SSC CGL Syllabus and exam pattern 2020-21: Detailed Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier I

The SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I comprises four sections:

  1. General Intelligence & Reasoning
  2. General Awareness
  3. Quantitative Aptitude &
  4. SSC CGL English Syllabus covers English Comprehension skills.
General Intelligence & ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension skills
Symbolic/Number AnalogyHistory- Harappa Civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leadersNumber System Problems,
Ratio & Proportion,
Square roots,
Synonyms &
Antonyms, One Word Substitution, grammar skills, spelling error, comprehension passages
Semantic Classification,
Symbolic/Number Classification
Geography- about countries and their geographical details, Famous Seaport and Airport and their location.Profit and Loss,
Figural Classification,
Semantic Series,
Number Series,
Figural Series
Polity- Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG, Symbols of political parties, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the ParliamentTime and distance,
Time & Work,
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds,
Graphs of Linear Equations,
Problem Solving,
Word Building, Coding & decoding
Economy-Budget related information and terminologies, Important persons involved in Economy of the Country and monetary institutionsTriangle and its various kinds of centres ,
Congruence and similarity of triangles,
Space Visualization,
Venn Diagrams,
Drawing inferences
Physics- Laws, major Inventions and Discoveries.Regular Polygons,
Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder,
Sphere, Hemispheres,
Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,
Address matching, Date & city matching,
Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
Chemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules
Chemistry in everyday life.
Complementary angles,
Heights and Distances,
Data Analysis
Critical thinking,
Emotional Intelligence,
Social Intelligence
Biology-Important discoveries, Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes
General Knowledge, Current Affairs

SSC CGL Tier-II Syllabus

As per the SSC CGL exam pattern, Tier II will have 4 papers-

  1. Quantitative Aptitude– This will have 200 marks in total. The time allotted for this paper is 2 hours.
  2. English Language & Comprehension- Total marks is 200 for this paper and the duration to complete the paper is 2 hours.
  3. Statistics– Again candidates have to complete the paper in 2 hours carrying 200 marks in total.
  4. General Studies- Finance & Economics– This paper will have 200 marks and 2 hours duration.

The detailed SSC CGL Tier-II Syllabus for CGL Exam is as mentioned below:

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish Language & ComprehensionStatisticsGeneral Studies- Finance & Economics
Number System Problems
Ratio & Proportion,
Square roots,
Averages,Profit and Loss,
Discount,Time and distance,
Time & Work,
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra,Triangles, Polygons, Circles, Cylinders, Bar graph, Histogram, Pie chart
Spot the Error
Synonyms /Antonyms
Spelling, Idioms & Phrases
One Word Substitution
Improvement of sentences,
The Active/ Passive voice of verbs,
Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
Shuffling of sentence parts in passages,
Comprehension passage
Data distribution, calculation, a diagrammatic representation of data
Mean, Mode and Median
Deviation, Dispersion
Moments and relationships- skewness, kurtosis
Co-relation, regression
Probability- theories, distribution
Sampling theory, index numbers
, time series analysis
Finance-Fundamentals of Finance & Accounting
Economics-Macro & Micro Economics, Growth & Development
Market analysis- production, demand, supply,
Indian Economy,
Economic reforms,
Money and banking,
Role of Technology in reforming the Economic domain

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier III

As per the SSC CGL Exam Pattern, the Tier 3 Exam is a subjective paper that will be taken offline via pen and paper mode.

As per the SSC CGL Tier III syllabus, the exam is to evaluate the candidates’ language proficiency, grammar knowledge, vocabulary usage, and writing skills in English/Hindi. Candidates are expected to write essays, précis, applications, letters, etc. The duration of the Tier III exam is 60 minutes.

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern- Points to remember:

  • Candidates need to be careful while filling the choices as this paper has Hindi/English as the option.
  • This exam is comparatively easier than other exams but candidates need to score at least one-third of the total marks to pass this exam.
  • As per the latest SSC CGL exam pattern, the duration for differently-abled candidates is 80 minutes.

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier IV

SSC CGL TestDescriptionPost
Data Entry Speed Test8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on the Computer
A passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for 15 (fifteen) minutes.
Tax Assistants( Central & Excise)
Computer Proficiency TestWord Processing
Generation of slides
Assistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

SSC CGL TierMode/TypeCGL Syllabus Topics
Tier IOnline, Multiple Choice questionsGeneral Intelligence &, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English Comprehension
Tier IIOnline, Multiple Choice questionsQuantitative aptitude, English Language & Comprehension, *Statistics,
*General Studies- Finance & Economics
Tier IIIOffline, Descriptive type- Hindi/English
Statistics, data analysis
Tier IVWherever applicableData Entry Speed Test, Computer Proficiency Test
Document Verification

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