SSC CGL Exam Pattern

Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination for filling up of various Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ posts in different Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations. This exam is conducted in four stages. They are Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 and Tier-4.

Tier-I & Tier-II exams will be conducted online, Tier-III will be a pen and paper based exam and Tier-IV will be a computer skill test. Since the exam is conducted in multiple shifts, tier-1 and tier-2 are normalised by the SSC. This article gives detailed information about the different tiers of the SSC CGL Exam Pattern. 

Tier-1 of SSC CGL:

Tier-1 of the exam comprises 4 sections with about 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. The entire exam is needed to be completed within 1 hour (60 minutes). 

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 100

 

Note: 

  1. There is no sectional cut off. 
  2. No marks will be deducted for unattempted answers
  3. There is a negative marking of 0.5 Marks for each wrong answer.

Tier-2 of SSC CGL:

After getting qualified in Tier1, candidates will be eligible for Tier-2. SSC CGL Tier-2 comprises 4 papers of 500 MCQs and each paper is to be completed in 120 minutes. Details of Tier-2 are given below:

Papers No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
Paper-III: Statistics 100 200 2 hours
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours

 

Note:

  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension).
  • 0.50  marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

Tier-3 of SSC CGL:

After getting qualified in Tier-2, candidates will be eligible for Tier-3. SSC CGL Tier-2  is a descriptive test. It will be conducted for 100 marks in English/Hindi. The maximum time allotted to the exam is 1 hour(60 minutes).

Subject  Marks  Time 
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)  100 marks  60 minutes

Tier-4 of SSC CGL:

Tier 4 is qualifying in nature. It is a computer skill test that is conducted in two steps: 

  • Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): The test is for the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax). It is conducted to test the writing skills of the candidate. Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English.
  • CPT Test (Computer proficiency test): This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Generation of Slides. The duration of each module will be of 15 minutes one after the other. 

FAQ about SSC CGL Exam Pattern

How many steps are there in SSC CGL?

There are four steps in the SSC CGL exam. They are Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 and Tier-4. Tier-I & Tier-II exams will be conducted online, Tier-III will be a pen and paper based exam and Tier-IV will be a computer skill test.

Which jobs come under SSC?

SSC CGL exam fills up various Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ posts in different Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations.

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