SSC CGL Selection Process in Detail: Tier 1, 2, 3 And 4 exams

SSC CGL Selection Process

Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CGL examination every year for graduate-level posts in various departments of the SSC. The appointment to the posts can be done throughout the country according to the preference given by the candidates. What is the selection process for such prestigious examination? We have answers to all your queries. Check out the article below to get detailed information about the SSC CGL selection process comprising of 4 stages. Each candidate must pass all the stages of examination to get the final appointment to the desired post. You must know the recruitment process before applying for the SSC CGL exam.

Exam SSC CGL Tier 1 2019 – 2020
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission
Vacancies 8582 Vacancies
Posts Group B and C posts
Selection Process
  • Tier 1 CBT exam
  • Tier 2 CBT exam
  • Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
    (Pen and Paper mode)
  • Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test
SSC CGL Tier 1 exam date 3rd to 9th March 2020
Tier 1 Result Date 1st July 2020
Candidates qualified for Tier 2 125279 candidates
SSC CGL Tier 2 exam date 12th to 15th Oct 2020 and 1st Nov 2020
SSC CGL Tier 3 exam date 1st Nov 2020


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SSC CGL Selection Process 2020

The selection process of SSC CGL consists of 5 steps with 4 Tier examinations followed by the final merit list uploaded on the website of SSC at Check out the selection process.

SSC CGL Selection process

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam

The first step towards SSC CGL is the computer-based test comprising of multiple-choice questions from the following four subjects. Candidates are provided 60 minutes to complete the paper.

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


  • There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks in all sections in Tier 1.
  • The duration of the exam is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

SSC CGL Tier 1

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

After qualifying the SSC CGL Tier 1, the most important stage of SSC CGL awaits the aspirants i.e. SSC CGL Tier 2 comprising of the maximum marks of SSC CGL. There are 2 compulsory papers- Paper 1 and Paper 2. Paper 3 and Paper 4 are opted by candidates choosing the specific post of Assistant Audit Officer and Junior Statistical Officer.

SSC CGL Tier 2

  • 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.
  • 2 hours for each paper.
  • For physically handicapped students, the cumulative time to complete the Tier-II exam is 2 hours 40 minutes.

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SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam

After qualifying the Tier 2 examination, you will be required to write a descriptive paper for 100 marks in 60 minutes.

Tier Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allotted
Tier III Pen and Paper
Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)
100 60 Minutes


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SSC CGL Tier 4/ Skill Test 

The last stage of the SSC CGL Selection process is qualifying in nature. It is described by the CPT or DEST according to the post applied by the candidate.

SSC CGL Tier 4


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