SSC - CGL Tier I

Combined Graduate Level Examination - Tier I

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Staff Selection Commission conducts The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination every year. Posts included in the scheme of examination are divided into two groups A & B. Group A consists posts of Assistant in Central Govt., Inspector, Sub Inspector, Inspector of Income Tax, Assistant Enforcement officer, Divisional Accountant, Statistical Investigator etc. Group B consist posts of Auditors, Junior Accountant, Tax Assistant, Compiler etc. CGL exam consist of three components :

Combined Graduate Level (Tier I) Examination

Combined Graduate Level (Tier II) Examination

Personality Test/Interview


Part A :

a) General Intelligence:
It would include questions of both verbal and non verbal type. This component will include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetic reasoning, verbal and figure classification, arithmetical number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

b) General Awareness:
Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, economic scene, General polity and scientific research etc. These questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline

Part B :

This part will include questions on problems relating to number system, computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions, relationships between numbers, fundamental arithmetical operations, percentage, ratio and proportion, averages, interest, profit and loss, discount, use of tables and graphs, mensuration, time and distance, ratio and time etc.

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How To Apply

The candidate should apply for the examination in the prescribed application form. The applicants should fill the form in their own handwriting. The information entered should be in block letters and only valid information should be entered. The filled form along with the attachments should reach the office on or before the closing date for submitting the form. 

Address: Secretary, Staff selection commission, Block No-12, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Exam Pattern

SSC- Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination 2016 New Pattern

Exam overview

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has announced the new pattern for SSC CGL Exam 2016 along with a new revised syllabus.  

The candidates are requested to refer to Para No.9, 9.1 and 9.2 (all related to scheme of examination) of the notice of CGLE, 2016, published on 13.02.2016 on the Commission’s website as well as on Employment news/Rozgar samachar.

In accordance with the same, the Commission has reserved the right to make changes in the scheme of examination such as conducting Tier – I and Tier – II examinations in computer based mode, treating Tier – I examination as only qualifying etc.

According to the new notification, the Commission has reduced the number of questions from 200 to 100 in Tier – I, which would continue to carry 200 marks.

The Commission has also decided to conduct Tier – I and Tier – II examinations in computer mode in place of OMR based examination mode. Tier – I examinations are scheduled to be held from 27th August, 2016.

The examination will be conducted in three tiers as mentioned below:

  • Tier I – Written examination (multiple choice objective type)
  • Tier II – Written examination (multiple choice objective type)
  • Tier III – Computer proficiency/skill test (wherever applicable)/ document verification.

SSC CGL 2016 Examination pattern

Tier – I pattern

The questions will be multiple choice objective type in CGL Tier – I exam, set both in Hindi and English languages in respect of Part A, B and C. This exam shall be common for all categories of post.


Tier I written exam



Part A

(General intelligence and reasoning)

Part B

(General awareness)

Part C

(Quantitative aptitude)

Part D (English comprehension)

Total marks

25 questions

25 questions

25 questions

25 questions

Criteria required for posts required to clear interview except Statistical Investigator Grade – II

50 marks – General intelligence and reasoning

50 marks – General awareness

50 marks – Quantitative aptitude

50 marks – English comprehension


Criteria for posts not required not to clear interview except Compiler

Same as above



Statistical Investigator Grade – II





Time allowed: 75 minutes (100 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy).


Tier – II pattern

The questions will be multiple choice objective type in CGL Tier – II and the examination will be conducted over a period of 2 days.



Maximum marks/questions

Number of questions

Duration and timings for General candidates

Duration and timings for VH and Cerebral Palsy candidates


General Studies (Finance and Economics)


To be notified later

2 hours

10 am to 12 noon

2 hours and 40 min

10 am to 12.40 pm







2 hours

2 pm to 4 pm

2 hours and 40 min

2 pm to 4.40 pm


Quantitative Abilities



2 hours

10 am to 12 noon

2 hours and 40 min

10 am to 12.40 pm


English Language and Comprehension



2 hours

2 pm to 4 pm

2 hours and 40 min

2 pm to 4.40 pm


Important information:

  • Paper I & II are mandatory for all posts.
  • Paper III is only for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade II & Compiler.
  • Paper IV is only for the candidates applying for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

Tier – III & IV patterns

Applicants qualifying in all the papers as well as in the aggregate would be eligible for being called for Tier – III, that is, Data Entry Skill Test/Proficiency Test/Document verification (as per requirement for the post applied).

There will be negative marking of .50 for each wrong answer in Tier – I. However, the negative marking in Tier – II will remain unchanged at .25 marks deducted for each wrong answer in Paper – II and .50 mark deductions  in Paper – I and Paper – III.

In addition to the above, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has decided to introduce a Descriptive Paper of English/Hindi as Tier – III, which shall be bilingual. The candidates have the option to choose any one medium. The details of the same are provided hereunder:


Mode of examination

Scheme of examination




Pen & paper mode

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Essay writing/Letter writing/Application writing etc.


60 minutes


(80 minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy.)


Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (Wherever applicable)

Same as published in the examination notification.


Same as published in the examination notification.


The final merit list shall be prepared based on the overall performance in Tier – I, Tier – II, and Tier – III. However, it is mandatory for all the candidates to qualify in all three tiers separately. There shall be no sectional cut-off.

Verification of documents shall be conducted as per the provisions of the examination notification.

Now the SSC pattern has changed and you have a lots of confusion as this is completely the new pattern which you are going to experience for the first time so what we can expect and what to do now.

1. Start your preparation right now as this is going to be neck to neck fight. One big relief is that tier 1 is qualifying and there is no sectional cutoff.
2. As expected they will call around 150000 for tier 2 so our entire focus should be on tier 1 first and we will talk about descriptive and tier 2 latter.
3. So here is how is the pattern now

Quantitative Aptitude
1.Geometry 6Questions 12Minutes
2. Trigonometry 3Q 6M
3. Algebra 2Q 4M
4. Data Interpretation 3Q 6M
5. Time Speed and Distance 1Q 2M
6. Time and Work 2Q 4M
7. Percentage 2Q 4M
8. Allegation 1Q 2M
9. SI/CI/ Profit Loss 2Q 4M
10.Mensuration 2Q 4M
11. Number System 1Q 2M

Reasoning Ability
1.Coding Decoding 4Q 8M
2. Sequence Series 3Q 6M
3. Word Arrangement 1Q 2M
4. Statement Conclusion 2Q 4M
5. Missing Number 2Q 4M
6. Venn Diagram 1Q 2M
7. Mirror/Water 1Q 2M
8. Matrix 1Q 2M
9. Direction Sense 1Q 2M
10.Embedded Figure 1Q 2M
11. Analogy 3Q 6M
12.Classification 3Q 6M
13. Paper Cut 1Q 2M
14. Syllogism 1Q 2M

1. Reading Comprehension 4Q 8M
2.Synonyms Antonyms 4Q 8M
3.Idioms Phrase 3Q 6M
4.One word substitution 3Q 6M
5. Word Correct 1Q 2M
6. Fill in the blanks 4Q 8M
7. Sentence Correction 3Q 6M
8. Correct Grammar Use 3Q 6M

General Awareness
1. Economics 4Q 8M
2. Biology 5Q 10M
3. Physics 3Q 6M
4.Chemistry 2Q 6M
5. Geography 1Q 2M
6.History 3Q 6M
7. Political Science 3Q 6M
8. Current Affairs 2Q 4M
9. Miscellaneous 2Q 4M

So this is the overall exam pattern prepare according to that.
30 Questions are expected to be easy level
40 Questions are expected to be of Moderate Level
30 Questions are expected to be tough.

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Important Dates:

Exam Date

August 05 to August 24, 2017

Registration Date

May 15 to June 19, 2017

Notification Date

May 15, 2017


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