eligible for the next round of SSC GD Constable PET. The SSC GD Constable Exam Pattern is given below in detail.
I. Computer Based Examination:
The Computer Based Examination will have one paper on objective-type questions. The paper will contain 100 objective questions of 1 mark each, making an aggregate of 100 marks for the entire paper. The paper will have questions based on 4 different subjects – General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Knowledge and General Awareness, Elementary Mathematics, and English/ Hindi. Refer to the table below for details.
|Part||Subject||Number of questions||Maximum Marks|
|Part A||General Intelligence and Reasoning||25||25|
|Part B||General Knowledge and General Awareness||25||25|
|Part C||Elementary Mathematics||25||25|
|Part D||English/ Hindi||25||25|
- The Total Duration of the exam will be 90 minutes
- All questions will be Multiple Choice Questions of 1 mark each.
- The candidates may take the exam in either English or Hindi.
- For each of the correct answers given by the candidate, 1 mark is added to the score.
- For each incorrect answer, ¼ marks or 0.25 shall be deducted from the total score as negative marking.
- The candidates will be informed about the examination dates only through the official website.
- There will be no provision for any re-evaluation or re-assessment.
- The questions in the Computer Based Examination will be of Matriculation level.
- Walk-through video/ Mock Test on the Computer Based Examination has been provided on the website of the Commission in the ‘Candidate's Corner' Section.
- Candidates are not permitted to use calculators and other electronic gadgets. They should not, therefore, bring the same inside the Examination Hall/ Lab.
II. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) and Physical Standard Test (PST):
The Commission will shortlist candidates for PET/ PST according to their performance in the CBE. Physical Efficiency Tests (PETs) and Physical Standard Tests (PSTs) will be administered at various locations determined by CAPFs. At the DME, candidates' qualifications and documentation will be thoroughly scrutinized. As a result, candidates must verify their eligibility as specified in this notification before taking the CBE/ PST/ PET. Candidates who are declared eligible based on height parameters will have their PET (race) followed by biometric/technology-aided identification during the PET/ PST. After qualifying PET (race) before PST, CAPFs PET/ PST Boards will scrutinize candidates' eligibility for any relaxation, such as age, height, and chest measurement.
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Physical Efficiency Test (PET):
Candidates have to clear the race within the following time limits:
|5 km in 24 minutes||1.6 km in 8.5 minutes||For aspirants of other than the Ladakh Region|
|1.6 km in 6.5 minutes||800 meters in 4 minutes||For aspirants of the Ladakh Region|
Points to Remember regarding PET
- If any applicant wants relaxation in height or chest measurement, the CAPF board will scrutinise only after PET and before PST. It clearly shows all applicants have to pass PET without fail.
- Ex-servicemen who have cleared the Computer-Based Examination need to appear for the PST and record height, chest and weight measurements. They don't need to go for PET but only for the Medical Examination Test.
- If any applicant is found under the influence of any energetic medicine at the time of PET will be disqualified.
- Pregnancy at the time of SSC GD Constable PET will be a disqualification, and the SSC can reject a pregnant female applicant at that time only.
- However, if any woman applicant who clears PET but is pregnant for twelve weeks at the time of medical examination may be declared temporarily unfit, she may get the post kept reserved for her and the benefit of seniority as per the rules set by the governing body after clearing PET after six weeks of her confinement period.
Physical Standards Test (PST):
The candidates looking forward to the SSC GD Constable recruitment have to make sure that they meet the required measurements for the Physical Standards Test.
|Item & Gender||Measurement|
|Height (Male)||170 cm|
|Height (Female)||157 cm|
|Chest (Male)||Expanded 80 cm, Minimum Expansion of 5 cm|
|Weight (Male & Female)||Proportionate as per the height and medical standard for the candidates.|
III. Medical Examination:
From the pool of candidates who qualify for the PET/ PST, some candidates will be shortlisted for the Detailed Medical Examination (DME). The SSC will verify the applicable documents at the time of DME. A few of them are mentioned below.
- Matriculation/ Secondary Examination Certificate to prove age, name, and educational qualification.
- Domicile Certificate/ Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC) issued by the competent authority.
- Valid NCC Certificate, if applicable.
Medical Boards established by the CAPFs will examine the shortlisted individuals to determine their physical and medical fitness. The candidates' medical examinations will be conducted under the Uniform Guidelines for Recruitment Medical Examination for GOs and NGOs in CAPFs and AR issued by MHA UO No. A.VI-1/2014-Rectt(SSB) dated 20.05.2015 and MHA OM No. E.32012/ADG(Med)/DME&RME/DA-1/2020(Part File)/1166 dated 31.05.2021, as amended by the government from time to time.