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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2024 - Tier wise Total Marks, Duration, No of Question

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2024 - Tier wise Total Marks, Duration, No of Question

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on Jun 12, 2024 10:48 AM IST | #SSC CGL
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Staff Selection Commission is the exam authority which prescribes the SSC CGL 2024 exam pattern. The exam pattern will be detailed in the SSC CGL 2024 notification on the official website - Aspirants appearing in the SSC CGL exam must check the exam pattern before starting their preparation. With the help of the SSC CGL exam pattern 2024, aspirants can know the stages in the exam, time duration, and the marking scheme.

The SSC CGL 2024 exam pattern comprises of 2 stages, the tier 1 & tier 2 exams which are conducted in online mode. In this article on the exam pattern of SSC CGL 2024, aspirants can find all the relevant information like the stages, marking scheme, and the time duration. Candidates are advised to read the complete article to check everything.

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SSC CGL exam pattern 2024 - Stages

  • SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam (Objective) Online mode

  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Online mode

SSC CGL Tier 1 exam pattern 2024

Aspirants who successfully submit the SSC CGL application form 2024, will be eligible to appear in the tier examination. As per the SSC CGL tier 1 exam pattern, it is conducted in computer-based online mode. The questions in the SSC CGL tier 1 will be based on subjects such as General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension.

As per the SSC CGL negative marking in tier 1, there will be a penalty for wrong answers attempted by the candidate. There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. No marks will be deducted if the question is left blank or un-attempted. From the following table, aspirants can check the detailed information of the SSC CGL 2024 exam pattern for tier 1.

SSC CGL exam pattern 2024 - Tier 1

Some important points to note:

  • It is a computer-based objective type online exam

  • It consists of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions.

  • The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension.

  • There will be a negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Paper Pattern 2024


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Allotted

General Intelligence and Reasoning



A cumulative time of 60 minutes

General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension






SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates who qualify in tier 1 will be eligible to appear in tier 2. As per the SSC CGL tier 2 exam pattern, it is also conducted as a computer based online mode, however, the difficulty level will be a bit higher as compared to tier 1.

The questions asked in tier 2 will be based on - Quantitative Ability, Statistics, General Studies (Finance & Economics) and English Language & Comprehension. From the following table, candidates can check the information of the SSC CGL exam pattern 2024 and also SSC CGL marks distribution for tier 2.

SSC CGL 2024 Exam Pattern - Tier 2

Points to note: Candidates can check the SSC CGL new pattern below

  • Tier-II will include conducting of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III in separate shifts, days.

  • Paper-I is compulsory for all the posts.

  • Paper-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these Posts.

  • Paper-III will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-III i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

  • Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I i.e. Computer Knowledge Test is mandatory but qualifying in nature.

  • Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III) will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Language And Comprehension module in Section-II of Paper-I.

  • There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.

SSC CGL 2024 Tier 2 Exam Pattern




No of questions

Maximum marks

Time allowed

Paper 1

Session 1


Module-I: Mathematical Abilities

Module-II: Reasoning

and General Intelligence

30+30= 60


1 hour


Module-I: English

Language and


Module-II: General





Module-I: Computer

Knowledge Module



Session 2


Module-II: Data Entry

Speed Test Module

Only data entry task

15 minutes

Paper 2




2 hours

Paper 3

General Studies (Finance and Economics)



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SSC CGL syllabus 2024

Along with the SSC CGL exam pattern 2024, aspirants must also go through the syllabus. The Staff Selection Commission prescribes the SSC CGL 2024 syllabus separately for each stage of the examination. The syllabus will help aspirants prepare efficiently and in a strategize-way. With help of the syllabus, aspirants can plan and focus their attention on important topics and concepts and allot equal time to the subjects and sections.

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SSC CGL Question Papers 2024

After getting an idea about the syllabus and the SSC CGL 2024 exam pattern, aspirants must also go through the previous years question papers of the exam. Various coaching institutes release unofficial SSC CGL question papers on their websites. These question papers are based on the feedback received by the candidates who appeared in the SSC CGL exam. Candidates preparing for the exam can download the SSC CGL question paper with solutions and solve them to know about the paper pattern, difficulty level and types of questions asked in the exam.

SSC CGL Answer Key 2024

SSC will release the answer key of 2024 SSC CGL for provisional as well as for final. The SSC CGL answer key will be released in online mode on the official website - SSC releases the SSC CGL answer key separately for tier 1 and tier 2. The answer key contains all the correct answers to each set of questions asked in the exam. With the help of the answer key aspirants will be able to calculate their spectated marks in the exam.

SSC CGL Preparation tips

After knowing the syllabus, question papers, answer key and the exam pattern of SSC CGL 2024, it is time for aspirants to know how to prepare for SSC CGL 2024. As we all know, this is a highly competitive exam and requires sheer dedication and perseverance. Aspirants must know that they will also require a solid preparation strategy. From the following pointers, we have tried to give an idea about how to proceed with the SSC CGL preparations.

  • Refer to the syllabus and SSC CGL exam pattern 2024.

  • Download previous year questions of SSC CGL and solve them on a regular basis.

  • Give SSC CGL mock tests for better preparations.

  • Make an effective and realistic timetable and follow it strictly.

  • Refer to the best SSC CGL study material and books. Don't change the books or study materials based on random opinions.

  • Don't get distracted by any rumour or hoax news.

  • Make short notes and keep them handy for quick revision.

  • Do not take stress, follow a healthy routine, meditate and eat healthy food. Keep a positive mindset during preparations.

SSC CGL books 2024

From the following table, we have shared the best books for SSC CGL 2024 for aspirants to prepare from.

SSC CGL books 2024

Objective General English

SP Bakshi (Arihant)

Competitive General English

Kiran Prakashan

Perfect Competitive English

V.K. Sinha

Quantitative Aptitude

Dr R.S Agarwal

NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11


Logical and Analytical Reasoning

A.K. Gupta

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma

General Knowledge

Lucent Publication

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the exam pattern of SSC CGL?

The tier-wise detailed exam pattern of SSC CGL is mentioned in this article clearly.

2. Is SSC CGL tougher than the cat exam?

Both the exams have their own difficulty but the objective and subjects are different so there is no comparison. However, the difficulty level is quite the same.

3. Is SSC CGL a tough exam?

Yes, the SSC CGL is a tough exam, it is called a mini-UPSC civil services exam.

4. Is Tier 2 compulsory in SSC CGL?

Yes, SSC CGL Tier 2 is compulsory.

5. Is there negative marking in the SSC CGL exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in the SSC CGL exam in the first two tiers.

6. How many stages are there stages in the SSC CGL exam?

There are 3 stages in the SSC CGL exam.

7. What are the subjects covered in SSC CGL Syllabus?

The common subjects covered in the SSC CGL syllabus exam are reasoning ability, verbal ability, quantitative aptitude, and general awareness.

8. How many attempts are allowed in the SSC CGL examination?

There is no limitation for the number of attempts to appear in the SSC CGL exam, however, there is an upper age limit for candidates belonging to different categories.


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Questions related to SSC CGL

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Yes,  failing one subject in 12th grade but passing overall and completing graduation in first division will likely make you eligible for the SSC CGL exam and document verification. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) requires a candidate to have passed the 12th class examination from a recognized board. As long as you have a passing certificate for 12th standard, even with a fail in one subject, you meet the basic eligibility criteria.

The SSC CGL emphasizes your graduation degree for most posts. Since you have a first-class graduation, it strengthens your application.

While the general eligibility mentions passing 12th, some specific posts within the SSC CGL might have stricter requirements. Double-check the notification for the specific post you're interested in to ensure there are no additional requirements regarding class 12th subjects or marks.

During document verification, the SSC might ask about the failed subject in 12th. Be prepared to explain the situation honestly. Having a first-class graduation demonstrates your academic ability overall.

I hope it helps!


The minimum educational qualification required for applying for SSC CGL is a bachelor's degree in any stream from a recognised university. And the age limit to apply is 18 to 32 years. If you have only passed your 12th standard then you are not eligible to apply for this exam. You need to complete your bachelor's degree to be able to apply for it.

Hope this information will help. Best wishes ahead!

No, a BSc in Microbiology wouldn't directly qualify you to become a GST inspector through the SSC CGL exam (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination). The SSC CGL recruits for various posts, and the eligibility criteria differ based on the specific post.

For the post of GST Inspector (typically under the Central Excise Inspector or Inspector (Excise) cadre), a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Business Administration or Law is usually required. Microbiology doesn't fall under the typical qualifica

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1 Understand the Syllabus: Know what topics are covered in the exams you're targeting.

2 Study Material: Gather quality resources for mathematics and reasoning.

3 Build Concepts: Start with basics and gradually move to complex topics.

4 Practice Regularly: Solve a variety of problems to improve skills

5 Time Management: Practice solving problems within time limits.

6Review and Improve: Analyze mistakes and revise regularly.

7 Seek Guidance: Get help when needed from teachers or online resources.

Hope this helps you,

Thank you

Choosing basic math in class 10th will likely not affect your eligibility for most SSC exams, other state services exams, and UPSC as long as you meet the specific math requirement for the desired post.

Many SSC exams, like SSC CGL or CHSL, have a minimum educational qualification requirement that specifies a Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Math in 10th standard usually doesn't play a role in these exams.

Eligibility criteria for state services exams vary, but most focus on the educational qualification required for the specific post. Math from 10th might not be a factor.

UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) requires a Bachelor's degree. Math from 10th doesn't affect eligibility.

I hope it helps!

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