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All About SSC CGL Exam - New Pattern, Previous Year's Cut-offs & More

What is SSC?

The Staff Selection Commission or the SSC is the body responsible for the entire process of recruitment for different jobs with the Indian government agencies and establishments. The SSC conducts exams for candidates from different educational backgrounds to recruit candidates for various government jobs.

What is SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL refers to the Combined Graduate Level Exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. It is an exam conducted by the commission to process the recruitments for candidates who fall under Group B and Group C categories. It is one of the most coveted exams in the country with more than 17 lakh people appearing for it in the year 2015 with salaries starting from a minimum of around Rs.43000 per month after the 7th pay commission and varying based on the place of posting.

The table below contains the list of posts that fall under Group B and Group C categories.

Categories and Posts Falling under SSC CGL Tier - 1 Exam

Name of the Group


Group B

Asst. Audit Officer, Inspectors, Accountants, Assistants, and Sub-inspectors

Group C

Auditors, Accountants, Tax Assistant, Upper Divisional Clerks (UDC), and Compiler

The SSC's latest update on their website has announced that the date of the CGL Exam Tier -1 for this year will be conducted on August 27, 2016.  This exam is for the 3300+ job vacancies (as of today) with the government. The Commission has also made some changes in the pattern of Tier-I and Tier-III examinations for this year.

SSC CGL Category wise Cut-offs for the Year 2015 

The table below shows the cut-offs for last year's exam for each category. Please note that these cutoffs are just for qualifying for Tier 2. The marks of the candidates chosen finally can vary for different posts based on the requirements and competition.

 Category wise Cut-offs for Previous Year's SSC CGL Exam - Tier I (2015)

Category Cut-off Marks
SC 80.25
ST 74.25
OBC 89.50
Ex.S 67.75
OH 69.00
HH 20.00
VH 51.00
UR 102.25

 Changed Pattern and Expected Cut-offs for SSC CGL Exam - (2016-17)

Pattern for New Tier - 1 Paper

The updated pattern for the Tier - 1 paper with regard to the subjects, number of questions, and duration is given below.

Updated Pattern for Tier-1 Exam



Max. Marks


Time Allotted

Additional Information


General Intelligence & Reasoning



75 Minutes (Total)

The test is to be conducted online.

The sectional cut-off has been struck off.  


General Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




English Comprehension



Since the change is not drastic, the expected cutoffs for 2016 SSC CGLE is also expected to be in the same range as last year cutoffs.

Pattern for Tier - 2 Paper

This section consists of three different papers. The number of papers to be attempted by a candidate varies depending on the position that the candidate has applied for.  The table below shows the pattern for Tier - 2 Exam.

Pattern for Tier - 2 Exam

Paper No. Paper Max. Marks No. of Questions Duration Duration for VH Candidates  Additional Information
1 Arithmetical Ability 200 100 2 Hours 2 Hours 40 Minutes Objective type paper
2 English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours 2 Hours 40 Minutes



200 200 2 Hours 2 Hours 40 Minutes

The table below shows the number and name of the paper or papers that the candidates need to appear for depending on the post that he/she has applied for. 

List of Papers to be Attempted According to the Post

List of Positions Papers to be Attempted
Assistants, Inspector of Income Tax, Inspector (Central Excise, PO, and Examiner),  Sub-inspector in CBI, Inspector of Posts, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Divisional Accountants, Accountants, Auditors, Tax Assistants, and UDCs. 

Paper I

Paper II

Statistical Investigators, GR II and Compilers.

Paper I

Paper II

Paper III

Sub-Inspector in Central Police Organisations Paper I 

 Pattern for New Tier - 3 Paper

The updated pattern for the Tier - 3 paper with regard to the subjects, number of questions and duration is given below.

Updated Pattern for Tier-3 Exam


Model of Examination

Scheme of Examination



Additional Information


Pen and Paper

Descriptive Paper in Hindi/English 


60 Minutes (80 Minutes for VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy)

 Writing of Essay/Precis/Letter Application Writing, etc,.

 Elimination is based on the merit of Tier -1 + Tier - 2 + Tier - 3 

 Depending on the postion for which the candidate has applied, the qualified candidate may need to take up a Data Entry Skills Test (DEST) and a Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Syllabus 2016

General Intelligence & Reasoning: Semantic Analogy, Embedded figures, Semantic Series, Figural Analogy, Symbolic Operations, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Trends, Semantic Classification, Space Orientation , Symbolic/Numerical Classification, Word Building, Drawing Inferences, Pattern-Folding and Unfolding , Figural Pattern, Coding and De-Coding, Figural Analysis, Number Series, Figural Series, Venn Diagrams, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Social Intellect, Emotional Intellect, and other sub-topics.

General Awareness: Awareness of the environment and its effects on society, current affairs, matters pertaining to India and its neighbouring countries pertaining to History, Politics, Economics, Geography, and Scientific Research.

Quantitative Aptitude: Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, Mensuration, and Statistical Charts.

English Comprehension: Grammar, synonyms, antonyms, direct and indirect speech, active and passive voices, misspelt words, jumbled words/sentences, and comprehension passage.

 Study Material

For further details concerning SSC Exams, please visit the official website. To prepare for the exam, please check out a comprehensive course made by FACEPrep (India's largest employability skill develpoment company) available in ChalkStreet. Click here to view an SSC Exam Paper from the previous year, i.e., 2015.

Do let me know if you need any further information about the exam by posting on the comments. All the best for the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2016.

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