SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019
Updated on Oct 21, 2019 - 2:08 p.m. IST by Supriya Kumari

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release SSC CGL 2019 exam pattern for all tiers along with the notification on October 22. SSC CGL exam pattern is provided for four tiers - tier I & II is Computer-based examination (CBE), tier III is a descriptive test whereas tier IV is computer proficiency test/skill test/document verification (DV). According to SSC CGL exam pattern 2019, tier I consists of four sections - general intelligence and reasoning, general awareness, quantitative aptitude, and English language. There will be 100 objective type multiple choice questions carrying 200 marks in SSC CGL tier I. Candidates who qualify the tier I exam are shortlisted to appear for the tier II exam.

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As per the exam pattern of SSC CGL, tier II exam will have four papers. Each paper of SSC CGL 2019 tier II is conducted for 200 marks. SSC CGL 2019 exam pattern provides the overall details of the number of sections, marking scheme, weightage of topics, mode and duration of exam and number of questions. Read this article below to know the detailed SSC CGL exam pattern 2019.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019



Name of exam

SSC CGL 2019

Exam conducting body

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

Stages of exam

  • Tier I

  • Tier II

  • Tier III

  • Tier IV

Mode of exam

  • Tier I & II (Computer-based examination)

  • Tier (Offline - Pen & paper mode)

Duration of exam

  • Tier I - 1 hour

  • Tier II - 8 hours

  • Tier III - 1 hour

Number of questions

  • Tier I - 100 questions

  • Tier II - 500 questions

Total Marks

  • Tier I - 200 marks

  • Tier II - 400 marks

  • Tier III - 100 marks

Negative Marking

Only tier I & II

SSC CGL 2019 Exam Pattern for Tier I

The tier I exam of SSC CGL is a computer-based test consisting of four sections - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. According to SSC CGL exam pattern 2019, there will be a total of 100 questions in tier I exam. The total marks allotted to tier I exam is 200 marks which will be conducted for 1 hour. There is also negative marking scheme as per SSC CGL 2019 exam pattern. For each wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted whereas 2 marks will be awarded for each correct answer. Check the table provided below to know SSC CGL exam pattern 2019 for tier I below.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 Tier I


Total no. of questions

Total marks


60 minutes

English Language



General Awareness



General Intelligence and Reasoning



Quantitative Aptitude






SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 - Tier II

Tier II of SSC CGL exam comprises four papers – Paper 1, 2, 3, 4. Paper 1 is quantitative abilities while Paper 2 is the English Language. Paper 3 comprises questions from the subject of Statistics whereas Paper 4 contains questions related to General Studies. According to SSC CGL 2019 exam pattern, Paper 1 and 2 is common for all the posts. The questions of Paper 1 will be based on class 10 standards whereas Paper 2 will be designed on the basis of 10+2 level.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern 2019



Total no. of questions

Total marks


Paper 1

Quantitative Abilities



2 hours

Paper 2

English language and comprehension



2 hours

Paper 3




2 hours

Paper 4

General Studies (Finance & Economics)



2 hours




8 hours

However, for those candidates who have applied for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer will have to appear for Paper 3 and 4 respectively as per SSC CGL exam pattern 2019. The questions will be based on graduation level. Candidates will be also deducted marks for the wrong answer, in Paper 1, Paper 3 and Paper 4, 0.50 marks will be deducted and for Paper 2, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect option from total scores. Candidates can check the exam pattern of SSC CGL for tier I below.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 for Tier III

SSC CGL tier III is a descriptive test conducted in pen and paper mode. Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their performance in Tier I and II will be called for tier III. The descriptive test is held in both English or Hindi. As per SSC CGL exam pattern 2019, Tier III will carry 100 marks and will be held for1 hour. Check below SSC CGL Tier III exam pattern 2019.

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern 2019



Time Duration

Descriptive paper in Hindi/English (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)


1 hour

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 for Tier IV

The tier IV of SSC CGL is a skill test conducted for candidates who are shortlisted in Tier I, II and III. The tier IV exam consists of Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) and Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). The candidates who have applied for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax) while CPT is conducted for Assistant Section Officer of CSS, Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines will have to appear for tier IV (Date Entry Skill Test). According to SSC CGL exam pattern 2019, tier IV of SSC CGL will be of qualifying nature.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019

The syllabus of SSC CGL is released along with the notification of SSC CGL 2019. Candidates can check SSC CGL syllabus 2019 separately for all tiers. The details about SSC CGL syllabus for tier 1 exam is given. Candidates can check the syllabus to start their preparation.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2019


General Intelligence/ Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

General Awareness/ General Knowledge

Reading Comprehension

Non-verbal reasoning


Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture etc.)





Fill in the blanks



Current Affairs

Phrases and Idioms




One word substitution


Ratio and Proportion

Books and Authors

Sentence correction


Problem on Ages

Important Schemes

Error Spotting


Speed, Distance and Time


Active/ Passive voice

Word Formation

Number System

People in the News

Cloze test

Venn Diagram


SSC CGL Application Form 2019

Candidates will be able to fill the application form of SSC CGL 2019 from October 22. The last date to fill SSC CGL 2019 application form is November 22. Candidates must read the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Only those candidates who successfully register for the exam will be able to appear for the exam. SSC CGL application fee for male general category candidates is Rs. 100 while female candidates and all reserved category candidates will be exempted from paying any fee.

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In ssc cgl post what is salary for all jobs?

Ina 16th Feb, 2020

Hello Manikant,

Hope everything going well.

The SSC CGL exam is one of the most sought after exams in India and one major reason for this is the salary provided by the Commission. The current SSC CGL salary varies from a minimum of Rs.18,000 to Rs.2,50,000 (including perks), based on different posts.

Thank you.

All the best.


In ssc cgl exam there is same as upsc exam model paper like if we qualify for mains then we write preliminary exam.

Sanjay Khandelwal 3rd Feb, 2020
Sorry you are asking a wrong question. SSC is totally different with Upsc exam. And in ssc it is MCQ level in both tier 1 and 2. In UPSC civil services preliminary exam you have MCQ and written in mains. They are totally different some part of syllabus can be same. In ssc it will be in less deep than in upsc which asks in deep. For this preliminary is first and mains is second. In ssc tier 1 and main is tier 2.

which newspaper i prefer to read the hindu or hindu business line.both for ssc cgl ( vocublary) as well as UPSC aspect (for article)

anima chaudhary 31st Jan, 2020


As per review t he best newspaper for covering the competitive exam

The Hindu

The Indian express

Readers Digest

India today

The Hindu is very good and one of the best newspapers in India. But when it comes to SSC CGL, CHSL and any other SSC Exams, The Hindu does not solve the purpose. The Hindu is best for UPSC aspirants.

Readers Digest the magazine, it carries regular features of word power.

India today - India today is one of the best journals which provide leading articles on the current topics. The journal provides a brief description of the topic.


which book prefer for one word substitution and idioms/phrases for SSC CGL fir100% attempt in both tier-1and tier-2.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 30th Jan, 2020


first of all I suggest you to study previous years questions, some times questions get repeated, I have mentioned two book name below which is really helpful to any competitive exam to study idioms and phrases,

2222 Compulsory idioms and phrasal verbs for SSC  by lalit kumar,

Idioms, Phrases and One Word Substitution - For All Competitive Exams  by Sinha B. B


can I crack ssc cgl exam in 10 month I am in 0 level

Manisha Gupta Expert 29th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

This is enough time to be well prepared for the exam, Only you need to plan your exam schedule properly.

SSC CGL has mainly four section :

1. Reasoning

2.English Language

3.Quantitative Aptitude

4.General Awareness

Here are some preparation tips you can follow:

The Maths section consists of four major areas: Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. Reasoning is the most scoring section of the exam. You must focus on Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series.

English Preparation for this section would include focusing on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement and jumbled-up sentences. For cracking sentence error spotting questions, knowledge of grammatical rules you must know.

GK:  GK has the most comprehensive syllabus. And you also brush up current affairs. You must focus on questions based on Indian constitution, socio-religious movements of pre-independent India, national income & market structure, important scientific phenomena & modern Indian history.

Make your time schedule for your study section wise.

Make your short notes as per your convenience.

Go through with previous year papers to take an idea.

Join Mock test to analyze your performance.

Work on weak areas after completing each mock test.

Good Luck!

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