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Hello students, it is very important that you have an in-depth understanding of the types of questions, difficulty level of questions, important topics and changing pattern of questions, before you start preparing your examination. For this reason, it becomes imperative (very important) that you observe previous year SSC CGL papers. Additionally, solving previous year papers allows you to assess your exam readiness.

Some of the points that you should keep in mind while going through previous year papers are as follows.

  • Identify the important topics from which maximum questions come.
  • Observe the exam pattern- number of sections, number of questions and total marks.
  • Observe the difficulty level of questions from each topics, but keep in mind that the difficulty level can change in the actual examination.
  • Previous year papers only serve as a guideline and should not be the basis of your entire preparation.
  • You must prepare all chapters in the SSC Syllabus and be ready for the toughest questions from each topic.
  • If you notice that certain topics have not been asked in recent years, you should not conclude that the topic will not be asked in the future.
  • Observe the general awareness section carefully to identify core areas important for the SSC examination.
  • If you have already completed your preparation, you should solve the full paper and check whether you are meeting the cut-off of the previous years.

How has SSC CGL Tier 1 pattern changed over the years?


Mode of examination : Pen and paper (i.e. offline)

Total Questions: 200

Total Marks: 200

Duration: 2 hours


Tier 1 and Tier 2 were conducted in online mode (i.e. computer based test) for the first time

Negative marking was increased from 0.25 to 0.50 for every incorrect answer

Total questions: 100

Total Marks: 200

Duration: 75 minutes


Total questions: 100

Total Marks: 200

Duration: 60 minutes (Duration was reduced from 75 minutes to 60 minutes)


Normalization method was introduced for candidates who appear in the exam in different shifts.


Candidates who clear Tier 1 could appear for both Tier 2 and Tier 3

Download Previous Year SSC CGL Question Papers

Here we have provide you memory based previous papers of SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2. We at Competition Forum hope that this will assist you in your exam preparation.

S.No Question Paper Download Link
SSC CGL, 16th August 2021 (Shift 1)
SSC CGL, 13 August 2021 (shift 2)
SSC CGL, 13 August 2021 (shift 3)