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March 10, 2015

SSC CGL 2015 Exam Pattern, Sample Papers & Prep Books

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Papers BooksCombined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam is conducted by SSC every year in July to recruit about 10,000 graduates in various central govt departments as Inspector (Central Excise/ Income Tax/Post), Auditor, Accountant, UDCs, Tax Assistants etc Where to find the prep materials for CGL exam? This is the focus of this article, which aims to provide you the sample/previous years exam papers & prep books for CGL exam, along with a discussion on the exam pattern & syllabus for the same. 

If you do not know what is CGL exam and would like to know about it, please visit my previous blog post titled: SSC CGL Exam 2015 Notification, Forms & Eligibility, which introduces you to the exam and tells you how to apply for it.

First, let us start with the discussion on SSC CGL exam pattern.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern:
SSC CGL exam is a 3-tier selection process - the Tier-I is called as SSC Prelims & Tier-II called as Mains. Both of them are written exams. While the Tier-III is Interview & Skill test for those who are shortlisted based on exam performance in Tier-I & II..

SSC CGL Tier-I Pattern:
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern
The format/exam pattern of  SSC CGL Tier-I (i.e. Prelims) is common for all posts. It has 200 question, each weighing 1 mark, thus total marks is 200. It has to be answered in 2 hours. It has four exam sections, with 50 questions each. You can find the pattern/format of the CGL exam, with section-wise distribution of marks in the table at right. There is negative mark: 0.25 for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL Tier-II Pattern:
The format/exam pattern of  SSC CGL Tier-II (i.e. Mains) is also common for all posts, except following two: Statistical Investigator Grade-II & Compiler. Only for these two posts, there is an additional paper (Paper-III) of 200 marks on Statistics in CGL Tier-II exam.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier-II
For all posts other than two above, the exam pattern of SSC CGL Tier-II is as given at left.

There is negative mark: 0.50 for each wrong answer in Paper-I & 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (i.e. 1/4th of the mark allotted to each question).

For Statistical Investigator Grade-II & Compiler posts, the exam pattern of CGL Tier-II is as given below:
SSC GL Exam Pattern Tier-II for Statistical Investigator Compiler
There is negative mark: 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-III

SSC CGL Tier-III Pattern:
As said above, Tier-III stage of SSC CGL exam consists of Interview & Skill test.
However, there is no Interview for  Auditor, Accountant, UDCs, Tax Assistant & Compiler. For all other posts, Interview consists of 100 marks.

Also, the Skill test will be conducted for only following two posts in Tier-III:
1.0 Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant in CSS only
2.0 Data Entry Skill  Test at  Speed of 8000 key depression per hour for Tax Assistant

Thus, with above exam pattern of SSC CGL Exam Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III, total marks for merit list of SSC CGL exam Tier-wise, post-wise is as below:
SSC CGL Exam Marks Tier-wise post-wise

SSC CGL Exam Sample Papers/Previous years papers:
I am giving below some downloadable Previous years SSC CGL exam papers. You should use these papers only as eye openers - to know what types of questions are asked in each test section of SSC CGL exam. To prepare in-depth for Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam, you should rely on books as they are authentic and gives you exhaustive information.

Download SSC CGL Tier-I Exam 2010 Paper: This is the actual question paper by There are total 200 questions, containing all four test sections.

Download SSC CGL TIer-I Exam 2002 (Test of Reasoning) Solved Paper: 50 solved questions by
Download SSC CGL TIer-II Exam 2010 (English) Solved Paper: 40 solved questions by

SSC CGL Exam Prep Books:
SSC CGL Exam Prep BooksI am giving below names of prep/guide book for SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam. This book list has been compiled after going through the reader feedback from various forums.

These  books are available in most of the good book stores. But in case you do not find them, you can order them online by clicking the links below from Flipkart, which offers huge discounts (Upto 31%) apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs. 300/=. What’s more, you can pay through numerous payment options- Credit Card/Net Banking/DD as well as Cash-On-Delivery (i.e. you pay only when you receive the book at your doorstep)

SSC Combined Graduate Level Guide (Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III) by R. Gupta's Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 395; Offer Price: Rs. 264; Discount: Rs. 131 (33%)

SSC Combined Graduate Level Previous Years' Papers With Practice Test Papers (Solved) by R. Gupta's Publisher: RPH
List Price: Rs. 310; Offer Price: Rs. 207; Discount: Rs. 103 (33%)

SSC Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I & II) by Ashok Mehta, Manish Arora, A. L. Gulati; Publisher: New Light
List Price: Rs. 425; Offer Price: Rs. 404; Discount: Rs. 21 (5%)

Prep Books for SSC CGL Exam in Hindi:
SSC CGL: Sanyukt Snatak Stariya Chayan Pariksha Tier - 1 Evum Tier - 2 (Hindi) by Unique Publications
List Price: Rs. 325; Offer Price: Rs. 309; Discount: Rs. 16 (5%)

SSC Kramchari Chayan Aayog Sanyukt Snatak Star: Previous Year Question Paper (Solved) Practice Test Papers (Solved) (Hindi) by R. Gupta's Publisher:RPH
List Price: Rs. 310; Offer Price: Rs. 207; Discount: Rs. 103 (33%)

That's it! Hope with prep material for SSC CGL Exam- Sample/Previous years Papers & Prep Books you  can prepare for the exam easily and crack the exam. Best wishes!