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Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. This commission is an attached office of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which consists of Chairman, two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. This post is equivalent to the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India. 

The SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination for recruiting non-gazetted officers to various government jobs. 

It conducts CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam every year. 
It conducts LDC (Lower Division Clerk) exam every year. 
It conducts MTS (Multi Tasking Staff) exam every year. 
And many more other exams.

Changes in SSC CGL Exam Pattern (Tier 1 and 2 )

SSC will conduct both Tier I and Tier II exam in online mode.
Reduced the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.
SSC CGL Tier II will remain same.
Introduced a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
No Sectional Cut off. 

The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below: 

Tier -I -- Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -II -- Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
Tier -III --Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing)
Tier -IV -- Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

SSC CGL Exam Pattern for Tier 1, 2, and 3

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier I is mandatory for all the posts and its marks are added for further process as well. If you do not clear cut-off of Tier I Exam then you will not be eligible for Tier II. Below table shows the section wise breakup of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam.

Max. Marks
Time Allotted
General Intelligence & Reasoning
60 Minutes (Total)80 Minutes (for disabled candidates)
General Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude
English Comprehension

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern

In Tier II two papers are conducted on the same day. One is Quantitative Aptitude and the second one is English.

Maximum Marks
Time Duration
Quantitative Aptitude
2 Hours
General English
2 Hours

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern

Maximum Marks
Time Duration
Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi
1 Hour

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern

Time Duration
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only
45 Minutes
Word/Excel/ Power Point

Eligibility Criteria:

Age Limit: 18 to 33 years

Essential Qualifications: 

Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer:

Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute


During the period of probation direct recruits shall have to qualify the “ Subordinate Audit Service Examination” in respective branches for confirmation and regular appointment as Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer. 

Junior Statistical Officer:

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard level:
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level. 

All other Posts

Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning subject can be understood better by designed in the tabular structure. 

General Mental Ability
Non – Verbal Reasoning
Alphabet Test
Paper cutting & folding
Embedded figures.
Arithmetic Reasoning
Figure formation & Analysis
Blood Relation
Cube & Dice
Coding decoding
Mirror Image
Distance direction test
Water Image
Pattern Completion
Logical venn diagram
 Counting of figures.
Missing Number

SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus (Tier I)

SSC CGL GK syllabus can be further categorized into two sections as we've discussed below-

General Awareness Topics
Sub Topics
Current Affairs
International Affairs
National Affairs
Economy & Finance
Features of Indian Economy
Geography of India
World Geography
Physical Geography
History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution
Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology
Discoveries & Inventions
Other Information
Space, Defence in India
Static GK
Honours & Awards
Important Dates

 SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

We've structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple sections below. Now you can see how quants syllabus can be divided separately.

Advanced Maths
Boat & Stream
Data Interpretation
Mixture & Alligation
  Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
  Standard Identities
 Complementary angles
Pipes & Cistern
  Heights and Distances
Problem on Ages
Profit loss & Discount
 Frequency polygon
Ration Proportion
 Bar diagram & Pie chart
Speed time and work

Time work & wages

SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

Reading Comprehension
Fill in the blanks
One word substitution
Error Spotting
Idioms & Phrases

Spelling Errors


SSC CGL Exam Syllabus Tier II

Tier-II of the Combined Graduate Level Examination -2017 will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice and will be conducted over a period of two days.

Paper-I: Quantitative Ability

You can refer the above table of Tier I Quantitative Aptitude because syllabus of Tier I and Tier II is same for Quantitative Aptitude.

Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension

Two topics are added in English section in tier II which are Active-Passive and cloze test.You can refer the table of SSC CGL 2017 Tier I English syllabus because all those topics are also asked in tier II. 

Paper-III : For Statistics for Investigator Grade-II Post Only

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.

Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.

Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

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).

Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.

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).

Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability 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.

Statistical Inference - Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood 21 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.

Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data. Time Series Analysis - Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.

Index Numbers - Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper IV: 

General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit  Accounts Department under CAG.

Maximum Marks
Finance and Accounts
Economics and Governance

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier III

The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III isn't much different from previous above. It will be written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter are asked. The time duration for tier III exam is 60 minutes.

Important Note: 

Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts. 

Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler. 

Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer. 

Candidates opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer must ensure that they possess the requisite qualification as mentioned above. Commission reserves the right to take appropriate action against applicants who do not possess the requisite eligibility while opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer.

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