SSC CGL 2018 | Check Out The Exam Pattern & General Tips To Attempt The Examination


Staff Selection Commission conducts Combined Graduate Level Examination every year to fill the vacancies in various departments. The examination is held in 4 parts or Tiers. The candidates have to clear all the Tiers one by one in order to qualify for the different posts.

Here we are providing you SSC CGL 2018 examination pattern and other important details.

SSC CGL 2018: Examination Pattern

The Tier 1 of the Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination contains 4 sections. Each section contains 25 questions in total. Have a look at the detailed pattern of the exam.

Exam Pattern

English Language Section: The English section in Tier 1 Exam of the SSC CGL will contain a total of 25 questions. Each question in this section would carry 2 marks. Candidates can expect 5 questions each from error spotting, fill in the blanks, Phrase Replacement, Comprehension and around 2 questions each from synonyms or Antonyms, Speech, Voice, spellings and Idiom Meanings.

Reasoning & General Instructions: Reasoning and General Intelligence section under Tier 1 will also carry 25 questions in the exam carrying a total of 50 marks. Under this section, Candidates can expect 3 questions each from Venn Diagram, Coding-Decoding, Classification, Series Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning. Candidates can also expect 1 or 2 question each from Directions, Distances, Relations, Formation of Words & Missing Numbers.

Aptitude Section: The Aptitude section under Tier 1 of the examination again carries 25 questions or 2 marks each. Candidates can expect up to 3 questions each from Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Interpretation. There can be 1 or 2 questions Age question, Number series, Number system, Simplification, Time & Distance, Speed, Percentage, Profit-Loss Questions, Time and Work.

General Awareness Section: This section will contain 25 questions based on Important Dates, History, Geography, Politics, Art, Culture, Sports, books, Authors and Organisation. The sections will also Contain questions from Biology, Computers, Chemistry, Physics, Diseases, Current Affairs and Pollution.

SSC CGL 2018: General Tips To Score Good

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Candidates need to understand that the duration of SSC CGL exam is 1 Hour. There are a total of 100 questions that have to be attempted in the given time frame. So, it is advised to attempt the easier questions first and then jump on to the lengthy and time-consuming questions.

Read the questions very carefully and answer only those questions for which you are confident as there is negative marking for each wrong answer. Candidates can refer to previous years question papers to have an idea of the type of questions being asked in the exam.


Good Luck to all the candidates appearing for the exam!

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