SSC CGL 2020 : SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the CGL Exam is 4 different stages called Tiers. The last Tier Exam is only for certain posts and for candidates who have qualified certain papers.

The SSC CGL Exam pattern is as follows:

Tier SSC CGL Exam Pattern
Tier 1 Online Multiple choice questions
Tier 2 Online Multiple choice-based
Tier 3 Offline Subjective
Tier 4 Skill Test

SSC CGL 2020 Tier-I Exam Pattern

Section Subject Questions Marks Duration
A General Intelligence Reasoning 25 50 1 Hour [1 hour 20 minutes for VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand)]
B General Awareness 25 50
C Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
D English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200


SSC CGL  2020 Tier-II Exam Pattern


Paper Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 Quantitative Abilities 100 200 2 Hours
2 English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 Hours
3 Statistics 100 200 2 Hours
4 General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200 2 Hours


SSC CGL 2020 Tier-III Exam Pattern


Tier Mode of Exam Exam Description Marks Duration
III Pen-and-paper Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi

(Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)

100 1 Hour (1 Hour 20 Minutes for candidates afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand)


SSC CGL 2020 Tier IV

Tier 4 Exam of SSC CGL Exam 2020 will have a couple of skill tests that are necessary for certain government posts.

1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): It is a qualifying candidate skill test for all the posts, other than Compiler. It is held to test the typing speed of the candidate. In this test, the candidates are given the printed material in English which they should type accurately on a computer with a minimum of 2000 key depressions. The duration of this test is 15 minutes.

2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):  SSC will hold CPT in three modules – Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides. CPT is a test for the posts of Assistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA & AFHQ, Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer) & Inspector (Examiner) in CBIC.

3. Document Verification: The last step of the final selection would be document verification.

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