The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an office of the central government which functions under the Department of Personnel & Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India.
The Staff Selection Commission is headed by a chairman, usually a very senior IAS officer of the rank of Secretary to Government of India. It has two other members and has a secretary cum controller of examinations to coordinate all selection processes.
The functions of the Staff Selection Commission were redefined by the Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions vide its Resolution No.39018/1/98-Estt.(B) dated 21st May 1999. The new constitution and functions of the Staff Selection Commission came into effect from 1st June 1999.
The Staff Selection Commission has its headquarters in New Delhi and has regional Offices in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangaluru, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Allahabad and Raipur.
The central government has nearly 32 lakh civilian employees serving under various ministries in their offices all over the country. While the recruitment to the technical and non- technical posts in various offices under the ministry of railways are conducted by the railway recruitment boards serving different regions, the recruitment to fill up vacancies in Group ‘B’, Group ‘C’ & Group ‘D’ posts is undertaken by the Staff Selection Commission through a process of pre- time tabled, multi tiered examination system.