SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 (Tier-I, II, III & IV) (Updated Pattern)

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern

 

SSC CGL 2016 Final Allocation of Candidates

 

Hello, Aspirants !!

 

 

To give your SSC CGL preparation an appropriate start, it is very important that you have the complete knowledge of SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

 

This year Staff Selection commission had made some major changes in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern. Therefore, it is a must that you should get every single detail of the new pattern for SSC CGL Exam 2017.

 

 

 

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Here, we are making you aware of the updated exam pattern. You all are advised to go through the new exam pattern and make your Preparation Plan accordingly so that you can score well in the SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination.

 

 

 

What Is The New Pattern For SCC CGL 2017 Exam?

 

 

The revised exam pattern for SSC CGL includes four tiers – Tier 1 (Preliminary Exam), Tier 2 (Mains), Tier 3 (Descriptive), and Tier 4 (DEST/CPT). Tier 3 and Tier 4 have been added recently.

 

Understand the elaborate pattern given below for all the tiers of SSC CGL Exam.

 

 

Quick Links

SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam Tier 1 Pattern

SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam Tier 2 Pattern

SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam Tier 3 Pattern

SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam Tier 4 Pattern

 

 

 

SSC CGL Tier 1 Pattern

 

 

Part Subject Max. Marks Questions Time Allotted
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 50 25 60 Minutes (Total)80 Minutes (for disabled candidates)
B General Awareness 50 25
C Quantitative Aptitude 50 25
D English Comprehension 50 25

 

Total questions asked are 100, comprising of 200 marks. Each question would carry 2 marks.

 

Paper Mode: Tier 1 will be conducted online.

 

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer you make.

 

Questions will be of the Objective type with multiple choices. Candidates can choose their Medium as Hindi or English.

 

You have to qualify Tier 1 exam to move on to Tier 2.

 

 

SSC CGL Tier 2 Pattern

 

 

Paper Subjects Max. Marks Questions Time Allotted
I Quantitative Ability 200 100 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
II English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
III Statistics 200 100 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)
IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 200 200 2 Hours (2 Hours 40 Minutes for PWD Candidates)

 

Paper Mode: Tier 2 will be conducted online.

 

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and 0.50 marks in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper IV for each wrong answer.

 

Questions will be of the Objective type with multiple choices. Candidates can choose their Medium as Hindi or English.

 

You have to qualify Tier 2 exam to move on to Tier 3.

 

Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.

 

Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler.

 

Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

 

 

As knowing the pattern is not enough to start your preparation, you might wish to grab the complete syllabus. See below the detailed SSC CGL 2017 Exam Syllabus:

SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 [Complete]

 

 

SSC CGL Tier 3 Pattern

 

 

Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
Pen and Paper Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay /Precis /Letter/Application Writing etc. 100 60 minutes80 Minutes (For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy)

 

Tier 3 has been introduced w.e.f. CGLE 2017.

 

The exam would be a descriptive type.

 

Paper Mode: Tier 3 would be an offline paper.

 

It will carry 100 marks and the duration of the paper would be one hour.

 

This Tier has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which are necessary for Government jobs.

 

The Paper would comprise writing of an Essay / Passage of 250 words and Letter / Application Writing of approximately 150 words.

 

The qualifying marks in Tier-III would be 33 per cent.

 

The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.

 

The questions in this paper would be of 10+2 standard.

 

The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV.

 

 

SSC CGL Tier 4 Pattern (wherever applicable)

 

 

Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Marks Time
Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) / Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Same as published in the Notice of Examination Qualifying Same as published in the Notice of Examination

 

Tier-IV of the Examination would continue to be the Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) /Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).

 

The exam is qualifying in Nature.

 

Computer Proficiency Test => for Asst. Section Officer in CSS post only.

 

Data Entry Skill Test at Speed of 8000 key depressions per hour => for Tax Assistant post only.

 

 

 

For more help in your preparation you can read the following articles: - 

 Study Plan- How to crack SSC CGL in 2 months without Coaching

 

 SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam: List of Important Topics to Help You Score More!

 

SSC CGL Tier 1 Maths Short Tricks, Formulas, Questions and Books!

 

 

 

We have mentioned the complete details related to the exam pattern, that you should know.

 

In case you have any doubt or query please feel free to place them in the comment box below.

 

 

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48 thoughts on “SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 (Tier-I, II, III & IV) (Updated Pattern)

  1. satanand pathak

    thank you sir for the information. i have qualified in tier 2 for the cpt test and dest test. what will happen if i qualify the typing test in cpt test and disqualify in other modules. will i be considered for the tax assistant post? please help me know this and respond to my query on my email id. thank you!

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Satanand,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      You have to qualify in DEST test as well. This level too is of qualifying nature, as only after qualifying this you would move to the next level of the SSC CGL Recruitment Process.

      All the Best for Tier 3. Practice and work hard, you will surely achieve success in you hard work!

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

    • Amit Kumar

      can u give me suggestions how to prepare and from which books
      email id: sauravamit97@gmail.com

      • Eduncle Team

        Hello Amit Kumar,
        Greetings from Eduncle!
         
        Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
         
        You can refer the article SSC CGL Preparation Tips and Books!
         
        Kind Regards,
        Eduncle Team

  2. Akash

    Sir, Is CPT only for Css post?? Becoz as we have qualified in list 2 it contains both Css & MEA post. Pls reply

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Akash,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, the Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is only for Assistant post in Central Secretariat Services. For MEA posts there is Data Entry Skill Test (DEST).

      All the Best!

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  3. Mohana

    Sir, I have been called for tier 4; DV/DEST. So is the job finalized or will there be more filtering after tier 4. And on what basis will they give out the final list.
    Thanks in advance

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Mohana,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      The final list of shortlisted candidates will be prepared after accumulating the scores of Tier 1, 2 and 3. The total marks will be out of 700.

      Tier 4 is of qualifying nature. So, scores gained in the other 3 Tiers are taken into consideration.

      All the Best for your future leaning endeavours

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

      • kranthi

        Hi Sir
        CAT : SC
        MARKS : 391.75
        tier 3 was good…expecting around 70+
        any chance for interview post?

        • Eduncle Team

          Hello Kranthi,

          Greetings from Eduncle!

          Thanks for sharing your query with us!

          Yes, there are chances that you can receive a call for the Interview Post. All the Best for the Results!

          Kind Regards,
          Eduncle Team

  4. Ashutosh Shaw

    Hello Sir,
    Is the typing test necessary for the post of Income Tax Officer?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ashutosh,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      There is no Typing Test scheduled for the recruitment of an Income Tax Officer. After the result of Tier 3 the shortlisted candidate is called for an Interview.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  5. Ayushi

    In 2nd tier paper 1and 2 would be held together

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ayushi,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      In SSC CGL Tier 2, Paper 1 and Paper 2 are conducted on the same day, with a gap of 2 hours. The duration of each Paper is 2 hours with 40 minutes extension (extra time) for VH and Cerebral Palsy candidates.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  6. SHASHIKANT UJJWAL

    Sir, Iwant to know that in SSC CGL exam of Tier 2 ,there is total 4 papers. If I got a good marks in paper 1 and paper 2 but I won’t get much marks in paper 23 and paper 4. Do am I eligible for jobs based on my marks in paper 1 and paper 2?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Shashikant,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      In SSC CGL recruitment process, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3, they all are to be separately qualified by the candidate by securing the required Cut-offs. he scores obtained in all the three Tiers are considered.

      A candidate needs to clear all the three Tiers respectively, then only he is eligible for Tier 4. Tier 4 is applicable to few of the posts, as this is the Skill Test stage, other posts have the document verification stage after Tier 3.

      Tier 4 too needs to be qualified by the candidate. Tier 4 doesn’t have any cut-off marks, but is an essential stage which needs to be qualified.

      Hope the above explanation has cleared your doubts!

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  7. Amit tandel

    Hello sir
    Is there sectional cuttoff for every subject in each tier

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Amit,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes each Tier in SSC CGL has a separate Cut-off. Each candidate must qualify the respective Tier with the overall cut-off. Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 have separate cut-off which are to be cleared by the candidate for getting shortlisted for the next Tier.

      Tier 4 is of qualifying nature, but it is taken into consideration for preparing the final list of candidates. Tier 4 is the Skill Test level.

      Hope this information helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  8. Angel

    Hello sir ,
    I have applied for SSC cgl 2017-18 and giving preference B,A respectively, sir I. Sir have some doubts about Tiers and papers
    1 whether I Have to give all the papers in respective Tiers and also have to give all Tiers , is all tiers and papers are compulsory for preference B,A ?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Angel,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, you have to go through the recruitment process as defined by SSC. Firstly you have to appear in Tier 1 and clear the stage with the required cut-offs. After attaining qualification for Tier 2, you have to clear all the Papers in Tier 2 with the necessary cut-offs.

      You need to clear each stage of the recruitment process to qualify for the next stage.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  9. navneet Vatsa

    sir I have a query related to interview ,if I will clear tier 3exam then interview is compulsory and how many numbers of interview will happens

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Navneet,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      There are no interviews for any of the SSC CGL posts. As per the Government’s order no Interviews are conducted for Group B and Group C posts.

      There is document verification stage or the Tier 4 stage i.e. the Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) or Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) as per the post’s requirement.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  10. Devu

    Hello sir… Thanx for the effort you put here. I registered for the upcoming CGL exam. I have some doubts… Does a person who applied for assistant audit officer have to deal with Tier 4 paper?… Actually I didn’t get it exactly.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Devu,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      Yes, a candidate you has opted for Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax) have to appear for Tier 4 which is the Skill Test Level where the Data Entry Skill Test is conducted. The Skill test will be qualifying nature. To reach this level the candidate has to clear all the three Tiers respectively and score above the cut-off levels decided for each of the Tier’s.

      All the Best for your future learning endeavours!

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  11. Pallav jain

    Sir,
    while filling the form i wrote MBA in (Qualification) section , but im pursuing MBA right now.
    So will they allow me to take exam?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Pallav,

      Greetings from Eduncle!

      Thanks for sharing your query with us!

      You need to have all the educational qualification documents with you latest by 1st August 2017 which are the proofs of you having clearly and successfully completing the required educational qualification.

      A failure in producing these educational certificates may result in cancellation of your candidature for appearing for the SSC CGL Exam.

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  12. Rishabh gaur

    Sir I have attempted wrong post preference in ssc cgl 2017 ……..the first 3 block are empty and only 4 block have d option …..now what I do

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Rishabh gaur,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      If you have wrongly filled the preferences in SSC CGL application form, then there is no chance to make any corrections in the form itself. Now the application process has also been ended. But you can still have the choice to change your post preferences. At the time of document verification, you will be asked to fill the details again. You can make the changes there.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  13. chandana

    Thanks a lot for your article which helped me a lot.
    Sir, I had graduated U.G this year. I didn’t still get my B.Tech certificates. Should I need to take my certificates to the exam hall? If yes, what certificates should be taken and certificates should be Xerox or original?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Chandana,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for the kind words and appreciation! We value your generous feedback.
       
      You need not to take your qualification certificates with you but you must keep the following documents with you:
       
      1. Your admit card. Keep an extra copy with you.
      2. Two passport sized colour photo.
      3. A valid photo ID proof. (Original as well as a photo copy).

       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  14. prashant

    hello,plz give me the detail abut interview,is it totally finished or is it still there,

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Prashant,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      No, there is no interview for SSC CGL Posts.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  15. Shubham

    Sir….if I opted for post of si in CBI…..so it is compulsory to attempt paper 3 and paper 4 in tier 2????

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Shubham,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      In SSC CGL Tier 2 exam, Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
      Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler.
      Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.
      So, there is no need to give paper 3 & 4 for SI in CBI.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  16. MD FARHAN SHAREEF

    Sir…I have applied SSC CGL 2017 for all the post including Statistical Investigator and Assistant Audit Officer. If I do not appear or not qualify in Tier 2 Paper III & IV, then Would I be considered for the posts other than Statistical Investigator and Assistant Audit Officer?

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello MD Farhan Shareef,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      Yes, you are considered for the posts other than Statistical Investigator and Assistant Audit Officer.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  17. mahesh

    respected sir-
    final result cgl 2016 has come, according to the category, marks is showing such as 455, 486 etc, i m asking u is it out of 700. please bifurcate the marks according the paper.
    thank u

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Mahesh,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      If you have applied for the posts of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler or Assistant Audit Officer, then only the max. marks are 700.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  18. ALI

    Hello Sir,
    I want to know that in SSC CGL exam of TIER 2 ,there are total 4 papers. If I get good marks in PAPER 1 and PAPER 2 but I won’t get much marks in PAPER 4.
    Will I be eligible for jobs based on my marks only on PAPER 1 and PAPER 2?
    My preference was Also B, A, D.
    Please reply.
    Thanks. :)

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Ali,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for Sharing your query with us!
       
      If you clear Paper 1 and Paper 2, you will be selected for the posts other than JSO and AAO.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  19. Lavanya

    This information gave me a cleared idea. Thank you very much.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Lavanya,
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for the appreciation! We value your feedback!
       

      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  20. suresh kumar

    helo sir
    I want to know that what should be the minimum total for a general category student to appear in tier 3 as well in final selection . if a candidate is not applicable for tier 4.
    thanks

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Suresh Kumar,
       
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
       
      The cut offs for General Category reside between 120-145 marks.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  21. Abhineet gupta

    Sir is there is negative marking in ssc exam on accuracy like bank exam Sir can give me answer of this question suppose in ssc stenographer exam i attempt total 186 question and there is 44 wrong answer so what is my net marking.reply me.

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Abhineet Gupta,
       
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
       
      Yes, for every wrong answer, you will get negative marking.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

  22. revanth

    sir for non interview posts upto which tier we have to qualify and after qualifying what is the selection process for this posts

    • Eduncle Team

      Hello Revanth,
       
      Greetings from Eduncle!
       
      Thanks for asking your query with us!
       
      You have to go through all the tiers of SSC CGL Exam.
       
      Kind Regards,
      Eduncle Team

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