SSC CGL 2016: Major changes in exam pattern

Dear Puys,

Staff Selection Commission has decided to change the pattern of SSC CGL 2016 exam. As per their latest notification, SSC has brought major changes in Tier I of the exam. Also, SSC has introduced a descriptive test as Tier III of the exam. As we know, the SSC CGL 2016 exam will be a computer based exam in place of OMR sheet based examination mode. So, let’s go through the revised scheme of the exam.

Tier I :

a) The number of questions are reduced from 200 to 100.

b) These 100 questions are worth 200 marks. Each question carries 2 marks.

c) These 100 questions are to be solved within 75 minutes.

d) There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I.

Tier II:

a) There is no change in the exam pattern and scheme of marks of Tier II.

b) Tier II will also be computer based exam.

c) In Tier II, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks in Paper I, 0.25 marks in Paper II. In paper III, negative marking will be 0.50 marks.

Tier III

a) The descriptive paper will be bilingual which will be available in English/Hindi. While appearing, candidates will be provided with an option to choose any one medium of language.

b) The Tier III paper will be consist of Essay writing, Precis, Letter and application writing, etc.

c) Tier III exam will be pen and paper based exam.

Tier IV (Wherever applicable):

a) Tier IV will be a Data Entry skill test or Computer Proficiency Test which will be of qualifying nature.

Final result scheme:

a) The final merit will be prepared on overall performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III.

b) Candidate’s need to qualify in all the tiers separately.

c) There will be no sectional cutoff in Tier I,II and III.

Confusion over Tier-1 marks:

Candidates should note that, the Tier I of the SSC CGL 2016 exam will not be of qualifying nature. The final merit will be prepared on marks obtained in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III.

Online Mock tests: 

Candidate’s should take this change of pattern into the consideration while preparing for the exam. The SSC CGL 2016 Tier exam is scheduled on 27th August, 2016. 

           According to Neetu Singh, founder of KD Campus, the new format will pose a challenge to students who are not technology savvy. Since students will have to appear for the exam online, they will have to prepare for it by taking online mock tests.

If you have any queries regarding the exam, let us know. Please find the detailed notification of revised scheme of the SSC CGL 2016 at the link below:

Best of Luck!!!