SSC CGL SyllabusHow To Use This Syllabus as a Guide
9 min readSSC CGL Syllabus:SSC CGL Tier I exam, which is conducted online, includes 4 sections – General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. Each section carries 50 marks, which means that a total of 200 marks is allotted for this exam. Total time allotted for this exam is 60 minutes.
Subject  Questions  Marks  Time 
General Intelligence & Reasoning 
25  50  60 minutes (Total)
For VH & Candidates 
General Awareness  25  50  
Quantitative Aptitude  25  50  
English Language  25  50  
TOTAL  100  200 
Note:
 5 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.
 For handicapped candidates, 80 minutes would be allotted for TierI exam.
Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I Exam 2019
General Intelligence and Reasoning  Quantitative Aptitude  General Awareness  English Language 
Classification  Simplification  Static GK  Reading Comprehension 
Analogy  Interest  Science  Fill in the blanks 
Coding and Decoding  Percentage  Current Affairs  Spellings 
Puzzle  Ratio and Proportion  Geography  Phrase or idiom meaning 
Matrix  Average  Finance and Economy  One word substitution 
Word formation  Problems on Age  Polity  Phrase replacement/ Sentence correction 
Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order  Time, Distance and Speed  Error Spotting  
Venn Diagram  Profit and Loss  
Directions and Distance  Number Series  
Blood Relations  Number System  
Missing Number  Mensuration  
Series  Data Interpretation  
NonVerbal Reasoning  Time and Work  
Verbal Reasoning  Mixture Problems  
Algebra  
Geometry  
Trigonometry 
Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.
Now let us look at the sectionwise SSC CGL syllabus.
SSC CGL Syllabus – English
#1. Reading Comprehension
 Types: Passages based on any topic. Questions are mostly fact based & can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly used words.
 Weightage: 5 Qs (1 passage)
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Time Consuming
#2. Fill in the Blanks
 Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, confusable words
 Weightage: 05 Qs
 Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve
#3. Spellings
 Types: Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelled word from different words. The same word can be
spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.  Weightage: 02 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve
#4. Phrase or Idiom Meaning
 Types: The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can also be asked directly.
 Weightage: 02 Qs
 Level: Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible
#5. One Word Substitution
 Types: Substitute one word for the phrase given.Go through a list of the one word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one word substitution.
 Weightage: 35 Qs
 Level: Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible
#6. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction
 Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions.Important Topics: Tenses, SubjectVerb Agreement, ArticleNoun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusable words, Usage in Context, Avoid guessing too much in these questions. Be aware of noimprovement questions
 Weightage: 5 Qs
 Level: Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible
#7. Error Spotting
 Types: Tenses, SubjectVerb Agreement, ArticleNoun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.
 Weightage: 35 Qs
 Level: Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible
SSC CGL Syllabus – General Awareness
#1. Static GK
 Types: Culture, Indian History, Geography (Indian + World), Environment, Economy, Polity
 Weightage: 14 Qs
#2. Science
 Types: Biology, Chemistry, Physics + Space Science, Computer & Mobile Technology, Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition
 Weightage: 9 Qs
#3. Others
 Types: Current Affairs, Sports, People in News, Books & Authors, Important Dates, Schemes, Portfolios.
 Weightage: 2 Qs
SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude
#1. Simplification
 Types: Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#2. Interest
 Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#3. Percentage
 Types: Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#4. Ratio and Proportion
 Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#5. Average
 Types: Problems on Average, Weight/Height/Marks etc.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#6. Problems on Ages
 Types: Basic Problems on Ages
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
#7. Speed Time And Distance
 Types: Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#8. Profit and Loss
 Types: Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#9. Number Series
 Types: Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#10. Number System
 Types: Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#11. Mensuration
 Types: Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#12. Data Interpretation
 Types:Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
 Weightage: 03 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
#13. Time and Work
 Types: Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
#14. Mixture problems
 Types: To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
#15. Algebra
 Types: Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
#16. Geometry
 Types: Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Coordinate geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.
 Weightage: 34 Qs
 Level: Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
#17. Trigonometry
 Types: Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
SSC CGL Syllabus – General Intelligence & Reasoning
#1. Classification
 Types: Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
#2. Analogy
 Types: Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
#3. Coding Decoding
 Types: Questions on Coding by Analogy, Coding and decoding by letter shifting & Coding Letters of a Word. Could also include, Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
#4. Puzzle
 Types: Number based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?or Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating arrangement questions.
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
#5. Matrix
 Types: 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Maybe timeconsuming
#6. Word Formation
 Types: From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Maybe timeconsuming
#7. Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order
 Types: It can be a meaningful order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule.In dictionary order words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Maybe timeconsuming
#8. Venn diagram
 Types: Problems based on Venn Diagram Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student, Teacher and Boys, Syllogisms.
 Weightage: 13 Qs
 Level: Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming
#9. Directions & Distances
 Types: Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming
#10. Blood Relations
 Types: Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: May be Time Consuming, May be tricky
#11. Missing Number
 Types: Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
 Weightage: 12 Qs
 Level: May be Time Consuming, May be tricky
#12. Series
 Types: Mainly questions on Number & Alphabet series. Question Type: Complete the given series a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda
 Weightage: 23 Qs
 Level: May be Time Consuming, May be tricky
#13. Non Verbal Reasoning
 Types: Ques like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/Series or cube based ques may be asked.
 Weightage: 34 Qs
 Level: Scoring, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Visual imagination is required
#14. Verbal Reasoning
 Types: Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason. Questions on Course of Action & Statements and Arguments can also be asked.
 Weightage: 01 Qs
 Level: May be tricky, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Time Consuming
SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus 2019
Those aspirants who have cleared the Tier I exam would appear for Tier II exam.
Tier II exam consists of the following sections – Quantitative Ability, English language, Statistics and General Studies. Each section consists of 200 marks and time allotted for each section is 2 hours. As you can see, the syllabus of Tier I and Tier II are almost same but Tier II exam is much difficult to crack.
Note:
 5 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt.
 For handicapped candidates, 2 hours 40 minutes would be allotted for each section.
Statistics  Quantitative Aptitude  General Awareness  English Language 
Collection and Representation of Data  Simplification  Finance and Accounting  Reading Comprehension 
Measure of Dispersion  Interest  Fundamental Principles  Fill in the blanks 
Measure of Central Tendency  Percentage  Basic Concepts of Accounting  Spellings 
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis  Ratio and Proportion  SelfBalancing Ledger  Phrase or idiom meaning 
Correlation and Regression  Average  Finance and Economy  One word substitution 
Random Variables  Problems on Age  Polity  Phrase replacement/ Sentence correction 
Sampling Theory  TIme, Distance and Speed  Economic and Governance  Error Spotting 
Analysis and Variance  Profit and Loss  Comptroller and Auditor General of India  
Time Series Analysis  Number Series  Finance Commission  
Index Number  Number System  Theory of Demand and Supply  
Mensuration  
Data Interpretation  
Time and Work  
Mixture Problems  
Algebra  
Geometry  
Trigonometry 
SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus 2019
Tier III exam is conducted in an offline mode. This is a descriptive paper in English or Hindi. This section generally includes essay writing, formal letter writing, informal letter writing, etc. It carries a total of 100 marks and total time allotted is 60 minutes.
Note:
 For handicapped candidates, time allotted is 80 minutes.
 Tier I and Tier II are compulsory for all the SSC CGL aspirants. Tier III exam is optional. It is attempted only by the aspirants who apply for Junior Statistical Officer.
SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus 2019
SSC CGL Tier IV exam includes two tests:

Data Entry Speed Test
 This test is conducted to test the typing speed of the candidates.
 The candidates are required to type a paragraph on the computers.
 Time allotted is 15 minutes

Computer Proficiency Test
 This test is conducted to test the skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
 Time duration: 45 minutes
Note:
This exam is optional. It is to be attempted only by the aspirants who have applied for the post of TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.
How to Use this Syllabus as a Guide
 While preparing for the exam, keep the weightages and breadth of topic in mind.
 Work from top to bottom of the list in each section of SSC CGL Syllabus while preparing.
 In Round 1 of your preparation, distribute time according to the weightage while studying for each topic.
 In Round 2 of your preparation, distribute time according to order in which the topics are listed.
 Follow a proper study guide for every subject.
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