SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2023 : Exam Pattern

According to SSC CGL New Exam pattern, Staff Selection Commission will conduct the SSC CGL Exam 2024 in 2 stages i.e. Tier 1 and Tier 2. Aspiring candidates must understand the detailed exam pattern which includes the subjects, the number of questions in each section and also the duration of the exam. Candidates must note that the SSC CGL Tier 1 is qualifying in nature as well as compulsory for all posts and Tier 2 is scoring in nature. In this article, we have thoroughly discussed the revised SSC CGL Exam Pattern.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2023 for Tier 1
SSC will hold a computer-based examination with 100 multiple-choice questions. There are 4 sections in the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL, with 100 questions that account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2024 details are given below:

Sl. No Sections No. of Questions Marks Time
1 English Comprehension 25 50 60 Minutes


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


2 General Awareness 25 50
3 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
4 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
Total 100 200

Note:- For every wrong question there is a negative marking of 0.50 marks also.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2023

The schema of the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam pattern is explained in the Table given below:

Session Section Module Subject Questions Marks Weightage Duration
Session I Section 1 Module I Mathematical Ability 30 90 23% 1 Hour
Module II Reasoning and General Intelligence 30 90 23%
Section II Module I English Language and Comprehension 45 135 35% 1 Hour
Module II General Awareness 25 75 19%
Session II Section III Computer Knowledge Test 20 60 Qualifying 15 Minutes
Data Entry Speed Test One Data Entry Task Qualifying 15 Minutes

Important Points:

  • It is mandatory to for the candidates to qualify all the sections of Paper-I.

  • Tier-II (Paper-I, Paper-II & Paper-III) will consist of Objective Type, multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I.
  • The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Language and Comprehension module in Section II of Paper I.
  • The tabular representation for Papers 2 and 3 for JSO and ASO Post is given below.
SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 2 and 3 (Only for those JSO and AAO Posts)
Paper Section Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Paper II Statistics 100 200 2 hours
Paper III General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours

Note: For every wrong question There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II, and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I and 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.

SSC CGL Data Entry Speed Test 2023

The SSC CGL Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) will be conducted by SSC and it is mandatory for all posts. It is included under the Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I and the duration is 15 minutes. Check the DEST details below.

Particulars of DEST Details
Duration 15 minutes
Passage Length About 2000 key depressions
Passage Description Detailed instructions provided by Regional Offices of the Commission
Evaluation Details Available on SSC’s website: (