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Staff Selection Commission’s (SSC) Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2)

  • The written examination will consist of one objective type paper as shown below : 
Part Subject Maximum Marks Total Duration/Timing Total Duration/ Timing for
VH Candidates
including compensatory Time
I General Intelligence (50 Questions) 50        2 Hours   2 Hours 40 Minutes
II English Language (Basic Knowledge)
(50 Questions)
50
III Quantitative Aptitude (Basic Arithmetic Skill)
(50 Questions)
50
IV General Awareness
(50 Questions)
50
  •  Skill Test for Data Entry
  • Typing Test for PA/ SA & LDCs

SSC CGL Tier 1 Pattern

Part Subject Max. Marks Questions Time Allotted
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 25 60 Minutes (Total)80 Minutes (for disabled candidates)
B General Awareness 50 25
C Quantitative Aptitude 50 25
D English Comprehension 50 25
  • Total questions asked are 100, comprising of 200 marks. Each question would carry 2 marks.

  • Paper Mode: Tier 1 will be conducted online.

  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer you make.

  • Questions will be of the Objective type with multiple choices. Candidates can choose their Medium as Hindi or English.

  • You have to qualify Tier 1 exam to move on to Tier 2.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Pattern

Paper Subjects Max. Marks Questions Time Allotted
I Quantitative Ability 200 100 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
II English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
III Statistics 200 100 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 200 200 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
  • Paper Mode: Tier 2 will be conducted online.

  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I, Paper-III, and Paper IV for each wrong answer.

  • Questions will be of the Objective type with multiple choices. Candidates can choose their Medium as Hindi or English.

  • You have to qualify Tier 2 exam to move on to Tier 3.

  • Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.

  • Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler.

  • Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Pattern

Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
Pen and Paper Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay /Precis /Letter/Application Writing etc. 100 60 minutes80 Minutes (For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy)
  • Tier 3 has been introduced w.e.f. CGLE 2018.

  • The exam would be a descriptive type.

  • Paper Mode: Tier 3 would be an offline paper.

  • It will carry 100 marks and the duration of the paper would be one hour.

  • This Tier has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which are necessary for Government jobs.

  • The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay / Passage of 250 words and Letter / Application Writing of approximately 150 words.

  • The qualifying marks in Tier-III would be 33 per cent.

  • The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.

  • The questions in this paper would be of 10+2 standard.

  • The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Pattern (wherever applicable)

Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) / Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Same as published in the Notice of Examination Qualifying Same as published in the Notice of Examination
  • Tier-IV of the Examination would continue to be the Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) /Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).

  • The exam is qualifying in Nature.

  • Computer Proficiency Test => for Asst. Section Officer in CSS post only.

  • Data Entry Skill Test at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour => for Tax Assistant post only.