The Staff Selection Commission works through nine offices at regional and sub-regional levels, located in different parts of the country, with the object of conducting SSC exams. The Commission handles all tasks including designing the syllabus, inviting applications and scrutinizing them, electronic data processing, admission card issuance, venues selection, examination material, appointment of invigilators, examining of test papers of candidates, interviews, physical endurance test and medical exams leading to selection of candidates for employment in various departments. It handles recruitment to non-gazetted posts and non-technical posts in the Government of India departments and offices.
The SSC also conducts limited departmental competitive examinations for clerical and stenographer grades. It also conducts skill tests in English, Hindi or any other regional language. Studying for and passing the SSC exam gives candidates an opportunity to get into clerical cadres and non-technical cadres of the government. It conducts exams for posts of assistants, auditors, junior accountants, clerks, inspectors of Income Tax and Excise as well as Police departments, CBI and lower division clerks as well as statistical assistants and computer operators. The exam is tough and is taken by hundreds of thousands of candidates all over India for only a few vacancies.