SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2020 with Exam Pattern

Here you find the Syllabus of SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam which is also known as the SSC CGL Exam. This year SSC CGL Exam 2018 Preliminary exam which was to hold in between 25 July to 20 August online has been postponed so now students have little more time for preparation. SSC CGL exam comprising of 4 sections with about 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. This year, a few changes have been made in the SSC CGL exam pattern. The syllabus for SSC CGL is separate for all the tiers.

Get detailed SSC CGL Syllabus here. Get the latest crystal clear SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I, II and III. Check the updated syllabus for Quantitative, Reasoning, English, General Awareness, Statistics, General Studies and more. Frequently check this page to know the new updates on SSC CGL Syllabus.

SSC CGL Exam Scheme 2020

The Scheme of the Examination will be conducted in three tiers as indicated below:
  • 1st Tier - Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • 2nd Tier - Main Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • 3rd Tier - Personality Test /Interview or Skill Test, where applicable
Candidates opting for the post of Sub-Inspector in CPOs will be required to undergo Physical Endurance Test (PET)/Medical Examination at any convenient time after a declaration of result of Tier I.

SSC CGL (Tier-I) Examination Scheme

Tier –I of the SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination would be common for all categories of posts and will be held in one session

Scheme of Tier-I Examination for all candidates including Visually Handicapped candidates with visual disability of forty percent and above and opting for availing the assistance of a scribe.

Total Duration/Timing for General candidatesTotal Duration/Timing for Visually Handicapped candidates
AGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning502 Hours
10.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon
2.00 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.
2 Hours 40 Mins
10.00 A.M. to 12.40 Noon
2.00 P.M. to 4.40 P.M.
BGeneral Awareness50
CEnglish Comprehension50
DNumerical Aptitude50

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type.
  • This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial 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.
General Awareness
  • Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate's 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 everyday 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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, scientific Research, etc.
  • These Questions will be such that they do not require a special study of any discipline.

Numerical 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 and fractions and relationships between numbers. It will test the sense of order among numbers, ability to translate from one name to another, sense or order of magnitude, estimation or prediction of the outcome of computation, selection of an appropriate operation for the solution of real-life problems and knowledge of alternative computation procedures to find answers. The questions would also be based on arithmetical concepts and relationship between numbers and not on complicated arithmetical computation
  • The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level

English Comprehension
  • Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.
  • The questions in the components A, B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz; graduation

SSC Stenographer Syllabus 2019-2020

SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam Scheme

Tier-II of the SSC CGL Exam 2018 will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice and will be conducted over two days during a weekend. It will consist of three different papers/subjects and depending upon the category of posts applied for, the candidate will be required to appear in one, two or three papers, as the case may be.

For the Post of Assistants, Inspectors of Income-Tax/Inspector for the Post of Assistants, Inspector of Income-Tax/Inspector (Central Excise, Inspector (PO), Inspector (Examiner) Sub Inspector in CBI, Inspector of Posts, Assistant Enforcement Officer, Divisional Accountants, Auditors, Tax Assistants, UDCs, The Examination will Consist of Two Papers as Under)

Paper No.Subject/PaperMax Marks / QuestionsDuration & Timings
for General Candidates
Duration & Timings
for VH candidates
IArithmetical Ability200(100 Questions)2 Hours
10.00 AM to 12.00 PM
2 Hours and 40 Min
10.00 AM to 12.40 PM
IIEnglish Language
200(100 Questions)2 Hours
10.00 AM to 12.00 PM
2 Hours and 40 Min
10.00 AM to 12.40 PM
For the Post of Statistical Investigators Grade II & Compilers, The examination will consist of 3 Papers as Under:
Paper No.Subject/PaperMax Marks / QuestionsDuration & Timings
for General candidates
Duration & Timings
for VH candidates
IArithmetical Ability200(100 Questions)2 Hours
10.00 AM to 12.00 PM
2 Hours and 40 Min
10.00 AM to 12.40 PM
IIEnglish Language
& Comprehension
200(100 Questions)2 Hours
10.00 AM to 12.00 PM
2 Hours and 40 Min
10.00 AM to 12.40 PM
200(100 Questions)2 Hours
10.00 AM to 12.00 PM
2 Hours and 40 Min
10.00 AM to 12.40 PM
For the post of Sub-Inspector in Central Police Organisations, the Examination will consist of o one paper as under:

Paper No.Subject/PaperMax Marks/QuestionsDuration & Timings
for General candidates
IEnglish Language
& Comprehension
200 (200 Questions)2 Hours
2.00 PM to 4.00 PM

  • The Commission will have the full discretion to fix separate minimum qualifying marks in each of the papers and in the aggregate of all the papers separately for each category of candidates (viz. SC/ST/OBC/PH/ExS/General (UR)). Only those candidates who qualify in all the papers as well as in the aggregate would be eligible to be considered for being called for the Personality Test/Interview and/or Skill Test.
  • There will be a different set of Questions for the papers on Arithmetic & General Studies for Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates which shall not have any component of Map/Graphs/Statistical Data/Diagrams/Figures/Geometrical problems/Pie-chart etc. However, components of other papers will be the same as that for general candidates.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Syllabus 2020

  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper I - Arithmetic Ability Syllabus: This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Use of Table and Graphs, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time, etc.
  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper-II - English Language & Comprehension Syllabus: Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on error recognition, fill in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles, etc), Vocabulary, Spellings, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Phrases and Idiomatic use of Words, etc. There will be a question on passages and comprehension of passages also. (The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level).
  • SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper III - Commerce/Mathematics/Statistics/Economics Syllabus: For Investigator Grade-II, for Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and Compiler for Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.


  • Probability, Probability Distributions, Binomial, Poisson, Normal, Exponential. Compilation, classification, tabulation of Statistical Data, Graphical presentation of data.
  • Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association and contingency, scatter diagram, correlation coefficient, rank correlation coefficient, and linear regression analysis ( for two or more variables ) excluding partial correlation coefficients.
  • The concept of Population, random sample, parameters, statistics, the sampling distribution of x properties of estimators and estimation of confidence intervals.
  • Principles of sampling, simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling etc., Sampling and non-sampling errors, type-I, and type-II errors.
  • Concepts of Hypothesis – Null and alternate, Testing of hypothesis for large samples as well as small samples including Chi-square tests ( Z, t, F, x2 tests).
  • Index Numbers, Time series analysis – components of variation and their estimation.


General Economics
  1. Demand and Supply Analysis, including Laws and Interaction of Demand and Supply.
  2. Production Function and Laws of Returns.
  3. Commodity Pricing – Characteristics of various Market Forms and Price Determination under such Market Forms.
  4. Theory of Factor Pricing – Rent, Wage, Interest, and Profit.
  5. Theory of Employment – Classical and Neo-classical Approach.
  6. Keynesian Theory of Employment – Principles of Effective Demand. Meaning and Importance of Investment, Relation between Saving and Investment, Multiplier Effect and the process of Income Generation, Post Keynesian Development.
  7. Nature and Functions of Money, Value of Money, Fluctuations in the value of Money – Inflation and Deflation, Monetary Policy, Index Number
  8. International Trade-Free Trade and Protection, Theories of International Trade.
  9. Foreign Exchange – Determination of the rate of Exchange – Purchasing Power Parity theory and Balance of Payment Theory.
  10. Public Finance – Nature. Scope and importance of Public Finance.
  11. Taxation – Meaning, Classification, and Principles of Taxation, Incidence of Taxation.
  12. Deficit Financing.
  13. Fiscal Policy.

General Economics
  1. Statistical Investigation – Meaning and Planning of Investigation.
  2. Collection of data and editing of data.
  3. Types of sampling.
  4. Schedule and questionnaire.
  5. Presentation of data – classification, tabulation, etc.
  6. Measures of Central Tendency.
  7. National Income and Accounting – Estimation of National Income, Trends in National Income, Structural changes in the Indian Economy as seen in National Income Data.
  8. Agricultural sector – Agricultural Development during Plan Period, Rural Credit, Agricultural Price Policy, Rural Development Co-operation and Panchayati Raj.
  9. Industrial Policy and Industrial Development.
  10. Problems of Economic Development – Indian Planning – Objectives, Techniques and its evolution, Five Year Plans and Role of National Development Council.
  11. Profile of Human Resources – Population and Economic Development, Demographic Profile of India,
    Nature of Population Problem – Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment Problem, Labour Problem, Population Control, and Government Policy.
  12. New Economic Policy and Welfare Schemes.
  13. Indian Public Finance – Indian Revenue, Foreign Aid.
  14. Indian Banking and Currency system.


Algebra: Algebra of sets, relations, and functions, Inverse of a function, equivalence relation.The system of complex numbers, De Moivere’s Theorem and its simple applications. The relation between roots and coefficients of a polynomial equation – Evaluation of the symmetric function of roots of cubic and biquadratic equation

Algebra of Matrices: Determinants, Simple properties of determinants, Multiplication of determinants of orders two and three, Singular and non-singular matrices. The inverse of a matrix, Rank of a matrix and application of matrices to the solution of linear equations ( in three unknowns ).
The convergence of sequences, and series, tests of convergence of series with positive terms, Ratio, Root and Gauss tests.

Analytic Geometry: Straight lines, Circles, System of circles, parabola, ellipse and hyperbola in standard form and their elementary properties, Classification of curves second degree.

Differential Equation: First order differential equation. A solution of Second and higher-order linear differential equations with constant coefficients and simple applications.

Differential and Integral Calculus: Limit, continuity, and differentiability of functions, successive differentiation, derivatives of standard functions, Rolle’s and Mean-value Theorems, Maclaurin and Taylor’s series ( without proof) and their applications, Maxima and Minima of functions of one and two variables. Tangents and Normals, Curvature, Partial differentiation, Euler’s theorem for homogeneous function, Tracing of curves.
Standard methods of integration, Riemann’s definition of the definite integral, fundamental theorem of integral calculus, quadrature, rectification, volumes and surface area of solids of revolution.

Statistics: Frequency distributions, Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, Skewness and Kurtosis, Random variables and distribution function, Discrete distributions, Binomial and Poisson distribution, continuous distributions, Rectangular, Normal and Exponential distributions, Principles of least squares, correlation and regression, Random Sampling, random numbers, Sampling of attributes, Large Sample tests for mean and proportion, Tests of significance based on t, F and Chi-square distributions


This paper will cover all the subjects of commerce ordinarily taught at the B.Com. or similar degree courses of Indian Universities. Specifically, it will include the following subjects:

Accountancy: Conceptual framework, Income measurement, Final accounts, Accounting for partnership firms, Hire-purchase accounting, Corporate accounting (Issue, forfeiture, and re-issue of shares).

Business Organisation: Business objectives, Business environment, Business entrepreneurship (including location, choice of the form of business and growth strategies), Business operations including finance, production, marketing, and human resource development.

Management: Concept of management, Planning, Organising, Leading and Controlling.
Microeconomics: Price-mechanism, Theory of consumer behavior, Elasticity of demand, Production function, Theory of costs, Market structures, Price-determination under perfect competition and monopoly.

Indian Economics: Issues involved in planning for economic development, Sectoral analysis of Indian economy including agriculture, industry and foreign trade.

Business Statistics: Analysis of Univariate data involving measurement of Central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression analysis, index numbers, analysis of time-series, Theory of probability.

Business Law: Indian Contract Act, 1872, Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Partnership Act, 1932 and Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

Company Law: Kinds of companies, matters involving incorporation of company, shares and share capital and matters relating to issue and transfers of shares, members of a company, management of a company, meetings, and resolutions, winding up of a company.

Cost accounting: Procedures involved in cost accounting, marginal costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, Budgetary control, Standard costing.

Auditing: Meaning and objects of auditing, Types of audit, Audit process.

Income Tax: Basic concepts, Residence and tax liability, heads of income

  • In Numerical Aptitude paper for Visually Handicapped candidates of 40% and above visual disability and opting for SCRIBE there will not be any component of Map/ Graphs/Statistical Data/Diagrams/Figures/Geometrical problems.
  • The Commission shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying standards in each subject of the Tier-I Examination taking into consideration among others, category-wise vacancies and category-wise number of candidates. Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut-off marks fixed by the Commission would be required to appear in the SSC CGL Tier 2 Examination.
  • Tier-I will be used to screen the candidates for appearing in Tier-II for various papers which will be specifically required for different groups of posts. However, marks of such screened candidates in Tier-I will be taken into account for the final ranking of candidates for selecting them for the interview and also final selection.

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