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Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination

Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India like inspectors in various departments, assistant in different departments, assistant auditors, sub inspectors etc.

SSC Exam is conducted in four phases – Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 & Tier 4.

Tier 1 Exam
Prelims Exam
Tier 2 Exam
Mains Exam
Tier 3 Exam
Descriptive Paper
Tier 4 Exam
Personality Test /Interview/Computer Proficiency Test or Skill Test’.
Tier I Syllabus
Tier II Syllabus 2017
Tier III Syllabus 2017
Tier IV Syllabus 2017
Structure of SSC CGL Tier I exam

TierMode of ExaminationScheme of ExaminationMarksTime
Tier 1 Computer basedGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning (25 Questions)50 Marks60 Minutes (Total). For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes
General Awareness (25 Questions)50 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude (25 Questions)50 Marks
English Comprehension (25 Questions)50 Marks
Total 200 Marks
Structure of SSC CGL Tier II exam

Name of SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks allotted in the section
Quantitative Aptitude 100200
English Language and Comprehension 200200
Mathematics/Statistics/Economics/Commerce 100200

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier III Exam Pattern:

  • A descriptive Test
  • Total marks:100
  • Essay / Passage-- 250 words, Letter/Application Writing: approximately 150 words.
  • The questions in this paper would be of 10+2 standard.
SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam Pattern:

  • The Tier IV Exam: Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) /Computer Proficiency Test (CPT).
  • Typing speed 8,000 Key Depression per hour.
SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus

The major sections asked in SSC CGL Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
Classification Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture etc.)SimplificationReading Comprehension
Analogy ScienceInterestFill in the Blanks
Coding-Decoding Current AffairsAveragesSpellings
Puzzle SportsPercentagePhrases and Idioms
Matrix Books and AuthorsRatio and ProportionOne word Substitution
Word Formation Important SchemesProblem on AgesSentence Correction
Venn DiagramPortfoliosSpeed, Distance and TimeError Spotting
Direction and DistancePeople in NewsNumber System
SeriesData Interpretation
Verbal reasoningTime and Work
Non-Verbal ReasoningAlgebra

SSC CGL Tier II Syllabus 2017

The Mains Exam will be conducted online and is an objective multiple choice exam. The major sections asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics).

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageStatisticsGeneral Awareness
Simplification Reading ComprehensionCollection and Representation of DataFinance and Accounting
Interest SpellingMeasure of DispersionFundamental Principles
Averages Fill in the BlanksMeasure of Central TendencyFinancial Accounting
Percentage Phrases and IdiomsMoments, Skewness and KurtosisBasic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and Proportion One Word SubstitutionCorrelation and RegressionSelf-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and TimeSentence CorrectionRandom VariablesError Spotting and Correction
Number SystemError SpottingRandom Variables
MensurationCloze TestSampling TheoryEconomics and Governance
Data InterpretationPara JumblesAnalysis and VarianceComptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and WorkSynonyms-AntonymsTime Series AnalysisFinance Commission
AlgebraActive-Passive VoiceIndex NumberTheory of Demand and Supply
Data Sufficiency

SSC CGL Tier III Syllabus

Tier-III of SSC CGL 2017 exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The mode of examination is offline 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 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 2017 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.
  • 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 and Tier-II exam is compulsory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2017 Notification of while Tier-III is specifically for candidates applying for the post of Statistical Investigator Grade-II and Compiler. Similarly, Tier-IV exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.
Penalty for wrong answers
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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