SSC CGL 2016 Pattern changed | What should be your strategy for SSC CGL 2016 exam?

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released revised exam date for the Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE), 2016. The exam is slated to be held on August 27.

Let’s observe what’s actually changed.



Tier 1

No. Of Questions

200 (50 per section)

100 (25 per section)

Time 120 minutes

75 minutes

Total marks



Negative marking 0.25/wrong answer

0.5/wrong answer

Mode Offline/paper-based

Computer based




Tier 2

 Mode Offline/paper-based

Computer based

Besides the changes mentioned above, this year, the commission has introduced a Descriptive Paper of English/Hindi as Tier – III. The candidates will have the option to choose any one medium.

Tier: III

Mode of examination: Pen and Paper mode

Scheme of examination: Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of essay/précis/letter/application writing etc.)

Marks: 100

Time: 60 minutes

Moreover, the selection of the candidates will be based on overall performance in Tier – I, Tier- II and Tier- III. The candidates are required to qualify all the tiers separately and there will be no sectional cut-off.

Go through the official link here:

What should be my preparation strategy keeping the changes in mind?

The most important thing that you must do it to practise online. In SSC CGL 2016, as you are going to appear in and take 3 major exams in front of a computer, you must get into the habit of taking tests online. Initially you may find it difficult but by the end of 6-7 days you’d start picking up.

Except this, we don’t foresee any major change in the pattern of the questions. However, you may find a less number of questions from Non-verbal chapters this year.

We, thus, suggest you to keep your focus on fundamentals, to make computer based study a habit, to stay positive and most importantly not to panic.

Do keep the fact in mind that when a change occurs, it occurs for everyone. Those that are the smartest and the calmest are the highest gainers out of it.

We hope it helps. All the best!


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