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Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC – CGL)

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an examination conducted for Group-B and -C post to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. SSC CGL is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts. The Staff Selection Commission was established in 1975.


Age: The minimum age limit defined for SSC CGL is 18 years and the maximum age limit is 32 years.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University

Check SSC-CGL eligibility here

Scheme of the SSC-CGL examination:    Online Classes

  • The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
  • Tier -1- Objective, Online, Computer Based Examination
  • Tier-II – Objective, Online, Computer Based Examination
  • Tier-III – Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
  • Tier-IV- Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification
Tier Subject No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
I A. General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes (Total)
  B. General Awareness 25 50
  C. Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
  D. English Comprehension 25 50
II Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities 100 200 120 Minutes
  Paper-ll: English Language and Comprehension 200 200 120 Minutes
  Paper-Ill: Statistics 100 200 120 Minutes
  Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 120 Minutes



  • SSC-CGL Paper-I and Paper-II are mandatory for all posts.
  • SSC-CGL Paper-III: Compulsory for post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) after being shortlisted in Tier-I.
  • SSC-CGL Paper-IV: for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer after being shortlisted in Tier-I.

There will be negative marking of 0.25 (-1/4) mark for every wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 (-1/2) mark for every wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

SSC-CGL Scheme of Tier-III Examination: English/Hindi

Testing will be on

  • Language proficiency
  • Grammar, Vocabulary
  • and writing skills.
Tier Mode Scheme of Examination Max. Marks Duration
III Pen and Paper mode Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi

(Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)

100 60 Minutes

0.5 marks will be deducted from every question that is attempted wrong by a candidate in all the sections.


SSC CGL Tier – IV Exam

The SSC CGL Tier – IV Exam tests skills required for certain government posts:

SSC CGL Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax) – candidates enter data at the rate of 2000 key presses in 15 minutes.

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), involves covering the topics of word processing, spreadsheets, and making slides.

This test is for the posts of:
Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO)
Assistant Section Officer (MEA)and
Assistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS)
Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines etc.


SSC CGL Tier I / II syllabus

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Alphabetical Series

Numeric Series

Figure Series


Blood Relation

Causes and Effects


Decision Making

Direction Sense

Odd man out


Sitting Arrangements

Statement and Arguments

Statement and Assumption

Statement and Conclusion

Alphabet Test

Clocks & Calendars
Logical Venn Diagrams
Mathematical Operations

Situation Reaction Test

Age & Averages

Time& Distance-Boat & Stream

Simple & Compound Interest

Data Interpretation – Bar graph, Line, tabular, pie chart


Number System


Permutation and Combination

Pipe & Cistern


Profit and Loss

Inequality -Quadratic Equation

Ratio, Proportion, Partnership

Mixtures& Allegations


Time and Work

Mensuration (2D&3D)

Roots, Surds & Indices


Decimal and Fraction

Heights & Distances

Antonym & Synonym
HomonymsCloze TestFill in the BlanksGrammar basedIdioms and PhrasesJumbled WordsOne-word Substitution

Para Jumbles

Paragraph completion

Phrase Substitution

Qs on Vocabulary

Reading Comprehension

Sentence Completion

Spotting Errors

Idioms & Phrases

Passage Correction

Sentence Rearrangement
Shuffling of Sentence parts

Science, Technology, Environment,Sports, Culture & Banking Sector.Budget and Five Year Plans.Current events from Sports.Awards and Honours, Science – Inventions and DiscoveriesImportant PeopleCountries, Capitals, and Currencies

History of India.

Indian Economics, Indian Constitution and Indian Politics

SSC CGL Paper-III (Statistics) Syllabus:

  • 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.
  • 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; 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 correlation (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 variable (discrete).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and twoway 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.

SSC CGL Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)

Part A: Finance and Accounts – (80 marks):
  • Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:
  • Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • 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 organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.
Part B: Economics and Governance – (120 marks)
  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India – Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
  • Finance Commission – Role and functions
  • 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
  • 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 behaviour – Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
  • Theory of Production and cost – Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
  • 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
  • Indian Economy –
    1. Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors – Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;
    2. National Income of India – Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income
    3. Population – Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
    4. Poverty and unemployment – Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment
    5. Infrastructure – Energy, Transportation, Communication
  • Economic Reforms in India – Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment
  • Money and Banking
    1. Monetary/ Fiscal policy – Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks
    2. Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments
    3. Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance

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