SSC CGL Syllabus 2020

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 Exam Pattern-Tier I, II, III & IV in detail: The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Test administered annually by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) consists of four levels, i.e., Tier–I, Tier–II, Tier-III and Tier–IV. We have compiled the comprehensive subject-specific syllabus of the SSC CGL 2019-20 Exam including the new Tier–I, Tier–II, Tier-III and Tier–IV exams that will help you systematically prepare for the Exam.

SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier I

General Knowledge, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language are the main sections questioned in SSC CGL 2020 Preliminary Exam. The comprehensive syllabus & test pattern for the SSC CGL 2020 exam as shown below:

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

S No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
Total100200

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

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Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Questions on quantitative aptitude will be structured to assess the candidate’s ability to make good use of numbers and a sense of number.

  • computation of whole numbers
  • decimals
  • fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Profit and Loss, Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance, Time & Work
  • Percentage. Ratio & Proportion
  • Square roots, Averages
  • Interest, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
  • Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Heights and Distances
  • Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  • Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles.

General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus

General Intelligence and Reasoning includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal type.

  • analogies
  • similarities and differences
  • space visualization
  • spatial orientation
  • problem-solving, analysis, judgment
  • decision making, visual memory
  • discrimination, observation, relationship concepts
  • arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series
  • non-verbal series, coding, and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning, etc.

English Syllabus

This section measures the ability of candidates to understand correct English, would be tested for their basic understanding and writing ability, etc.

  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word Substitution
  • Sentence Correction
  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Spellings Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Synonyms-Antonyms
  • Active Passive
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Sentence Improvement, Cloze test, etc.

General Awareness Syllabus

The questions in this section are intended to test the general knowledge of the candidates (GK+GS) about the world around them and their contribution to society

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  • India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
  • Science, Current Affairs, Books and Authors, Sports, Important Schemes, Important Days, Portfolios, People in News, etc.

*After the preliminary examination, it would be appropriate to prepare for the SSC CGL 2020 Test Mains Test.

SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier II

The Mains Exam will be conducted online and is a multiple-choice objective test. Tier-II & Tier-III exam will be held on the same day this year. In Mains Test, the main sections asked are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics). Let’s look at the SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 Exam Trend & Syllabus Mains.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

S No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
2English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
3Statistics1002002 hours
4General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) Syllabus:

The questions will be structured to test the candidate’s ability to use numbers correctly and their sense of number.

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  • computation of whole numbers
  • decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Percentage, Ratio & Proportion
  • Square roots, Averages, Interest
  • Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance, Time & Work
  • Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  • Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents
  • angles subtended by chords of a circle
  • common tangents to two or more circles,
  • Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons
  • Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder
  • Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped
  • Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio
  • Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities
  • Complementary angles, Heights and Distances
  • Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) Syllabus:

Questions in this section are structured to test the comprehension and knowledge of the candidate’s English language and are based on

  • spot the error
  • fill in the blanks
  • synonyms & antonyms
  • spelling/ detecting misspelled words
  • idioms & phrases
  • one-word substitution
  • improvement of sentences
  • active/ passive voice of verbs
  • conversion into direct/ indirect narration
  • shuffling of sentence parts
  • shuffling of sentences in a passage
  • cloze passage & comprehension passage.

Paper-III (Statistics) Syllabus:

1. 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.

2. Measures of Central Tendency

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Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.

3. Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion

Range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis

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Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

5. 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 correlations (For three variables only).

6. Probability Theory

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Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes‟ theorem.

7. 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 variables (discrete).

8. Sampling Theory

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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.

9. 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.

10. Analysis of Variance

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Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.

11. Time Series Analysis

Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.

12. Index Numbers

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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.

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

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks):

Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:

1.1 Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

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1.2 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.

Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks):

2.1 Comptroller & Auditor General of India– Constitutional provisions, Role, and responsibility.

2.2 Finance Commission-Role and functions.

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2.3 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.

2.4 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 behaviourMarshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.

2.5 Theory of Production and cost: Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.

2.6 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.

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2.7 Indian Economy:

2.7.1 Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth.

2.7.2 National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income.

2.7.3 Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth.

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2.7.4 Poverty and unemployment– Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.

2.7.5 Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.

2.8 Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

2.9 Money and Banking:

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2.9.1 Monetary/ Fiscal policy– Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.

2.9.2 Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments.

2.9.3 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.

2.10 Role of Information Technology in Governance.

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Note: Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.

SSC CGL Tier-III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CGL 2020 exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The mode of examination is offline (Pen and Paper mode) and students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc. in this exam. The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes. The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes. Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”.

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

SubjectMarksTime
Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL Tier-IV Syllabus

Tier-IV examination comprises of couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), DEST Exam through SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

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CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).

Tier-I exam is compulsory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2020 Notification. Candidates will have to prepare for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam simultaneously. However, the evaluation of Tier 3 Descriptive exam will be done only if a candidate clears the combined cut off for Tier 1 and Tier 2. So, candidates may appear for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exams but your Tier 3 answer sheets will be evaluated only if you clear the cut-off. Tier-IV exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.

*Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to deduction of 0.5 marks in Tier – I, III and IV while that of 0.25 marks in Tier-II.

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