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SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier I

SSC CGL is Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination, conducted annually at the national level in four stages called Tiers. The syllabus and exam scheme is different for different stages.

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


  1. SSC CGL Tier I – Computer Based Examination
  2. SSC CGL Tier-II – Computer Based Examination
  3. SSC CGL Tier III – Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive Paper)
  4. SSC CGL Tier IV – Data Entry/Computer Proficiency/Skill Test

The candidates who qualify for the Tier-I of the exam can appear for the Tier-II and Tier-III phase exams of the SSC CGL Examination. 


  1. SSC CGL Tier I - Computer Based Examination - Objective paper - Medium Hindi/English:
SectionNo. of MCQs/QuestionsTotal Marks Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
General Awareness2550
Quantitative Aptitude2550
English Comprehension2550

Note: negative marking of 0.50 for every wrong answer


SSC CGL 2021 Syllabus

The topic-wise Indicative Syllabus (Tier-I): 

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
ClassificationStatic General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.)SimplificationReading Comprehension
AnalogyScienceInterestFill in the Blanks
Coding-DecodingCurrent AffairsAveragesSpellings
SportsPercentagePhrases and Idioms
MatrixBooks and AuthorsRatio and ProportionOne word Substitution
Word FormationImportant SchemesProblem on AgesSentence Correction
Venn DiagramPortfoliosSpeed, Distance and TimeError Spotting
Direction and DistancePeople in the NewsNumber System
Blood Relations
Data Interpretation
Verbal reasoning
Time and Work
Non-Verbal Reasoning


SSC CGL Tier-II - Computer-Based Examination - Objective paper - Medium Hindi/English

The maximum time allowed is 120 Minutes (for each Paper). 

For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- 160 Minutes

Note: negative marking:

  • 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II
  • 0.50 Marks for each wrong answer Paper I, III & IV
Section / PaperNo. of MCQs/QuestionsTotal Marks Allotted
Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities100200
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension200200
Paper-III: Statistics100200
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics)100200

In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.

Paper-III of Tier-II will be compulsory for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-III and who have applied for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.

Paper-IV of Tier-II will be compulsory for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV and who have applied for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer. 

The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except in English Comprehension in Tier-I and Paper-II in Tier-II.


The topic-wise Indicative Syllabus (Tier-II): 

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus
Quantitative AptitudeEnglish Language & ComprehensionStatisticsGeneral Studies- Finance & Economics
Number System/HCF/LCMSpotting the errorCollection, Classification, and Presentation of Statistical Data

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 organizations Accounts, Receipts and Payments, and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

PercentageFill In The BlanksMeasures of Central Tendency
AverageSynonymsMeasures of Dispersion
Time & Work, Pipe & CisternAntonymsMoments, Skewness and Kurtosis
Profit & Loss, DiscountSpelling/detecting misspelled wordsCorrelation and Regression
Mixture & AlligationIdioms & PhrasesProbability Theory
Time Speed Distance, Boat & Stream TrainsOne word substitutionRandom Variable and Probability Distributions
Interest (CI & SI)Improvement of sentencesSampling Theory – Concept of population and sample

Economics and Governance:

Comptroller & Auditor General of India

Finance Commission-Role and functions.

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

Economic Reforms in India

Money and Banking

GeometryActive/Passive Voice of verbsStatistical Inference
MensurationConversion into Direct/Indirect SpeechAnalysis of Variance
Trigonometry, Height & DistanceJumbled Paragraph / Sentence RearrangementTime Series Analysis
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph & Pie Chart)Cloze passageIndex Numbers
AlgebraComprehension Passage


SSC CGL Tier III – Pen and Paper Mode -Descriptive Paper - Medium Hindi/English

SSC CGL Tier-III exam consists of a descriptive test where you are judged on your writing skills. Please note that the SSC CGL Tier III exam is bilingual in nature which means you have to write letters, essays, passage writing, and applications in either Hindi or English language only.

S.NoName of TestMax MarksDuration
1Descriptive Paper in English / Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)1001 hour (1 hour and 20 minutes for the candidates who are eligible for scribe)

8.4 SSC CGL Syllabus Tier IV

SSC CGL Tier IV Syllabus comprises various skill tests. This test is conducted for certain government posts only. The SSC CGL syllabus of Tier IV is given below:

The tests in Tier IV are qualifying tests:

  • Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) – 2000 Key depressions in 15 minutes
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) – Testing knowledge of Word, SpreadSheet
  • Presentation (Slides)
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): CPT will have 3 modules. 
D: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer. 

(i) Word Processing: will comprise of DEST which will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions.

(ii) Spread Sheet: will comprise preparation of spreadsheet as per the exercise given in the test.

(iii) Generation of Slides:will comprise preparation of Power Point Presentation as per the exercise given in the test.