SSC CGL 2020 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the SSC CGL 2020 answer key on March 16 in online mode at its official website. The online exam for tier 1 was conducted from March 3 to 9, 2020. SSC CGL tier 1 exam was conducted in multiple shifts across various cities in India in online mode. The approximate number of candidates appearing for SSC CGL 2020 is expected to be 25.87 lakh. Candidates appearing for SSC CGL 2020 will be able to download their admit card seven days before the examination. Along with the SSC CGL 2020 admit card, candidates will have to carry anyone photo identity proof to the examination centre. The result of SSC CGL 2020 is expected to be announced in August 2020. On the basis of the candidates' performance in SSC CGL 2020 Tier 1, they will be selected for the Tier 2 which is scheduled to be organised on June 22 to 25.
Latest: SSC CGL Answer Key 2020 has been released on March 16.
SSC CGL 2020 tier III is expected to be conducted from September 11 to 13. SSC CGL exam is conducted to fill in approximately 6000 vacancies in various Group B and C posts in government departments. SSC CGL exam involves four-stage selection procedure – Tier I, II, III & IV. To know more on SSC CGL 2020 like admit card, dates, exam pattern, syllabus, cutoff etc read this article below.

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SSC CGL 2020

What is SSC CGL?

SSC CGL stands for Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination, it is conducted by SSC to recruit staff for various posts in ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. The minimum education qualification required for SSC CGL is graduation from a recognized university while the age limit should be between 20 and 30 years. Although it may vary depending upon the post the candidate applies for.

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SSC CGL 2020 - Overview

Exam Name

SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level)

Conducted by

SSC (Staff Selection Commission)


Once a year


Application Release Date

Oct 22, 2019 (Application Started)

Nov 22, 2019 (Last date to apply)

Application Fees

Rs. 100 for General/OBC/EWS

No fees for female and SC/ST candidates

Exam Dates

Tier I: Mar 03-09, 2020

Tier II & III: Jun 22-25, 2020

Exam Mode

Tier I & II (Computer based Exam)

Tier III (Pen and Paper Mode)

Minimum Qualification Required


Age limit

18 to 32 years



Stages of Exam

4 stages

Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV


6000 approximately


It depends upon the post, the pay scale is according to the level as mentioned below:

Pay Level-8 (Rs 47600 to 151100)

Pay Level-7 (Rs 44900 to 142400)

Pay Level-6 (Rs 35400 to 112400)

Pay Level-5 (Rs 29200 to 92300)

Pay Level-4 (Rs 25500 to 81100)


Pay Level-8

  • Assistant Audit Officer

  • Assistant Accounts Officer

Pay Level-7

  • Assistant Section Officer (CBI)

  • Assistant Section Officer (IB)

  • Assistant Section Officer (Ministry of Railways)

  • Assistant Section Officer (MEA)

  • Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ)

  • Assistant Section Officer & Assistant (Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations) Inspector of Income Tax (CBDT)

  • Inspector (Central Excise) CBIC

  • Inspector (Preventive Officer)

  • Inspector (Examiner)

  • Assistant Enforcement Officer (Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue)

  • Sub Inspector (CBI

  • Inspector Posts (Department of Post) Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)

Pay Level-6

  • Assistant (Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations), Assistant/Superintendent (Other Ministries/Departments/Organizations), Divisional

  • Accountant (Offices under C&AG), Sub Inspector (NIA), Junior Statistical Officer (M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation), Statistical

  • Investigator Grade-II (Registrar General

  • of India)

Pay Level-5

  • Auditor (Offices under C&AG, Other Ministry/

  • Departments, Offices under CGDA), Accountant (Offices under C&AG, Other Ministry/Departments),

  • Accountant/Junior Accountant (Other Ministry/Departments)

Pay Level-4

  • Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks (Central Govt. Offices/Ministries other than CSCS cadres),

  • Tax Assistant (CBDT, CBIC),

  • Sub Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics), Upper Division Clerks (Dte. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD))

SSC CGL 2018 - Day-wise Statics Data of scheduled & Appeared Candidates


No. of scheduled candidates

No. of appeared candidates


June 4, 2019




June 6, 2019




  • Total number of registered candidates - 25.97 lakhs

  • Total candidates appeared - 8,34,746

  • Overall attendance percentage - 32.27%

SSC CGL 2020 Dates


Dates for 2019-20

Dates for 2020-21 (Tentative)

SSC CGL 2019 Notification Released

October 22, 2019

September 2020

Applications start

October 22, 2019

September 2020

Last date to apply

November 25, 2019

October 2020

SSC CGL Tier I exam date

March 3-9, 2020

February 2021

SSC CGL Tier II & III exam date

June 22-25, 2020

May 2021

Tier IV exam date

September 2020 (Tentative)

August 2021

SSC CGL Answer Key 2020

SSC has released the answer key of SSC CGL for tier 1 exam along with the question paper and the candidate's response sheet. SSC CGL answer key will help candidates get an idea of their correct responses and the expected marks they might get in the CGL exam.

SSC CGL Admit Card 2020

SSC released the SSC CGL Admit Card 2020 for Tier I on February 20 @ in online mode. To download the SSC CGL 2020 admit card, candidates will have to login into the website using their credentials - registration/roll number/name and date of birth. The admit card of SSC CGL 2020 will contain important information of candidates like name, date of birth, region, roll/registration number and the exam centre details - exam date, time, centre details etc. Candidates must download the SSC CGL admit card and carry it to the exam venue on the exam day along with any of the valid photo ID proof - Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card, Driving License, PAN Card, failing to do so they will not be able to take the exam.

SSC CGL 2020 Exam Centres

As being one of the popular exams in our country, the CGL is conducted by SSC across various states and cities in India. In the following table, candidates can check the states, exam centres and the codes where the SSC CGL exam will be conducted. The exact address of the centre will be mentioned in the admit card of the candidate.

SSC CGL Exam Centres

S. No.

Examination Centres & Centre Code

SSC Region and States/ UTs under the jurisdiction of the Region


Agra(3001), Gorakhpur(3007) , Jhansi (3008), Kanpur(3009), Lucknow(3010),

Meerut(3011), Prayagraj(3003),

Varanasi(3013), Bhagalpur(3201),

Darbhanga (3202), Muzaffarpur(3205),

Patna(3206), Purnea (3209)

Central Region


Bihar and Uttar



Port Blair (4802), Ranchi(4205), Balasore(4601), Berhampore(Odisha) (4602), Bhubaneshwar(4604), Cuttack(4605), Dhenkanal(4611), Rourkela(4610), Sambalpur(4609), Gangtok(4001), Hooghly (4418), Kolkata(4410), Siliguri(4415)

Eastern Region (ER)/ Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal


Belagavi (9002), Bengaluru (9001),

Hubballi (9011), Kalaburagi

(Gulbarga) (9005), Mangaluru (9008),

Mysuru (9009), Shivamogga (9010),

Udupi (9012). Ernakulam (9213),

Kannur (9202), Kollam (9210),

Kottayam (9205), Kozhikode (9206),

Thrissur (9212), Thiruvananthapuram

(9211), Kavaratti (9401).


Kerala Region



Karnataka and



Bhopal(6001), Gwalior(6005),

Indore(6006), Jabalpur(6007),

Satna(6014), Sagar(6015), Ujjain

(6016), Bilaspur(6202), Raipur(6204),


Madhya Pradesh



Chhattisgarh and

Madhya Pradesh


Itanagar(5001), Dibrugarh(5102), Guwahati(Dispur)(5105), Jorhat(5107),

Silchar(5111), Kohima(5302),

Shillong(5401), Imphal(5501),

Churachandpur(5502), Ukhrul(5503),

Agartala(5601), Aizwal(5701)

Region (NER)/

Arunachal Pradesh,

Assam, Manipur,


Mizoram, Nagaland

and Tripura.


Dehradun(2002), Haldwani(2003),

Haridwar(2005), Roorkee(2006),

Delhi(2201), Ajmer(2401),

Alwar(2402), Bharatpur(2403),

Bikaner(2404), Jaipur(2405),

Jodhpur(2406), Kota(2407),

Sriganganagar(2408), Udaipur(2409),


Northern Region


NCT of Delhi,

Rajasthan and




Hamirpur(1202), Shimla(1203),

Jammu(1004), Leh(1005), Samba

(1010), Srinagar(J&K)(1007),


Patiala(1403), Amritsar(1404)

Chirala(8011), Guntur(8001), Kakinada

(8009), Kurnool(8003), Nellore (8010),

Rajahmundry(8004), Tirupati(8006),




Puducherry(8401), Chennai(8201),

Coimbatore(8202), Madurai(8204),

Salem(8205), Tiruchirapalli(8206),

Tirunelveli(8207), Vellore (8208),

Hyderabad(8601), Karimnagar (8604),


North Western




Haryana, Himachal

Pradesh, Jammu

and Kashmir and


Southern Region


Andhra Pradesh,

Puducherry, Tamil

Nadu and



Panaji(7801), Ahmedabad(7001),

Anand(7011), Gandhinagar(7012),

Mehsana(7013), Rajkot(7006),

Surat(7007), Vadodara(7002),

Amravati(7201), Aurangabad(7202),

Jalgaon(7214), Kolhapur(7203),

Mumbai(7204), Nagpur(7205), Nanded

(7206), Nashik(7207), Pune(7208)

Western Region


Dadra and Nagar

Haveli, Daman and

Diu, Goa, Gujarat

and Maharashtra

SSC CGL 2020 Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL exam is conducted in 4 phases/tiers. According to the exam pattern provided by SSC in the CGL notification the tier- I question paper will be based on questions from the sections of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. The Tier II exam will consist of three different papers/subjects and candidates will be required to appear in one, two or three papers depending upon the category of posts. Candidates qualifying the Tier I and Tier II examination of SSC CGL 2020 will be eligible to appear for the Tier III exam which is a descriptive test and post-qualifying the Tier II they will be eligible to appear for Tier IV. In the following table, candidates can understand the exam pattern of SSC CGL.

The table lists the tiers of SSC CGL, the mode, and type of exam.


Mode of Examination

Type of Examination

Time Allotted

Tier I

Computer-Based Examination

Multiple Choice Questions

60 mins

Tier II

Computer-Based Examination

Multiple Choice Questions

120 mins

Tier III

Pen and Paper Mode

Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi (Essay Writing, Letter Writing, Application writing etc)

60 minutes

Tier - IV

Computer Proficiency Test

Skill Test (Wherever applicable)

Document Verification

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020

SSC releases the SSC CGL 2020 syllabus along with the notification. It is advised to all aspiring candidates to go through the complete syllabus and exam pattern of SSC CGL to understand the topics, sections, subjects before applying. The SSC CGL syllabus will help candidates plan their studies accordingly and will guide them to the various sections from where SSC CGL question paper will be based. According to the SSC CGL syllabus, the exam will be conducted in 4 tiers.

Tier - I will have 1 question paper and topics will be from General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude and English Comprehension. Tier will be CBE.

Tier - II will have 4 question papers and topics will be from - Paper 1 Quantitative Abilities, Paper 2 English Language and Comprehension, Paper 3 Statistics and Paper 4 Finance and Economics. Tier II will be CBE.

Tier - III will be descriptive which will have (Essay Writing/ Precis/Letter Writing/ Application Writing etc.)

Tier - IV will be a Computer Proficiency Test and Data Entry Skill Test.

SSC CGL Application Form

SSC released the SSC CGL 2019 application form on October 22, 2019 in online mode. The last date to fill the application form was November 25. Candidates had to fill the application form in two stages - one-time registration in part 1 while uploading documents, application fee payment and filling up other important details were to be done in the second part. The online fee payment had to be paid either via online through debit/credit cards/ net banking or offline through SBI challan. Only graduates who are above the age of 18 years were eligible to fill the application form. SSC CGL is held in 4 tiers - Tier I, II, III & IV for the recruitment of candidates at Grade “B” and “C” category posts.

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria 2020

According to SSC, only graduate candidates who have a bachelor’s degree from a government recognised university are eligible to apply for SSC CGL. Apart from the educational qualification, the candidate must also fall between the age group of 18-32 years. The education qualification and the age limit varies according to various posts offered by SSC under the CGL exam. There are also physical fitness requirements required for the post of Inspector and Sub-Inspector. There is age relaxation given to candidates who belong to reserved categories.

SSC CGL 2020 Question Paper

SSC released the CGL question paper along with the answer key at its official website. Candidates can download the question paper, answer key and their response sheet by logging into the website using their credentials. Solving SSC CGL question paper will benefit candidates in analyzing and strengthening their preparations and also get a clear idea and difficulty level of the SSC CGL exam.

SSC CGL 2020 Result

SSC will declare the result of each stage of the exam separately. Candidates who are shortlisted in one stage will be eligible to appear for the subsequent stage. The marks obtained by candidates in the exam will be normalised for SSC CGL result as the exams will be held in multiple days and shifts. SSC CGL final merit list will be prepared based on the candidates' performance in tier-I, II and III stages. The aggregate marks scored by candidates in Tier-I and II will be considered for their short-listing in Tier-III.

SSC CGL Cut Off 2020

SSC will declare the cut off of CGL along with the result. SSC will release the cut off on its website in PDF format. The cut off will be declared for each category and post separately. Candidates need to score the required cut off marks in each stage to be qualified in the CGL exam. The Cut off marks for SSC CGL Tier I will be determined from maximum 200 marks, for Tier-II it will be decided out of 400 marks. In the following table candidates can check the previous year cut off marks.

SSC CGL Previous year Cut off

SSC CGL cut off 2018 tier 1








Other Pwd


Cut off Marks









(Qualified for subsequent stages)









SSC CGL cut off 2017 tier 1


Initial Cut Off

Revised Cut Off



















SSC CGL Cut Off 2016 for Tier 1


Tier 1 Cut Off

















How to prepare for SSC CGL 2020?

SSC CGL is one of the toughest and most competitive exams in India and it requires a special and strategically planned preparation plan to succeed in the exam. In order to achieve success, it is very important to make a proper study plan, be thorough with the syllabus and exam pattern and keep up with the revisions of all the topics at regular intervals. Not to forget the importance of the best books for SSC CGL, short notes and attempting the online test series frequently.

SSC CGL 2020 Selection Process

The SSC CGL exam is conducted in four stages for the recruitment of candidates in Group B & C services in various government organisations. The selection process comprises of Tier 1, Tier 2, (Tier III) descriptive exam and the final Tier IV. As per the selection process of SSC CGL, candidates first need to appear for the Tier 1 exam and after qualifying the tier 1 exam they will be called for tier 2 exam and subsequent stages. The final result will be declared as per the performance of the candidate in all the 4 tiers.

SSC CGL Salary 2020

SSC CGL is one of the most competitive exams and close to 25 lac candidates apply for it every year. The competitiveness is due to the high rank and the handsome salary which candidates are offered post successfully qualifying the exam. The salary also depends upon the various pay levels and the posts which a candidate is offered.

The following table will give you an idea of the salary given to candidates after qualifying:

SSC CGL Pay Scale 2020

Pay Level-8

(Rs 47600 to 151100)

Pay Level-7

(Rs 44900 to 142400)

Pay Level-6

(Rs 35400 to 112400)

Pay Level-5

(Rs 29200 to 92300)

Pay Level-4

(Rs 25500 to 81100)

SSC Contact Details

Candidates are advised to contact the authority for any queries on the following details:

Regional Office Address

Staff Selection Commission,

Block No. 12,

CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,

New Delhi-110003

Phone No.

Tel. No. 011-24363343, 24367526


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CGL 2020

Question: What is the next step after successfully filling the application form of SSC CGL?


SSC issues the admit card for candidates who have successfully applied for SSC CGL.

Question: How can I check whether I am eligible to fill the SSC CGL application form?


You must check the eligibility criteria before filling the form of SSC CGL.

Question: What is the maximum age limit to apply for the CGL exam?


The maximum age limit to apply for the SSC CGL is 32 years.

Question: What is the difference between CGL and CHSL?


The major difference between CGL and CHSL is that CGL is A graduate level exam and the candidates are employed for Group B & C services in government organisations while CHSL is a 10+2 level exam and the candidates are recruited at the below post as compared to CGL.

Question: What is the salary of a CGL qualified candidate?


The pay scale differs according to the post and the organisation he/she is posted. The pay scale ranges from Rs. 25500-151100.

Question: What is SSC CGL exam eligibility?


Candidates must have a graduation and their age should be between 18-32 years.

Question: How many vacancies are released for SSC CGL 2020?


The vacancies are not released as of now and will be released at the time of DV. Well it is expected to be between 5000-6000.

Question: In what mode SSC CGL exam will be conducted?


Tier I & II will be conducted in online mode while the Tier III will be conducted in pen and paper mode. 

Question: Those students who are in their final year of graduation can also apply for SSC CGL?


No, it is mandatory to be a graduate.

Question: Is there negative marking in SSC CGL?


Yes, there will be negative marking of 0.5 for each wrong answer in Tier-I. In Tier-II, there is negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II - English Language & Comprehension and 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper III and Paper IV.

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Questions related to SSC CGL

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sir/madam i have a permanent tattoo in my chest.will it be any cause for ssc cgl..before i start my preparations i want to be crystal clear regarding tattoo issues.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 4th Apr, 2020
For the year 2020, there are as many as 8582 vacancies for as many as 34 posts. Among these there might be civilian positions and non Civilian positions like that of Defense. For Civilian positions, tattoos are not a hindrance and you can apply for them. But for positions in the defense department, a tattoo is a strict No and you will not be eligible for such positions if you have a permanent tattoo. You can apply for as many as 30 vacancies in your application and so if you have a permanent tattoo, you shpuld choose civilian vacancies and posts.

i m non medical student and i hav main interest in chemistry... but i also want to do ssc cgl preparation so i m thinking of doing graduation in an easy subject and side by side coaching of ssc cgl....i m too confused in making my mind decide between two options...and also subjects in ba eng?

Sumit Gaur Student Expert 19th Mar, 2020

Dear Aspirant

Since you have interest in chemisty thus you can do Bsc in Chemistry and side by side coaching of SSC CGL exam, I would recommend you go give SSL CHSL and other exams with your graduation so taht you would have an idae of type of questions answered. After your graduation you can give CGL exam.

Hope it helps.


please answer me is du sol b.a honours degree is valid for ssc cgl

Yastika Kumar 11th Mar, 2020

Hi there,

As per the SSC CGL eligibility criteria the open learning course or correspondence should be done from college or university affliated to UGC. Since Delhi University's School of open learning is affiliated to it so you are eligible for ssc cgl.


Im in final year. My age is 19. Can I apply for ssc cgl exam

sheba chani 11th Mar, 2020


Yes, you can apply for SSC CGL exam. The eligible age group for the exam is 18 years to 32 years.

Academic Qualifications are Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University.

hope this helps!


I attempted 48 questions in exam? I belongs to SC Caste. is there any chance to qualify for tier2?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 11th Mar, 2020
Your marks cannot be predicted on the basis of the number of questions to attempt, firstly I will suggest you to wait for the release of official answer key  then you can probably crosscheck the number of correct  answers and can predict your expected score then you can compare it with the past year analysis of cut off which may give you hope for chances.
Best of luck.

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