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
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|
|Distance direction test||1|
|Logical Venn diagram||1|
SSC CGL Non-Verbal Reasoning
|Paper-cutting & folding||1|
|Figure formation & Analysis||1|
|Cube & Dice||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|
|Economy & Finance||2||Economics|
|Features of Indian Economy|
|History||3-4||History of India|
|Indian Polity & Constitution||2-3||Indian Polity & Constitution|
|Science & Technology||5-6||Biology|
|Discoveries & Inventions|
|Space, Defence in India|
|Static GK||5-6||Honours & Awards|
|National & International Organizations|
|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 Interest||2|
|LCM & HCF||1|
|Mixture & Alligation||1-2|
|Pipes & Cistern||1|
|Problem on Ages||1|
|Profit loss & Discount||2|
|Speed, time, and work||1|
|Time work & wages||1-2|
SSC CGL Advance Maths Weightage
|Heights and Distances||1|
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 blanks||2|
SSC CGL Vocabulary Weightage
|Idioms & Phrases||2|
SSC CGL Reading Comprehension Weightage
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.
|Ration Proportion||2||Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.)||7-8|
|LCM & HCF||2||Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.)||7-8|
|Boat & Stream||1||Trigonometry||7-8|
|Speed, time, and distance||6-7||Height & Distance||1-2|
|CI & SI||4-5||Coordinate Geometry||2|
|Pipes & Cistern||2||Miscellaneous||3-4|
|Problem on Ages||2||–|
|Time & Work||5-6||–|
|Mixture & Allegation||4-5||–|
|Profit loss & Discount||7-8||–|
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
|Direct/ Indirect Speech||23-25|
|Idiom & Phrases||4-5|
|One Word Substitution||8-10|
|Fill in the Blanks||5-6|
SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 PDF Download
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|
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 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)
SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2019-20
|SSC CGL Tier III|
|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
|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|
|Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG||Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)||Not exceeding 30 years.|
|Indian Audit & Accounts Department under C&AG||Group “B” Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)|
|Central Secretariat Service||Group “B”||20-30 years|
|Intelligence Bureau||Group “B”||Not exceeding 30 years.|
|Ministry of Railway||Group “B”||20-30 years|
|Ministry of External Affairs||Group “B”|
|8||Assistant||Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations||Group “B”||18-30 years|
|9||Assistant||Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations||Group “B”||20-30 years|
|Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations||Group “B”||Not exceeding 30 years.|
|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”|
|Other Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations||Group “B”|
|Offices under C&AG||Group “B”|
Investigation Agency (NIA)
|Group “B”||Up to 30 years|
|M/o Statistics & Programme Implementation.||Group “B”||Up to 32 years|
|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”|
|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”|
|Dte. Gen Border Road Organisation (MoD)|
(Post is only for male Candidates with higher physical and medical standards)
SSC CGL Age Relaxation
Physically Handicapped (PH)
PH + OBC
PH + SC/ST
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