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  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 1-04-2024
  • Written by Hrushikesh Vyas
  • Last Modified on 1-04-2024

About SSC CGL Tier-1 2023

About Exam

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) examination every year to recruit candidates for Grade “B” and “C” posts in various Government Ministries, Departments, and Offices. The SSC CGL exam is a national-level exam. It is an excellent opportunity for graduates seeking jobs in reputable central government organisations.

The Commission released the SSC CGL notification on April 3, 2023. Furthermore, the Commission started the application process on April 3, 2023 and the last date to apply is May 3, 2023. Candidates must visit the official website to apply for the exam successfully.

SSC CGL Tier-1 2023 Exam Overview

Before getting into the details of Tier-1, let’s have an overview of the SSC CGL 2023 exam:

Exam Name SSC CGL (Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level)
Conducting Body Staff Selection Commission (SSC)
Exam Level National Level
Eligibility Graduate
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Online (Computer-Based Test)

SSC CGL Tier-1 Latest Updates 2023


Check all the latest updates on the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam below:

  • July 14 to 27, 2023: The SSC will conduct the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam.
  • April 3 to May 3, 2023: SSC CGL Recruitment application form process.
  • April 3, 2023: The SSC released the SSC CGL exam notification.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Notification 2022

Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2023 is a national-level exam conducted once a year. The Commission released the official notification for SSC CGL 2023 on April 3, 2023. We have provided the direct link to the notification below:

SSC CGL Tier-1 Important Dates 2023

Exam Syllabus

According to the latest notification, the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam will be conducted from July 14 to 27, 2023. Check the table below for the SSC CGL 2023 important dates:


SSC CGL 2023 Date

SSC CGL Notification 2023 Release Date

April 3, 2023

SSC CGL Online Form Submission Started

April 3, 2023

Last Date to Submit Application

May 3, 2023 (11 PM)

Last Date for Generating Offline Challan

May 4, 2023 (11 PM)

Last Date for Online Fee Payment

May 4, 2023 (11 PM)

Last Date for Payment Through Challan

May 5, 2023 (11 PM)

Window for Application Form Correction

May 7 to 8, 2023

Release of Tier 1 Admit Card

To be Announced

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Date

July 14 to 27, 2023

SSC CGL Tier 1 Result Date

To be Announced

SSC CGL Tier-1 2023: Vacancy

Study Plan to Maximise Score

In the notification, SSC has mentioned a tentative number of vacancies, i.e., 20,000. The number of confirmed vacancies will be announced on the official website later. Check the SSC CGL Vacancy 2021-22, based on the category and year, tabulated below:

Year UR SC ST OBC Total
SSC CGL 2021-22 Exam 3024 1204 703 897 7686
SSC CGL 2020-21 Exam 2891 1046 510 1858 7035

SSC CGL Salary & Job Profile 2023

Previous Year Analysis

Before applying for the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam, candidates should be aware of the job profile and salary of all the posts. Check these details from the section below:

SSC CGL Salary

There are five pay levels: Level 8, Level 7, Level 6, Level 5, and Level 4. Check out the table below for SSC CGL Salary details:

Posts Group Gross Salary
Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) (Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG) Group B INR 47,600 – 1,51,100
Assistant Section Officer (ASO) (Indian Audit and Accounts Department under CAG) Group B INR 47600 – 151100
Assistant Section Officer in Central Vigilance Commission Group B INR 44900 – 142400
Assistant Section Officer in Intelligence Bureau Group B INR 44900 – 142400
Assistant Section Officer in Ministry of Railway Group B INR 44900 – 142400

SSC CGL Tier-1 Job Profiles

SSC conducts the CGL exam for selecting candidates for various posts enlisted below:

  • Assistant Section Officer (CSS): Clerical work such as filing and reporting. 
  • Assistant Section Officer (Central Vigilance Commission): Clerical work.
  • Assistant Section Officer (Railway Ministry): Clerical work, though the position is higher than UDC.
  • Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ): To assist the section officer (Indoor Job).
  • Income Tax Inspector (CBDT): Assessing, recording, and processing IT record

Take a look at the SSC CGL Career Opportunities in detail.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Eligibility Criteria 2023

To apply for the SSC CGL exam 2023, candidates have to fulfil the eligibility criteria. It is important to go through all the aspects of the eligibility criteria such as age, education, number of attempts, and language proficiency before proceeding with the application process.

SSC CGL Nationality

SSC CGL candidates must be citizens of India, Nepal, or Bhutan. If a candidate is a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan, the Government of India must issue a Certificate of Eligibility in his or her favour.

SSC CGL Age Criteria

The age requirements for different posts are as given below:

SSC CGL Department Age Limit Name of the Post
CSS 20-30 Years Assistant Section Officer
Intelligence Bureau Not Exceeding 30 Years Assistant Section Officer
Directorate of Enforcement,
Department of Revenue
Up to 30 Years Assistant Enforcement Officer
M/o of Statistics & Prog.
Up to 32 Years Junior Statistical Officer
NIA Up to 30 Years Sub Inspector

SSC CGL Age Relaxation

Age relaxation offered in SSC CGL 2023 as per the government guidelines is given in the table below:

Category Age relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PwD (Unreserved) 10 years
PwD (OBC) 13 years
PwD (SC/ ST) 15 years

SSC CGL Educational Qualifications

The educational qualifications required for each post of the SSC CGL Exam 2023 are listed below:

Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer

Essential Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or institute. 

Desirable Qualification: Chartered Accountant or the Cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Masters in Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.

At the time of probation, direct recruits shall have to qualify for the ‘Subordinate Audit/ Accounts Service Examination’ in respective branches for confirmation and regular appointment as Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.

Junior Statistical Officer

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognised university or institute with at least 60% marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level or Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.

All Other Posts

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised university or equivalent.
  • The students appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply. However, they must possess qualifications on or before September 2023.

SSC CGL Number of Attempts

There is no such limit for the number of attempts for the examination. Candidates can attempt the exam as many times as they want to.

SSC CGL Language Proficiency

The language used for the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam is English and Hindi.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Application Form 2023

The SSC CGL 2023 online application link has been activated by officials on April 3, 2023. The last date to submit the SSC CGL application form for Group B and Group C positions is May 3, 2023.

Steps to Fill Out SSC CGL 2023 Application Form

Follow the procedures below to apply for SSC CGL 2023 online:

  • Visit the official website of the Staff Selection Commission –
  • Register through a valid email ID.
  • Log in with the registration ID and password candidates received through registered email.
  • Upload a scanned copy of a colour passport-size photo, signature & other required documents.
  • Pay the application fee for SSC CGL 2023. 
  • To submit the application form, click the Submit button.
  • Take a printout of the application form for future reference.

SSC CGL 2023 Application Fee

Once the form is duly filled, aspirants are required to pay SSC CGL application fee through SBI Challan/BHIM UPI/Net Banking or Visa/Mastercard/Maestro Credit/RuPay debit card.

Category SSC CGL Application Fee (in Rs)
General/OBC 100
Women (of all categories)/Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)/Persons with Disability (PwD)/Ex-Servicemen (ESM) NIL

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Centre 2023

Exam counselling

Candidates can select three exam centres from the same region while filling in an application form. The following is a complete list of all SSC CGL exam centres for Tier-1 around the country, as well as the addresses of regional offices and official regional websites.

Exam Centres with Centre Code Region and States/ UTs Address of the Regional Offices and Their Websites
Bhagalpur (3201), Muzaffarpur (3205), Patna (3206), Purnea (3209), Agra (3001), Bareilly (3005), Gorakhpur (3007), Jhansi (3008), Kanpur (3009), Lucknow (3010), Meerut (3011), Prayagraj (3003), Varanasi (3013) Central Region (CR)/ Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Regional Director (CR), Staff Selection Commission, 34-A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines, Kendriya Sadan, Prayagraj – 211001.
Port Blair (4802), Bokaro (4201), Hazaribagh (4204), Jamshedpur (4207), Ranchi (4205), Balasore (Odisha) (4601), Berhampore (Odisha) (4602), Bhubaneswar (4604), Cuttack (4605), Dhenkanal (4611), Rourkela (4610), Sambalpur (4609), Gangtok (4001), Asansol (4417), Kalyani (4419), Kolkata (4410), Siliguri (4415) Eastern Region (ER) Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal Regional Director (ER), Staff Selection Commission, 1st MSO Building, (8th Floor), 234/4, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road, Kolkata, West Bengal-700020
Belagavi (9002), Bengaluru (9001), Hubballi (9011), Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) (9005), Mangaluru (9008), Mysuru (9009), Shivamogga (9010), Udupi (9012). Ernakulam (9213), Kannur (9202), Kollam (9210), Kottayam (9205), Kozhikode (9206), Thrissur (9212), Thiruvananthapuram (9211). Karnataka, Kerala Region (KKR)/ Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Kerala Regional Director (KKR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, “E” Wing, Kendriya Sadan, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560034
Bhopal (6001), Gwalior (6005), Indore (6006), Jabalpur (6007), Satna (6014), Sagar (6015), Ujjain (6016), Bilaspur (6202), Raipur (6204), Durg-Bhilai (6205) Madhya Pradesh Sub-Region (MPR)/ Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Dy. Director (MPR), Staff Selection Commission, 5th Floor, Investment Building, LIC Campus-2, Pandri, Raipur, Chhattisgarh-492004
Itanagar (5001), Dibrugarh (5102), Guwahati (Dispur) (5105), Jorhat (5107), Silchar (5111), Churachandpur (5502), Imphal (5501), Ukhrul (5503), Shillong (5401), Aizwal (5701), Dimapur (5301), Kohima (5302), Agartala (5601), North Eastern Region (NER)/ Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. Regional Director (NER), Staff Selection Commission, Housefed Complex, Last Gate, Beltola- Basistha Road, P.O. Assam Sachivalaya, Dispur, Guwahati, Assam- 781006

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern 2023

Exam talks

Candidates must go through the SSC CGL Recruitment Process 2023 before moving to the detailed Tier-1 exam pattern.

SSC CGL Selection Process

The selection process for the SSC CGL examination will be conducted in two tiers as mentioned below:

  • Tier-1: Computer-based Examination (Qualifying in nature)
  • Tier-2: Paper 1 (Compulsory for all posts), Paper 2 for candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Paper 3 for those who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer. 

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern 2023

SSC CGL Tier-1 exam will have objective type and multiple-choice questions. The questions will be set in both English and Hindi languages except for the English Comprehension in exams of Tier-1. Check out the SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier-1 from the below table:

Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
Total 100 200

Note –

SSC CGL Tier-1 will have a negative marking of 0.50 for each incorrect answer.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Syllabus 2023

About Exam

It is important for candidates to know the complete exam syllabus as it will help them in making better preparations and strategies to clear the exam. The SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-1 is mentioned below:

SSC CGL Syllabus: General Intelligence and Reasoning

The syllabus includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal types. This section has questions on the following topics:

SSC CGL Syllabus General Intelligence and Reasoning
Analogies Similarities and Differences
Space Visualisation Spatial Orientation
Problem-solving Analysis
Judgement Decision Making
Visual Memory Observation

SSC CGL Syllabus: General Awareness

Questions in this section are framed to test the aspirant’s knowledge about current events along with their scientific approach towards daily life and experiences. This section will also include questions on the following topics:

SSC CGL Syllabus General Awareness
History of India and its Neighbouring Countries Culture
Geography General Policy
Economic Science and Scientific Research Books and Authors

SSC CGL Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

Questions in this section are designed to test the appropriate use of numbers and number sense of candidates. The scope of the test is as follows:

SSC CGL Syllabus Quantitative Aptitude
Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, and Relationships Between Numbers Percentage
Ratio and Proportion Square Roots
Averages Interest
Profit and Loss Discount
Partnership Business Mixture and Alligation

SSC CGL Syllabus: English 

Aspirants’ ability to understand English, basic comprehension, writing ability, and so on will be tested in this section. Questions in Parts A, B, and D will be of a level in accordance with the essential qualification, viz. graduation, and questions in Part C will be of Class 10 level.

SSC CGL Syllabus English
Synonyms Antonyms
Grammar Skills One Word Substitution
Spelling Error Comprehension Passages

Best Chapters for SSC CGL Tier-1 2023

Students can access links to the important chapters of SSC CGL Tier-1 from the table below:

SSC CGL Tier-1 Important Chapters SSC CGL Tier-1 Important Chapters
Embibe General Awareness CGL Tier I English Express
Embibe Quantitative Aptitude National and International Affairs
GK Panorama Embibe General Intelligence and Reasoning

SSC CGL Tier-1 Preparation Tips 2023

About Exam

A study plan is a comprehensive methodology that helps with an individual’s preparation and planning thus enhancing efficiency. 

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Reasoning?

This section of the Tier-1 exam has 25 questions. Reasoning evaluates the problem-solving and decision-making skills and analytical-thinking capabilities of a candidate.

The General Intelligence section is less time-consuming and can be attempted quickly and more accurately. Frequently asked topics in this section are Analogy, Word Arrangement, Alphanumeric Series, Odd Man Out, Coding-Decoding, and Venn Diagrams. 

The following are some important SSC CGL exam preparation tips for the General Intelligence and Reasoning section:

  • In order to cover basic problem-solving skills, the candidate should concentrate on logical deductions and general logic applications.
  • To prevent making silly mistakes, the candidate must read the questions carefully before beginning to solve the problem.
  • If a question consumes too much of your valuable examination time, it is preferable to go on to the next question and then return to the problem if time allows.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL English Exam?

The English language is the simplest among all the sections. This section carries 25 marks in Tier-1 and 200 marks in the Tier-2 exams. 

  • Candidates need to read the newspaper on a daily basis in English language. It will help them to be aware of current affairs and news. Also, it will help them to improve their vocabulary and reading speed.
  • Every day, applicants must solve a previous year’s or model test paper. 

How to Prepare for SSC CGL General Awareness?

The General Awareness subject is very vast. Candidates have to focus on essential topics and not on the whole syllabus. It is a high-scoring and time-saving section. The General Awareness section will have questions on Static General Knowledge and Science.

Questions from the Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Computer sections will be asked in the Science section. Candidates should also check out NCERT books for referring to Science topics.

How to Prepare for SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude?

The Quantitative Aptitude section is the toughest, as observed in SSC CGL previous year question papers Tier-1. Topics that are asked in the SSC CGL examination from the syllabus till 10th grade. This section is important as it has the highest weightage. Preparing for SSC CGL Maths requires a lot of concentration as well as more time. 

Aspirants need to know how to do the calculation fast. They should also be aware of shortcut methods for arithmetic problems. 

  • Number System – Candidates must start their preparation from the number system as it is the most simple concept. 
  • Profit and Loss – To master this topic, solving sums will be of great help. 
  • Interest – Similar to Profit and Loss, candidates can prepare for this section by practising sums with large values. 
  • Topics like Circles and Slopes are covered under Geometry. Recalling the basic knowledge of angles, congruence, and coordinate geometry will be of great help. This section examines numerical ability and problem-solving skills. Regular practice is necessary.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Study Plan

Due to the tough competition observed in the SSC CGL exam, candidates are advised to start their preparation well in advance. 

The key to success in the SSC CGL Preparation is time management. While preparing through mock tests and previous years’ question papers, candidates should learn to manage their time.

Section Time
General Awareness 10 Minutes
English Language 10 Minutes
Reasoning Ability 15 Minutes
Quantitative Ability 15 Minutes

If the candidate wants to clear the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam on the first attempt with a great score, attempt the mock test series for SSC CGL from the link mentioned below:

SSC CGL Tier-1 Admit Card 2023

Admit Card

SSC will release the SSC CGL Tier-1 Admit Card 2023 one to two weeks before the exam. All SSC CGL aspirants who successfully apply online for this exam can check all the details, including city, centre, exam time, and admit card link. The SSC CGL Admit Card for all regions will be released on SSC’s official regional websites.

How to Download SSC CGL 2023 Admit Card?

The steps to download SSC CGL Tier-1 2023 admit card is mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website –
  • Click on the link – ‘Admit Card’ displayed on top of the home page.
  • A page will appear showing a table with the list of SSC websites. Candidates have to click on the appropriate regional website links given in the rightmost column of the table.
  • Now, they will be taken to the respective regional website. 
  • A login page will appear. Then, candidates have to enter their Registration Number or Application Number and their Date of Birth or Password.
  • Click on the Submit button.
  • The admit card will be shown on the screen.
  • Verify all the details mentioned on the admit card. Then, download and take a printout for future reference.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Answer Key 2023

Exam Answer key

The provisional and final SSC CGL answer keys will be uploaded by the Staff Selection Commission for each tier. Candidates who plan to take the Tier-1 exam can access their response sheet on the official website.

Check complete details on SSC CGL Answer Key 2023 here.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Result 2023

Cut off

The Staff Selection Commission releases the result for all stages online on its official website. Candidates can check the result of Tier-1 from the official website. The result contains the roll number or names of candidates who have been shortlisted for the next stage.

Furthermore, SSC will also upload the SSC CGL Tier-1 mark sheet for candidates. Aspirants will be able to download the mark sheet by logging in using their registered ID and password.

Check SSC CGL Result 2023 here.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Cut-off 2023

Exam Result

Here is the minimum number of marks that a candidate should score to pass the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam. It is an important aspect of the exam that every candidate needs to be aware of while appearing for the exam.

Until the cut-off marks is released, candidates can check the previous year’s cut-off. Check out the SSC CGL Tier-1 cut-off from the below-given table:


Assistant Audit Officer
and Assistant Accounts Officer
Junior Statistical Officer Other Posts
SC 137.54533 150.55987 89.08864
ST 131.03984 150.32888 77.57858
OBC 152.92049 167.19245 114.27651
EWS 154.80185 169.35896 102.35275
UR 158.36560 114.27651
ESM 40
OH 128.59598 70.69038
HH 96.45331 40
VH 40
PWD-Others 72.79273 40

FAQs on SSC CGL Tier-1

Freaquently Asked Questions

Candidates might have many questions regarding the SSC CGL Tier-1 2023. Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers.

Q: How many questions will be asked in the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam?

A: In the Tier-1 exam, you will have 100 questions for a total of 200 marks. The total time given for this section is 1 hour.

Q: What are the subjects covered in the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam?

A: For the SSC CGL Tier-1 exam, an aspirant must prepare the given subjects: Reasoning Ability, English Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness.

Q: How many current affairs questions are asked in the CGL Tier-1 General Awareness section?

A: As per the previous year’s trend, 4–5 questions will be asked about current affairs.

Q: What is the mode of SSC CGL Tier-1 examination?

A: The SSC CGL Tier-1 examination mode is online.

Q: Will there be any negative marking for wrong answers in CGL Tier-1?

A: Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-1.

Q: What are the best books to prepare for the SSC CGL examination?

A: Some of the best books are from Arihant, R. S. Agarwal and HM Prasad.

Q: What are the best books to prepare for SSC CGL English?

A: The best books to prepare for the English section of SSC CGL are:

  1. Objective General English by SP Bakshi (Arihant)
  2. Quick Learning Objective General English by R. S. Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
  3. Objective English for Competitive Examinations by H. M. Prasad
  4. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma

Q: Is it possible to clear the SSC CGL examination in just 6 months?

A: Yes, candidates can clear the CGL examination in just 6 months. However, it needs a systematic approach with proper time management and smart work. Be confident, regular and very much committed to the exam, and they will surely clear it.

Q: Which newspaper is the best for the preparation for the SSC CGL examination?

A: Candidates can refer to newspapers like The Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan Times, and other such papers for current affairs preparation.

Q: Is Mathematics compulsory in the CGL examination?

A: Yes, Mathematics is one of the most essential subjects for the CGL examination. There will be 25 questions in Tier-1 and 100 questions in Tier-2.

Q: How tough is the SSC CGL Exam?

A: The difficulty level of the examination depends on the skills and preparation of the candidates. A lot of candidates clear the exam with just 2 months of preparation.

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