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SSC CGL Exam Pattern - Complete Details

There are lakhs of aspirants who appear for SSC CGL every year and most of the first-time exam takers are curious about the SSC CGL exam pattern. Here we’ll be having a closer look into the exam pattern of SSC CGL which includes the Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV phases.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of the different tiers of SSC CGL is discussed here in detail.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

This exam is mandatory for all the aspirants appearing in the SSC CGL. It can be regarded as the preliminary exam

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

In this phase, two exams are conducted on the same day, the details of the Tier-II exams are listed below

PaperSubject

Total

Questions

Maximum
Marks
Time
Duration
Paper IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies
(Finance & Economics)
1002002 Hours

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for SSC CGL Tier-III is as follows

Exam PatternMarksTime
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes
(80 minutes for
PWD category)

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for this phase is different and is applicable for some selected posts

Skill TestMaximum MarksTimePosts ( for which applicable) 
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)No marks only qualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
CPT: Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)No marks only qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI,

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FAQs

What qualification in the education background is required to appear for the SSC CGL exam?

The minimum educational qualification required to appear for the SSC CGL exam is graduation.

What kind of government jobs will a candidate qualify for by clearing the SSC CGL exam? +

Clearing the SSC CGL exam qualifies a candidate to Group–B and –C posts in the various departments of the Government of India.

In what languages is the SSC CGL exam conducted? +

The SSC CGL exam is conducted in both English and Hindi mediums.

How many exam tiers are there in the SSC CGL exam? +

The SSC CGL exam comprises 4 tiers, of which tiers I and II are conducted online and tiers III and IV are conducted offline.

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