SSC CGL 2021: Exam Date (Released), Answer Key (Out), Application Form, Eligibility, Pattern & Result

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Apr 13, 2021

The SSC CGL 2021 exam is regulated by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to complete the recruitment process for Group B and Group C for different Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations. The SSC CGL Tier I exam will be held from 29 May to 7 June 2021. On 29 December 2020, the SSC CGL 2021 notification was released. Total number of vacancies are 6506 for 2020-21. For more information, click here.

The SSC CGL examination is conducted in four stages, whereas the first two stages (that is tiers) are commenced in online mode. The last two tiers will be held in offline mode. All the aspirants should get the SSC CGL cut-off score to qualify each tier and for moving forward to the next level.

SSC CGL notice

Latest Updates:

April 9, 2021: The admit card for the Eastern region for SSC CGL 2020 Prelims has been released. Read more

28 February: SSC CGL 2019 final tier-II answer key had been released. Check News.

The aspirants can take the printout of the respective question papers and final answer key till 20 March 2021 (4 PM). Click Here.

Also, check Upcoming SSC Exam Dates 2021, read the news here

CGL Dates

SSC CGL Exam Dates 2020-21

SSC CGL exam date for Tier I 2020-21 will be conducted from 29 May to 7 June 2021. Go through the following table to know about the important dates of SSC CGL exam dates in a detailed manner: To know more, click here.

SSC CGL Exam Events SSC CGL Exam Dates
Notification 29-Dec-2020
Application forms 29-Dec-2020 to 31-Jan-2021
Last date for online fee payment 02-Feb-2021
Last date for generation of offline Challan 04-Feb-2021
Last date for offline fee payment 06-Feb-2021
SSC CGL Tier-I exam 29-May-2021 to 07-Jun-2021
CGL Highlights

SSC CGL 2021 Highlights

Exam Name SSC CGL 2021 (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level 2021)
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission
Official Website
Exam Type National Level Exam
Exam frequency Once in a year
Eligibility Indian National with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Online (Tier I and Tier II) and offline (Tier III) 
Duration of the exam Tier I: 60 minutes
Tier II: 120 minutes for each paper
Tier III: 60 minutes
Tier IV: 15 minutes for each module
Posts offered Group B and C officers under central Government
Exam language Hindi and English
CGL Eligibility

SSC CGL Eligibility 2021

To be eligible for the SSC CGL, candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria laid down by the authorities. Below given are the SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria.

Educational Qualification Requirement: Candidates should have a graduate degree on or before January 1, 2021. Candidates in their final year of graduation can also apply for SSC CGL with their provisional degrees.

Age Limit: SSC CGL 2021 Age Limit varies from 18 – 32 years for various posts as of January 1, 2021.

Nationality: The aspirants should be Indian, or should be subject to Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee. Read detailed SSC CGL Reservation policies.

CGL Applications

How to fill SSC CGL Application Form 2021?

SSC CGL Application Form 2021 was released on the official website of SSC- The aspirants were able to fill the SSC CGL application form till 2 February 2021. In the case of online fee payment process, the last date was 2 February 2021, whereas the aspirants could pay the offline application fees till 6 February 2021. On 29 December 2021, the SSC CGL notification was released by the Staff Selection Commission.

SSC CGL Application Fees:

Category Fees
For General /OBC/ EWS Male INR 100
For SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-servicemen candidates Nil
For All Female candidates Nil
CGL Admit Card

SSC CGL Admit Card 2021

SSC will release SSC CGL Admit Card separately for different levels of examination, i.e. Admit Card for Tier-I will be released first followed by Admit Cards for Tier-II and so on. Admit Card for Tier-II and Tier-III will be issued to candidates who have qualified Tier-I Exam. Similarly, an Admit Card for Tier-IV will be issued to candidates who have cleared the Tier-II and III Exam.

It is to be noted that the admit card will not be sent by post, a candidate is required to log in using their RegistrationNumber/Roll Number and the Password/D.O.B to the official website of SSC to download the Admit Card.

CGL Exam Centres

SSC CGL Exam Centres 2021

  • The SSC CGL 2021 will be conducted in 120 cities across India.
  • All the SSC CGL 2021 Exam Centres are segregated into 9 main regions of the country.
  • The applicants have to fill 3 centers of their choices in the Application Form for SSC CGL 2021.
  • The Commission reserves the right to make a decision regarding the final allotment of the SSC CGL Exam Centre.
  • Any changes regarding the SSC CGL exam centres 2021 will be notified on the regional official websites of SSC and leading newspapers of the regions.
  • The candidates of SSC CGL 2021 will know the final allotted Exam Center in SSC CGL 2021 Admit Card.
CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021

Staff Selection Commission of India will be conducting the SSC CGL Exam 2021 in four stages: Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III & Tier-IV exam. Go through the following table to get detailed knowledge about the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021.

Tiers Time Duration Mode of Exam Total Marks Total number of questions
Tier I 60 minutes Online 200 100
Tier II 2 hours Online 800 4 papers
Tier III 1 hour Offline 100 1 Paper
Tier IV 15 minutes (each module) Online Qualifying in nature Data entry skill test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Tier I and Tier II are online examinations consisting of different subjects, Tier III is a descriptive paper that can be answered in Hindi and English language. The major sections of Tier I are General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension.

A fair knowledge of SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-I, Tier-II & III Exam is necessary to prepare effectively for this exam.The candidate should follow proper Proper Preparation strategy and relevant subject wise books for SSC CGL Exam.

SSC CGL Answer key

The SSC CGL answer key will be published by the Staff Selection Commission on the official website. For SSC CGL 2019, the tier II answer key was released on 28 February and it was available on the official website till 20 March 2021 (4 PM). Once the result is out, the aspirants can download their answer keys. If the candidates will find any discrepancy, then the aspirants can report to the competent authority within the mentioned time period through the proper channel.

CGL Result

SSC CGL Result 2021

  1. The candidates can check each stage of the SSC CGL result separately once the Staff Selection Commission will announce it.
  2. The aspirants can check their result to the official website
  3. To check the SSC CGL result 2021 and to download it, the aspirants should enter the roll number and the date of birth
  4. To participate in the final round selection process, the candidates should get the minimum qualifying marks. Check expected cutoffs
  5. Do not forget to keep a print out of the result for future reference.
CGL Salary

SSC CGL 2021: Salary Scale

There are two categories of posts, these are Group B and Group C for the qualified SSC CGL 2021 aspirants. As per their Job Profile, their salary scale varies:

Group B Pay Scale Group C Pay Scale
Grade Pay of Rs 4200: Salary is Rs 45000/-
Grade Pay of Rs 4600: Salary is Rs 53000/-
Grade Pay of Rs 4800: Salary is Rs 58000/-
Grade Pay of 2800: Salary is Rs 34000/-
Grade Pay of Rs 2400: Salary is Rs 24000/-
CGL Selection Process

SSC CGL Selection Process 2021

SSC CGL is divided into 4 stages i.e. Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and finally Tier IV.

  • Candidates who qualify in Tier I, will be eligible to appear in Tier II and Tier III.
  • Candidates who qualify in Tier I, II, and III, will be eligible to appear in Tier IV, if applicable.
  • Final Merit list of SSC CGL will be based on cumulative marks of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.
  • Tier IV is of qualifying nature and mandatory for CSS / MEA / Tax Assistant Posts.

SSC CGL Previous Year Paper Analysis

To get a good score in the SSC CGL exam 2021, the aspirants can go through the previous years’ section-wise paper analysis. Hence, the candidates can get an idea about the question pattern and the level of difficulty of the previous years’ questions. SSC CGL Tier I 2019-20 question paper was easy to moderately difficult. Though the Quantitative Aptitude section was comparatively hard than the other sections, while the students found the General Awareness and Reasoning section was easier to solve. To solve the General Awareness section, the candidates needed to have a good grip on the current affairs section and most of them found this section moderately difficult. Nonetheless, the aspirants have identified that the English section was too easy to get a good score.


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. When will the SSC CGL 2021 Tier I exam will be conducted?

Ans. The SSC CGL 2021 Tier I exam will be held from 29 May to 7 June.

Ques. Is SSC CGL exam conducted in online?

Ans. The Tier I and Tier II exam will be commenced in Online, while the rest of the two tiers will be conducted in offline.

Ques. What is the Application fee of SSC CGL Exam?

Ans. The Application fees of SSC CGL Exam for the general candidates student is Rs. 100. Nevertheless, the reserved category candidates are exempted from paying the application fees.

Ques. How many stages are there in the SSC CGL recruitment process?

Ans. There are total four stages such as Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV.

3 Months Crash Course

Previous Year

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


Is knowing the latest SSC CGL syllabus important?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, having a fair knowledge of SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-I, Tier-II & III Exam is important to prepare effectively for this exam. Candidate are expected to follow a proper Preparation strategy and relevant subject wise books for SSC CGL Exam. Check SSC CGL Syllabus.

mohammed najamuddin
Can I get admit card by post, as I forget my password?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates must note down that the admit card will not be shared by post, candidates are supposed to log in using their Registration Number/Roll Number and the Password/D.O.B to the official website of SSC to download the Admit Card.

shivkumar dama
When SSC CGL Tier I notification was announced and when the same is scheduled to be held?
jaya garg

Hi. The exam will be held from 29 May to 7 June 2021. On 29 December 2020, the SSC CGL 2021 notification was made available. The authority announce total 6506 vacancies. More details on SSC CGL 2021 are here.

mizna harmain
Is there any negative marking in SSC CGL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Mizna. Yes, ½ marks will be deducted in case someone clicked on the wrong option. Also, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks in tier-II paper of CGL exam.
Further details related to the same are mentioned below.

Is it mandatory to appear for all the tiers of SSC CGL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Riyaz. Yes, all the candidates are supposed to give all the tiers of SSC CGL and clear all of them to get the job.
Further details related to the same are mentioned here.

sadim ansari
What is the application fee for SSC CGL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. All the candidates appearing in these exams are supposed to pay INR 100. However, women candidates of all categories and reserved category candidates don’t have to pay any fees.
Further details related to the same are mentioned here.

How many stages does SSC CGL exam contain and are they important?
jaya garg

Hi Swarup. There are a total of four stages in this exam including Tier-I (online exam), Tier-II (online exam), Tier-III (offline exam) and Tier-IV (computer proficiency test/skill test/document verification). Yes, all the stages are important and candidates have to clear all of them.

utkarsha khatri
Does 12th percentage matters in SSC CGL?
jaya garg

Hi Utkarsha. Class 12th marks don’t play any role in the selection process of SSC CGL Exam. But you need to meet other minimum eligibility mentioned here.

bhagyashri kene
Can I prepare for a bank exam as well as for the SSC CGL together?
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. Yes, it’s possible. In case you study harder you can prepare for both exams at the same time. You can check out useful SSC CGL exam preparation tips here.

jutan biswas
Can Students who are doing Integrated master degree apply for bank PO and SSC CGL?
gurpreet singh

HI Jutan

The candidate must hold a graduation degree to apply for the SSC CGL Exam. Visit on our official website of SSC CGL Eligibility to check the whole criteria of the exam. You must qualify the required criteria to apply for the posts.

fauzia shahid
ssc cgl vs bank po which is better?
jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. Reasoning of Bank PO exams is slightly difficult as compared to SSC CGL exam. In the General Awareness sections, Bank PO exams lay more focus on banking awareness and current affairs on economy and finance while on the other hand, SSC CGL General Awareness section include questions related to static GK.

tanishka shah
how to find ssc cgl registration number?
jaya garg

Hi Tanishka. Refer the official website to check the registration number. Look for the link, SSC CGL Admit card. - Click on the link and enter your registration number.
Further details are accessible here.

how many months current affairs for ssc cgl?
jaya garg

Hi Vipasha. Candidates must prepare last six months current affairs on all the relevant topics to get good marks in the General Awareness section.

mohammed najamuddin
what is grade pay in ssc cgl?
koyena biswas
Can I appear for SSC CGL Exam while serving as a sailor in the Indian Navy?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. While serving Naval personnel, you are advised not to leave this job. Once you are retired or you are left with only 11 months of your active service, you can ask for NOC for the same and can appear in any exam in case you meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

surabhi s
What is the eligibility criteria for a BTech student to appear in the SSC CGL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Surabhi. Minimum age required is 18 years for some posts while maximum age must not exceed 27 years excluding some posts that offer age relaxation. Also, you must have a Bachelor's Degree with 60% in any subject from a recognized University. Check out other eligibility criteria here.

Which is the best book for Geometry, Trigonometry and Mensuration topics in for SSC CGL exam?
jaya garg

Hi Pradeepraj. Some books that can be referred include Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R.S Aggarwal, Advanced maths for SSC by Rakesh Yadav, English Language by RS Aggarwal, etc. Other useful quant books are mentioned here.

fauzia shahid
Can I get a job at my preferred location after clearing the SSC-CGL exam? Does the SSC provide options to select job locations for interview posts?
jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. Yes, you can give state preference after you are done with doc verification and interview. Getting home state in SSC CGL is based upon the post you will get appointed. So all these things depend upon the post and location and decided later.

mohammed najamuddin
How do I prepare for English for the SSC CGL exam to score 190+ marks in Tier 2?
jaya garg

Hi Mohammed. Through English section, candidates’ understanding of the language, grammar, etc. is checked. Make sure that you are well-versed with topics like Verbal Ability, Grammar, Active Passive Voice, Direct Indirect Speech, etc. as it helps get a good score. You can check other preparation tips here that help you get a good score.

yash raj singh
How do I crack the SSC CGL exam in just 100 days?
jaya garg

HI Yash. SSC CGL exam is considered as one of the most sought exams among the other government job exams. Thus it is important to prepare a well-versed preparation strategy that helps you clear the exam in the first attempt. Detailed tips and strategies are mentioned here.