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SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Check CGL Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern: In this article, we are providing all the details regarding SSC CGL 2022 exam pattern, selection process, and subjects that are asked in the exam. SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2021-22 will be conducted from 11th to 21st April 2022. Before appearing for the exam, go through the SSC CGL exam pattern and analyze it thoroughly to make sure you crack the exam with a high score. Keeping the same into consideration, through this post our motive is to share SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 exam patterns based on the changes adopted by the Commission in the last 4 years.

It is beneficial to remain acknowledged by the whole procedure, pattern, marking scheme, and nature of the exam. Being aware of the latest changes in the exam procedure and pattern helps you widely in your SSC CGL preparation strategy. It is highly recommended to newcomers go through the SSC CGL exam pattern given below. Taking into account the last 4-5 year exam conducting methodology, there have been a good number of changes in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern. 

What is the exam pattern of the SSC CGL 2022 exam? What are the subjects asked in the 4 tiers of SSC CGL? Read this article till the end for complete information.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Important Dates 

The Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 exam dates must be known to the aspirants for strategic preparation. Here are the exam dates for SSC CGL 2022.
Activity Dates
SSC CGL 2021- 2022 Notification Release Date 23rd December 2021
SSC CGL 2021- 2022 Apply Online Process Start Date 23rd December 2021
 Last Date to Apply Online for SSC CGL Exam 23rd January 2022
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 1 Exam Dates 11to to 21st April 2022 [NEW]
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 1 Admit Card To Be Released Soon
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 1 Answer Key To Be Released Soon
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 2 Exam Dates To Be Released Soon
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 3 Exam Dates To Be Released Soon
SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 4 Exam Dates To Be Released Soon
SSC CGL Scheme of Examination 

Candidates can check the step-wise selection process for the SSC CGL Exam 2022:

Tier-I: Computer Based Examination

Tier-II: Computer Based Examination & Tier-III: Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)

Tier-IV: Computer Proficiency Test/ Data Entry Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier 1 

SSC will hold a computer-based examination with 100 multiple-choice questions. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL, with 100 questions that account for a total of 200 marks. The subject wise SSC CGL Exam Pattern details are given below:

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-I Exam are:

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

There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut-off. No mark will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted by a candidate.

Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
    1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100  200

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding SSC CGL Tier 1 exam 2021-22

Q. Is there any negative marking in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam?
There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in all sections in Tier 1.

Q. What is the overall duration of the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam?
The overall duration of the Tier 1 exam is 60 minutes.

Q. Is there any liberty given to the visually handicapped in CGL Tier 1 exam?
The duration of the exam is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 

SSC CGL Tier 2 will comprise subjects namely Quantitative Ability, English Language, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance) each consisting of 200 marks. The total time duration to attempt each section is of 2 hours. Here are the details for SSC CGL 2021-22 Tier 2 Exam Pattern:

The papers asked in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam are:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Statistics
  • General Studies (Finance & Economics)
  • English Language & Comprehension
Paper Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
I Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
II English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
III Statistics 100 200 2 hours
IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours

SSC CGL Exam Pattern: FAQ

 Q. Is there any negative marking in CGL Tier 2 Exam?
In Tier 2, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III, and Paper-IV.

Q. Are Paper III and IV compulsory?
In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts. Paper III is only for candidates who opted for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Paper-IV will be for candidates who opted for Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer

Q. What is the time duration for each paper?
The candidates will be provided 2 hours for each paper.

Q. What is the time duration of each paper for physically handicapped students in the Tier-II exam?
For physically handicapped students, the cumulative time to complete the Tier-II exam is increased to 2 hours 40 minutes.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier 3

Candidates qualified in the CGL Tier 2 exam will The SSC CGL Tier 3 exam consists of a written exam where candidates will be required to appear for a descriptive test. The details of SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2022 are given below.
Tier Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allotted
Tier III Pen and Paper
mode
Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)
100 60 Minutes
For VH/ OH (afflicted
with Cerebral Palsy/
deformity in writing
hand- 80 Minutes

Exam Pattern SSC CGL Tier 3: FAQ

Q. What includes in the descriptive paper of SSC CGL Tier 3?
The SSC CGL Tier 3 descriptive paper includes Writing of Essay and Precis/Letter/ Application.

Q. Will the SSC CGL Tier 3 be conducted in pen and paper mode?
The SSC CGL Tier 3 will be conducted offline in pen and paper mode.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier 4/ CGL Skill Test 

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

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):  The Commission will provide the Computer for the test. The Skill test in Computer Proficiency is a qualifying test only. It will consist of three Modules in the following manner:

  1. Word Processing Test: 2000 Key Depressions
  2. Test in spread Sheets on Microsoft Excel: 15 Minutes
  3. Test in PowerPoint (Microsoft PowerPoint): 15 Minutes
  • After the test of Module-I is over, the candidate will have to write in his/her own handwriting one paragraph of about 50-60 words from the Data Entry passage given to him/her on a separate sheet, then only the candidate will be given the exercise sheet of Module-II.
  • The candidate has to prepare a spreadsheet as per the given exercise in 15 minutes and then save it with the filename as prescribed in the exercise sheet. Printout of the saved files should be taken thereafter.
  • After the test of Module II is over, the candidate will be given the exercise sheet of Module III (PowerPoint) which has to be completed in 15 minutes. The candidate has to prepare presentation slides as per the exercise is given and then save them as instructed above as well as print the same.

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax): Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.

SSC CGL 2021-22 Syllabus

The SSC CGL Complete syllabus of Tier 1,2,3 and 4 has been provided in the link given below.

Click here to Check the detailed SSC CGL 2022 Syllabus Here

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Changes Over The Years

At SSCADDA, let us recall all the major changes that occurred to SSC CGL Exam Pattern in the past few years. And below provided a table and the key pointers precisely highlight the same.

What is the Structure of Examination in Previous Years & Changes made by SSC in Exam pattern in the 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 [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
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 [Tier 2 + Tier 3 exam on same date]
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 the following years 2015/2016/2017/2018 & 2019 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 allotted to English Section for 200 Questions + 200 marks allotted 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 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 a reduction in the 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 the introduction of normalization.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 [Tier 2 & Tier 3 will be conducted on the same date]

  • The exam date for Tier 2 & Tier 3 is 22.06.2020 to 25.06.2020.
  • Candidates will have to prepare for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exams simultaneously.
  • However, the evaluation of Tier 3 Descriptive exam will be done only if a candidate clears the combined cut-off for Tier 1 and Tier 2.
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