SSC Syllabus & Patterns

Education Qualification

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university/institution. The educational qualifications vary according to the post for SSC CGL 2018 and is listed below

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University.
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost &
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade – II PostBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as
one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler PostsBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other PostsBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a
recognized University or equivalent
Important NoteThe candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 01.08.2018.


Physical Fitness Requirements: Apart from the above, there are certain requisite Physical Standards for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

For Other Posts

SSCL CGL PostRequired Age
Statistical Investigator Grade IIMax. 32 years
Assistant in CSS20 – 30 years
Assistant in IB21 – 30 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer/SI in CBI/SI in NIA30 years
SI in Central Bureau of Narcotics18 – 27 years

Application Fee Detail For SSC CGL 2018 Examination

For General /OBC candidatesRs.100/-
For SC/ST/PH candidatesNill
For Female candidatesNill

Note- Applicants can give application fees through online debit/Credit card or through net banking.

SSC CGL Selection Process and Exam Pattern:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

Every year Staff Selection Commission (SSC) carries out the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) in four levels for various posts.

Tier – IObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer Based (online)
Tier – IIObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer Based (online)
Tier – IIIDescriptive Paper in English/HindiPen and Paper mode
Tier – IVSkill Test/Computer Proficiency TestWherever Applicable

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018 for Tier 1 & 2 are given below:

  1. Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam will be held online.
  2. A descriptive paper is introduced which will be of 100 marks with a time limit of 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  3. The time limit for examination of Tier -I is reduced from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  4. Tier II will remain same.
  5. There will be no sectional cut off.

SSC CGL Tier I Exam & Syllabus

Tier 1 is an objective exam which will be held online. It will have 4 sections in Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL 2018, with 100 questions. Each question will carry 2 marks which makes a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise bifurcation of marks is given below:

SectionSubjectNo of QuestionsMax MarksExam Duration
1General Intelligence and Reasoning255060 minutes
2General Awareness2550(For VH &Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
80 minutes)
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550

Important Points:

  1. SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1 Exam will have negative marking. One wrong answer to a question will deduct 0.5 marks from the total of all sections.
  2. For visually handicapped the exam duration is 100 minutes.

SSC CGL TIER 1 2018  Subjective Syllabus

Question paper of SSC CGL Tier 1 will have four sections and those will be based on the 10th and 10 + 2 level syllabus. Syllabus of Tier 1 of SSC CGL 2018 is given below which is based on the previous year questions appearing in the last five years.

Full Syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam:

General Intelligence & Reasoning
2Similarities and Differences
3Space visualization
4Spatial orientation
5Problem solving & Analysis
6Judgment & Decision making
7Visual memory
8Discrimination & observation
9Relationship concepts
10Arithmetical Reasoning and figural classification
11Arithmetic Number Series
12Non-verbal series
13Coding and Decoding
14Statement conclusion
15Syllogistic reasoning
16Semantic Analogy
17Symbolic/Number Analogy
18Figural Analogy
19Semantic Classification
20Symbolic/Number Classification
21Figural Classification
22Semantic Series
23Number Series
24Figural Series
25Problem Solving
26Word Building
27Numerical Operations
28Symbolic Operations
30Space Orientation & Visualization
31Venn Diagrams
32Drawing inferences
33Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding
34Figural Pattern – folding and completion
36Address matching
37Date & city matching
38Classification of center codes/roll numbers
39Small & Capital letters/numbers coding
40Decoding and classification
41Embedded Figures
42Critical thinking
43Emotional & Social Intelligence


English Comprehension
Reading Comprehension
Fill in the Blanks
Phrases and Idioms
One word Substitution
Sentence Correction
Quantitative Aptitude:
1Computation of whole numbers decimals
2Fractions and relationships between numbers
4Ratio & Proportion
5Square roots
8Profit and Loss
10Partnership Business
11Mixture and Allegation
12Time and distance
13Time & Work
14Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
15Graphs of Linear Equations
16Triangle and its various kinds of centers
17Congruence and similarity of triangles
18Circle and its chords, tangents
19Angles subtended by chords of a circle
20Common tangents to two or more circles
23Regular Polygons
24Right Prism
25Right Circular Cone
26Right Circular Cylinder
27Sphere & Hemispheres
28Rectangular Parallelepiped
29Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
30Trigonometric ratio
31Degree and Radian Measures
32Standard Identities
33Complementary Angles
34Heights and Distances
36Frequency polygon
37Bar diagram & Pie chart




General Awareness
India and its neighboring countries
General politics & scientific research
Current Affairs

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Tier 2 exam is an objective exam which will be conducted online. There are four sections in this Tier with 100 questions which account for a total of 200 marks. The subject-wise details are given below:

PaperSubjectNo of QuestionsMax MarksExam Duration
1Quantitative Abilities1002002 Hours
2English Language and Comprehension2002002 Hours
3Statistics1002002 Hours
4General Studies (Finance & Economics)1002002 Hours

Important Points:

  • Paper-1 and Paper-2 are compulsory for all posts
  • Paper-3 is only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Gr. II” & “Compiler”
  • Paper-4 is only for the post of “Assistant Audit Officer”
  • There will be negative marking in SSC CGL 2018 Tier 2 exam.
  • One wrong answer to a question will deduct 0.5 marks in Paper-1,3,4 and 0.25 marks in Paper-2.
  • Level for Paper 1 Questions will be of 10th standard l, Paper-2 of 10+2 level and Paper-3 & 4 on graduation level.
  • The computer will be made available by the Commission at the Centre/venue allocated for the exam
  • Candidates shall not be allowed to bring their own Key-board for the purpose.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 Hours and 40 Minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped.

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 1 – Quantitative Aptitude

(1) Simplification

  • Weightage: 3-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: BODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages etc.

 (2) Number Series

  • Weightage: 0-2 Questions
  • Scoring, Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Complete the Series, Find the Missing Term, Find the Wrong Term etc.

 (3) Number System

  • Weightage: 6-8 Questions
  • Could be tricky, Moderately time Consuming
  • Question Types: Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF.

 (4) Algebra

  • Weightage: 5-9 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Concepts Clear and Steps Followed, Could be Tricky, Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Questions on Identities and Functions, Linear Equations in One and Two or more Variables.

 (5) Averages

  • Weightage: 5-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money Expenditure, Average Temperature etc. But the concept remains simple. We have to use a single formula i.e. Average = Sum of Quantities/Number of Quantities

 (6) Percentages

  • Weightage: 1-4 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Calculation-oriented basic percentage.

 (7) Ratio & Proportion

  • Weightage: 1-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Simple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo and Dividendo, Direct & Indirect Proportions.

(8) Interest

  • Weightage: 4-5 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Formulas & Proper Steps Followed, Moderately Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.

 (9) Profit & Loss

  • Weightage: 9-14 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Proper Steps Followed, Moderately Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Successive Selling type questions, Partnerships, Discount & MP, Dishonest Dealings, Sales Tax, Mixture Problems.

 (10) Time & Work

  • Weightage: 6-7 Questions
  • Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Work Efficiency, Work & Wages, Pipes & Cisterns, etc.

(11) Time, Speed & Distance

  • Weightage: 4-6 Questions
  • Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems on Train, Boat & Stream.

(12) Mensuration

  • Weightage: 10-13 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Area/Volume of Square, Rectangle, Trapezium, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube, Cuboid. Also, Moulding from one shape to another etc.

 (13) Geometry

  • Weightage: 12-18 Questions
  • Easy to Difficult, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Lines and Angles, Triangles (Centres, Congruence, Similarity), Circles (Chords, Tangents, Segments), Quadrilaterals, Coordinate Geometry (Graphical representation of straight lines and Applications based on Coordinate Systems)

 (14) Trigonometry

  • Weightage: 7-10 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Trigonometric Ratios and Identities, Maximum and Minimum Values of Trigonometric functions, Circular Measures of Angles, Heights and Distances

 (15) Data Interpretation

  • Weightage: 5-7 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible
  • Question Types: Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Miscellaneous Infographics, Missing Data Type Caselets.

 (16) Mixtures & Alligations

  • Weightage: 1-4 Questions
  • Tricky, Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Mixture of two or more entities/mixtures, dishonest dealings.

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 2 – English Language

(1) Reading Comprehension

  • Weightage: 30 Questions (2-4 Passages)
  • Tougher than Tier-I RC, More Time Consuming than Tier-I RC, Moderate Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: The passage will focus on topics like moral stories, economy, business, social issues, etc. Fact and Inference based questions – easy to moderate, Vocab & Theme based questions – easy to moderate.

 (2) Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles and/or Sentence Jumbles)

  • Weightage: 20 Questions
  • Easy, Low to Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy possible.
  • Question Types: Para Jumbles and/or sentence jumbles.

 (3) Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks)

  • Weightage: 12-15 Qs – Phrase replacement, 20 Qs – Error Spotting, 2-3 Qs – Fill in the blanks.
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Less to Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks.
  • Topics Covered: Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Subject Verb Agreement, Parallelism, Degrees of Comparison, Sentence Construction, Phrasal Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs, Non-Finite Verbs, Common Errors etc.

 (4) Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Synonym/antonyms, etc.)

  • Weightage: 10-12 Qs – Phrase Replacement, 2-3 Qs – Error Spotting, 3-4 Qs – Fill in the blanks, 6-7Qs – Synonym/antonym, 10 Qs – Phrase/idiom meaning, 3-4 Qs – Spellings, 12 Qs – One Word Substitution
  • Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Quick Solve based on Contextual usage, Moderate to High Accuracy possible.
  • Question Types: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Cloze Test (single passage with 5-10 questions), Fill in the Blanks (Double Blanks).

 (5) Active Passive Voice and Direct Indirect Speech

  • Weightage: 20 Qs – Active Passive Voice, 27-30 Qs – Direct Indirect Speech
  • Easy to moderate, Tricky questions, High Accuracy Possible
  • Question Types: Converting of voice and speech.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

This is a descriptive exam with the purpose of testing the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. It is held offline. The candidates are required to write Essay/Letter/Application/Precis. In order to prepare for this section one needs to read lots of articles from various newspapers and magazines. Besides this, you need to be well-versed with the latest pattern of Letter and Application.

Important Points:

  • The duration of this exam is of 60 minutes’ and carries 100 marks.
  • 10+2 level questions are asked in this exam.
  • It is a qualifying exam.
  • The duration of the exam duration 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped or suffering from cerebral palsy.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Tier 4 Exam of SSC CGL Exam 2018 will have the couple of skill tests which are necessary for certain government posts.

  1. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): It is a qualifying skill test for all the posts, other than Compiler. It is held to test the typing speed of the candidate. In this test, the candidates are given the printed material in English which they should type accurately on a computer with a minimum of 2000 (two thousand) key depressions. The duration of this test is 15 (fifteen) minutes.
  2. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):  SSC will hold CPT, in three modules – Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides.  It will be applicable for applicants of Assistants of CSS. CPT is a qualifying test.
SSC CGL Post Preference Group A
Post CodePost NameGrade Pay Age Limit
FAssistant Audit Officer4800Not exceeding 30 years
$Assistant Accounts Officer4800Not exceeding 30 years
SSC CGL Post Preference Group B
Post CodePost NameGrade PayAge Limit
AAssistant Section Officer460020-30 years
CAssistant Section Officer4600Not exceeding 30 years.
DAssistant Section Officer460020-30 years
EAssistant Section Officer460020-30 years
GAssistant Section Officer460020-30 years
HAssistant460018-30 years
>Assistant460020-30 years
<Assistant Section Officer4600Not exceeding 30 years.
IAssistant4200Not exceeding 30 years.
&Assistant/ Superintendent4200Not exceeding 30 years.
JInspector of Income Tax4600Not exceeding 30 years
KInspector (Central Excise)4600Not exceeding 30 years
LInspector (Preventive Officer)4600Not exceeding 30 years
MInspector (Examiner)4600Not exceeding 30 years
NAssistant Enforcement Officer4600Upto 30 years
OSub Inspector460020-30 years
PInspector Posts460018-30 years
QDivisional Accountant4200Not exceeding 30 years
SInspector460018-27 years
%Sub Inspector4200Upto 30 years
SSC CGL Post Preference Group C
Post CodePost NameGrade Pay Age Limit
RJunior Statistical Officer4200Upto 32 years