SSC CGL Exam Pattern

 SSC CGL Tier I exam, which is conducted online, includes 4 sections – General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Each section carries 50 marks, which means that a total of 200 marks is allotted for this exam. Total time allotted for this exam is 60 minutes.

 

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence
& Reasoning
25 50 60 minutes (Total)

For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
80 minutes

General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Note:

  • 5 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.
  • For handicapped candidates, 80 minutes would be allotted for Tier-I exam.

 

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I Exam 2018

General Intelligence and Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness English Language
Classification Simplification Static GK Reading Comprehension
Analogy Interest Science Fill in the blanks
Coding and Decoding Percentage Current Affairs Spellings
Puzzle Ratio and Proportion Geography Phrase or idiom meaning
Matrix Average Finance and Economy One word substitution
Word formation Problems on Age Polity Phrase replacement/ Sentence correction
Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order Time, Distance and Speed Error Spotting
Venn Diagram Profit and Loss
Directions and Distance Number Series
Blood Relations Number System
Missing Number Mensuration
Series Data Interpretation
Non-Verbal Reasoning Time and Work
Verbal Reasoning Mixture Problems
Algebra
Geometry
Trigonometry

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.

Now let us look at the section-wise SSC CGL syllabus.

 SSC CGL Syllabus – English

#1. Reading Comprehension

  • Types: Passages based on any topic. Questions are mostly fact based & can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly used words.
  • Weightage:  5 Qs (1 passage)
  • Level:  Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Time Consuming

 

#2. Fill in the Blanks

  • Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, confusable words
  • Weightage:0-5 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve

 

#3. Spellings

  • Types: Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelled word from different words. The same word can be
    spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.
  • Weightage: 0-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve

 

#4. Phrase or Idiom Meaning

  • Types: The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can also be asked directly.
  • Weightage:0-2 Qs
  • Level :Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible

 

#5. One Word Substitution

  • Types: Substitute one word for the phrase given.Go through a list of the one word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one word substitution.
  • Weightage: 3-5 Qs
  • Level :Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible

 

#6. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction

  • Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions.Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusable words, Usage in Context, Avoid guessing too much in these questions. Be aware of no-improvement questions
  • Weightage: 5 Qs
  • Level: Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible

 

#7. Error Spotting

  • Types: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.
  • Weightage: 3-5 Qs
  • Level :Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible

  

SSC CGL Syllabus – General Awareness

#1. Static GK

  • Types: Culture, Indian History, Geography (Indian + World), Environment, Economy, Polity
  • Weightage: 14 Qs

 

#2. Science

  • Types: Biology, Chemistry, Physics + Space Science, Computer & Mobile Technology, Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition
  • Weightage: 9 Qs

 

#3. Others

  • Types: Current Affairs, Sports, People in News, Books & Authors, Important Dates, Schemes, Portfolios.
  • Weightage: 2 Qs
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SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

#1. Simplification

  • Types:Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#2. Interest

  • Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#3. Percentage

  • Types: Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#4. Ratio and Proportion

  • Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#5. Average

  • Types: Problems on Average, Weight/Height/Marks etc.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#6. Problems on Ages

  • Types: Basic Problems on Ages
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

 

#7. Speed Time And Distance

  • Types: Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#8. Profit and Loss

  • Types: Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#9. Number Series

  • Types: Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#10. Number System

  • Types: Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#11. Mensuration

  • Types: Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#12. Data Interpretation

  • Types:Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
  • Weightage: 0-3 Qs
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

 

#13. Time and Work

  • Types:Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

 

#14. Mixture problems

  • Types: To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

 

#15. Algebra

  • Types: Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

 

#16. Geometry

  • Types: Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.
  • Weightage: 3-4 Qs
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

 

#17. Trigonometry

  • Types:Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

 

SSC CGL Syllabus – General Intelligence & Reasoning

#1. Classification

  • Types:Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

 

#2. Analogy

  • Types:Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

 

#3. Coding Decoding

  • Types: Questions on Coding by Analogy, Coding and decoding by letter shifting & Coding Letters of a Word. Could also include, Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

 

#4. Puzzle

  • Types: Number based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?or Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating arrangement questions.
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

 

#5. Matrix

  • Types: 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

 

#6. Word formation

  • Types: From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

 

#7. Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order

  • Types: It can be meaningful order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule.In dictionary order words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time-consuming

 

#8. Venn diagram

  • Types: Problems based on Venn Diagram Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student, Teacher and Boys, Syllogisms.
  • Weightage: 1-3 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming

 

#9. Directions & Distances

  • Types: Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming

 

#10. Blood Relations

  • Types: Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

 

#11. Missing Number

  • Types: Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
  • Weightage: 1-2 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

 

#12. Series

  • Types: Mainly questions on Number & Alphabet series. Question Type: Complete the given series a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda
  • Weightage: 2-3 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

 

#13. Non Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Ques like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/Series or cube based ques may be asked.
  • Weightage: 3-4 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Visual imagination is required

 

#14. Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason. Questions on Course of Action & Statements and Arguments can also be asked.
  • Weightage: 0-1 Qs
  • Level : May be tricky, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Time Consuming
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SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus 2018

Those aspirants who have cleared the Tier I exam would appear for Tier II exam.

Tier II exam consists of the following sections – Quantitative Ability, English language, Statistics and General Studies. Each section consists of 200 marks and time allotted for each section is 2 hours. As you can see, the syllabus of Tier I and Tier II are almost same but Tier II exam is much difficult to crack.

Note:

  • 5 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.
  • For handicapped candidates, 2 hours 40 minutes would be allotted for each section.
Statistics Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness English Language
Collection and Representation of Data Simplification Finance and Accounting Reading Comprehension
Measure of Dispersion Interest Fundamental Principles Fill in the blanks
Measure of Central Tendency Percentage Basic Concepts of Accounting Spellings
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis Ratio and Proportion Self-Balancing Ledger Phrase or idiom meaning
Correlation and Regression Average Finance and Economy One word substitution
Random Variables Problems on Age Polity Phrase replacement/ Sentence correction
Sampling Theory TIme, Distance and Speed Economic and Governance Error Spotting
Analysis and Variance Profit and Loss Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Time Series Analysis Number Series Finance Commission
Index Number Number System Theory of Demand and Supply
Mensuration
Data Interpretation
Time and Work
Mixture Problems
Algebra
Geometry
Trigonometry

 

SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus 2018

Tier III exam is conducted in an offline mode. This is a descriptive paper in English or Hindi. This section generally includes essay writing, formal letter writing, informal letter writing, etc. It carries a total of 100 marks and total time allotted is 60 minutes.

Note:

  • For handicapped candidates, time allotted is 80 minutes.
  • Tier I and Tier II are compulsory for all the SSC CGL aspirants. Tier III exam is optional. It is attempted only by the aspirants who apply for Junior Statistical Officer.

SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus 2018

SSC CGL Tier IV exam includes two tests:

  1. Data Entry Speed Test
  • This test is conducted to test the typing speed of the candidates.
  • The candidates are required to type a paragraph on the computers.
  • Time allotted is 15 minutes
  1. Computer Proficiency Test
  • This test is conducted to test the skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Time duration: 45 minutes

Note:

This exam is optional. It is to be attempted only by the aspirants who have applied for the post of TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.

How to Use this SSC CGL Syllabus as a Guide

  1. While prepping for the exam, keep the weightages and breadth of topic in mind.
  2. Work from top to bottom of the list in each section of SSC CGL Syllabus while preparing.
  3. In Round 1 of your preparation, distribute time according to the weightage while studying for each topic.
  4. In Round 2 of your preparation, distribute time according to order in which the topics are listed.
  5. Follow a proper study guide for every subject.

 

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