SSC EXAM DETAILS: CALENDAR 2024, PAPER PATTERN

SSC EXAM DETAILS: CALENDAR 2024, PAPER PATTERN

The following article consists of a detailed account of the exam dates and paper pattern as per the latest official notification issued by the SSC. The tentative exam dates for all SSC Exams have been notified along with the SSC Calendar 2024 at the official website of SSC at www.ssc.nic.in.

Let us first start with knowing about the examination, the exam conducting body and various posts for which the exam is conducted. 

Combined Graduated Level Examination is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission to recruit Group B and C officers to various posts in top ministries, departments and organizations of the Government of India. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975.

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

Structure of SSC Exam 2024-

The examination has four major tiers which are conducted over different days, with results posted after each tier. Previous exams also included an interview tier, but following a government order, interviews were removed for all non-gazetted posts in the central government as of 1 January 2016. A computer proficiency test or a skill test was also added as a tier for some posts.

Tier I: Preliminary 

The Tier I exam consists of a written objective multiple-choice exam with four sections, covering the subjects of:

• General intelligence and reasoning

• General awareness

• Quantitative aptitude

• English comprehension

The exam is typically scored with a maximum of 50 marks per section, for a total of 200 marks. Based on results from Tier I, qualified candidates can then take the Tier II exam.

Tier II: Mains Exam

Also known as the Mains Exam, the Tier II exam consists of a written multiple-choice exam, in three sections:

• Section 1

o Mathematical abilities

o Reasoning and general intelligence

• Section 2

o English language and comprehension

o General awareness

• Section 3

o Computer knowledge – covers the topics of word processing, spreadsheets, and making slides.

o Data entry speed test – candidates enter data at the rate of 2000 key presses in 15 minutes.

• Section 4

o Statistics

• Section 5

o General studies (finance and economics)

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam is compulsory for all the candidates. For the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam, there will be Paper 1, 2, and 3. Paper I is Compulsory for all posts, Paper II is for candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Paper III is for candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer. 

The candidates must note that the SSC CGL Tier 1 is qualifying in nature and Tier 2 is scoring in nature. The marks scored in SSC CGL Tier 2 will be considered for final selection.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2024

SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam will be conducted online comprising 4 sections with 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) in total and with maximum marks of 200. The entire exam is needed to be completed in a time span of 60 minutes. SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam will be of a qualifying nature and marks will not be counted in the final selection. 

The questions asked in the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2024 are from the following sections:

1.​General Intelligence & Reasoning

2.​General Awareness

3.​Quantitative Aptitude

4.​English Comprehension

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2024
S.No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes 
2General Awareness2550 
3Quantitative Aptitude2550 
4English Comprehension2550 
Total100200 

• There is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL Revised Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024 

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam 2024 will be conducted in 3 phases- Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3. Paper I (Compulsory for all posts), Paper II for candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Paper III for candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024
S.No.PapersTime Allotted
1Paper I: (Compulsory for all posts)2 hours 30 minutes
2Paper II: Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and Statistical Investigator Gr. II2 hours
3Paper III: Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer2 hours

The details about the Tier 2 SSC Exam Details are given below-

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024 [Paper 1]
SessionsSectionsModulesSubjectNo. of QuestionsMarksWeightageDuration
Session ISection IModule-IMathematical Abilities309023%1 hour
  Module-IIReasoning and General Intelligence309023% 
 Section IIModule-IEnglish Language and Comprehension4513535%1 hour
  Module-IIGeneral Awareness257519% 
 Section IIIModule-IComputer Knowledge Test2060Qualifying15 minutes
Session II Module-IIData Entry Speed Test One Data Entry TaskQualifying15 minutes
SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2024 [Paper 2 & 3]
PapersSectionsNo. of questionMaximum MarksDuration
Paper IIStatistics1002002 hours
Paper IIIGeneral Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

There is a negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer in Section-I, Section-II and Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I and 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.

SSC Calendar 2023-24 Exam Dates

SSC Calendar 2023-24 Exam Dates
Name of ExaminationDate of Exam
General Duty Constable (SSC GD Constable)
SSC GD Constable 2023 [Tier-1 Exam]20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th February and 1st, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th March 2024
SSC GD Constable 2023 [PET/PST] To be announced soon
SI in Delhi Police, CAPFs and ASI in CISF (SSC CPO)
SSC CPO 2023 Paper-II22nd December 2023
Delhi Police Constable
Delhi Police Constable 2023 CBT 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th November, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd December 2023
Delhi Police MTS
Delhi Police MTS 2023 CBT06th, 07th, 08th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, and 19th February 2024

SSC CALENDAR 2024-2025

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released SSC Calendar 2024 for SSC Exams along with the notification release date, online application dates, and tentative exam dates for various posts to be recruited by SSC in the coming year.

The tentative dates of the various examinations have been announced by the SSC on its official website www.ssc.nic.in in PDF format on 7 November 2023.

SSC Calendar 2024-25 Notification & Online Registration Dates
SSC Exam NamesSSC Notification Release DateSSC Online Registration
Grade ‘C’ Stenographer Limited Departmental Competitive Examination, 2023-202405th January 20245th to 25th January 2024
JSA/ LDC Grade Limited Departmental Competitive Examination- 2023-202412th January 202412th January to 1st February 2024
SSA/ UDC Grade Limited Departmental Competitive Examination- 2023-202419th January 202419th January to 8th February 2024
Selection Post Examination, Phase-XII, 202401st February 20241st to 28th February 2024
Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces Examination, 202415th February 202415th Feb to 14th March 2024
 Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying & Contracts) Examination, 2024 29th February 202429th Feb to 29th March 2024
Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination, 20242nd April 20242nd April to 1st May 2024
Multi Tasking (NonTechnical) Staff, and Havaldar(CBIC & CBN) Examination 20247th May 20247th May to 6th June 2024
Combined Graduate Level Examination, 202411th June 202411th June to 10th July 2024
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 202416th July 202416th July to 14th August 2024
Junior Hindi Translator, Junior Translator and Senior Hindi Translator Examination, 202423rd July 202423rd July to 21st August 2024
Constables (GD) in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), NIA, SSF and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles Examination, 202427th August 202427th August to 27th September 2024

The tentative months of examination have also been announced by the SSC in its official notification.

SSC Calendar 2024-25 Exam Dates
Name of ExaminationDate of Exam
Combined Higher Secondary Level Examination (SSC CHSL)
SSC CHSL 2024 [Tier-1 Exam]June-July 2024
Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL)
SSC CGL 2024 [Tier 1 Exam]September- October 2024
General Duty Constable (SSC GD Constable)
SSC GD Constable 2024 [Tier-1 Exam]December 2024- January 2025
Multi Tasking Staff (SSC MTS) 
SSC MTS 2024 [Tier-1 Exam] July- August 2024
SSC Selection Post
SSC Selection Post Phase 12 CBEApril-May 2024
Junior Engineer (SSC JE)
SSC JE 2024 [Tier-1 Exam]May-June 2024
SSC Stenographer Examination 
SSC Stenographer 2024 CBTOct-Nov 2024
SI in Delhi Police, CAPFs and ASI in CISF (SSC CPO)
SSC CPO 2024 Paper-IMay-June 2024

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)-

Can you appear for Tier 2 without qualifying the Tier 1 exam?

No, it is necessary to qualify Tier 1 exam to appear for the Tier 2 exam.

Has SSC released the calendar for the session 2024-25?

Yes, SSC has released the calendar for 2024-25 on its official notification on 7 November. 

How many vacancies are there in SSC CGL 2024?

The SSC has not yet announced the number of vacancies for the year 2024 but on the basis of previous year calculations there will be around 35K vacancies.

In the Tier 2 exams which paper is compulsory for all the candidates?

Paper 1 is compulsory for all the candidates in the Tier 2 exams.

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