SSC CGL: A Complete 1-Year Study Plan for Beginners

The CGL examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The process of the examination is divided into four tiers. Candidates should qualify each stage to appear in the next one. First, two tiers are based on an online method while the next two are based on offline. Candidates are recruited in various responsible posts of the Government offices and departments. Every year more than thousands of vacancies are filled by SSC, where this CGL examination is one of the biggest exams to be conducted for candidates.

Groups and Posts of CGL:

  • Assistant Audit Officer: In this post, you have to audit in Govt. / Public sector. It needs to travel during the time of inspection.
  • Assistant Account Officer: In this post, the main matter of the work is data entry, processing, and recording transactions. And also have to assist with the audit or fact-checking.
  • Assistant Section Officer: It is a desk job and the lowest post in the central secretariat services.
  • Assistants: In this post works include different clerical responsibilities in different departments like compiling files, reports, keeping track of the ongoing process, etc.
  • Inspector of Income-tax: It includes assessing Income Tax payable by people or companies and managing TDS and refund claims.
  • Inspector (Central Excise): In this post, you have to suppress any kind of invasion of excise duty, prevent smuggling and assist raid teams.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer: In this post-work includes imitation and money laundering.
  • Sub Inspector: In this post, you have to gather information and make enquiry and investigation.
  • Inspector: You have to prevent illegal manufacture and transport of opium.
  • Junior Statistical Officer: You have to assist the Statistical Officer in drafting documents, data entry, and tabulation.
  • Statistical Investigator Grade-II: In this post the work includes preparing survey reports, drafting documents, editing, and compiling existing data.
  • Auditor: The work includes auditing expense details of the State Department.
  • Accountant / Jr. Accountant: In this post, you have to take the responsibility of passing various bills, salary allowances, office expenses, and pension-related issues.
  • Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper-division clerks: It is a clerical-level post. The work includes maintaining files and data entry.
  • Tax Assistant: In this post, the work includes modifying access and verify taxes of individuals or businesses.
  • Upper Division Clerk: You have to maintain files, financial documents, and accounts.

Age Limit of various posts in CGL 2021:

To apply for the SSC CGL examination the minimum age is 18 years and the maximum age is 32 years. However, there are some age relaxation criteria for reserved groups of candidates.

Post Age Limit (As of 01.01.2021)
Assistant Section Officer for CSS, Sub Inspector for CBI 20-30 years
Assistant Section Officer for Intelligence Bureau Not exceeding 30 years
Junior Statistical Officer Maximum is 32 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer Maximum is 30 years
Sub Inspector for NIA Maximum is 30 years
Sub Inspector for Narcotics, Tax Assistant & All Other Posts 18-27 years
Category Age-Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PwD (unreserved) 10 years
PwD (OBC) 13 years
PwD (SC/ ST) 15 years


Exam Pattern:

This CGL examination is divided into four Tiers, like Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Tier IV.

 Tier I:

This is the preliminary Examination. The examination method is completely online-based. Questions will be of the objective type with multiple choices. Candidates can choose their medium of questions as Hindi or English.

  • The total marks of the examination are 200. The total number of questions 100. That means each question will carry 2 marks. The most important thing is the negative marking. 0.50 marks deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Candidates get 60 minutes to complete their paper, but it will be 80 minutes for the disabled candidates.


Marks Distribution of CGL Tier I (Computer Based Objective Type):


Part Subject No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Duration/Timings
i General Intelligence 25 50 60 Minutes (Total)
ii English Language 25 50
iii Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
iv General Awareness 25 50


Tier II:

This is the main examination. Students need to qualify Tier I exam to appear for Tier II. This examination method is also online-based. Question type remains the same here and here also candidates can choose their medium of questions. There are four papers in this examination.

  • Paper i: The subject is Quantitative Ability. It obtains 200 marks. And the number of questions is 100. The total time allotted for the candidates is 2 hours. It is a compulsory paper for all categories of posts.
  • Paper ii: The subject is English Language and Comprehension. In this paper total marks and total time remain the same. But the number of questions is 200. It is also a compulsory paper.
  • Paper iii: The subject is Statistics. Total marks, exam time, and the number of questions are the same as Paper 1. This paper is only for those who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler
  • Paper iv: The subject is General Studies (Finance and Economics). In this paper total marks, the number of questions and time is the same as in Paper 2. This paper is only for those who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer


In each paper, PWD candidates can get 2 hours 40 minutes and have 0.25 marks deducted for each wrong get as negative marking in Paper ii and 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper I, Paper iii, Paper iv.


Marks Distribution of CGL Tier-II (Computer Based Objective Type):


Paper Subject No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Duration/Timing
i Arithmetical Ability 100 200 2 Hours
ii English Language & Comprehension 200 200
iii Statistics 100 200
iv General Studies (Finance & Economics) 100 200


Tier III:

This is the descriptive part of the examination. Candidates need to qualify Tier II to appear in this Tier. In this Tier the mode of examination is offline. Candidates are required to write essays, precis, applications, letters, etc. in this examination.

  • The exam carries 100 marks and time allotted for 60 minutes. In the case of the PWD category, it will be 80 minutes. The qualifying marks in Tier III would be 33% [This Tier has been introduced to access the writing skill of the candidate. The paper will have to write either in Hindi or English]
  • The total marks of Tier I and Tier II would determine the eligibility of the candidate to appear in Tier III and IV.


Tier IV:

It is the examination of DEST that means Data Entry Skill Test and CPT that means Computer Proficiency Test.

  • DEST exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidate required the speed of 8000 key depressions in 1 hour. This exam is taken for the post of Tax Assistant only.
  • CPT exam is taken for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Prevention Officer), Inspector (Examiner). Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this examination.


SSC CGL 1 year Study Plan


For 1 to 2 months


  • At first, you have to know the whole syllabus and the exam pattern of SSC CGL.
  • Next, you have to create a timetable for your routine with all subjects.
  • You have to go through all subjects properly for CGL examination.
  • Identify your weak point.

For 3 to 9 months

  • It is the proper time period to prepare yourself.
  • You have to practice previous year's question papers of SSC CGL Shift wise.
  • Take mock tests on a regular basis and give emphasis on your weaknesses.
  • Make short notes and short tricks so that you can do a quick rehearsal before the CGL examination.

For 9 to 12 months

  • You have to learn how to manage time slots as CGL Examination is based on online tests.
  • You have to take more mock tests to improve yourself.
  • To enhance your speed and accuracy you have to practice more questions
  • You have to point out your doubts and make clear those.
  • While appearing for an interview you have to remain confident. You also have to practice mock interviews.

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