SSC : Staff Selection Commission

About Exams

SSC (Staff Selection Commission) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices. These are most versatile examinations for all the individuals who are gradates and undergraduates. Every year SSC (Staff Selection Commission) will be conducting examinations for various posts like.

SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) This year, there was a major change of cut down of time from 75 minutes to 60 minutes for the SSC CGL Prelims.

The exam is being conducted for as many as 4733 Vacancies for different posts like

Assistant,
Assistant Section Officer,
Inspector (Central Excise),
Inspector,
Junior Accountant,
Upper Division
Clerk,
Auditor,
Accountant,
Inspector (Examiner),

Tax Assistant,
Sub-Inspector,
Inspector Post,
Assistant Enforcement Officer,
Compiler,
Sub-Inspector (Narcotics),
Divisional Accountant,
Statistical Investigator Grade-II,
Inspector of Income Tax
Inspector (Preventive Officer).

SSC CGL Tier I Exam

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 60 minutes (Total)
For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:80 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in the Tier I exam.

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I Exam

English Language

1. Fill in the Blanks

  • Types : A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, confusable words
  • Weightage :0-5 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve
  • Important Links : Phrasal Verbs Made Easy, Tenses Quiz

2. Spellings

  • Types : Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelled word from different words. The same word can be spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.
  • Weightage : 0-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve

3. Phrase or Idiom Meaning

  • Types : The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can also be asked directly.
  • Weightage :0-2 Qs
  • Level : Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible
  • Important Links : Idioms & Phrases

4. One Word Substitution

  • Types : Substitute one word for the phrase given.Go through a list of the one word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one word substitution.
  • Weightage : 3-5 Qs
  • Level : Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible

5. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction

  • Types : A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions.Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusable words, Usage in Context, Avoid guessing too much in these questions. Be aware of no-improvement questions
  • Weightage : 5 Qs
  • Level : Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible

6. Error Spotting

  • Types : Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.
  • Weightage : 3-5 Qs
  • Level : Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible

General Awareness

1. Static GK

  • Types : Culture, Indian History, Geography (Indian + World), Environment, Economy, Polity
  • Weightage : 14 Qs

2. Science

  • Types : Biology, Chemistry, Physics + Space Science, Computer & Mobile Technology, Diseases, Pollution & Nutrition
  • Weightage : 9 Qs

3. Others

  • Types : Current Affairs, Sports, People in News, Books & Authors, Important Dates, Schemes, Portfolios.

Quantitative Aptitude

1. Simplification

  • Types :Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

2. Interest

  • Types : Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

3. Percentage

  • Types : Calculation oriented basic Percentage Problems
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

4. Ratio and Proportion

  • Types : Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

5. Average

  • Types : Problems on Average, Weight/Height/Marks etc.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

6. Problems on Ages

  • Types : Basic Problems on Ages
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy

7. Speed Time And Distance

  • Types : Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

8. Profit and Loss

  • Types : Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

9. Number Series

  • Types : Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time

10. Number System

  • Types : Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links : Number System Quiz

11. Mensuration

  • Types : Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links : Mensuration Quiz 3

12. Data Interpretation

  • Types :Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
  • Weightage : 0-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming

13. Time and Work

  • Types :Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
  • Important Links : Time & Work Quiz

14. Mixture problems

  • Types : To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

15. Algebra

  • Types: Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

16. Geometry

  • Types: Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.
  • Weightage : 3-4 Qs
  • Level : Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

17. Trigonometry

  • Types: Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

General Intelligence & Reasoning

1. Classification

  • Types: Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

2. Analogy

  • Types: Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Coding Decoding

  • Types: Questions on Coding by Analogy, Coding and decoding by letter shifting & Coding Letters of a Word. Could also include, Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

4. Puzzle

  • Types: Number based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?or Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating arrangement questions.
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

5. Matrix

  • Types: 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

6. Word formation

  • Types: From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

7. Arranging words in Logical order or Dictionary order

  • Types: It can be meaningful order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule.In dictionary order words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

8. Venn diagram

  • Types: Problems based on Venn Diagram Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student, Teacher and Boys
  • Weightage : 1-3 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming

9. Directions & Distances

  • Types: Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming

10. Blood Relations

  • Types: Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

11. Missing Number

  • Types: Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
  • Weightage : 1-2 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

12. Series

  • Types: Mainly questions on Number & Alphabet series. Question Type: Complete the given series a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda
  • Weightage : 2-3 Qs
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

13. Non Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Ques like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/Series or cube based ques may be asked.
  • Weightage : 3-4 Qs
  • Level : Scoring, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Visual imagination is required

14. Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason. Questions on Course of Action & Statements and Arguments can also be asked.
  • Weightage : 0-1 Qs
  • Level : May be tricky, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Time Consum

SSC CGL Tier II Exam

Important things that you should know about the SSC CGL Exam 2017:

  • Paper I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts while paper III & IV are for some specific post.
  • The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV of the CGL exam.
  • The final merit of the successful candidates will depend on the total score obtained by them in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III exams.
  • Tier III paper will comprise questions based on Essay/Passage and Letter/Application writing.
  • Tier IV exam will be of qualifying nature only.
  • Tier-II of the examination consists of 4 papers in total.
  • Duration of each paper is 2 hours.

SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern

S. No. Subject No. of Qs. Marks Negative Marking per Qs Difficulty Level
Paper 1 Quantitative Aptitude 100 200 0.50 marks 10th+12th standard level
Paper 2 English Language 200 200 0.25 marks 10+2 level
Paper 3 Statistics 100 200 0.50 marks Graduation level
Paper 4 Finance & Accounting 40 80 0.50 marks Graduation level
Economics & Governance 60 120

Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Exam

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, Vocal & Theme based questions – easy to moderate.
  • Tips: General Tips for RC, Tips for Economics & Banking based passages, Tips for Style & Tone of RC

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

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

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, 6-7 Qs – 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).
  • Tips: 8 Tips to Master Cloze Test, 40 Important Words & Meanings, 51 Important Idioms & Phrases, 10 Tips to Master Synonyms.

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.
  • Tips: Basics of Direct Indirect Speech

Statistics

You have to appear for Paper 3 only if you have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator (now known as Junior Statistical Officer. The exam will carry 200 marks and comprise 100 questions. Each question would carry two marks and 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer. This paper would be based on graduation level questions from the following topics:

  • Collection and Representation of Data: Methods of data collection, frequency distributions, etc.
  • Measures of Central Tendency: Common measures – mean, median and mode, Partition Values – quartiles, deciles & percentiles.
  • Measures of Dispersion: Measures of relative dispersion, Common measures – range, quartile deviations, standard deviation & mean deviation.
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis: Meaning and different Measures of skewness and kurtosis; Different types of moments and their relationship.
  • 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 and different definitions of Probability, Compound Probability, Conditional Probability, Independent events and Bays’ 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 statistics, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability 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, Chi-square and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
  • Analysis of Variance: Analysis of 0ne way & two way 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.

General Awareness

If you have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/Assistant Accountant Officer then only you have to appear for Paper-4. The paper would comprise two parts: Finance & Accounts, and Economics & Governance. Following are the topics that are covered under SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II General Awareness section.

Finance and Accounting

  • Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.
  • Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Bank Reconciliation, ledgers, Journal, Books of original Entry, Rectification of Errors, Trial Balance, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Manufacturing, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Non-profit organizations Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Economics and Governance

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Roles and responsibilities.
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions.
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics, Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve and Methods of economic study.
  • Theory of Demand and Supply, Elasticity, Price, Income and cross elasticity, Theory of consumer’s behavior – Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
  • Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production – Law of variable proportions 22 and Laws of returns to scale.
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets.
  • Indian Economy, Population, Poverty, Unemployment, Growth, Infrastructure, etc.
  • Economic Reforms in India since 1991; Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization and Disinvestment.
  • Money and Banking.
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance.