SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: SSC CGL Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 And Tier 4 Detailed Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: SSC is all set to conduct the SSC CGL examination. The official PDF of SSC CGL syllabus for Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 & Tier 4 Exam Syllabus has been released by the commission. Staff Selection Commission every year conducts the SSC CGL exam for the recruitment to various Group B and Group C posts in several departments under the Government of India. Staff Selection Commission (SSC) every year conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination in four Tiers namely Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 are conducted in Online Mode & Tier 3 is conducted in Pen and Paper mode and Tier 4 is Computer Skill Test.

A fair knowledge of SSC CGL Syllabus & exam pattern is necessary to prepare effectively for this exam. To crack SSC CGL 2020-21 exam one must study and prepare thoroughly, practice with a proper study plan which is based on the latest study plan according to the SSC CGL 2019-20 and based on the latest exam pattern.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: Selection Procedure

To help aspirants with that, SSCAdda is providing all the SSC CGL aspirants with the latest SSC exam syllabus so that they will be able to prepare for the exam in the best way possible. Candidates can also note down all the topics and study according to the latest SSC CGL Syllabus 2020.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Date 3rd-9th March 2020
SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Date 2nd to 5th November 2020
SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Date to be notified
SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Date to be notified

Before appearing for the exam, knowing the complete syllabus of SSC CGL must be the first and foremost thing that you need to do. The entire SSC CGL 2020 syllabus for Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 is provided in the post given below. 

Tier Type Of Exam Mode Of Exam
Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based Mode (Online)
Tier-II Objective Multiple Choice Computer Based Mode (Online)
Tier-III Objective Multiple Choice Pen & Paper Mode (Offline)
Tier-IV Skill Test: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Wherever Applicable (Not necessary for all posts)
Document Verification Applicable for all posts

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SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 for Tier 1 Exam

Students must go through the detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1 of all the sections which are provided below:-

SSC CGL Subject SSC CGL Syllabus For SSC CGL Tier 1
SSC General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus
General Awareness
  • Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, Geography
  • Polity, economics, neighboring countries, etc.)
  • Science
  • Books and Authors
  • Current Affairs
  • Important Schemes
  • Sports
  • People in the News
  • Portfolios
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension

SSC CGL General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus

General Intelligence and Reasoning includes both verbal and non-verbal type questions. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, 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.

SSC CGL Maths Syllabus

SSC CGL Maths Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier 1: Quantitative Aptitude questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The topics for SSC CGL maths syllabus will be:

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

SSC CGL English Syllabus

This section measures Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. This section may include questions on Phrases and Idioms, One word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings Correction, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active Passive, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Cloze test etc.

SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus

Questions in this section will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness (GK+GS) of the environment around him and its application to society. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. The questions will also be asked from Science, Current Affairs, Books and Authors, Sports, Important Schemes, Important Days, Portfolios,People in News etc.

SSC CGL 2020 Exam Pattern for Tier 1 Exam

SSC CGL Tier-I 2020 exam consists of 4 sections with 25 questions each as given in the table below:

S No. Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200
  • Candidates should be careful while attempting any answer as there might be chances of negative marking like the previous years.
  • As per the SSC CGL Exam Pattern, candidates can expect a deduction of 0.5 marks for each incorrect answer.
  • Candidates should be thorough with all the papers and practice a lot of question papers from the previous years’.
  • Candidates should cover all important topics given in the SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1.
  • The SSC CGL reasoning syllabus should be understood in-depth as it covers a vast number of topics.
  • Candidates should be very careful while going through the SSC CGL Exam Pattern as it is subjected to changes from time to time.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier-2 Exam

Quantitative Aptitude English Language Statistics General Awareness
Simplification Reading Comprehension Collection and Representation of Data Finance and Accounting
Interest Spelling Measure of Dispersion Fundamental Principles
Averages Fill in the Blanks Measure of Central Tendency Financial Accounting
Percentage Phrases and Idioms Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis Basic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and Proportion One Word Substitution Correlation and Regression Self-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and Time Sentence Correction Random Variables Error Spotting and Correction
Number System Error Spotting Random Variables
Mensuration Cloze Test Sampling Theory Economics and Governance
Data Interpretation Para Jumbles Analysis and Variance Comptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and Work Synonyms-Antonyms Time Series Analysis Finance Commission
Algebra Active-Passive Voice Index Number Theory of Demand and Supply
Trigonometry
Geometry
Data Sufficiency

SSC CGL Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) Syllabus:

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.

SSC CGL Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) Syllabus:

Questions in this section will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in 21 the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled 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.

SSC CGL Paper-III (Statistics) Syllabus:

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; meaning 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 correlation (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 variable (discrete).

8. Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and nonprobability 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 twoway 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.

SSC CGL Paper-IV (General Studies-Finance and Economics):

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks):
Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:
1.1 Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
1.2 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):
2.1 Comptroller & Auditor General of India-
Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.
2.2 Finance Commission-Role and functions.
2.3 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.
2.4 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 behaviourMarshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
2.5 Theory of Production and cost: Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
2.6 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.

2.7 Indian Economy:
2.7.1 Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectorsRole of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth.
2.7.2 National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income.
2.7.3 Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth.
2.7.4 Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.
2.7.5 Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.

2.8 Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

2.9 Money and Banking:
2.9.1 Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.
2.9.2 Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments.
2.9.3 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.

2.10 Role of Information Technology in Governance.

Note: Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.

SSC CGL 2020 Exam Pattern of Tier 2 Exam

SSC CGL Tier-2 exam is of 200 marks. A time limit of 2 hours is given to candidates to complete each section of the Exam. For physically handicapped students, the cumulative time to complete the Tier-II exam is increased to 2 hours 40 minutes.

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV
S No. Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1 Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
2 English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
3 Statistics 100 200 2 hours
4 General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours
  • 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 mentioned in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern, the duration for differently-abled candidates is 80 mins.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus 2020 Exam

SSC CGL 2020 Tier III exam is a descriptive exam to analyze the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus is writing based the mode of examination is offline and students are required to write essays, précis, applications, letters, etc. in this exam. The exam is of 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes. The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes. Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade-II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 For Tier 4 Exam

SSC CGL Tier-4 examination constitutes a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.
  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), DEST Exam through SSC CGL 2017 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

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SSC CGL Tier-1 and SSC CGL Tier-2 exam are mandatory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2018 Notification of while Tier-3 is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler. Similarly, the Tier-4 exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA, and Inspector.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the exam date of the SSC CGL 2020 Tier II exam?
Ans. SSC CGL Tier 2 exam conducted from 2nd to 5th November 2020.

Q. What are the subjects for the SSC CGL tier 2 exam?
Ans. Questions will be asked in the SSC CGL tier exam from Quantitative Ability, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Q. Will there be any negative marking in the SSC CGL tier 2 exam?
Ans. Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

Q. When will the SSC CGL 2019-20 admit card be released?
Ans. Admit Card released 15 days prior to the exam dates.

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