SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level) exam is a highly competitive examination in India for recruitment to various posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. The exam pattern for SSC CGL is divided into four tiers. Here’s a detailed breakdown of each tier:

Tier I: Computer Based Examination (CBE)

Structure:

  • Mode: Online
  • Type: Objective Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Number of Questions: 100

Sections:

  1. General Intelligence and Reasoning: 25 questions, 50 marks
  2. General Awareness: 25 questions, 50 marks
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: 25 questions, 50 marks
  4. English Comprehension: 25 questions, 50 marks

Key Points:

  • Negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
  • No sectional cut-off.

Tier II: Computer Based Examination (CBE)

Structure:

  • Mode: Online
  • Type: Objective Multiple Choice
  • Duration: 2 hours for each paper
  • Total Marks: Varies by paper
  • Number of Questions: Varies by paper

Papers:

  1. Paper I (Quantitative Abilities): 100 questions, 200 marks
  2. Paper II (English Language and Comprehension): 200 questions, 200 marks
  3. Paper III (Statistics): 100 questions, 200 marks (for specific posts)
  4. Paper IV (General Studies – Finance and Economics): 100 questions, 200 marks (for specific posts)

Key Points:

  • Negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper II.
  • Negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper I, III, and IV.

Tier III: Descriptive Paper

Structure:

  • Mode: Pen and Paper
  • Type: Descriptive
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Total Marks: 100

Key Points:

  • Language options: English or Hindi
  • The paper includes essay writing, letter/application writing, and prĂ©cis writing.
  • No negative marking.

Tier IV: Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (where applicable)

Structure:

  1. Data Entry Speed Test (DEST):
    • 15 minutes
    • Requires a typing speed of 8000 key depressions per hour on a computer.
    • Mainly for the post of Tax Assistants.
  2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT):
    • Modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet, and Generation of Slides.
    • For posts like Assistant Section Officer (CSS) and other posts requiring proficiency in computers.

Key Points:

  • No marks are awarded, but qualifying is mandatory.

Overall Selection Criteria:

  • Candidates must qualify in each tier to move to the next.
  • The final merit list is prepared based on the cumulative performance in Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.
  • Tier IV is qualifying in nature.

This pattern ensures a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s abilities across different domains necessary for various government positions.

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