SSC CGL Syllabus 2021: Detailed SSC CGL Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, And Tier 4 Syllabus

SSC CGL Syllabus 2021: SSC is all set to conduct the SSC CGL examination. The official PDF of the 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.

SSC CGL Syllabus 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 Date29th May 2021 to 7th June 2021 POSTPONED
SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Dateto be notified
SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Dateto be notified
SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Dateto 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.

TierType Of ExamMode Of Exam
Tier-IObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based Mode (Online)
Tier-IIObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based Mode (Online)
Tier-IIIObjective Multiple ChoicePen & Paper Mode (Offline)
Tier-IVSkill Test: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)Wherever Applicable (Not necessary for all posts)
Document VerificationApplicable for all posts

SSC CGL Syllabus 2021 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 Tier 1 Syllabus
SSC General Intelligence and Reasoning SyllabusClassification,Analogy,Coding and Decoding,Matrix,Word Formation,Venn Diagrams.Direction and Distance,Blood Relations,SeriesVerbal reasoning,Non-Verbal Reasoning
General AwarenessStatic General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, GeographyPolity, economics, neighboring countries, etc.) Science, Books, and Authors, Current Affairs, Important Schemes, Sports, People in the News, Portfolios
Quantitative AptitudeSimplification, Simple Interest and Compound Interest, Averages.Percentage, Problem on Ages, Ratio and Proportion, Speed, Distance and Time, Number System, Mensuration Data Interpretation, Time and Work, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry
English ComprehensionReading Comprehension, Fill in the Blanks, Phrases and Idioms, Spellings, Sentence CorrectionOne word Substitution, Error Spotting

SSC CGL Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning

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 center 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 them and its application to society. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to 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 Exam Pattern for Tier 1 Exam

SSC CGL Tier I 2021 exam consists of 4 sections with 25 questions each as given in the table below:

S No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
  • 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 Tier 2 Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageStatisticsGeneral Awareness
SimplificationReading ComprehensionCollection and Representation of DataFinance and Accounting
InterestSpellingMeasure of DispersionFundamental Principles
AveragesFill in the BlanksThe measure of Central TendencyFinancial Accounting
PercentagePhrases and IdiomsMoments, Skewness, and KurtosisBasic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and ProportionOne Word SubstitutionCorrelation and RegressionSelf-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and TimeSentence CorrectionRandom VariablesError Spotting and Correction
Number SystemError SpottingRandom Variables
MensurationCloze TestSampling TheoryEconomics and Governance
Data InterpretationPara JumblesAnalysis and VarianceComptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and WorkSynonyms-AntonymsTime Series AnalysisFinance Commission
AlgebraActive-Passive VoiceIndex NumberTheory of Demand and Supply
Data Sufficiency

SSC CGL Paper I Syllabus Quantitative Abilities:

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 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, 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 2 Syllabus For English Language and Comprehension

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 3 Syllabus for Statistics:

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; the 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 correlations (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 variables (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 two-way 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 an index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

SSC CGL  Syllabus 2021 Paper-IV of 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 organizations 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 sectors Role 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 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.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
2English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
3Statistics1002002 hours
4General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 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 

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 and 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 the PWD category is increased to 80 minutes. Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only in the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade-II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2021 For Tier 4 Exam

SSC CGL Tier-4 examination constitutes a couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).
  • 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.

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.

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SSC CGL Syllabus: FAQs

Q: What constitutes the SSC CGL syllabus?

A: SSC CGL syllabus constitutes important subjects and topics from which questions are asked in the exam.

Q: Who prescribes the SSC CGL syllabus?

A: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) prescribes SSC CGL syllabus.

Q: Is the SSC CGL syllabus released every year?

A: Yes, SSC CGL syllabus is released every year by the commission on its official website.

Q: Are there any changes in the SSC CGL syllabus released every year?

A: No, the commission does not make any changes to the SSC CGL syllabus. The syllabus for the exam has remained unchanged for many years.

Q: What is the importance of the SSC CGL syllabus?

A: Going through the SSC CGL syllabus is one of the key points for effective exam preparation. Candidates are recommended to go through each topic of the CGL syllabus thoroughly to crack the exam smoothly.

Q: Does SSC releases the syllabus for all the tiers of the exam?

A: No, SSC releases syllabus for tier-I and -II of the exam.   

Q: What is the marking scheme of SSC CGL tier-I and tier-II exams?

A: In SSC CGL tier-I, one mark is awarded for every correct answer, and 0.50 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. SSC CGL tier-II consists of four papers. In paper-I, -III, and -IV, two marks are awarded for every correct answer,s and 0.50 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. In tier-II paper-II, one mark is awarded for every correct answer, and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.  

Q: Does the SSC CGL exam consist of only objective questions?

A: SSC CGL tier-I and tier-II exams are held in online mode. SSC CGL tier-III is held in offline mode. SSC CGL tier-IV is an offline but computer-based test.

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