SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination

Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975

Prerequisites

Candidates applying for the various posts need to have a bachelor's degree from a recognised university at the time of applying. Age of the candidate must be between 18 and 32 years (depending upon post applied) as of 1st August of the test taking year. The application fee for 2017 is Rs. 100. All women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen eligible for reservation are exempted from paying application fee.

Structure

The examination consists of a Preliminary Examination followed by a Main examination. Earlier it also used to have interviews, but following a government order, interviews have been dispensed off for all non-gazetted posts in the central government. A computer proficiency test or a skill test will also be held for some posts.

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination will be out of 200 marks. It will have 4 sections, which have to be completed in a total time of 60 minutes(from cgl 2017).

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

Main Examination

The main examination will also have four sections. Section 1 and 2 will be compulsory for all candidates who have qualified. Section 3 and 4 are only for candidates who have applied for special posts.

  • Quantitative Ability
  • English Language and Comprehension
  • Statistics
  • General Studies (Finance and Economics)

SSC has also decided to add a paper based descriptive paper which can be attempted in English or Hindi for Essay, Precis, Letter writing. Besides a Data Entry Skill Test or a Computer Proficiency Test will also be held for some positions. This paper replaced the interview of 100 mark.

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SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

SubjectQuestionsMarksTime
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550 60 minutes total

For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 80 minutes
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language2550
Total100200

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern

This is an online based examination consisting of 4 papers as mentioned in the table. Each paper is of 2 hours time duration. Out of these 4 papers, only two papers i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the students. Paper 3 is only for Statistical Investigator Gr II & Compiler Post while Paper 4 is for Asst. Audit Officer Gazetted Group "B" Post only.

Paper I , Paper III & Paper IV – 0.5 marks (Negative Marking)
Paper II – 0.25 marks (Negative Marking)

SubjectQuestionsMarksTime
Paper I - Quantitative Ability(for ALL POSTS)100200 2 Hrs
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hrs 40 mins
Paper II - English Language(for ALL POSTS)200200 2 Hrs
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hrs 40 mins
TOTAL300400 4 Hrs
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 5 Hrs 20 mins
Paper III – Statistics
(for StatisticalInvestigator Gr II & Compiler POSTS ONLY)
100200 2 Hrs
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hrs 40 mins
Paper IV – General Studies (Finance & Economics)
(for Asst Audit Officer Gazetted Group “B” POST ONLY)
100200 2 Hrs
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 2 Hrs 40 mins

SSC CGL Exam Pattern – Tier III

This is a descriptive type paper of 100 marks and will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode

SubjectMarksTime
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)100 60 Mins
For VH & candidates suffering from
Cerebral Palsy: 80 mins

SSC CGL Exam Pattern – Tier IV

Tier 4 consist of Computer Proficiency Test (wherever applicable)/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification. This paper is Qualifying in Nature only.

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) - Asst. Section Officer in CSS & MEA POST ONLY
Data Entry Skill Test (at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour) – Tax Assistant POST ONLY

SubjectTimeSyllabus
Computer Proficiency Test (for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only) 45 MinutesWord/Excel/ Power Point


Now that you know about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017, here is the study material for you to begin your  preparation for SSC CGL Exam.

Preliminary Examination Sections

General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension