SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern: Changes over Previous Years!

Hello Aspirants,



In order to appear for any government exam, it is beneficial to remain acknowledged of the whole procedure, pattern and nature of exam. To be aware of the latest changes in the exam procedure and pattern helps you widely in your preparation ways. SSC CGL Exam is the most awaited as well as the prestigious exam in our country. Taking into account its last 3-4 year exam conduct methodology, there have been a good number of changes in it. At SSCADDA, today our motive is to let you know and recall all these changes occurred to SSC CGL in past few years. And below is the table and all the key pointers that highlight these major changes.

As SSC CGL 2018 notification was out on 5th of May 2018. A comparison in previous year notifications and being familiarize with the current pattern of the desirable exam is a profitable venture for any devoted aspirant.


Important Dates:
SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam Dates
SSC CGL 2018 Notification Date
5th May 2018
Last Date to apply for SSC CGL 20184th June2018
SSC CGL Tier-I 2018 Exam Date25.07.2018 to 20.08.2018 (CBE)
SSC CGL Tier-II 2018 Exam DateTo be notified later (CBE)
SSC CGL Tier- III 2018 Exam DateTo be notified later (Descriptive)
SSC CGL Tier-IV 2018 Exam Date-


What is the Structure of Examination in Previous Years & Changes made by SSC in Exam pattern in last 3 years.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2015-16
Tier Type Mode No. Of Questions Marks Duration
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Pen Paper Mode (offline) 200 200 2 hours
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice Pen Paper Mode (offline) 300/ 400
 [P-I (Quant) & P-II (English)]/ P-III (Stats)
400 / 600 2 hours each paper

Interview (For some posts) - - 100 -
Tier-III Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable - Qualifying in nature -
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016-17 [Changed Exam Pattern]
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 100 200 75 minutes
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 300/ 400
[P-I (Quant) & P-II (English)]/ P-III (Stats) or P-IV (Eco)
400 / 600 2 hours each paper
Tier-III Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode Essay/Letter/Precis 100 60 minutes
Tier-IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable - Qualifying in nature -
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017-18 [Time Limit Reduced]
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 100 200 60 minutes
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 300/ 400
[P-I (Quant) & P-II (English)]/ P-III (Stats) or P-IV (Eco)
400 / 600 2 hours each paper
Tier-III Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode Essay/Letter/Precis 100 60 minutes
Tier-IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable - Qualifying in nature -
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018-19 [Normalization]
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 100 200 60 minutes
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based (online) 300/ 400
[P-I (Quant) & P-II (English)]/ P-III (Stats) or P-IV (Eco)
400 / 600 2 hours each paper
Tier-III Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi Pen and Paper mode Essay/Letter/Precis 100 60 minutes
Tier-IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test Wherever Applicable - Qualifying in nature -

Some important changes in SSC CGL Exam in following years 2015/2016/2017/2018 are given below:-

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2015-16
  • SSC CGL 2015-16 Tier 1 and Tier 2: Conduct mode was offline
  • Time Duration For Tier-1 : 2 hours
  • Tier-I marks: 200 marks
  • Tier-II:  [Paper I (Quant) & Paper-II (English)], Paper-III (Statistics)
  • Tier 2 Marks : 200 marks alloted to English Section for 200 Questions + 200 marks alloted to Quantitative Aptitude Section for 100 Questions: 400 Marks in Total (300 Questions)
  • Tier 2 Marks for JSO Post: 400 Marks + 200 Marks For 100 Question (Paper III of Statistics): 600 Marks (400 Questions)
  • Tier III: Interview for some particular posts for 100 Marks and Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Qualifying in nature)
  • No Sectional Cut off.
  • Negative marking for Tier-I: 0.25 marks for each wrong answer . 
  • Negative marking for Tier-II: 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I and Paper III for each wrong answer 

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016-17 [Changed Exam Pattern]
  • For the first time, SSC CGL Exam was conducted in CBT (Computer Based Test) i.e in online mode including both Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam.
  • Negative marking was increased from 0.25 marks for each wrong answer to 0.50 marks in Tier-I Exam.
  • Change in number of questions: Now Tier-1 contains 100 questions.
  • Time Duration was reduced from 120 minutes to 75 Minutes.
  • Tier-II: [Paper I (Quant)& Paper-II (English)], Paper-III (Statistics), Paper-IV (Economics): Paper IV was introduced for the first time for AAO Post)
  • Introduction of Descriptive Exam Writing in Tier III 2016-17 in Pen Paper Mode
  • Tier III Marks and Time Duration: 100 Marks and 60 Minutes
  • Tier IV 2016-17: Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Qualifying in nature)
  • No Sectional Cut off.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017-18 [Time Limit Reduced]
  • SSC CGL 2017-18 Exam followed the same procedure as of SSC CGL 2016-17 
  • The only change was reduction in Time Duration of Tier 1 Exam: it was deducted from 75 Minutes to 60 Minutes.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018-19 [Normalization]
  • SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam followed the same pattern as of SSC CGL 2017-18 
  • The only change is introduction of normalization.

All The Best SA'ins!!