SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020

The online exam of SSC CGL  2020- 2021 consists of Questions from Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and English Language. The tests except for the Test of English Language will be available 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 2020 Exam pattern before you start your preparation.

SSC CGL 2020 Selection Procedure: 

The SSC CGL 2020 Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

Tier 1 Computer Based Examination
Tier 2 Computer Based Examination
Tier 3 Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
Tier 4 Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2020

The SSC CGL 2020 Tier 1 exam 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 Reasoning Ability, 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. The detailed SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is as follows:

TierSubjectMaximum MarksMarksTime allowed
Tier 1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 1 hour (Total) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand): 1 hour 20 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2020

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will also be a computer-based online test. Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Exam will consist of four papers. You will have to attempt the papers according to the posts applied by you.  For each section, there will be a time duration of 2 hours available. Tier 2 will open the way for the next stage in the SSC CGL Exam 2020.

TierSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Allowed
Tier 2 Paper 1: Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours (for each Paper) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand):2 hours 40 minutes Minutes
Paper 2: English Language and Comprehension 200 200
Paper 3: Statistics 100 200
Paper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2020

After qualifying for SSC CGL Tier 2, the next step is to appear for Tier 3 of the SSC CGL Exam. SSC CGL 2020 Tier 3 exam is descriptive in nature and conducted in pen & paper mode. The format of this exam is descriptive in nature. 60 minutes is the total time duration allotted for the exam. You will be expected to write a letter/essay/ precis accordingly based on the proper format.

TierMode of ExaminationScheme of ExaminationMaximum MarksTime Allowed
Tier 3 Pen and Paper mode Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/Letter/ Application) 100 1 hour

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2020

In SSC CGL 2020 Tier 4 exam, computer proficiency test, and skill test will be conducted for the candidates who applied for the posts which mandatorily require these two skills. Please note that this is not applicable to all the candidates.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2020 Tier 4 exam will be conducted online. The DEST i.e. Data Entry Skill Test will be conducted for the post of Tax Assistants and CPT Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for the post of Assistant Section officers. For a clear understanding on this please refer to the table below:

S.No.TIER 4: Exam NameEligible PostsExam Pattern
1. Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) Tax Assistants 2000 key depression per hour will be conducted for 15 minutes.
2. Computer Proficiency Test(CPT) Assistant Section officers 3 modules namely word processing, spreadsheet and generation of slides

Frequently Asked Questions


What is SSC CGL?


SSC CGL is a Combined Graduate Level Examination that recruits candidates for different posts in ministries/government offices.


Can Any Candidate apply for more than one post in SSC CGL?


Yes, you can set your preference and will get selection according to the marks.


What is the number of vacancies for SSC CGL 2018-19?


Vacancies for CGL 2018-19 are not yet published along with SSC CGL 2018 notification.


Can those students who are appearing in final year of graduation apply for any post in SSC CGL?


Yes, all those who are appearing or have just appeared in the final year of graduation can apply for any post in SSC CGL 2018-19. 


Can I upload the passport size photo and signature in any format?


No, you must upload the photo and signature only in JPG/JPEG format. The passport size photo should be between 30 to 50 kb and signature should be between 1 to 12 kb.


Is there any NEGATIVE MARKING in SSC CGL Exam?


Yes. Negative marking for wrong answers in SSC CGL Exam is 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question.


Do I need Aadhaar Card to register for SSC CGL?


No, Aadhar Card is not mandatory to register for SSC CGL.


SSC CGL 2018 -19 Exam is in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?


SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam will be in online mode.




No, there is no sectional cut-off in SSC CGL Exam.


What is the educational qualification for SSC CGL?


Candidate should hold a 'graduation' degree in any discipline from a recognized University.

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