SSC CGL 2021 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

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Oct 12, 2020

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SSC (Staff Selection Commission) recruitment board conducts exam every year for various SSC CGL posts. The SSC CGL 2021 notification has not ben released yet. However, it is epected to be released in in the month of March in 2021. Check Latest Updates of SSC CGL 2020-21

Here are some important facts of SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern: 

  • SSC CGL Exam has been divided into four tiers – Tier I, Tier II, Tier III & Tier IV.
  • Tier I and Tier II will be conducted in online mode while Tier III is a descriptive test to be conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • The Tier IV of SSC CGL is conducted to test the proficiency in computer knowledge.
  • Final result will be based on the marks obtained in Tier I, Tier II & Tier III exam.
  • The pattern of SSC CGL Tier 1 which is almost same from the last years has been changed this year.
  • The exam which used to be in offline mode is to be conducted this time in online mode.

SSC CGL Tier 1 will have 4 sections that will include:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

The questions asked in Tier 1 will be multiple choice questions (MCQs). The exam will be of total 200 marks which will contain 100 questions that the candidates need to complete in 60 minutes. Read SSC CGL Paper Analysis

Candidates willing to apply for the exam can check the detailed exam pattern and the syllabus below in this article.

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SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

Total questions 100
Total Marks 200
Time Duration 60 minutes
Mode of Exam Online
Number of sections

General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

English Comprehension

Exam Language English/Hindi
Question paper type MCQs
Negative Marking For each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

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Exam Pattern in detail for each subject

Exam pattern which is of concern like what type of questions will be asked from which topic most of the question will be asked is of utmost importance.  Check Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus

The candidates who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the SSC CGL Exam Pattern to manage their preparation accordingly. SSC CGL will be a computer-based test i.e. in online mode this time.

SSC CGL Tier 1: Pattern

Section Subject Maximum Marks No. of Questions
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 25
B General Awareness 50 25
C Quantitative Aptitude 50 25
D English Comprehension 50 25
Total 200 100
  • No. of Questions: Total Questions that will be asked in the exam will be 100.
  • Total Marks: SSC CGL Tier 1 exam will be of total 200 marks.
  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.

Time Duration: Candidates will be allotted 60 minutes to complete their exam and for VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy 100 minutes will be given to them to complete their exam.

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Marking Scheme

Marking pattern of the exam must be kept in mind by the Candidate while preparing for the exam to have a focus on which subject to give maximum time and how much question to attempt in what time to score more and attempt maximum questions.

Scheme of Examination Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 Marks 60 Minutes (Total) For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes
General Awareness 50 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 50 Marks
English Comprehension 50 Marks
  • Each section will comprise of 25 questions of 50 marks.
  • The total marks of the paper will be of 200 marks.
  • Each question will carry 2 marks.
  • The duration of the exam will be 75 minutes
  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

Candidates must go through the syllabus thoroughly and prepare according to the syllabus. This can help them prepare well and all the topics that are asked in the SSC CGL exam. 

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

General Intelligence section is based on Questions from:

Observation Series (number, figurative)
Direction sense test Similarities and differences
Blood relations Analogy
Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification Space visualization
Arithmetic number series Spatial orientation
Non-verbal series Problem-solving
Coding and Decoding Analysis and Judgement
Statement conclusion Decision making
Syllogism  Visual memory

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Topics of Reasoning include:

Questions on Dies Semantic Analogy
Clock and Calendar Symbolic/Number Analogy
Space Orientation Space Visualization Figural Analogy
Venn Diagrams Ranking test
Drawing inferences Semantic Classification
Folding & unfolding of Punched hole/pattern Symbolic/Number Classification
Figural Pattern – folding and completion Figural Classification
Indexing and Address matching Input-Output questions
Date & city matching Problem Solving
Classification of centre codes/roll numbers Word Building
Small &Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification Seating arrangement
Embedded Figures Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations
Critical thinking Emotional Intelligence
Social Intelligence

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General Awareness:

Questions in this section are aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness and to test knowledge of current events. The topics include:

Physics Current Affairs
Space, Defence in India International Topics
Static GK National Topics
Honours & Awards Economy & Finance
Important Dates Economics
National & International Organizations Features of Indian Economy
Sports Geography
Art & Culture Geography of India
Books & Authors World Geography
Indian Polity & Constitution Physical Geography
Science & Technology History
Biology History of India
Chemistry World History
Computer Discoveries & Inventions

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Quantitative Aptitude:

This section includes questions on topics:

Algebra Percentages
Geometry Ratio & Proportion
Trigonometry Square and cube roots
Heights and Distances Surds and indices 
Divisions and Remainders L CM and HCF
Decimals Averages
Fractions and relationships between numbers Age problems 
Graphs of Linear Equations Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity) Profit and Loss
In circles and circum-circle Discount
Triangle Partnership
Quadrilaterals Mixture and Allegation
Boat and Streams Time and Distance
Pipes and Cisterns Time & Work
Trigonometric ratio Regular Polygons
Degree and Radian Measures Circle
Circle and its chords Right Prism
Tangents Right Circular Cone
Angles subtended by chords of a circle Right Circular Cylinder
Common tangents to two or more circles Sphere
Standard Identities Hemispheres
Complementary angles Rectangular
Heights and Distances Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
Histogram Frequency polygon
Bar diagram & Pie chart

English Comprehension:

Spellings/Detecting Questions on Fill in the Blanks
Mis-spelt words Idioms & Phrases
Common errors Jumbled sentences (ordering)
Sentence improvement One word substitution
Passage Synonyms
Cloze test Antonyms
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Weightage of topics of each subject

Reasoning Topic-wise weightage:

Topic Number of Questions
Series 2-3
Analogy 2-3
Classification 2-3
Statement-Conclusion 1-2
Directions 1-2
Puzzle 2-3
Word Formation 1-2
Venn Diagrams 1-2
Missing no. 1-2
Visual Reasoning (Unfolding, Mirror, Counting) 4-5
Word Arrangement 1-2
Coding-Decoding 2-3
Matrix Based 1

English Topic-wise weightage:

Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 1 passage 5
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Common Errors 0-5
Spelling errors 2-3
Synonyms / Antonyms 2-4
Sentence Correction 0-5
Idioms / One-word substitution 2-3

Quantitative Aptitude Topic wise weightage:

Topic Number of Questions
Arithmetic 15
Trigonometry 7
Number System 2-5
Algebra 7
Geometry  12-18
Data Interpretation  5-7

General Awareness Topic-wise weightage:

Topic No. of Questions
Indian History 2-4
Geography 2-3
Environment 1-2
Biology 1-2
Chemistry 1-3
Physics 1-2
Economy 2-4
Culture 1-2
Polity 2-4
Current Affairs 1-4
Sports, Books & Author, Important people 0-2
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes 1-2
Computer and Mobile Technology 0-2
Diseases, environmental pollution 1-2
Nutrition 1-2

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Recommended books

Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. Best books simplify the learning process and enhance the chances of doing best in the Exam.

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Books that the candidates need to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts clear.

Here are the list books that the candidate must refer for best results:

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Subject Book Name Author
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude R.S.Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude Test N.K.Singh
Quantitative Aptitude The Complete Success Package – Bank PO Arihant Publications

Books for General Awareness

Subject Book Name Author
General Awareness Guide to Banking General Awareness R.Gupta
General Awareness Manohar Pandey Book Arihant Publications

Books for English Language

Subject Book Name Author
English Essential English Grammar Murphy
English General English R.S. Aggarwal

Books for Reasoning

Subject Book Name Author
Reasoning Verbal- Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.