SSC CGL Exam Snapshot | Notification, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The Common Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) is a nation-wide annual exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). It is conducted to recruit suitable candidates into various Group B and Group C posts under the Government of India.

Broadly, SSC CGL consists of four stages:

  • SSC CGL Tier 1 or Prelims

  • SSC CGL Tier 2 or Mains

  • SSC CGL Tier 3 or Descriptive Exam

  • SSC CGL Tier 4 or Document Verification and Typing Test (Qualifying)


In this article, we have discussed everything that you need to know in order to prepare for this exam! Let’s get started:

SSC CGL Exam Snapshot

In the CGL exam, the marks of each round are calculated to prepare the final merit that determines your selection and the profile that you get from the exam. Hence, it becomes very important to prepare well and give each round with equal determination and preparation.

Stage

Name of Section/ Paper

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

SSC CGL Tier-1 (Total Marks = 200)

Quantitative Aptitude

50

60 minutes or 1 hour

English Language

50

Logical Reasoning

50

General Awareness

50

SSC CGL Tier-2 (Total Marks =400)

Paper 1: Quantitative Aptitude

200

2 hour

Paper 2: English Language and Comprehension

200

2 hour


Paper 3: Statistics

200

2 hour


Paper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics)

200

2 hour

SSC CGL Tier-3 (Total Marks =100)

Descriptive Paper

100

60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-4

Typing Test and Document Verification

Qualifying


  • Paper I and Paper-II are compulsory for all aspirants in Tier 2. 

  • Paper-III in Tier-2 will be held only for those students who applied for and are shortlisted for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) post in Tier-1. 

  • Paper IV in Tier-2 will be held only for those students who applied for and are shortlisted for Assistant Account Officer/Assitant Audit Officer (AAO) post in Tier-1.

SSC CGL Notification 2020 | SSC CGL 2020 Dates

SSC CGL notification 2020 has been released on 29th December 2020 on its official website. The exam will be held in May. The notification of SSC CGL contains the detailed instruction for filling of application forms, SSC CGL exam pattern, and exam syllabus.

The entire calendar for SSC CGL 2020 is given below:

Important Events

Dates

Release of SSC CGL Advertisement

29th December 2020

Opening of Application form submission

29th December 2020

Closing of Application form submission

31sh January 2021

Release of Admit Card for SSC CGL Tier 1

Postponed

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam

Postponed

Announcement of Result for SSC CGL Tier 1

Postponed

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

Postponed

Check more about the SSC CGL notification in the linked article.

SSC CGL Exam 2020 Pattern

The SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination 2020 will be conducted in four stages. The exam pattern for each of these stages is discussed below:

SSC CGL Exam 2020 Tier 1

The SSC CGL Tier 1 consists of four sections, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, General Intelligence & Reasoning and General Awareness. It is a computer-based-test (CBT) and conducted online on the stipulated exam venue. Further, it is an elimination round where only candidates who qualify the Tier-1 will be allowed to appear for the Tier-2 exam. 


The pattern for SSC CGL Exam Tier 1 is given below:

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Alloted

Time

Quantitative Aptitude (Maths)

25

50

A composite of 60 minutes of 1 hour is allotted to complete the exam. 

English Language and Comprehension

25

50

General Awareness

25

50

General Intelligence and Reasoning

25

50

Total 

100

200

There is a negative marking of ¼ of the total marks allotted for the question for incorrect answers. Hence, you should be extremely careful while answering the questions. 

SSC CGL Exam 2020 Tier 2

SSC CGL Tier 2 is a second stage exam in the scheme of SSC CGL. Only the candidates who are shortlisted in the first round are allowed to appear for SSC CGL Tier 2. The Tier 2 or SSC CGL Mains exam is a computer-based test (CBT) and is held online on the prescribed exam venue. It consists of two papers (compulsory for all) that are held on the same day at a gap of 3 hours. 

Paper-III and Paper-IV in the Tier-2 of SSC CGL are held only for those candidates who are shortlisted for the post of JSO and AAO respectively. 

The exam pattern for  SSC CGL Tier 2 is discussed below:

Name of Paper

Number of Questions 

Marks Allotted 

Time

Paper 1: Quantitative Aptitude

100

200

2 hours

Paper 2: English Language and Comprehension

200

200

2 hours

Paper 3: Statistics

100

200

2 hours

Paper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics)

100

200

2 hours

There is a negative marking of ¼ marks for each wrong answer. Hence, candidates should mark the answers extremely carefully.

SSC CGL Exam 2020 Tier 3

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a descriptive exam and is held in offline mode (pen and paper mode). It consists of an essay and letter/precis/application. Consisting of a total of 100 marks, Tier 3 is also an extremely important exam in the entire scheme of the paper.

Question Type

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

Essay (250 words)

50

A total of 60 minutes or 1 hour is allotted for this exam

Letter/Precis/Application

50

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) defines the syllabus for each Tier in its notification. We have discussed the syllabus and the micro-topics according to the previous year papers comprehensively. You can check out the SSC CGLexam syllabus in the linked article.


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