Combined Matric Level Exam - Age Limit

SSC Combined Matric Level Examination 2008 Age Limit

3. Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either:

  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st January,1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania(Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.


A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the Examination but the offer of appointment will be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

4(A) Age Limit for Combined Matric Level Examination 2008:

18-27 years as on 01.08.2008, i.e. the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1981 and not later than 1st August, 1990.

Note:I As per extant Govt. Orders, the crucial date for age-limit is reckoned with reference to the examination schedule / date of the Main Examination. The Combined Matric Level (Main) Examination, 2008 is likely to be held on 27-28th Sept., 2008 subject to unforeseen administrative / public exigencies.

Note:II Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission for determining the Age eligibility and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

4(B) The Upper age limit as prescribed in Para 4(A) will be further relaxable:

Upto a maximum of 5 years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe category;

Upto a maximum of 3 years if a candidate belongs to OBCs in accordance with DPT OM NO.43013/2/95-Estt(SCT) dated 25.01.1995 read with amendments made thereafter;

Upto a maximum of 10 years if the candidate is a physically handicapped person. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC who are physically handicapped, the maximum age relaxation of 10 years permissible for physically handicapped shall be in addition to the age relaxation provided in terms of column (i) and (ii) above;

Upto the maximum of 5 years to candidates of Jammu and Kashmir who have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1.1.1981 to 31.12.1990. (Any person intending to avail of the aforesaid relaxation shall submit the certificate from either District Magistrate within whose jurisdiction he had ordinarily resided or any other authority so designated in this behalf by the Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir to the effect that he had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 01.01.1981 to 31.12.1990);

Upto the age of 35 years (upto 40 years for members of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes and 38 years for OBC) in the case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands and who are not remarried;

Upto a maximum of three years (8 years for SC/ST and 6 years for OBC candidates) in the case of Defence Personnel disabled in operation during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

Upto 45 years in respect of Service Clerks in the last year of their colour service in the Armed Forces, i.e. those who are due for release from the Army during the period 02nd August, 2008 to 1st August, 2009. Such candidates are not entitled to any concession in fee.

Provided that candidates admitted to the examination under this age concession will be eligible to compete only for vacancies in Armed Forces Headquarters and Inter-Service Organisation, which are not reserved for Ex-serviceman.

Upper age limit is also relaxable for retrenched employees of Chukha Hydel Project Authority in Bhutan who were directly recruited, to the extent of service rendered by them with the Authority (period of service rendered by the retrenched employees will be decided on the basis of certificate issued by the Chukha Hydel Project Authority).

4(C) Age concession for Ex-S will be allowed in accordance with the orders issued by the Government from time to time as indicated below:

For the posts of LDCs and Grade ‘D’ Stenographers: Ex-Servicemen, fulfilling the conditions laid down by the Govt. from time to time, shall be allowed to deduct military service from their actual age and such resultant age should not exceed the prescribed age limit by more than 3 years ( 6 years in case of OBC and 8 years in case of SC/ST ).

For the posts of Grade ‘C’ Stenographers: Age relaxation for Ex-Servicemen is 5 years (8 years for OBC and 10 years for SC/ST)including ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years of Military service as on 01.08.2008 and have been released on completion of assignment including those whose assignment is to be completed within one year from the CLOSING DATE, i.e., 14.12.2007 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge or on account of misconduct or inefficiency, physical disability attributable to Military service or on invalidment.

Note: Candidates admitted to the examination under this age concession will be eligible to compete for all the vacancies whether reserved or not for exservicemen.

Explanation: An Ex-Serviceman means a person who has served in any rank whether as a combatant or non-combatant in the Regular Army, Navy, Air Force of the Indian Union, and

who retired from such service after earning his/her pension. This would also include persons who are retired/retire at their own request but after having earned their pension; or

who has been released from such service on medical grounds attributable to military service/circumstances beyond his control and awarded medical or other disability pension; or

who has been released, otherwise than on his own request from such service as a result of reduction in establishment; or

who has been released from such service after completing the specific period of engagements, otherwise than at his own request or by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, and has been given a gratuity; and includes personnel of the Territorial Army of the following categories, namely :-

Pension holders for continuous embodied service,

Persons with disability attributable to military service; and

(c) Gallantry award winners.

Note-I: Ex-servicemen who have already joined government job in civil side after availing of the benefits given to ex-servicemen for their re-employment are also eligible for the age concession,. However, such candidates will not be eligible for the benefit of reservation as ExS or for fee concession.

Note-II: The period of "Call up Service" of an Ex-Serviceman in the Armed Forces shall also be treated as service rendered in the Armed Forces for the purpose of para 4(C) above.

Note-III: For any Serviceman of the three Armed Forces of the Union to be treated as Ex-Serviceman for the purpose of securing the benefits of reservation, he must have already acquired, at the relevant time of submitting his application for the Post/Service, the status of ex-serviceman and/or is in a position to establish his acquired entitlement by documentary evidence from the competent authority that he would complete specified term of engagement from the Armed Forces within the stipulated period of one year from the Closing date (i.e. 14.12.2007).

Note-IV: Age Concession is not admissible to the sons, daughters and dependents of Ex-servicemen.

Explanation: The persons serving in the Armed Forces of the Union, who on retirement from service, would come under the category of 'ex-serviceman' may be permitted to apply for re-employment one year before the completion of the specified terms of engagements and avail themselves of all concessions available to ex-servicemen but shall not be permitted to leave the uniform until they complete the specified term of engagement in the Armed Forces of the Union.