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SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Most of you must be searching for SSC CGL Syllabus to start your preparation, as SSC CGL 2018 notification has been released. As per the latest SSC 2018 Exam Calendar, the SSC CGL Tier I 2018 exam will conduct from 25th July to 20th Aug 2018. Knowing syllabus is one of the crucial thing that counts into preparation & makes the learning smooth and productive. So we bring for you detailed SSC CGL Syllabus that will boost your preparation.

As per the official calendar released by SSC, the exam date of SSC CGL Tier I Exam got postponed. Get all the details below:

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Before going to the details of SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus, lets have a look at SSC CGL exam pattern:

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SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern – Overview

SSC CGL Exam consist of 4 stages as shown below. If you clear the Tier I cut off, then only you will be eligible to sit for SSC CGL Tier II Exam. The final merit list is prepared by adding the marks of all the Tiers. Therefore, you should aim for higher score. However don’t neglect the negative marking in exam.

Stages Type Mode
Tier I Multiple choice questions Online
Tier II Multiple Choice Questions Online
Tier III Descriptive paper in English and Hindi Offline (Pen and Paper based)
Tier IV Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Wherever applicable

SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern : Tier I 2018

The SSC CGL Tier I exam is mandatory for all the posts. There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 Composite of 60 Minutes
(80 minutes for students
suffering from disabilities
like Visual Handicap
and Cerebral Palsy)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
Total 100 200

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SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus 2018

SSC CGL Tier I comprises of following 4 subjects:

  • General Awareness
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language
Subject SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 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.

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SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern – Tier II 2018

SSC CGL Mains or Tier 2 exam is an objective multiple choice exam & took place in online mode.

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern

Subjects No. of Qs Marks Negative Marking
per Qs
Time Duration
Paper I – Quantitative
100 Qs 200 Marks  0.50 Marks 2 Hours
Paper II – English Language
& Comprehension
200 Qs 200 Marks  0.25 Marks 2 Hours
Paper III – Statistics 100 Qs 200 Marks  0.50 Marks 2 Hours
Paper IV – General Studies
(Finance and Economics)
100 Qs 200 Marks  0.50 Marks 2 Hours

SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus

The Paper I will contain questions of 10th Standard level and Paper 2 will have questions of 12th Standard. Whereas Paper 3 and 4 will have graduation level questions. You have to clear cut off of all the paper then only you will be called for next stage.

Subject SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus
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, Sqaure 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, Baisc concepts of Economics and Introduction to Micro-economics, Theory of Production and Cost, Forms of market and price determination, Inidan economy, economic reforms, money and banking, role of IT in governance

SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern – Tier III 2018

SSC CGL Tier III is a descriptive paper. All the aspirants who qualify tier II need to appear in SSC CGL Tier III.

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam Subject Marks Time Duration
Pen & Paper Descriptive paper in Hindi/English
(Essay & Letter Writing)
100 60 Minutes (80 minutes
for students suffering
from disabilities
like Visual Handicap
& Cerebral Palsy)

SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus

The SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 3 descriptive paper consist of:

  1. Letter Writing
  2. Precis Writing
  3. Application Writing
  4. Essay Writing

You must be well updated on Social issues and current affairs. Some expected topics in SSC CGL 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.

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SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern – Tier IV 2018

The SSC CGL Tier IV exam consists of Data Entry Skill & Computer Proficiency Test. This exam is qualifying in nature. The SSC CGL Tier IV stage is only for selected posts like TA (Tax Assistant), CSS, MEA and Inspector.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern

This exam is qualifying in nature. You have to complete following tasks:

  • Word Processing Test on MS Word: 2000 Key Depressions
  • Test in Microsoft Excel or Spreadsheets: 15 minutes
  • Test in Microsoft Power Point: 15 minutes

SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus

  1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): If you have applied for the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), then you will have to give DEST examination. This will test your typing speed. You will be given an English article and you have to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.
  2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): This exam test your proficient in Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).

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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