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SSC CGL Exam Pattern And Syllabus 2022

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SSC CGL 2022 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2022 Exam Pattern: SSC CGL 2022 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

In this phase, two exams are conducted on the same day, the details of the Tier-II exams are listed below




Paper IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies
(Finance & Economics)
1002002 Hours

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 2022 is released by SSC in the official SSC CGL 2022 notification released on 23rd December 2021. 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

English Language & ComprehensionQuantitative AptitudeGeneral Studies- Finance & EconomicsStatistics
Spot the ErrorSynonyms /AntonymsNumber System ProblemsPercentageFinance-Fundamentals of Finance & AccountingData distribution, diagrammatic representation of data calculation
Spelling, Idioms & PhrasesRatio & Proportion,Square roots,AveragesEconomics-Macro & Micro EconomicsMean, Mode and Median
One Word SubstitutionProfit and Loss, DiscountGrowth & Development, Deviation, Dispersion
Improvement of sentences,Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School AlgebraIndian Economy,Moments and relationships- skewness, kurtosis
The Active/ Passive voice of verbs,Triangles, Polygons, Cylinders, and Circles Money and banking,Correlation, regression
Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narrationBar graph, Histogram, Pie chartEconomic reformsProbability- theories, distribution
Shuffling of sentence parts in passages, Market analysis- production, demand, supplySampling theory, index numbers, time series analysis
Comprehension passage. Role of Technology in reforming the Economic domainVariance

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 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 (2022)

₹ 149

30th April, 2023
  • 20 Tier 2 Mock Tests
SSC CGL Tier 1 and 2 (2020)

₹ 249

31st December, 2022
  • 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 (2020)

₹ 175

31st December, 2022
  • 20 Mock Tests; 30 Sectional 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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