SSC CGL Exam 2019 | Exam Date | Exam Pattern | Syllabus | Salary

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SSC CGL Exam is one of the popular exams conducted in India for recruitment into the Government establishments and undertakings. Every year on an average, more than 15 lacs candidates appear for the Exam to pave their ways for the job.

This article gives you the latest updates on the current SSC CGL exam pattern and SSC CGL exam syllabus that any Staff Selection Commission job aspirant would have always wanted to know. It describes each and every phase of the exam and also mentions the SSC CGL Exam dates.

SSC CGL Exam 2019

Staff Selection Commission or SSC has been one of the most desirable organizations for Government exams in India.

It conducts Combined Graduate Level – SSC CGL exam every year for recruitment to non-technical Group ‘B’ and Group ‘C’ non-gazetted posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations of the Government of India.

SSC CGL Exam Dates 2019

The schedule for the SSC CGL 2018 exam is as follows. Please note down the important dates related to SSC CGL Exam 2018 and make sure to complete the process in time.

SSC CGL 2018 Online Application5th May – 4th June 2018
SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I4th June 2019 to 19th June 2019
SSC CGL Tier-I Admit CardTo be Notified soon
SSC CGL Tier-II11th Sept. 2019 to 13th Sept. 2019
SSC CGL Tier-III (Des)29th Dec. 2019
SSC CGL Tier-IV ExamTo be Notified soon

SSC CGL 2019 Service Posts

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam for recruitment to various subordinate services like:

  • Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
  • Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
  • Inspectors of Income Tax.
  • Preventive Officers in Customs.
  • Examiner in Customs.
  • Sub-Inspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics & CBI.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
  • Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.
  • Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA & others.
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant.
  • Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC.
  • Compiler in Registrar General of India.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2019

Staff Selection Commission of India will be conducting SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam in four stages:

Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4 exam. While Tier-I & Tier-II exam will be conducted onlineTier-III will be a pen and paper-based exam and Tier-IV will be a computer skill test.

Let’s have a look at the exam pattern for all these stages of SSC CGL 2018-19 Recruitment process one by one.

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-1 will be conducted tentatively from 4 June to 19 June 2019.

The exam will be conducted online comprising of 4 sections with about a 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200.

The entire exam is needed to be completed within a time span of 60 minutes.

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-I Exam are:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Comprehension2550

Penalty of Wrong Answer: There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off. No point will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted by a candidate.

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-2 will be conducted tentatively from 11th Sept. 2019 to 13th Sept. 2019.

The exam will be conducted online comprising of 4 sections with about 100 questions in each section and with maximum marks of 200.

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-I Exam are:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Statistics
  • General Studies (Finance & Economics)
  • English Language & Comprehension
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
Statistics1002002 hours
General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

Penalty of Wrong Answer: There is a negative marking of 0.25 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off.

SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern

Tier-3 of SSC CGL 2018 will be a descriptive test. The paper will be in English/Hindi and will constitute 100 marks. The entire paper needs to be completed in 60 minutes.

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)100 marks60 minutes


SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam is a Computer Skill Test. It will be conducted in two steps: DEST Test & CPT Test.

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s writing skills.

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Generation of Slides.

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2019

A fair knowledge of SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-I, Tier-II & III Exam is necessary to prepare effectively for this exam. Let’s understand the SSC CGL 2018-19 Tier I, II, III & IV Syllabus based on the latest pattern.

SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus

The major sections asked in SSC CGL 2018 Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
ClassificationStatic General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture etc.)SimplificationReading Comprehension
AnalogyScienceInterestFill in the Blanks
Coding-DecodingCurrent AffairsAveragesSpellings
PuzzleSportsPercentagePhrases and Idioms
MatrixBooks and AuthorsRatio and ProportionOne word Substitution
Word FormationImportant SchemesProblem on AgesSentence Correction
Venn DiagramPortfoliosSpeed, Distance and TimeError Spotting
Direction and DistancePeople in NewsNumber System 
Blood Relations Mensuration 
Series Data Interpretation 
Verbal reasoning Time and Work 
Non-Verbal Reasoning Algebra 

After the preliminary exam has been conducted, it will be necessary to gear up for Mains Exam of SSC CGL 2018 Exam.

SSC CGL 2019 Tier II Syllabus

The Mains Exam will be conducted online and is an objective multiple choice exam.

The major sections asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics).

Let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Syllabus 2018-19 Mains Examination.

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageStatisticsGeneral Awareness
SimplificationReading ComprehensionCollection and Representation of DataFinance and Accounting
InterestSpellingMeasure of DispersionFundamental Principles
AveragesFill in the BlanksMeasure of Central TendencyFinancial Accounting
PercentagePhrases and IdiomsMoments, Skewness and KurtosisBasic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and ProportionOne Word SubstitutionCorrelation and RegressionSelf-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and TimeSentence CorrectionRandom VariablesError Spotting and Correction
Number SystemError SpottingRandom Variables 
MensurationCloze TestSampling TheoryEconomics and Governance
Data InterpretationPara JumblesAnalysis and VarianceComptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and WorkSynonyms-AntonymsTime Series AnalysisFinance Commission
AlgebraActive-Passive VoiceIndex NumberTheory of Demand and Supply
Data Sufficiency   


SSC CGL 2019 Tier-III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CGL 2018-19 exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi.

The mode of examination is offline and students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc. in this exam.

The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes.

The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes.

Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL 2019 Tier-IV Syllabus

Tier-IV examination comprises of a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

Tier-I and Tier-II exam are compulsory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2018-19 Notification of while Tier-III is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler.

Similarly, Tier-IV exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA, and Inspector.

Points to remember:

  • Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/Paper.
  • Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV, i.e., for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.
  • Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation LevelPaper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.
  • The exam duration is 2 hours and 40 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

How To Apply for SSC CGL 2019

The online application for SSC CGL 2018-19 exam has started on 5th May 2018. The last date was 4th June 2018 for SSC CGL 2018-19 Exam application.

The required application fee is Rs. 100/- for general candidates and the fee is exempted for other categories.

Applications fee should be paid only through SBI either in the form of challan or through SBI Net Banking or any other bank Credit/Debit Card.

  • Application Fee: The required application fee is Rs. 100/-
  • Exemption: No fee is required to be paid by female, SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, and Ex-Servicemen candidates.
  • Mode of Payment: Applications fee should be pay only through SBI either in the form of Challan or through SBI Net Banking or any other bank Credit/Debit Card. Challan form will be generated online
  • Offline mode of payment: To pay fee in cash, candidate should take print out of Challan generated online after the completion of Part-1 registration. Deposit the requisite fee in any branch of SBI and then continue with the Part-2 registration.
  • Online mode of payment: Those candidates who want to pay online can go directly to part-2 registration after completion of part-1 registration. Candidate must supply registration number and date of birth to continue to Part-2 registration.


SSC CGL Exam is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. Being one of the most premier exams of India, the candidates appearing in Combined Graduate Level Exam (SSC CGL exam) may face huge competition.

And since nowadays the number of engineering candidates appearing in this exam is increasing day by day, the number of applicants for this exam growing like it never did.

Since the competition is heavy, candidates should highly focus on increasing their level of awareness and accuracy in the exam.