SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL 2013 New Exam Pattern and Change in Dates

SSC CGL 2013 Exam pattern and schedule has been revised by Staff Service Commission. This step had been taken to ensure that only bonafide candidates finally qualify in the examination. SSC had also revised the dates for Combined Graduate Level Exam 2013. Now the Tier I exam will be held in April 2013 (3 Months earlier than its previous schedule when the exam was expected to be held in July, 2013). So, the candidates preparing for the exam have to make some changes in their study schedule and start preparing now for the examination.

SSC CGL 2013 – New Exam Pattern


Different Tiers of existing Scheme of Examination for Combined Graduate Level Examination are as follows: 

Tier -I

Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -II

Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -III

Personality Test /Interview/Computer Proficiency
Test   or   Skill Test (wherever applicable).

Scheme of Examination for different posts will be as follows:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern
NOTE: There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I.

In Tier-II, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks in Paper-II and III and 0.50 marks in Paper-I for each wrong answer.

Candidates are advised to keep this in mind while answering the questions.

Staff Service Commission has decided that the candidates qualifying in Tier-II of the Examination, for Computer Proficiency Test and Interview for posts of Assistant in CSS, Interview for other Interview posts, Data Entry Skill Test for posts of Tax Assistant and document verification for other non-interview posts, will be subjected to a Short Descriptive paper of not more than one hour’s duration, with questions drawn from “English Language and Comprehension”, “Quantitative Abilities” and “General Awareness”. If adequate infrastructure with reliable real time connectivity is available, at least in the Regional Headquarters and Lucknow, the Commission will at its option, change this to an online examination. The examination will be qualifying in nature and will not be taken into account for determining the position of the candidates in merit order. This is expected to screen those candidates who might have been able to take advantage of unfair means in Tier-I and II examinations. The proposed short descriptive papers/online test will not only screen but deter those candidates who intend to use unfair means in examination.

SSC CGL 2013 Revised Exam Dates

SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier I Exam 2013:

Date of Advertisement: 19 January, 2013

Last Date: 15 Feb., 2013

Exam Dates: 14.04.2013 and 21.04.2013

Download the Information PDF from SSC website here.