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 AbilityWeightage
Alphabet Test1
Arithmetic Reasoning 1
Blood Relation1
Coding decoding2
Distance direction test1
Logical Venn diagram1
Missing Number1

SSC CGL Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal ReasoningWeightage
Paper-cutting & folding1
Embedded figures.1
Figure formation & Analysis1
Figure Series2
Cube & Dice1
Mirror Image1
Pattern Completion1
Counting of figures1

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 TopicsWeightageSub Topics
Current Affairs5-6International Affairs
National Affairs
Economy & Finance2Economics
Features of Indian Economy
Geography3-4Indian Geography
World Geography
Physical Geography
History3-4History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution2-3Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology 5-6Biology
Discoveries & Inventions
Other Information
Space, Defence in India
Static GK5-6Honours & 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

Boat & Stream 1
Compound & Simple Interest2
Mixture & Alligation1-2
Pipes & Cistern1
Problem on Ages1
Profit loss & Discount2
Ratio Proportion1
Speed, time, and work1
Time work & wages1-2
Miscellaneous 1-2

SSC CGL Advance Maths Weightage

Advance MathsWeightage
Data Interpretation4
Standard Identities1
Complementary angles1
Heights and Distances1

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

Fill in the blanks2
 Sentence Correction2
Error Spotting2
Active Passive2

SSC CGL Vocabulary Weightage

One-word substitution 2
Idioms & Phrases2
Spelling Errors2

SSC CGL Reading Comprehension Weightage

Reading Comprehensionweight
Cloze test5

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.

ArithmeticWeightageAdvance MathsWeightage
Ration Proportion2Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.)7-8
LCM & HCF2Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.)7-8
Percentages5Data Interpretation8-10
Boat & Stream1Trigonometry7-8
Speed, time, and distance6-7Height & Distance1-2
CI & SI4-5Coordinate Geometry2
Pipes & Cistern2Miscellaneous3-4
Problem on Ages2
Time & Work5-6
Mixture & Allegation4-5
Profit loss & Discount7-8

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

Reading Comprehension25-30
Para jumbles21-23
Direct/ Indirect Speech23-25
Synonyms/ Antonyms7-8
Idiom & Phrases4-5
Sentence Improvement20-22
Active Passive20-22
Cloze Test20-25
One Word Substitution8-10
Error Spotting20
Correct Spelling3-4
Fill in the Blanks5-6

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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.

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

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 IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies
(Finance & Economics)
1002002 Hours

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2019-20

Exam Scheme
Time DurationExam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)10060 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 MinutesPen & Paper Mode

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2019-20

SSC CGL Tier IV Skill TestMaximum MarksTimefor the Posts of
Data Entry Speed TestQualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)Qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant 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 PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts OfficerBachelor’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 PostBachelor’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 PostsBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a
recognized University or equivalent
Important NoteThe 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 NoName of PostMinistry/ Department/ Office/ CadreClassification of PostsAge Limit
1Assistant Audit
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)Not exceeding 30 years.
2Assistant Accounts
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AGGroup “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
3Assistant Section
Central Secretariat ServiceGroup “B”20-30 years
4Assistant Section
Intelligence BureauGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years.
5Assistant Section
Ministry of RailwayGroup “B”20-30 years
6Assistant Section
Ministry of External AffairsGroup “B”
7Assistant Section
AFHQGroup “B”
8AssistantOther Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”18-30 years
9AssistantOther Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”20-30 years
10Assistant Section
Other Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years.
11Inspector of
Income Tax
CBDTGroup “C”
(Central Excise)
CBICGroup “B”
(Preventive Officer)
Enforcement Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of RevenueGroup “B”Up to 30 years
16Sub InspectorCentral Bureau of InvestigationGroup “B”20-30 years
17Inspector PostsDepartment of PostGroup “B”18-30 years
18InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
19AssistantOther Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”
Other Ministries/ Departments/ OrganizationsGroup “B”
Offices under C&AGGroup “B”
22Sub InspectorNational
Investigation Agency (NIA)
Group “B”Up to 30 years
23Junior Statistical
M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation.Group “B”Up to 32 years
Registrar General of IndiaGroup “B”Not exceeding 30 years
25AuditorOffices under C&AGGroup “C”18-27 years
26AuditorOther Ministry/ DepartmentsGroup “C”
27AuditorOffices under CGDAGroup “C”
28AccountantOffices under C&AGGroup “C”
29Accountant/ Junior AccountantOther Ministry/ DepartmentsGroup “C”
30Senior Secretariat
Assistant/ Upper
Division Clerks
Central Govt. Offices/ Ministries other than CSCS cadres.Group “C”
31Tax AssistantCBDTGroup “C”
32Tax AssistantCBICGroup “C”
33Sub-InspectorCentral Bureau of NarcoticsGroup “C”
34Upper 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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