SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern in Detailed (Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4)

SSC CGL Exam Pattern has contained 4 Tier exam (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4). There’s a fixed syllabus for the entry which candidates will need to follow thoroughly.

Candidates should note that the rating for SSC CGL Tier-I & Tier-II Examination will be normalized if it’s conducted in several shifts. The normalization score will be determined by SSC CGL and it’ll be considered final for choosing candidates for the additional rounds (Tier-III & Tier-IV) of SSC CGL 2019 Exam.

SSC CGL Syllabus increases with the increase in difficulty level after each level of exam. Tier IV is the last round for breaking the examination. No interviews should be conducted as notified in the year 2016.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Key Facts

  • Tier 1 -100 queries from 60 minutes Length with negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • Tier 2 – This has 4 papers viz., Quantitative Ability, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics (only for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler), General Studies of Finance and Economics (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer). 200 marks for each paper is allotted with a duration of 2 hours. Negative marking is applicable.
  • Tier 3 -Descriptive paper for Essay Writing, Letter/Application Writing, Passage Writing. The paper is conducted for a duration of 1 hour for 100 marks.
  • Tier 4 -Data Entry Skill Evaluation / Computer Proficiency Test for 15 minutes. This examination is qualifying in nature. No negative marking and no marks.

SSC CGL 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

As per the latest notifications by SSC, SSC CGL exam now has four levels of exams.

  • Tier-1: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • Tier-2: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • Tier-3: Written Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • Tier-4: Computer Test/Skill Test (wherever applicable)

SSC CGL 2019 Exam Pattern is given in details for the convenience of the aspiring candidates.

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern 2019

Number of Papers1
Total Number of Questions100
Total Sections4
SectionsGeneral Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness/ General knowledge
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension
Total Marks200
Total Time75 Minutes
Negative MarkingYes
Question TypeObjective

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern 2019

Number of Papers4
SubjectsPaper- 1: Quantitative Ability Paper-2: English Language and Comprehension Paper-3: Statistics (only for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler Paper-4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer)
Total Marks800 (200 in each paper)
Total Time2 hours for each paper
Negative MarkingYes
Question TypeObjective

SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern 2019

Number of Papers1
Total Marks100
Question TypeDescriptive
SectionsEssay Writing
Letter/Application Writing
Passage Writing
Duration1 hour
Exam ModeOffline

SSC CGL 2019 Tier IV Exam Pattern

Total MarksQualifying in Nature
Time Duration15 minutes
TestsData Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
Exam ModeOnline
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)Only for candidates applying for the post of Tax Assistants (in Central Excise and Income Tax)
Criteria: 8000 key depression per hour
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)Only for candidates applying for the post of Assistant Section Officer
Three modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Generation of Slides

SSC CGL 2019 Marking Scheme

SSC CGL 2019 have both online and offline based tests. While Tier 1, 2 and 4 are an online computer-based exam, Tier 3 is a descriptive written pen and paper examination. Tier 4 is the final qualifying round where document verification is also done. No personal interviews will be conducted in SSC CGL from 2016.

SSC CGL Exam TiersSectionsTotal MarksMarking SchemeNegative Marking
Tier 1General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness/ General knowledge
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension
200 marksEach question carries 2 mark-0.50 for each wrong answer
Tier 2Paper 1: Quantitative Ability
Paper 2: English Language and Comprehension
Paper 3: Statistics
Paper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Paper 1: 100
Paper 2: 200
Paper 3: 200
Paper 4: 200
Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: Each question carries 2 marks
Paper 2: Each question carries 1 mark
Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: -0.50 for each wrong answer
Paper 2: -0.25 for each wrong answer
Tier 3Essay, Application, Passage Writing100 marksMinimum qualifying marks 33%
Tier 4Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (whichever applicable)Qualifying in nature

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus

Syllabus for every tier in SSC CGL is different. The tables below give an idea about the syllabus in every paper under this exam.

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus- Tier 1

General Intelligence and Reasoning:This section is based on Questions from Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem-solving, analysis, judgment. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation. Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning, and figural classification.
Arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding, and decoding. Statement conclusion, syllogism in reasoning, etc. The topics are Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy. Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification. Figural Classification, Input-Output questions, Problem Solving, Word Building, Seating arrangement, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations. Questions on Dies, Clock, Calender.
Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams. Drawing inferences, folding & unfolding of Punched hole/pattern. Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching. Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/roll numbers. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding, and classification. Embedded Figures, Critical thinking. Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, etc.
English LanguageQuestions on Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One-word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test are asked.
Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.)This section is based on questions on Percentages. Ratio & Proportion. Square and cube roots. Surds and indices. LCM and HCF, Averages, Age problems. Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership. Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns. Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances.
Divisions and Remainders, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers. Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centers, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelopiped.
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio. Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords. tangents angles subtended by chords of a circle. common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities. Complementary angles, Heights and Distances. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
General Awareness (G.A. Syllabus)General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighboring countries. Also questions from History. Geography, Economic Scene, Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research are asked. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry, and Biology. Current affairs of Last 6 months are asked.

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus: Tier 2

Paper-1 (Quantitative Abilities)Same as in Tier 1
Paper 2 (English Language & Comprehension)Same as in Tier 1 English syllabus plus Active Passive and cloze test
Paper 3 (Statistics)Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion-Common measures dispersion 
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
Correlation and Regression
Probability Theory
Random Variable and Probability Distributions
Sampling Theory
Statistical Inference 
Analysis of Variance
Index Numbers
Paper 4 (General Studies (Finance and Economics)Finance and Accounts, Economics and Governance

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus- Tier 3

Written Descriptive English TestPrecis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter/Application/Passage Writing

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus- Tier 4

Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency TestDEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour whereas CPT test requires computer knowledge

SSC CGL 2019- Important Books for Preparation

Listed below are few important books that a candidate can prepare from for all the 4 tiers of SSC CGL 2019:

SubjectBook NameAuthor
EnglishEnglish for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1)Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
EnglishEnglish for General Competitions: (Volume – 2)Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
Quantitative AptitudeAdvance maths for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav (KD Publications)
Quantitative AptitudeArithmetic for General CompetitionsArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude
PDF 8th edition Download
ReasoningA New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-VerbalBS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant)
General AwarenessIndia Year BookVarious Authors
All SubjectsKiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question bank 1999-2016Kiran Publications
Tier 1 Comprehensive GuideMaster Guide SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I ExaminationArihant Experts
Tier 2 Comprehensive GuideSSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book Including Solved PapersKiran Publication

Important Instructions for Candidates

  • Candidates must practice”mock tests” to get an idea of this computer-based exam for Tier 1 and Tier 2.
  • Online tests for the exact same must be attempted.
  • Mock tests are available on the official site of the SSC in addition to the regional office sites.
  • Time management is quite important.
  • Be careful of negative marking. Answer only those questions that you’re sure of.

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