SSC CGL Syllabus
SSC CGL Syllabus


SSC CGL Syllabus Overview

SSC CGL 2022 will be conducted to appoint eligible candidates into reputed offices, departments, and organizations under the Government of India. Check the table below to have a brief of the CGL Exam Pattern for Tiers I, II, III, and IV.

SSC CGL TierModel/ TypeSections
Tier IOnline, Multiple Choice QuestionsGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, and English Comprehension
Tier IIOnline, Multiple Choice QuestionsQuantitative Aptitude, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies – Finance & Economics
Tier III
(Only for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler.)
Offline, Descriptive Type- Hindi/ EnglishStatistics, Data Analysis
Tier IVWherever applicableData Entry Speed Test (DEST) and Computer Proficiency Test

SSC CGL Pattern – Salient Points

  1. Every Aspirant has to appear for the Tier-I written exam to qualify for Tier-II.
  2. In Tier-II, paper 3 (Statistics) is only for the Junior Statistical Officer posts and paper 4 (Finance & Economics) is only for Assistant Auditor & Assistant Accounts Officer posts.
  3. In Tier IV- The Data Entry Speed Test is only for Tax Assistants and Computer Proficiency Test is only for roles that come under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs & Ministry of Mines.

SSC CGL Tier-I Pattern

According to the SSC CGL Exam pattern, Tier I is conducted online and consists of Multiple Choice Questions. Check the SSC CGL Tier-I topic-wise marks distribution and the number of questions given below:

Sl. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550

SSC CGL Tier-I Syllabus

The SSC CGL Tier I exam is an online, multiple-choice exam consisting of 4 sections and 100 questions in total. The total number of marks for the Tier I exam is 200. The SSC CGL Tier I exam is 60 minutes (80 minutes for differently-abled candidates).

The SSC CGL Tier I comprises four sections.

  1. The English Language covers comprehension skills
  2. General Intelligence & Reasoning
  3. General Awareness
  4. Quantitative Aptitude

The detailed SSC CGL Tier-I syllabus is in the table below.

English Comprehension SkillsSynonyms & Antonyms, One Word Substitution, Grammar skills, Spelling error, Comprehension passages, Phrases and Idioms, Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Active & Passive Voices, Sentence Rearrangement, Cloze test, Sentence Improvement, etc.
General Intelligence & ReasoningSemantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of center codes/ roll numbers, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, 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, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, etc.
General AwarenessHistory – Harappa Civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leaders, Geography – about countries and their geographical details, Famous Seaport and Airport and their location, 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 Parliament, Economy – Budget related information and terminologies, Important persons involved in Economy of the Country and monetary institutions, Physics- Laws, major Inventions and Discoveries. Chemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, molecules, Chemistry in everyday life, Biology-Important discoveries, Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes, General Knowledge, Current Affairs – India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Sports, Important Schemes, Important Days, Portfolios, People in News, etc.
Quantitative AptitudeComputation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centers, 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, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles.

After the SSC CGL Tier-I exam, candidates should gear up for the SSC CGL Tier-II examination. Check the details of the SSC CGL Tier-II below.

SSC CGL Tier-II Pattern

Candidates who clear SSC CGL Tier-I will be eligible for the Tier-II exam. The SSC CGL Tier-II will be conducted online and consists of Multiple Choice Questions. Check the SSC CGL Tier-II number of questions I and section-wise marks distributions from the table below.

Sl. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
1Quantitative Aptitude100200
2English Language & Comprehension200200
4General Studies (Finance & Economics)100200

SSC CGL Tier-II Syllabus

The SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier II consists of 4 sections.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude – This paper has 200 marks in total. The duration of this paper is 2 hours.
  2. English Language & Comprehension – This paper has total marks of 200 and the duration of the paper is 2 hours.
  3. Statistics – This paper too has total marks of 200 and the duration of the paper is 2 hours.
  4. General Studies (Finance & Economics) – This paper too has a total mark of 200 and is of 2 hours duration.

The detailed SSC CGL Tier-II Syllabus is mentioned below.

PaperSyllabusTotal MarksNo. of
Total Duration
Paper-I: Quantitative AptitudeNumber System Problems, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Profit and Loss, Discount, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra, Triangles, Polygons, Circles, Cylinders, Frequency, Bar graph, Histogram, Pie chart200 marks1002 hours
Paper-II: English Language
& Comprehension
Spot the Error, Synonyms/ Antonyms, Spelling, Idioms & Phrases, One Word Substitution, Improvement of Sentences, Active/ Passive voices, Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration, Shuffling of sentence parts in passages, Comprehension passage.200 Marks1002 hours
Paper-III: StatisticsData distribution, calculation, a diagrammatic representation of data Mean, Mode and Median Deviation, Dispersion, Moments, and relationships- skewness, kurtosis
Correlation, regression, Probability- theories, distribution
Sampling theory, Index numbers, Time series analysis Variance
200 Marks1002 hours
Paper-IV: General Studies –
Finance & Economics
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
200 Marks1002 hours

SSC CGL Tier-III Syllabus

Tier-III of the SSC CGL is a descriptive test. It is conducted to test the candidate’s written skills in the Hindi/ English languages. The examination is conducted offline, Pen and Paper mode, and students have to write essays, applications, précis, letters, etc, in this exam.

The exam is for 100 marks, and the total duration of the exam is 60 minutes. The total time allotted for PwD category candidates is 80 minutes. Tier-III paper has to be given only by those candidates who have applied for “Statistical Investigator Grade-II” & “Compiler” posts.

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

Descriptive Paper in English/ Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-IV Syllabus

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): Candidates who applied for the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax) must give the DEST to prove the typing speed of the candidate. Candidates must type a given article in English on the Computer. To clear the DEST, candidates must type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): This exam consists of 3 modules: Word Processing, Spread Sheets, and Generation of slides. Proficiency in these skills is necessary for the posts of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), and Inspector (Examiner).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Syllabus the same for SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2?

The SSC CGL syllabus for Numerical Aptitude and English remains the same, though the difficulty level varies.

Is it necessary for appearing in all tiers of SSC CGL?

Yes, it is mandatory to clear and appear for all levels of the CGL Exam.

Does Tier 3 Of SSC CGL have any predefined syllabus?

Tier 3 will basically consist of letter writing and Application. The letter writing may include both formal and informal letters.

Is there a negative marking in SSC CGL Exam?

Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.50 on Paper I and 0.25 on Paper II of SSC CGL. Paper-II and III will be qualifying in nature.

What are SSC CGL subjects?

The major sections asked in SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance and Economics). Let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Syllabus 2022 Tier-2 Exam Pattern & Syllabus.

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