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SSC CGL Exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission every year. The exam takes place in 4 Tiers. The full form of ‘SSC CGL’ is Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level. SSC CGL job is an important part of the functioning of bureaucracy. Once you qualify the exam, you are hired under Group ‘B’ or Group ‘C’ posts. This year, there are around 5,000 SSC CGL 2017 vacancies.

The SSC CGL Exam pattern consists of 4 Stages as mentioned below:

Stage 1: SSC CGL Tier 1
It is a computer based online test of 200 marks in 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off and you are required to cross the overall SSC CGL cut off.

Subjects Qs Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
(For VH & Candidates
suffering from Cerebral Palsy:
80 minutes)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Stage 2: SSC CGL Tier 2
This is an online exam consisting of 4 papers as mentioned in the table. There is no sectional cut off. The negative marking for each wrong answer as follows:
Paper I, Paper III & Paper IV – 0.5 marks
Paper II – 0.25 marks

Paper Subjects Qs Marks Time
Paper I Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
(For Each Paper.
40 min extra for
Paper 3&4)
Paper II English Language & Comprehension 200 200
Paper III Statistics (Paper I & II as above) 100 200
Paper IV General Studies (Finance & Economics, Paper I & II as above ) 100 200

Stage 3: SSC CGL Tier 3
This is a descriptive type paper of 100 marks and will be conducted in Pen and Paper mode. It will be of total 60 minutes of time duration.

Subject Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
(Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)
100 60 Minutes
(For VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes)

Stage 4: SSC CGL Tier 4
Tier-IV of the SSC CGL Examination is Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT). This test is of qualifying nature. The DEST test is for the Tax Assistant Post only.

SSC Tier IV Time Duration Syllabus
Computer Proficiency Test(for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only) 45 Minutes Word/Excel/ PowerPoint

Given here is the detailed Syllabus topics for SSC CGL

Logical Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Language
- Classification
- Analogy
- Coding Decoding
- Puzzle
- Matrix
- Word Formation
- Dictionary Order
- Venn Diagram
- Direction & Distance
- Blood Relation
- Missing Number
- Number Series
- Alphabet Series
- Verbal Reasoning
- Non-Verbal Reasoning
- Indian Culture
- Geography of India & the World
- Indian History
- Environment
- Economy
- Polity
- Physics + Space Sciences
- Biology
- Chemistry
- Computer & Mobile Technology
- Diseases
- Pollution & Nutrition
Current Affairs
- Sports
- People in News
- Books & Authors
- Schemes & Portfolios
- Simplification
- Interest
- Percentage
- Ratio & Proportion
- Average
- Problems on Age
- Speed Time & Distance
- Profit & Loss
- Number Series
- Number System
- Mensuration
- Data Interpretation
- Time & Work
- Mixture Problems
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Trigonometry
- Reading Comprehension
- Fill in the Blanks
- Spellings
- Phrases & Idiom Meaning
- One Word Substitution
- Phrase Replacement/Sentence Correction
- Error Spotting

Now that you know the new SSC CGL Exam Pattern, you should start your preparation accordingly. The following SSC CGL exam Preparation Tips will help you kick-start your preparation.

1. Know the pattern & SSC CGL Syllabus with Weightage of each topic

This step is very important before you start the preparation of any exam. It gives you a basic idea about the exam and puts you on the right track for your preparation.

2. Your Current Preparation Level

Once you know the pattern and syllabus, you need to know where you stand in terms of preparation. This is a very crucial step because it will help you do the reality check.
This exercise will help you assess the following:

  • The difference between your current preparation level and the level that is required to pass the exam.
  • If you need to work on certain topics from scratch.
  • If you are taking too much time in solving questions.

3. Know the Previous Years Cut Off

In these exams, cut-off is more important than the actual score. This is because cut offs are the first hurdle that you need to cross to reach your goal. You need to reach to the bare minimum score before you can even start dreaming of maximizing your score. Hence, once you have appeared for a few mock tests, go through the cut-offs of these exams and figure out the difference that you need to cover. You should at least be familiar with SSC CGL Cut Off 2016 & 2015.

4. Knowing the SSC CGL Syllabus & Difficulty Level

This is the most crucial step. This analysis will help you make an informed decision. This is because this is the part of the plan where you plot to get the maximum output in the minimum time.

5. Time Left for SSC CGL Preparation

Keep in mind the time left for SSC CGL exams. Your decision will also depend upon the time factor as you should not make plans that are unachievable. Time plays an important role. Because at the end of the day, if you run out of time, even the best-laid plans will come to waste.