SSC-CGL is the acronym for the Combined Graduate Level examination conducted by the Staff Selection Commission through a three tier examination system which normally commences in August each year.

Earlier on, there used to be a system of interviews as the final stage of the examination which has since been replaced by an additional written examination, called tier 3, wherein the narrating skills of the candidates are tested through writing of essays etc.

The tier 1 & tier 2 examinations have been made online. These are objective type exams on a multiple choice platform with negative marking parameter.

The aspirants are tested in tier 1, tier 2 & tier 3 stages on their abilities in respect of the following mentioned skills constituting the syllabus.

Tier 1

Section Subject No of Questions Max Marks Exam Duration
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50


100 200

Tier 2

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

Tier 3

This is a descriptive exam that is designed to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. It is conducted offline and candidates need to write Essay/Letter/Application/Precis.

For some categories, e.g. those involving higher level of computer skills, an extra tier 4 examination is conducted as per the pattern indicated below.

The Tier 4 of SSC CGL Exam 2017 comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts.

1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): This skill test is of qualifying nature for all the posts, other than Compiler, and is used to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given printed matter in English which they must accurately type on a computer with a minimum of 2000 (two thousand) key depressions in a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes.

2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules - Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS(Assistant), MEA(Assistant), Inspector (Central Excise) [CBEC], Inspector (Preventive officer)[CBEC] & Inspector (Examiner)[CBEC]. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.

Eligibility criteria for the examination is as given below:

SSC CGL Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University 
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & 
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ 
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade – II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th 
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as 
one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler Posts Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University 
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as 
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a 
recognized University or equivalent