About SSC CGL
SSC CGL Overview
The Subordinate Services Commission was established under Government of India in the year 1975. It was renamed as Staff Selection Commission.
The Staff Selection Commission makes recruitment to nontechnical group ‘C’ and group ‘B’ non gazetted posts in Ministries/ Departments, the attached and subordinate offices of the Government of India and the C.A.G and the offices of the Accountant General.
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts the Combined Graduate Prelims Exam once a year for selection of candidates for the main Examination. SSC CGL is conducted for recruitment to the following posts:
(A) Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
(B) Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
(C) Inspectors of Income Tax.
(D) Preventive Officers in Customs.
(E) Examiner in Customs.
(F) SubInspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics & CBI.
(G) Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
(H) Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.
(I) Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA ,CGA & others.
(J) Accountant/ Junior Accountant.
(K) Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC.
(L) Compiler in Registrar General of India.
Pattern of SSC CGL Exam
The SSC CGL Examination comprises of three stages as explained below.
Tier – I  Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) 
Tier II  Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type) 
Tier III  Personality Test/Interview/Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (Wherever Applicable ) 
Pattern of Tier I Examination:
Part  Subject  Max marks  b>Duration 
General Intelligence & Reasoning  50  1 hours for General and 1 hours 40 min for VH candidates 

General Awareness  50  
C  Quantitative Aptitude 
50  
D  English Comprehension 
50 
 Total Marks / Questions – 200 / 100 Qs
 Duration 60 Minutes for General and 100 Minutes for VH candidates
 Tier –I of the SSC CGL Exam will be common for all categories of posts
 There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in TierI.
 Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice, set both in Hindi and English in respect of Parts A, B and C.
 The questions in Reasoning, GA and English will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification viz graduation and questions in Quantitative Aptitude will be of 10th standard level.
Pattern of Tier II Examination:
This is the second stage of the exam and only those candidates who qualify the first stage (Tier I) , will be allowed to sit in this exam . It is also a objective type test and Paper I and Paper II are compulsory for all the posts.
Paper No.  Subject / Paper  Max . Marks  No. of questions  Duration 
I  Quantitative Ability  200  100  2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates) 
II  English Language and Comprehension  200  200  2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates) 
III  Statistics  200  100  2 hours (2 hours and 40 minutes for VH candidates) 
Note : PaperI & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts . PaperIII is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler. 
 Paper I and II of the CGLE will be common for all categories of posts
 PaperIII is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler
 There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in PaperII and 0.50 marks in PaperI and PaperIII for each wrong answer
 Questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice, set both in Hindi and English in respect of Paper I and III.
 Questions in PaperI will be of 10th standard level, PaperII of 10+2 level and PaperIII of graduation level.
Pattern of Tier III Examination:
1. For posts for which Interview cum Personality Test is prescribed, the Personality Test / interview will carry a maximum of 100 marks.
2. DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): FOR THE POST OF TAX ASSISTANTS (Central Excise & Income Tax): The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature
3. CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules – Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides, for applicants for the post of Assistants of CSS. CPT will be of a qualifying nature.
Syllabus for Prelims/ Tier I of SSC CGL
A. General Intelligence & Reasoning
It would include questions of both verbal and nonverbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, nonverbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other subtopics, if any.
B. General Awareness :
Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
C. Quantitative Aptitude :
The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be 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
D. English Comprehension
Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Posts A,B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10+2 level.
Syllabus for Mains/ Tier II of SSC CGL
Paper – I
Quantitative Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the 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 & Comprehension: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting misspelt 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 for Investigator GradeII, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI.
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.
Measures of Central Tendency Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
Measures of Dispersion Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
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 correlation (For three variables only).
Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
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 variable (discrete).
Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and nonsampling 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.
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, Chisquare and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
Analysis of Variance – Analysis of oneway classified data and twoway classified data.
Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
Index Numbers – 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.
Skill Test:
For the post of Tax Assistants ( Central Excise & Income Tax): Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.
NOTEI :
Questions in: PaperI will be of 10th standard level,
PaperII of 10+2 level and PaperIII of graduation level.
The “Data Entry Speed” Skill Test at 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes will be of qualifying nature.
Computer will be provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue notified for the purpose.
Candidates shall not be allowed to bring their own Keyboard.