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 the Tier-II exam is given out of 400 marks. Cutoff for the Tier III exam, on the other hand, will not be declared as it is a descriptive qualifying paper.

SSC CGL cut-off forms the basis of qualifying for further rounds. Based on the difficulty level and the number of attempts, the expected cut Off of Tier I for the Tax Assistant post could range between 180-185, and for Assistant Audit Officer, between 173-178. Candidates who qualify for the cut-off for the 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 the Tier III examination.

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For SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier I, the following cut-off is expected:


Cut-off Marks (range)

Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)


Tax Assistant

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Junior Statistical Officer (Grade II)


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

SSC CGL Cut off –  Previous Year Cutoffs

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 the 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 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 the SSC CGL 2022 exam are mentioned in the table below:

Tier-I exam

01-Dec-2022 to 13-Dec-2022

Tier-I exam will be conducted from Dec 1-13, 2022.

Tier-I answer key (provisional)

January 2022

The provisional answer key for the SSC CGL Tier-I exam will be released in January 2023.

Objections against Tier-I provisional answer key

January 2023

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

Tier-II & III exams

To be notified

Tier II & III exams will be conducted in 2023.

SSC CGL Cut off – FAQs

Q. Do I have to pass the sectional cut-off in the 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 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.

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