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SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern in English & Hindi (Tier 1/2/3): PDF Download

Updated On - September 20th 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

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Staff Selection Commission has released the updated SSC CGL Syllabus on its website. This year, a few changes have been introduced in the SSC CGL exam pattern. The syllabus for SSC CGL is separate for all the tiers. Check SSC CGL Syllabus in Hindi

While Tier I and Tier 2 are online examinations consisting of different subjects, Tier III is a descriptive paper that can be answered in Hindi and English language. CheckSSC CGL exam pattern 

  • Questions in Tier I – General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension
  • Questions in Tier II – Quantitative Ability, English Language & Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies
  • Questions in Tier III –  Tests candidate’s aptitude via essay/ letter/ application/ precie writing.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier 2 Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier 2 is conducted in online mode. The questions are objective in nature. Tier 1 qualified candidates can participate in SSC CGL Tier 2. Candidates can take a look at some of the best books for SSC CGL Tier II Preparation.

  • There are four papers in the exam viz
    • Paper 1 – Quantitative Ability
    • Paper 2 – English Language and Comprehension
    • Paper 3 – Statistics for Jr. Statistical Officer (JSO) and Compiler post
    • Paper 4 –  General Studies for  Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) post. Check SSC CGL AAO post details.

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Ability 

The syllabus of SSC CGL for Quant section is similar to Tier 1 but the difficulty level for Tier 2 is much higher. Candidates must solve these quiz papers for Tier II Quantitative Ability for a better idea of the exam pattern.

Major topics under this section are as follows:

Trigonometry – 

The questions are based on Sine, Cosine, and Tangent problems. Trigonometric Rations and Identities, Trigonometric functions are also asked.

No. of Questions: 8 – 10 Questions  

Level: Easy to moderate, Time Consuming

Example 1: The simplified value of  (secθ−cosθ)2  +(cosecθ−sinθ) 2 −(cotθ−tanθ) 2  (secθ−cosθ)2+(cosecθ−sinθ)2−(cotθ−tanθ)2 is,
a) ½b) 0
c) 2d) 1
Answer: Option d

Example 2: If (1+sinA)(1+sinB)(1+sinC)=(1−sinA)(1−sinB)(1−sinC) (1+sinA)(1+sinB)(1+sinC)=(1−sinA)(1−sinB)(1−sinC) , then the expression on each side of the equation equals,

a) 1b) tanA.tan.B.tanC
c) cosA.cosB.cosCd) sinA.sinB.sinC
Answer: Option c

Geometry – 

Questions are to study the properties and relations of lines, surfaces, solids or points.

No. of Questions: 12- 18 Questions

Level: Easy to difficult, Time consuming

Check out these Preparation Tips for Geometry in SSC CGL 

Example 1: The sum of three altitudes of a triangle is,
a) equal to the sum of three sidesb) twice the sum of sides
c) greater than the sum of sidesd) less than the sum of sides
Answer: Option d
Example 2: If the median drawn on the base of a triangle is half its base, the triangle will be,
a) acute-angledb) obtuse-angled
c) right-angledd) equilateral

Answer: Option c

Average – 

No. of Questions: 6 – 7 Questions

Level: Easy to solve, Less time consuming

Example 1: A grocer has a sale of Rs. 6435, Rs. 6927, Rs. 6855, Rs. 7230 and Rs. 6562 for 5 consecutive months. How much sale must he have in the sixth month so that he gets an average sale of Rs. 6500?
a) Rs. 4991b) Rs. 5991
c) Rs. 6001d) Rs. 6991
Answer: Option a

Total sale for 5 months = Rs. (6435 + 6927 + 6855 + 7230 + 6562) = Rs. 34009.

Required sale = Rs. [ (6500 x 6) - 34009 ]

   = Rs. (39000 - 34009)

   = Rs. 4991

Example 2: The average weight of 8 person's increases by 2.5 kg when a new person comes in place of one of them weighing 65 kg. What might be the weight of the new person?
a) 76 kgb) 76.5 kg
c) 85 kgd) Data inadequate
Answer: Option c

Other important topics are as follows:

SimplificationNumber Series
Number SystemPercentages
Ratio & ProportionInterest
Profit & LossTime & Work
Time, Speed & DistanceMensuration
Data InterpretationMixtures & Allegations

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – English Language & Comprehension

The section tests a candidate’s aptitude in English. It is tested via essays, error spotting, sentence formation, change of speech etc.

Verbal Ability – 

Types: Ordering of words/ sentences, One-word substitutes, change of voice/ speech, Idioms and Phrases.

No. of Questions: 30 Questions

Level: Easy, Moderately time-consuming

Grammar – 

Types: Spotting of Error, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the blanks

No.of Questions: 40 – 50 Questions

Level: Easy to moderate in difficulty, Moderately time-consuming

Active Passive Voice and Direct Indirect Speech – 

In this candidates are required to change the voice and speech of a sentence.

No. of Questions: 30 Questions

Level: Easy, Tricky questions

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – Statistics

Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO), Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation. Prepare better for SSC CGL Statistics – Click Here

Important Topics
Measures of central tendencyMeasures of dispersion
Moments, skewness and kurtosisCorrelation and probability theory
Random variable and probability distributionsSampling theory
StatisticalAnalysis of variance
SSC CGL Syllabus PDF Free Download – Statistics 

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – General Studies (Economics and Finance)

This is Paper 4 in SSC CGL Tier 2 examination. It is conducted exclusively for the post of Assistant Audit Officier (AAO). A total of 200 questions are asked in the paper, out of which 120 questions are from Economics and 80 questions are from Finance.

Economics & Governance TopicsFinance & Accounts Topics
Auditor Role and ResponsibilityFundamentals of Accounting
Finance Commission Role & FunctionsPrinciples of Accounting 
About Economics/ Micro EconomicsBasics of Accounting
Theory of Demand and SupplyNature and Scope of Finacial Accounting
About Indian EconomyLimitations of Financial Accounting
Role of Information Technology in GovernanceGenerally Accepted Accounting Principles
SSC CGL Syllabus PDF Free Download – General Studies

SSC CGL 2018 Tier 3 Syllabus

 Tier 3 is the descriptive examination conducted offline and involves:

  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Application Writing
  • Precis Writing

Tier 3 is a 100 marks paper of 60 minutes duration. Candidates are allotted time of 60 minutes to complete the descriptive written test. For visually handicapped candidates and candidates suffering from cerebral palsy the time of examination is 80 minutes. CheckPreparation Tips for SSC CGL Tier III

Introduced in the year 2016, Tier 3 examination focuses on the writing capability of the candidate. A candidate has a choice of selecting the language he/she wishes to write. Only Hindi and English languages are allowed. Candidate may not choose any other regional language. It should be noted that minimum qualifying marks for this Tier 3 paper is 33%.


SSC CGL 2018 Tier 4 Syllabus

Merit list is prepared based on Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam and the shortlisted candidates are then asked to appear for Tier 4 of SSC CGL. Tier 4 is basically Skill Test comprising of two tests.

  • Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

DEST is conducted for candidates who have applied for Tax Assistant Posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. Data entry speed skill will be tested at 8000 depressions per hour.

CPT is conducted for candidates who have applied for Assistant Section Officer Post in CSS only. Candidates will  have to appear for Computer Proficiency Test to validate the selection and showcase their comfort and ease of computer usage.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier 1 Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier 1 is a qualifying level exam conducted in the online mode. Given below are a few quick facts about the exam.

  • Questions are objective in nature.
  • Questions in General Intelligence, General Awareness and English section are of graduation level.
  • Questions in Quantitative Aptitude are from 10th standard.
SSC CGL Syllabus PDF Free Downloa for Tier I

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – General Intelligence and Reasoning Section

The section aims to test the logical thinking capacity of a candidate. Both, verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions are asked in this section. These are focused heavily on decision making, analogies, series and intelligence. 

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – General Awareness Section

General Awareness includes questions from current affairs, basic science, and general knowledge. Questions are generally centered on India and neighboring countries of the sub-continent. 

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude Section

Quantitative Aptitude is the calculative section of Tier 1 of CGL exam containing arithmetic questions. The mathematics part is asked from CBSE class 10 maths syllabus.  

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus – English Section

English section tests candidates’ understanding of the language through an assortment of questions comprising of both grammar and comprehension. 


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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