SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 - SSC prescribes SSC CGL 2020 exam pattern for all tiers in official notification. As per official notification the exam pattern of SSC CGL 2020 is provided for four tiers - tier 1 & 2 is Computer-based examination (CBE), while tier 3 is a descriptive test whereas tier -4 is computer proficiency test/skill test/document verification (DV) process. According to SSC CGL exam pattern 2020, there are four sections - general intelligence and reasoning, general awareness, quantitative aptitude, and English language. There will be 100 objective multiple choice questions (MCQ) of 200 marks in SSC CGL tier 1 exam. Candidates who qualify the tier 1 exam will be shortlisted to appear for the tier 2 exam. Read the complete article to know more about SSC CGL exam pattern, syllabus, how to prepare for SSC CGL 2020 exam.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights



Name of exam


Exam conducting authority

Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

Stages of exam

  • CGL Tier I

  • CGL Tier II

  • CGL Tier III

  • CGL Tier IV

Exam Mode

  • Tier 1 & 2 Computer-based examination (CBE)

  • Tier 3 (Offline - Pen & paper mode)

Duration of exam

  • Tier 1 - 1 hour

  • Tier 2 - 4 hours (for all), 2 hours additional for specific post

  • Tier 3 - 1 hour

Number of questions

  • CGL Tier I exam - 100 questions

  • CGL Tier II exam - 500 questions,

  • 200 - Q.A, 200- English, 100- Subject specific

Total Marks of CGL

  • Tier I - 200 marks

  • Tier II - 400 marks

  • Tier III - 100 marks

Negative Marking

Only applicable in tier I & II exam

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2020

Applicants should note that tier 1 exam of SSC CGL 2020 is a computer-based test which consists of four sections - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language subject. According to SSC CGL 2020 exam pattern, there will be a total of 100 questions in tier 1 exam. The total marks allotted to CGL tier 1 exam is 200 marks and this exam will be conducted for a duration of 1 hour. There will also be a negative marking scheme as per exam pattern of SSC CGL 2020. For each wrong answer, 0.5 marks will be deducted while 2 marks will be awarded for each correct answer of CGL exam. Check the table given below to know SSC CGL tier I exam pattern 2020.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 - Tier I


Total questions

Total marks

Duration of exam

60 minutes

English Language



General Awareness



General Intelligence and Reasoning



Quantitative Aptitude






SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2020

Applicants who qualify the tier 1 exam of CGL exam will be invited to appear for tier 2 exam. The tier 2 of SSC CGL 2020 exam comprises four papers – Paper 1, 2, 3, 4. Paper 1 is quantitative abilities (QA) while Paper 2 is the English Language. The paper 3 comprises questions from the subject of statistics whereas paper 4 contains questions related to General Studies. According to the CGL tier-II exam pattern, Paper 1 and 2 is common for all the posts, while other papers will be subject specific..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 2020 Exam Pattern - Tier II



Total questions

Total marks


Paper 1

Quantitative Aptitude



2 hours

Paper 2

English language



2 hours

Paper 3




2 hours

Paper 4

General Studies (Finance & Economics)



2 hours




8 hours

Here, it is to be noted that candidates who have applied for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer will have to appear for CGL Paper 3 and 4 respectively as per exam pattern. Here questions will be based on Graduation level subjects. Candidates should note that as per SSC CGL exam pattern 2020, negative marking scheme is applicable also in specialist paper.

SSC CGL 2020 Tier 3 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL tier III is a descriptive test which will be conducted in pen and paper mode. Shortlisted candidates on the basis of their performance in Tier 1 and 2 will be called for tier 3 stage of exam. The CGL descriptive test will be held in both English or Hindi language. As per SSC pattern 2020, Tier III will be of 100 marks and it will be conducted for1 hour. Check below exam pattern of SSC CGL 2020 for Tier III.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020 - Tier III


CGL tier 3 marks

Time Duration

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


1 hour

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2020

Applicants should note that tier 4 exam of SSC CGL 2020 is a skill test conducted for the candidates who will be shortlisted in Tier 1, 2 and 3. The SSC CGL tier 4 exam consists of Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) and Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). DEST is done for 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 Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant in the Ministry of Mines will have to appear for tier IV (Date Entry Skill Test). Aspirants should note that according to SSC CGL exam pattern 2020, tier 4 will be of qualifying nature.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020

Exam conducting authorities release the syllabus along with CGL exam pattern in official notification only. Candidates can check detailed syllabus separately for all tiers. The details about the syllabus for tier 1 exam are given below. Candidates can check the syllabus to start their preparation.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2020

English subject

General Intelligence/ Reasoning subject

Quantitative Ability subject

General Awareness/ General Knowledge subject

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


How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2020 Exam

Applicants should include the below mentioned points in their preparation of CGL 2020 exam.

  1. Solve previous year SSC CGL question papers

  2. Check SSC CGL exam analysis 2020 to know difficulty level of exam and question trends

  3. Check previous year SSC CGL cut off to know how much mark needs to be secured to qualify.

  4. Follow a disciplined time table and accordingly follow it regularly.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020

Question: How many exams are there in SSC CGL 2020?


SSC Combined Graduate Level exam is a 4 tier stage recruitment process.

Question: What is the tier 1 exam pattern of CGL 2020?


As per tier 1 exam pattern there will be four sections and 100 questions for 100 marks.

Question: Is tier 3 compulsory in SSC CGL ?


Yes to secure a job in SSC CGL, applicants have to appear for the exam.

Question: Is there a negative marking in SSC CGL exams?


Yes, there is negative marking in tier 1 and tier 2 CGL exam

Question: Is the exam pattern for SSC CGL tier 1 and 2 the same?


No CGL tier 1 and 2 have separate exam patterns.

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Questions related to SSC CGL

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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.

how many candidate apply for aao post in ssc cgl

Shubham Dhane 5th Mar, 2020


There is not any individual statistics available for SSC CGL 2020 for AAO post.But there are 6000 vacancies approximately this year and in 2018 a total of 4,24,665 candidates applied for SSC CGL out of which 1,40,386 appeared in the exam on 04/06/2018.And on 06/06/2018 out of 4,00,828 candidates 1,33,796 candidates appeared in the exam.

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