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Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices.



    The candidate must pass 10+2.

    The exam will be conducted in three tiers.
    Tier-I will be preliminary and objective type exam.
    Tier-II will be descriptive type exam.
    Tier-III will be the test of typing and skill test.


    The candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university.

    The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
    Tier -I -- Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
    Tier -II -- Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
    Tier -III --Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precise/Letter /Application Writing)
    Tier -IV -- Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

    GENERAL : 18-30 Years (earlier its was 18-27 Years)
    OBC: 18-33 Years (earlier its was 18-30 Years)
    SC/ST: 18-35 Years (earlier its was 18-32 Years)


SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

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. Below table shows the section wise breakup 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 Exam Pattern - Tier II

Subject Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 2 Hours
General English  200 200 2 Hours

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 - Tier III

SSC Tier III Maximum Marks Time Duration
Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi 100 1 Hour

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern - Tier IV

SSC Tier IV Time Duration Syllabus
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only 45 Minutes Word/Excel/ Power Point

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL New Syllabus 2017 - Tier I

1. SSC CGL Syllabus for Reasoning & General Intelligence

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

General Mental Ability Non-Verbal Reasoning
Alphabet Test Paper cutting & folding
Analogy Embedded figures.
Arithmetic Reasoning Figure formation & Analysis
Blood Relation Series
Classification Cube & Dice
Coding decoding Mirror Image
Distance direction test Water Image
Matrix Pattern Completion
Logical Venn diagram  Counting of figures.
Missing Number  -

2. SSC CGL Syllabus for General Awareness (Tier I)

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

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

Important Tip for CGL Exam

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 12-15 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. Below are the links to General Awareness Study material and Quizzes.Go through them.

3. SSC CGL Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus - Tier I

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

Arithmetic Advance Maths
Average Geometry
Boat & Stream Mensuration
CI & SI Data Interpretation
LCM & HCF Trigonometry
Mixture & Alligation   Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
Partnership   Standard Identities
Percentages  Complementary angles
Pipes & Cistern   Heights and Distances
Problem on Ages  Histogram
Profit loss & Discount  Frequency polygon
Ration Proportion  Bar diagram & Pie chart
Speed, time, and work  
Time work & wages  

Important Tip for CGL Exam

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 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.You can refer gradeup for study material and quizzes of Quantitative Aptitude.

4. SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

Grammar Vocabulary Reading Comprehension
Fill in the blanks One-word substitution Passage
Error Spotting Idioms & Phrases Cloze test
 Voices and Narrations Spelling Errors
 Parajumbled Antonym/Synonym

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 Exam Syllabus 2017 Tier II

Tier-II of the Combined Graduate Level Examination -2017 will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice and will be conducted over a period of two days.

Paper-I: Quantitative Ability

You can refer the above table of Tier I Quantitative Aptitude because syllabus of Tier I and Tier II is same for Quantitative Aptitude.

Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension

Two topics are added in English section in tier II which are Active Passive and cloze test.You can refer the table of SSC CGL 2017 Tier I English syllabus because all those topics are also asked in tier II.

Paper-III: For Statistics for Investigator Grade-II Post Only

Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.

Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.

Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient; simple regression lines; Spearman's rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlations (For three variables only).

Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes' theorem.

Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variables (discrete).

Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement only); Sample size decisions.

Statistical Inference - Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood 21 method, Least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.

Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data. Time Series Analysis - Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.

Index Numbers - Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper IV:

SUBJECTS Maximum Marks
Finance and Accounts 80
Economics and Governance 120

SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 - Tier III

The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III isn't much different from previous above. It will be written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter are asked. The time duration for tier III exam is 60 minutes.

Important Note:

(i): Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
(ii): Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
(iii): Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.
(iv): Candidates opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer must ensure that they possess the requisite qualification as mentioned above. Commission reserves the right to take appropriate action against applicants who do not possess the requisite eligibility while opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer.