SSC CGL Selection Process 2023: Tier 1, 2 CGL Selection Process

SSC CGL Selection Process 2023: Tier 1, 2 CGL Selection Process

ByAbhishek Jain   |  Updated on: Apr 5, 2023
SSC CGL Selection Process 2023 is released by authorities. Learn about various stages of selection process for SSC CGL here. Also know about SSC CGL Selection Process in Hindi for Tier 1, 2 and more here.

SSC CGL Selection Process consists of various stages of the recruitment cycle. It was revised in 2022 when the commission introduced a two-tier selection process for the recruitment drive. Earlier, there were 4 Tiers or stages in the SSC CGL Selection Process, but the exam conducting authorities have revised this year's exam pattern and selection process. You can learn about the changes in detail by scrolling down this page.

The candidate must be well versed with the latest SSC CGL selection process and exam pattern before preparing their study plan. If you are planning to prepare for the upcoming exam, then it is important to go through the SSC CGL Selection Process 2023 mentioned below. Here, we have discussed all the details about CGL Selection Process & exam pattern, as per the latest notification.

SSC CGL Selection Process 2023

The latest SSC CGL selection process is divided into two stages i.e. Tier 1, and Tier 2. Based on the marks scored in Tier 1 i.e. Computer Based Examination, candidates will be shortlisted category-wise, to appear in the Tier 2 exam. This means candidates who will clear SSC CGL Tier 1 2023 will be eligible to appear for Tier 2 as well. Knowing the SSC CGL selection process is important as it helps candidates plan their preparation in a systematic manner.

As per  SSC CGL Exam Pattern, Tier 1 is an objective-type test that consists of multiple-choice questions on 4 different subjects, including General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude or Mathematics, and English Comprehension. The Tier 1 question paper will consist of a total of 100 questions carrying 2 marks each. Hence, the exam will be for 200 marks and the duration will be 60 minutes.

In contrast, Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Selection Process will be conducted in 3 different phases called Paper 1, 2 and 3. Paper 1 is mandatory for candidates applying for any post, but Papers 2 and 3 are for specific posts. If you are confused and still have questions like, 'is SSC CGL Paper 1 of qualifying nature?' Then you can read about the selection process for SSC CGL in detail by scrolling down.

SSC CGL Selection Process for Tier 1

Under the SSC CGL selection process, Tier 1 exam consists of four subjects, i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning, and General Knowledge. It is a computer-based multiple-choice type examination with 100 questions (25 of each subject) with a time limit of 60 minutes. Each question is of 2 marks and carries a negative of 0.5 marks on marking the wrong answer. 

Tier 1 of the SSC CGL selection process 2023 is not merely a qualifying paper or in other words score of Tier 1 is added to making the qualifying list for the Tier 2 examination as well as in the preparation of the final merit list. Hence marks obtained in Tier 1 are of great help in the final SSC CGL selection process. Students scoring high in Tier 1 increase their chances of getting into the final merit list. Hence, a good score in Tier 1 not only benefits you till the end but also builds confidence in Tier 2 and the following procedure in candidates. You can check out SSC CGL cut off of the previous year to know how much you need to score.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Selection Process


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks





60 minutes

General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



English Comprehension






SSC CGL Selection Process 2023 for Tier 2

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is the most vital and decision-making stage among all the stages of the SSC CGL Selection Process. According to the latest notification, Tier 2 will consist of 3 Papers. Paper 1 will be compulsory for all candidates, no matter which post they have applied to. Further, Paper 2 will be for candidates applying for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) post, and Paper 3 is for candidates who apply for Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer post. Keep reading to learn about Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Selection process in detail.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Selection Process



Number of Questions



Paper 1

Section I

Module 1- Mathematics

Module 2 -General Intelligence and Reasoning



Total= 60

60*3= 180

Section II

Module 1 - English Language and Comprehension

Module 2 - General Awareness



Total =70

70* 3= 210

Section III

Module 1 -Computer Knowledge 


20*3 =60

Module 2- Data Entry Speed Test 

One Data

Entry Task

Paper 2



100*2= 200

Paper 3

General Studies (Economics and Finance)


100*2= 200

Candidates must also note the following points:

  • Candidates must note that appearing for Paper-1 of Tier 2 is mandatory for all candidates. 
  • However, only shortlisted candidates will have to appear for Paper 2 and 3.
  • The Papers will be divided into different sections and modules, and candidates will have limited time to attempt these sections. 

SSC Selection Process in Hindi

आगामी एसएससी सीजीएल भर्ती अभियान के लिए आयोग द्वारा SSC CGL Selection Process को संशोधित किया गया है। इसलिए, यह महत्वपूर्ण है कि उम्मीदवार नवीनतम एसएससी सीजीएल चयन प्रक्रिया को अच्छी तरह से समझें और एक नई अध्ययन योजना बनाएं जो उन्हें परीक्षा के लिए प्रभावी ढंग से तैयार करने में मदद करेगी। नवीनतम SSC CGL Selection Process के अनुसार, उम्मीदवारों को अब 4 के बजाय चयन प्रक्रिया में केवल 2 स्तरों से गुजरना होगा। इन दोनों स्तरों में कंप्यूटर आधारित परीक्षाएं शामिल होंगी और यह निर्धारित करेगी कि उम्मीदवार कर्मचारी चयन के तहत सेवा करने के योग्य है या नहीं। आयोग।

SSC CGL Tie-Breaking Criteria

There are often instances where more than one candidate scores the same marks. In such a case, there is a tie-breaking method employed by SSC. This ensures that no stage of SSC selection process gets disrupted. Following are the methods of tie-breaking employed that are used to prepare the final merit list if candidates score the same marks in the Tier 2 exam.

  • Total marks in papers 2 & 3 of Tier 2 are considered for JSO and AAO posts.
  • Marks in section 1 of paper 1 of the Tier 2 exam are considered.
  • Date of Birth of candidates is considered with older candidates given the preference.
  • Alphabetical order of names. 

SSC CGL Selection Process FAQs

  • SSC CGL selection process 2023 was revised and according to it, now there are only 2 stages: Tier 1, and Tier 2. Both Tier 1 & Tier 2 are computer-based tests and the latter consists of 3 Papers. Tier 1 is compulsory for all whereas Tier 2 is held as per the post for which one has applied.

  • On analysing the previous years SSC CGL selection process, it takes around 1.5 years to 2 years to complete the selection process from the date of notification to appointing candidates.

  • No, as per the latest SSC CGL selection process, there is no interview conducted at any stage of the CGL examination. However, candidates must go through the changes added to the selection process for the upcoming SSC CGL 2023 exam.

  • Assistant Section Officer (ASO) in MEA is one of the most desirable post and competitive post offered through SSC CGL Exam. A candidate must note that he/ she should be in top 200 of All India Ranking to be eligible for ASO post in MEA. Here are a few tips to qualify for ASO post in MEA:

    • Set a target to achieve 165+ score in Tier 1
    • Try to score at least 370+ in Tier 2 of SSC CGL Exam
  • The revised SSC CGL selection process consists of only 2 stages: Tier 1, and Tier 2. Both Tier 1 & Tier 2 are computer-based tests and the latter consists of 3 Papers. You can learn about the selection procedure in detail on this page.

  • If two candidates obtain the same marks in Tier 1 and Tier 2, then SSC board will follow the process mentioned below:

    • The candidate with more marks in Tier 2 will be given priority
    • On condition of the tie in Tier 2 marks combined, the older candidate between the two will be given priority.
  • SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is the most important exam which candidates have to appear for. Only candidates who qualify this exam will be able to appear in the Tier 2 exam. Candidates should aim to score as many marks as possible to ensure they qqualify the cut off and make it to the merit list.

  • The SSC CGL selection process time is around 1.5 years to 2 years. This is because there are various stages involved in SSC CGL selection that are conducted on a large scale. Due to this, it takes around a year or two to complete all the stages of selection.

  • SSC CGL total marks for selection depend on the cut off that is released by the authorities. The cut off is based on various factors and it is only candidates who qualify this cut off that are selected for the next round of SSC CGL selection. Candidates who qualify the Tier 1 cut off are the ones who get selected for Tier 2 exams.

  • Yes, as per the SSC CGL selection process, typing test is compulsory for all posts. It is qualifying in nature. Candidates should ensure they prepare well for this stage of the exam. 

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