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SSC CGL 2017 Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 30, 2017

SSC (Staff Selection Commission) recruitment board conducts exam every year for various SSC CGL posts. This year also the notification of the application process has been announced by the board. Candidates who are seeking jobs in government sector can apply for SSC CGL 2017 from August 1, 2017.

  • SSC CGL Exam has been divided into four tiers – Tier I, Tier II, Tier III & Tier IV.
  • Tier I and Tier II will be conducted in online mode while Tier III is a descriptive test to be conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • The Tier IV of SSC CGL is conducted to test the proficiency in computer knowledge.
  • Final result will be based on the marks obtained in Tier I, Tier II & Tier III exam.
  • The pattern of SSC CGL Tier 1 which is almost same from the last years has been changed this year.
  • The exam which used to be in offline mode is to be conducted this time in online mode. Even the time duration of exam will be 75 minutes this time.

SSC CGL Tier 1 will have 4 sections that will include:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

The questions asked in Tier 1 will be multiple choice questions (MCQs). The exam will be of total 200 marks which will contain 100 questions that the candidates need to complete in 60 minutes.

Candidates willing to apply for the exam can check the detailed exam pattern and the syllabus below in this article.

Check SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2017

Exam Pattern Highlights

Total questions100
Total Marks200
Time Duration60 minutes
Mode of ExamOnline
Number of sections

General Intelligence & Reasoning General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

English Comprehension

Exam LanguageEnglish/Hindi
Question paper typeMCQs
Negative MarkingFor each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Exam Pattern in detail for each subject

Exam pattern which is of concern like what type of questions will be asked from which topic most of the question will be asked is of utmost importance.

The candidates who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the SSC CGL Exam Pattern to manage their preparation accordingly.SSC CGL will be a computer based test i.e. in online mode this time.

SSC CGL Tier 1: Pattern

SectionSubjectMaximum MarksNo. of Questions
AGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning5025
BGeneral Awareness5025
CQuantitative Aptitude5025
DEnglish Comprehension5025
Total 200100
  • No. of Questions: Total Questions that will be asked in the exam will be 100.
  • Total Marks: SSC CGL Tier 1 exam will be of total 200 marks.
  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.

Time Duration: Candidates will be allotted 75 minutes to complete their exam and for VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy 100 minutes will be given to them to complete their exam.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Marking Scheme

Marking pattern of the exam must be kept in mind by the Candidate while preparing for the exam to have a focus on which subject to give maximum time and how much question to attempt in what time to score more and attempt maximum questions.

Scheme of ExaminationMarksTime
General Intelligence & Reasoning50 Marks75 Minutes (Total) For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes
General Awareness50 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude50 Marks
English Comprehension50 Marks
  • Each section will comprise of 25 questions of 50 marks.
  • The total marks of the paper will be of 200 marks.
  • Each question will carry 2 marks.
  • The duration of the exam will be 75 minutes
  • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

Candidates must go through the syllabus thoroughly and prepare according to the syllabus. This can help them prepare well and all the topics that are asked in the SSC CGL exam.

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

General Intelligence section is based on Questions from:

ObservationSeries (number, figurative)
Direction sense testSimilarities and differences
Blood relationsAnalogy
Arithmetical reasoning and figural classificationSpace visualization
Arithmetic number seriesSpatial orientation
Non-verbal seriesProblem solving
Coding and DecodingAnalysis and Judgement
Statement conclusionDecision making
Syllogism Visual memory

Topics of Reasoning include:

Questions on DiesSemantic Analogy
Clock and CalendarSymbolic/Number Analogy
Space Orientation Space VisualizationFigural Analogy
Venn DiagramsRanking test
Drawing inferencesSemantic Classification
Folding & un-folding of Punched hole/patternSymbolic/Number Classification
Figural Pattern – folding and completionFigural Classification
Indexing and Address matchingInput-Output questions
Date & city matchingProblem Solving
Classification of centre codes/roll numbersWord Building
Small &Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classificationSeating arrangement
Embedded FiguresNumerical Operations, symbolic Operations
Critical thinkingEmotional Intelligence
Social Intelligence 

General Awareness:

Questions in this sectionare aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness and to test knowledge of current events. The topics include:

PhysicsCurrent Affairs
Space, Defence in IndiaInternational Topics
Static GKNational Topics
Honours & AwardsEconomy & Finance
Important DatesEconomics
National & International OrganizationsFeatures of Indian Economy
Art & CultureGeography of India
Books & AuthorsWorld Geography
Indian Polity & ConstitutionPhysical Geography
Science & TechnologyHistory
BiologyHistory of India
ChemistryWorld History
ComputerDiscoveries & Inventions

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section includes questions on topics:

GeometryRatio & Proportion
TrigonometrySquare and cube roots
Heights and DistancesSurds and indices 
Divisions and RemaindersL CM and HCF
Fractions and relationships between numbersAge problems 
Graphs of Linear EquationsSimple Interest and Compound Interest
Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity)Profit and Loss
In circles and circum-circleDiscount
QuadrilateralsMixture and Allegation
Boat and StreamsTime and Distance
Pipes and CisternsTime & Work
Trigonometric ratioRegular Polygons
Degree and Radian MeasuresCircle
Circle and its chordsRight Prism
TangentsRight Circular Cone
Angles subtended by chords of a circleRight Circular Cylinder
Common tangents to two or more circlesSphere
Standard IdentitiesHemispheres
Complementary anglesRectangular
Heights and DistancesRegular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
HistogramFrequency polygon
Bar diagram & Pie chart

English Comprehension:

Spellings/DetectingQuestions on Fill in the Blanks
Mis-spelt wordsIdioms & Phrases
Common errorsJumbled sentences (ordering)
Sentence improvementOne word substitution
Cloze testAntonyms

Weightage of topics of each subject

Reasoning Topic wise weightage:

TopicNumber of Questions
Word Formation1-2
Venn Diagrams1-2
Missing no.1-2
Visual Reasoning (Unfolding, Mirror, Counting)4-5
Word Arrangement1-2
Matrix Based1

English Topic wise weightage:

TopicNumber of Questions
Reading Comprehension 1 passage5
Fill in the blanks0-5
Common Errors0-5
Spelling errors2-3
Synonyms / Antonyms2-4
Sentence Correction0-5
Idioms / One word substitution2-3

Quantitative Aptitude Topic wise weightage:

TopicNumber of Questions
Number System2-5
Geometry 12-18
Data Interpretation 5-7

General Awareness Topic wise weightage:

TopicNo. of Questions
Indian History2-4
Current Affairs1-4
Sports, Books & Author, Important people0-2
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes1-2
Computer and Mobile Technology0-2
Diseases, environmental pollution1-2

Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. Best books simplify the learning process and enhance the chances of doing best in the Exam.

Books that the candidates need to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts clear.

Here are the list books that the candidate must refer for best results:

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeR.S.Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude TestN.K.Singh
Quantitative AptitudeThe Complete Success Package – Bank POArihant Publications

Books for General Awareness

SubjectBook NameAuthor
General AwarenessGuide to Banking General AwarenessR.Gupta
General AwarenessManohar Pandey BookArihant Publications

Books for English Language

SubjectBook NameAuthor
EnglishEssential English GrammarMurphy
EnglishGeneral EnglishR.S. Aggarwal

Books for Reasoning

SubjectBook NameAuthor
ReasoningVerbal- Non Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal



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