SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021, Syllabus Details

CCC CGL exam pattern

The SSC CGL Exam pattern is very simple to understand. The examination is conducted in 4 stages names as Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III, Tier-IV, all these 4 stages have their sub-stages of examination.

You must also check out the Exam dates for Tier-I and Tier-II in the separate page

In this article, you’ll get information about SSC CGL Exam pattern along with the Marking Scheme (Positive marks/Negative Marks) allotted in the question paper.

SSC CGL Examination Tier-I  is categorized in 4 stages

  1. General Reasoning and Intelligence
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. General Awareness
  4. English Comprehension

All these blends and make a subtotal of 100 marks. Each subject contains 25 questions.

Hence, the total number of questions the whole Tier-I contains is 100. The time duration allotted is 60 minutes to complete the whole Tier-I examination.

Serial No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
Total10020060 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Marking Scheme

  • +1 for every correct answer
  • -0.05 for every incorrect answer
Masks Awarded Per QuestionNegative Marking

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Examination Tier-II is also categorized in 4 stages

  1. General Studies(Finance and Economics)
  2. Quantitative Ability
  3. Statistics
  4. English Language and Comprehension

All these blends and make a subtotal of 800 marks. Each subject is divided into 200 marks and contains 100 questions rather than the English Language of 200 questions.

Hence, the total number of questions the whole Tier-II contains is 500. The time duration allotted is 120 minutes to complete each paper of the whole Tier-II examination.

Serial No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Allotted
1Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
2English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
3Statistics1002002 hours
4General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

SSC CGL Tier-II Marking Scheme

Here, in SSC CGL Tier-II examination different criteria for the different subject is allotted.

SSC CGL Tier-II Papers

Marks Awarded per Question

Negative Marking

Quantitative Ability

2 marks

0.50 marks

English Language

1 marks

0.25 marks


2 marks

0.50 marks

General Studies

2 marks

0.50 marks

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-III examination is consists of Descriptive paper in English/Hindi, which language you want to choose. The paper has a weightage of 100 marks and time allotted to complete this paper is 1 hour(60 minutes). 

As it is a subjective type of paper, there is no marking scheme implemented.


Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi

(Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)

100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-IV Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-IV examination is basically conducted to test the cognitive skill in a candidate. This skill test gets accommodated in two steps by testing a computer proficiency test(CPT) and Data entry skill test(DEST).

The last step of the whole process is document verification, which is also mentioned below.

SSC CGL Data Entry Skill Test(DEST)

For the post of Tax Assistant of Central, (excise and Income Tax) this test is conducted.

To clear the exam:-

  • Candidates need a typing speed of 8,000 words per hour on the computer.
  • Candidates will be given a passage of 2,000 words, which have to clear in 15 minutes.
  • Qualifying in nature

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test(CPT)

  • Assistant Section Officer in CSS MEA and AFHQ
  • Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines
  • Inspector (Central Excise)
  • Inspector (Preventive Officer)
  • Inspector (Examiner) in CBEC

The test is of qualifying nature and consists of three modules:

  • Word Processing
  • Spread Sheet
  • Generation of Slides

Data verification(DV)

Matriculation/secondary certificate

Educational qualification certificate

Caste/category certificate, if applicable

PwD certificate, if applicable

Mark sheets of all the three years of graduation

Provisional certificate/ certificate of graduation

Two passport-size coloured photos

ID proof

Relevant certificate if seeking any age relaxation

Relevant documents for Ex-Servicemen

No Objection certificate, in the case already employed in Government/Government undertakings

Any other document specified in admit card

Above mentioned data needs to show data in an original as well as photocopy format and if fails to represent any of them his/her application will be canceled.

The syllabus for SSC CGL is basically designed by keeping basic of 10th and 12th grades.

Below mention is the Tier-I examination syllabus, which you can checkout.

SSC CGL Tier-I Syllabus

  1. Symbolic/Number Analogy
  2. Semantic Classification
  3. Symbolic/Number Classification
  4. Figural Classification
  5. Semantic Series
  6. Number Series
  7. Figural Series
  8. Problem Solving
  9. Word Building
  10. Coding & decoding
  11. Space Visualization
  12. Venn Diagrams
  13. Drawing inferences
  14. Indexing
  15. Address matching
  16. Date & city matching
  17. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
  18. Critical thinking
  19. Emotional Intelligence
  20. Social Intelligence
  1. History- Harappa Civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leaders
  2. Geography- about countries and their geographical details, Famous Seaport and Airport and their location.
  3. Polity- Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG, Symbols of political parties, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the Parliament
  4. Economy-Budget related information and terminologies, Important persons involved in Economy of the Country and monetary institutions
  5. Physics- Laws, major Inventions and Discoveries.
  6. Chemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules, Chemistry in everyday life.
  7. Biology-Important discoveries, Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes.
  8. General Knowledge, current affairs
  1. Number System Problems
  2. Percentage.
  3. Ratio & Proportion,
  4. Square roots,
  5. Averages,
  6. Interest
  7. Profit and Loss
  8. Discount
  9. Mixture
  10. Time and distance
  11. Time & Work
  12. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  13. Graphs of Linear Equations,
  14. Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  15. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  16. Circles
  17. Regular Polygons
  18. Right Prism
  19. Right Circular Cone
  20. Right Circular Cylinder
  21. Sphere
  22. Hemispheres
  23. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  24. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  25. Complementary angles
  26. Heights and Distances
  27. Histogram
  28. Data analysis
  1. Synonyms & Antonyms
  2. One Word Substitution
  3. grammar skills
  4. spelling error
  5. comprehension passages

For Full Information about syllabus must checkout our Syllabus page

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