SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I-IV Syllabus, Pattern, Marking Schemes, Exam Duration

SSC CGL Syllabus – The Combined Graduate Level entrance exam is conducted in four stages across India for 34 different posts in ministries/departments/organisations of the Government of India. Every year, more than 30 lakh students apply for this exam and around 15 lakh appear for the SSC CGL exam. The SSC CGL exam is conducted once a year in both online and offline mode. Tier I exam duration is 60 minutes, Tier II is conducted for a duration of 120 minutes and Tier III is for 60 minutes. The last stage or Tier IV is an interview stage for candidates who qualify for all the previous three stages with the required cut-off.

In this article, you will get familiar with the Tier I and II exam pattern and syllabus, key dates of exam, marking schemes, exam duration and difficulty.

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SSC CGL Syllabus – Exam Pattern for Tier I and II Exam

Before we proceed to the syllabus section of each tier, let’s check out the exam pattern. The first two tiers of the exam is computer-based, the third tier is a descriptive paper and the last stage involves a computer skill test and document verification.

To know how to register for this exam, read SSC CGL Registration here.

Exam Tier Description
I Computer-based examination
II Computer-based examination
III Descriptive paper, given in Pen and Paper format
IV Computer proficiency test and document verification

The Tier I exam pattern is shown in the table below. There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.Scholarship Registration, Get Scholarship Update

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subject  Questions Marks Duration
General Intelligence Reasoning  25 50 60 mins
General Awareness 25 50 60 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50 60 mins
English Comprehension 25 50 60 mins
Total 100 200 4 hours

Exam pattern for Tier II Exam

Subjects Questions Marks Duration Paper Validity
Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours Mandatory
English 200 200 2 hours Mandatory 
Statistics 100 200 2 hours Valid only for candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
General Studies (finance and economics) 100 200 2 hours Valid only for candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer or Assistant Accounts Officer 

Tier II exam paper’s negative marking scheme



0.50 marks
English 0.25 marks
Statistics 0.50 marks
Finance & Economics 0.50 marks

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier I Exam Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier I 20221 exam was conducted in the month of March (3-9) 2021. The answer key for Tier I was released on March 15. Candidates are recommended to prepare each topic of the syllabus nicely to excel in the exam.

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Sections Description
General Intelligence & Reasoning Questions of verbal and non-verbal types
General Awareness Questions in this section test the candidate’s general awareness of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic environment around him/her.
Quantitative Aptitude Questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability of appropriately use of numbers and number sense
English Comprehension Tests candidate’s English comprehension and writing abilities etc. 

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier II Exam Syllabus

The Tier 2 exam syllabus is mentioned in the table below. For more information, applicants are advised to check the website for a detailed syllabus, when released.

Paper Parts  Description
Quantitative Ability Questions in this section accesses the ability of appropriately use of numbers and number sense 
English Language and Comprehension Questions in this section judge the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of the English Language.
Statistics Topics include Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data, Measures of Central Tendency, Measures of Dispersion, Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis, etc.
General Studies – Finance and Economics A (Finance & Accounts) Questions on Fundamental Principles and Basic Concepts of Accounting.
B (Economics & Governance) Topics to prepare are Comptroller & Auditor General of India – Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility, Finance Commission-Role and functions, Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Microeconomics etc.

SSC CGL Syllabus – Tier III & IV exam

Tier III exam 

  1. Candidates will have to attempt subjective/descriptive papers in English or Hindi in pen-and-paper mode. 
  2. They need to complete the exam in 60 minutes and the maximum mark that candidates can score in the exam are 100 marks.

Tier IV exam 

It covers the data entry skill test (DEST) and computer proficiency test (CPT). Data entry has to be attempted by the candidates who apply for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax). The DEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour whereas the CPT test requires computer knowledge. The skill test will be conducted to test the candidate’s ability to type 2000 words in a duration of 15 minutes. 

The computer proficiency test is conducted for the candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Section Officer (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) etc under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slides are the key modules in the test.

Document verification and physical tests are also carried out. In the document verification step, matriculation certificate, caste certificate, mark sheets of all three years of graduation, and certificate of graduation are required to be presented by the candidates in the given time schedule by SSC.

Physical examinations are required for certain posts like Inspector, Sub Inspector, Central Excise, Examiner, Preventive Officer and Sub Inspector for posting in NIA.

SSC CGL Syllabus – FAQs

Q. What are the posts SSC CGL is conducted for?

SSC CGL is conducted for various Group B and C posts available in the ministries/organisations of the Indian government.

Q. How many vacancies are available through the SSC CGL exam?

10,000+ posts are made available every year by SSC for Group B and C posts.

Q. What is the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the SSC CGL exam?

Graduates are eligible for applying to the SSC CGL government exam

Q. Is it required to pass the individual tiers to qualify in the SSC CGL exam?

Yes, one has to pass all four tiers of the SSC CGL exam to obtain the required final cut off in the exam and get eligible to be recruited into government posts.

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