SSC CGL

SSC CGL Exam Highlights

SSC CGL is a national-level exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to shortlist candidates for Group B and C posts in various ministries/departments/organisations of the Government of India. It is major recruiting organizations in the government sector. SSC releases its recruitment notification each year where it announces the vacancies under different posts.

The exam conducted in four stages called tiers. The first two tiers of the CGL exam are conducted in online mode. The next two tiers of the exam are held in offline mode.

SSC CGL Exam Notification

We know how much people keep an eye on latest government jobs, especially at the graduate level. Government jobs are the most sought after career choice in India because of the salary and the power that it offers in the government organisation. SSC CGL is considered to be one of the biggest examinations to be conducted for graduate students in India. SSC CGL notification contains all the relevant information regarding the SSC CGL exam like eligibility criteria, age limit, nationality etc. Candidates will be selected based on their choices of different categories of posts in various Ministries/Departments/Organizations.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts SSC CGL Exam in four stages: Tier-1, Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4. While Tier-I & Tier-2 exam will be conducted online, Tier-3 will be a pen and paper based exam and Tier-4 will be a computer skill test. Exam pattern for all these stages are given below –

  1. SSC CGL Tier-1 Exam Pattern

The exam conducted online comprising of 4 sections with about a 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. The entire exam is needed to be completed in a time span of 60 minutes.

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-I Exam are:

  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension
Subjects No. Of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning
25
50
General Awareness
25
50
Quantitative Aptitude
25
50
A cumulative time of 60 minutes
English Comprehension
25
50

Total

100

200

Negative Marking

There is a negative marking of 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off. No point will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted by a candidate.

  1. SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Pattern

Tier-2 exam will be conducted online comprising of 4 sections with about 100 questions in each section and with maximum marks of 200.

The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam are:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Statistics
  • General Studies (Finance & Economics)
  • English Language & Comprehension
Subjects No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
Quantitative Ability
100
200
2 Hours
English Language and Comprehension
200
200
2 Hours
Statistics
100
200
2 Hours
General Studies (Finance and Economics)
100
200
2 Hours

Negative Marking

There is a negative marking of 0.25 Marks for each wrong answer. There is no sectional cut off. No point will be deducted if the question is left blank or unattempted by a candidate.

  1. SSC CGL Tier-3 Exam Pattern

Tier-3 of SSC CGL will be a descriptive test. The paper will be in English/Hindi and will constitute of 100 marks. The entire paper needs to be completed in 60 minutes.

Subject

Marks

Time

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)

100 marks

1 hour or 60 minutes

  1. SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-4 Exam is a Computer Skill Test. It will be conducted in two steps: DEST Test & CPT Test.

  • DEST: Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s writing skills.
  • CPT: This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spread sheets and Generation of Slides.

SSC CGL Qualification

SSC CGL follows a specific eligibility criteria which all applicants need to follow. SSC CGL Eligibility Criteria mentioned in the official notification. For successful application of any examination, all candidates need to follow certain guidelines mentioned in the official notification, failing which the candidate’s candidature will be cancelled. Know the complete eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.

  1. Educational Qualifications

SSC CGL exam, conducted by the Staff Selection Commission is an All India Entrance Exam. To appear in this Exam, one needs to be a Graduate (in any discipline). However, for few posts the graduation requirement is specific. The eligible ‘Age Limit’ also varies according to the posts.

Age Criteria

The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 18 years and the maximum age limit is 32 years. An age relaxation of five, three and ten years is given to SC/ ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), and PwD candidates, respectively.

SSC CGL Cut-Off

Before you start your preparation you need to get an idea about the last year exam scenario that may give you a correct idea of the exam and the extent to which you need to prepare for it.  This will help you in planning for your SSC CGL exam preparation in a strategic way. Having the previous year exam cut-offs with you makes it very easy to judge the level of the exam and the pattern of the complete examination process.

SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier I
English Language
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Jumbled sentences (ordering)
  • One word substitution
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Common errors
  • Sentence improvement
  • Passage
  • Cloze test
General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • similarities and differences
  • Series (number, figurative)
  • analogy
  • space visualization
  • spatial orientation
  • problem-solving
  • analysis
  • judgement
  • decision making
  • visual memory
  • discrimination
  • observation
  • Direction sense test
  • Blood relations
  • arithmetical reasoning and figural classification
  • Arithmetic number series
  • non-verbal series
  • coding and decoding
  • Statement conclusion
  • syllogism
  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic/Number Analogy
  • Figural Analogy
  • Ranking test
  • Semantic Classification
  • Symbolic/Number Classification
  • Figural Classification
  • Input-Output questions
  • Problem Solving
  • Word Building
  • Seating arrangement
  • Operations
  • symbolic Operations
  • Dies
  • Clock
  • Calendar
  • Trends
  • Space Orientation
  • Space Visualization
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Drawing inferences
  • folding & un-folding of Punched hole/pattern
  • Figural Pattern – folding and completion
  • Indexing
  • Address matching
  • 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 etc
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Square and cube roots
  • Surds and indices
  • Lcm and hcf
  • Averages
  • Age problems
  • Percentages
  • Simple interest and Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss, Discount
  • Partnership
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Boat and Streams
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Numbers
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Heights and Distances
  • Divisions and Remainders
  • decimals
  • fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity)
  • In circles and circum-circle, Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Regular Polygons
  • Circle
  • Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Hemispheres
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  • Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Circle and its chords
  • tangents
  • angles subtended by chords of a circle
  • common tangents to two or more circles
  • Standard Identities
  • Complementary angles
  • Heights and Distances
  • Histogram
  • Frequency polygon
  • Bar diagram & Pie chart
General Awareness
  • current events
  • India and its neighbouring countries
  • Economic Scene
  • History
  • Geography
  • Culture
  • General Policy & Scientific Research are asked
  • Scientific research includes physics
  • Chemistry and Biology
  • Current affairs (Last 6 months)
SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier II

The candidates who will qualify SSC CGL Tier 1 will be called for Tier 2. SSC CGL Tier 2 exam syllabus contains two sections namely Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The difficulty level of SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will be a bit higher than the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam, so it advised to prepare accordingly. To prepare in the best way the candidates should take note of the SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus. Refer to the table below to note down the syllabus:

SSC CGL Tier II also contains four papers, where all of these are not mandatory for each candidate. As mentioned above, it depends on the choice of post of every candidate that which paper he / she is supposed to write. The table below gives all the required details of the syllabus of SSC CGL Tier II.

The detailed subject wise syllabus for SSC CGL Exam is given below:

Quantitative Ability
  • Percentages
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Square and cube roots
  • Surds and indices
  • Lcm and hcf, Averages
  • Age problems
  • Simple interest and Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Boat and Streams
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Numbers
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Heights and Distances
  • Divisions and Remainders
  • decimals
  • fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity)
  • In circles and circum-circle
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Regular Polygons
  • Circle
  • Right Prism
  • Right Circular Cone
  • Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Hemispheres
  • Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  • Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures
  • Circle and its chords
  • tangents
  • angles subtended by chords of a circle
  • common tangents to two or more circles
  • Standard Identities
  • Complementary angles
  • Heights and Distances
  • Histogram
  • Frequency polygon
  • Bar diagram & Pie chart
English Language & Comprehension
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering)
  • One word substitution
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Common errors
  • sentence improvement
  • Passage
  • Cloze test
  • Active & Passive
Statistics
  • Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Dispersion-Common measures dispersion Moments
  • Skewness and Kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
  • Sampling Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Index Numbers
General Studies (Finance and Economics)
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Economics and Governance
SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier III

SSC CGL Tier 3 exam will consist of a Descriptive test where the candidates will be judged from their writing skills. Please note that SSC CGL Tier 3 exam is not bilingual in nature which means a candidate have to write Letters, Essay, Application etc. in English language only. Refer to the table below for more details:

The SSC CGL Tier III follows a different pattern and tests the writing skills of a candidate. There is a fixed format assigned to the Tier III which requires you to be good in writing based on the below-mentioned syllabus that you will have to prepare :

The detailed subject wise syllabus for SSC CGL Exam is given below:

Written Descriptive English Test
  • Precis Writing
  • Essay
  • Formal Letter
  • Informal Letter
  • Application
  • Passage Writing
SSC CGL Syllabus- Tier IV

SSC CGL Tier 4 is a Skill Test which will be applicable to only certain posts. Note the details of the test from the table given below:

As the Tier IV of SSC CGL is not mandatory for everyone, therefore the knowledge of the syllabus is not required by everyone who is filling the form. After you check if you need to appear at this stage, you should start practicing to improve the below-mentioned skills. 

Sections
  • Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test
Syllabus
  • DEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour whereas CPT test requires computer knowledge.

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