SSC CGL Cut off – Previous Year Cut offs, Normalisation Process

SSC CGL cutoff is declared in the form of marks. The aspirants who match up to the cut off criteria can move forward to the counselling and final admission process.  Since the SSC CGL Tier I exam accounts for a total of 200 marks, its cut off is given out of 200 marks. Similarly, the cutoff for Tier-II exam is given out of 400 marks. Cutoff for Tier III exam, on the other hand, will not be declared as it is a descriptive qualifying paper.

SSC CGL 2019-20 exam Tier I results are yet to be announced and have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. This has naturally postponed its cut off release dates too. 

SSC CGL cut off forms the basis of qualifying for further rounds. Based on the difficulty level and a number of attempts, the expected cut Off of Tier I for Tax Assistant post could range between 180-185, and for Assistant Audit Officer, between 173-178. Candidates who qualify the cut off for SSC CGL Tier I exam will be called for the Tier II exam. Consequently, the candidates who obtain the required SSC CGL Tier 2 cut off are eligible to appear for Tier III examination.

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For SSC CGL 2019-20 Tier I, the following cut off is expected:


Cut off Marks (range)

Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)


Tax Assistant


Junior Statistical Officer (Grade-II)


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In this article, you will become familiar with the previous year SSC CGL cut offs, factors that decide the cut offs and normalisation of cut off scores. 

SSC CGL Cut off –  Previous Year Cut offs

The SSC CGL Tier I cut-offs over the past 3 years and how they differ each year is shown in the table below:

2018 SSC CGL Tier I

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Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)

Junior Statistical Officer (Grade-II)

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The 2018 SSC CGL Tier II cut off list is shown below. The candidates who met this cut off criteria qualified for Tier-III for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer.

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2018 SSC CGL Tier II


Tier I+II Cut off Marks

No. of Candidates

Scheduled Caste (SC)



Scheduled Tribe (ST)



Other Backward Class (OBC)



Unreserved (UR)



Orthopedically Handicapped 



Hearing Handicapped 



Persons with Disability 





SSC CGL Cut off – Factors affecting Cut off Calculation

  1. Number of Candidates who have appeared for the exam
  2. Number of Positions available in a given year
  3. Performance of the candidates 
  4. Level of examination difficulty
  5. Use of SSC normalization rule to maintain uniformity of the exam

SSC CGL Cut off – Score Normalisation

There are a huge number of candidates (in lakhs) applying/appearing for SSC CGL every year. Hence, the exam is conducted in multiple shifts. To avoid the discrepancies in these exams, the authorities use the normalization process to calculate the marks of the candidates. Normalized marks are used to decide the cut off of the candidates. The formulae for calculating it is shown below:

Actual Score of Candidates X SSC Normalized Marks = Normalized Score of Candidates

SSC CGL Cut off – Key Events & Dates

Key events and dates of SSC CGL 2020 exam are mentioned in the table below:

Tier-I exam

03-Mar-2020 to 09-Mar-2020

Tier-I exam was conducted from March 3-9, 2020.

Tier-I answer key (provisional)


The provisional answer key for SSC CGL Tier-I exam was released on March 15.

Objections against Tier-I provisional answer key

16-Mar-2020 to 21-Mar-2020

Objections against the provisional Tier-I answer key could be made on the official website latest by March 21.

Tier-II & III exams

22-Jun-2020 to 25-Jun-2020

Tier-II & III exams will be conducted from June 22-25.

SSC CGL Cut off – FAQs

Q. Do I have to pass the sectional cut off in SSC CGL exam?

There is no sectional cut off in SSC CGL 2020. SSC CGL cut off is the minimum score that has to be obtained by a candidate to qualify for the next level of the recruitment.

Q. How to check SSC CGL exam results?

Candidates have to visit the official website to check their SSC CGL results. After the conclusion of each tier, the authorities will release the result and cut off. Based on the cut-off, the candidates qualify for the next round.

Q. Is it compulsory to pass SSC CGL Tier 3 exam if I have passed the first two tiers?

It is compulsory to appear for all the tiers of SSC CGL, otherwise, you will not be qualified for the final selection.

Q. What is the SSC CGL cut off normalisation process?

The number of candidates appearing for the SSC CGL exam is huge, and so, the exam is conducted in multiple shifts. In order to avoid any discrepancies, the authorities use the normalization process to calculate the marks of the candidates. The method is as follows: Actual score of candidates multiplied by SSC normalized marks = Normalized score of candidate.

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