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

To become an officer in the Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) is a dream of many youths in India. Though this elite investigation agency is popular among the 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) every year. You must wait for the next SSC CGL notification and prepare for the same. It is a four-tier examination which includes two online objective type exams and one descriptive type using pen and paper. The 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 the SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam. There are four stages in the 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. CBI Sub Inspector recruitment exam pattern is given below.
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 the appointment as a CBI officer. In order to score high marks and win those levels of tests, I suggest you some textbooks 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 passing SSC CGL examination, you must the have following qualifications.

  1. Education Qualification
    1. Must have a Bachelor's Degree from a Recognized University (The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 01-August of the year of notification.).

  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 within 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 tier are listed below.

Physical standards for the Post of Sub- Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation
You should have following physical standards like minimum height and weight, chest expansion and eye sight. Women and tribal candidates have some relaxation on minimum physical requirements. Following chart will help you to understand it better.
  • For men - 165 cm
  • For women - 150 cm
  • Height relaxable for Hills-men and Tribal : 5 cm
Chest76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
  • 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

Exam Fee & Date of Examination
CBI officer aspirants must go through 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 2018
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


Bilal said…
Sir I am a serving Indian Army JCO clerk. At the time of my entry I was 12th Pass. Later on I completed graduation in Annamalai University. I am now 40 years old. Finished 16 years service. How can I join in CBI
Alex George said…

@ Lala , Bilal

According to the 2018 SSC CGL notification, upper age relaxation allowed for ex-defense personal is 3 years after deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.

Since you are still serving for the Indian army, I suggest you contact SSC helpdesk for further information.

New Delhi – 01164715222, 01165570666
Help Desk Allahabad – 05322460511, 05326541021
Help Desk - Chennai – 09445195946, 04428251139
SSC Help Desk- Mumbai – 09869730700, 07738422705
Help Desk Kolkata – 09477461228, 09477461229
Raipur – 09407921504, 09407921505
Bangalore – 08025502520, 09483862020
Chandigarh – 01722749378, 01722742144
Guwahati, – 09085073593, 09085015252 said…
Hello sir im do the digree but not 12 after .i am done digree to iti base .my questions is
my qualification is eligibel or not sir ti tryy the sub inspector. And cbi poostes.waiting your suggestions sir.
Alex George said…

If your degree is from a UGC recognized institution, you can apply for CBI Sub Inspector post through SSC CGL. There is no issue with not attending plus two.
Unknown said…
Hello sir,I have completed my graduation in Bangalore University got married having a kid my age is 24 can I apply for post of cbi pls reply...
Unknown said…
Sir,I'm female i have done my graduation in Bangalore University got married and having a kid my age is 24yrs can I apply for the post of ssc CGL pls reply...
Unknown said…
Sir, I have completed diploma mechanical engineering. Tell me can I apply for Ssc Cgl
Unknown said…
Sir, I have completed diploma mechanical engineering. Tell me can I apply for Ssc Cgl
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

1. Since you have a degree and under the upper age limit, you can apply for SSC CGL examination.

2. SSC does not accept diploma holders for SSC CGL examination. You need a bachelors degree.
adi selladurai said…
Sir,I am reappearing student.I am willing to apply the job post in CBI.If it is possible?.. please send your reply..
Alex George said…
@ Adi Selladurai

After completing your degree, you can apply.
Bhavika said…
Sir, I am Bhavika, I have short sight problem. but I am able to see the picture which is of far distance clearly with the glass.. Can i get eligibility to apply???

Alex George said…

@ Bhavika

The Eye-sight requirement for CBI Sub Inspector post 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

Since you can see perfect with glasses, you can apply.
Unknown said…
Anu Bhavana
Sir,iam persuing BTech in Sri Venkateswara engineering college for women from tirupati.can I apply for for the ssc CGL examination or not?. Kindly reply.
Alex George said…
@ Anu Bhavana

Yes, you can apply once you have completed your B.Tech
John Richard said…
Hi sir
I'm John Richard I'm severing in Indian army, Sir but I like to join in CBI is possible for me I done my MBA.
Alex George said…

@ John Richard

I do not know if there any provision for serving military personnel to join CBI. However, SSC has special quota for Ex-Servicemen. Ex-Servicemen can avail special age relaxation too if they wish to apply for Sub Inspector post in CBI.

SSC accepts MBA candidates to apply for SSC CGL exam to join CBI.

The upper age relaxation for ex-servicemen is 3 years after the deduction of the military service rendered from the actual age as on the closing date.
Unknown said…
Sir I'm a B.E graduate . I wanted to know what's the difference between A group officer and sub inspector
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

The A Group officers in CBI are usually IPS officers. They take care of the administration and decision making.

The B group officers conduct raids according to the order from the group A officer.
Munis Waran said…
Hi sir... Im from Malaysia and i am an Indian.... Im doing degree in logistics and transport under the Chartered Institute Of Logistics And Transportation(MALAYSIA'S BRANCH).. So can be CBI officer of Indian?
Alex George said…
@ Munis Waran

Yes, you can apply. But you must provide an equivalency certificate from a UGC recognized institute for your International degree certificate first.
Munis Waran said…
Hi sir... I am an Indian and Malaysian citizen... So can i be CBI officer of Indian?
Unknown said…
Sir I'm still studying in BSc but I'm willing to prepare for exam in future but I don't know what to reffer for this exam which book should I choose to reffer kindly reply sir,.
Unknown said…
Sir I completed 10th+ITI electrician I want to join in CBI please sir
Alex George said…
@ Munis Waran

Even though you are an Indian, you cannot apply for SSC CGL examination due to your Malaysian Citizenship.

@ Unknown

You should start with rank files focusing on SSC CGL examination. I have given some of them in my post.

10th+ITI electrician cannot apply for SSC CGL. But CBI will publish separate recruitment for candidates with ITI qualification.
Unknown said…
Iam a commerce student can I was to join cbi offers si so after completing 2puc and complete the degree is there for commerce student to join

Unknown said…
Commerce student can be became a cbi offers is there or only for science students
I have completed my BLS LLB (5yrs) i am willing to join CBI /EOW please guide me how should i start.
awaiting for your reply
sir i have completed my LLB (5yrs) i am willing to become CBI/EOW Officer please guide me how to i should, awaiting for your reply.
Sir i have complete my LLB i am willing to join CBI please guide me how should i start please let me know is there any classes for these exams

awaiting for reply
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

Those having bachelors degree in Commerce can apply.

@ Dharti Jamkhandi

You should start your preparation for the next SSC CGL examination. There are many institutions offering SSC CGL exam training.
Unknown said…
Unknown said…
I have tattoo on my body so can I applied for the CBI? Plz reply me sir
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

1. You can apply for SSC CGL exam only after the completion of MBA (INTEGRATED)

2. SSC has not published any restrictions related to Tattoo yet.
sir i am a betch student..can i apply CBI exam.
Alex George said…
@ Md khurshid alam

You can apply once you have completed your B.Tech degree.
Vikas said…
What is the percentage of ex-serviceman quota for CBI SI
Plz reply
Sir I am from Kolkata and for UPSC I want to join an institute . Where should I join?
Alex George said…
@ Vikas

SSC will announce the ex-serviceman quota for CBI vacancies each year in a seperate gazette.

@ Pradushmita Sikdar

You should check the leading institutions in Kolkata, and ask the previous students about the standard of coaching.

Checking the previous year results is also very important.
Unknown said…
SIR,Iam studying 3rd year,iam interesed to apply an CBI,what are rules I have to follow??
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

You should start your preparation for SSC CGL examination to join CBI. More details are in the article.
Nagaraj said…
Sir.!im complated open degree (,from BRAOU (B.R ambedkar open university) im elgible for CBI ????reply
Alex George said…
@ Nagaraj

Your University has the University Grants Commission recognition. So you can apply.
Unknown said…
Sir I have completed diploma in automobile engineering 3years course I will apply inspector posting in CBI
Alex George said…
@ Unknown

You cannot apply with a diploma for SI post. You need a degree to apply for SSC CGL examination.
Unknown said…
Sir,iam final year student at N.B.K.R.I.S.T vidhyanagar,can I apply for cbi
Alex George said…
Yes, you can after completing your B.Tech degree
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