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SSC CGL Tier – I, Tier – II, Tier – III and Tier – IV Exam Pattern 2019-20

The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam conducted annually by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) consists of four phases, where each phase needs to be cleared depending upon the requirement of different posts. SSC CGL 2019-20 Exam will be conducted in four tiers, i.e., Tier – I, Tier – II, Tier – III and Tier – IV as shown below in the table:                                                                                   

 

Tier

Type of Exam

Mode of Exam

Tier – I

Objective Multiple Choice

Computer-Based (Online)

Tier – II

Objective Multiple Choice

Computer-Based (Online)

Tier – III

Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi

Pen and Paper mode (Offline)

Tier – IV

Skill Test: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

Wherever Applicable (Not necessary for all the post)

Document Verification

Applicable for all

Changes in the SSC CGL Exam Pattern

1.) Online Exam: Previously SSC CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam are conducted through Paper Pen mode but from the year 2016 all SSC Exams are to be conducted through Online Mode which is also known as (CBT) Computer Based Test.

2.) E-Admit Cards: Candidates SSC had discontinued sending Paper Admit Cards to candidates resident appearing for SSC Exam. Be it’s CGL Exam or CHSL Exam Admit Card will be generated online and it can be downloaded through the respective SSC Regional Websites.

 Selection Process and Exam Pattern 2019-2020

The selection process of CGL 2017 is totally based on Written Exam which is changed and now it is known as Online Objective Test which is also called as (CBT) Computer Based Test. And after that candidates should appear for Descriptive Test as well as Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and for Skill Test also.

1) Tier – 1: Candidates this is the First Stage of the CGL Exam. This means those candidates who have applied for CGL Exam than firstly have to appear for the Tier-1 Exam.

Tier-1 Exam is an online mode exam and it comprises 4 sections with 25 questions contain each and every section with the total time duration 75 Minutes.

Quantitative Aptitude Section 25 Questions (50 Marks)  
General Intelligence & Reasoning Section 25 Questions (50 Marks) Total Time 
General Awareness Section 25 Questions (50 Marks) 60 min
English Language & Comprehension 25 Questions (50 Marks)  

                         

Points to remember

There is negative marking in SSC CGL 2019-20 Tier 1 Exam. 0.5 marks will be deducted from every question that is attempted wrong by a candidate in all the sections.

The exam duration is 80 minutes for candidates who are visually handicapped and suffering from Cerebral Palsy.

 

Final Merit: Final Selection of candidates will be made on all performances in all three tiers.
3) Tier-3: This stage is for those candidates who have qualified their Tier-2 Exam then they all have to appear for the Tier-3 Exam, This Stage is totally Descriptive Paper of Hindi/ English. Total Weight age of Tier-3 Exam is also 100 Marks and applicants have to score at least 33% of marks for qualifying for Merit List.

 Note: Minimum qualifying marks for Descriptive paper is 33%.

Subject-wise Detailed Syllabus of SSC CGL Tier – I (2019-20 Exam)

The above-mentioned syllabus was just a brief of the SSC CGL Tier-I Exam. Students must go through the detailed syllabus of all the sections and frame a study plan which will be helpful to identify and focus on their weakest topics.

General Intelligence and Reasoning

General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

English  Language & Comprehension

Classification

Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.)

Simplification

Reading Comprehension

Analogy

Science

Number System

Fill in the Blanks

Coding-Decoding

Current Affairs

Averages

Spellings

Puzzle

Sports

Percentage

Phrases and Idioms

Matrix

Books and Authors

Ratio and Proportion

One word Substitution

Word Formation

Important Schemes

Problem on Ages

Sentence Correction

Venn Diagram

Portfolios

Speed, Distance and Time

Error Spotting

Direction and Distance

People in the News

Interest

Synonyms

Blood Relations

Computers

Mensuration

Antonyms

Series

Awards and their importance

Data Interpretation

Idioms & Phrases

Verbal reasoning

Geography

Time and Work

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Economy

Algebra

Critical Thinking

Polity

Trigonometry

Emotional & Social Intelligence

Population Census

Geometry

 

General Intelligence & Reasoning: This section tests the candidates’ ability to think and problem-solving skills. The questions asked in this question are mainly the brain teasers and sometimes can be quite tricky to answer. The questions will be of both verbal and non-verbal type out of the following chapters:

 

General Intelligence & Reasoning Topics

S. No.

Topics

S. No.

Topics

1

Analogies

21

Figural Classification

2

Similarities and Differences

22

Semantic Series

3

Space visualization

23

Number Series

4

Spatial orientation

24

Figural Series

5

Problem solving & Analysis

25

Problem Solving

6

Judgment & Decision making

26

Word Building

7

Visual memory

27

Numerical Operations

8

Discrimination & observation

28

Symbolic Operations

9

Relationship concepts

29

Embedded Figures

10

Arithmetical Reasoning and figural classification

30

Space Orientation & Visualization

11

Arithmetic Number Series

31

Venn Diagrams

12

Non-verbal series

32

Drawing inferences

13

Coding and Decoding

33

Punched hole/ pattern–folding & Un-folding

14

Statement conclusion

34

Figural pattern–folding and completion

15

Syllogistic reasoning

35

Critical thinking

16

Semantic Analogy

36

Address matching

17

Symbolic/ Number Analogy

37

Date & city matching

18

Figural Analogy

38

Classification of center codes/ roll numbers

19

Semantic Classification

39

Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding

20

Symbolic/Number Classification

40

Decoding and classification

 

General Awareness: This part is considered to be one of the high scoring sections of the SSC CGL Exam. It targets at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Questions from current affairs taking place around the world and in India will also be a part of this section. Below are the major topics covered in the SSC CGL Tier-I exam under the General Awareness Section:

1 History: Facts about Harappa Civilization; Vedic culture; Name of the Kings who built important ancient Temples and Institutions like Nalanda; Chronology of Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leaders.
2 Geography: India and its neighboring countries; Famous Seaport and Airport and their location; the important institution of world and India and their locations like BRICS, World Bank, IMF, and RBI, etc.
3 Economy: Terminology of Budget (like National Income, GDP, Fiscal Deficit and many more); Five Year Plan and its importance; Famous persons in the economy; Institutions and their importance like RBI, SEBI, etc.
4 Polity: Supreme Court; Meaning of Write; Election of President and his functions; Important constitution bodies like CAG; Facts about parliament; Fundamental Duties; Governor and his functions; State legislature; Major Constitutional amendments and their importance; Official Language; Emergency Provisions; National political parties and their symbols.
5 Chemistry: Chemical Properties of Substance and their uses; SI units; Chemical Name of Important substances like Plaster of Paris etc.; Chemical Change and Physical Change; Properties of Gases; Surface Chemistry; Chemistry in Everyday Life.
6 Biology: Important Inventions and their inventor; Important and Interesting facts about human body parts; Nutrition in Animals and Plants; Diseases and their causes like Bacteria; Viruses and Protozoa; The Last four chapters of NCERT of Class 12th for the environment.
7 Physics: Important inventions and their inventor; S.I. units; Motion; Sound; light; Wave; Energy; Electricity.
8 Computer: Development of computers; Input and output devices; Memory.
9 Miscellaneous: Population Census; Important books and their writers; First sports achievement for India and the world like first Olympic, first Asian Game, etc.; State Animals and Symbols; Awards and their importance; Name of the Scientist who got Noble prize for important discoveries.

 

Quantitative Aptitude Topic

Quantitative Aptitude Topics

S. No.

Topics

S. No.

Topics

1

Number System

20

Congruence and similarity of triangles

2

Fractions and Decimals

21

Circle and its chords, tangents

3

Percentage

22

Angles subtended by chords of a circle

4

Ratio & Proportion

23

Common tangents to two or more circles

5

Square roots

24

Triangle

6

Averages

25

Quadrilaterals

7

Interest

26

Regular Polygons

8

Profit and Loss

27

Right Prism

9

Discount

28

Right Circular Cone

10

Partnership Business

29

Right Circular Cylinder

11

Mixture and Alligation

30

Sphere & Hemispheres

12

Time and distance

31

Rectangular Parallelepiped

13

Time & Work

32

Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base

14

Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds

33

Degree and Radian Measures

15

Graphs of Linear Equations

34

Standard Identities

16

Trigonometry

35

Complementary Angles

17

Bar diagram & Pie chart

36

Heights and Distances

18

Geometry and Mensuration

37

Histogram

19

Triangle and its various kinds of centers

38

Frequency polygon

 

English Language and Comprehension: This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct grammar usage, vocabulary usage, and basic comprehension skills. Here is the list of topics covered in English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC CGL Tier-I Exam:

Synonyms

Antonyms

Sentence Completion

One Word Substitution

Spotting Errors

Sentence improvement

Spelling Test

Idioms & Phrases

Reading comprehension

Normally, the questions asked in this section are direct and quite easy. Therefore, candidates can score really well in this section. This section is important in both, Tier-I and Tier-II, levels of SSC CGL 2019-20 Exam.

SSC CGL Tier-II Complete Syllabus 2019-20

This is an objective type of Exam conducted online. It consists of four papers, whose Section-wise details are given below:

Paper

Subject

No. of Questions

Max Marks

Exam Duration

I

Quantitative Abilities

100

200

2 Hours

II

English Language and Comprehension

200

200

2 Hours

III

Statistics

100

200

2 Hours

IV

General Studies (Finance & Economics)

100

200

2 Hours

 

This Stage is for those candidates who have qualified their Tier-1 Exam and short-listed for the Tier-2 Exam.

Tier-2 Exam is also an Online Mode Exam and it comprises 3 sections,

Paper 1 is for English (Matriculation Level)

Paper 2 is for Quantitative Abilities (10+2 Level)

Paper 3 is based on Statistical Methods (For Junior Statistical Officer) (Graduation Level)

Paper 4 is for those who have shortlisted for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer. (Graduation Level)

 Paper 1 English 100 Questions (200 Marks)
 paper 2 Quantitative Abilities 100 Questions (200 Marks)

Basically Paper 1 and Paper 2 are compulsory for Every candidate who has qualified their Tier-1 Exam and Paper 3 is for those candidates who have applied for Statistical Investigator Posts.

 

Paper – I: Quantitative Abilities

This paper has exactly the same syllabus which was earlier stated for the Quantitative Aptitude Section of the SSC CGL Tier -1 Exam.  Below are the major topics covered in SSC CGL Tier-II exam under Paper I - Quantitative Abilities:

Paper-1: Quantitative Abilities Topics

S. No.

Topics

S. No.

Topics

1

Number System

20

Congruence and similarity of triangles

2

Fractions and Decimals

21

Circle and its chords, tangents

3

Percentage

22

Angles subtended by chords of a circle

4

Ratio & Proportion

23

Common tangents to two or more circles

5

Square roots

24

Triangle

6

Averages

25

Quadrilaterals

7

Interest

26

Regular Polygons

8

Profit and Loss

27

Right Prism

9

Discount

28

Right Circular Cone

10

Partnership Business

29

Right Circular Cylinder

11

Mixture and Alligation

30

Sphere & Hemispheres

12

Time and distance

31

Rectangular Parallelepiped

13

Time & Work

32

Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base

14

Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds

33

Degree and Radian Measures

15

Graphs of Linear Equations

34

Standard Identities

16

Trigonometry

35

Complementary Angles

17

Bar diagram & Pie chart

36

Heights and Distances

18

Geometry and Mensuration

37

Histogram

19

Triangle and its various kinds of centers

38

Frequency polygon

Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension

Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate‘s understanding and knowledge of English Language. Here is the list of topics covered in Paper II - English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC CGL Tier-II Exam:

Spotting the error

Fill in the blanks

Synonyms

Antonyms

Spelling/detecting miss-spelled 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

Close passage

Comprehension passage

Paper – III: Statistics (For Junior Statistical Officer)

Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/Paper.

S. No.

Paper III Statistics Topics

1

Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data

2

Measures of Central Tendency

3

Measures of Dispersion

4

Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis

5

Correlation and Regression

6

Probability Theory

7

Random Variable and Probability Distributions

8

Sampling Theory

9

Statistical Inference

10

Analysis of Variance

11

Time Series Analysis

12

Index Numbers

Here is the detailed list of topics covered in Statistics Paper-III of SSC CGL Tier-II Exam:

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; the 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 correlations (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 variables (discrete).

Sampling Theory: Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, 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); and 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 one-way classified data and 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 an index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

 

Paper-IV: General Studies-Finance and Economics (Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer)

Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV, i.e., for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Paper

Subject

No of Questions

Max Marks

Exam Duration

Part - A

Finance and Accounts

100

80

2 Hours

Part - B

Economics and Governance

120

Part A: Finance and Accounts - (80 marks):

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, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, Ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organizations Accounts, Receipts and Payments, and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance - (120 marks)

Comptroller & Auditor General of India - Constitutional provisions, Role, and responsibility

Finance Commission - Role and functions

Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics - Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve

Theory of Demand and Supply - Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, 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 and Laws of returns to scale.

Forms of Market and price determination in different markets - Various forms of markets - Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets

Indian Economy –

Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors - Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;

National Income of India - Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income

Population - Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth

Poverty and unemployment - Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment

Infrastructure - Energy, Transportation, Communication

Economic Reforms in India - Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment

Money and Banking -

Monetary/ Fiscal policy - Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks

Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments

Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003

Role of Information Technology in Governance

SSC CGL Tier - III Exam Complete Syllabus 2019-20

SSC CGL Tier - III Exam is a descriptive paper that will be taken offline via pen and paper mode. In this exam, candidates’ language proficiency, grammar knowledge, vocabulary usage, and writing skills will be tested in English/Hindi. Candidates are required to write essays, précis, applications, letters, etc. in 60 minutes.

Mode of

Examination

Subject

Maximum Marks

Time

Pen and Paper

Mode

Descriptive Type Paper in English or Hindi

(Writing of Essay/ Précis/ Letter/ Application etc.)

100

60 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier - IV Exam Complete Syllabus 2019-20

The SSC CGL Tier - IV Exam comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts and document verification procedure:

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test):

Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer is specifically for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax).

The “Data Entry Speed Test” Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes.

This test will be of qualifying nature and is used to check the typing speed of the candidate.

DEST will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose.

Orthopedically Handicapped (OH) candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in Skill Test. OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are not exempted from Skill Test.

Hearing Handicapped (HH) and Visually Handicapped (VH) candidates are not eligible for exemption from the Skill TestVH candidates will be allowed additional compensatory time of 5 minutes in DEST. Only those VH candidates who opt for scribes in the written examination will be provided passage reader at the time of Skill Test.

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test):

The Commission will hold CPT, comprising three modules –

Word Processing,

Spread Sheet and

Generation of Slides

The test will be conducted for the post of

Assistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.

CPT will be of qualifying nature.

The CPT will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose. No exemption from CPT is allowed for any category of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates.

Document Verification: