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SSC CGL Syllabus - Complete Details

SSC CGL syllabus is released by SSC in the official notification. This section will help the candidates with the details of the SSC CGL syllabus.

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL is conducted in 4 tiers and each tier of the exam is having a different syllabus. Let's take a look at the detailed syllabus.

Tier – I Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessGeneral Intelligence & ReasoningEnglish Comprehension skills
Number System Problems,Percentage,Ratio & Proportion,Square roots,Averages,InterestHistory- Knowledge regarding Harappa Civilisation, Medieval India, Vedic culture; the importance of those, India’s freedom movement and their leadersSymbolic/Number AnalogyGrammar skills, Synonyms &Antonyms, spelling error, one-word substitution, and comprehension passages
Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixture,Geography- knowledge about different counties and their features, famous locations including airports and seaportsSemantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification 
Time and distance, Graphs of Linear EquationsTime & Work, Algebra & Elementary surds, Basic algebraic identities of School Polity- Symbols of political parties, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the ParliamentFigural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series 
Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence, and similarity of triangles, CirclesEconomy- Economy of the Country, Budget related information and terminologies, People engaged in and monetary institutionsProblem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding 
Regular Polygons, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Hemispheres Physics- Laws, major Inventions, and Discoveries.Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences 
Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Data AnalysisChemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules chemistry in everyday life.Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/roll numbers 
 Biology- Facts about human body parts, important discoveries relating to biology, diseases and their causes, and nutrition in Animals and Plants.Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence 
 General Knowledge, Current Affairs  

Tier-II Syllabus

English Language & ComprehensionQuantitative AptitudeGeneral Studies- Finance & EconomicsStatistics
Spot the ErrorSynonyms /AntonymsNumber System ProblemsPercentageFinance-Fundamentals of Finance & AccountingData distribution, diagrammatic representation of data calculation
Spelling, Idioms & PhrasesRatio & Proportion,Square roots,AveragesEconomics-Macro & Micro EconomicsMean, Mode and Median
One Word SubstitutionProfit and Loss, DiscountGrowth & Development, Deviation, Dispersion
Improvement of sentences,Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School AlgebraIndian Economy,Moments and relationships- skewness, kurtosis
The Active/ Passive voice of verbs,Triangles, Polygons, Cylinders, and Circles Money and banking,Correlation, regression
Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narrationBar graph, Histogram, Pie chartEconomic reformsProbability- theories, distribution
Shuffling of sentence parts in passages, Market analysis- production, demand, supplySampling theory, index numbers, time series analysis
Comprehension passage. Role of Technology in reforming the Economic domainVariance

Tier-III Syllabus

The syllabus for the Tier-III exam is different as it is a descriptive paper. All those who have qualified for the Tier-II need to appear for the Tier-III exam. The descriptive paper for Tier-III is introduced for testing the writing skills of the candidates. This will be a pen and paper based round and will be conducted offline. The details of the exam are mentioned below.

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes
(80 minutes for
PWD category)

Tier-IV Syllabus

The Tier-IV syllabus of SSC CGL is based on computer skills. In this phase, the candidates are tested for their typing skills and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and slide creation. The two steps of evaluation are as follows

  1. Skill Test in Data Entry (DEST) Test
  2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Test.

In DEST the candidates need to type 2000 words in 15 minutes, this is mandatory for the Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax) posts.

In the second test i.e CPT, the candidate is evaluated on computer skills like word processing, spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides, in other words, candidates are tested for knowledge in the office suite. This test is taken for CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner) posts.

These tests are qualifying in nature, a candidate has to clear the previous tiers as well as this tier in order to be selected for the posts.


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What qualification in the education background is required to appear for the SSC CGL exam?

The minimum educational qualification required to appear for the SSC CGL exam is graduation.

What kind of government jobs will a candidate qualify for by clearing the SSC CGL exam? +

Clearing the SSC CGL exam qualifies a candidate to Group–B and –C posts in the various departments of the Government of India.

In what languages is the SSC CGL exam conducted? +

The SSC CGL exam is conducted in both English and Hindi mediums.

How many exam tiers are there in the SSC CGL exam? +

The SSC CGL exam comprises 4 tiers, of which tiers I and II are conducted online and tiers III and IV are conducted offline.

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