The Staff Selection Commission holds an open Competitive Examination for recruitment to the posts of Constable (General Duty) in Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Secretariat Security Force (SSF) and Rifleman (General Duty) in Assam Rifles. This is the next best exam after SSC CPO (SI) for recruitment to the armed forces of India.
The process of Constable (GD) is a relatively simple process of examination.
|Release of notification/announcement|
|Start of application|
|End of application|
|Tier 1 examination|
|Result of tier 1 examination available|
|Physical standard test/ Physical endurance test|
|Result of PET/PST available|
|Detailed Medical Examination|
Posts to be filled
SSC Constable (GD) hires candidates for several sections of the armed forces on the single post of Constable (General Duty). List of exact number of vacancies of each post is revealed in the notification
List of Forces that recruit for this post is as follows -
Procedure of application
Go to Constable (GD) tab
From here, login and register.
Follow the given steps to fill out the basic information and the application form.
Candidates are advised in their own interest to submit online applications much before the closing date and not to wait till the last date to avoid the possibility of disconnection/ inability or failure to login to the SSC website on account of heavy load on the website during the closing days.
Application Fee: payable: Rs 100/- (Rs one hundred only).
Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from payment of fee.
Eligibility and qualifications
Age limit (as on Prescribed date)
Age limitation in Constable (GD) 18-23 years as on prescribed date.
Permissible age relaxation for reserved categories is as follows -
|Category||Permissible age relaxation (in years)|
|Ex-Servicemen||3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the date of reckoning.|
|Children and dependent of victims killed in the 1984 riots or communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat (Unreserved)||5 years|
|Children and dependent of victims killed in the 1984 riots or communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat (OBC)||8 years|
|Children and dependent of victims killed in the 1984 riots or communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat (SC/ST)||10 years|
|Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 1989.||5 years|
Essential educational qualification (as on 1 January year 2)
Matriculation or 10th class pass from a recognized Board/ University.
NOTE : Candidates who have not acquired the essential educational qualification as on 01.08.2018 will not be eligible and need not apply.
Scheme and Pattern
The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below
Tier-I: Computer Based Examination
Tier-II: Physical Standard Test (PST)/ Physical Endurance Test (PET)
Tier III: Detailed Medical Examination and document verification
Tier 1 (Pre)
Tier-1 will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English language.
Test will be conducted in online mode.
Each question will carry 1 mark and total time allowed will be 90 minutes
|Subject||Number of question||Maximum marks|
|General Intelligence and Reasoning||25||25|
|General Knowledge and General Awareness||25||25|
Tier 2 (PET/PST)
This phase of examination does not carry any marks but is of QUALIFYING/ ELIMINATION nature.
Physical Standard Test
Physical standards for MALE candidates -
|Category of candidates||Heights (in cms)||Chest (Unexpanded)||Chest (Expanded)|
|For candidates from General, SC and OBC Categories||170||80||85|
|The Minimum height for the candidates falling in the categories of Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Dogras, Marathas and candidates belonging to the States of Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir||165||78||83|
|For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes||162.5||76||81|
|The minimum height for all Schedule Tribe candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura and Naxal/ Left Wing Extremism affected Districts||160||76||81|
|The minimum height for the candidates hailing from North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura||162.5||77||82|
|The minimum height for the candidates hailing from Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) comprising of the three Sub-Division of Darjeeling District namely Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong and includes the following “Mouzas” Sub-Divisions of these Districts: (1) Lohargarh Tea Garden (2) Lohagarh Forest (3) Rangmohan (4) Barachenga (5) Panighata (6) Chota Adalpur (7) Paharu (8) Sukna Forest (9) Sukna Part-I (10) Pantapati Forest-1 (11) Mahanadi Forest (12) Champasari Forest (13) Salbari Chhatpart-II (14) Sitong Forest (15) Sivoke Hill Forest (16) Sivoke Forest (17) Chhota Chenga (18) Nipania.||157||77||82|
Physical Standards for FEMALE candidates -
|Category of candidates||Heights (in cms)|
|For candidates from General, SC and OBC Categories||157|
|The Minimum height for the candidates falling in the categories of Garhwalis, Kumaonis, Dogras, Marathas and candidates belonging to the States of Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir||156|
|For all candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes||150|
|The minimum height for all Schedule Tribe candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura and Naxal/ Left Wing Extremism affected Districts||147.5|
|The minimum height for the candidates hailing from North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura||152.5|
|The minimum height for the candidates hailing from Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) comprising of the three Sub-Division of Darjeeling District namely Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong and includes the following “Mouzas” Sub-Divisions of these Districts: (1) Lohargarh Tea Garden (2) Lohagarh Forest (3) Rangmohan (4) Barachenga (5) Panighata (6) Chota Adalpur (7) Paharu (8) Sukna Forest (9) Sukna Part-I (10) Pantapati Forest-1 (11) Mahanadi Forest (12) Champasari Forest (13) Salbari Chhatpart-II (14) Sitong Forest (15) Sivoke Hill Forest (16) Sivoke Forest (17) Chhota Chenga (18) Nipania.||152.5|
NOTE : Weight will be measured corresponding to height (for all posts)
Physical Endurance/(Efficiency) Test
Physical endurance test or Physical efficiency test will consist only of a race for both male and female candidates.
|For all candidates (Male)||For all candidates (Female)||For candidates of Ladakh region (Male)||For candidates of Ladakh region (Female)|
|5 Kms in 24 minutes.||1.6 Kms in 8 ½ minutes||1 Mile in 6 ½ minutes||800 metres in 4 minutes|
NOTE : The Ex-servicemen who will be shortlisted in Computer Based Examination will have to appear in PET/PST stage for recording measurement of height, chest and weight only. PET will not be held for these Ex-servicemen candidates. Further, they will have to qualify medical Examination (DME).
Detailed medical examination and document verification
The list of documents that the candidate is required to present to support his candidature and reservation qualification will be verified on this stage of the examinations
Apart from document verification, candidates will also go through a detailed medical examination.
|Near Vision(Better eye)||Near Vision (Worse eye)||Distant Vision (Better eye)||Distant Vision (Worse eye)||Color Vision|
|N6||N9||6/6||6/8||CP-III by Isihara|
General Medical Guidelines
The purpose of medical standards is to ensure that medically fit candidates are accepted into the CAPFs.
Refusal to undergo medical examination at any stage or absenting/ deserting oneself from the same will render the candidate unfit.
At some stages of medical examination male candidates will require to be examined in nude. Loin cloth is to be permitted except for, when genitalia and perineum is being examined.
The final decision of fitness/ unfitness in weight will be decided by the medical board at the time of medical examination based on the height and age chart on the day of medical examination and as per the height measured by the PST/ PET Board & as per guidelines for the same.
Medical Test (X-Ray) chest-PA view, Haemoglobin, Urine routine/ microscopic examination will be must for all candidates under medical examination.
The candidate must not have knock knee, flat foot, varicose vein or squint in eyes.
Any surgery conducted between the period of DME & RME for corrective measure of unfitness will not be accepted and be considered as ‘unfit’.
General Intelligence and Reasoning
Similarities and differences
Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification
Arithmetic number series
Non- verbal series
Coding and decoding, etc.
Candidates’ ability to understand basic English/ Hindi and his basic comprehension would be tested.
All tier 2 details provided above under Schem of examination (Tier 2)
Salary, perks and other benefits
Pay level and grade pay
The candidates who clear the examination and qualify for the post of constable (GD) are all offered the same pay scale irrespective of the armed force they are enlisted in.
The Pay Scale is INR 21700-69100
House rent allowance
The house rent allowance given is INR 2538.
The TA for a newly joined constable is INR 1224
This is the cost of living allowance. Currently this is valued at 17% of basic pay.
Dearness Allowance (DA) of Rs. 434 is provided out of the total salary.
Diet allowance/Ration Money
Diet Allowance or Ration money is provided to the Constable (GD) employees to cater to their diet needs. The Diet allowance of Rs 101.5 is provided to SI in Delhi Police. Ration money of Rs.97.85 per head per day is admissible to SI in CISF.
Other than the common allowances, the constable post is also offered the following additional perks -
Annual paid leaves
Pension is based on the amount of money that gets deducted from the salary the the employee every month. This gets rewarded after retirement when the employee gets a handsome amount every month.
FA Constable (GD) aspirant will approximately get INR 23,527 after all deductions and allowances when he joins the force.