Candidates must note that the score for SSC CGL Tier-I & Tier-II Exam will be normalised if it is conducted in multiple shifts. The normalisation score will be decided by SSC and it will be considered final for selecting candiidates for the further rounds (Tier-III & Tier-IV) of SSC CGL 2019 Exam.

  • Official Website-
  • Conducting Body- Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
  • Online Exam- Tier 1 and Tier 2
  • Offline Exam - Tier 3
  • Computer Based Skill Test- Tier 4

SSC CGL syllabus increases after every level of exam. The difficulty level also increases. Tier IV is the final round for cracking the exam. No interviews are to be conducted as notified from the year 2016.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Highlights

SSC CGL Exam Pattern is different for every exam. Marking scheme and syllabus differs from exam to exam.

  • Tier 1 exam- 200 questions from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness/ General knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. 75 minutes duration with negative marking for incorrect response.

  • Tier 2 exam- This has 4 papers viz., Quantitative Ability, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics (only for post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler), General Studies of Finance and Economics (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer). 200 marks for each paper is allotted with a duration of 2 hours. Negative marking is applicable.

  • Tier 3 exam- Descriptive paper for Essay Writing, Letter/Application Writing, Passage Writing. The paper is conducted for a duration of 1 hour for 100 marks

  • Tier 4 exam- Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test for 15 minutes. This exam is qualifying in nature. No negative marking and no marks allotted.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern in Detail

As per latest notifications by SSC, SSC CGL exam now has four level of exams.

  • • Tier-1: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • • Tier-2: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • • Tier-3: Written Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • • Tier-4: Computer Test / Skill Test (wherever applicable)

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

Number of Papers 1
Total Number of Questions 100
Total Sections 4
Sections General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness/ General knowledge Quantitative Aptitude and  English Comprehension
Total Marks 200
Total Time 60 min
Negative Marking Yes
Mode Online
Question Type Objective

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern

Number of Papers 4
  • Paper- 1: Quantitative Ability
  • Paper-2: English Language and Comprehension
  • Paper-3: Statistics (only for post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler
  • Paper-4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer)
Total Marks 400 (200 in each paper) / (Paper-3:Statistics and Paper-4:General studies(Finance and economics) only for post of statistical investigator  and Assistant Audit officer each of marks 200.
Total Time 2 hours for each paper
Negative Marking Yes
Mode Online
Question Type Objective

SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern

Number of Papers 1
Total Marks 100
Question Type Descriptive
  • Essay Writing
  • Letter/Application Writing
  • Passage Writing
  • Paper-4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer)
Duration 1 hour
Mode Offline

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern

Total Marks Qualifying in Nature
Time Duration 15 minutes
Tests Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
Exam Mode Online
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
  • Only for candidates applying for post of Tax assistants
  • (in Central Excise and Income Tax)
  • Criteria: 8000 key depression per hour
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
  • Only for candidates applying for post of Assistant Section Officer
  • Three modules
  • Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slidesr

SSC CGL Marking Scheme

SSC CGL have both online and offline based tests. While Tier 1, 2 and 4 are online computer based exam, Tier 3 is descriptive written pen and paper examination. Tier 4 is the final qualifying round where document verification is also done. No personal interviews will be conducted in SSC CGL from 2016.

  • General
  • Intelligence and
  • Reasoning
  • General
  • Awareness/
  • General
  • knowledge
  • Quantitative
  • Aptitude
  • English
  • Comprehension
200 Marks
  • Each
  • Question
  • carries
  • 1mark
-0.25 for each wrong answer
  • Paper1
  • Quantitative
  • Ability
  • Paper 2: English
  • Language and
  • Comprehension
  • Paper 3: Statistics
  • Paper 4: General
  • Studies (Finance
  • and Economics)
  • Paper1-100
  • Paper2-200
  • Paper3-200
  • Paper4-200
  • Paper1,
  • Paper3,
  • Paper4:
  • Each Question
  • Carries 2marks
  • Paper2:
  • Each question
  • Carries
  • 1marks
  • Paper1,Paper3,Paper4:-0.25
  • for each wrong answer
  • Paper 2: -0.25 for each
  • wrong Answer
  • Essay,
  • Application &
  • Passage Writing
100 Marks
  • Minimum
  • Qualifying Marks
  • 33%
  • Data Entry Skill
  • Test(DEST)
  • Computer Proficiency
  • Test (CPT)
Qualifying in nature    

SSC CGL Syllabus

Syllabus for every tier in SSC CGL is different. The tables below give an idea about the syllabus in every paper under this exam.

SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier 1

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

  • This section is based on Questions from Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation. Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning and figural.
  • Arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding. Statement conclusion, syllogism in reasoning etc. The topics are Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy. Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification. Figural Classification, Input-Output questions, Problem Solving, Word Building, Seating arrangement, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations. Questions on Dies, Clock, Calender.
  • Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams. Drawing inferences, folding & un-folding of Punched hole/pattern. Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching. Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification. Embedded Figures, Critical thinking. Emotional Intelligence, Socia

English Language:

  • Questions on Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test are asked.
  • This section is based on questions on Percentages. Ratio & Proportion. Square and cube roots. Surds and indices. Lcm and hcf, Averages, Age problems. Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership. Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns. Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances.

Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.):

  • Divisions and Remainders, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers. Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelopiped.
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio. Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords. tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle. common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities. Complementary angles, Heights and Distances. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

General Awareness (G.A.):

  • General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries.
  • Also questions from History. Geography, Economic Scene,Culture, General Policy & Scienti fic Research are asked. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and Biology. Current affairs of Last 6 months are asked.

SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier 2

  • Paper-1
  • (Quantitative Abilities)
Same as in Tier 1
  • Paper 2
  • (English Language
  • & Comprehension)
  • Same as in Tier 1
  • English syllabus plus
  • Active Passive and cloze test
  • Paper 3 (Statistics)
  • Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Dispersion-Common measures dispersion
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Index Numbers
  • Paper 4 (General
  • Studies (Finance and
  • Economics)
  • Finance and Accounts, Economics and Governance

SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier 3

  • Written Descriptive
  • English Test
Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter/Application/Passage Writing

SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier 4

  • Data Entry Skill Test/
  • Computer Proficiency Test
  • DEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour
  • whereas CPT test requires computer knowledge