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SSC CGL, CHSL ‘combined’ exam: Eligibility criteria revision and more


New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: At a time when the protest against the alleged question paper leak of the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE) Tier II is getting intense with each passing day, reports are there that the Staff Selection Commission is mulling to combine the CGL and the CHSL exams.

As per reports, combining the two exams will help SSC deal with the problems it usually faces due to ‘post-appointment vacancies’.

Exam notification of CGL and CHSL are released at different timings in a year and exams are also conducted differently. Meanwhile, students always prefer CGL (Graduate level) to CHSL (Plus II level). Even though a student gets appointment letter from CHSL, leaves the job to join CGL following which several posts fall vacant almost every year.

“If SSC combines the two exams, it will save time and money. Besides, students already appointed for CHSL posts cannot cheat by taking long leaves. There are cases when some take 5-6 months of ‘sick leave’ and prepare for CGL or other exams and leave CHSL. Sometimes, the higher authorities are bribed to sanction long leaves,” said a CGL job aspirant Dhiraj Sahu.

What will be the eligibility criteria, if the exams are combined? Will it be Graduate or Plus II level? If it is increased to Graduation, then it will be an injustice to the Plus II students

– said a CHSL job aspirant Brajesh Jha

SSC needs to come up with an alternative if it is considering such a move in future else there will be same problem that happened with the recent Railway Group D posts, he said.

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Age limit to apply for both the exams is 18, but no one possesses a Degree certificate at that age. Restricting graduates from appearing the CHSL exam will also lead to protest by the Graduates. So, better to introduce some heavy penalty, like in banking sector, for leaving a particular job within a specific period, faculty of a private competitive coaching centre said.

The Grade Pay in both the jobs is totally different; while it is around Rs 1900-Rs 2400 for CHSL, it is Rs 2800-Rs 4200 for CGL. This attracts the students the most

– he added

However, SSC is yet to confirm anything related to combining any exam. So, for the time being the news must be taken with a grain of salt.

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