SSC CGL Exam Pattern | Tier 1, 2, 3, 4 | Explained

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020
SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020

Hello SSC CGL aspirants, how is the preparation going on as per detailed strategies? Hopefully fine. In today’s article, we will see SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. Also pattern of SSC CGL Tier 4 (document verification, CPT, DEST) is analysed in detail. So, this article will be one stop solution if you have taken the decision of clearing upcoming SSC CGL Exam.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020



SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 need to be analysed in detail as trend of questions asked in SSC CGL changes for each attempt. As compared to other exams, understanding SSC CGL exam pattern becomes a bit confusing as this exam is conducted in 4 stages divided over a time span of 8-9 months. So, we will analyse SSC CGL Pattern as per stages of exam (Tier 1, 2, 3, 4). So, keep patience till end of this article.

What is SSC CGL Exam?

We will study details of SSC CGL Exam in tabular format so that maximum data can be remembered effectively :

SSC CGL Full form Staff Selection Commission(SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam
SSC CGL Conducted how many times/year Once a Year (Tier 1 in March)
SSC CGL Posts ‘Group B’ and ‘Group C’ posts in Ministries,  Departments, Organizations of Central Gov.
SSC CGL Exam Number of Stages 4 stages (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4)
SSC CGL Difficulty Level Moderate to difficult
SSC CGL Exam Online or Offline Offline (different exam centers)
SSC CGL Exam MCQ format or Descriptive Tier 1 and 2 is MCQ format, Tier 3 descriptive
 SSC CGL Exam Dates March to June

No need of paid Coaching for SSC CGL Exam (All stages) if you are dedicated enough to study as per detailed strategies provided !!

Why is it Necessary to Understand SSC CGL Exam Pattern?

Very less aspirants are 100% aware about SSC CGL Exam pattern and small things about exam like sectional cut off for each paper in Tier 1, 2, 3, 4. So, this article will give you bird’s eye view so that planning and time management becomes strategic.

3 reasons why understanding SSC CGL Pattern is important:

  1. SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 syllabus may seem similar, but Pattern and type of questions asked, difficulty level, etc is different.So strategy to clear them is also different. Due to which we must understand thorough pattern of each stage. 
  2. Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 preparation can be done parallely if you are well verse with the exam pattern of all the stages. 
  3. SSC CGL Final Cut Off is sum of Tier 1, 2 and 3 marks. So, its must to score 50% marks in each paper, which is possible only with detailed analysis of paper pattern and chapter-wise weightage. 

What are the exact stages of the SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL Exam is conducted in 4 major Stages :

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam

Tier 1 Exam is 200 Marks Exam which consists of Questions from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English (25 each)

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

SSC CGL Tier 2 Consists of 4 papers of 200 marks of each. Out of these 4 papers, only first 2 papers are compulsory for all posts (Quantitative Aptitude and English)

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a Descriptive Paper of 100 Marks which consists of Essay and Letter writing. Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 marks are considered for Merit list.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam

SSC CGL Tier 4 is Document Verification/CPT, DEST, Medical and Physical Test. Document Verification is compulsory for all, while other test depends on posts applied for.

We will see SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 of Each stage in detail so that you can understand it and do a comprehensive study of Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Let us have a overview of SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern.

Sr. No Sections of paper No. of Questions from each section Total Marks for each Section Time for SSC CGL Tier 1 Paper
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes to solve 100 Questions(1 hour 20 minutes for PH and other disabilities)
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200



Important Points with respect to SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern :


  1. You have to solve 200 marks paper of 100 questions in just 60 minutes.
  2. It is a  “Computer Based Examination” which will be conducted in Online format at exam center you have selected at the time of form filling. (various exam centers all over India)
  3. One fourth Negative Marking is present in SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern (that is, 0.50 marks will be subtracted for One wrong attempt)
  4. No sectional cut off for above 4 sections of Tier 1 paper
  5. But you must score 30% marks in Tier 1 exam and clear Overall cutoff of Tier 1 Exam to be eligible for Stage 2 Exam (Tier 2 of SSC CGL exam)
  6. Around 27 lakh aspirants apply for SSC CGL Exam evey year. So, maximum competition will be faced in SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam. Due to which clearing cut off is very competitive.

Also Read: SSC CGL Tier 1 Strategy (Score 170+ Marks)

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam consists of 4 papers, out of which first 2 papers are compulsory for all. Let us see Basic overview of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam:

Paper Subject No of Questions Marks
1 Quantitative Abilities 100 200
2 English Language & Comprehension 200 200
3 Statistics 100 200
4 General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200

Important Points with respect to SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern :

  1. SSC CGL Tier 2 is also a ‘Computer Based Exam’ which will be conducted in different exam centers in your city.
  2. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory for all posts in SSC CGL Exam.
  3. Paper 3 (Statistics) of SSC CGL Tier 2 is for candidates applying for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  4. Paper 4 General Studies (Finance & Economics) is for candidates applying for the post of Assistant Audit Officer or Assistant Accounts Officer.
  5. 1/4th Negative marking exists in SSC CGL Mains Exam Pattern which results in:
Paper Marks deducted due to negative Marking
Paper 1 0.50 Marks
Paper 2 0.25 Marks
Paper 3 0.50 Marks
Paper 4 0.50 Marks

(This negative marking scheme makes exam pattern for ssc cgl exam even tough !)

4. SSC CGL Tier 2 contributes 400 marks in overall cut off marks (Paper 1 and Paper 2) and 800 marks for those eligible for Paper 3 and 4. So, this is a major chunk which matters in final cutoff.

So, your score in Tier 2 exam will determine which rank you will get in Final Merit List.

Also Read: SSC CGL Tier 2 Strategy (Score 360+ Marks)

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a “Descriptive Exam” (Pen and Paper Mode) of 100 marks which will test your English writing skills. We will see SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern so that you can manage to score as high as possible in this descriptive paper too.

Mode of SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Descriptive paper (Pen Paper Based) conducted in Offline format at different exam centers
Number of papers to face in  Tier 3 Exam  One Paper
Tier 3 Paper Questions Essay, Precis Writing, Application Writing/ Letter writing
Paper Marks 100
Exam duration  1 hour (60 min)
Language of Writing Examination  English as well as Hindi

Important Points with respect to SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern :

  1. Many aspirants take Tier 3 paper very lightly due to which their overall score decreases.
  2. SSC CGL Tier 3 is compulsory for all Posts (No confusion !!)
  3. You can give Tier 3 Descriptive Paper in English as well as Hindi. Just make sure you do not mix both. It can result in “0 Marks” in Tier 3 paper.
  4. Its marks are calculated in Final Merit List (Its not just qualifying paper)
  5. Good writing skills, command over current and social issues is must to score 50+ Marks.
  6. Answer writing practice is must to manage time during actual exam.

Also Read: SSC CGL Tier 3 Strategy (Score 80+ Marks)

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Consists of Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), DATA Entry Speed Test and Document Verification.

CPT Test in SSC CGL Exam consists of 3 stages as given below. These tests are conducted to check your command overMS Word (I mean typing), Excel and Power point

Follow SSC CGL Tier 4 Strategy article for more details (Medical, Physical, CPT and DEST)

Conclusion

Sarkaari Service have explained SSC CGL Exam pattern for Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 in a detailed manner so that all your doubts are cleared. Now your success depends on your dedication level and how consistently you study for upcoming SSC CGL Exam. Jut remember that,

SSC Merit List = Tier 1 Marks + Tier 2 Marks + Tier 3 Marks

So, study in such a way that you clear the Final Merit List (And not just the cut off marks)

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