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SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 24, 2017

SSC CGL Tier 2 is an objective type paper consisting of multiple choice questions.  Tier 2 is also conducted Tier 2 examination comprises 4 papers namely Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies.

  • Paper 1 & 2 are compulsory for all the posts
  • Paper 3 is required only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Gr. II” & “Compiler”
  • Paper 4 is required only for the post of “Assistant Audit Officer”.
  • The maximum marks allotted for each paper is 200 and the duration of each paper is 2 hours (additional 40 minutes for VH and Cerebral Palsy candidates.
  • For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted in paper 2 and 0.5 marks will be deducted in paper 1, 3 & 4.
  • No marks are awarded or deducted for unanswered

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern Highlights

Candidates can check the details about SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern below.

PaperTotal MarksTotal QuestionsTime DurationTime duration for VH & Cerebral Palsy candidates
Paper 1 (Quantitative Abilities)200 marks100 Questions2 hours2 hours 40 minutes
Paper 2 (English Language & Comprehension)200 marks100 Questions2 hours2 hours 40 minutes
Paper 3 (Statistics)200 marks100 Questions2 hours2 hours 40 minutes
Paper 4 (Finance and Economics)Finance and Accounts (80) + Economics and Governance (200)(40+60) Questions2 hours2 hours 40 minutes

Paper 1 is based on the class 10 syllabus and Paper 2 is based on 10 + 2 curriculum. On the other hand, Paper 3 & 4 is conducted to test the candidates’ understanding of graduate level knowledge.

Tier 2 is the second phase of CGLE exam conducted by SSC and students shortlisted in tier 2 will qualify for the subsequent round. Staff Selection Commission conducts SSC CGL to recruit candidates for various Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ posts in different ministries of Government of India. Few significant changes were introduced in SSC CGL exam pattern last year. The first two tiers of SSC CGL are shifted from pen and paper based test to online exam to bring more transparency in the recruitment process.

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Marking Scheme

The total marks scored by a candidate in SSC CGL Tier 2 would be calculated on the basis of questions attempted and marks per question minus questions answered incorrectly. The following marking scheme is applicable for Tier 2.

  • All the objective questions in 4 papers carry 2 marks each.
  • There is no scoring for questions not attempted.
  • More than one answer for a question would be treated as incorrect response and marks will be deducted for incorrect response.
  • For SSC CGL tier 2, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks in paper 2 and 0.5 marks in paper 1, 3 and 4

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

The syllabus for SSC CGL TIER 2 exam is primarily based on matriculation/10+2 level academic curriculum. However, for paper 3 & paper 4, the syllabus is based on the subject curriculum prescribed at the graduate level. The major topics for all the papers are tabulated below.

Paper 1 (Quantitative ability)

Profit and LossBar diagram
Time and WorkDegree and Radian
Basic algebraHistograms
SudsHeight and Distance
Linear equationsMixtures and allegations
Graphs of linear equationsRectangular Parallelepiped
Circle and its chordHemisphere
TrianglesSphere
PolygonsRight Circular cone
QuadrilateralsTrigonometry

Paper 2 (English and Comprehension)

Error SpottingJumbled Sentences
Filling the BlanksActive and Passive
Cloze TestDirect and Indirect
IdiomsNarration Conversion
PhrasesParagraph Reading
Word SubstitutionReading Comprehension

Paper 3 (Statistics)

Frequency DistributionSampling Theory
MomentsSample Size Decision
SkewnessAnalysis of Variance
KurtosisTime Series Analysis
Correlation and RegressionIndex Numbers
Probability TheorySampling Distribution
Random Variable and Probability DistributionCluster sampling

Paper 4 (Finance and Economics)

Financial AccountingFinance Commission
Concepts of AccountingMacro and Micro Economics
Accounting PrinciplesTheory of Demand and Supply
Bank ReconciliationProduction possibility curve
Balance SheetTheory of production
Types of ExpenditureEconomic Reforms
TradingNational Income Calculation
Bill of exchangePoverty and Unemployment
Self Balancing LedgersMoney and Banking
Types of PaymentsFiscal and Monetary policy

Important Books for SSC CGL Tier 2

Since SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern is based on matriculation and 10+2 level so candidates can refer to the NCERT textbooks for class 10th, 11th and 12th. However, there are also some popular reference books available in the market that offer more comprehensive information on the specific topics as well as sample questions for practice.

Paper 1

BookAuthorISBN No.
Quicker Math’s by M TyraM Tyra8190458922
NCERT Class 11th Textbook for MathematicsNCERT8174504869
NCERT Class 10th Textbook for MathematicsNCERT8174506349
Objective Question for PracticeKiran Prakashan8193209400

Paper 2

BookAuthorISBN No.
Word Power made EasyNorman Lewis0143424688
Plinth to ParamountNeetu Singh8192921700

Important Topics to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 2

Although a number of topics in SSC CGL tier I and tier II are same, the difficulty level of questions is much higher in the tier II. Candidates must know the important topics from each paper that will maximum weightage in the exam.

Quantitative Aptitude (Paper I)

The majority of questions in Paper I are asked from Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Date Interpretation and Percentage. These topics will carry almost 60% weightage of the entire paper I. Candidates need to solve a lot of sample papers to strengthen the concepts and improve their accuracy.

English Language and Comprehension (Paper II)

In the second paper, questions based on common grammatical errors will carry the maximum weightage. Go through some popular grammar books like High School Grammar by Wren and Martin to improve the knowledge of some fundamental topics such as subject-verb agreement, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, etc.

Reading newspapers might not prove very helpful to score well in this section. Check the pattern and previous year questions carefully to know the topics expected in the exam.

Statistics (Paper III)

Some of the prominent topics in Statistics that will carry maximum weightage in SSC CGL Tier II includes Skewness and Kurtosis, Correlation and Regression, Probability Theory, Time Series Analysis, Sampling Theory, Statistical Inference, etc.

Solve questions form sample papers and question bank series to increase both speed and accuracy.     

General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Paper IV)

Paper IV can be broadly divided into 2 parts – Finance and Accounts & Economics. Part A contains questions from Financial Accounting and basic concepts of Accounting while questions in Part B are usually asked from Micro Economics, Theory of Demand and Supply, Theory of Production and Cost, Money and Banking, Indian Economy, Economic Reforms in India, etc.

To score well in paper IV, candidates should check out sample questions from the previous editions of SSC CGL.


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