SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus and Latest Exam Pattern

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SSC CGL Syllabus Tier 1 and Tier 2 and Exam Pattern

This post is about SSC CGL Syllabus according to latest pattern. SSC CGL 2017 Examination Will be conducted in four tiers as given below:

Tier Type of Examination Mode of Examination
Tier-1 MCQ Online
Tier-2 MCQ Online
Tier-3 Descriptive Test in Hindi/English Written Mode
Tier-4 Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test/Document Verification Wherever Applicable


  • There will be no interview.
  • Skill test will be of qualifying nature only.
SSC CGL Syllabus Tier 1 and Scheme

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam is a computer based examination.  Clearing cutoff of Tier 1 Exam is mandatory to be eligible for Tier 2 Exam. There are 100 questions of a total 200 Marks in Tier 2 Exam. The subject-wise breakup of SSC CGL 2017 Exam questions and marks are given in the table below:

Subject No of Questions Marks Duration
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50  

60 Minutes

General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200


  • There is negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong question in Tier 1
  • For visually handicapped candidates time duration of Tier 1 Exam is 80 Minutes.
General Intelligence & Reasoning

This section of the Tier 1 Exam is the part where you can score good marks with high accuracy. 1-2 hour of daily practice from a good book or material available on our website. It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This part may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, arithmetical reasoning.  figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, statement conclusion, coding and decoding, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Number Series. Figural Series, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Venn Diagrams, folding & un-folding. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, Embedded Figures, decoding and classification, Other sub-topics, if any.

General Awareness

Revision is the key in this section. To score good marks in this section you need to first choose a good book. A which contains all the topic of General Awareness or refer to our study material which is available for free on our website. Revise at least 3-4 times before appearing in Exams. For current Affair, questions visit our website regularly.

Questions in this section will aim to test the general awareness of the candidates general. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current affairs and matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. This section will also consist of questions related to India and its neighboring countries especially its History, Culture, Economic Scene, Geography, Polity & Scientific Research.

Few Topics are given below:

Science –Questions from basic Physics, chemistry and Biology.

History – Questions from Ancient India, the advent of Europeans to India, Modern History, Indian Independence.

Polity – Questions from Making of Constitution, Indian Constitution, Fundamental Rights, Articles and Schedules, Questions related to the President, Governors, Elections, Supreme and High court etc.

Geography – Questions from Indian Monsoon, river system, the Physical division of India and World Geography, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

To score good marks in this section you need to practice as much as you can so that you can utilize time in Exam efficiently. Solve previous years questions asked in SSC CGL.

This section of the SSC CGL Exam is divided into two parts one is Arithmetic part and other is Advanced Mathematics part. The topic wise break-up of the section is given below:

Arithmetic Advanced
Number System Geometry
Average Mensuration
LCM & HCF Trigonometry
Percentage Data Interpretation
Profit and Loss/Discount Bar Diagram/Pie-Chart
Simple and Compound Interest Histogram
Ration and proportion Height and Distance
Speed, Time and Distance/Train
Time and Work
Problem on Ages


English Comprehension

Candidates’ ability to understanding correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. This section of SSC CGL Exam is divided into 3 parts as given below:

I – Grammar

II – Vocabulary

III – Reading Comprehension

Grammar – This part consists of questions of Articles, Noun, Pronoun, Tenses, Adjective, Adverb, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Active and Passive Voice, Narration etc. To score good marks in this part you need to learn the Rules of Formation of Sentences and Practice previous year questions which came in SSC CGL Exam.

Vocabulary – Synonym, Antonyms, Idioms, one-word Substitution are common topics of this part. To Score well in this part improve your Vocabulary by reading any English Newspaper and learn 20-25 New words daily.

Reading Comprehension – Read any English Newspaper daily.

Grammar Vocabulary Reading Comprehension
Common Errors Synonyms Comprehension Test
Fill in the Blanks Antonyms Cloze Test
Active/Passive Voice Correctly Spelt Words
Arrangement of Sentences One Word Substitution
Direct/Indirect Speech Idioms/Phrases


SSC CGL Syllabus Tier 2 and Scheme

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam will be a computer based examination. There will be four sections of 200 marks each in Tier 2 Exam of SSC CGL 2017. the subject wise break-up is given Below:

Subject No of Questions Marks Duration
Quantitative Abilities 100 200  



120 Minutes

English Language 200 200
Statistics 100 200
General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200
Total 100 200


  • Paper-1 and Paper-2 are compulsory for all posts
  • Paper-3 is only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Gr. II” & “Compiler”.
  • Paper-4 is only for the post of “Assistant Audit Officer”.
  • There is negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong question in the paper I, III and IV and 0.25 marks for each wrong question in the paper II (English Language).
  • For visually handicapped candidates time duration of Tier 1 Exam is 160 Minutes.


Quantitative Ability

The test consists computation of whole numbers, fractions, decimals  and relationships between numbers, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Averages, Square roots, Interest, Profit and Loss, Partnership Business, Discount, Mixture and Allegation, Time & Work, Time and distance, Graphs of Linear Equations, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Triangle and its various kinds of centers, similarity and Congruence of triangles, Circle and its chords, angles subtended by chords of a circle, tangents, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Regular Polygons, Quadrilaterals, Circle, Right Circular Cone, Right Prism, Right Circular Cylinder, Hemispheres, Sphere, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Complementary angles, Standard Identities, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart, Heights and Distances


English Language & Comprehension

Test will be based on error spotting, fill in the blanks, antonyms, synonyms, detecting wrong spelt words, one-word substitution, idioms & phrases, active/passive voice, improvement of sentences, direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentences in a passage, shuffling of sentence parts, comprehension passage and cloze passage.


Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  1. Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.
  2. Measures of Central Tendency – Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
  3. Measures of Dispersion – Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
  4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; themeaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
  5. Correlation and Regression – Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient; simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation; Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression; Multiple and partial correlations (For three variables only).
  6. Probability Theory 

    Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.

  7. Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable; Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variables (discrete).
  8. Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution (statement only); Sample size decisions.
  9. Statistical Inference – Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, least squares method), Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
  10. Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.
  11. Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
  12. Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper 4:

General Studies (Finance and Economics)

for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)

  1. Fundamental principles and the basic concept of Accounting. Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organizations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self-Balancing Ledgers.
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)
  1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.
  2. Finance Commission-Role and functions.
  3. Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve.
  4. Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Consumer’s behavior Theory -Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
  5. Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
  6. Forms of Market and price determination in different markets Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly Ad Price determination in these markets.
  7. Indian Economy Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth; National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.
  8. Economic Reforms in India Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization and Disinvestment.
  9. Money and Banking Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
  10. Role of Information Technology in Governance.
SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus and Scheme

Tier 3 of SSC CGL is taken to check the written skills of Hindi/English of the candidates. This exam is conducted in pen and paper mode and candidates can choose Hindi or English language to write the test. In this descriptive test, candidates need to write two Application/Letter/Essay. Refer to NCERT books for formats and read newspaper article daily to prepare for the content. You can also check study material available on our website.

  • Time duration of the Test is 60 minutes and carries 100 Marks
  • For VH candidates time duration is 80 minutes.
SSC CGL Syllabus Tier 4 and Scheme

Skill Test: For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax):

Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer. The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature. The Computer will be provided by the Commission at the Center/venue notified for the purpose.

The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), for applicants for the post of Assistant Section Officer of CSS Assistant Section Officer (MEA) and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/O Mines which comprising of three modules- Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides. CPT will be of qualifying nature.

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