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SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus

SSC CGL is conducted in four rounds namely: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. These four tiers are mixture of online and offline mode of exam and each tier has different set of syllabus to be prepared. The syllabus and the exam differ according to the post applied for by the candidate.

With notification of SSC CGL 2017 just round the corner, we take a comprehensive look at the syllabus of each tier of examination and discuss the applicability of tiers for a post.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

The examination is computer based online test and contains objective type questions. There are 100 questions in Tier 1 examination for the aggregate marks of 200. Questions from 4 different topics/sections appear in Tier 1 of SSC CGL. The question paper comprises following sections:- 

TopicsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550

75 minutes are allotted to the candidates for solving Tier 1 question paper. For visually handicapped and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the allotted time is 100 minutes. While each section carries 50 marks, it must be noted that there is also negative marking involved with each wrong answer resulting in deduction of 0.50 marks. No mark is awarded to the un-attempted question.

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General Intelligence & Reasoning section aims to test the logical thinking capacity of a candidate. Both, verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions are asked in this section. These are focused heavily on decision making, analogies, series and intelligence. Important topics pertaining to this section are:

  • Analogies (semantic, symbolic, number and figural)
  • Series (figural, number, arithmetic)
  • Similarities and differences
  • Space visualization and orientation
  • Problem solving
  • Inferences
  • Analysis
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Visual memory
  • Observation
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Figural classification
  • Non-verbal series
  • Coding and decoding
  • Statement conclusion
  • Syllogism

General Awareness puts the general awareness of a candidate to test. These questions are from the topics of current affair, basic science and general knowledge. Questions are generally centered on India and neighboring countries of the sub-continent. Important topics are:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Culture
  • Constitution of India
  • Famous personalities
  • Indian politics
  • Sports
  • Local and International Current Affairs.

Quantitative Aptitude is the calculative section of Tier 1 of CGL exam containing arithmetic questions. The mathematics part is asked from CBSE class 10 maths syllabus. The focus is on basic arithmetic and algebra. Important topics are:

  • Number System
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Percentages
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Profit & loss
  • Time & work
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Height & distance

English section tests candidates’ understanding of the language through assortment of questions comprising of both grammar and comprehension based questions. Important topics are:

  • Error correction
  • Sentence improvement
  • One word substitution
  • Idioms & phrases
  • Antonyms & Synonyms
  • English comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Fill in the blanks

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SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

Based on the performance in Tier 1 examination, the candidates are shortlisted for Tier 2 of CGL examination. Like previous round, Tier 2 is also computer based online examination.

Tier 2 is composed of 4 papers (examinations). However only two of these papers are to be attempted compulsorily by the shortlisted candidates, the other two papers are to be attempted by the candidates who have applied for certain posts. Detail of each paper is mentioned below.

Paper 1 is the compulsory paper of Tier 2 examination. It is the Quantitative Abilities test. While the syllabus of quantitative abilities test remains same as quantitative aptitude section of Tier 1 exam, the pattern of exam differs. Paper 1 comprises of 100 questions for the maximum marks of 200. Each and every correct answer is awarded 2 marks whereas incorrect answer results in deduction of 0.5 marks.

Paper 2 is another paper which is to be attempted by all the qualifiers of Tier 1. It is English & Comprehension test. It shall feature grammar based and comprehension based question from the same syllabus pool of Tier 1 English section. There shall be total 100 questions in this paper each carrying 2 marks. There’s negative marking of 0.25 marks applicable for each incorrect answer.

Paper 3 is only for the candidates who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Compiler. It comprises of 100 questions from the topic of statistics. Each correct answer is worth 2 marks and incorrect answer is worth -0.5. The syllabus for this section is: 

  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Moments, skewness and kurtosis
  • Correlation and probability theory
  • Random variable and probability distributions
  • Sampling theory
  • Statistical
  • Analysis of variance
  • Time series

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Paper 4 is attempted by the candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer. There are 100 questions in this section worth 200 marks. In this paper also, negative marking of 0.5 marks for each incorrectly answered question. The paper is divided into two parts.

  • First part has 40 questions, each carrying 2 marks. It comprises of questions from the topic of Finance and Accounts. Fundamental principles and basic concept of accounting and financial accounting are asked in this part.
  • Second part has 60 questions, each carrying 2 marks. It comprises of questions from the topic of Economics and Governance. Important topics asked are:
    1. Finance Commission-Role and functions
    2. Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Micro Economics
    3. Theory of Demand and Supply
    4. Theory of Production and Cost
    5. Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
    6. Indian Economy
    7. Economic Reforms in India
    8. Money and Banking

Each Paper of Tier 3 is to be completed in 2 hours. For visually handicapped and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the allotted time is 2 hours 40 minutes.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus

 Tier 3 is the descriptive examination conducted offline and involves:

  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Application Writing
  • Precis Writing

Tier 3 is a 100 marks paper of 60 minutes duration .Candidates are allotted time of 60 minutes to complete the descriptive written test. For visually handicapped candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the time of examination is 80 minutes.

Introduced in the year 2016, Tier 3 examination focuses on the writing capability of the candidate. A candidate has a choice of selecting the language he/she wishes to write. Only Hindi and English languages are allowed. Candidate may not choose any other regional language.

It should be noted that minimum qualifying marks for this Tier 3 paper is 33%.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus

Merit list is prepared based on Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam and the shortlisted candidates are then asked to appear for Tier 4 of SSC CGL exam. Tier 4 is basically Skill Test comprising of two tests.

  • Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

DEST is conducted for candidates who have applied for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. Data entry speed skill will be tested at 8000 depressions per hour.

CPT is conducted for candidates who have applied for Assistant Section Officer Post in CSS only. Candidates will  have to appear for Computer Proficiency Test to validate the selection and showcase their comfort and ease of computer usage.


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