Hello Readers,
As you all know, many candidates are gearing up for the SSC Interviews - the much awaited interview of the year. So, here we are providing you all the "Interview Pathfinder for SSC CGL". Hope you find the post fruitful!!

1. Interview Introduction
We have 3 stages in a CGL namely 

  • TIER ­I
  • TIER ­II 
  • TIER ­III - The Interview). 

We think the last stage is the toughest among all; Tier ­II being the easiest. Certain reasons are there behind this particular view: 

1. Endless scope of questions asked in the interview. In tier ­I it’s only GK section which has no limit for its syllabus; but in an interview it’s even wider.

2. In the other two tiers there is one whole hour of time for 100 marks but in the interview one is with only 15­- 20 minutes.

So its importance can’t be ignored and thus should be treated with most sincerity. In CGLE­2010 only 28% of the candidates who were called for the interview scored 60 or above; which shows how tough the interview stage is.

Generally the interview runs from 15 minutes to 20 minutes and is conducted by a team of 3­4­5 members. Remember the board members not only try to judge your general knowledge or any other subject matter specifically but also watch how (in what manner) you respond to a particular query. So it becomes of paramount importance that in addition to have a very good command on the subject matter you should also learn to give responses desirably. RememberHONESTY IS THE KEY! Therefore if you are unable to give an answer correctly it’s better to admit your ignorance. But it doesn't mean you take things casually; it will always be in your favor if you answer the query correctly and in time. So prepare your knowledge well. Though, in the interview the main focus is to judge one's personality and behavioral skills, you can't simply ignore the academic knowledge. So better prepare yourself accordingly. If most of answering is not appropriate and you are thoroughly show your other skills/attributes well, too is not that good. Roughly 60­- 70% of your responses should at least be fine.

2. Interview Importance
The SSC has discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in interview for each category of candidates. In CGLE­12 there were qualifying marks (cut­offs); 25 for UR and 20 for others (reserved categories) in the interview. By going through the above you can't conclude that these will be the cut­offs in the following years also, but it's very much clear that they will be the same more or less. Therefore the importance of the interview increases more. It is quite possible that candidates performing exceedingly well in the written find their names in the select list despite their poor show in the interview; vice versa is also true; a candidate can surpass candidates scoring good in the written by scoring high marks in the interview. So, Interview is very important. 



Bio­ Data form is the first impression of you before the interview board. We all know THE FIRST IMPRESSION IS THE LAST IMPRESSION. Therefore you should fill it quite and clean. Keep the following things in mind while filling it:

1. There must not be any spelling errors, cuttings, overwriting etc.

2. Do not leave any column blank, if you don't have anything to fill their write NIL. Remember don't write NOT APPLICABLE (N/A) in any column of the bio­ data form. Both these expressions have different meanings. No column is there in the bio ­data form where NOT APPLICABLE applies.

3. Every word there should be in full, so don't write ever B.A (Eco) or like that anywhere. It should be B.A. (Economics) rather.


If you want to fetch good marks in the interview write your every educational qualification, academic or professional. If you are post graduate write it, If you are MBA, CA write it. But unless you are comfortable in responses on them better not to mention as it will certainly give bad effect and will lesson your marks. Yes, nothing is better if you mention them and prepare yourself in possible questions
In the columns asking information about your participation in Games, Sports, Fine Arts, Dramatics, Essay Writing, etc and NCC, NSS, Social Work, Mountaineering, Other Group Activities, etc, do show them as there are always extra marks for them in the interview. But again you are advised to prepare yourself in possible questions on them, otherwise it can go against you.

Also try your best to gather supporting documents for each of the activities you participated in, but if failed to do so, show them if you have fair amount of knowledge regarding them.

In this column show each of your experience, irrespective of the certificate you have or not. If you can't arrange the work certificate, arrange joining letter, salary slip etc. If you can't arrange anything still you should show it. Remember extra marks for work experience are always there in the interview. But again you should also prepare for any possible questions on it otherwise it will show your negative personality.

Generally candidates tend to show as much hobbies here. They are advised to show in it only ONE hobby/interest, and prepare themselves in all possible questions on it. They should show more than one only when they are comfortable in the responses, otherwise choose any ONE only. But you must not write here NIL, show one at least.

This is one of the hottest questions in aspirants' mind. You have you been in any employment since completion of your studies, this is the best response you have, in addition you should say you were preparing for various competitive exams to be fit for govt jobs. If you haven't been in any such employment for which you can't support it by a certificate still your answer could be like that provided you are able to justify it by the answers to the questions asked. If there has been more than two years since your completion of your studies, your engagement in any employment is best. It maybe any, don't care if you are not able to collect a certificate, just focus on possible questions. 

IMPORTANT NOTE :-  Write only those achievements in your bio­ data which you can justify.