SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 CGLE Exam Pattern Tier 1 2 3 4

Check SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 - CGLE Tier 1 2 3 4 Exam Pattern
About CGL: Those candidates who are preparing for C.G.L. 2019 must start their preparation after the release of notification. If they prepare well before exam, then they can qualify this highly competitive test. And if they work harder, then they might score better marks and clear all stages. Every year, this exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission for filling vacancies in various govt departments / ministries. The candidates should prepare according to C.G.L. syllabus given here for better preparation. The selection of eligible candidates is done through four tiers. A large number of graduates appear for this test but only a few are able to qualify all its tiers.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019

  • Tier I - Online Objective type examination having 1 paper
  • Tier II - Online Objective type examination having 2 papers compulsory and 1 for specific posts
  • Tier III - Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi
  • Tier IV - Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification
SSC CGLE have 4 Tiers. Tier 1 and 2 objective tests will be held online. Tier 3 will be descriptive type test. Tier 4 is CPT, DEST, Document verification.
Here you can check SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus & Pattern of Each Tier / Paper. Here you can also check preparation strategy and more details.
The final merit will be prepared on the basis of overall performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III. Also the candidate need to qualify all the tiers i.e. Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III separately. There will be no sectional cut-off. Document Verification will also be conducted.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern Tier 1

Part 1
No. of Questions
Max. Marks
Time Allowed
General Intelligence & Reasoning
60 minutes (For VH and candidates suffering from CP: 80 Minutes)
General Knowledge & Awareness
Quantitative Aptitude

CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I.

Candidates have to select one answer out of 4 choices given. 1/4 negative marks will be deducted as penalty if wrong answer given.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2019

The syllabus can be seen from the below given image as well as in text with analysis from below.
You will find CGL Exam Analysis i.e. approx. no. of questions asked from various topics in Previous years after the prescribed syllabus of each section.
1. Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.):  Topic-wise Distribution:
i. Simplification: 1-2 Qs.
Fraction, BODMAS Rule, Surds & Indices, Square and cube roots.

ii. Number System: 0-1 Qs.
LCM, HCF, Rational / Irrational Number

iii. Percentage: 1-2 Qs.
Questions involving increase / decrease etc. percentages

iv. Average: 1-2 Qs.
Finding Average of Numbers, Speed etc.

v. Ratio & Proportion: 1-2 Qs.
Simple & Compound Ratio and Direct / Indirect Proportions, Pipes & Cisterns.

vi. Mixture: 0-1 Qs.
Allegations & Mixture

vii. Interest: 1-2 Qs.
Simple & Compound interest, Installments

viii. Age Problems: 1-2 Qs.
Age differences, ratio of ages, Average age.

ix. Profit & Loss: 1-2 Qs.
Profit & Loss in Buying selling & its percentages, Partnerships, dishonest / successive dealing, Discount, Gains, Prices.

x. Time, Speed & Distance: 1-2 Qs.
Average / relative / Uniform speed, Questions on boat & trains, Boats & Stream.

xi. Time & Work: 1-2 Qs.
Wages, Work Efficiency, questions like Time taken by people in doing work etc.

xii. Number Series: 0-1 Qs.
Series Completion, Finding a missing/wrong term.

xiii. Arithmetic Progression: 0-1 Qs.
Questions on A.P.

xiv. Trigonometry: 2-3 Qs.
Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distances etc. Degree and Radian Measures.

xv. Geometry: 2-3 Qs.
Congruency of Triangles, Similarity, Circle tangent, Angle Subtended, Chords, Co-ordinate geometry etc. Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle.

xvi. Algebra: 2-4 Qs.
Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities.

xvii. Mensuration: 2-3 Qs.
Problems on Sphere, Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cylinder, Cone etc. Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelopiped. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base.

xviii. Data Interpretation: 3-4 Qs.
Involves questions on Table, Pie chart, Bar / Line Graph etc.
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2. SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier 1 General Awareness & Reasoning:
Topic-wise distribution of questions:
i. Classification: 3-6 Qs.
Questions on Related/Odd word/letters/numbers.
Example: ECFG : FDGH :: SQTU : ?

ii. Word formation: 0-1 Qs.
Making the word that can be formed with the given letters

iii. Coding Decoding: 2-3
Qs. Machine Coding / Decoding, Letter shifting, word coding.

iv. Puzzle & Analogy: 2-3 Qs.
Number based, Sitting arrangement based. Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy. Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification.

v. Blood Relations: 0-1 Qs.
Finding Family Blood Relations

vi. Word Arrangement: 1-2 Qs. Arrangement of words as per dictionary, ascending or descending. space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation.

vii. Direction Sense test: 0-1 Qs. going to a direction and then finding the distance

viii. Series / Missing Number: 2-3 Qs.
Finding the mission number from series, matrix, Finding wrong term in series, Number & Alphabet series.

ix. Verbal Reasoning: 1-2 Qs.
Question among Statement, Conclusion / Assumption, course of action, Assertion & Reasoning, Arguments. symbolic Operations. Dies, Clock, Calendar. Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization.

x. Non Verbal Reasoning: 4-5 Qs.
Folding / unfolding, folding & un-folding of Punched hole/pattern. Completing the pattern, mirror image, finding hidden image, counting the figures like triangle, cube, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking. Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence etc. etc.Address matching. Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding.

xi. Venn Diagrams / Syllogism: 1-2 Qs.
Venn diagram showing the relationship of objects.

xii. Matrix: 0-1 Qs.
Matrix of letters and numbers
3. English Language
Through this section, a candidate's ability to understand and correct English etc. would be tested.
The syllabus includes Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test are asked. The details are given below:
i. Comprehension Passage: 5 questions
Passage can be asked from any topic, Questions includes finding the best answer, meaning, false/true etc. 5 Questions can be asked from 1 passage or 5 questions from 5 passages.

ii. Fill in the blanks: 3-4 questions
Fill the blanks in a passage or sentence, involves knowledge of Grammar / vocabulary based questions. Important topics for questions: Verbs, Tense, conjunctions, prepositions.

iii. Phrase or Idiom meaning: 2-3 questions
Meaning of the phrase or idiom in a sentence.

iv. Sentence Improvement / Sentence Correction / Phrase replacement: 2-3 questions
Involves use of grammar, vocab, noun, tenses, verb, preposition, finding improvement in underlined words.

v. Spelling error: 1-2 qs.
Finding correctly spelt word among mis-spelt words.

vi. Common Error / Error Spotting: 3-4 Qs.
Finding error in a part of a sentence.

vii. Substitution: 3-4 Qs.
Find substitution for given word / sentence.

viii. Synonyms / Antonyms: 2-3 Qs.
Finding similar or opposite to a word.
4. General Awareness (G.A. Syllabus):
General Awareness section is the one that can give you marks in less time. But you have to prepare very hard to have decent marks. General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries. Also ques. from History. Geography, Economic Scene,Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research are asked. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and Biology. Current affairs of Last 6 months are asked.
Topics & No. of Questions Asked:
  • Indian History: 2-4 questions
  • Geography: 2-3 questions
  • Environment: 1-2 Qs.
  • Biology: 2-3
  • Chemistry: 1-2
  • Physics: 2-3
  • Economy: 2-4
  • Culture: 1-2
  • Polity: 2-4
  • Current Affairs: 1-4
  • Sports, Books & Author, Important people, Computer and Mobile Technology: 1-3
  • Dates, Portfolios, Schemes: 1-2
  • Animal / Plant Science, Space Science: 1-3
  • Diseases, environmental pollution: 1-2
  • Nutrition: 1-2

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

No. of Questions
Max. Marks
Time Allowed
Paper 1
Quantitative Ability - for all posts
120 minutes (For VH and candidates suffering from CP: 160 Minutes)
Paper 2
English language & Comprehension - for all posts
Paper 3
Statistics (only for Statistical Investigator & Compiler posts) Paper-I & II as above
Paper 4
Finance & Economics (Only for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) in C&AG posts)

There are four papers in 2nd Tier.
  • Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
  • Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  • Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO).
    Check out the following image for Tier 2 exam structure / pattern for various posts:

    Difficulty Level:
    Paper-I would be of 10th Standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and III & IV of graduation level.

    Note: For the post of Sub-Inspector in Central Police Organisations, the Examination will consist
    of only one paper i.e. English language (shown in above table).

    SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 Tier 2

    The syllabus can be seen from the below given image as well as in text from below.
    Tier 2 Syllabus page 1
    Tier 2 Syllabus Page 2

    Tier 2 Syllabus page 3
    The Syllabus of Tier 2 QA is below:
    Paper-1 : Quantitative Ability :

    i. Simplification: 3-6 Qs.
    Fraction, BODMAS, Surds & Indices, Roots, Approximation, Percentages, Fractions, Decimal etc.

    ii. Number System: 6-8 Qs.
    LCM/HCF, Divisibility / Remainder, Factors & Multiples etc.

    iii. Percentage: 2-4 Qs.
    Questions involving increase / decrease etc. percentages.

    iv. Average: 5-6 Qs.
    Finding Average of Numbers / Height / Age / Speed / Marks / Weight etc.

    v. Ratio & Proportion: 1-6 Qs. Simple & Compound Ratio and Direct / Indirect Proportions, Componendo and Dividendo.

    vi. Alligations & Mixture: 1-4 Qs.
    Two or Three entities Mixture problems.

    vii. Interest: 3-5 Qs.
    Simple & Compound interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.

    viii. Data Interpretation: 5-7 Qs.
    Involves questions on Table, Pie chart, Bar / Line Graph, Various graphics involving terms, Missing data types, Histogram, Frequency Polygon etc.

    ix. Profit & Loss: 8-12 Qs.
    Profit & Loss in Buying selling & its percentages, Successive Selling, Partnerships, dishonest dealing, Discount, Gains, Prices, Sales Tax.

    x. Time Speed & Distance: 4-6 Qs.
    Average / relative / Uniform speed, Questions on Trains, boat & train.

    xi. Time & Work: 5-7 Qs.
    Wages, Pipes & Cistern, Work Efficiency, questions like Time taken by X people in doing a work etc.

    xii. Number Series: 0-1 Qs.
    Series Completion, Finding Wrong / Missing term.

    xiii. Trigonometry: 8-10 Qs.
    Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distances etc. Trigonometric function's values Max. & Min., Measurement of Angles.

    xiv. Geometry: 12-17 Qs.
    Triangles & their Congruency, Centres, Similarity; Quadrilateral, Circle (tangent, Chords, Segment), Co-ordinate geometry, Degree & Radian measures, Complementary Angles etc.

    xv. Algebra: 4-9 Qs.
    Linear Equations, Functions, Quadratic/Algebraic Identities.

    xvi. Mensuration: 10-12 Qs.
    Problems on Sphere, Hemi-sphere, Rectangular Parallelopiped, Prism, Trapezium, Square, Rectangle, Rhombus, Semi-Circle, Circles, common tangents to two or more circles Circle chords, angles
    subtended by chords of a circle, Cylinder, Cone, Right Circular Cone, Cube, Cuboid, Parallalogram, Right Circular cylinder, Triangle, Pyramid with triangular or square base, Regular Polygons, Quadrilaterals etc.

    The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The syllabus of this one will have questions based on following:
    Topic-wise Distribution:

    SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus of Tier 2 English is below:

    Paper-2 : English Language & Comprehension:
    Complete syllabus of English Tier 2 is below:

    i. Comprehension Passage: 30 Qs.
    Passage can be asked from any topic like Economy, Business, Moral Stories, Social Issues etc. The paragraphs are usually longer and candidate have to read it to give answer to one questions. This time to solve and requires practice and trick. Questions includes finding the best answer, meaning, false/true etc.

    ii. Para Jumbles (Ordering of Sentences): 20 Qs.
    Arranging of sentence parts in proper order.

    iii. Direct / Indirect Speech: 25 Qs.
    Questions on Narration of Direct / Indirect Speech.

    iv. Active Passive Voices: 20 Qs.

    v. Sentence Improvement: 10-15 Qs.

    vi. Phrase / Idiom / One Word Substitution: 20-25 questions
    Choosing one word which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.

    vii. Spelling Error: 2-3 Qs.
    Finding one word out of given which is correctly spelt.

    viii. Synonym / Antonym: 6 Qs.

    ix. Common Error / Sentence Error: 20 Qs.
    Finding error in the part of a sentence.

    x. Cloze Test / Fill in the blanks from paragraph: 25-30 questions
    Fill the blanks in a passage or sentence, involves knowledge of Grammar / vocabulary based questions.
    Important topics for questions: Verbs, Tense, conjunctions, prepositions

    The standard of the questions in English will be of 10+2 level).

    Tier 2 Paper-3 :
    This paper is only for Statistical Investigator or Junior Statistical Officer post. There are 100 questions in this paper carrying 200 marks. 2 marks are assigned to each question while wrong answer gets -0.50 mark. The questions are of graduation level.
    The Detailed Tier 2 Paper 3 syllabus is given below.
    Statistics for Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme
    Implementation & Compiler in RGI.
    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
    Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability;
    Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’
    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 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 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
    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 2019 Syllabus of Tier 2 Paper 4 (only for Asst Audit Officer) is below:
    Paper IVGeneral Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.

    Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)
    1. 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)
    2. Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and
    3. Finance Commission-Role and functions
    4. 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
    5. 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.
    6. Theory of Production and cost
    Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
    7. 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
    8. Indian Economy
    Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry
    and Services-their problems and growth;
    National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of
    measuring national income
    Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
    Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and
    incidence of unemployment
    Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication
    9. Economic Reforms in India
    Economic reforms sice 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and
    10. Money and Banking
    Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of
    commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks
    Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments
    Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
    11. Role of Information Technology in Governance.

    SSC CGL Exam Sylllabus and pattern

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The questions in Paper 1 of exam will be of 10th class level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.
    Check SSC CGL Exam Analysis Tier 2 to know how much questions had been asked from various topics.
    The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV.

    SSC CGL SYLLABUS TIER III: Descriptive Type Paper Syllabus / Pattern

    Check Out the Tier 3 & 4 exam pattern for CGL from below given image.
    SSC CGL Tier 3 4 Exam Pattern

    It will be a descriptive type Pen and Paper mode examination. The Descriptive Paper will be in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing etc. It will be of Total 100 marks and 60 minutes time is given  for it (For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes).
    This test has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government jobs. It would comprise writing of an Essay / Passage of 250 words and Letter / Application Writing of approximately 150 words. The qualifying marks in Tier-III would be 33 per cent. This will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated. The questions would be of 10+2 standard.

    SSC CGL SYLLABUS TIER IV: CPT / DEST Syllabus / Pattern

    CPT DEST Skill Test details
    Skill Test is conducted for tax assistant posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. CPT is conducted for Assistants in CSS.
    Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): speed of data entry must be 8,000 Key Depression/hr. on Computer.
    Data Entry Speed Skill Test at 2000 key depressions in 15 min will be tested and candidates will have to qualify it as it will be of qualifying nature.
    All candidates have to appear for document verification. Candidates have to submit their documents at this time.

    Physical standards for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/Examiner/Preventive Officer/Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN):

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    Above is the SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus of Tier 1, 2, 3, 4 for all posts.

    Tips to Qualify Exam :

    1. Do maximum no. of questions but only do those you know well.
    2. Always do those question first which you see easy to you.
    3. Don't be in a hurry when solving the paper.
    4. Use all the shortcuts / concepts you know to solve the paper as quickly as you can. The more questions you solve correctly, the more are the chances of you getting the test quallified.
    5. Always do the easy section first and then move on to the tougher one.
    6. If a question is found tough, leave it and move on to other question. Dont't stuck on a question.
    7. Always wear a watch when in any exam to keep yourself updated with time.
    8. Don't do those question in which you seems confused as there is negative marking.
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