SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019
Supriya Kumari, 21 Oct 2019, #SSC CGL

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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sir, i selected in ssc cgl application form others option for educationa qualification instead of graduation (bsc). Can i eligible for document verification. kindly notify me...

Ashish pal Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

Hello dear aspirant.

If you are selected in SSC CGL application then you should go for document verification. You are always advised to check your application form while filling it . As you know it's matter of your own career. But as you have committed a mistake, now no other option to face it. Yes others is unspecified you go for document verification and tell them the situation sometimes matter gets solved by affidavit or sometime by some other ways . Hope you are getting me.

Good luck


which grade should I select in ssc cgl if Im pursuing final year student

Aman Raj Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

Hello Naveena

There are no Grade A jobs under SSC recruitment. All the Grade A officers for central govt. are recruited through UPSC. SSC recruits Grade B and Grade C officers. Though there is a Gazetted post (under SSC) like AAO, but it is also Grade B. For Grade A you must prepare for UPSC exams like civil services, defence exams (CDS, OTA, assistant commandant etc). I hope it helped you.


i have been facing problem in selecting the Economically weaker section column in the ssc cgl application its not getting selected as yes or as no also

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019


see if you are from general category then only you may choose for economically weaker section. if you already belongs to any other category like obc, st or sc etc than you can not choose ews category. if you are from general category and still facing the issues then try after some time and also checks the internet connection.


Iam purusing my final year.Am I eligible for the SSC CGL 2020 exam?? 23rd Nov, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that yes you are eligible for SSC CGL 2020 exam. Students pursuing their graduation and are in their final year of study are eligible to appear for SSC CGL 2020 exam.

I am sharing a link with you. You can refer to this link and can apply for SSC CGL from here

I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.


I am filling SSC CGL form 2019. I see only two options . Post of Junior statistical officer and post of statistical investigator grade || .. what about other posts? does it mean if i fill no for both of these . rest all posts are open to me to choose later?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 23rd Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

These are additional posts and required additional qualification on your part. For junior statistical officer your age must be between 30-32 and for statistical investigator grade II, you have to have statistics as a subject in your graduation.

If you comply with these qualification, fill them, otherwise, you are eligible for all the posts other than these two.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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