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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021:

The SSC CGL Examination is conducted in 4 phases Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV. An aspirant who wants to take the Examination and become eligible for the different positions in the Ministries and Departments of the Government of India should go through the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 to know the different sections of the examination and the marks allotted to each section to prepare and score well in the Exams.

The qualifying marks for the TIer I and the Tier II Examination are decided by Staff Selection Commission. Only those candidates who qualify the Tier I and Tier II can proceed to Tier III and Tier IV of the SSC CGL Exam.

Let us now take a quick look at the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 for all four phases of the Examination

 



Highlights of SSC CGL Pattern 2021:

The exam pattern for SSC CGL is different for every exam. The marking scheme and syllabus differ from exam to exam.

  • Level 1 exam- 200 questions from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness/ General knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. 75 minutes duration with negative marking for an incorrect response.
  • Level 2 exam- This has 4 papers viz., Quantitative Ability, Statistics (only for the post of Compiler & Statistical Investigator Gr. II ), English Language and Comprehension, General Studies of Finance and Economics (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer). Every paper comprises 200 marks and the time allotted for each paper is of 2 hours. Negative marking is applicable.
  • Level 3 exam- Descriptive paper for Essay Writing, Letter/Application Writing, Passage Writing. The paper is scheduled for a duration of 1 hour for 100 marks.
  • Level 4 exam- Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test for 15 minutes. This exam is qualifying in nature. No negative marking and no marks allotted.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 in Detail:

As per the latest notifications by SSC, the exam now has four levels of exams.

  • Tier-1: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • Tier-2: Written Examination (Objective Type)
  • Tier-3: Written Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • Tier-4: Computer Test / Skill Test (wherever applicable)

S.No

Phases of the Examination

Type of Questions

Mode of examination

1

Tier I

Objective type with Multiple choice answers

Online computer-based exam

2

Tier II

Objective type with Multiple choice answers

Online computer-based exam

3

Tier III

Descriptive ( Hindi/English)

Pen and Paper

4

Tier IV

Computer proficiency Exam

Skill Test

As applicable

The SSC CGL Exam pattern indicates the marking scheme of the examination. The final score for selecting the candidates will be decided by the Staff Service Commission. The marking pattern for the examination is different for all three tiers of the examination.

An overview of the SSC CGL Examination pattern for Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV

Tier I Examination

S.NO 

Examination particulars

Details of the Examination

1

Number of Sections

4

2

Section details 

General Intelligence and reasoning

General awareness

Quantitative aptitude

English Comprehension

3

Total number of questions

100

4

Total marks

200

5

Total time of examination

60 minutes

6

Mode of Examination

Online computer-based

7

Type of questions

Objective type with multiple choice answers

8

Marking scheme

Correct answer 2 marks

Wrong answer -0.5

Tier-II Examination

S.No

Examination particulars

Details of the Examination

1

Number of sections

4

2

Section details

Quantitative abilities

English language

Statistics ( position of statistical investigator/Compiler)

General studies- Finance and Economics ( position of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer)

4

Total marks

800 (200 for each paper)

5

Total time of the Exam

2 hours ( each paper)

6

Negative marking scheme

-0.5 ( Paper I, II, IV )

-0.25 ( Paper III )

7

Mode of examination

Online computer-based 

8

Type of question

Objective type with multiple choice answers

Tier III Examination

S.No

Examination particulars

Details of the Examination

1

Number of papers

1

2

Duration of the exam

1 hour

3

Total marks

100 marks

4

Section details

Essay writing

Passage writing

Application/Letter writing

5

Mode of the exam

Offline ( pen and paper-based)

6

Nature of questions

Descriptive type

Tier IV ( DEST and CPT )

S.No

Examination particulars

Details of the Examination

1

Total time

15 minutes

2

Number of Tests 

Data entry skill test ( 8000 Key depressions per hour )

Computer proficiency test

3

Mode of examination

Online

4

Particulars of data entry skill test

Position of Tax Assistants ( Central Excise and Income Tax )

5

Particulars of computer proficiency test

Position of Assistant Section Officer

Modules- Slides, Word processing, Spreadsheet

6

Marking scheme

Qualifying

7

Marking pattern

Correct answer 2 marks

Wrong answer -0.25

Important facts of the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021:
  • A candidate can attempt the SSC CGL Tier I exams an innumerable number of times. However, the candidates have an age limit to apply for the examination. 
  • The general knowledge section consists of History, Geography, Scientific Research, Economy, Culture, and General Policy.
  • Candidates should practice mock tests which are available on the official website of SSC.
  • Mock tests and previous years’ sample papers will not only improve the examination scores but increase the time management capabilities of the individual.
  • Candidates should only attempt those questions that they know, as wrong answers have a negative marking that will decrease the overall score of the candidate.
  • Candidates should study all the important topics mentioned in the SSC CGL Syllabus.
  • The SSC CGL Exam pattern is subject to change and the candidate should go through the official website for the latest information updates.
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