SSC CGL Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme 2023

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2024

 SSC CGL 2023

The SSC CGL exam pattern comprises questions on Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and English Language.  The tests except for the Test of English Language can be taken bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi. To prepare in the best possible way, you should have complete information related to the exam. Take a good look at the SSC CGL 2024 exam pattern before you start your preparation.

The SSC CGL selection process comprises the following stages:

S. NoEventsTime Duration
1 Paper-I: (Compulsory for all posts) 2 hours 30 minutes
2 Paper-II: Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) 2 hours
3 Paper-III: Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer 2 hours

Mode of Selection:

You have to secure minimum qualifying marks in Tier-1 and in each paper of the Tier 2 exam to qualify for the final selection. The minimum qualifying percentage is as follows:

  • UR: 30%
  • OBC/ EWS: 25%
  • Others: 20%

Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2024

The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam pattern consists of four sections that are assigned equal marks and need to be solved in a composite time of 60 minutes. The sections that are involved in the exam are General Intelligence and Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude. There are no sectional timings and therefore you need not worry about the timings but need to focus on the number of attempts and accuracy. Please note, that the Tier 1 exam is qualifying in nature.

The detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is as follows:

TierSubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allowed
Tier 1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50

Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam pattern will also be a computer-based online test. This year, several changes have been introduced in the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam. Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Exam will consist of 3 papers. Paper 1 will further be divided into Session 1 and Session 2. To avoid any confusion with regard to the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam pattern change, please refer to the table below where the entire exam pattern has been outlined for you in complete detail. However, please also note that:

  • Paper 1 is compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3 for the Tier 2 exam will be held on separate days/shifts.
  • Paper 2 will only be for those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • Paper 3 will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier 1 for Paper 3 i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • The Data Entry Speed Test or the DEST Skill Test will be conducted in Module 2 of Section 3 in the Paper 1 exam. You will be required to type out a passage of about 2000 key depressions for 15 minutes. 
  • This DEST Skill Test is mandatory for all posts. It will only be qualifying in nature. 

TierSectionsSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allowed
Paper-1 Session-I (2 hours and 15 minutes)


Module-I: Mathematical Abilities

Module-II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.

Module 1: 30

Module 2: 30

Total = 60

180 1 hour (for each section)


Module-I: English Language and Comprehension

Module-II: General Awareness

Module 1: 45

Module 2: 25

Total = 70

70*3 = 210


Module-I: Computer Knowledge Module

20 20*3 = 60 15 Minutes (for each module)
Session-II (15 minutes)


Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test Module

One Data Entry Task -
Paper-2 Statistics 100 100*2 = 200 2 hours (for each Paper)

General Studies

(Finance and Economics)

100 100*2 = 200

Final Selection

A merit list will be prepared on the basis of the overall performance of candidates in the Tier 2 examination. As aforementioned, the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is only qualifying in nature. The final selection of candidates, in each category, will be made on the basis of aggregate marks scored by them in the Tier 2 examination and preference of posts exercised by them.

Exam Language

SSC CGL 2024 exam is bilingual which means you can attempt the exam in either of the languages i.e. Hindi or English except for the test of English language which will be available in English only, also the descriptive test for SSC CGL 2024 Tier 2 exam will be conducted in English Language only. Your English language and comprehension skills will be tested in the Module I of Section II of Paper 1 in the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam.

Marking Scheme

For the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam, each question will carry 2 marks. There will be a negative marking of 0.50 mark for each wrong answer.

As for the Tier 2 exam, there will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper 1. There will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer on Paper 2 and Paper 3.

SSS CGL Marking Scheme 2024

Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers

Tier 1- 2 marks

Tier 2-

  • Paper 1: Section-I:- 3 marks
  • Paper 1: Section-II:- 3 marks
  • Paper 1: Section-III:- 3 marks
  • Paper 2: 2 marks
  • Paper 3: 2 marks
For wrong answers

Tier 1- 0.50 marks

Tier 2

  • Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I- 0.50 mark
  • Paper-II and Paper-III - 0.25 mark
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

SSC CGL Syllabus 2024

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

The Preliminary exam (Tier 1) of the SSC CGL 2024 exam is 60 minutes in duration, with four major subjects - Quantitative Aptitude, General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and English Comprehension. The SSC CGL 2024 Tier 1 Exam has a total of 100 questions from these four sections. In General Awareness, the Current Affairs section has a significant weightage, therefore, it should not be ignored. To cover current affairs, you can refer to the BeePedia capsules that are available free of cost on our website.

The level of questions in General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, and English Comprehension will be of Graduation Level, whereas, for Quantitative Aptitude, the level of questions will be of Matriculation level. Please note that there is 'no sectional cut-off' and the overall score will be considered for selection. Detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 syllabus can be inferred from below:

General Intelligence & Reasoning Analogies, Similarities and Differences, Space Visualization, Spatial Orientation, Problem Solving, Analysis, Judgment, Decision Making, Visual Memory, Discrimination, Observation, Relationship Concepts, Arithmetical Reasoning and Figural Classification, Arithmetic Number Series, Non-verbal Series, Coding And Decoding, Statement Conclusion, Syllogistic Reasoning, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & De-coding, Numerical Operations, Symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing Inferences, Punched Hole/ Pattern- Folding & Un-folding, Figural Pattern-folding And Completion, Indexing, Address Matching, Date & City Matching, Classification Of Centre Codes/ Roll Numbers, Small &Amp; Capital Letters/ Numbers Coding, Decoding and Classification, Embedded Figures, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence
General Awareness Current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect, Questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research
Quantitative Aptitude Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Relationships Between Numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square Roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and Distance, Time & Work, Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and Its Various Kinds of Centres, Congruence and Similarity of Triangles, Circle and Its Chords, Tangents, Angles Subtended By Chords of a Circle, Common Tangents to Two or More Circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular or Square Base, Trigonometric Ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary Angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram,Frequency Polygon, Bar Diagram & Pie Chart
English Comprehension Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested
The questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part-C will be of 10th standard level.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

If you qualify SSC CGL 2024 Tier-1 exam, you will be called for the Tier 2 exam. The SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will assess the following subjects: 

  • Mathematical Ability
  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • English Language and Comprehension
  • General Awareness
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Statistics
  • General Studies (Finance and Economics) 

Please note, that for the posts like Assitant Audit Officer and, Assitant Statistical Officer, subjects like Statistics, Finance, and Accounts will be asked. Please note that in this exam, questions in the Quantitative Abilities section will be of Matriculation Level, English Language and Comprehension will be of 10+2 Level, and Statistics and General Studies (Finance and Economics) will be of Graduation Level. Refer to the table below to note down the complete SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus:

Paper SectionTopics
Paper 1

Module-I of Session-I

(Mathematical Abilities)

  • Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations: Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound), Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work.
  • Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
  • Geometry: Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
  • Mensuration: Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base. 
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities etc.
  • Statistics and probability: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart; Measures of central 21 tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation; calculation of simple probabilities

Module-II of Section-I

(Reasoning and General Intelligence)

Semantic Analogy, Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends, Figural Analogy, Space Orientation, Semantic Classification, Venn Diagrams, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Drawing inferences, Figural Classification, Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding, Semantic Series, Figural Patternfolding and completion, Number Series, Embedded figures, Figural Series, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Emotional Intelligence, Word Building, Social Intelligence, Coding and de-coding, Numerical operations, Other sub-topics, if any.

Module-I of Section-II 

(English Language And Comprehension):

Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Spelling/ Detecting Misspelled Words, Idioms & Phrases, One Word Substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect Narration, Shuffling of Sentence Parts, Shuffling of Sentences in a Passage, Cloze Passage & Comprehension Passage

Module-II of Section-II

(General Awareness):

Questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General policy and scientific research.

Module-I of Section-III

I (Computer Proficiency):

  • Computer Basics: Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), input/ output devices, computer memory, memory organization, back- up devices, PORTs, Windows Explorer. Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Software: Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS word, MS Excel and Power Point etc..
  • Working with Internet and e-mails: Web Browsing & Searching, Downloading & Uploading, Managing an E-mail Account, e-Banking.
  • Basics of networking and cyber security: Networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, virus, worms, Trojan etc.) and preventive measures.
Paper 2 Statistics
  • Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary Data, Methods of Data Collection; Tabulation of Data; Graphs and Charts; Frequency Distributions; Diagrammatic Presentation of Frequency Distributions
  • Measures of Central Tendency - Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition Values- Quartiles, Deciles, Percentiles.
  • Measures of Dispersion- Common Measures Dispersion – Range, Quartile Deviations, Mean Deviation and Standard Deviation; Measures of Relative Dispersion
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their Relationship; Meaning of Skewness and Kurtosis; different measures of Skewness and Kurtosis.
  • Correlation and Regression – Scatter Diagram; Simple Correlation Coefficient; Simple Regression Lines; Spearman’s rank Correlation; Measures of Association of Attributes; Multiple Regression; Multiple and Partial Correlation (For three variables only).
  • Probability Theory – Meaning of Probability; Different Definitions of Probability; Conditional Probability; Compound Probability; Independent Events; Bayes’ Theorem.
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random Variable; Probability Functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).
  • Sampling Theory – Concept of Population and Sample; Parameter and Statistic, Sampling and Non-Sampling Errors; Probability and Nonprobability Sampling Techniques (Simple Random Sampling, Stratified Sampling, Multistage Sampling, Multiphase Sampling, Cluster Sampling, Systematic Sampling, Purposive Sampling, Convenience Sampling and Quota Sampling); Sampling Distribution (Statement only); Sample Size Decisions.
  • Statistical Inference - Point Estimation and Interval Estimation, Properties of a good Estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments Method, Maximum likelihood method, Least Squares Method), Testing of Hypothesis, Basic Concept of Testing, Small Sample and Large Sample Tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F Statistic, Confidence Intervals.
  • Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way Classified Data and two way classified data.
  • Time Series Analysis - Components of Time Series, Determinations of Trend Component by Different Methods, Measurement of Seasonal Variation by Different Methods.
  • Index Numbers - Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the Construction of Index Numbers, Types of Index Number, Different Formulae, Base Shifting and Splicing of Index Numbers, Cost of Living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.
Paper 3

Part A: General Studies

(Finance and Economics)

  • Fundamental Principles and Basic Concept of Accounting:
    • Financial Accounting: Nature and Scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
    • Basic Concepts of Accounting: Single and Double Entry, Books of Original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, Ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit Organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: General Studies

(Economics and Governance)

  • Economics and Governance
    • Comptroller & Auditor General of India - Constitutional provisions, Role and Responsibility. Finance Commission - Role and Functions.
    • Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Micro Economics: Definition, Scope and Nature of Economics, Methods of Economic Study and Central Problems of an Economy and Production Possibilities Curve.
    • Theory of Demand and Supply: Meaning and Determinants of Demand, Law of Demand and Elasticity of Demand, Price, Income and Cross Elasticity; Theory of Consumer’s Behaviour Marshallian Approach and Indifference Curve Approach, Meaning and Determinants of Supply, Law of Supply and Elasticity of Supply.
    • Theory of Production and Cost: Meaning and Factors of Production; Laws of Production- Law of Variable Proportions and Laws of Returns to Scale.
    • Forms of Market and Price Determination in different Markets: Various Forms of Markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly and Price Determination in these Markets.
  • Indian Economy
    • Nature of the Indian Economy Role of Different Sectors Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their Problems and Growth
    • National Income of India-Concepts of National Income, Different Methods of Measuring National Income.
    • Population- Its Size, Rate of Growth and its Implication on Economic Growth.
    • Poverty and Unemployment- Absolute and Relative Poverty, Types, Causes and Incidence of Unemployment.
    • Infrastructure- Energy, Transportation, Communication.
    • Economic Reforms in India: Economic Reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.
  • Money and Banking
    • Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks.
    • Budget and Fiscal Deficits and Balance of Payments.
    • Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003. 
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance.
Questions in Module-I of Section- I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities) will be of Matriculation Level, in Module-I of Section- II of Paper-I (English Language and Comprehension) of 10+2 Level and in Paper-II and Paper-III of Graduation Level.

SSC CGL Important Books 

Good preparation primarily depends on the quality of the study material and therefore you should make sure that you study from useful and relevant SSC CGL preparation books. There are various useful SSC CGL books 2024 available in the market.  You can refer to the BeePedia capsules to cover the current affairs section. Below is the table of  SSC CGL preparation books you will need while preparing for the SSC CGL 2024 exam. 

SSC CGL SubjectsUseful Books for SSC CGLSSC CGL Exam Book’s Author
Mathematical Abilities Objective Mathematics  R.S. Aggarwal
SSC Mathematics Rakesh Yadav
Quantitative Aptitude SSC Mathematics Chapterwise Kiran Prakashan
SSC Mathematics Previous Year Practice Set Kiran Prakashan
Objective Arithmetic R.S. Aggarwal (for biginners)
General Awareness Lucent General Science Lucent Publication
General Knowledge Arihant Publication
General Science Kiran Publications
Reasoning SSC Reasoning Chapterwise And Typewise Kiran Prakashan
General Reasoning Ability for Competitive Exams Disha Experts
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Arihant Publication
Static GK/Current Affairs Lucent G.K. Lucent
Pratiyogita Darpan SQ Sachdeva Mahendra Jain
English Comprehension English Comprehension Wren & Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Computer Awareness Objective Computer Awareness Arihant

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The SSC CGL selection process will be carried out over 2 phases; i.e., Tier 1 and Tier 2.
Firstly, the SSC CGL exam pattern 2024 will only comprise 2 phases now, i.e., Tier 1 and Tier 2. Earlier, there were 4 stages. Moreover, we advise you to check the detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam pattern by scrolling to the top of the page to check out the new pattern of the exams.
Yes, the Data Entry Speed Test or the DEST Skill Test is compulsory for all posts. However, the test is qualifying in nature.
No. The marks obtained in the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam will not be taken into account at the time of drawing the final merit list. This exam is qualifying in nature.
No. The SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams will be held online only.
Yes. A penalty of 0.50 marks will be charged for wrong answers in the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam

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