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SSC CGL Syllabus

Staff Selection Commission has launched the SSC CGL Syllabus 2018 & 2019- upgraded version on their official website. This time, they have introduced a few changes in the exam pattern. SSC CGL syllabus is different for all the four tiers.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2018 & 2019

SSC CGL Syllabus 2018 & 2019:- Basically, Tier 1 and Tier 2 exams are based on online mode involving different subjects. On the other hand, Tier 3 is a descriptive paper that is supposed to be answered in Hindi or English language. Also, candidates can check the SSC CGL Exam Pattern Here

  • Tier 1 questions are completely based on General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension
  • Questions in Tier 2 are on the basis of Quantitative Ability, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies
  • The Tier 3 will study the aptitude of the candidate, That is why the questions include essay/ letter/ application/ precis writing

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I 2018

To start with, SSC CGL Tier I comprises of the following 4 subjects:

  • General Awareness
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language

The following table explains SSC CGL Syllabus Tier 1 descriptively:

Subject SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier 1 Previous Years Papers
General Intelligence
and Reasoning
Classification, Analogy, Codding-Decoding, Puzzle, Matrix, Word formation, Venn Diagram, Direction and Distance, Blood Relation, Series, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Problem Solving, Word Building, Space Orientation, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence Practice
Tier I
General Awareness Static General Knowledge, Science, Current Affairs, Sports, Books and Authors, Important Schemes, Portfolios, People in News
Quantitative Aptitude Simplification, Interest, Averages, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Problem on Ages, Speed Distance and Time, Number System, Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Time and Work, algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Square Roots, Profit & Loss, Discount, Histogram, Graphs
English Comprehension Reading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings, Phrases and Idioms, One-word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting.

The SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam pattern is as follows:

  • Total number of questions – 100
  • Total marks – 200
  • Time allotted – 60 minutes (80 minutes for disabled candidates)
  • Negative Marking – 0.50 for each wrong answer
  • Exam mode – Online
  • Question Type – (Objective) MCQs

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SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier 2

SSC CGL Tier 2 will be conducted in online mode. Furthermore, the questions are objective (MCQs). It is the second stage of SSC CGL. Therefore, only those candidates who have qualified Tier 1, are eligible to attempt SSC CGL Tier 2.

    • Quantitative Ability
    • English Language and Comprehension
    • Statistics for Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) and Compiler post
    • General Studies for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) post
    • There are a total of four sections in the Tier 2 exam

The following table elaborates SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 2:

Subject SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier 2
Quantitative Aptitude Simplification, Interest, Averages, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Speed, Distance and Time, Number System, Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Time and Work, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Square Roots, Profit & Loss, Histogram, Graphs
English Language Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Fill in the Blanks, Phrases and Idioms, One Word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Cloze Test
Para Jumbles, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active-Passive Voice, Spot the Error, Synonyms/Antonyms, Indirect/Direct Speech
Statistics important topics Collection and Representation of Data, Measure of Dispersion, Measure of Central Tendency, Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis, Correlation and Regression, Random Variables, Random Variables, Sampling Theory, Analysis of Variance, Time Series Analysis, Index Number, Statistical Inference,
General Awareness Finance and Accounting, Fundamental Principles, Financial Accounting, Basic Concepts of Accounting, Self-Balancing Ledger, Error Spotting and Correction, Economics and Governance, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Finance Commission, Theory of Demand and Supply, Basic concepts of Economics and Introduction to Microeconomics, Theory of Production and Cost, Forms of market and price determination, Indian economy, economic reforms, money and banking, role of IT in governance

The SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 2 is:

  • Total number of questions – 500
  • Total marks – 800 (200 in each section)
  • Time allotted – 2 hours (2 hours 40 minutes for disabled candidates)
  • Negative Marking – 0.25 for each wrong answer
  • Exam mode – Online
  • Question Type – (Objective) MCQs

Trigonometry (Quantitative Ability): Sample Questions

The following given table has the sample questions of Trigonometry. Students can get an idea of what kind of questions appear in the exam. So, check the following table:

Number of Questions appear in the exam: 8-10

Difficulty Level of the Exam: Easy to Moderate (can be time-consuming)

Example 1: The simplified value of (secθ−cosθ)2+(cosecθ−sinθ)2−(cotθ−tanθ)2(secθ−cosθ)2+(cosecθ−sinθ)2−(cotθ−tanθ)2 is
a) ½ b) 0
c) 2 d) 1
Answer: Option d
Example 2: If θ=600θ=600, then, 121+sinθ−−−−−−−√+121−sinθ−−−−−−−√121+sinθ+121−sinθ is,
a) cos 0/2 b) cot o/2
c) sec 0/2 d) sin 0/2
Answer: Option a

Sample Questions: Geometry (Quantitative Ability)

The table given below has the sample questions of Geometry. The candidates can get an idea of what kind of questions appear in the exam. So, candidates must check the following table:

Number of Questions appear in the exam: 12-18 questions

Difficulty Level of the Exam: Easy to Difficult (could be time-consuming)

Example 1: △ABC△ABC is an isosceles triangle with AB=ACAB=AC and ADAD as the median to base BCBC. If ∠ABC=350∠ABC=350, the ∠BAD∠BAD is
a) 70 degree b) 35 degree
c) 55 degree d) 110 degree
Answer: Option c
Example 2: The angle held by the internal and external bisectors of an angle between them is,
a) 70 degree b) 60 degree
c) 90 degree d) 80 degree
Answer: Option c

Average (Quantitative Ability): Sample Questions

The table below contains the sample questions of Average. All the candidates preparing for the SSC CGL exam can get an idea of what kind of questions appear in the exam. So, candidates must check the following table:

Number of Questions appear in the exam: 6-7 questions

Difficulty Level of the Exam: Easy

Example 1: A grocer has a sale of Rs.6435, Rs.6927, Rs.6855, Rs.7230 and Rs.6562 for 5 consecutive months. How much sale must he have in the sixth month so that he gets an average sale of Rs.6500?
a) 4991 b) 6001
c) 5991 d) 6991
Answer: Option a
Example 2: The average marks of 50 students in a class is 72. The average marks of boys and girls in that subject are 70 and 75 respectively. The number of boys in the class is:
a) 30 b) 20
c) 35 d) 25
Answer: Option c

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SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier 3

SSC introduced this new concept in the year 2016 in which Tier 3 examination has a main focus on the writing skills of candidates. So, the candidate can choose the language himself/herself from Hindi/English. Hence, no other language option is there.

It is to be considered that the minimum qualifying marks for the Tier 3 exam are 33%. So, the SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 3 is a Descriptive Exam which will take place in an offline mode and consists of:

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

So, some of the expected topics in SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier 3 Descriptive Paper are as follow:

  • Social Issues like Poverty, Education, Equality, Women Empowerment, Right to Information, Social Evils, Corruption, Terrorism/Kashmir Issue, Indo-Pak Relations.
  • Politics, Schemes & Governance Elections, Demonetization, Revolutions, and Agitations, Political deaths, GST, Appointments, Officeholders.
  • Finance & Economy: Important Events in the Indian and global economy, Demonetization, RBI Rates, GDP Rates etc.
  • Environmental Concerns: Pollution, Overpopulation, Ecology
  • Sports: Recent victories, tournaments, matches, Wins, retirements
  • Geopolitics: Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Rohingya refugees, World Leaders,
  • Technology: Digital payments, E-Wallets and UPI, Social Networks etc

How to write SSC CGL Descriptive Paper

The Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier 3 is given below:

  • Total marks – 100
  • Time allotted – 1 hour  (80 minutes for VH & candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy)
  • Difficulty Level – 10+12th standard
  • Exam mode – Offline
  • Question Type – Descriptive

SSC CGL Syllabus (2018) – Tier 4

The SSC CGL Merit list is always based on Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam. Similarly, the candidates who have qualified in all four Tiers will be asked to sit in the exam for Tier 4 of SSC CGL. Tier 4 is a Skill Test involving two tests.

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

Only those candidates will sit in DEST who have opted the Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. Hence, DEST will be tested at 2000 depressions per hour.

CPT is for those applicants who have applied for Assistant Section Officer Post in CSS only. Hence, candidates are supposed to appear for the Computer Proficiency Test to approve the selection and display their reassurance and comfort of computer usage.

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The SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 4 is as follows:

  • Total marks – Qualifying in nature
  • Time allotted – 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Level – Paper 1 will be 10th standard, Paper 2 will be 12th standard, Paper 3 will be graduation level
  • Exam mode – Online

Download SSC CGL 2018-19 Syllabus PDF

SSC CGL Preparation Plan 2018-19

The examination of SSC CGL is going to take place in four different levels in terms of Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. The noteworthy point is that it will be the easiest exam to crack if you are planning to prepare it in the right away. So, the following are some tips the candidates may use to prepare for the SSC CGL Exam:

General Intelligence & Reasoning:

  • First of all, candidates must try to practice more and more previous question papers because they can give an idea of where they stand and how much they have to prepare more.
  • Also, read the newspaper every day and be updated with the recent news.
  • Moreover, practicing and performing more and more Quizzes can help the candidate take the preparation on a better level

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English Language:

  • Firstly, candidates should keep a check on the grammatical flaws. Once they are solved accurately then move to the Vocabulary part.
  • Secondly, learn 3 new vocab words every day. Moreover, write sentences using those words.
  • Also, reading every day for 15 minutes can enhance the command on the English Language

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SSC CGL Syllabus

General Awareness:

  • Initially, to enhance General awareness, candidates can study the basic topics of Science and SST
  • Furthermore, reading current affairs can also help
  • Also, candidates must perform GK Quizzes and learn more about Economics, History and other basics of other subjects every day
  • Likewise, candidates can also try to read and enhance their knowledge of Politics

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Due to the difficulty level of the exam, it is a time-consuming part of the exam, So, keep a good grip on practicing as well as managing time
  • Secondly, try to learn more and more shortcut tricks but candidates must learn to use them
  • Also, performing 2-3 quizzes every day will be very helpful

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SSC CGL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The candidates must check the following frequently asked questions:

Q. How many subjects are there in SSC CGL exam?

A. There are a total of 4 subjects that candidates have to cover properly in order to crack SSC CGL exam. The four subjects are: GK, Reasoning, English, and Maths

Q. Is it tough to crack SSC CGL exam?

A. No. It is not very difficult if the candidate is working hard on cracking the exam. Moreover, candidates who are extremely determined to crack and study tremendously will surely clear the exam

Q. I am a final year student. Can I apply for this exam?

A. No. Candidates from final year cannot apply for this exam. They must hold an official graduation degree to be eligible to apply for the paper.

Q. Do the questions repeat in the examination?

A. Yes. A lot of times questions appear from the previous question papers. That is why we always advise the candidates to study and practice the previous year question papers.


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  • Abhinav Srivastava

    is this time tier two english ques are 100 or 200

  • Abhinav Srivastava

    my admit card shows time only 1030 to 1230

  • Dixit Sonalin

    That guy in d video Why did he clear SSC twice :/ for revision