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SSC CGL Exam Pattern

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SSC CGL 2023 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2023 Exam Pattern: SSC CGL 2023 consists of 4 Tiers or phases. There are lakhs of aspirants who appear for SSC CGL every year and most of the first-time exam takers are curious about the SSC CGL exam pattern. In this blog, we will discuss the detailed SSC CGL exam pattern which includes the Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV phases.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern - Overview

TiersPaper TypeExam Mode
Tier – 1/IObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based (online)
Tier – 2/IIObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based (online)
Tier – 3/IIIDescriptive Paper in English/HindiPen and Paper mode
Tier – 4/IVSkill Test/Computer Proficiency TestWherever Applicable

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL exam pattern for Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 and Tier-4 is discussed here in detail.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

This exam is mandatory for all the aspirants appearing in the SSC CGL. It can be regarded as the preliminary exam

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

TierPaperSessionSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allowed


































Session-I (2 hours

and 15 minutes)


Module-I: Mathematical Abilities

Module-II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.





Total = 60





= 180

1 hour

(for each section)(1 hours and 20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)


Module-I: English Language and Comprehension

Module-II: General Awareness





Total = 70






= 210


Module-I: Computer Knowledge Module



= 60

15 Minutes

(for each module)

(20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)





Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test Module

One Data Entry Task-


= 200

2 hours

(for each Paper)

(2 hours and 40 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)

Paper-IIIGeneral Studies (Finance and Economics)100


= 200

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for SSC CGL Tier-3 is as follows

Exam PatternMarksTime
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes
(80 minutes for
PWD category)

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for this phase is different and is applicable for some selected posts

Skill TestMaximum MarksTimePosts ( for which applicable) 
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)No marks only qualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
CPT: Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)No marks only qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI,

Syllabus: SSC CGL syllabus 2023 is released by SSC in the official SSC CGL 2023 notification released on April 3, 2023. This section will help the candidates with the details of the SSC CGL syllabus.

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL is conducted in 4 tiers and each tier of the exam is having a different syllabus. Let's take a look at the detailed syllabus.

Tier – I Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessGeneral Intelligence & ReasoningEnglish Comprehension skills
Number System Problems,Percentage,Ratio & Proportion,Square roots,Averages,InterestHistory- Knowledge regarding Harappa Civilisation, Medieval India, Vedic culture; the importance of those, India's freedom movement and their leadersSymbolic/Number AnalogyGrammar skills, Synonyms &Antonyms, spelling error, one-word substitution, and comprehension passages
Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixture,Geography- knowledge about different counties and their features, famous locations including airports and seaportsSemantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification 
Time and distance, Graphs of Linear EquationsTime & Work, Algebra & Elementary surds, Basic algebraic identities of School Polity- Symbols of political parties, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the ParliamentFigural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series 
Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence, and similarity of triangles, CirclesEconomy- Economy of the Country, Budget related information and terminologies, People engaged in and monetary institutionsProblem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding 
Regular Polygons, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Hemispheres Physics- Laws, major Inventions, and Discoveries.Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences 
Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Data AnalysisChemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules chemistry in everyday life.Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/roll numbers 
 Biology- Facts about human body parts, important discoveries relating to biology, diseases and their causes, and nutrition in Animals and Plants.Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence 
 General Knowledge, Current Affairs  

Tier-II Syllabus

Module-I of Session-I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities):

  1. Number Systems: Computation of Whole Number, Decimal and Fractions, Relationship between numbers.
  2. 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.
  3. Algebra: Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Trigonometry: Trigonometry, Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard Identities like sin2𝜃 + cos2𝜃=1 etc.
  7. Statistics and probability: Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart; Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation; calculation of simple probabilities.

Module-II of Section-I of Paper-I (Reasoning and General Intelligence):

Questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. These will include questions on 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 Pattern- folding 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 of Paper-I (English Language And Comprehension):

Vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms and their correct usage; Spot the Error, Fill in the Blanks, Synonyms/ Homonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt 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. To test comprehension, three or more paragraphs will be given and questions based on those will be asked. At least one paragraph should be a simple one based on a book or a story and the other two paragraphs should be on current affairs, based on a report or an editorial.

Module-II of Section-II of Paper-I (General Awareness):

Questions are designed to test the candidates' general awareness of the environment around them and its application to society. Questions are also designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include 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 of Paper-I (Computer Proficiency):

  1. 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.
  2. Software: Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS word, MS Excel and Power Point etc..
  3. Working with Internet and e-mails: Web Browsing & Searching, Downloading & Uploading, Managing an E-mail Account, e-Banking.
  4. Basics of networking and cyber security: Networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, virus, worms, Trojan etc.) and preventive measures.

Tier-III Syllabus

The syllabus for the Tier-III exam is different as it is a descriptive paper. All those who have qualified for the Tier-II need to appear for the Tier-III exam. The descriptive paper for Tier-III is introduced for testing the writing skills of the candidates. This will be a pen and paper-based round and will be conducted offline. The details of the exam are mentioned below.

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes
(80 minutes for
PWD category)

Tier-IV Syllabus

The Tier-IV syllabus of SSC CGL is based on computer skills. In this phase, the candidates are tested for their typing skills and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and slide creation. The two steps of evaluation are as follows

  1. Skill Test in Data Entry (DEST) Test
  2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Test.

In DEST the candidates need to type 2000 words in 15 minutes, this is mandatory for the Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax) posts.

In the second test i.e CPT, the candidate is evaluated on computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides, in other words, candidates are tested for knowledge in the office suite. This test is taken for CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner) posts.

These tests are qualifying in nature, a candidate has to clear the previous tiers as well as this tier in order to be selected for the posts

Pricing Plan

Flexible pricing options for all the aspirants
SSC CGL Tier 1 and 2 (2022)

₹ 249

31st December, 2023
  • SSC CGL Tier-1 Mock Tests: 20
  • SSC CGL Tier-1 Sectional Tests Tests: 30
  • SSC CGL Tier-2 Mock Tests: 20
SSC CGL Tier 1 Mock and Sectional Tests (2022)

₹ 149

31st December, 2023
  • 20 Mock Tests; 30 Sectional Tests
SSC CGL Tier 1 Mock and Sectional Tests

₹ 149

30th April, 2023
  • 20 Mock Tests
  • 30 Sectional Tests (10 each of Quant, English and General Intelligence)
SSC CGL Tier 1 and 2

₹ 199

30th April, 2023
  • 20 Tier 1 Mock Tests
  • 20 Tier 2 Mock Tests
  • 30 Sectional Tests
SSC CGL Tier-2 (2021)

₹ 149

30th April, 2023
  • 20 Tier 2 Mock Tests


How many exam tiers are there in the SSC CGL?

The SSC CGL exam comprises 4 tiers, of which tiers I and II are conducted online and tiers III and IV are conducted offline.

What is the last date for SSC CGL 2022 application? +

The last date for SSC CGL 2022 online application is 23rd January 2022.

What is the SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 Exam Date? +

SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 exam will be conducted in April 2022.

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