SSC CGL Exam Syllabus - SSC Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 Syllabus

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SSC CGL Exam Syllabus

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If you have applied for the SSC CGL Examination, then it is necessary to read this post. Know about the latest updated SSC CGL Syllabus by reading this entire post. The new syllabus will help you to stay updated with topics for preparing for the examination. Syllabus plays an important role in preparation for an exam, to design your study schedule, boosts up your confidence level helps in each stage of the exam preparation. There are 4 main subjects in SSC CGL syllabus, like Maths, GK, English, and Reasoning. All the related topics have been described in the later sections of the article.

SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3

The Standard of the syllabus is a Bachelor’s degree level. In SSC CGL exam both subjective and objective type questions asked. SSC CGL syllabus is divided into four main stages or tiers. Check the SSC CGL syllabus as given below.

  • SSC CGL Tier 1 syllabus
  • SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus
  • SSC CGL Tier 3 syllabus
  • SSC CGL Tier 4 syllabus

The question paper of all the tiers consists of basically 4 subjects which have been described below-

(A) General Intelligence & Reasoning:

It is also known as general mental ability or general intelligence factor, mental ability, and reasoning. The main purpose of the subject is to check the logical and intellectual ability of the candidate. It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal types.

(B) General Awareness:

General awareness is high scorning subject for any exam. It does not have any kind of calculation and you also save time in the exam. In the SSC CGL tier 1 syllabus, Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. 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

(C) Quantitative Aptitude: 

In SSC CGL tier 1 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.

(D) English Comprehension:

 This section of the question paper determines the ability of the candidate to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc.

You can check out the SSC CGL Exam Pattern here in detail for better preparation.

(1) SSC CGL Tier 1 syllabus

Tier-1 consists of 100 objective type questions. There are four subjects in the SSC CGL tier 1 syllabus. Every subject has 25 questions based upon the following topics-

Subject Related Topics

General Intelligence & Reasoning


Similarities and Differences

Space Visualization

Spatial Orientation  

Problem Solving



Decision Making

Visual Memory



Relationship Concepts

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

Social Intelligence

Arithmetical Reasoning and Figural Classification

Arithmetic Number Series

Non-Verbal Series   

Coding and Decoding   

Statement Conclusion

Syllogistic Reasoning.

Semantic Analogy

Numerical Operations   

Symbolic Operations


Space Orientation   

Space Visualization   

Venn Diagrams

Drawing Inferences

Punched Hole/Pattern –Folding & Un-Folding  

Figural Pattern – Folding and Completion


Address Matching  

Date & City Matching   

Classification of Centre Codes/Roll Numbers  

Small & Capital Letters/Numbers Coding

Decoding and Classification

Embedded Figures    

Critical Thinking

General Awareness

Current Affairs -






Art & Culture

Geography –

Indian Geography

World Geography

History -

Modern History

Medieval History

Ancient History

World History

Constitution –

All About Indian Constitution

Quantitative Aptitude

Simple Interest

Time & Work


Profit and Loss

Data Interpretation

Compound Interest

Boat & Steam

Pipe & Cistern

Ratio & Proportion

Power & Indices




Height & Distance 




Time Distance Train


Mixture & Allegation

Number System 

Pipe & Cistern 



Co-Ordinate Geometry 



Fill in the blanks


Spelling Rules

Sentence improvement & Phrase Substitutions 

One-word substitutions

Spotting the Errors

Sentence Structure and analysis.

(2) SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus 

SSC CGL Tier -2 has four Papers. Paper 1 & Paper 2 are compulsory for all the posts.





Quantitative Aptitude

Ratio & Proportion

Square Roots



Profit and Loss


Partnership Business

Mixture and Allegation

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


Angles Subtended by Chords of a Circle

Common Tangents to Two Or More Circles



Regular Polygons

Bar Diagram & Pie Chart

Frequency Polygon


Heights and Distances

Complementary Angles

Standard Identities

Degree and Radian Measures

Trigonometric Ratio

Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular Or Square Base

Rectangular Parallelepiped



Right Circular Cylinder

Right Circular Cone

Right Prism



English Language & Comprehension

Spotting Errors

Fill in the Blanks Synonyms


Spelling/Detecting Mis-Spelt 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



Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data

Measures of Central Tendency

Measures of Dispersion

Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis

Correlation and Regression

Probability Theory

Variable and Probability Distributions

Sampling Theory         

Statistical Inference

Analysis of Variance      

Time Series Analysis          

Index Numbers

Paper 3 is only for those candidates who apply for the post-Junior Statistical Officer (JSO). The level of the syllabus is of graduation level. 


Finance & Economics

Financial Accounting -

Nature of Scope

Basic concepts and Conventions

Limitations of Financial Accounting

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Money and Banking

Role of Information Technology in Governance

Economic Reforms in India

Economics and Governance –

Comptroller & Auditor General of India

Finance Commission

Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics

Theory of Demand and Supply

Theory of Production and cost

Forms of Market and price determination in different markets

Indian Economy

Basic Concepts of Accounting -

Bank Reconciliation

Single and double entry


Rectification of Errors


Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure

Valuation of Inventories

Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts

Self-Balancing Ledgers

Books of Original Entry


Trial Balance


Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts

Depreciation Accounting

Non-profit organizations Account

Bills of Exchange

Paper 4 is only those candidates who apply for the post Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO) in SSC CGL tier 2.

(3) SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus: 

Tier 3 paper of the Common Graduate Level test is a descriptive type of paper that includes- essay writing/precis writing/letter/application writing. 

(4) SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus: 

SSC CGL tier 4 is conducted only for two posts i.e. Assistant Audit Officer & Assistant Accounts Officer. The syllabus for the same has been described below-

DEST:- Only for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax)

  • Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key type per hour on Computer.
  • The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key type for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature.

CPT: You should have knowledge of MS- office (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel) for the SSC CGL tier 4 exam.

The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprising of three modules- Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistant Section Officer of CSS Assistant Section Officer (MEA) and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/O Mines.

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The preparation of any examination begins with the proper knowledge of its Exam Pattern & Syllabus and following an appropriate strategy to cover the entire syllabus so that you can achieve good marks in all the papers. Here, we have provided all the important information related to SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 syllabus. In this article, I have described all the topics and subtopics with the help of tables for a clear understanding. 

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