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Eligibility and Exam Pattern CBI Officer Recruitment 2018 - Sub Inspector By SSC CGL

To become an officer in Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) is a dream of many youth in India. Though this elite investigation agency is popular among public, many do not know the procedure to join CBI as an officer. This article explains the various criteria, eligibility, exam pattern and procedure to become a CBI officer. Two different agencies conduct examinations to fill vacancies in CBI. They are UPSC and SSC. To become a group A officer in CBI, you must choose Civil Service Examination conducted by UPSC and become an IPS officer. To join as Sub Inspector in CBI, you must go through SSC CGL examination.

Name Of the Post Recruitment Agency
Group A Officer UPSC (Civil Service Examination)
Sub Inspector SSC CGL

Where to Apply
If you are dreaming to become an Officer in CBI, you must pass the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL ) conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) in every year. You must wait for the next SSC CGL notification and prepare for the same. It is a 4 tier examination which includes two online objective type exams and one descriptive type using pen and paper. Final stage is document verification. The official website to get the SSC CGL notification:

Exam Pattern Of Sub Inspector in CBI
To become a Sub Inspector in Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI ), you must pass SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam. There are four stages in Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL ) conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Only after the successful completion of all 4 stages, you can join as sub Inspector in CBI.

Exam Mode of Exam Score High
Tier -I Computer Based Objective ExamTier 1 Exam Tutorial
Tier -II Computer Based Objective Exam Tier 2 Exam Solved Question Papers
Tier -III Descriptive Written TestSSC CGL Tier 3 Solved Papers
Tier -IV Computer Proficiency Test(CPT)/ Document Verification

Which Books Should I Refer To Pass CBI Recruitment Exam
As I explained above, you have to pass four tiers of SSC CGL examinations conducted by SSC to get appointment as a CBI officer. In order to score high marks and win those levels of tests, I suggest you some text books worth to refer.

Repeated Questions in Objective Test
Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams in CBI Sub Inspector test (SSC CGL) is objective type. You can expect questions from GK and Mental ability. Some of the expected questions based on previous years question papers are given below.
No: Model Questions
CBI Recruitment Previous Year Question Papers
Questions in Medical Treatment Techniques
SSC Questions in Diseases & Vaccines
Most Repeated Time & Work Questions
Samadhi Sthal Of Popular Indian Leaders
L.C.M and H.C.F Shortcuts & Questions

Age Limit
The age limit to apply for Sub Inspector in Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI ) is 20-30 years. Earlier the upper age limit for general category candidates to apply for SI  post in CBI was 27 but now it is revised to 30 years. For OBC category, the upper age limit to join CBI as Sub Inspector is 33 and for SC/ST category, it is 35 years.

CBI Sub Inspector Eligibility Criteria
To become a CBI Officer by SSC CGL examination, you must satisfy following qualifications.

  1. Education Qualification
    1. Must have a Bachelor's Degree from a Recognized University

  2. Age Limit

    1. 20-30 for General Category

    2. 20-33 years for OBC Category

    3. 20-35 for SC/ST category

Pay Scale
The salary scale of Sub Inspector in CBI is 9300 – 34800 Indian Rupees per month and the CBI Inspector lies with in the Grade Pay of 4200 Rupees and the total in hand salary per month is 44000 Indian Rupees.

Exam Syllabus
The exam syllabus to become a CBI officer for each tiers are listed below.

Exam Fee & Date of Examination
CBI officer aspirants must go though the SSC CGL examination,which is conducted in every year. Exam fee for general category male candidates is 100 Indian Rupees and there is no fee for females and SC/ST category. Date of examination will be notified in SSC exam calendar.

Category CBI Sub Inspector Recruitment Notification 2017
Name of the Post Sub Inspector
Department Central Bureau of Investigation
Reported CBI SI Vacancies
CBI Officer Pay of Scale 9300 – 34800 Indian Rupees
CBI Officer 2018 Examination Date
CBI Officer 2018 Exam Cut Off Marks
SSC CGL 2018 Interview Date
CBI Officer Recruitment 2017 Rank List


Padma S Nair said…
I am pursuing off campus degree from IGNOU Distance education. i am final year student and i wish to apply for CBI Sub inspector Test. Is there any problem with my distant education degree to apply for CBI ? Kindly reply
Alex George said…
@ Padma
Bachelor's Degree from IGNOU Distance Education is accepted by SSC. So you can apply for SSC CGL examination once you completed the degree.
anuradha rani said…
I am girl.I am pursing off degree from PTU distance education .I wish to apply for CBI sub inspector test .is there any problem with my distance education degree to apply for cbi.plzzz reply
Alex George said…
@ Anuradha Rani

SSC accepts degree from any universities approved by UGC (University Grants Commission). Punjab Technical university (PTU) is approved by UGC. So any degree offered by PTU is valid to SSC and degree holders from PTU can apply for SSC CGL examination conducted to recruit CBI Sub Inspectors. You can check the list of State Universities in Punjab approved by UGC from the link below.

Now the second part of your question. Since you are doing off campus degree from PTU in Distance Education mode, it is important to know whether PTU Distance Education is approved by Distance Education Council. Even though any Distance Education degree from UGC approved Universities is equal to regular degree, it is better the distance education program is approved by Distance Education Council. I couldn't find the latest list of approved universities offer distance education mode, so I recommend you to contact PTU enquiry department to verify it. Toll free number to call PTU DE is 1800 266 2501 and make sure you call between 9 am to 5pm. You may also go through the university website.
Raghav said…
I am selected for CBI SI, through ssc cgl. What is tge joining procedure of cbi?? After result declaration by ssc.
Alex George said…

SSC will publish rank list based on the performance on different tiers of written tests. SSC will intimate you about your selection, based on our preference you gave while applying for exam, if you have higher rank enough to be selected for SI vacancy in CBI.

Usually you will get alerts by SMS or E-mail from SSC about the procedure to collect your appointment letter.
Amit Singh said…
Upper age limit to join CBI is too low. I am 35 years old now. Alas I have no chance to join.
siddharth said…
Sir, i am 2graduated with scie , so i wish to apply for the cbi.
Akanksha Verma said…
sir, I am pursuing Bsc.(H) Nursing and I wish to join CBI. what is the criteria for the same after the completion of my graduation.
Alex George said…
@ Siddharth & Akanksha

Any degree is fine to apply for SSC CGL examination. Procedure to join as Sub Inspector in CBI is same for everyone.
Jassn3 said…
I AM currently living in newzealand I completed my degree in newzealand but I am still a citizen of india.Will my degree will be accepted in India if I wish to apply for CBI Sub Inspector.Please reply asap thanks
P K tiwari said…
I have done Bsc-IT (IMS) digree from SUM
(sikim Manipal University) distance education. I wish to join CBI.can I eligible for CBI.
Alex George said…

Since your degree is from a foreign country, you may be asked to produce an equivalence certificate from a recognized University in India. If you can produce an equivalence certificate for your degree from a UGC approved University, you won't face any issue on applying for CBI SI post.

@P K Tiwari

Since you have your degree from SMU DE, you must ensure that the degree you earned is approved by UGC and Distance Education Council.

Sikkim Manipal University is approved as a Private University by UGC.
Ragini Senger said…
Sir, I have done my graduation from sunrise university rajasthan regular mode. Am I eligible for CBI post?
Alex George said…

SunRise University Rajasthan is recognized by UGC and your degree from this university will be accepted by SSC. You can apply for SSC CGL examination.

abhi mishra said…
Sir, I have done my graduation from MGU meghalaya distance mode. Am I eligible for the si CBI post.
abhi mishra said…
Sir, I have done my BSCHNT from MGU meghalaya is I am eligible for the post
kannan kannan said…
Sir am studying Msc Statistics in Bharadhidasan university. So iam eligibility for CBI exam.
Alex George said…
@Abhi Mishra

Mahatma Gandhi University Meghalaya is approved by both Distance Education Council and UGC. So your degree in distance mode from this University is recognised by SSC and you can apply for any examinations conducted by SSC using your current degree.

Bharathidasan University is approved by UGC and your PG from this university is valid. You are eligible to apply for Sub Inspector post in CBI.
bommera rakesh said…
Sir, I have done my graduation from Rayalaseema university distance mode. Am I eligible for CBI post?
Alex George said…
@ Bommera Rakesh

Rayalaseema University is approved by UGC and its distance education mode degree is also valid. So you are eligible to apply for SSC CGL exam.
Atul Janjotra said…
My eyes are weak by-1.45. Can I aPply for cbi
Alex George said…
@Atul Janjotra

Eye sight criteria to pass CBI Sub Inspector physical requirements is given below.

Eye-sight (with or without glasses):

Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.

Near vision: 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.
Md Israr said…
What about physical issues i mean any criteria of physical like hight and other many things plz reply
Alex George said…
@ Md Israr

SSC updates the physical requirements to apply for CBI Sub Inspector post in its SSC CGL notifications every year. Last time it was..

Minimum height for men to apply : 165 cm (150 cm for female candidates)
Chest 81 cm ( with expansion of 5 cm )

I recommend you to refer official SSC CGL notification for exact physical requirements for both men and women candidates in the current year.
I want to join cbi
How i can join cbi plz tell me sir..
I want to serve my India.
Contact no.9411494947
Alex George said…
@Fayoom Chaudhary

You should look for SSC CGL exam notification (SSC conducts this examination in every year) and apply. While choosing options make sure your first priority is Sub Inspector in CBI. Every major news papers publish news on SSC CGL examination or you should check the official website regularly.
Sagar Pillewar said…
Sir please tell me how to join cbi...Which exam exam
Alex George said…
@ Sagar Pillerwar

You must appear SSC CGL examination
Shishir Singh said…
I want my son to serve for his country and have a secure future for him and his future life. Right now he is 8 years old and studying in Std. 2 but I wish in future he looks upon this opportunity. What will be the right age for him to apply for, also from where can i find job openings for CBI?

Alex George said…
@Shishir Singh

Good decision and I am sure job in CBI worth a lot. As per current SSC notification, minimum age to apply for Sub Inspector post in CBI is 20 years. You can see the SSC CGL exam notification ( CBI SI recruitment ) details on the below website.
Vinoth Peeter said…
What kind of the degree in candidate sir
Adhul Satheesan said…
Sir I have just passed the tier 1 cgl exam how many tiers do I have to complete in order to. Get in to CBI. As I have seen that some papers are are optional for certain posts. Please reply
Alex George said…
@ Vinoth Peeter

Any degree which is approved by UGC is fine.

@Abdul Satheesan

All 4 tiers