SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019
Supriya Kumari, 11 Feb 2019, #SSC CGL

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released exam pattern of Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL). Candidates can get the idea about the number of sections, marking scheme, weightage of topics, mode and duration of exam and number of questions through SSC CGL exam pattern 2019. SSC CGL 2019 exam is divided into 4 tiers - tier 1, tier 2, tier 3 and tier 4. 

The Tier I, as per SSC CGL 2019 comprises of Computer Based Test which has four sections - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The questions in the booklet will carry 100 objective type multiple choice questions carrying 200 marks. Candidates will get 60 minutes to answer all the questions. Read this article below to know the details about SSC CGL exam pattern 2019.

Note: SSC CGL 2018 Tier I exam will be held from June 4 to 19, 2019, while the Tier II exam would be conducted from September 11 to 13, 2019. SSC CGL Tier III 2018 exam will be conducted on December 29, 2019. It must be noted that the exam pattern of SSC CGL for 2018 and 2019 is the same. So, candidates can follow this SSC CGL exam pattern 2019 for the exams of 2018 (which are happening in 2019) as well.  

Highlights of SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019


Types of Questions

Time Duration

Tier 1

Objective Type Question

60 minutes 

Tier 2

Descriptive and Subjective Type of Question

120 minutes

Tier 3

Descriptive Paper

60 minutes

Tier 4

Skill test

45 minutes

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 for Tier I

The tier 1 exam is a computer-based test consisting of four subjects - General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. There will be a total 100 questions where candidates will be given 60 minutes to answer. There is negative marking scheme of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer. Total marks allotted for the tier 1 exam is 200. Check the table below to check SSC CGL exam pattern for the tier 1 exam below.






60 minutes 

General Intelligence and Reasoning



General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Language






SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 2

The tier 2 exam comprises of four papers – Paper I, II, III, IV. Paper I is quantitative abilities while Paper II is the English Language. Paper III comprises questions from the subject of Statistics while Paper IV contains questions related to General Studies. SSC CGL 2019 Paper I and II of Tier II is common for all the posts. Candidates appearing for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer will have to appear for Paper III and IV respectively. Questions in Paper I as per SSC CGL Tier II will be Class 10 level while Paper II will be of 10+2 level. Paper III and IV will be of graduation level. 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.

Tier 2 SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019





Paper 1- Quantitative Abilities



2 hours 

Paper 2- English language and comprehension



2 hours 

Paper 3- Statistics



2 hours 

Paper 4- General studies (Finance & Economics)



2 hours 




SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 for Tier III

The tier III of SSC CGL comprises 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. Candidates can write the paper either in English or Hindi. As per SSC CGL exam pattern 2019, Tier III will carry 100 marks and will be held for 60 minutes. Candidates can check below SSC CGL Tier III exam pattern 2019.



Time Duration

Descriptive paper in Hindi/English (Writing of Essay, Precis,

Letter, Application etc.)


60 Minutes

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019 for Tier IV

The tier IV of SSC CGL is a skill test conducted for candidates selected 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). 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. Candidates appearing for SSC CGL can check the detailed syllabus of tier 1 exam below.


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 News

Cloze test

Venn Diagram



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