SSC CGL TIER I Exam : Exam Pattern, Details, Insights and Previous Year Papers

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under the Government of India responsible for recruiting candidates for different posts in various Ministries and Departments of Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. SSC conducts a Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam every year for recruitment in Group ‘B’ (non-technical) and Group ‘C’ (non gazetted) posts. The selection process of SSC is by conducting exam in four levels, namely, Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV. The CGL Tier-I exam is an online computer based objective type exam consisting of 100 questions to be answered in 60 minutes, time extended up to 20 minutes more for physically challenged candidates. The number of posts offered is different every year depending on the number of vacancies generated. Expected vacancies are around 8000 to 9000 for this year. Also, the age limit for the various posts varies between 18 years to 32 years.

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मुख्य हाइलाइट
No. of Sections
General Intelligence and Reasoning General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension
Application Fees
Rs.100 (General & OBC) No Fees (SC/ST/Pwd/Females)
Registration Period;
From March 2020 to April 2020
Exam level
Bachelor's Degree from a recognized University
Exam Date
August 2021
Age Limit
18 To 27 Years (For Group B and C)
Total Marks
Males & Females
Selection Process
SSC CGL Tier 1, SSC CGL Tier 2, SSC CGL Tier 3, SSC CGL Tier 4
8000+ (Expected)
SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

Type:                         Computer Based test (Online Mode)
Duration:                  The duration of the SSC CGL Tier-1  exam will be of 60 minutes.
No. of Questions:    100 Objective type questions.
Syllabus Covered:  The Syllabus includes General Intelligence &
reasoning, General      Awareness/General Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude and English                                      Comprehension.
Marking Scheme:   2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer and 1/4 mark will be  deducted for every wrong answer.

Exam Syllabus:

It is divided into 4 sections:

Reasoning: covers topics like Bar Graph, Line Graph, Pie Chart, Tables, and Caselets.

Quantitative Aptitude: covers topics like number system, HCF, LCM, Simplification, Decimals & fractions, ratio & proportion, unitary method, percentage, time & distance, time & work, profit & loss, simple & compound interest, and Algebra.

English Language: covers topics like grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, Synonyms-Antonyms, reading comprehension and para jumbles.

General Awareness: covers topics like what’s happening in the country as well the world with the knowledge of sports, economy, current affairs, awards &honours’, scientific research, history along with important dates

Tips and Tricks:
  • Take Mock tests online to know your Strengths’ and Weakness.
  • You must also have the full knowledge of English like Sentence Structuring, Grammar, conjunctions and so on for that learn and practice along with it take Mock Tests every now and then.
  • Have full knowledge of Verbal as well the Non-Verbal type of exams.
  • Must have the full knowledge of Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Should know about Reading Comprehensions well.
  • Solve last years’ question papers in order to know what to expect and it will test your speed as well as accuracy.
  • Wrong answers will fetch you the 0.25 marks of the right answers obtained.
  • Prepare yourself for the timing of the exam so that you will able to finish well in time.
  • Don’t be anxious and before going to examination hall eat properly, have proper sleep and just relax.

Educational Qualification

The Eligibility for Applying for SSC CGL TIER 1 is Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized university.

Age Limit

The age limit is 20 years and upper age limit is 32 years. Although, age relaxation for applying for SSC CGL TIER 1 depends upon different categories – For SC/ST it is 5 years, for OBC it is 3 years, for PH it is 10 years.

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