The SSC CGL Answer Key 2017 will only be released for the computer based exams, i.e. Tier 1 and 2. The answer key will be published through a login, which the candidates will be able to access by submitting the User ID and Password. The candidates may use the answer key of SSC CGL Tier 1 to predict the score, before the announcement of the result. The candidates may check the procedure to download SSC CGL Answer Key 2017, the procedure to calculate the score, cutoff, and more details from this page.

SSC CGL Answer Key 2017

The SSC CGL 2017 answer key will be released by official and unofficial authority. The details about the answer key by these bodies is as below:


Unofficial SSC CGL Answer Key 2017 – It will be released by coaching institutes. Since, both Tier I and II are computer bases exam the answer key will be released on the basis of the memory of the candidates. Candidates will be able to avail the unofficial CGL answer key few hours after the exam.

Official SSC CGL Answer Key 2017 – This key will be released by Staff Selection Commission, on The Commission will publish it few days after the examination. It will be open to challenges and on the basis of final SSC CGL Answer Key, the result of SSC CGL 2017 will be announced.

Dates for SSC CGL Answer Key 2017

The unofficial answer key of CGL 2017 will be released on the same day of the examination. However, the official answer key will be released later on. The tentative dates for the release on answer key are as below:

Events Dates
Tier I exam will be held on August 1 to 20, 2017
Answer key will be published in August 2017
SSC CGL Tier II will be conducted on September 10 and 11, 2017
Uploading of answer key October 2017
Tier III test will be held on January 21, 2018
Answer key will not be available because the exam will be descriptive.
Tier IV (Skill Test) is due on February 2018
No answer key will be provided because the skill of the candidates will be checked in this.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Answer Key 2017

The SSC CGL Tier I will be held online and candidates will have 60 minutes to solve 100 questions of 200 marks. The questions in the exam will be asked from:

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

So, basically each question will be of 2 marks which will only be award if the candidate will choose correct answer option. If the candidates will mark incorrect response then the negative marking of 0.5 marks will done.

How to Download SSC CGL Answer Key for Tier 1

To download the online and offline answer key of SSC CGL 2017, the candidates will have to follow the steps below.

  • Click on the link provided on this page.
  • Login by entering the User ID and Password.
  • Seek the answer key for your paper code and session.
  • The candidates will then have to confirm the answer key and download it.

Note: Candidates should note that they will have the opportunity to challenge the provided SSC CGL Answer Key. The challenge can also be submitted through the login. However, the candidates will have to submit the proof for the challenge and fee of Rs. 100 (per question).

Issuance of Response Sheet with SSC CGL Answer Key 2017

The candidate’s response sheets along with the correct answers will also be released by SSC. Candidates will be able to check it from the login. The login could be accessed by entering same User Id and Password which were used during the Examination.

Calculation of Score through SSC CGL Answer Key for Tier I

When the key will be released, the candidates will have to cross-check answers in it with that mentioned in the SSC CGL 2017 Answer Key. Then, according to the marking scheme, for each correct answer candidates will add 2 marks and for each incorrect answer it will deduct 0.5 marks.

The candidates may use the formula below to calculate their score.

Marks obtained = (Number correct answers x 1) – (Number of incorrect answers x 0.5)

When all the questions will be checked, candidates will know their estimate score in the exam.

SSC CGL 2017 Expected Cutoff

Once the score is predicted, the candidates may refer to the table below, to check if they will be clearing the examination or not.

Category SSC CGL Cutoff for Tier 1
Previous Year SSC CGL Cutoff SSC CGL 2017 Expected Cutoff
UR 137.00 130-140
SC 114.00 110-120
ST 103.00 100-120
OBC 125.50 120-130
Ex.S 92.00
OH 97.00
HH 20.00
VH 68.00

Note: Total 38.04 lakh candidates applied for the examination. However, only 14.82 lakh candidates appeared for the examination. Out of these, only 149319 qualified for the Tier II.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Answer Key 2017

The Tier II will only be held for those candidates, who will qualify Tier I of the examination. The CGL Tier II exam will be a 800 marks question paper, which will contain 500 MCQs. The sections in CGL Tier II will be:

  • Quantitative Abilities (Paper I)
  • English Language and Comprehension (Paper II)
  • Statistics (Paper III)
  • General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Paper IV)

Each question in Section I, III, and IV will be of 2 marks and negative marking of 0.5 marks will be implemented. However, the question on Section I, i.e. the English Language, will be of 1 mark each and the negative marking of 0.25 marks will be done.

Calculation of Score through SSC CGL Tier II Answer Key 2017:

The process to estimate the score is the same as that of Tier I. However, candidates must take care of the marks per question and negative marking because for section II it differs.

SSC CGL 2017 Cutoff

Last year, out of the selected 149319, only 56164 candidates cleared the Tier II of exam. The cutoff was as below.

Category All Post (Except AAO, ASO, JSO) Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) Assistant Section Officer (ASO) Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
UR 422.00 536.00 449.00 502.00
SC 363.25 454.00 389.00 423.00
ST 341.00 427.00 370.00 397.00
OBC 397.00 493.75 424.50 471.00
Ex.S 287.50
OH 333.00 411.00 366.50 364.00
HH 216.00 264.00 262.00 230.25
VH 336.00 364.50 267.50

SSC CGL Tier 3

The third tier of SSC is a descriptive paper. Hence, no answer key will be provided for it. For the reference of the candidates, the previous year questions are mentioned below.

Essay Topics – In the event of an earthquake, for your safety what u should do and what you should not do.

Letter Writing – Assuming that you are Suresh/Seema, Write a letter to your younger brother Naresh, highlighting the distinct benefits and shortcomings of Computer Based Recruitment test, and what will be the future shortfall of it.

Significance of SSC CGL Answer Key 2017

Candidates will benefit from CGL answer key in following ways.

  • They will come to know the correct answers for all the questions in the exam.
  • Candidates can predict their result and score.
  • An idea can be gained, if candidate will be qualifying for next Tier or not.
  • Candidates planing to appear next year for the examination may use the SSC CGL Answer Key and Question Paper during the preparation.

Result of SSC CGL 2017

The result of SSC CGL will be announced on the basis of the final answer key and SSC CGL Cutoff. The result will be announced for all the four Tier and will state if the candidate has qualified for next round of recruitment or not.

The candidates will be able to check their SSC CGL Result online, as a PDF, which will only contain the details about the qualified candidates. Along with it, the cutoff of the examination will also be announced.

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