SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: Tier I, II, III & IV in Details

SSC CGL Syllabus:-SSC CGL Syllabus is different for all the tiers of the exam. Tier I and Tier 2 are online examinations consisting of different subjects, Tier III is a descriptive paper that can be answered in Hindi and English language. The major sections of Tier 1 are General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension.
The important sections of Tier 2 are Quantitative Ability, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies. Since tier 3 is a descriptive exam designed to tests a candidate’s aptitude via essay/ letter/ application/ precise writing.

SSC CGL Syllabus

Students must go through the detailed SSC CGL Syllabus of all the sections which are provided below:-

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – General Intelligence & Reasoning

No.-1. Semantic Analogy
No.-2. Symbolic/Number Analogy
No.-3. Figural Analogy
No.-4. Semantic Classification
No.-5. Symbolic/Number Classification
No.-6. Figural Classification
No.-7. Semantic Series
No.-8. Number Series
No.-9. Figural Series
No.-10. Problem Solving
No.-11. Word Building
No.-12. Coding & de-coding
No.-13. Numerical Operations
No.-14. symbolic Operations
No.-15. Trends Space Orientation
No.-16. Space Visualization
No.-17. Venn Diagrams
No.-18. Drawing inferences
No.-19. Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding
No.-20. Figural Pattern – folding and completion
No.-21. Indexing
No.-22. Address matching Date & city matching
No.-23. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
No.-24. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding decoding and classification
No.-25. Embedded Figures
No.-26. Critical thinking
No.-27. Emotional Intelligence
No.-28. Social Intelligence

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – General Awareness

No.-1. Static General Knowledge (Indian History Culture Geography
Polity economics neighboring countries etc.)
No.-2. Science
No.-3. Books and Authors
No.-4. Current Affairs
No.-5. Important Schemes
No.-6. Sports
No.-7. People in the News
No.-8. Portfolios
No.-9. Economic Scene
No.-10. General Policy & Scientific Research

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – Quantitative Aptitude

No.-1. Number System Problems
No.-2. Percentage
No.-3. Ratio & Proportion
No.-4. Square roots
No.-5. Averages
No.-6. Interest
No.-7. Profit and Loss
No.-8. Discount
No.-9. Partnership Business
No.-10. Mixture and Alligation
No.-11. Time and distance
No.-12. Time & Work
No.-13. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
No.-14. Graphs of Linear Equations
No.-15. Triangle and its various kinds of centres
No.-16. Congruence and similarity of triangles
No.-17. Circle and its chords
No.-18. Triangle
No.-19. Quadrilaterals
No.-20. Heights and Distances
No.-21. Algebra
No.-22. Trigonometry
No.-23. Geometry

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – English Comprehension

No.-1. English Comprehension
No.-2. Fill in the Blanks
No.-3. Spelling Correction
No.-4. Idiom or Phrase Meaning
No.-5. One Word Substitution
No.-6. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction
No.-7. Spotting Error
No.-8. Phrases and Idioms
No.-9. Sentence Correction
No.-10. Error Spotting
No.-11. Reading Comprehension

SSC CGL Syllabus in Hindi


Topics Expected No. of question
Analogy 3-4
Odd One Out 2-3
Series 2
Statement & Conclusions 1
Sequence (Acc. to Dictionary)
Word Formation
Coding-Decoding 3
Mathematical Operations
Blood Relation 1
Mirror Image 1
Venn Diagram 1
Paper Folding Image 1
Missing Term 2
Hidden Figure 1
Cube 1
Counting Figure 1
Complete Figure 1
Misc. 1
Total Questions 25


Topics Expected No. of question
Ratio 2
Average 2
Number System 2
Simplification 1
Time & Work
Time, Speed & Distance 1
S.I. & C.I. 1
Profit & Loss 1
Coordinate Geometry
Geometry 2
Mensuration 3
Trigonometry 4
Percentage 1
Algebra 1
DI (Pie Chart, Tabular) 4
Total Questions 25


Topics Expected No. of question
History 3
Polity 2
Geography 2
Economics 1
Static Awareness 2
Biology 3
Chemistry 4
Physics 1
Computer 2
Current Affairs 4-5
Total Questions 25


Topics Expected No. of question
Fill in the Blanks 1
Sentence Improvement 2
Error Detection 2
Sentence Rearrangement 2
Idioms and Phrases 2
Synonyms 2
Antonyms 2
Active Passive 2
One word substitution 2
Word Correction in a sentence (bold word) 1
Spelling Correction 2
Cloze test 5
Total Questions 25

SSC CGL 2020 Tier 2 Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier 2 is conducted in online mode. The questions are objective in nature. Tier 1 qualified candidates can participate in SSC CGL Tier 2.
Paper 1 – Quantitative Ability
2 – English Language and Comprehension
Paper 3 – Statistics for Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) and Compiler post
Paper 4 –  General Studies for  Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) post.

Quantitative Ability Syllabus

The syllabus of SSC CGL for Quant section is similar to Tier 1 but the difficulty level for Tier 2 is much higher. Major topics under this section are Geometry, Trigonometry, and Average.
Important topics are as follows:
No.-1. Simplification
No.-2. Number Series
No.-3. Number System
No.-4. Percentages
No.-5. Ratio & Proportion
No.-6. Interest
No.-7. Profit & Loss
No.-8. Time & Work
No.-9. Time, Speed & Distance
No.-Data Interpretation
No.-12. Mixtures & Allegations
No.-13. Trigonometry
No.-14. Geometry
No.-15. Average

English Language & Comprehension

The section tests a candidate’s aptitude in English. It is tested via essays, error spotting, sentence formation, change of speech, etc.
The major topics in this section are Verbal Ability, Grammar, Active Passive Voice and Direct Indirect Speech.
Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation. Important Topics
No.-1. Measures of central tendency
No.-2. Measures of dispersion
No.-3. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
No.-4. Correlation and probability theory
No.-5. Random variable and probability distributions
No.-6. Sampling theory
No.-7. Statistical
No.-8. Analysis of variance

General Studies (Economics and Finance)

This is Paper 4 in SSC CGL Tier 2 examination. It is conducted exclusively for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO). A total of 200 questions are asked in the paper, out of which 120 questions are from Economics and 80 questions are from Finance.
No.-1. Economics & Governance Topics
No.-2. Finance & Accounts Topics
No.-3. Auditor Role and Responsibility
No.-4. Fundamentals of Accounting
No.-5. Finance Commission Role & Functions
No.-6. Principles of Accounting
No.-7. About Economics/ Micro Economics
No.-8. Basics of Accounting
No.-9. Theory of Demand and Supply
No.-10. Nature and Scope of Financial Accounting
No.-11. About Indian Economy
No.-12. Limitations of Financial Accounting
No.-13. Role of Information Technology in Governance
No.-14. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus


Topic Expected No. of question
Number System/HCF/LCM 7-8
Percentage 4-5
Average 4-5
Time & Work, Pipe & Cistern 4-5
Profit & Loss, Discount 7-8
Mixture & Alligation 4-5
Time Speed Distance, Boat & Stream Trains 4-5
Interest (CI & SI) 5-6
Geometry 10-15
Mensuration 10-12
Trigonometry, Height & Distance 10-12
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph & Pie Chart) 10
Algebra 9-10
Partnership 2-3
Simplification 4-5
Others 4-5
Total Questions 100


Topic No of questions
Spotting the error 20
Fill In The Blanks 15-20
Synonyms 4-5
Antonyms 3-4
Spelling/detecting misspelled words 4-5
Idioms & Phrases 10
One word substitution 12
Improvement of sentences 20
Active/Passive Voice of verbs 20-22
Conversion into Direct/Indirect Speech 22-24
Jumbled Paragraph / Sentence Rearrangement 20
3 Cloze passage 15
4 Comprehension Passage 20
Total 200
SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus

Tier 3 is a descriptive examination conducted offline and involves:
No.-1. Letter Writing
No.-2. Essay Writing
No.-3. Application Writing
No.-4. Precis Writing
Tier 3 is a 100 marks paper of 60 minutes duration. Candidates are allotted time of 60 minutes to complete the descriptive written test. For visually handicapped candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the time of examination is 80 minutes. It should be noted that minimum qualifying marks for this Tier 3 paper is 33%.
SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus
Merit list is prepared based on Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam and the shortlisted candidates are then asked to appear for Tier 4 of SSC CGL. Tier 4 is basically Skill Test comprising of two tests.
No.-1. Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
No.-2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)
DEST is conducted for candidates who have applied for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. Data entry speed skills will be tested at 8000 depressions per hour. CPT is conducted for candidates who have applied for Assistant Section Officer Post in CSS only. Candidates will have to appear for the Computer Proficiency Test to validate the selection and showcase their comfort and ease of computer usage.

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