SSC CGL Exam Info

Scheme of Exam

The Examination comprises of four stages as explained below.

Tier - I Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) (Computer Based)
Tier -II Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) (Computer Based)
Tier -III Descriptive Paper in English / Hindi ( Pen and paper mode)
Tier -IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Wherever Applicable )

Pattern of Tier -I Examination (Computer Based):

Part Subject No of Qs Marks Duration
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes
(80 Minutes for VH candidates)
B General Awareness 25 50
C Quantitative
Aptitude
25 50
D English Language 25 50
  TOTAL 100 200
  • Tier –I of the CGLE will be common for all categories of posts

  • There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I.

  • Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice , set both in Hindi and English in respect of Parts A, B and C.

  • The questions in Reasoning, GA and English will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification viz graduation and questions in Quantitative Aptitude will be of 10th standard level.

Pattern of Tier -II Examination (Computer Based):

This is the second stage of the exam and only those candidates who qualify the first stage (Tier -I) , will be allowed to sit in this exam . It is also a objective type test and Paper I and Paper II are compulsory for all the posts.

Paper No. Subject / Paper Max . Marks No. of questions Duration
I Quantitative Ability 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
II English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
III Statistics 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
IV General Studies ( Finance & Economics) 200 100 2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates)
Note : Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts .
Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of ​Junior ​Statistical ​Officer​.
Paper-IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer​ and Assistant Accounts Officer​

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I and Paper-III for each wrong answer

  • Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice, set both in Hindi and English in respect of Paper I and III.

  • Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.

Pattern of Tier - III Examination:

The Commission has also decided to introduce a Descriptive Paper ( (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing etc) of English/Hindi as Tier-III. The Question Paper will be bilingual. The candidates will have the option to choose any one medium. This will be in Pen & paper Mode.

The maximum marks for this section (Tier III) is 100 and the duration is 60 minutes.

Pattern of Tier -IV Examination:

1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): FOR THE POST OF TAX ASSISTANTS (Central Excise & Income Tax): The "Data Entry Speed" Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature

2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules - Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.