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Stages of SSC CGL Exam – All You Need to Know

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam for filling up of various Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ posts in different Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations. Many graduates in the country aspire to crack the CGL exam and join any of the posts filled through this exam. It is one of the popular competitive exams that has been prepared by the graduates of the country.

The SSC CGL Exam is conducted in four stages – Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV. The candidates who appear for this exam have to crack all these stages in one go to get selected for one of the posts filled through this exam.

In this article, the different stages of the SSC CGL Exam are clearly explained and knowing the scheme of the exam is the first step before starting the preparation for the exam.

Scheme of SSC CGL Exam

The SSC CGL Notification is released yearly once to recruit various Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ posts and has the following stages:

Stages of SSC CGL Exam
Tier-I Computer-Based Examination
Tier-II Computer-Based Examination
Tier-III Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
Tier-IV Computer Proficiency Test/ Data Entry Skill Test (wherever applicable).

Any candidate who has completed a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or equivalent can apply for this exam. The candidates appearing in the final exam of the graduation can also apply, however, if they possess the required educational qualifications.

For the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer and Junior Statistical Officer, the commission prescribes essential qualifications and desirable qualifications to be possessed by the candidates. For all other posts, a candidate possessing a bachelor’s degree could apply.

After the notification is released, the interested candidates can apply and start preparing by looking at the detailed scheme of the exam.

Scheme of Tier I Examination of SSC CGL

The scheme of Tier I of the SSC CGL Exam is as follows:

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50  

1 hour

(1 hour and 20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe)

General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200

 

Important Points to Remember:

  • The questions asked in Tier-I will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi, except for English Comprehension in Tier-I.
  • In Tier-I, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.

Scheme of Tier II Examination of SSC CGL

The scheme of Tier II of the SSC CGL Exam is as follows:

 

Papers Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
Paper I Quantitative Abilities 100 200 2 hours (for each Paper) (2 hours and 40 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe
Paper II English Language and Comprehension 100 200
Paper III Statistics 100 200
Paper IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200

 

Important Points to Remember:

  • The questions in Tier-II will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi, except for English Comprehension in Paper-II of the Tier-II exam.
  • In Tier-II, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and
  • Paper-IV.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.

  • Paper-III of Tier-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for the Posts.
  • In Tier-II, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Scheme of Tier III Examination of SSC CGL

The scheme of Tier III of the SSC CGL Exam is as follows:

Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allowed
Descriptive Paper in

English or Hindi

(Writing of Essay/ Precis/

Letter/ Application etc.)

100 1 hour

(1 hour and 20 minutes

for the candidates who are

eligible for scribe)

 

Important Points to Remember:

  • The mode of examination of the Tier III stage will be based on Pen and Paper mode.
  • The Paper in Tier-III will have to be written either in Hindi or in English.
  • Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will be awarded zero marks.
  • In Tier-III, candidates must write their correct Roll Number at the prescribed places on the cover page of the Answer Book. Candidates must also affix signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression in the relevant columns in the Answer Book.
  • Answer Books not bearing Roll Number, Signature and Left-hand Thumb Impression shall be awarded zero marks.
  • The candidates must not write any personal identity e.g. name, roll number, mobile number, address, etc inside the Answer Book (Tier-III).

Scheme of Tier IV Examination of SSC CGL

The scheme of Tier IV of the SSC CGL Exam is as follows:

Name of the Stage Scheme of the Examination
Skill Test Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) will be conducted.

After applying for the exam, the candidates who have applied have to keep track of the SSC Admit Card, which will be released by the commission weeks before the exam. Possessing an admit card is a must to gain entry into the exam hall.

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