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SSC CGL Selection Process

The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level Examination, and the SSC CGL Selection Process includes Tier 1 and Tier 2 Examinations followed by Document Verification and a Medical Examination.

The SSC CGL 2024 Notification is expected to be released on 11th June 2024. Candidates planning to apply online for the upcoming SSC CGL 2024 exam must be well aware of the revised exam pattern and the SSC CGL syllabus. In this blog, we have shared all the details about the revised SSC CGL Selection Process 2024 and the exam pattern.

SSC CGL Selection Process 2024

The SSC CGL 2024 selection process is divided into 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. The details about the SSC CGL selection process are as follows:

Online ApplicationCandidates must fill out an online application form, providing personal details and educational qualifications.
Tier-I ExaminationA computer-based examination.
Tier-II ExaminationComputer-based examination consisting of three papers:
Paper 1,
Paper 2 (for Junior Statistical Officer applicants), and
Paper 3 (for Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer shortlisted candidates).
Tier-II Paper 1Compulsory for all posts.
Tier-II Paper 2Specifically for candidates applying for the Junior Statistical Officer post.
Tier-II Paper 3Conducted for candidates shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-III, applicable to Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer posts.
Document VerificationCandidates who qualify for document verification must attend this stage.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Selection Process

Candidates must clear the SSC CGL Tier-1 to qualify for the SSC CGL Tier-2 examination. 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).

Tier-1 Exam StructureDivided into 4 sections:
General Awareness,
Quantitative Aptitude, and
English Language as per SSC CGL Syllabus 2024.

Each section contains 25 questions.
Total marks for Tier 1: 50 marks.
Exam type: Computer-based multiple-choice.
Language and BilingualismExam papers are set bilingually in English and Hindi, except for the English section.
Duration and TimingTotal time duration: 1 hour.
For scribe-eligible candidates: 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Marking SchemeEach question carries 2 marks.
Negative marking: 0.50 marks for every wrong attempt.
Qualifying CriteriaThe minimum qualifying mark for Tier 1: 30% for UR category candidates.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

The sections that are asked in the 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

Candidates will get a total of 60 minutes for the exam while candidates eligible for the scribe will get 80 minutes to complete the examination.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Selection Process

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam is a crucial stage in the SSC CGL Selection Process. It plays a key role in determining the final selection of candidates. This stage includes multiple papers that test various skills and knowledge areas required for different positions.

Importance: Tier 2 is the most important decision-making stage of the SSC CGL Selection Process.

Number of Papers: There are three papers in Tier 2.

  • Paper 1: Mandatory for all candidates.
  • Required for every position.
  • Paper 2: For candidates applying for the position of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO).
  • Paper 3: For candidates applying for the position of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.
SSC CGL Tier-2 SessionsHeld in two sessions on the same day for Paper 1.
Session, one includes Section I, Section II, and Module-I of Section III. Session two consists of Module II of Section III.
Paper 1 SectionsCandidates must qualify for all sections.
Paper TypeAll three papers in Tier-2 are Objective Type MCQs, except for Module II of Section III of Paper 1.
Paper 1Mandatory for all posts.
Paper 2For candidates applying for Junior Statistical Officer in the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
Paper 3Only for candidates shortlisted for Paper 3 in Tier 1, for Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer posts.
LanguageQuestions were asked in both English and Tamil, except for the English Language And Comprehension module in Section II of Paper 1.
Negative Marking1 mark for each wrong answer in Section I, Section-II, and Module I of Section-III of Paper 1.
0.50 mark for every wrong answer in Paper 2 and Paper 3.
Qualifying ModulesModule I of Section III of Paper 1 is mandatory but qualifying in nature. Module II of Section III of Paper 1 consists of the Data Entry Speed Test (DEST), which is qualifying and mandatory for all SSC CGL posts.
DEST/Skill Test– 2,000 key depressions in 15 minutes on the computer.

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern is as follows:

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 2024 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 is given below.

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

SSC CGL Syllabus

Candidates who are eagerly waiting for the SSC CGL 2024 Examination must be well aware of the SSC CGL syllabus, as the syllabus plays an important role in every candidate’s preparation. The link to download the SSC CGL syllabus has been provided below.

Download SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the SSC CGL selection process are discussed below.

  • Educational Qualification: The candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in any discipline. The required SSC CGL Educational Qualification is a Graduation Degree. However, for some postings, specific educational qualifications are required.
  • Age Limit: The age limit varies depending on the posts. Mostly the SSC CGL 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 citizens of India, Nepal, Bhutan, or Tibetan refugees 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 the SSC CGL attempts will also vary depending on the category of the candidate.

SSC CGL Documents Required For Verification

Candidates must bring original documents for verification during the SSC CGL 2024 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 the 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 2024

Candidates must follow these basic key points while appearing for the SSC CGL 2024 Examination:

SSC CGL Result Evaluation Process– Candidates’ marks from both exam tiers will be normalized for fair selection.
– Normalization aims to equalize the marks of candidates across different exam shifts.
– Transparency in selection is ensured through this process.
Restrictions on Mark Re-evaluation– Candidates cannot request a re-evaluation of their marks in any exam tier/stage.
Evaluation Criteria– Candidates must qualify in both Section I and II to proceed to Section III of Tier II.
– Failure to qualify in either section results in disqualification from further consideration.
Submission Requirements– Candidates must submit their post preference order on the official website.
– Failure to do so will lead to disqualification.
Answer Key Objection Procedure– SSC CGL Answer Key will be released post-exam stages completion.
– Candidates can submit objections online within a specified time frame.
– Each objection requires a payment of Rs. 100 per question.

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 2024. For more information like this do follow Oliveboard’s website.

SSC CGL Selection Process 2024 – FAQs

Q.1 How long will the SSC CGL Selection Process take?

Ans. 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.

Q.2 Does the SSC CGL exam have an interview round?

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

Q.3 What is the SSC CGL Selection Process as per the latest notification?

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

Q.4 How many tiers are there as per the latest SSC CGL notification?

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

Q.5 Is there any negative marking in the SSC CGL exam 2024?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking in the SSC CGL exam 2024 and the negative marking will be 0,05 for each wrong answer.

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