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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i will complete graduation in june 2020 can i apply for ssc cgl 2019?

Ronak Gala Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019

Yes definitely you can apply for ssc cgl 2019 even if you are completing your graduation in 2020. The only eligibility criteria required for the exam is bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university and board. The exam registration has a very long process. So just do submit all the required certificates properly and safely. The exam procedure is too long. Till now, CGL 2016 is about to take place and CGL 2017 is not yet out only. So maybe once you come in 2020 after that only CGL 2019 comes out so you have a high chance to apply.

Best wishes. Thank you.


Can a candidate appearing in the final year of their graduation can apply?

Apoorva Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

Yes a student in their final year of graduation can apply for SSC CGL . The student is eligible to give exam in the final year of their degree that's not an issue. Also keep this thing in mind if the student qualifies the exam and at the time of document verification candidate need to show them their degree. I hope this was helpful

Best wishes

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my btech will complete in in 3rd yr going to be final year in aug 2020...can i give ssc cgl exam

Apoorva Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

I understand your concern but sorry you are not eligible for this year's exam as you are not a final year student. If you would have been in your final year of degree then you only you would have been eligible to give exam . As you have to show represent your degree after getting selected to this exam . I hope it was helpful while you can apply for the exam in 2020 as you will be in your final year and hence eligible for the exam .

Thank you best wishes


sir Maine 12 th ke baad 2year gap ke baad graduation complete Kiya hai graduation percentage 48 hai kya m ain SSC cgl ke liye eligible hu . main education gap hone par percentage more than 60 Percentage honi chaiye ESI koi BAAT hai

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019

There are few positions in SSC that do have 60% aggregate requirement and few positions do not have any aggregate requirement. You haven't mentioned the position that you want to apply for. Neverthless, not all positions require minimum aggregate of 60%. Junior Statistical officer and Statistical Investigator Grade II post require 60% minimum aggregate. The rest of the positions do not have minimum aggregate requisite. So you can try for other positions through SSC.


i have completed the Registration process & Submitted the Application form of CGL 2019. I have made a mistake in the Registration form, Level of Educational Qualification (Highest) -- I filled it as a Matriculation instead of Graduation. but in application form filled b tech. Is it possible to edit.

Kaiser Souza 11th Nov, 2019

Hi Anil,

The SSC CGL 2019 Aplication Form does have a correction window. You can make correction to the form before the 25th of November 2019. The details that can be edited are Father’s name, Mother’s name, DoB, Gender and Education Details. However, these can changes can only be done once and before final submission. If you have already done the final submission, you are advised to fill the form again and your previous application will be considered null and void.

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