SSC CGL 2021: Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Books, Paper

SSC CGL 2021


In this article, we are going to cover about SSC CGL 2021 exam like Exam date notification, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Marking Scheme, How to fill the form, previous year papers, Selection Process, Salary, Post, and others.

1.What is SSC CGL? 

Staff Selection Commission -Combined Graduate Level Exam is an examination conducted for the recruitment of employees to various posts in Ministries, Departments, and Organizations of the Government of India.

It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for the selection of employees for various Group B and Group C posts. Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975

The full form of “SSC CGL” is the Selection staff commission Combined Graduate level Exam.

Every year, around 30 lakh candidates fill the SSC CGL application form and around 15 lakh candidates appear for the exam. The Staff Selection Commission conducts the exam in four stages called tiers.

The first two levels of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam are conducted in online mode. The next two stages of the exam are conducted in offline mode.


SSC CGL PostDepartment/MinistryClassification of PostGrade PayGrade Pay
Assistant Audit OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)4800
Assistant Accounts OfficerIndian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)4800
Assistant Section OfficerCentral Secretariat Service, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railway, Ministry of External Affairs, AFHQGroup “B” 4600
Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 4600
Inspector of Income TaxCBDTGroup “C” 4600
Inspector (Central Excise)CBICGroup “B”4600
Assistant Enforcement OfficerDirectorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueGroup “B”4600
Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of InvestigationGroup “B” 4600
InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsGroup “B”4600
Junior Statistical OfficerM/o Statistics & Programme ImplementationGroup “B”4200
Statistical Investigator Grade-IIRegistrar General of IndiaGroup “B”4200
AuditorOffices under C&AG, CGDAGroup “C” 2800
Accountant/ Junior AccountantOther Ministry/ DepartmentsGroup “C”2800
Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadresGroup “C” 2800
Tax AssistantCBDT/ CBICGroup “C”2800
Upper Division ClerksGovernment DepartmentsGroup “C”2400

2. SSC CGL Notifications

SSC CGL Recruitment 2020-21: Apply for 7035 posts in Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has announced a recruitment drive for a total of 7035 vacancies to fill up various Group B and C posts in Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations under SSC CGL Recruitment 2020-21.

Candidates will be selected for various Ministries of Central Government and other Government Departments.

All 7035 vacancies divide in category-wise. check details

SSC CGL 2020-21 Vacancies Category-wise

General (UR)2891


SSC CGL Official Notification [Download PDF]

3. SSC CGL Salary & Perks 

Check the salary and benefits offered to SSC CGL employees in the table below
Staff Selection Commission (SSC) recruits candidates in various government departments and ministries through the SSC CGL exam and thus, employees are liable for a decent salary as per the 7th pay commission.

With so many posts under SSC CGL, candidates may be confused about the pay level and post-wise in-hand pay of SSC CGL posts.

There are 5 pay level posts named Level 8, Level 7, Level 6, Level 5, and Level 4. The total SSC CGL salary for each post varies from Rs 25,500 to Rs 1,51,100 as per its pay level.


Given below is the pay level for various employees appointed to various SSC CGL posts:

SSC CGL Posts – Salary

Pay Level 8 (Rs 47600 to 151100)

Assistant Audit OfficerAssistant Accounts OfficerAssistant Accounts OfficerAssistant Accounts Officer

Pay Level-7 (Rs 44900 to 142400)

Assistant Section Officer Assistant Inspector of Income TaxInspector, (Central Excise)
Inspector (Preventive Officer)Inspector (Examiner)Assistant Enforcement OfficerSub Inspector
Inspector Posts

Pay Level-6 (Rs 35400 to 112400)

Assistant/ SuperintendentDivisional AccountantSub Inspector(NIA)Junior Statistical Officer
Statistical Investigator Grade-II

Pay Level-5 (Rs 29200 to 92300)

AuditorAccountantAccountant/ Junior Accountant

Pay Level-4 (Rs 25500 to 81100)

Senior Secretariat Assistant/ Upper Division Clerks Tax AssistantSub-Inspector (Central Bureau of Narcotics)Upper Division Clerks


Pay Level of PostsGross SSC CGL Salary Range (Approx)
X CitiesY CitiesZ Cities
Pay Level-870,71666,90863,100
Pay Level-766,90963,31757,925
Pay Level-653,51450,68246,050
Pay Level-544,77242,43638,300
Pay Level-439,55537,51533,675



6. SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern

In this section, I will show you the SSC CGL tier-wise exam pattern with the marking scheme of SSC exam 2021.

SSC CGL 2021 Exam Pattern

Let’s check

6.1 SSC CGL Tier-1st(Prelims) Exam Pattern

SSC CGL exam will be conducted Online comprising 4 sections with about 100 questions in total.

    • The total maximum marks are 200.
    • Each section comprises 25 Questions with 50 marks.
    • Total 60 minutes allotted to the exam.
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Comprehension2550


Marking Scheme for SSC CGL tier 1st

  • Negative Marking: candidates can expect a deduction of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer.
  • Unanswered Question: No Marks will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted.
  • Correct answer: 2 Marks Allotted for each correct answer.


6.2 SSC CGL Tier-2nd(Mains) Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-II exam is conducted Online consisting of 4 papers which are Quantitative Ability, Statistics, General Studies (Finance & Economics), and English Language & Comprehension paper.

    • Each paper comprises maximum marks of 200.
    • Paper 3 consists of 100 questions and 200 questions in English only.
    • Total 2 hours allotted in each Paper.
    • Maximum 200 marks allotted on every paper.
PapersNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability100200
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension200200
Paper-III: Statistics100200
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)100200


Marking scheme in SSC CGL tier 2nd

Negative Marking: 

    • In Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) 0.25 marks deducted on each wrong answer.
    • In Paper-I, Paper-III, and Paper-IV, 0.50marks deducted on each wrong answer.

No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.

Correct Answer: 

    • In Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) 1 mark allotted on each right answer.
    • In Paper-I, Paper-III, and Paper-IV, 2 marks allotted for each right answer.


6.3 SSC CGL Tier-3rd(Descriptive) Exam Pattern

The tier-3rd exam will be a descriptive exam/test. The Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.).

    • Attempt the whole paper in 60 minutes.
    • Maximum 100 marks allotted in this exam.
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

6.4 SSC CGL Tier-4th Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL tier-4th exam is a computer skill test and conducted in two stages.

  • Data Entry Speed Test(DEST) Test
  • Computer Proficiency Test(CPT) Test.

In DEST Exam: Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in the English language. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s writing skills.

In CPT Exam: This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Generation of Slides.

Note: SSC CGL Tier-IV is only a qualifying nature paper. This means that the marks obtained by the candidates in Tier-IV are not counted at the time of declaration of the final result.


7. SSC CGL 2021 Selection Process 

In this section, I will discuss with you “what is the selection process of the SSC CGL exam?” in detail.

SSC CGL selection Process

  1. Fill the SSC CGL Application Form on the official website of the SSC. Pay application fee is Rs 100.
  2. Download the SSC CGL Admit Card for Tier-I examination from the official websites of the Commission.
  3. Attempt computer-based SSC CGL Tier-I Exam consisting of MCQ-type questions.
  4. SSC CGL Tier-I Result is declared by the SSC on its official website. Candidates clearing Tier-I papers are called to appear in the Tier-II exam.
  5. Only eligible candidates can download their SSC CGL Admit Card for Tier-II from official websites.
  6. Attempt computer-based SSC CGL Tier-IInd Exam consisting of MCQ-type paper. Each paper consists of 100 MCQs of 200 marks.
  7. SSC CGL tier-II result is declared in the form of merit list on the SSC official website. Candidates who qualify Tier-II exam are called for Tier-III paper.
  8. Attempt SSC CGL Tier-III is a pen-and-paper-based exam that is descriptive in nature.
  9. Candidates can also check SSC CGL Tier-III exam results from online mode on the SSC official website. Only those candidates who qualify the Tier-III exam will have to appear for the final stage – Tier-IV.
  10. Download SSC CGL tier-IV admit card from the regional websites of SSC.
  11. In SSC CGL Tier-IV exam conducts either Computer Proficiency Test, Skill Test or Document Verification as per the post applied by the candidate. Tier-IV is only a qualifying nature paper.
  12. And finally, the SSC CGL final result is announced on the basis of the performance of the candidates in Tier-I, Tier-II, and Tier-III examinations. Thereafter, all the eligible candidates are allotted Group-B and C posts in various Ministries/Departments/Organizations of the Government of India.


8. SSC CGL Application Form 2021

Here, I will be going to cover “How you can fill SSC CGL 2021 Application form?”.  All the candidates can fill the SSC CGL 2021 exam application form through the SSC official website.

Let’s discuss

    1. Go and Visit SSC CGL’s official website
    2. “New user” click on the “Resistor Now” button
    3. Fill the all required detail on the SSC CGL form.
    4. Login to the registered account using your Registration Number and password(which set you at the time of registration).
    5. Fill in the required details, upload scanned images, upload signature, and other required documents.
    6. Take a quick review of your filled application form and click submit button.
    7. Pay the SSC CGL required application fee of Rs 100 in online or offline mode.

8.1 Uploaded Photo and Signature Detail in SSC CGL

Upload photo and signature must-have in JPJ/JPEJ format.

    • Photo size- 20-50 kb
    • Signature Size- 10-20 kb

SSC CGL Application Fees: Candidates can pay SSC CGL application fees through offline or online mode via SBI challan/BHIM UPI/internet banking/credit card/debit card.

Note: all women and candidates belonging to reserved categories like Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and Ex-Servicemen (ESM) were exempted from application fee payment.

9. SSC CGL 2021 Books

In every exam, books help you to prepare a proper strategy, give a complete guide, and help to know about the syllabus for SSC CGL 2021 exam.

SSC CGL 2021 Books

9.1 SSC CGL Books for English

Candidate must buy these below books to prepare your tier-1st and tier-2nd exam paper.

    • Objective General English by SPBakshi (Arihant)
    • Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal
    • Objective English for Competitive Examinations by H M Prasad
    • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – By Arun Sharma
    • Wren & Martin – High School English Grammar and Composition
    • Perfect Competitive English V.K. Sinha

9.2 Best Books For SSC CGL Maths

Given below are the best books for SSC CGL Maths:

    • Advance Maths by Rakesh Yadav
    • SSC Elementary and Advanced Maths BY Kiran
    • NCERT Maths from Grade 6 to Grade 11
    • Quantitative Aptitude by Dr R.S Agarwal is also one of the best books for SSC CGL Maths.

9.3 SSC CGL Reasoning Books

Let’s check the important SSC CGL Reasoning Books are given below for SSC CGL preparation:

    • Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr R.S. Aggarwal
    • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
    • Logical and Analytical Reasoning by A.K. Gupta
    • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma

9.4 SSC CGL General Awareness Books

Here, we write the best books to prepare SSC CGL general awareness exam.

    • Manorama Yearbook
    • General Knowledge- Lucent Publication
    • NCERT Books of Class X, XII- History, Geography, Economics

10. SSC CGL Previous Year Question Paper

The Staff Selection Commission is the conducting body for the SSC CGL test.

A huge number of aspirants are applying for the SSC CGL exam. So, competition is very high.

Old Aspirants and mentors say that the practice of the previous year’s question papers is help to boost your preparation for clear SSC CGL 2021.

The previous year’s question paper gives an idea about the types of questions asked, exam patterns, and level of questions.

All question papers you will find here of years 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016.

Here, You will find the SSC CGL Tier 1st & 2nd Previous year’s question paper PDF with solutions in Hindi and English.

Click Here to> Download SSC CGL Previous Year Question Paper

11. Frequently Asked Question of SSC CGL

Question: Is SSC CGL tougher than Cat?

Answer: No, SSC CGL easier than CAT. Cat is famous for its unpredictability. With the best preparation for SSC CGL will help you to crack easily in SSC CGL. Also, SSC CGL preparation help to preparing for basic requirements for CAT.

Question: What are the subjects covered in SSC CGL Syllabus?

Ans. Aspirants of the SSC CGL exam have to prepare for the following subjects: Reasoning Ability, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness.




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