SSB notification for the Grade C Non-Gazetted posts are out. Candidates who have applied for these posts must be well aware of the SSB Selection Process to score better in the examination. This Blog is for those SSB aspirants who have little or no knowledge about the SSB selection process or are the first time applicant must have a look at the detailed information on the selection process and SSB Recruitment 2020 Syllabus. Candidates have to go through several rounds of tests both physical and written to finally bag a place in the merit list. The selection process Consists of Physical Efficiency Test (PET) followed by Physical Standard Test (PST) and a written test. Those who qualify in PET and PST are allowed to sit for the written examination. After the written test candidates have to go through Detailed Medical Examination (DME) . Those who are found fit in the medical review are then finally selected for the Grade - C posts on Sahastra Sima Bal (SSB), Government Of India. 

SSB Selection Process Rounds

  • Physical Efficiency Test (PET)
  • Physical Standard Test (PST)
  • Common Entrance Test (CET)
  • Documentation and Skill Test
  • Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

SSB Selection Process - Physical Efficiency Test (PET)

Candidates who have successfully submitted their online application are called at the recruitment venue. At the recruitment venue, photograph, signature, thumb impression, body measures etc. of the candidates are recorded. Physical Efficiency Test (PET) is conducted at the recruitment venue itself. PET is conducted for the post of constables as Driver, Assistant, Carpenter, Cook, Barber, Safaiwala, Water carrier, Waiter and Veterinary. The selection process in PET for male and female is set on different levels.

  •  For Male candidates - 4.8 kms race in 24 mins
  • For Female candidates - 2.4 kms race in 18 mins

Ex-servicemen and CT (ayah) Female candidates are exempted from giving PET test. However they have to appear for PST, written test, skill test and medical examination.

SSB Selection Process - Physical Standard Test (PST)

Only those candidates who qualify in the PET round are allowed in the Physical Standard Test. In this round the authorities check the height, weight and chest measurements of the candidates. Any candidate who does not qualify the minimum set height and chest measurement criteria as set by SSB are disqualified. Candidates who are disqualified in the PST can appeal for a re-measurement of their height and chest by writing an application to the authorities. After the PST candidates have to sit for Common Entrance test (CET).

SSB Selection Process - Common Entrance Test (CET)

Candidates have to appear for Common Entrance Test after the successful commencement of the PST. The duration of the written examination is 2 hours. The CET question paper is of 100 marks. All the questions are of Multiple type questions. The questions in the CET are asked from General English/Hindi, Mathematics, General Knowledge and Reasoning. Please note that the final merit list for the posts are made considering the marks of only the written exam that is CET. The SSB sets the minimum qualifying marks for the written examination for each category. The minimum qualifying marks for each category are:

  • General/EWS/OBC/ Ex-servicemen - 50%
  • SC/ST - 45%

SSB Selection Process - Documentation and Skill Test

After the completion of the Common Entrance Test a merit list of selected candidates of around 20 times the available vacancy in each category are called for the document verification and skill test by the SSB. The document verification is done by the Board officials of the SSB. Candidates have to produce both original and photocopies of the required documents before the authorities. 

The skill test is conducted for 50 marks for all the posts. The minimum qualifying marks for candidates of all categories is 60%.

SSB Selection Process - Detailed Medical Examination (DME)

Not all candidates who have qualified in the PET, PST, CET and Documentation and skill test have surety to be called for Detailed Medical Examination. The number of candidates called for the DME is only 3 times of the vacancy available. It is conducted as per the medical guidelines by ADG.

Final Merit List

The final merit list is made considering the marks of written exam that is CET. The merit list is prepared category wise. In case of any tie between the candidates the one who has more marks in the trade test will be given first preference.

SSB Recruitment Syllabus

The SSB syllabus for Common Entrance Test (CET) is as follows:

General Knowledge:

  • Current Affairs – International, National & Regional
  • History of India
  • Science & Technology
  • Sports
  • Indian Politics
  •  Geography
  •  Indian Economy
  • Constitution of India


  • Number System
  •  Average
  •  Area & Volume
  • Percentage
  • Decimals & Fractions
  •  Ration & Proportions
  •  Profit and Loss
  •  Simplification
  •  Time and Work
  •  HCF & LCM
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Time and Distance
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  •  Data Interpretation


  • Analogies
  •  Directions
  •  Blood Relations
  •  Arrangements
  •  Alphabet Series
  • Symbols and Notations
  •  Similarities and Differences
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Data Sufficiency
  •  Visual memory
  •  Space Visualization
  •  Verbal & Figure Classification

General English/Hindi

  • Verbs, Nouns, Adverbs, Conjunctions, etc
  • Tenses
  •  Active & Passive Voice
  •  Error Correction
  • Fill in the Blanks
  •  Sentence Rearrangement
  •  Comprehension
  •  Synonyms & Anonyms
  •  Idioms & Phrases.
  •  Unseen Passages.
  •  Direct-Indirect Sentences

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