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SSC CGL 2021 Exam pattern 1,2,3 & 4: Check marking scheme, type of questions and section wise paper analysis

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Jan 21, 2021

SSC CGL 2021 is conducted in 4 levels i.e Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. There is a set syllabus for the entrance exam that candidates need to follow thoroughly. Candidates must note that the score for SSC CGL Tier-I & Tier-II exam will be normalized if it is conducted in multiple shifts. The normalization score will be decided by SSC and it will be considered final for selecting candidates for the further rounds (Tier-III & Tier-IV) of SSC CGL 2021. Tier IV is the final round for cracking the exam. No interviews will be conducted as notified from the year 2016. Candidates can prepare from important books mentioned in the article below.

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SSC CGL syllabus is different for all the tiers. Tier 1 & 2 are computer-based papers with objective type questions. The major section of these two tiers is a quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability, English comprehension, statics, and general studies.  

Highlights of SSC CGL Exam Pattern

Highlights of SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 is different for every exam. The marking scheme and syllabus differ from exam to exam.

  • Tier 1 exam- 100 questions from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness/ General knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. 60 minutes duration with negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • Tier 2 exam- 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 exam- 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 exam- Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test for 15 minutes. This exam is qualifying in nature. No negative marking and no marks allotted.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 in Detail

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

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

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 is given in detail for the convenience of the aspiring candidates.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 for Tier-I

ssc cgl tier 1 exam pattern
Number of Papers 1
Total Number of Questions 100
Total Sections 4
Sections General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness/ General knowledge
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension
Total Marks 200
Total Time 60 Minutes
Negative Marking Yes
Mode Online
Question Type Objective

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SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern 2021

  • Tier II comprises four papers – Paper 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Paper 1 & 2 mandatory for all posts.
  • Paper 3 is valid only for candidates who have applied for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and shortlisted in tier-I for this post/ paper.
  • Paper 4 is valid only for candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer and shortlisted in tier-I for this post/ paper
Number of Papers 4
Subjects Paper- 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 Marks 800 (200 in each paper)
Total Time 2 hours for each paper
Negative Marking

Paper 1, 2, 4: 0.50

Paper 3: 0.25 

Mode Online
Question Type Objective

SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern 2021

Number of Papers 1
Total Marks 100
Question Type Descriptive
Sections Essay Writing
Letter/Application Writing
Passage Writing
Duration 1 hour
Exam Mode Offline

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SSC CGL 2021 Tier-4 Exam Pattern

Total Marks Qualifying in Nature
Time Duration 15 minutes
Tests Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
Exam Mode Online
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

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SSC CGL Data Entry Skill Test

The aspirants, who are willing to apply the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax), can apply the test. As per the regulations, the aspirants should have the capability of typing 8000 key Depressions in each hour (on the computer). On the other hand, as per the skill test, the candidates should type 2000 Key Depressions in 15 minutes. 

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Read the below-mentioned content to understand, who are eligible to apply for the same:

  1. Assistant Section Officer in CSS MEA and AFHQ.
  2. Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  3. Inspector (Central Excise)
  4. Inspector (Examiner) in CBEC
  5. Assistant (GSI) in Ministry of Mines
  6. Inspector (Preventive Officer)

SSC CGL Document 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 colored 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

SSC CGL Marking Scheme

SSC CGL 2021 Marking Scheme

SSC CGL 2019 has 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 2016 onwards.

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

SSC CGL Syllabus

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SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL 2021 Syllabus

SSC CGL syllabus is different for four tiers of the exam. Both Tier I and II, the online exams, are consisting of different subjects. On the other hand, the Tier III exam is a descriptive type of paper, which can be answered both in English and Hindi language. The Tier I section is consisting of General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Comprehension, General Intelligence and Reasoning. Check Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus
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SSC CGL Important Books for Preparation

SSC CGL 2021- Important Books for Preparation

Listed below are few important books that a candidate can prepare from for all the 4 tiers of SSC CGL 2020:

SSC CGL Important Books 2019
Subject Book Name Author
English English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1) Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
English English for General Competitions: (Volume – 2) Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
Quantitative Aptitude Advance maths for General Competitions Rakesh Yadav (KD Publications)
Quantitative Aptitude Arithmetic for General Competitions Neetu Singh (KD Publications)
Reasoning A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant)
General Awareness India Year Book Various Authors
All Subjects Kiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question bank 1999-2016 Kiran Publications
Tier 1 Comprehensive Guide Master Guide SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I Examination Arihant Experts
Tier 2 Comprehensive Guide SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book Including Solved Papers Kiran Publication

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Important Instructions for Candidates

Important Instructions for Candidates

Following instructions should be kept in mind while preparing for SSC CGL 2021:

  • Candidates should practice “mock tests” to get an idea of the computer-based exam for Tier 1 and Tier 2. Online tests for the same must be attempted.
  • Mock tests are available on the official website of the SSC as well as the regional office websites.
  • Time management is very important.
  • Be careful of negative marking. Answer only those questions which you are sure of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 FAQs

Ques.  What is the time allotted to attempt each section of SSC CGL 2021 Tier I?

Ans. There is no time limit to attempt Tier I sections, however, cumulative time of 60 minutes is there to attempt 100 objective type questions. Each question will carry 2 marks and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Ques.  What are the topics under GK section, that one should know?

Ans. To prepare for GK section, you should focus on daily current affairs, GK quiz, study about History. Geography, Economic Scene, Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research.

Ques.  How many attempts are allowed in SSC CGL examination?

Ans. There is no limitation on the number of attempts for SSC CGL, however, there is an age limit for different category candidates.

Ques.  What are the sections in SSC CGL Tier-II?

Ans. SSC CGL Tier II comprises of 4 papers namely,

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

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

Comments


38 Comments
K
kolkata
hi if i clear the tier 1 exam and dont clear the tier 2 exam. do i need to reappear for the tier 1 again next year?
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abdul nazir

Hi, Yes to be selected for SSC posts, you need to qualify both tier 1 and tier 2 in a particular academic session. So, you need to re appear again for tier 1 next year to be selected. For more details of SSC CGL 2020 click here.

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avinash sahu
Can we crack the CGL exam after solving the previous year question paper of 10 to 15 years of the SSC CGL?
K
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. Doing last question papers of the past 10–15 years are necessary, but you need to do lot of other things as well to clear the SSC CGL exam. You must study as per the latest exam pattern and do more mock tests as well. You can refer to some important tips mentioned here while preparing for the SSC CGL exam.

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ankur jain
What mistakes should be avoided during SSC CGL preparation?
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kavita rani

Hi Ankur. Deviating From the target, referring to many books, not focusing on the mock tests and last year sample papers are some of the mistakes that must be avoided during SSC CGL preparation.

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bhagyashri kene
Which is the best test series for the SSC CGL for practicing every day, that isn’t too expensive and provides the same pattern as that of the exam?
K
kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. You can attempt SSC CGL Mock Test to get better score in the SSC CGL exam. You can check the last year papers and mock tests here.

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divakar sharma
What is the mark versus the rank pattern of the SSC CGL 2020 exam?
K
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Marks means the overall score while rank is given based on the cut-off list. Refer here to check more details.

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laxmi mishra
Can an undergraduate student fill the SSC CGL form to see the pattern of the exam?
K
kavita rani

Hi Laxmi. You cannot apply for the SSC CGL Exam, as you need to have a Graduation degree. For all the posts offered through the SSC CGL exam, it is important to obtain a graduate degree. Check out detailed eligibility criteria here.

V
vipasha
What is the pattern of SSC CGL tier 3 exam and how should I prepare for it to get a score of 65+. Which books should I follow?
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kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. SSC CGL exam is taken into 4 levels including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. Tier 3 exam is Descriptive paper for Essay Writing, Letter/Application Writing, Passage Writing. To know detailed exam pattern and preparation strategy, refer here.

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bhagyashri kene
Is it worth it to prepare for the SSC CGL 2020 as the government announced the CET for all exams because the pattern may be changed?
K
kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. National Recruitment Agency will take Common Eligibility Test for appointing the candidates for Group B & C Non-technical Posts under Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). NRA CET is launched to replace the Tier-1 Exam of the Central Government Jobs and make recruitment process easier.

F
fhgff
Is SSC going to change the syllabus and exam pattern in the CGL 2021, or will it remain the same as before? I am a beginner, so my target is 2021.
K
kavita rani

Hi Soumi. Till now there are no changes announced in the SSC CGL exam pattern 2021. For more details, check here.

S
swarup
When will the SSC CGL exam 2021 be held and what is the syllabus and pattern for it ? How much time is needed for its preparation?
K
kavita rani

Hi Swarup. The SSC CGL tier-I 2021 exam is scheduled to be conducted from May 27 to June 7, 2021. Check out the detailed preparation strategies here.

P
preetam oinam
What is the pattern of SEBI AM exam? Is it more inclined towards banking or towards SSC CGL?
K
kavita rani

Hi Preetam. The candidates preparing for the SEBI exams, must go through the complete syllabus for SEBI Grade A Officer Exam. There are a few differences in the SEBI AM exam, which can be checked here. 

D
drona
What are the SSC CGL exams? How are they conducted? What jobs are offered at what ranks? How is the paper pattern?
K
kavita rani

Hi Drona. The SSC CGL or Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam is taken to appoint candidates for Group B and Group C posts with different government departments. SSC CGL exam is conducted in 4 levels including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. There is a fixed syllabus for the entrance exam which all the candidates must follow thoroughly. To know the detailed eligibility criteria, refer here.

R
riyaz
Is there any chance of changing in the exam pattern of the SSC CGL tier 2 quantitative exam?
D
dummy

Dear Riyaz

Greetings from Collegedunia. We are happy to inform you that there is no change in Tier-II Exam Pattern for SSC CGL 2021 and it is going to be held in November 2021.

K
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. There is a fixed syllabus for the entrance exam that candidates must follow thoroughly. Since 2016, the exam pattern has not changed, the first two Tiers of this exam are taken online while the next two Tiers of the exam are conducted in offline mode. The detailed exam pattern is mentioned here.

M
margaret atwood
Can I clear the SSC CGL in the first attempt itself? Where do I find free mock tests as per the latest exam pattern?
K
kavita rani

Hi Margaret. Yes, you can clear the paper in first attempt in case you are focused towards your studies. To download the free mock tests, refer here.

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surabhi s
I want to start preparing for SSC -CGL . Can anyone suggest me the books? So that I can start my preparation. I would be grateful if someone could help me with the exam pattern and syllabus.
K
kavita rani

Hi Surabhi. Some of the books that can be referred include Common Errors in English by Kiran Prakashan; Language & Comprehension Tier II by Kiran Prakashan, etc. Detailed exam pattern and syllabus is mentioned here.

R
rashmi
What is the complete paper pattern of the SSC-CGL exam? Which subjects do I have to study?
K
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. SSC CGL is taken into 4 levels including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. There is a fixed set of syllabus which candidates must follow thoroughly while preparing for the exam. For detailed eligibility criteria, refer here.

R
rahit bhar
What is the syllabus exam pattern of SSC-CGL? What books shall I follow to crack it on the first attempt?
K
kavita rani

Hi Rahit. The syllabus of SCC CGL is different for all the tiers of the exam. Tier I and Tier 2 are online exams consisting of different subjects and Tier III is a descriptive paper which must be answered in either or English language. To know the detailed syllabus and best books, click here.

B
bhumika
What are the SSC CGL exam complete patterns for all tiers?
K
kavita rani

Hi Bhumika. There are three tiers in SSC CGL exam and you need to clear all the levels to get selected for the SSC CGL post. The detailed exam pattern for all the tiers is mentioned below.

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vikram dewan
What kind of jobs are available through the SSC CGL for engineering graduates, and what is the exam pattern?
K
kavita rani

Hi Vikram. Some of the exams available include Income Tax Inspector, Assistant Section Officer, Central Excise Inspector, Assistant Audit Officer, Public Finance, etc.

M
mizna harmain
Does SSC CGL and SSC CHSL exams have the same exam pattern and syllabus? Should I follow the same strategy for both exams and should I study from the same books which I used for CGL?
K
kavita rani

Hi Minza. The SSC CGL exam is taken to appoint candidates in different Group B and Group C posts in various Government Departments and Ministries while the SSC CHSL exam is taken to appoint candidates for the lower division clerks in various Government offices. The exam pattern of both the exams is quite different as there are four tiers in SSC CGL exam while candidates applying for the SSC CHSL must clear three tiers.

To know more detailed information about these exam, refer here.