SSC CGL New Exam Pattern 2022 [Latest]: CGL Paper Pattern Changes Over Last 5 Years for Tier 1, 2

By Ashwini Shivhare|Updated : September 19th, 2022

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Combined Graduate Level (CGL) is a national-level examination conducted by SSC to shortlist candidates for Group-B and Group-C posts in various ministries/ departments of the Government of India (GOI). Every year, more than 30 lakh applicants fill out the form and about half of them appear for the exam.

SSC has released the much-awaited SSC CGL 2022-23 notification for eligible candidates on 17 September 2022. With the notification, SSC has announced the changes in the Selection process and major changes in the exam pattern. Interested candidates can apply for the SSC CGL Exam 2022 on ssc.nic.in. SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 exam will be conducted in December 2022. 

In this article, we will see the latest changes over the last 5 years. 

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With the release of the SSC CGL notification 2022, SSC has introduced the two-tier selection process.  Till 2021, SSC used to conduct the exam in four stages which are Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4. From the year 2016, the exam pattern has changed and now, the first two Tiers of this exam are conducted in online mode while the next two Tiers of the exam are conducted in offline mode. 

Before you prepare for any exam it is important to understand the exam pattern and trends all through the years. Exam pattern helps to identify the nature of the exam, while exam trends help to understand the type of questions to be put up in the upcoming year. So, BYJU'S Exam Prep brings you the exam trends of the last five years for SSC CGL viz. 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.

SSC CGL New Exam Pattern 2022

SSC CGL Exam is divided into 2 stages: Tier 1 and Tier 2. SSC CGL Tier 1 will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension. SSC CGL Tier 2 (Paper-I, Paper-II & Paper-III) will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I. Let us know in detail about the stages of the exam.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2022

SSC CGL tier 1 exam 2022 is a Computer based exam conducted online. A total of 100 questions are given from four subjects: General Awareness, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. Check out the table given below

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time

Reasoning

25

50

60 minutes

General Awareness

25

50

Quantitative Aptitude

25

50

English Comprehension

25

50

Total

100

200

Check the previous years’ cut off for SSC CGL Tier I Exam. SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is the deciding factor among all Tiers comprising 400 marks in total. It comprises two papers, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension (200 marks each). 

Students who are eligible and applied for Statistical Investigator and Assistant Audit/Accounts Officer during application will also have to appear for Paper 3 and Paper 4, respectively.

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern 2022 (New Paper Pattern)

Once candidates clear stage 1 of the SSC CGL selection process, they appear for the SSC CGL tier 2 exam 2022. 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 the English Language And Comprehension module in Section II of Paper-I. Check the table below:

Tier

Paper

Session

Subject

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allowed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper-I:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session-I (2 hours

and 15 minutes)

 

Section-I:

 

Module-I: Mathematical Abilities

Module II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.

 

 

 

30

30

Total = 60

 

 

 

60*3

= 180

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 hour

(for each section)

 

(1 hours and 20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)

Section-II:

Module-I: English Language and Comprehension

Module-II: General Awareness

 

 

 

45

25

 

Total = 70

 

 

 

 

70*3

 

= 210

Section-III:

Module-I: Computer Knowledge Module

 

20

 

20*3

 

= 60

 

15 Minutes

(for each module)

 

(20 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)

Session-II

 

(15

minutes)

Section-III:

 

Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test Module

 

One Data Entry Task

 

-

 

Paper-II

 

Statistics

 

 

100

 

100*2

 

= 200

2 hours

(for each Paper)

 

(2 hours and 40 minutes for the candidates eligible for scribe as per Para-7.1 and 7.2)

 

Paper-III

 

General Studies (Finance and Economics)

 

 

100

 

100*2

 

= 200


Note:

  • Tier-II will include conducting of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III in separate shift(s)/ day(s).
  • Tier-II will include conducting of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III in separate shift(s)/ day(s).
  • Paper-I is compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these Posts.
  • Paper-III will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-III i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • Paper-I will include the following three sections having two modules each:
    • Section-I :
      • Module-I: Mathematical Abilities
      • Module II: Reasoning and General Intelligence.
    • Section-II :
      • Module-I: English Language and Comprehension
      • Module-II: General Awareness
    • Section-III :
      • Module-I: Computer Knowledge Test
      • Module-II: Data Entry Speed Test
  • Paper-I will be conducted in two sessions - Session –I & Session II, on the same day. Session-I will include conducting Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III. Session II will include conducting Module II of Section III. Therefore, the duration of Session-I will be 2 hours and 15 minutes and the duration of Session-II will be 15 minutes
  • It will be mandatory for the candidates to qualify for all the sections of Paper-I.
  • 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 of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021

Let’s first understand the exam pattern of SSC CGL 2022 to have an idea about the nature of the exam. Here are some important highlights of SSC CGL 2022:

1. Mode of Examination

  • Tier 1 & 2- Online 
  • Tier 3 & 4 - Offline

2. Duration of Examination: 1 Hour

3. Total Number of Questions: 

  • Tier 1- 100 Questions
  • Tier 2- 300 Questions (Maths+ English)

4. Nature of Questions: Objective

5. Marking Scheme:

  • Correct Answer= +2  marks
  • Wrong Answer= -0.5 marks

6. Medium of Examination: Hindi & English

Here is the SSC CGL Syllabus for each tier.

Tier 1: 25 questions each (total 100 questions) from General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness/ General knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. The time limit for this tier is 60 minutes. Candidates are 2 marks for each correct answer and 0.5 are deducted for each wrong answer.

Tier 2 exam: This tier has 4 papers viz. Paper 1: English Language & Comprehension (Compulsory for all posts), Paper 2: Quantitative Ability (Compulsory for all posts), Paper 3: General Studies of Finance and Economics (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer), Paper 4: Statistics (only for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler). For Paper 1, Paper 3, and Paper 4: candidates get 2 marks for each correct answer and -0.5 mark for wrong answer. For Paper 2, candidates get 1 mark for correct answer and -0.25 marks for wrong answer.  

Tier 3 exam: Descriptive paper consists of Essay Writing, Letter/Application Writing, Passage Writing. The paper is conducted for 1 hour with a score of 100 marks. Candidates need to score at least 33 per cent to qualify this paper.  

Tier 4 exam: Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test is qualifying in nature. In this test, candidates have to replicate a PPT and Excel sheet. The test also comprises 15 minutes typing test.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Changes over Previous Years from 2016 to 2021

A lot of changes have been observed in the SSC CGL exam pattern over the years. Earlier, before 2016, CGL exam was conducted in offline mode. Here is a list of all the changes that took place in the SSC CGL exam pattern:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016-17

From the year 2016-17 a major change took place as the exam is now conducted through Computer Based Test (CBT) viz. online mode for both Tier 1 and Tier 2. Time duration of SSC CGL was reduced from 2 hrs. to 1 hr and 15 minutes. The number of questions also decreased from 200 to 100 questions but, the total marks remained the same with each correct answer now had a value of 2 marks. The below table shows the Exam Pattern for SSC CGL 2016-17:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016-17

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017-18

The major change in SSC CGL from 2016-17 to 2017-18 took place in the exam duration. Earlier, in CGL 2016-17, aspirants were given 75 mins to attempt 100 questions, whereas, in 2017-18, the time was reduced to 60 mins. The below table enlists the exam pattern for the year 2017-18:

SSC CGL Exam pattern 2017-18

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018-19

Normalisation was introduced in the SSC CGL 2018-19 exam, this ensured that the result is fair for all candidates irrespective of the difficulty level in different shifts of SSC CGL. The below shown below enlists the exam pattern for the year 2018-19:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019-20

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019-20

A change was also observed in the SSC CGL 2019-20 pattern. Earlier, candidates who qualified Tier 1 were considered eligible for Tier II, and candidates who cleared Tier 2 were eligible for Tier 3. This process was a bit time-consuming and tedious. To solve the purpose this process was changed, and now, candidates who qualify Tier 1 can sit for both Tier 2 and Tier 3. However, Tier 3 paper will only be evaluated if the candidate qualifies Tier 1 and Tier 2 combined cut off. This has improved the overall efficiency of the selection process for the SSC CGL 2019-20. Here is the depiction of the new pattern:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019-20

Note: The exam pattern may change as per the official notification released by SSC board for CGL 2019-20 Tier 2 Exam.  

The below-mentioned table states the exam pattern for 2020-21:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019-20

It is very essential to refer to the previous year SSC CGL cut off to estimate the expected cut off. Aspirants can analyse these cut off trends and set their score target and strategies accordingly.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Cut off Trends for Tier I

There has been a continuous growth in the cut off marks as the cut off has increased significantly for all the posts from 2017 to 2021. In the year 2017 around 15 Lakh aspirants appeared out of which 10 per cent were able to qualify for tier II. The percentage of qualifying candidates for Tier II has increased in 2018 to 12 per cent after normalization was introduced and the exam conducting authority was shifted to TCS. The below table enlists the cut-off trend from 2017 to 2021:

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Number of Qualified Candidates for Tier 2

The below-mentioned table states the number of qualified candidates over the years from 2016 to 2021:

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern: Cut off Trends for Tier 2

The cut-off trend from 2018 to 2020-21 has varied a lot despite the increase in the percentage of qualified candidates for Tier II. This exhibits the exam is getting more competitive each year. The below tables illustrates the cut-off trend for various category for Tier 2:

SSC CGL Tier 2 Cutoff 2020-21

CategoryAssistant Audit OfficerJunior Statistical OfficerAll Other Posts
SC369.29454319.43087331.52437
ST368.36577323.84052309.87681
OBC435.94647390.93987381.12415
EWS471.35718394.22602366.47505
UR471.35718445.23886433.61707
OH388.84705372.30742287.10506
HH301.71110309.80025133.20774
VH317.48815
Others-PWD331.66146148.94858

SSC CGL Tier 2 Cutoff 2019

CategoryAssistant Audit OfficerJunior Statistical Officer and Statistical Investigator Gr. IIAll Other Posts
SC422.99783359.87503434.68407
ST377.74693343.80764405.12641
OBC456.79650423.83991478.82303
EWS504.58172457.41940466.42205
UR517.46992488528.38462
ESM365.98601
OH449.20099422.28761392.96950
HH385.70577302.89152259.90917
VH320.64089422.76404

SSC CGL Tier 2 Cutoff 2018-19

CategoryAssistant Audit OfficerJunior Statistical Officer and Statistical Investigator Gr. IIAll Other Posts
SC422.99783359.87503434.68407
ST377.74693343.80764405.12641
OBC456.79650423.83991478.82303
EWS504.58172457.41940466.42205
UR517.46992488528.38462
ESM365.98601
OH449.20099422.28761392.96950
HH385.70577302.89152259.90917
VH320.64089422.76404

Important FAQs regarding SSC CGL Exam Pattern

Q. What is the trend for appearing and qualifying candidates in SSC CGL Tier I Exam over the years?

A. The below table illustrates the number of registered candidates, appeared candidates, overall attendance and number of qualified candidates for SSC CGL Tier I:

Particulars

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Number of registered candidates

38,04,000

30,26,598

25,97,000

N/A

-

Number of appeared candidates

14,82,000

15,43,962

8,37,000

9,78,103

-

Attendance percentage (%)

38.95

51.01

32.23

N/A

-

Number of qualified candidates for Tier I

1,49,319

1,89,838

1,50,396

1,25,279

1,14,135

Percentage of qualified candidates (%)

10.07

12.29

17.96

12.8

-

 

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FAQs

  • Candidates can find the changes over the last 5 years in SSC CGL Exam Pattern in this article. Candidates will also find other relevant information regarding the SSC CGL 2022 examination in this article.

  • You can find the SSC CGL Cutoff trend over the last few years in this article. Other than that candidates can also find the graph depicting candidates qualified for SSC CGL Tier 2 in this article.

  • No, SSC board has abolished interview round following government order on January 01, 2016. The interview round is replaced by the descriptive exam of 100 marks conducted through Tier III.

  • SSC CGL Exam is divided into 2 stages: Tier 1 and Tier 2. SSC CGL Tier 1 will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension. SSC CGL Tier 2 (Paper-I, Paper-II & Paper-III) will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I. Let us know in detail about the stages of the exam.

  • According to the latest notification SSC CGL 2022 Tier 1 could be conducted in December 2022 tentatively. Tier 1 exam is objective in nature and conducted in online mode.

  • Yes, according to the SSC board SC and ST community candidate gets an age relaxation of 5 years. However, he/ she must have a valid certificate from the authority concerned.

  • The job location varies from post to post, most of the posts offer a PAN India service. However, some posts such as Assistant Section Officer in the Central Vigilance Commission or Railway Ministry or Central Secretariat Service will be given postings in Delhi only.

  • Yes, candidates who wish to apply for SSC CGL must have a graduation degree.

  • Yes, final year students can also sit for SSC CGL Exam. However, such students need to fulfil the required qualification on or before the specified date mentioned by SSC board.

  • The cut off for SSC CGL is calculated based on the following factors:

    • The total number of appearing candidates
    • The vacancies available that year for the specific posts (AAO and JSO)
    • The difficulty level of the examination


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