SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus:-SSC CGL Syllabus is different for all the tiers of the exam. Tier I and Tier 2 are online examinations consisting of different subjects, Tier III is a descriptive paper that can be answered in Hindi and English language. The major sections of Tier 1 are General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension.

The important sections of Tier 2 are Quantitative Ability, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies. Since tier 3 is a descriptive exam designed to tests a candidate’s aptitude via essay/ letter/ application/ precise writing.

SSC CGL Syllabus

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

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – General Intelligence & Reasoning

No.-1. Semantic Analogy

No.-2. Symbolic/Number Analogy

No.-3. Figural Analogy

No.-4. Semantic Classification

No.-5. Symbolic/Number Classification

No.-6. Figural Classification

No.-7. Semantic Series

No.-8. Number Series

No.-9. Figural Series

No.-10. Problem Solving

No.-11. Word Building

No.-12. Coding & de-coding

No.-13. Numerical Operations

No.-14. symbolic Operations

No.-15. Trends Space Orientation

No.-16. Space Visualization

No.-17. Venn Diagrams

No.-18. Drawing inferences

No.-19. Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding

No.-20. Figural Pattern – folding and completion

No.-21. Indexing

No.-22. Address matching Date & city matching

No.-23. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers

No.-24. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding decoding and classification

No.-25. Embedded Figures

No.-26. Critical thinking

No.-27. Emotional Intelligence

No.-28. Social Intelligence

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – General Awareness

No.-1. Static General Knowledge (Indian History Culture Geography

Polity economics neighboring countries etc.)

No.-2. Science

No.-3. Books and Authors

No.-4. Current Affairs

No.-5. Important Schemes

No.-6. Sports

No.-7. People in the News

No.-8. Portfolios

No.-9. Economic Scene

No.-10. General Policy & Scientific Research


SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – Quantitative Aptitude

No.-1. Number System Problems

No.-2. Percentage

No.-3. Ratio & Proportion

No.-4. Square roots

No.-5. Averages

No.-6. Interest

No.-7. Profit and Loss

No.-8. Discount

No.-9. Partnership Business

No.-10. Mixture and Alligation

No.-11. Time and distance

No.-12. Time & Work

No.-13. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds

No.-14. Graphs of Linear Equations

No.-15. Triangle and its various kinds of centres

No.-16. Congruence and similarity of triangles

No.-17. Circle and its chords

No.-18. Triangle

No.-19. Quadrilaterals

No.-20. Heights and Distances

No.-21. Algebra

No.-22. Trigonometry

No.-23. Geometry

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I – English Comprehension

No.-1. English Comprehension

No.-2. Fill in the Blanks

No.-3. Spelling Correction

No.-4. Idiom or Phrase Meaning

No.-5. One Word Substitution

No.-6. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction

No.-7. Spotting Error

No.-8. Phrases and Idioms

No.-9. Sentence Correction

No.-10. Error Spotting

No.-11. Reading Comprehension


SSC CGL 2020 Tier 2 Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier 2 is conducted in online mode. The questions are objective in nature. Tier 1 qualified candidates can participate in SSC CGL Tier 2.

Paper 1 – Quantitative Ability

Paper 2 – English Language and Comprehension

Paper 3 – Statistics for Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) and Compiler post

Paper 4 –  General Studies for  Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) post.

Quantitative Ability Syllabus

The syllabus of SSC CGL for Quant section is similar to Tier 1 but the difficulty level for Tier 2 is much higher. Major topics under this section are Geometry, Trigonometry, and Average.

Important topics are as follows:

No.-1. Simplification

No.-2. Number Series

No.-3. Number System

No.-4. Percentages

No.-5. Ratio & Proportion

No.-6. Interest

No.-7. Profit & Loss

No.-8. Time & Work

No.-9. Time, Speed & Distance


No.-Data Interpretation

No.-12. Mixtures & Allegations

No.-13. Trigonometry

No.-14. Geometry

No.-15. Average

English Language & Comprehension

The section tests a candidate’s aptitude in English. It is tested via essays, error spotting, sentence formation, change of speech, etc.

The major topics in this section are Verbal Ability, Grammar, Active Passive Voice and Direct Indirect Speech.



Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation. Important Topics

No.-1. Measures of central tendency

No.-2. Measures of dispersion

No.-3. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis

No.-4. Correlation and probability theory

No.-5. Random variable and probability distributions

No.-6. Sampling theory

No.-7. Statistical

No.-8. Analysis of variance

General Studies (Economics and Finance)

This is Paper 4 in SSC CGL Tier 2 examination. It is conducted exclusively for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO). A total of 200 questions are asked in the paper, out of which 120 questions are from Economics and 80 questions are from Finance.

No.-1. Economics & Governance Topics

No.-2. Finance & Accounts Topics

No.-3. Auditor Role and Responsibility

No.-4. Fundamentals of Accounting

No.-5. Finance Commission Role & Functions

No.-6. Principles of Accounting

No.-7. About Economics/ Micro Economics

No.-8. Basics of Accounting

No.-9. Theory of Demand and Supply

No.-10. Nature and Scope of Financial Accounting

No.-11. About Indian Economy

No.-12. Limitations of Financial Accounting

No.-13. Role of Information Technology in Governance

No.-14. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles


SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus

Tier 3 is a descriptive examination conducted offline and involves:

No.-1. Letter Writing

No.-2. Essay Writing

No.-3. Application Writing

No.-4. Precis Writing

Tier 3 is a 100 marks paper of 60 minutes duration. Candidates are allotted time of 60 minutes to complete the descriptive written test. For visually handicapped candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the time of examination is 80 minutes. It should be noted that minimum qualifying marks for this Tier 3 paper is 33%.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus

Merit list is prepared based on Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam and the shortlisted candidates are then asked to appear for Tier 4 of SSC CGL. Tier 4 is basically Skill Test comprising of two tests.

No.-1. Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)

No.-2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

DEST is conducted for candidates who have applied for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. Data entry speed skills will be tested at 8000 depressions per hour. CPT is conducted for candidates who have applied for Assistant Section Officer Post in CSS only. Candidates will have to appear for the Computer Proficiency Test to validate the selection and showcase their comfort and ease of computer usage.

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