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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2022 (Revised): Check Sections & Marking Scheme


SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2022: The Staff Selection Commission will conduct SSC CGL Tier 1 2022 in December 2022. The commission has changed the exam pattern for SSC CGL Tier 2 examination this year. SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is mandatory for all candidates. In the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam, there are Papers 1, 2, and 3. SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 2 is only for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) candidates, and Paper 3 is only for posts of Assistant Accounts Officer / Assistant Audit Officer. Check the revised SSC CGL Exam Pattern below.

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The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is conducted online and consists of four sections or subjects. These subjects are General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. Furthermore, the question paper contains 100 MCQs of 200 marks. In this article, aspirants can check the SSC CGL paper pattern for Tier 1 and 2 exams. So, read on to find out more.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2022: Overview

Before getting into the detailed exam pattern, let us have an overview of the SSC CGL exam below:

Exam NameCombined Graduate Level Examination
Conducting BodyStaff Selection Commission (SSC)
Mode of ExamOnline
Stages of ExamTier 1 and 2
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Total Marks AllottedTier 1- 200
Tier 2- 450 (Paper 1)
Tier 2- 200 (Paper 2)
Tier 2- 200 (Paper 3)
Types of QuestionsTier 1- MCQs
Tier 2- MCQs
Language of PaperTier 1: English and Hindi
Tier 2: English and Hindi (as per module)
Exam ModeTier 1: Online Mode
Tier 2: Online Mode
Duration of ExamTier 1- 1 hour
Tier 2- 2 hours and 15 minutes (Session 1)
Tier 2- 15 minutes (Session 2)
Official Websitessc.nic.in

SSC CGL Selection Process

According to the latest notification, the SSC CGL exam has two exam tiers, namely, Tier 1 and 2

  • SSC CGL Tier 1: Computer Based Test (CBT 1)
  • SSC CGL Tier 2: Computer Based Test (CBT 2)

Note: The final selection of candidates is based on the overall performance in the SSC CGL Tier 2 exam.

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SSC CGL Paper Pattern 2022 for Tier 1

The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam consists of about 100 questions from four sections. Check the CGL Paper Pattern for Tier 1 as mentioned below:

SubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language2550

Important Points

  • In the Tier 1 exam, aspirants have to answer MCQs.
  • The language will be Hindi and English (except for English Comprehension).
  • SSC CGL negative marking for Tier 1 is 0.50 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • Minimum qualifying should be obtained in order to appear for the Tier II examination.

SSC CGL Paper Pattern 2022 for Tier 2 (Revised)

SSC CGL Tier 2 comprises three papers- Paper 1, 2, and 3. The table below mentions the posts and duration of the exam for the respective papers.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Papers 1 ,2, 3Exam Duration
Paper 1: Compulsory for All Candidates2 hours and 15 minutes
Paper 2: Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)2 hours
Paper 3: Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer2 hours

The SSC CGL paper pattern 2022 has been changed for the Tier-2 exam.






No of Questions

Total Marks

Total Time

Tier 2

Paper 1

Session 1

(2 hours 15 minutes)

Section 1

Module 1:





1 hour

Module 2:


and General Intelligence



Section 2

Module 1:


Language and




1 hour

Module 2:





Section 3

Module 1:


Knowledge Module



15 Minutes

Session 2 ( 15 Minutes)

Module 2:

Data Entry

Speed Test Module


15 Minutes

Paper 2




2 hours

Paper 3

General Studies (Finance

and Economics)



2 hours

Important Points

  • The maximum time duration to complete paper 1 is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The maximum time duration for Paper 2 and 3 is 2 hours each.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section 1, Section 2, and Module 1 of Section 3 of Paper 1 and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper 2 and Paper 3.
  • Questions in Module 1 of Section 1 of Paper 1 (Mathematical Abilities) will be of matriculation level.
  • Questions in Module 1 of Section 2 of Paper 1 (English Language and Comprehension) will be of 10+2 level.
  • Questions in Paper 2 and Paper 3 will be of graduation level.
  • All questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Paper 1 is compulsory for all posts.

SSC CGL Paper Pattern 2022 for CPT and DEST

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 1 Section 3 will be a Skill Test. Depending on the post applied, this may include Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), and/or Data Entry Skill Test (DEST).

Data Entry Skill Test

In this test, candidates must type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. Check the following key points:

  • Candidates appearing for the post of Tax Assistants should carry out a Data Entry Speed Test at 8000 Key depression per hour on a computer.
  • The Data Entry Speed Test Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 key depressions for 15 minutes.
  • This test will be qualifying in nature.
  • The commission at the exam centre will provide computers.
  • The skill test will be conducted in the regional office.
  • Instructions will be provided to the candidates regarding the skill test by the commission.
  • The information on the evaluation of the typing test is available on the website.
  • The skill test will be conducted as decided by the commission.
  • OH, candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistants in CBDT need not appear for skill tests provided a medical certificate is submitted to the commission.
  • OH candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistants in CBEC are not exempted from appearing in skill tests.
  • PwD candidates will be given extra 5 minutes to complete the skill test.

Computer Proficiency Test

This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Generation of Slides. Check the following points :

  • The commission will conduct CPT for three modules; (i) Word Processing, (ii) Spreadsheet, and (iii) Generation of Slides
  • The duration of each module will be 15 minutes and will be conducted one after the other.
  • Module I comprises a skill test for a passage of about 2000 key depressions.
  • Module II comprises a spreadsheet.
  • Module III comprises PowerPoint presentations.
  • The CPT will be conducted as decided by the commission for the purpose.
  • CPT is qualifying in nature. Candidates should qualify in all the modules to get selected for the next stage of the selection process.
  • PWD Candidates will be given an additional 5 minutes in CPT.
  • The commission will provide further detailed instructions.

SSC CGL 2022 Document Verification Process

Candidates need to carry original as well as photocopy of documents for verification. The ID proof documents are as follows:

  • Two recent passport-size coloured photographs
  • Aadhaar Card/ Printout of E-Aadhaar
  • Voter ID Card
  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Government School/ College ID Card
  • Employer ID (Govt./ PSU)
  • Ex-Serviceman Discharge Book issued by Ministry of Defence

Candidates need to submit copies of the following documents as mentioned below:

  • Matriculation/ Secondary Certificate.
  • Educational Qualification Certificate.
  • Caste/ Category Certificate, if they belong to reserved categories.
  • Persons with Disabilities Certificate in the required format.
  • Age relaxation certificates
  • Ex-servicemen certificates.

SSC CGL Mode of Selection

Check out some of the important points on the Exam Pattern of SSC CGL mentioned below:

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 (Paper 1) tests are compulsory for all posts.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Tier 1 and 2 are UR (30%), OBC/EWS (25%), and others (20%).
  • Candidates will be shortlisted for the Tier 2 exam based on the marks scored in Tier 1 exam.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted to appear for the Document Verification and Skill Test based on the performance of Tier I, II, and III.
  • The final merit list will be prepared based on the overall performance of candidates in the Tier 2 exam only.
  • Preference for posts will be taken from the candidates through the Online Option Form on the website of the Commission before the declaration of the final result.

Also, check:

SSC CGL Application FormSSC CGL Eligibility
SSC CGL SyllabusSSC CGL Result
SSC CGL Exam DatesSSC CGL Current Affairs
SSC CGL SalarySSC CGL Cut-off
SSC CGL NotificationSSC CGL Books
SSC CGL Admit CardSSC CGL Preparation Tips
SSC CGL Previous Year PapersSSC CGL Answer Key
SSC CGL Tier 1SSC CGL Tier 2

FAQs on SSC CGL Paper Pattern 2022

The frequently asked questions on the SSC CGL exam pattern are given below:

Q.1: What is the difference between SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2?
Ans: Both SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 are computer-based tests. Tier 1 is 60 minutes, and Tier 2 is for 90 minutes. Candidates have to score minimum qualifying marks for Tier 1 to appear for the Tier 2 examination.

Q.2: When will the SSC CGL 2022 notification be released?
Ans: The Staff Selection Commission released the SSC CGL 2022 official notification on September 17, 2022.

Q.3: When will the SSC CGL 2022 exam be conducted?
Ans: The SSC CGL Tier 1 examination will be conducted in December 2022.

Q.4: What are the qualifying marks for SSC CGL Tier 1 exam?
Ans: The minimum qualifying marks percentage is 30% for the Unreserved (UR) category, 25% for OBS/EWS category, and 20% for all other categories.

Q.5: Is SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 2 compulsory for all?
Ans: No. SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 2 is compulsory only for candidates who wish to apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO).

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