SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 | SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020

SSC - Staff Selection Commission
SSC - Staff Selection Commission

SSC has released exam dates for SSC CGL exams to be conducted in 2019-20. The Preliminary Exam of SSC CGL 2018-19 is scheduled from 04th June to 19th June 2019, Tier-II Examination is scheduled from 11th September to 13th September 2019 and Tier-III Exam will be conducted on 29th December 2019.

A fair knowledge of SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-I, Tier-II & III Exam is necessary to prepare for this exam. Let us understand the SSC CGL 2018-19 Tier I, II, III & IV Syllabus based on the latest pattern.

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern & syllabus

Tier 1 exam is an objective type of exam which will be held online. It has 4 sections having 100 questions. Each question carries 2 marks which are about a total of 200 marks. The subject wise marks are shown below.

S. NoSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
1General Intelligence & Reasoning2550 

60 Minutes

(80 Minutes for VH & Candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy.


2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550


Detailed Syllabus:

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  1. Analogies
  2. Similarities and differences
  3. Space visualization
  4. Spatial orientation
  5. Problem solving & Analysis
  6. Judgment & Decision making
  7. Visual memory
  8. Discrimination & Observation
  9. Relationship Concepts
  10. Arithmetical Reasoning and figural classification
  11. Arithmetic Number Series
  12. Non-verbal
  13. Coding and decoding
  14. Statement conclusion
  15. Syllogism & reasoning
  16. Semantic Analogs
  17. Symbolic Number Analogs
  18. Figure Analogs
  19. Semantic Classification
  20. Symbolic/ Number Classification
  21. Figural Classification
  22. Semantic Series
  23. Number Series
  24. Figural Series
  25. Problem Solving
  26. Word Building
  27. Numerical Operations
  28. Symbolic Operations
  29. Trends
  30. Space orientation & visualization
  31. Venn diagrams
  32. Drawing inferences
  33. Punched hole / pattern- folding & unfolding
  34. Figural pattern-folding and completion
  35. Indexing
  36. Address matching
  37. Date & city matching
  38. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
  39. Small & capital letters/numbers coding
  40. Decoding and classification
  41. Embedded figures
  42. Critical thinking
  43. Emotional & social intelligence

Quantitative aptitude:

  1. Computation of whole numbers decimals
  2. Fractions and relationship between numbers
  3. Percentages
  4. Ratio & proportion
  5. Square roots
  6. Averages
  7. Interest
  8. Profit and loss
  9. Discount
  10. Partnership business
  11. Mixture and allegation
  12. Time and distance
  13. Time & work
  14. Basic algebraic identities of school algebra & Elementary surds
  15. Graphs of linear equation
  16. Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  17. Congruence and similarities of triangles
  18. Circle and its chords, tangles
  19. Angles subtended by chords of a circle
  20. Common tangents to two or more circles
  21. Triangle
  22. Quadrilaterals
  23. Regular polygons
  24. Right prism
  25. Right circular cone
  26. Right circular cylinder
  27. Sphere hemispheres
  28. Rectangular parallelepiped
  29. Regular right pyramid with triangular or square base
  30. Trigonometric ratio
  31. Degree and radian measures
  32. Standard identities
  33. Complementary angles
  34. Heights and distances
  35. Histogram
  36. Frequency polygon
  37. Bar diagram & pie chart

General awareness:

  1. India and its neighbouring countries
  2. History
  3. Culture
  4. Geography
  5. Economics
  6. General politics & scientific research
  7. Current affairs

English comprehension:

  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. Spellings
  4. Phrases and idioms
  5. One word substitution
  6. Sentence correction

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Tier 2 exam is an objective type of exam which is conducted online.  Each question carries 2 marks which are about a total of 200 marks. The subject wise marks are shown below.

S.NoSubjectNo. of questionsMax. marksDuration
1Quantitative aptitude1002002 Hrs
2English Language and comprehension2002002 Hrs
3Statistics1002002 Hrs
4General studies (finance and economics)1002002Hrs



  • Paper 1 and paper 2 exams are compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper 3 is only for statistical; investigator group 2 & compiler.
  • Paper 4 is only for Assistant audit officer.
  • It has negative marking for each wrong answer.
  • For each wrong answer, it will deduct 0.5 marks in paper 1, 3 and 4. 0.25 marks will be deducted in paper 2.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern & Syllabus:

This is a descriptive type of exam which is available in both English and Hindi. It is held in offline mode. The candidates need to write essay/ letter/ application Precis.

  • It is a qualifying exam and the duration is about 60 minutes
  • The duration is about 80 minutes for physically disabled people.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam syllabus

It has a Data entry speed test and CPT (Computer proficiency test)

Date entry test (DEST): it is a qualifying test for all posts. Candidates should type 2000 words accurately within the 15 minutes of time.

Computer proficiency test (CPT): it has three modules such as word processing, spreadsheet and generation of slides. This is only applicable for assistants of CSS.


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