You’ve gone through lists of tips and instructions. You’re well versed with the frequently asked questions and you already have a mental framework of the kind of answers you are going to present. If there is anything else you can do to boost your confidence and take your level of preparation a notch higher, it would be to go through actual accounts of SSC CGL interview experience of people who have atleast once been a part of an SSC interview!

In this section, Studycopter will highlight three such accounts of SSC CGL interview experience which will help you understand the interview format and the thought process of the interviewers sitting on the other side of the table.


On the day of her interview, Miss Neha Rathore manages to reach the SSC office just in time. Once she reaches the office and starts going through the list on the board, she sees that there are two groups of 21 candidates each and in the second group her name is the first entry. After going through the list, she is offered a seat. Soon an MTS person comes in with an attendance sheet and asks the candidates to be ready with four bio data copies and other important documents. The candidates are also handed a sheet that they are supposed to write on for authentication purposes.

Once she is done with these procedures, she is called to another room for document verification. She receives a printout of the document confirmation and makes her way to the waiting area. Soon, she is called for her interview.

After obtaining permission from the interview panel, Miss Neha Rathore enters the room. She is smartly dressed in a navy blue business suit with black heels that are silent against the floor. Her hair is done up in a formal bun. She enters with a smile on her face.
3 members on the panel are sitting across the table that she now faces. The panel cannot help but notice her crisp manner of dressing and presentation. They smile back at her.
She wishes them a polite “Good afternoon”, and after having been told to sit down, she takes the centre seat.

Member 1 : Miss Neha, where have you done your schooling from?

Miss Neha: Sir, I have done 12 years of schooling from Welhams, Dehradun, and I have been a boarder there.

Member 1 : It says in your bio data, that you’re from Rajasthan?

Miss Neha: Yes sir I am.

Member 2 : Can you tell me where the Rajasthan Education Board Head Office is?

Miss Neha: Its in Ajmer.

Member 3 : Tell us about your family background?

Miss Neha: Sir I am the only child. My father is a civil engineer and works in a private firm. My mother is a history professor at Delhi University.

Member 2 : What subjects did you pursue in your graduation?

Miss Neha: Sir, I recently completed my graduation in economics from Delhi University.

Member 1 : Alright Miss Neha. Do you keep up with current affairs?

Miss Neha: Yes sir I try to. I browse through the newspaper on a regular basis and try to stay aware of the latest happenings.

Member 1 : Alright then can you name some of the policies that the Modi government is focusing on?

Miss Neha: Sir, the modi governemnt is focusing on a number of policies that will accelerate the development of the country. To name a few, Make in India, Good Governance, Digital India, Clean India, NITI Ayog, etc.

Member 2 : What are your views on the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill?

Miss Neha: Sir I believe that if we look at it from an economic perspective, the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill is a step towards economic development and it wil help boom investments. However, from a social perspective, it might need further consideration.

Member 3 : What do you think about the abolition of Privy Purse?

Miss Neha I believe that after the integration of the princely states and the dissolution of their individual identities, the Privy Purses became antithetical to the concept of equality. A constitutional amendment is a tool to maintain the relevance of the Constitution even in changed circumstances. It is in exercise of this power that the Parliament, recognising the discriminatory nature of the Privy Purses, abolished it.

Member 2 : Alright now tell me what separates Sri Lanka from India?

Miss Neha: Palk Strait and Gulf of Munnar

Member 3 : Have you ever heard of a place which has 6 months of day and night?

Miss Neha : Countries near the poles and within the arctic circle have 6 months of night, and six months of day so to speak, at times it’s more like a constant sunrise or sunset, because the Earth tilts on it’s axis with the poles pointing toward and away from the sun. For those of us closer to the equator, the sun rises and sets as the Earth rotates. For those people at the poles, it’s either shining all day, or not, and at times they have shortened days and nights.

Member 2 :  What are the objectives of Clean India mission?

Miss Neha: The objectives of the Clean India mission include cleanliness, stopping open defecation, building infrastructure, and achieving these targets by October 2019.

Member 3 : Alright Miss Neha I think we are done here. Thank you and all the best for your future.

Miss Neha: Thank you it was a pleasure meeting you.

Want more such information directly from the horse’s mouth? Well, Studycopter talked to Mr. Rahul Bhatt who appeared for SSC exams and interviews last year. This is what we gathered from the conversation –

Studycopter: Mr. Bhatt, we would like to know how a person should divide their time between reading general awareness, periodicals, newspapers, etc. as he does reading his main subjects?
Mr. Bhatt: It is no secret that almost 60% of all kinds of questions asked in SSC interviews are based on general awareness. These general awareness questions can in any way be linked to your subjects and presented to you for an opinion, or recount. You can always use the knowledge of general affairs when answering questions related to your stream.
Studycopter: What happens when you give an incorrect statement the panel catches you?
Mr. Bhatt: Well, first of all you should not say something that you are unsure of. It is always better to be sure of your facts and then mention them. That being said, if you do inadvertently let something incorrect slip, you should immediately apologize. You can say things like “To my recollection, the facts were so and so…”. But for you to have a good impression of the panel, always be sure of what you say.
Studycopter: Is it correct that the interview panel wants to know our comments, views, attitude about issues rather than seeking mere information?
Mr. Bhatt: Yes, that is correct.
Studycopter: How can you present ideas, comments without having knowledge about the facts?
Mr. Bhatt: You do need to have knowledge about facts to be able to give viewpoints. But you need not worry so much about not having knowledge. The panel will find out your areas of knowledge and question you on that. As said earlier, their main aim is not to dishevel you but to know your depth of thought.
Studycopter: Can you provide a few examples wherein we may be asked to express our opinion?
Mr. Bhatt: Generally, controversial political issues, policies, incidents are the areas from where the opinion-based questions stem. Examples of these could be prohibition, Bharat IV norms, newly implemented policies like Jan Dhan Yojna, the success of newly elected government, and the like.
Such questions need to be handled tactfully as you do not know the stand of your interviewers. They may be having opposite views to what you have. Therefore be careful to present your views in a manner where you state your presumptions of the situation.
An example would be “Under the situation as I see it, this is what I believe…”.
Also, do not show that you are rigid about your stand. Let them know that subject to changes in the situation as you perceive it, you may be willing to re-consider and change your views. You should not get worked up, become emotional or show bias. These might be counted as negatives.
Studycopter: Thank you for your time, Mr. Bhatt. This conversation has been really enumerating! I’m sure it will be very helpful to our readers.

At Studycopter our aim is to ensure that your preperation level is as adequate as possible and to present you with quality information that will enhance your prep and boost your confidence. So far you’ve gone through one SSC interview experience and a direct conversation with a candidate who appeared and aced an IBPS interview. Next up in this section, is another such interview experience So read on.


Rohan enters the room and greets the panel with a smile.

Rohan – Good morning Sir, good morning a’am.

Panel – Good morning Rohan. Please take a seat.

Interviewer 1 – Okay tell me about your educational qualifications so far?

Rohan– Sir, I completed my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from SRM University last year.

Interviewer 2 – Can you tell me what conductance is?

Rohan– Conductance refers to the degree to which an object conducts electricity, calculated as the ratio of the current which flows to the potential difference present. This is the reciprocal of the resistance, and is measured in siemens or mhos.

Interviewer 1 – What is a TTL circuit?

Rohan– Transistor transistor logic is a class of digital circuits built from bipolar junction transistors(BJT) and resistors. It is called transistor transistor logic because both the logic gating function and the amplifying function are performed by transistors

Interviewer 3 – What is the difference between a flip flop and a latch?

Rohan– The difference between a flip flop and a latch is that a latch is asynchronous, and the outputs can change as soon as the inputs do. A flip flop on the other hand is edge triggered and only changes when a control signal goes from high to low or low to high.

Interviewer 2 – Can you tell me about Faraday’s law of electricity?

Rohan– It states that when the magnetic flux linking a circuit changes, an electromotive force is induced in the circuit proportional to the rate of change of the flux linkage.

Interviewer 1 – What is the full form of JNNURM?

Rohan- Its Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

Interviewer 2 – What do you mean by euthanasia?

Rohan- Euthanasia also known as mercy killing refers to intentionally ending a person’s life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

Interviewer 3 – Recently the topic of euthanasia gained prominence because of a certain case. Could you tell me what the case was about?

Rohan– This case was about an Indian nurse called Aruna Shanbhag who spent 42 years in a vegetative state after sexual assault. Her friend’s plea for euthanasia was rejected by the court and she recenty died of pneumonia.

Interviewer 2– Have you heard of MGNREGA?

Rohan– Yes sir. It refers to Mahatmna Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. It is an Indian labour Law and Social Security Measure that aims to guarantee the right to work.

Interviewer 1 – Do you know about Transparency International? What do they do?

Rohan– Transparency International is a non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption in international development.

Interviewer 3 -What rank did India secure on the Corruption perception Index 2014?

Rohan- 85th.

Interviewer 2 What does the constitution declare India as?

Rohan– The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic.

Interviewer 3 – Alrigh Rohan. I think we are done here. Thank you for coming in.

Rohan– Thank you Sir, thank you Ma’am. It was nice talking to you.

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