SSC CGL 2017 | SSC CGL Exam Pattern and Syllabus

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Level Prelims Exam once a year for the selection of candidates for the main Examination.

Exam Pattern - The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
Tier -I -- Computer Based (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -II -- Computer Based (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -III -- Descriptive Paper in English / Hindi ( Pen and paper mode)
Tier-IV-- Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Wherever Applicable )

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Syllabus 2017

Tier I Examination Total marks
A. General Intelligence + Reasoning - 50 marks (25 Questions)
B. Gen.Awareness- 50 marks (25 Questions)
C. Quantitative Aptitude – 50 marks (25 Questions)
D. English Comprehension - 50 marks  (25 Questions)

Note: - Total Marks - 200, Duration: 75 Minutes, Total Questions: 100.

A. General Intelligence & Reasoning:
It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, 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 Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & un-folding, 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, Other sub-topics, if any.

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

C. Quantitative Aptitude:
The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals , fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, 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, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

D. English Comprehension:
Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension, and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Posts A, B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10+2 level.

SYLLABUS FOR TIER-II OF THE EXAMINATION: 
(2 PAPERS, TOTAL TIME- 2 HOURS FOR EACH PAPER)

Tier II Examination:
I.Quantitative Abilities: 200 marks (100 Questions) 
II.English Language & Comprehension: 200 marks (200 Questions) 
Total Marks: 400 
CGL Tier-II Syllabus:
Paper-I :
Quantitative Ability: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals , fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, 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, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart

Paper-II :
English Language & Comprehsion: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting misspelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage. 

Paper-III: 
Statistics for Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI. 
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. 
Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles. 
Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion. 
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

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).
Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
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). 

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. 

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. 
Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data. 
Time Series Analysis - Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
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-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer


Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)

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 organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: 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 Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer’s behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply. Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions 22 and Laws of returns to scale.
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 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 Economic Reforms in India Economic reforms sice 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment 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, Role of Information Technology in Governance.

Tier III Examination:
SSC CGL Tier III is a descriptive paper. In this, the candidates have to choose a language and write Essay/Letters/Precis etc. in offline mode. In 60 minutes, you will have to attempt the questions and maximum marks for Tier III is 100 Marks. The best way to prepare for the same is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the pattern of Letter and Application.

Tier IV Examination:


1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): FOR THE ALL POST (Other than compiler): The "Data Entry Speed" Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature


2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules - Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.


 NOTE-I :
 Questions in Paper-I will be of 10th standard level,  Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.
The computer will be provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue notified for the purpose.
Candidates shall not be allowed to bring their own Key-board.

2016 TIER –I CUT OFF: 

Candidates qualified in Tier-I for apprearing in Tier-II:
Categories Cut Off Marks Candidates Available
UR 137.00 46422*
OBC 125.50 56192
SC 114.00 24227
ST 103.00 11352
OH 97.00 2742
VH 68.00 1411
HH 20.00 2008
Ex-S 92.00 4965
TOTAL 149319
*28171-OBC, 5057-SC, 1257-ST, 475-Ex.Servicemen, 186-OH, 28-HH & 23-VH, candidates are provisionally qualifying at UR Cut-off.

2015 SSC CGL Tier-1 Cut-Off: 

: 80.25 (SC), 74.25 (ST), 89.50 (OBC), 67.75 (Ex.S), 69.00 (OH), 20.00 (HH), 51.00 (VH), 102.25 (UR).

List-I: Candidates qualified for all Interview posts (other than Statistical Investigator/Compiler)
Cut-Off Tier-I + Tier-II
(Paper I+II)
Candidates Available
SC 373.00 844
ST 359.25 443
OBC 411.00 2276
Ex. S 358.00 137
OH 344.75 105
HH 253.00 94
VH 332.00 51
UR 430.75 2688*
Total 6638
(* In addition to the number of UR candidates shown above, 798 OBC, 36 SC and 10 ST candidates are also meeting the cut-off for UR category. Such candidates have been shown in their respective category).

List-II: Candidates qualified for the posts of Statistical Investigator/Compiler
Cut-Off Tier-I + Tier-II
(Paper I+II+III)
Candidates Available
SC 468.25 5
ST * 0
OBC 523.00 10
UR 554.75 17
Total 32
* No vacancy reported for ST category.

 List-III: Candidates qualified for Non-Interview Posts
Cut-Off Tier-I + Tier-II
(Paper I+II)
Candidates Available
SC 345.00 2482
ST 327.50 1222
OBC 387.00 6042
Ex. S 255.00 1399
OH 323.50 222
HH 210.50 211
VH 259.00 223
UR 410.25 6242*
Total 18043