Finally, all those hours of hard work spent preparing for the board and graduate exams have paid off. The next logical step is obviously to look for and land a lucrative, secure job. Sure, there are plenty of jobs for deserving people. There are jobs in the private sector where it is ‘easier’ to get, especially with the right connections but private sector jobs are often stormy and stressful. Most private companies’ policies are the ‘hire and fire’ type. You perform or you perish, these jobs are far from secure, have erratic and long work hours, inflexible company policies, no work-life balance, tight leave schedules etc. The employee becomes more of a ‘salaried bonded labor’. That’s not exactly a very attractive proposition.
Enter Central Government Jobs
But another band of jobs that are the first choice of people, especially graduates, are the Central Government jobs. The reason is quite obvious: Central Government job is safe, secure, transparent terms and conditions of service, handsome pay and perks with regular increments, comfortable work/life balance etc. Of course, the compensation comes with immense responsibilities and that can be stressful too, but there is no hire and fire policy to scare the employee. Once inside one is set for a lifetime of comfortable work-life.
It pays, therefore, to work in a central government department or government company or undertaking under any ministry. One can opt for Railways, Civil Aviation, Shipping, Posts and Telegraph, IT, Judiciary, Education, Defence, Finance, Space Research, Police, PSUs, Banking, Income Tax etc.
In short, with compensation like attractive monthly salary + dearness allowance + house rent allowance, a lucrative gratuity of 15 days pay for every work-year, bonus, terminal benefits like pension, provident fund, etc, the central government job is every job aspirant’s dream job worth fighting for. According to official figures, in 2015 there were 17, 86,047 candidates who appeared in SSC CGL exams. In 2016 over eight lakh candidates appeared. In 2017 there are over one lakh plus central government job vacancies available for the taking.
SSC CGL Way to Central Government Jobs
Now the next question is: how does one get such a job? The answer is: through the Staff Selection Commission Common Graduate Level Examinations or SSC CGL. This commission is mandated by the central government to make recruitment to all groups B, C and group D stenographers’ posts in various Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India, conduct exams and/or interviews and postings accordingly.
Candidates need preparations, different from the boards. This is the preparation for life itself. This isn’t so easy a task as another round of preparations becomes the absolute necessity, which is fine, as students fresh from the board or graduate exams are obviously used to preparedness. SSC conducts the examinations at two levels:
(a) 10+2 or Combined Higher Secondary Level (CHSL)
(b) Graduation Level or Common Graduate Level (CGL)
SSC CGL EXAM STRUCTURE
This year 2017 is seeing some major changes in the pattern of SSC CGL exams. The tests will be held as follows:
(a) TIER I
Online with objective type multiple choice questions.
Date of Exam – August 01 to August 20, 2017
Area of Test:
General Intelligence, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.
Number of questions and marks – 50 each
Time – 120 minutes
(b) TIER II
Online with objective type multiple choice questions.
Date of Exam – November 10 & 11, 2017
Area of Test:
- Paper I & II (Compulsory for all)
Arithmetical Ability (200 marks, 120 minutes),
English Language and Comprehension (100 marks each, 120 minutes)
- Paper III (for candidates applying for posts of Statistical Investigators Group II Compiler)
Commerce/Mathematics (100 marks each, 120 minutes)
Statistics/Economics (100 marks each, 120 minutes)
Note: Each wrong answer will get 0.50 marks negative marking, except for English Language and Comprehension with 0.25 marks.
(c) TIER III
Pen and paper mode descriptive paper in English/Hindi – Date of Exam – January 21, 2018
(d) TIER IV
Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (DEST – data entry speed test) and CPT (computer proficiency test) if and as applicable
Date of Exam – February 2018 (date to be declared)
How easy is the exam?
Seem like a breeze right? Not quite. While all questions will at the 10 or 10+2 level the test is a complete departure from the school/college exam. This is the test or personal interview for a job. The questions are structured differently, requiring preparation of a different kind. This is where guidance, especially from a good professional coaching institute is of ultimate importance to bring out into practice those skills years of schooling have been ingrained in you.
Now for the Top 7 SSC Coaching Centers in Bangalore:
Are you one of those SSC aspirants from Bangalore? Well, here we give you a listing of the top 7 SSC coaching centers in your city. It is true that you can prepare for SSC exam by yourself with the help of books readily available in the market. A professional coach however will more easily detect your potential, strengths, and weakness and provide the exact requisite direction and clear counsel to bring out the best in you without wasting time. These coaching centers listed here are undoubtedly among the best though the list is not exhaustive. Please do a self-research as well by talking to peers and alumni to get a better picture. Only if you are satisfied then you must enroll in the particular institute of choice.
Also, please consider these factors when selecting a centre: (a) Reputation (b) Faculty (c) Track Record (D) Classroom Ambience (e) Study Material (f) Peer Group for interaction/ sharing of ideas (g) Proximity from home for better time management and (h) Helpful administration and (i) Reasonable cost.
Following are the top 7 SSC coaching Institutes Bangalore has to offer
1. Plutus Academy
Plutus provides video lectures for students pending with unattended lectures. They provide early-bird discounts. They have small batches of just 20 or 30 for more individual attention. They provide study material, details of upcoming competitive exams, and total guidance to the students. They also have a good library facility.
Email Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Number: +91-753307645
T.I.M.E is headquartered in Hyderabad but has a pan-India presence, operating out of 240 offices in 114 cities and towns across the country. Basically trainers of IIT/IIM aspirants they also follow the market trends and have introduced programmes for Banking, SSC CGLE etc.
No.494, 3rd Floor, Opposite ICICI Bank, Above P.N.Rao, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, Bengaluru – 560 038
Phone: 080 – 41212412, 080- 41211412,
3. Bharat IAS
Bharat IAS coaching institute has completed 7 years of coaching and 2000 plus students received training from the centre. Their faculty is a blend of high qualification and experience. They have guest faculty coming from Hyderabad and Delhi as well as experienced bureaucrats from central and state governments to provide inspiring lectures to students. Their centres are in R.T.Nagar, Rajajinagar, Jayanagar & Marathahalli
3rd Floor, Trinity Building, Opp Shanti Sagar Hotel, R.T.Nagar, Bengaluru – 560032
Phone: +91 9901006910 email: email@example.com
4. Career Launcher
Career Launcher has 20 years’ experience in providing academic training to learners of diverse age groups and multiple competitive educational and professional requirements. Their core ideology is to ‘enable individuals to realize their potential and achieve their dreams’. Faculty include professionals with passion for excellence in education with the aim to shape lives and careers. Their branches in Bangalore are located in Koramangla, Marathahalli, BTM Layout, Jayanagar, Vijayanagar, Malleshwaram and Indiranagar.
Phone: 91-80-40936575, 7899723611
5. Career Power
With more than 70 centres in India Career Power has powered 5000+ students who have achieved success and realized their dreams through the Centre’s Classroom programmes.
Plot No.228/15, 9th Main, Third Block, Jayanagar, Opp. Syndicate Bank, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560011
IMS is an Institute with 34 years of coaching experience with multiple centres country-wide. Their motto is to mentor, motivate and guide students on their educational journey till they achieve their purpose.
Contact: 08041134864 or 9900045034
7. Competition Forum
Competition Forum is an education service provider, which aims to bring to students the highest quality training for different competitive exams like Banking, SSC, MBA, GMAT, GRE etc. Competition Forum ,based in Bangalore , has been helping students shaping their career. It is an institute that caters to a wide variety of training for a plethora of exams.
No 57, 2nd Floor, Jyoti Nivas College Road, Koramangala, 5th Block, Bangalore – 560 095
Ph: +91 8050011304 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 108, 2nd Floor, 14th Cross, Margosa Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore – 560 003
Ph: +91 7795017771 Email: email@example.com
The Final Word for SSC SGL exam aspirants
There is stability, security and status in the employ of the central government. And doubtless many of you will be aspiring to these highly coveted jobs. And you know only the best of the best will be considered. This year the number of applicants will easily total a hundred times the number of vacancies. With so many job seekers around the only way to get ahead is to prepare, ready yourselves right now. Get a head start. Join the coaching institutes if you must, be reminded, these institutes can only provide you the roadmap, it is up to you to walk the road! All the best!!!