SSC CGL - Exam Pattern

Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination

Exam Date: 13 Aug - 24 Aug 2021

Exam Date: 13 Aug - 24 Aug 2021

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern: Exam Overview, Detailed Exam Pattern

Updated On - July 22 2021 by Anusha Pachauri

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern has been decided by the State Selection Commission(SSC). SSC will conduct CGL in four tiers i.e Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3, and Tier-4. Tier-1 and Tier-2 exam will be conducted in online mode, Tier-3 will be a pen and paper-based test and Tier-4 will be a computer skilled test. Aspirants are advised to go to the exam pattern thoroughly and then plan their studies accordingly with that. Read this complete article to get more information about SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Overview

The basic structure of SSC CGL 2021 is listed in the given below table.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Overview
Conducting bodyStaff Selection Commission(SSC)
Name of examCombined Graduate Level(CGL)
Exam StagesFour tiers i.e Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 and Tier-4
Mode of examTier-1 and Tier-2 in online mode and Tier-3 is a pen and paper-based test and Tier-4 is a computer skilled test

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of SSC CGL 2021 for different tiers is mentioned in the given below.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern for Tier-1

The exam pattern of tier-1 is mentioned in the given below table.

Name of TierTier-1
Mode of examinationOnline mode- Computer-based exam
Time duration1 hour
Total number of questions 100
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions(MCQs)
Marking Scheme:
  • For every right answer, a candidate will be awarded +2 marks.
  • For every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted from the candidate's total score.
Sections:

There are four sections in the Tier-1 exam and information about them are mentioned below.

SubjectsNumber of questionsTotal marks
General Awareness2550
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
English Comprehensive2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
Total100200
SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern for Tier-2

The exam pattern of tier-2 is mentioned in the given below table.

Name of TierTier-2
Mode of examinationOnline mode- Computer-based exam
Time duration2 hours
Total number of questions 400
Type of questionsObjective type questions
Marking Scheme:
  • For every right answer, the candidate will be awarded 2 marks in papers 1,3, and 4 and 1 mark will be rewarded in paper 2. 
  • For every wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted from a candidate's total score in papers 1,3, and 4 and a 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer in paper 2.
Papers in Tier-2:

There are four papers in the Tier-2 exam and information about them are mentioned below.

SubjectsNumber of questionsTotal marks
Paper 1– Qualitative Ability100200
Paper 2– Language and Comprehension200200
Paper 3– Statistics (Only for Statistical Investigator Post)100200
Paper 4- Finance and Accounts and
Economics and Governance
(Only for Assistant Audit Officer in C & AG)
100200
Total500800
SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern for Tier-3

The exam pattern of tier-3 is mentioned in the given below table.

Name of TierTier-3
Mode of examinationOffline mode- Pen and paper-based exam
Time duration1 hour
Type of questionsDescriptive type of questions
Marking Scheme:
  • There is no negative marking in the Tier-3 exam.
SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern for Tier-4 (Skill Test)

The skill test or the Tier-4 exam is conducted for the posts of Tax Assistants (Central Excise and Income Tax). In this stage of the selection process, a typing test will be conducted. to clear the test, candidates have to maintain the typing speed in Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at about eight thousand Key Depression per hour on Computer. All aspirants will be given a passage of about two thousand words to be written within 15 minutes. The skill test is qualifying in nature. Candidates will be notified about the test date, timings, and exam center of the skill test through their admit card or call letter.

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