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SSC CGL 2018 Exam pattern

By: Urvi on September 12, 2017

SSC CGL notification was released on 15th May 2017. A lot of major changes have been introduced in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017. With a vacancy count of 4733, the time duration of Tier I Exam has been changed from 75 to 60 mins

SSC CGL Tier I is a Computer Based Test scheduled for 200 marks to be solved in a duration of 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.5 for every incorrect answer. No sectional cutoffs exist.

Subject Question and Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 Q - 50 60 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 80 minutes)
General Awareness 25 Q - 50  
QA 25 Q - 50  
English 25 Q - 50  
Total 100Q -200 marks  

SSC CGL Tier 2 is an online examination consisting of 4 papers.Every paper is for a duration of 2 hours. Out of the 4 papers given, only two are compulsory for students. Paper 3 is for the post of the Statistical Investigator and Paper 4 is for Asst Audit Officer Gazetted Group B Post.

Paper I, III and IV - 0.5 Negative Marking

Paper II - 0.25 Negative Marking

Subject Question and Marks Time
Quantitative Ability 100 Q - 200 120 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 160 minutes)
English 200 Q - 200 120 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 160 minutes)
Total 300 Q - 400 240 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 280 minutes)
Statistics (Statistical Investigator and Compiler) 100 Q - 200 40 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 160 minutes)
General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 Q- 200 40 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 160 minutes)

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a descriptive paper for 100 marks and would be conducted in a pen and paper mode.

Subject Question and Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi 100 60 Mins (VH and Cerebral palsy - 80 minutes)

SSC CGL Tier 4 is usually a Computer Proficiency test/Skill Test/Document Verification qualifying in nature. 

Computer Proficiency Test - Asst Section Officer in CSS and MEA

Data Entry Skill Test - Tax Assistant

SSC Tier 4 Duration Portion
Computer Proficiency Test (Assistant Section Officer)  45 minutes Word/Excel/PPT

SSC CGL Latest News & Updates

SSC CGL 2017: Tier II Marks Uploaded

The SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Marks have been uploaded by the Staff Selection Commission on the official website of SSC at The Result of SSC CGL Tier II was declared on June 6, 2018, by the SSC. The candidates waiting to view the marks ... Read more

SSC CGL 2017: Tier II Result Declared

The SSC CGL Tier II Result has been declared by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The SSC CGL 2017 Tier II examination was conducted from February 17 to February 22, 2018. The candidates who appeared for the examination can check ... Read more

SSC CGL 2018: Online applications start from April 21

According to the latest notification released by the Staff Selection Commission of India, the online applications for SSC CGL 2018 will start from April 21, 2018. The candidates aspiring to appear for SSC CGL 2018 can apply for this ... Read more

SSC Postpones CGL Tier 3 Examination

After conducting a re-examination of CGL (Combined Gratitude Level) Tier 2 examination on February 17 and 21, 2018 the SSC (Staff Selection Commission) has decided to postpone the Tier 3 Examination. This ... Read more

SSC CGL 2018: Tier 2 Re-examination to be held on March 9, 2018

SSC CGL Tier 2 Examination conducted on February 21, 2018, had faced a lot of technical issues. Owing to these issues, there was a lot of delay in the download of question papers. Therefore, SSC has decided to ... Read more
SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus for Tier 1
The level is an online test. There are 100 questions in Tier 1 examination for the aggregate marks of 200. It will have questions from four different sections.
SSC CGL Tier 1 is an online test. There are 100 questions in Tier 1 examination for the aggregate marks of 200. It will have questions from four different sections.
Section Questions Marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English 25 50


General Intelligence sections would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. General Awareness is concerned with topics that are affecting the society. Quantitative Ability would test the mathematical aptitude of the students. Candidate's ability to understand English and his writing ability would be tested.

The SSC CGL Tier 2 exam consist of two compulsory papers English and Quantitative Aptitude. Statistical Investigator post applicants would have to prepare for topics involving statistics and General Studies.

SSC CGL Tier 3 is a descriptive test while SSC CGL Tier 4 is a Skill Test that tests Computer Proficiency/Data Entry.


General tips for cracking the exam:

  • Make a good plan for studies. Understand about the syllabus and prepare for the weaker sections.
  • Update yourself on current affairs on a regular basis.
  • Practice various topics available and do well.
  • General Knowledge would help you gain good marks and push your overall score.
  • Manage time well as this is the most critical resource that would help you do well.
  • Keep trying online mock tests to judge yourself and your knowledge to work on your inefficiencies.
  • Revise all of your topics and do well in the exam.
  • Proper diet and enough sleep would help you do well.
  • Don't lose sleep. A sound sleep of minimum 7 hours is necessary for the brain to function to its maximum

SSC CGL 2018 Question Paper Analysis

A detailed analysis of the same at an overall level is presented below:

Section Difficulty Level Ideal Attempts
English Moderately easy 16-17
Quant Moderately easy 19-21
General Awareness Easy 21-23
General Intelligence Easy- Moderate 14-17
Overall Moderate 74-78

The detailed section-wise analysis is presented as below:

Quantitative Aptitude

This section was moderately easy. Questions based on formulae were asked. The break-up is as follows:

Topic %
Commercial Mathematics 24%
Mensuration 4%
Algebra 12%
Trigonometry 12%
Time and Work 12%
Geometry 8%
Speed and Distance 4%
Average and Percentage 4%
Data Interpretation 20%
Total 100%


The Reasoning section has been touted to be easy by students. The topic-wise breakup is as follows:

Topic %
Matrix 4%
Syllogism 4%
Non-verbal 4%
Blood Relation 4%
Odd one 10%
Coding and Decoding 10%
Direction Sense  4%
Series 10%
Analogy 14%
Miscellaneous 36%
Total 100%


English Section was known to be moderately tough the break-up of which is given as below:

Topic %
Error Detection 15%
Improvement of sentences 12%
Idioms and Phrases 12%
Synonym/Antonym 12%
Substitution of one word 8%
Spelling 8%
Para Jumble 8%
Cloze test 25%
Total 100%

General Awareness

General Awareness Section was set to be moderately difficult. The major focus was on Awards and Honors that were conferred.

Topic %
Geography 8%
History 24%
Polity 24%
Economics 8%
Current Affairs 16%
Science 20%
Total 100%

What's New

There are a few highlights about SSC CGL  which are as follows:

  1. The age of the candidates which were calculated earlier on 1 January would now be calculated on 1 August. 
  2. Tier 1 and Tier 2 would be Computer Based Examination, Tier-1 would be a qualifying exam.
  3. The marks secured in Tier 1 would be used for the purpose of determining ranks.
  4. The question count has been reduced from 200 to 100 with the total remaining 200.
  5. The upper age limit has been fixed at 30 for some jobs.
  6. The final merit list is always determined on the basis of the combined score derived from Tier 1,2 and 3.
  7. The exam is conducted to recruit 4000 vacancies of Group B Posts.
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