SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

Tier-I exam of SSC CGL  is an online mode of examination having 4 sections in total The total marks allotted for all the sections is 200 and the total time allotted for the completion of all the sections of Tier-I exam is 60 minutes A cumulative time of 80 minutes is allotted to physically handicapped students 05 marks will be deducted from every question that is attempted wrong by a candidate in SSC CGL  exam

Serial No Sections No of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200  

 SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus:

General Intelligence and Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Classification Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture etc) Simplification Reading Comprehension
Analogy Science Interest Fill in the Blanks
Coding-Decoding Current Affairs Averages Spellings
Paper Folding Method Sports Percentage Phrases and Idioms
Matrix Books and Authors Ratio and Proportion One word Substitution
Word Formation Important Schemes Problem on Ages Sentence Correction
Venn Diagram Portfolios Speed, Distance and Time Error Spotting
Direction and Distance People in News Number System  
Blood Relations   Mensuration  
Series   Data Interpretation  
Verbal reasoning   Time and Work  
Non-Verbal Reasoning   Algebra  

  SSC CGL  Tier-II Exam Pattern

Tier-II exam has a total mark of 200 A total of 100 questions are asked in each section with 200 questions asked in the English Language Section A time limit of 2 hours is provided to the candidate to complete each section of SSC CGL  Tier-II Exam The cumulative time to complete Tier-II exam is increased to 2 hours 40 minutes in case of physically handicapped students 025 marks is deducted as penalty for attempting a question wrong

Serial No Sections No of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1 Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
2 English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
3 Statistics 100 200 2 hours
4 General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours

SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus:


Quantitative Aptitude English Language Statistics General Awareness
Simplification Reading Comprehension Collection and Representation of Data Finance and Accounting
Interest Spelling Measure of Dispersion Fundamental Principles
Averages Fill in the Blanks Measure of Central Tendency Financial Accounting
Percentage Phrases and Idioms Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis Basic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and Proportion One Word Substitution Correlation and Regression Self-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and Time Sentence Correction Random Variables Error Spotting and Correction
Number System Error Spotting Random Variables  
Mensuration Cloze Test Sampling Theory Economics and Governance
Data Interpretation Para Jumbles Analysis and Variance Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and Work Synonyms-Antonyms Time Series Analysis Finance Commission
Algebra Active-Passive Voice Index Number Theory of Demand and Supply
Data Sufficiency      


SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus:

Tier-III of SSC CGL  exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi The mode of examination is offline and students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc in this exam The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”

SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus:

Tier-IV examination comprises of couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country

  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax),DEST Exam through SSC CGL exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes
  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner)

Tier-I and Tier-II exam is compulsory for all posts mentioned in the  of while Tier-III is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler Similarly, Tier-IV exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector

Penalty for wrong answers

Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to deduction of 05 marks in Tier – I, III and IV while that of 025 marks in Tier-II



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