SSC CGL Notification 2018 | TIER-1 & TIER-2 Exam Pattern

By | April 4, 2018

SSC CGL Exam Pattern TIER (I, II, III & IV) & Interview-

SSC CGL Exam conducted by Staff Selection Commision deals with various exams & list of positions in various capacities, the tentative annual calendar 2018, SSC CGL Exam Pattern, detailed SSC CGL Notification 2018 (pdf format) and students may visit, detailed analysis and level of difficulties as well have been embedded in this very article on exam preparation (Tier-1,2,3,4 & Interview). The series applicants preparing for SSC CGL 2018 exam must read this article from beginning to end. The page not only contains the exam parameters but also are stuffed with various strategies & SSC CGL guidelines to excel the exam with minimum possible attempts. The SSC CGL Broadly covers large numbers of examination for various capacities in multiple departments. The single doorway entry is through the online written test/document verification & merit list display.

Educational Qualification 2018

The minimum education qualification required for SSC CGL 2018 to hold a Graduation degree from any of the recognized university or college in India which is govt. recognized

Age criteria-


Age Relaxation


5  Years


3 Years


10 Years


13 Years


15 Years

Ex-Servicemen (UR)

3 Years

Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)

6 Years

Ex-Servicemen (OBC)

8 Years

SSC CGL Exam pattern 2018

The SSC CGL Exam pattern comprises of merely three different stages, which includes-

  • Online Written Exam (TIER-1, TIER-2)
  • TIER-3 (Descriptive Test-Letter Writing/Essay)
  • TIER-4 (Computer Proficiency Test)
  • Interview
  • Document Verification

TIER-I Exam Paper is applicable for all position & to clear the minimum cutoff marks is mandatory to appear for the next stage of TIER-II Level, further, the descriptive paper pattern is shown below-


Questions Maximum Marks

Total Duration

Quantitative Analysis



60 min

General Awareness



English language



Logical Reasoning






Tier II Exam Pattern

The TIER-II paper is conducted on the very day, the paper consists of Quantitative Aptitude & English Language

In addition to the AAO & JSO Position, Paper-3 & Paper-4 are conducted for the overall selection.

Subject Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hrs
English Language 200 200 2 Hrs

Note – The pattern includes negative marking system for your every wrong attempt, ¼ marks in Paper I & ½ in Paper 2.

Optional Papers Pattern

Sections Total Questions Marks
Paper-III (Statistics) 100 200
Paper IV (General Studies-Finance & Economics) 100 200


TIER-III Exam is among, one the level for the entire selection cycle of SSC CGL consisting of Pen-Paper mode which is totally descriptive in nature, this level includes Letter writing/Essay in English or Hindi Medium. The main objective behind TIER-III Exam is to evaluate the parameters like:

  • Candidates proper Understanding of Topics
  • Knowledge of the Topic
  • Writing Skill Test
  • Typing Skill Test (Accuracy & Fastness)
  • Content Writing Skill Test


TIER-IV Level exam merely is only for those who have applied for the position of Tax assistant, this test includes Basic Computer proficiency test, knowledge in Computer/Related & Typing Test, further objective of TIER-IV exam is to test candidates eligibility of basic computer working knowledge, related programmes (MS WORD, EXCEL, PowerPoint Presentation etc)

SSC CGL Previous Year Cutoff

SSC CUT OFF 2017-Category wise

List-1: Applicants qualified in Tier-1 & appearing for Tier-2 & Tier-3 (General Studies/Finance & Accounts)

Cutoff 129.00 123.00 140.50 113.50 79.00 152.50
Revised 125.50 119.00 135.50 111.50 75.00 148.00

List-2: Applicants qualified in Tier-1 & appearing for Tier-2 & Tier-3 (Statistics)

Cutoff 129.00 123.00 140.50 113.50 79.00 152.50
Revised 125.50 119.00 135.50 111.50 75.00 148.00

List-3: Applicants qualified in Tier-1 & appearing for Tier-2 & Tier-3 (Statistics)

Cutoff 103.00 93.00 115.50 87.50 44.00 131.50
Revised 98.50 89.00 110.50 69.50 38.00 126.00

Exam Preparation Strategy



  • Practice for  more & more MOCK Tests
  • Analyze the weaker  area from previous MOCK Test
  • Spend more time on a weaker area at home.
  • Analyze the area of a maximum question asked
  • Make your calculation speed faster
  • Avoid silly mistakes, e.g.- Calculation error etc
  • Spend more on Quantitative Analysis
  • Solve previous year Question banks
  • Start with the easy section
  • Time Management is very important in real time exam
  • Don’t stick to any particular question in Examination Hall
  • Don’t spend too much time on any particular question/(s)
  • Don’t move to other section unless assuring sectional cutoff
  • Don’t go with the lengthy methods, use a smart approach
  • Don’t avoid reading the instructions given at the beginning

How to Apply: SSC CGL Exam 2018

SSC CGL Part 1 Registration

  • To apply for the PART-1 registration of SSC CGL application form, visit official website
  • You will land on the Main page of SSC CGL containing application process details
  • Click on Examination Part-1 registration & further on online form option
  • Fill detailed basic information like Name, Father’s name, DOB. Category, communication address, contact number, valid e-mail Id etc
  • Candidates also needed to align the preferences as per their Post wise choices.
  • Finally click on “I AGREE” on a button after filling the detailed personal information, in the part-1 Registration
  • After submission of Part-1 registration, the system will generate the unique Registration Number & password to complete the Part-II Registration.
  • Take the print out of the PART-1 Registration process for your future references, if any.

SSC CGL Part-2 Registration

  • The candidates will be required to log in again for the PART-2 Registration process
  • Enter the Registration Number & Password, generated in the Part-1 registration process to continue.
  • The very first step will be Online PAYMENT or Offline Payment (Challan Mode), in order to proceed further.
  • The candidates are required to upload the photograph & signature as per the instruction (size & format)

Photo & Signature Parameters





25-50 Kb

10-15 Kb


100 by 120Pixel

140 by 60

SSC CGL Admit Card 2018

The event of Admit card download is very important in order to appear for SSC CGL Exam TIER-1 & further process of selection.

List of Important Books list-

The overall performance of the candidates obviously depends on applicant’s Strategy for the SSC CGL 2018 exam but frankly speaking, the contribution of study materials/SSC CGL related books too play an important role, thus we have suggested the list of  SSC CGL Important books, the section wise description of study materials are classified as under:


                     Recommended Books/Materials

Quantitative Analysis

  • Quantitative Aptitude (RS Aggarwal)
  • MOCKS/Series of Past Year Questions/ Practices Sets

Logical Reasoning

  • New Approach To Reasoning (Arihant Publication)
  • Non Verbal  Reasoning (RS Aggarwal)

General Awareness

(Choose & Pick)

  • Newspapers (The Hindu/Indian Express)
  • General Awareness (Lucent Publication)
  • Regular Mock Test/Test Series
  • General Awareness 2018 (Arihant Publication)
  • Pratiyogita Darpan (PD)-Magazine
  • Current Affairs Mahindra.

English Language

  • Word Made Norman Lewis
  • Objective English (-TMH Publication)

Computer Awareness

  • Shortcut Keywords
  • Basic Definitions/Terminologies
  • Objective Computer Awareness(Arihant Publication)

Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Guide to Data Interpretation (Arihant Publication)
  • MOCKS/Series of Past Year Questions/ Practices Sets

SSC CGL Important Dates 2018-

The important dates for SSC CGL Tier-1, Tier-2,Tier-3 & Tier-4 are –


Important Events



Notification Declaration

April 2018


Online Application Process begins

April 2018


Last Date to Apply Online

May 2018


SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Admit Card

June 2018


SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Date

June 2018


SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Result

July 2018


SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Hall Ticket

August 2018


SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Date

September 2018


SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Results

October 2018


SSC CGL TIER-3 Exam Date

October 2018



November 2018


SSC CGL TIER-4 Exam Date

December 2018


Final Merit list

December 2018

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2018



Logical Reasoning
  • Number Series Test
  • Verbal Classification test
  • Analogies test
  • Statement & Assumptions (S/A)
  • Verbal Reasoning Test
  • Logical Deductions (LD)
  • Statement & Arguments
  • Judgment Making
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes & Dices
  • Venn Diagram
  • Mirror Image/Reflection Test
  • Embedded System/Figures
  • Machine Input-Output Test
  • Ranking & Order Test
  • Inequalities Test
  • Linear Seating Arrangements
  • Circular Seating Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding
Quantitative Analysis
  • Number Series
  • Missing Numbers Sequence
  • Data Interpretation (D/I)
  • Quadratic Equation (Q/E)
  • Average Problems
  • Percentage
  • Profit Loss & Discount
  • Mixture & Allegation Problems
  • Ratio- Proportion
  • Simple Interest (SI)
  • Compound Interest (CI)
  • Permutation & Combination (P&C)
  • Probability
  • Time, Speed, Distance
  • Algebra
  • Time & Work
  • Measurement & Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Set Theory
  • Statistic
  • Data Sufficiency (DS)
  • Age Problems questions
  • Simplifications
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Antonyms-Synonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Rearrangements
  • Vocabulary Test
  • Grammar Test

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