SSC-CGL stands for Staff Selection Commission-Combined Graduate Level Examination. SSC CGL exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission which was established in 1975 for selecting staff to fill in the various post in ministries, departments, organisations of the Government of India.

SSC CGL is considered as one of the most preferred examinations for graduate students. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for the examination to fill in the required positions.

SSC CGL exam is conducted in four phases the first two phases are Combined Graduate Level is conducted in online mode whereas the other two are conducted in offline mode

As per the official notification of SSC CGL 2019, the tier 1 exam will be conducted from 2nd to 11th March and the tier 2 exams will be conducted from 22nd to 25th June 2020.

If you are also planning to appear for the exams then it is important to know the complete details of the exams. So here we have covered the important aspects of the SSC CGL exams,

Eligibility Criteria

Here are the eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled in order to appear for the SSC CGL examinations.


1. Age Limit

The minimum age limit prescribed by SSC is 18 years and the maximum is 32 years. However, there is a relaxation for candidates belonging to the reserved category.

SC/ST5 Years
OBC3 Years
Physically Handicapped 10 Years
Physically Handicapped + OBC13 Years
Physically Handicapped+ SC/ST15 Years

2. Educational Qualification

A candidate must have graduated from the recognised university or institution. However educational qualification varies with the different posts in SSC CGL.

Here is the educational qualification that is required for different posts.

S.NOSSC CGL PostEducational Qualifications
1. Assistant Audit Officer/Accounts officerBachelors degree from a recognised university or CA, CS, MBA, Cost and management accountant, Master of Commerce
2. Junior Statistical OfficerBachelors degree n any subject from a recognised university or at least 60% marks in 12th standard or Bachelors degree with statistics as a core subject.
3. Statistical Investigator Grade-II Post Bachelors degree from any recognised university with a minimum of 60 % in maths in class 12th.
4. Other PostsBachelors degree in any subject from a recognised university. or students appearing for the final year examination are also eligible to apply for the same.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL exam pattern is conducted on four levels. Here is the detailed exam structure of SSC CGL.

Levels Exam TypeMode Of Exam 
Tier 1Multiple ChoiceOnline
Tier 2Multiple ChoiceOnline
Tier 3Descriptive type of paperOffline
Tier 4Skill Test/Computer proficiency testOffline

SSC Tier 1 Exam Pattern 

SSC Tier 1  the exam held in the month of March. It is  conducted in offline mode and there are 100 questions  

S.NoSubjectNo: Of QuestionsMarksExam Duration
1. General Awareness255060 Minutes
2.General Intelligence and reasoning255060 Minutes
3.Quantitative Aptitude255060 Minutes
4.English Awareness255060 Minutes

Total 100200

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Syllabus

SSC Question paper is divided into 4 parts and the Questions are based on the 10th and 10+2 grade syllabus. Here is the complete syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 1.

1. Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System
  • Average
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Profit and Loss
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Percentage 
  • Algebra

2. General Awareness

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Static Awareness
  • Biology
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics
  • Computer
  • Current Affairs
  • Polit

3. English Comprehension 

  • Sentence Correction
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled sentences correction
  • Idioms and phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Odd one out
  • Active Passive Voice

SSC Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Tier II is an objective test which is conducted in online mode. This exam is divided into four parts. The details of the same are given below.

Paper SubjectNo: Of QuestionsMarksDuration 
1Quantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
2English Language& Comprehension2002002 Hours
3Statistics1002002 Hours
4General Studies1002002 Hours

SSC Tier 2 Exam Syllabus

1. Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System
  • Average
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and Work
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Simplification

2. English Comprehension

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Jumbled sentences
  • Comprehension passages
  • Active passive voice
  • Sentence improvement

3. Statistics

  • Collection and classification of data
  • Central tendency measurement
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Theory of Probability
  • Time, series analysis
  • Index numbers
  • Sampling theory
  • Moments, skewness and kurtosis

4. General Studies ( Finance and Economics )

4.1 Finance

  • Fundamentals and basic principles used in accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Basia concepts of accounting

4.2 Economics

  • Comptroller and Auditor General of India ( functions, roles and duties )
  • Finance commission ( roles and responsibilities )
  • The fundamental concept of micro and macroeconomics
  • Demand supply theory
  • Theory of production and cost
  • Various forms of markets and price determination of the different markets
  • Indian Economy
  • Economic reforms in India and its impacts
  • Money and Banking System in India

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 

This exam tests the writing skills of the candidates. It is a descriptive type exam and candidates are required to write an essay, letter, application and precis. 

1. Subjective exam in Hindi/ English ( essay, application, precis, letter )10060 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier 4 is a skill test which is mandatory for certain government posts. Here are the tests on which a student is being judged.

1. DEST ( Data Entry Speed Test )

In this test, the typing speed of a candidate is being checked, it is compulsory for all the posts of SSC CGL other than that of complier. In this test, a student is given the printed material in English and candidates needs to type that material accurately on the computer. The total time allotted for typing is 15 minutes. 

2. CPT ( Computer Proficient Test )

This test is held to check the computer knowledge and skills of the candidates. It is held in three modules Word processing, Spreadsheet and generation of slides. CPT is conducted for the posts of Assistant section officer, corporate affairs assistant, Assistant in serious Fraud Investigation Office. 

3. Document Verification 

The last and the final step is document verification as candidates are required to verify all the necessary documents. 

SSC CGL Online Application 2019 

Here is the complete process on the online application of SSC CGL exams. Follow the below steps to successfully apply for SSC CGL 2019. 

1. First of all, you need to login to the official website which is

2. After that register yourself as a new using your email id and phone number. You will receive an OTP on the registered mobile number.

3. After registration, click on the “ Apply Button “ and you will get an application form which you need to fill online.

4. Make sure that you have the scanned copies of the required document ( passport size photograph, signatures, thumb impression etc. )

5. After uploading all the details you are required to pay the fees which can be paid online via debit/ credit card or Challan.

6. After registration click on the “Apply Button” to get the application submitted to the portal.

7. After cross-checking all the details click on the “ Submit Button “. Make sure to carefully check all the details because you will not be able to make any changes afterwards. 

8. Download the full application form.

9. Take the print out for future references.