SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017

SSC CGL Exam PatternSSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 – The exam conducting body, Staff Selection Commission has announced exam pattern for SSC CGL 2017. Candidates who have registered and will be appearing for SSC CGL can check here the exam pattern for each stage of competitive national level examination. SSC CGL 2017 exam pattern mentions type of questions, marking scheme, syllabus, sectional weight-age and other important instructions for convenience of exam appearing candidates. Moreover, SSC CGL exam pattern 2017 mentions changes in structure of Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV examinations as announced by SSC this year. Candidates can check here all about SSC CGL 2017 exam pattern for each stage of the graduate level recruitment examination as mentioned on this page below.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017: Mode of Exam and Dates


Important Dates

Exam Mode

SSC CGL Tier I examination

August 5 to August 24, 2017

Computer Based Test

SSC CGL Tier II examination

November 10 and 11, 2017

Computer Based Test

SSC CGL Tier III examination

January 21, 2017

Pen Paper Based Test

SSC CGL Tier IV examination 

February 2018

Activity Based Tests

SSC CGL Exam Schedule 2017



Time schedule

Tier I

3 to 4 sessions of different time slots


60 minutes (20 minutes extra time for Visually Handicapped and Cerebral Palsy suffering candidates

Tier II

2 sessions

120 minutes (40 minutes extra for VH and CP candidates)

Tier III


60 minutes (20 extra minutes for VH and CP candidates)

SSC CGL Paper Pattern 2017/Paper Pattern – Type of questions

Combined Graduate Level Exam 2017

Type of Questions

Tier I

Objective type questions

Tier II

Descriptive and Subjective type of questions

Tier III

Descriptive paper

Tier IV

Activities based skills test

SSC CGLE Exam Pattern 2017 - Tier I

SSC will be conducting CGL Tier I examination on various days from August 5 to August 24 in computer based mode. Candidates appearing for Tier I exam of SSC CGL can check here features and structure of SSC CGL 2017 as mentioned here. SSC CGL Tier I 2017 will be based on single paper divided in to four parts to be completed in one hour.  Check below SSC CGL 2017 exam pattern/paper pattern for Tier I examination -


SSC CGL Tier I: Questions and Marks Weight-age


Questions weight-age


General Intelligence Reasoning 



General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension






Marking Scheme of SSC CGL Tier I 2017

  • For each correct response, two marks will be allotted

  • In case of each wrong attempt, one fourth marks will be deducted from total scored marks

  • Questions marked with more than one option, even if one of the options is correct will be considered wrong and negative marking will be done.

  • No marks will be awarded for questions not attempted. Such questions will not be considered for calculation of total obtained marks by candidates

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 - Tier II

The exam conducting body has scheduled SSC CGL tier II exam 2017 on November 10 and 11. The Tier II exam of SSC CGLE will be conducted in computer based mode only. There will be four papers i.e. Paper 1 – Quantitative Aptitude, Paper 2 – English Language and Comprehension, Paper 3 – Statistics and Paper 3 – General Studies on Finance and Economics. The Candidates can check below complete exam pattern of SSC CGL Tier II 2017 -

Tier II Paper




Time duration

Paper I – Quantitative Aptitude

For all posts of CGLE



120 mins ( 160 mins. for Visually Impaired and Celebral Palsy candidates)

Paper II – English Language and Comprehension

For post of Junior Statistical Officer



120 mins  ( 160 mins. for Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates)

Paper III – Statistics

For posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer



120 mins  ( 160 mins. for Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates)

Paper IV – General Studies (Finance and Economics)

For posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer  as well as Junio Statistical Officer



120 mins ( 160 mins. for Visually Impaired and Cerebral Palsy candidates)

Total Marks, Questions


500 questions

800 marks


Marking Scheme for Tier II examination of SSC CGL 2017

  • Each paper of SSC CGL 2017 Tier II exam will be of total 200 marks, however the marks allotment will be different .

  • Candidates can check here marks weight-age for CGL 2017 Tier II exam for all papers as mentioned below -

  • Paper 1, two marks for each questions where total questions are 100

  •  Paper 2, one marks for each questions and a total of 200 questions

  • Paper 3 and 4, each carries 100 questions for two marks each

  • Negative Marking – For Paper I, Paper III and Paper IV, 0.50 marks will be deducted in case of each wrong attempt and for Paper II, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect option from total scores

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern - Tier III

  • The next level of selection is Tier III, which is a descriptive type paper either of English or Hindi (as per candidates choice)

  • The questions are based on Essays, Precie, Letter, Applications etc.

  • The total marks allotted for Tier III is 100 marks

  • There is no negative marking scheme

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 - Tier IV

SSC has adopted skill tests in place of Interview. The Tier IV of SSC CGLE 2017 will be based on Data Entry Skill Test and Computer Proficiency Test. The skills test and CPT will be conducted alongwith verification of documents. The skills test of SSC CGL Tier IV 2017 will be conducted as mentioned below -


For post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise and Income Tax), computer based Data Entry Skills Test will be conducted for 8000 key depressions per hour. For which 2000 key depressions for 15 minutes duration will be considered as qualifying.


Candidates who will score minimum qualifying marks in written exam of Tier III will only be called to take Skills Test in SSC CGL Tier IV. Also, Orthopaedically Handicapped Candidates for posts of Tax Assistant are exempted from the skills test and Visually Handicapped candidates are provided extra time duration. The VH candidates who took help of scribe at the the time of descriptive test, will be provided passage reader while appearing for Skills Test (DEST).


For posts of Assistant Section Officer of CSS Assistant Section Officer (MEA) and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/O Mines, a Computer Proficiency Test will be conducted based on word processing, Spread sheets/Excel Sheet, Generation and Presentation of Slides.


No candidate including Physically Handicapped candidates is exempted from appearing in CPT of SSC CGL Tier IV.


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