SSC CGL Selection Process 2023 (Updated) – Tier 1 & 2 New Pattern

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SSC CGL Selection Process 2023: The Staff Selection Commission has revised the SSC CGL Selection process 2023. As per the official notification released on 17th September 2022, the commission introduces a two-tier selection process for upcoming SSC CGL exam recruitment.

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Earlier, the SSC CGL Selection process had 4 tiers or stages, now the exam conducting authorities have revised this year’s exam pattern and selection process.

  • As per the revised SSC CGL Exam Pattern, candidates who qualify in the Tier I exam are eligible to appear for the Tier II stage. 
  • All candidates must qualify for Tier 1 and clear Tier 2 to be eligible for the final Document Verification round based on which the final merit list will be issued. 
  • The SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Paper is not included in the latest SSC CGL Selection Process 2022. 

If your planning to apply for the upcoming SSC CGL exam the candidate must be well aware of the revised exam patter and selection process. Before preparation it is important to understand the SSC CGL Selection process 2023 well. In this blog we have shared you all details about revised SSC CGL Selection process 2023 and exam pattern.

SSC CGL Selection Process 2023:

As per new SSC CGL notification the SSC CGL selection process is divided in to two tiers or stages i.e. Tier-1 and Tier-2. The candidates are expected to clear tier-1 to be eligible for tier-2. Learn more about SSC CGL selection process as per new notification:

  • Online Application: Candidates must submit an online application form, which includes personal details and educational qualifications.
  • Tier-I Examination: Tier-1 is a computer-based examination.
  • Tier-II Examination: Tier-2 is computer-based, and includes three paper i.e. paper 1, paper 2 and paper 3.
  • Tier-II Paper 1: Paper 1 is compulsory for all posts.
  • Tier-II Paper 2: Paper 2 is only for candidates who applied for Junior Statistical Officer.
  • Tier-III paper 3: Paper 3 is conducted for candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-1 for Paper-III i.e. for post of Assistant Audit officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • Document Verification: Candidates who are qualified for document verification should appear for document verification.

SSC CGL Selection process 2023 Tier-1:

Candidates must clear Tier-1 to get qualified to Tier-2. Candidates who cleared tier-1 would be shortlisted, category-by-category, to appear in Tier-II Examination based on the marks earned in Tier-I, or Computer Based Examination. For Paper-I of Tier-II (for the position of Junior Statistical Officer), Paper-III of Tier-II (for the positions of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer), and Paper-I of Tier-II, separate cut-offs will be established (i.e. for all other posts).

  • The Tier-1 exam is divided into 4 sections – Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language as per the new SSC CGL Syllabus.
  • SSC CGL Tier-1 is a computer-based multiple-choice type exam.
  • The exam paper will be set bilingually i.e. in English & Hindi, except for the English section.
  • The total mark for tier 1 is 50 marks, each section carries 25 questions for 2 marks each.
  • The total time duration for the Tier 1 exam is 1 hour and for scribe-eligible candidates, the time duration is 1 hour and 20 mins.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.50 for every wrong attempt.
  • The minimum qualifying mark for Tier 1 SSC CGL paper is 30% for the UR category.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern:

The sections that are asked in SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam:

  1. General Intelligence & Reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude
  4. English Comprehension
SubjectTotal QuestionsTotal Marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Language2550

SSC CGL Selection process 2023 Tier-2:

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is the most important decision-making stage of the SSC CGL Selection Process. Tier 2 will consist of three papers, according to the most recent notification. Paper 1 is mandatory for all candidates, regardless of the position for which they have applied. Paper 2 will be for candidates applying for the position of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), and Paper 3 will be for candidates applying for the position of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer. Continue reading to learn more about Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Selection Process.

  • The SSC CGL tier-2 is held in two sessions for paper 1 on the same day. Session one will consist of section I and section II and module-I of section III. Section II will have Module-II of section III.
  • Candidates are required to qualify all sections of paper 1.
  • All three papers in tier-2 will be Objective Type MCQs, except for Module II of section III of paper 1.
  • Paper 1 is mandatory for all posts.
  • Paper 2 is for candidates who apply for Junior Statistical Officer in the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
  • Paper 3 is only for candidates shortlisted for paper 3 in Tier 1. That is for the postings of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • All questions will be asked in both English and Tamil language, Except for English Language And Comprehension module in Section II of Paper 1.
  • 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 1.
  •  There will be negative marking of 0.50 mark for every wrong answer in paper 2 and paper 3.
  • Module-I of Section-III of paper is mandatory but it is qualifying in nature.
  • Module-II of section-III of paper 1 consist of Data Entry Speed Test(DEST) in Session-II. It is qualifying in nature and mandatory for all SSC CGL posts.
  • The DEST/Skill Test will be of 2,000 key depressions from 15mins on the computer.

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern:

S. No.PapersTime Allotted
1Paper-I: (Compulsory for all posts)2 hours 30 minutes
2Paper-II: Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)2 hours
3Paper-III: Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer2 hours

The detailed SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam pattern is given below:

(Common for all posts)
(2 hours and 15 minutes)
I (1 hour )Module I –
Mathematical abilities

Module II –Reasoning and General Intelligence



Total = 60
60 x 3= 180
II (1 hour )Module I – English Language Comprehension

Module II – General Awareness



Total = 70
70 x 3 =
III (15 minutes)Module – I – Computer Knowledge module2020 x 3 = 60
II (15 minutes)IIIModule – II : Data Entry Speed TestOne data entry task of 2000 key
II (Only for JSO)2 hoursStatistics (Paper I as above)100100 x 2

= 200
III – AAO (Assistant Audit Officer) & Assistant Accounts officer2 hoursGeneral Studies (Finance & Economics)
(Paper I as above)
100100 x 2

= 200

Minimum Qualifying Marks in SSC CGL Tier 1 & Tier 2:

The minimum qualifying marks in SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 i.e. Tier-I, Section-I, Section-II & Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I of Tier-II, Paper-II & Paper-III of Tier-II Exam for all categories:

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks
UR 30%
OBC/ EWS 25%
All other categories 20%

Minimum Qualifying Mark in Data Entry Speed Test:

The minimum error percentage permitted in DEST i.e Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I of Tier-II Exam are given below.

CategoryMinimum Qualifying Marks
UR 20%
OBC/ EWS 25%
All other categories 30%

Eligibility Criteria for SSC CGL Selection Process:

The eligibility criteria for SSC CGL selection process is discussed below.

  • Educational Qualification: The candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any discipline. However, for some postings, specific educational qualifications are required.
  • Age Limit: The age limit varies depending on the posts. Mostly the age limit is between 18 to 32 years. However, some categories of candidates like OBC, SC/ST, PWD, etc have some age relaxations.
  • Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, to permanently settle in India.
  • Physical Standards: Candidates must match all the physical standards mentioned by the commission for some posts.
  • Number of Attempts: The number of attempts will also vary depending on the category of the candidate.

SSC CGL Document Verification:

Candidates must bring original documents for verification during the SSC CGL Selection Process, including photo ID proof that matches the date of birth on the Admission Certificate. For verification, candidates may present an original copy of one of the following documents:

  • Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar printout
  • Voter’s ID Card
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Official ID Card of your School/College/University
  • Employer ID Card (Govt./ PSU)
  • Ex-Serviceman Discharge Book issued by Ministry of Defence
  • Any other photo ID Card issued by the Central/ State Government

Candidates must ensure that the information on their Photo ID proof matches the information on their Admission Certificate, and they must bring the original copy of the document for verification. Failure to submit the required documents will result in exclusion from the SSC CGL Selection Process.

Key Points on the SSC CGL Selection Process 2023:

  • Candidates’ normalized marks in both exam tiers will be considered for an accurate and unbiased selection in SSC CGL Result.
  • The SSC CGL Normalization Process is critical for equalizing the marks of candidates who took different shift exams to bring transparency to the selection process.
  • Candidates are not permitted to re-evaluate/re-check their marks obtained in any tier/stage of the SSC CGL exam by the Commission.
  • Candidates who do not qualify in both Sections I and II will not be evaluated in Section III of the Tier II exam and will not be considered further in the selection process.
  • Candidates who do not submit their SSC CGL Post Preference Order on the official website will be disqualified.
  • The SSC CGL Answer Key will be made available by the board after the exam stages have been completed. If you want to submit online objections against these answer keys, you must pay Rs. 100 per question within a certain time frame.

Before starting preparation for any exam the candidate must acquire good knowledge about the selection process. So that the candidate will get an idea about the exam and develop a preparation strategy. Hope this article provides you with enough information about the SSC CGL Selection Process 2023. For more information like this do follow Oliveboard’s website.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will the SSC CGL Selection Process takes?

It will take around 1.5 to 2 years ranging from the application start date to the final appointment. This is as per the previous cycle.

Does the SSC CGL exam have interview round?

There won’t be any interview round in the SSC CGL Selection process as per the newly revised pattern.

What is the SSC CGL Selection Process as per latest notification?

The SSC CGL exam includes Tier-I, and Tier-II before the final document verification round.

How many tiers are there as per latest SSC CGL notification?

As per the latest SSC CGL notification, there are only two tiers or stages: Tier 1 and Tier 2.

IS SSC CGL exam pattern changes?

Yes, the exam pattern has been revised as notified in SSC CGL 2023 notification

Is there any negative marking in SCC CGL exam 2023?

Yes, There is negative marking in SSC CGL exam 2023 and the negative marking will be 0,05 for each wrong answers.