SSC CGL Syllabus 2018: Detailed Syllabus of SSC CGL Tier I, II, III and IV

SSC CGL Syllabus: Candidates must follow the syllabus of SSC CGL and prepare a plan accordingly. SSC Conducts the exam in 4 different tiers. Below we are providing the latest updated syllabus of SSC CGL Tier I, Tier 2, Tier 3 with the detailed scheme of the examination (Exam pattern of SSC CGL). Below we have discussed tier wise SSC CGL syllabus 2018 & exam pattern details.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern/Scheme of Examination Overview

Below we have discussed the scheme-wise syllabus and pattern details.

  • Tier -I – Computer Based Examination
  • Tier -II – Computer Based Examination
  • Tier -III – Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
  • Tier-IV – Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-I Examination

The SSC CGL Syllabus Of tier I exam consist of 100 question with 200 of total marks and the exam is divided into 4 categories. Below this table we have discussed each topic with comes under the syllabus of SSC CGL 2018.

Subject No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allowed
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50

A. General Intelligence & Reasoning: It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on judgment, analogies, similarities and differences, decision making, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Classification, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding & unfolding, Indexing, Address matching, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.

B. General Awareness: Questions on general awareness section will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will be of such matters of everyday observations and also be designed to test knowledge of current events and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions related to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining Culture, Geography, History, Economic Scene, Scientific Research & General Policy.

C. Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. It will consist of decimals, fractions, whole numbers, and relationships between Percentage and numbers. Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Interest, Partnership Business, Profit and Loss, Square roots, Discount, Mixture and Alligation, Time & Work, Time and distance, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Graphs of Linear Equations, Circle and its chords, Congruence and similarity of triangles, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, common tangents to two or more circles, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Sphere, Hemispheres, Right Circular Cylinder, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or Trigonometric ratio, square base, Degree and Radian Measures, Complementary angles, Standard Identities, Heights and Distances, Frequency polygon, Histogram, Pie chart & Bar diagram.

D. English Comprehension: Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic writing ability and comprehension etc. would be tested.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-II Examination

The SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier II exam is very simple. There will be a total 500 question and 800 is the total marks and the time duration is 120 minutes.

Subject No. of Questions Marks Time duration
Quantitative Abilities 100 200 120 minutes
English Language and Comprehension 200 200
Statistics 100 200
General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200

Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.

Quantitative Abilities: The questions in this section will again repeat the same topics as in Quantitative Aptitude of Tier I exam mentioned just above.

English Language and Comprehension: Questions in this component will be based on spot the fill in the blanks, synonyms, error, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled words, idioms & phrases, improvement of sentences, one word substitution, active/ passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/ indirect narration, shuffling of sentences in a passage, shuffling of sentence parts, cloze passage & comprehension passage.


  • Collection, Classification, and Presentation of Statistical Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Index Numbers

General Studies-Finance and Economics:

Finance and Accounts – (80 marks)

  • Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.

Economics and Governance – (120 marks)

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role, and responsibility
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and cost
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
  • Indian Economy
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Money and Banking
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-III Examination

The Tier III Examination of SSC CGL 2018 is basically a Descriptive Paper which will be in both English and Hindi and the total marks is 100 and the time duration to complete the SSC CGL Exam Tier III is 60 minutes. This exam  is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler.

Scheme Mode of Exam Marks Time
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi Pen and Paper mode 100 60 minutes

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-IV Examination

The Tier IV exam of SSC CGL 2018 Exam will consist of a Skill Test/Data Entry Skill Test and Compuer Profiency Test (CPT). This exam is for the candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.The detailed Pattern of the final stage of SSC CGL Exam is explained below.

Skill Test:

Data Entry Skill Test (DEST): For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax) the candidate should make 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer:
The duration of “Data Entry Speed Test” will be 15 (fifteen) minutes. Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions. This test will be of qualifying nature.

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): This exam comprises of three modules for the posts of Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant Section Officer of CSS, Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.

  • Word Processing
  • Spread Sheet
  • Generation of Slides

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So, we hope this detailed article on SSC CGL Syllabus will help you in your preparation. If you go through each and every section of SSC CGL Syllabus then definitely you will succeed in the exam. Every candidate should have a clear idea of SSC CGL Syllabus before preparing the exam.

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