SSC Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier I, II, III, IV | Exam Pattern | Download PDF

SSC CGL Syllabus:-Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination in four Tiers, namely Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4.

While SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 are conducted in Online Mode on the other hand, Tier 3 is done in Pen and Paper style, and Grade 4 is Computer Skill Test. Candidates may proceed through this article for all information about the SSC CGL Syllabus 2020. Candidates must look into the changes created by SSC from the Syllabus and prepare so for SSC CGL 2020. This article also explains each Tiers of all SSC CGL.

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier I, II, III, IV  Exam Pattern  Download PDF

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier I, II, III, IV Exam Pattern Download PDF

SSC CGL Syllabus

The SSC CGL syllabus covers various topics related to the 10th and 12th grade. The syllabus for the CGL Exam varies with respect to the Tiers.

The SSC CGL exam syllabus 2020 is as follows:

Tier I:- Topics related to General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language & comprehension.

Tier II:- Topics related to Quantitative Aptitude, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies( Finance & Economics)

Tier III:- This exam is a descriptive exam to evaluate a candidate’s Language skills in Hindi/English. This is only for candidates appearing for Statistical Investigator ( Grade II) & Compiler.

Tier IV:-This test comprises of Data Entry Speed Test & Computer Proficiency Test. This exam is for candidates appearing for specific posts under the Government of India.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019-20 Subject Wise

SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus 2019-20

Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning and General intelligence subject can be understood better by designing in a tabular structure.

SSC CGL Verbal Reasoning

General Mental Ability Weightage
Alphabet Test 1
Analogy 3-4
Arithmetic Reasoning  1
Blood Relation 1
Classification 3
Coding decoding 2
Distance direction test 1
Syllogism 1
Matrix 1
Logical Venn diagram 1
Missing Number 1

SSC CGL Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal Reasoning Weightage
Paper-cutting & folding 1
Embedded figures. 1
Figure formation & Analysis 1
Figure Series 2
Cube & Dice 1
Mirror Image 1
Pattern Completion 1
Counting of figures 1

SSC CGL GK Syllabus 2019-20 with weightage

SSC CGL syllabus for GK can be further categorised into two sections as we’ve discussed below-

General Awareness Topics Weightage Sub Topics
Current Affairs 5-6 International Affairs
National Affairs
Economy & Finance 2 Economics
Features of Indian Economy
Geography 3-4 Indian Geography
World Geography
Physical Geography
History 3-4 History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution 2-3 Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology  5-6 Biology
Discoveries & Inventions
Other Information
Space, Defence in India
Static GK 5-6 Honours & Awards
Important Dates
National & International Organizations
Other Information
Art & Culture
Books & Authors

Important Tip for SSC CGL General Awareness

General awareness is not something you can expect to master in a day but from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude. This section is very important because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 7-8 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well. General Awareness section helps a student in getting a good rank. 

SSC CGL Maths Syllabus 2019-20

We’ve structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple sections below. Now you can see how Quantitative Aptitude syllabus can be divided separately.

SSC CGL Arithmetic Weightage

Arithmetic Weightage
Average 1-2
Boat & Stream  1
Compound & Simple Interest 2
Mixture & Alligation 1-2
Partnership 1
Percentages 1-2
Pipes & Cistern 1
Problem on Ages 1
Profit loss & Discount 2
Ratio Proportion 1
Speed, time, and work 1
Time work & wages 1-2
Miscellaneous  1-2

SSC CGL Advance Maths Weightage

Advance Maths Weightage
Geometry 3
Mensuration 1-2
Data Interpretation 4
Trigonometry 3
Standard Identities 1
Complementary angles 1
Heights and Distances 1
Algebra 3
Miscellaneous 2

The questions in this section are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers. The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th level mathematics. If you have good command over this section, you can score good marks. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy because there is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL English Syllabus 2019-20

SSC CGL Grammar Weightage

Grammar Weightage
Fill in the blanks 2
 Sentence Correction 2
Error Spotting 2
Active Passive 2
Parajumble 2

SSC CGL Vocabulary Weightage

Vocabulary Weightage
One-word substitution  2
Idioms & Phrases 2
Spelling Errors 2
Antonym 2
Synonym 2

SSC CGL Reading Comprehension Weightage

Reading Comprehension weight
Cloze test 5

Important Tip: English Section is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 2019-20

SSC CGL Tier 2 2019-20 exam will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 2 Quantitative Aptitude can be described as-

SSC CGL Tier 2 Maths Syllabus

We have listed all the important topics of quantitative aptitude section in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam below. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier I and Tier II is the same but the difficulty level of SSC CGL Tier II is much higher. You will rarely find any question which is formula based.

Arithmetic Weightage Advance Maths Weightage
Ration Proportion 2 Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.) 7-8
LCM & HCF 2 Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.) 7-8
Percentages 5 Data Interpretation 8-10
Boat & Stream 1 Trigonometry 7-8
Speed, time, and distance 6-7 Height & Distance 1-2
Partnership 2-3 Algebra 9-10
CI & SI 4-5 Coordinate Geometry 2
Pipes & Cistern 2 Miscellaneous 3-4
Problem on Ages 2
Time & Work 5-6
Average 4-5
Mixture & Allegation 4-5
Profit loss & Discount 7-8
Miscellaneous 2

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Language & Comprehension

In SSC CGL Tier II, Paper 2 ( English) is of 200 marks and 200 questions are asked. Direct & Indirect, Active & Passive topics have a good weight-age in the English paper of SSC CGL Tier II.

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Weightage

English Weightage
Reading Comprehension 25-30
Para jumbles 21-23
Direct/ Indirect Speech 23-25
Synonyms/ Antonyms 7-8
Idiom & Phrases 4-5
Sentence Improvement 20-22
Active Passive 20-22
Cloze Test 20-25
One Word Substitution 8-10
Error Spotting 20
Correct Spelling 3-4
Fill in the Blanks 5-6
Miscellaneous 9-10

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SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2019-20

SSC CGL Tier I is mandatory for all the posts and its marks are added for further process as well. If you do not clear cut-off of Tier I Exam then you will not be eligible for Tier II & III. Below table shows the section-wise break up of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam.

Subject Questions Maximum Marks Total Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General English 25 50
General Awareness 25 50

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2019-20

In CGL Tier II two papers will be conducted on the same day. Paper I is Quantitative Aptitude and Paper II is English. In addition, for the posts of JSO and AAO, Paper 3 and Paper 4 are conducted respectively.

Paper Subject Questions Maximum
Paper I Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
Paper-II General English 200 200 2 Hours
Paper III Statistics 100 200 2 Hours
Paper IV General Studies
(Finance & Economics)
100 200 2 Hours

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2019-20

Exam Scheme
Time Duration Exam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) 100 60 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 Minutes Pen & Paper Mode

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2019-20

SSC CGL Tier IV Skill Test Maximum Marks Time for the Posts of
Data Entry Speed Test Qualifying in nature 15 Minutes Tax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint) Qualifying in nature 45 Minutes Assistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI,

SSC CGL 2020 Exam Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for SSC CGL 2020 has three important features:-

1. Essential Educational Qualifications

2. Age Limit

3. Citizenship: Candidate must be a citizen of India

Educational Qualifications for SSC CGL (As on 01-01-2020)

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university/institution. The educational qualifications vary according to the post for SSC CGL 2020 and are listed below:

SSC CGL Post Educational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost &
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/
Masters in Business Studies
Junior Statistical
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University
Institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.
Statistical Investigator Grade-II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with a minimum of 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a
recognized University or equivalent
Important Note The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 01-01-2020.

Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above, there are certain requisite physical standards for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

SSC CGL 2020 Age Limit (as on 01-01-2020)

The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 18 years and the maximum age limit is 32 years.

SSC CGL Post Wise Age Limit

S No Name of Post Ministry/ Department/ Office/ Cadre Classification of Posts Age Limit
1 Assistant Audit
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial) Not exceeding 30 years.
2 Assistant Accounts
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
3 Assistant Section
Central Secretariat Service Group “B” 20-30 years
4 Assistant Section
Intelligence Bureau Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years.
5 Assistant Section
Ministry of Railway Group “B” 20-30 years
6 Assistant Section
Ministry of External Affairs Group “B”
7 Assistant Section
AFHQ Group “B”
8 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 18-30 years
9 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” 20-30 years
10 Assistant Section
Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years.
11 Inspector of
Income Tax
CBDT Group “C”
12 Inspector,
(Central Excise)
CBIC Group “B”
13 Inspector
(Preventive Officer)
14 Inspector
15 Assistant
Enforcement Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue Group “B” Up to 30 years
16 Sub Inspector Central Bureau of Investigation Group “B” 20-30 years
17 Inspector Posts Department of Post Group “B” 18-30 years
18 Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years
19 Assistant Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B”
20 Assistant/
Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations Group “B”
21 Divisional
Offices under C&AG Group “B”
22 Sub Inspector National
Investigation Agency (NIA)
Group “B” Up to 30 years
23 Junior Statistical
M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation. Group “B” Up to 32 years
24 Statistical
Registrar General of India Group “B” Not exceeding 30 years
25 Auditor Offices under C&AG Group “C” 18-27 years
26 Auditor Other Ministry/ Departments Group “C”
27 Auditor Offices under CGDA Group “C”
28 Accountant Offices under C&AG Group “C”
29 Accountant/ Junior Accountant Other Ministry/ Departments Group “C”
30 Senior Secretariat
Assistant/ Upper
Division Clerks
Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres. Group “C”
31 Tax Assistant CBDT Group “C”
32 Tax Assistant CBIC Group “C”
33 Sub-Inspector Central Bureau of Narcotics Group “C”
34 Upper Division
Dte. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)

(Post is only for male Candidates with higher physical and medical standards)

Group “C”

SSC CGL Age Relaxation

3 years
5 years
Physically Handicapped (PH)
10 years
13 years
15 years

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