SSC CGL Syllabus For Tier 1 and 2, Download PDF


The SSC CGL Syllabus will help the candidates prepare well for the upcoming SSC CGL Exam, scheduled for September-October 2024. A thorough understanding of the syllabus is an extremely crucial milestone on the road to clearing the CGL exam. Candidates can check the detailed SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for Tier 1 and Tier 2 in the article below.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2024

It is well known that SSC CGL will consist of two stages, Tier I and Tier II, with different difficulty levels. Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the SSC CGL are conducted online. The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is qualifying in nature, whereas the final selection is based on the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam.

Below we have described the Tier 1 and Tier 2 exam syllabus in detail. We have shared the syllabus PDF link in this article for your convenience. You can download and save it on your mobile phone for further use. To understand the SSC CGL exam pattern visit here.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1 Exam

The SSC CGL Tier 1 exam comprises 100 questions, with a maximum mark of 200. It lasts 60 minutes. SSC CGL Tier I is divided into four sections, with 25 questions each and a maximum mark of 50.

The sections asked in the SSC CGL syllabus Tier I Exam are:

  • General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Reasoning
  • English Comprehension

The Topic-wise Syllabus of Tier 1 is given in the Table below:

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

The quantitative aptitude section of the SSC CGL syllabus covers many topics from basic to advanced mathematics.

Topics Brief Explanation
Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions Basic arithmetic operations with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions.
Relationships between Numbers Understanding patterns and properties of numbers.
Profit and Loss Concepts related to profit and loss in business transactions.
Discount Calculations involving discounts on various products.
Partnership Business Sharing of profits and losses among business partners.
Mixture and Allegation Problem-solving involves mixtures of different elements.
Time and Distance Relationships between time, speed, and distance.
Time & Work Concepts of time, work, efficiency, and productivity.
Percentage Calculations and applications of percentages.
Ratio & Proportion Relationships between quantities and proportions.
Square Roots Understanding square roots and their applications.
Averages Calculation and interpretation of averages in data sets.
Interest Simple and compound interest calculations.
Basic Algebraic Identities of School Algebra & Elementary Surds Fundamental algebraic identities and concepts related to surds.
Graphs of Linear Equations Plotting and interpreting graphs of linear equations.
Triangle and its Various Kinds of Centers Different centres in a triangle and related properties.
Congruence and Similarity of Triangles Concepts of congruence and similarity in triangles.
Circle and its Chords, Tangents, Angles Subtended by Chords of a Circle, Common Tangents to Two or More Circles Properties and relationships involving circles.
Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons Properties of quadrilaterals and regular polygons.
3D Geometry (Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere) Properties and volumes of three-dimensional shapes.
Heights and Distances Problem-solving involving heights and distances.
Statistical Charts (Histogram, Frequency Polygon, Bar Diagram & Pie Chart) Interpretation and analysis of statistical charts.
Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with Triangular or Square Base Properties of these geometric figures.
Trigonometric Ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary Angles Basics of trigonometry, including ratios, angles, and identities.

SSC CGL General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus

SSC CGL Reasoning syllabus includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. In this section, there are a total of 25 questions carrying 50 marks in total.

Topics Brief Explanation
Analogies Identifying relationships and similarities between concepts.
Similarities and Differences Recognizing commonalities and distinctions among items.
Space Visualization Visualizing and manipulating objects in three-dimensional space.
Spatial Orientation Understanding the orientation of objects in space.
Problem-Solving Applying logic and reasoning to find solutions to problems.
Analysis Breaking down information to understand its components.
Judgment Forming opinions or decisions based on available information.
Blood Relations Understanding familial relationships and connections.
Decision Making Making choices based on logical reasoning and evaluation.
Visual Memory Recalling and recognizing visual information.
Discrimination Recognizing and distinguishing between different elements.
Observation Noticing and interpreting details in a given situation.
Relationship Concepts Understanding relationships and connections between elements.
Arithmetical Reasoning Solving problems using mathematical and logical operations.
Figural Classification Grouping and classifying figures based on certain criteria.
Arithmetic Number Series Identifying numerical patterns and sequences.
Non-Verbal Series Recognizing patterns in non-verbal elements.
Coding and Decoding Transforming information using a specific code or rule.
Statement Conclusion Drawing conclusions based on given statements.
Syllogistic Reasoning Assessing logical relationships between statements.

SSC CGL English Syllabus

The SSC CGL syllabus of Tier 1 English will contain 25 questions carrying 50 marks in total. Here are the topic-wise syllabus of the English Language

Topic Brief Explanation
Phrases and Idioms Understanding and using common phrases and idiomatic expressions.
One-word Substitution Replacing a phrase or group of words with a single word.
Sentence Correction Identifying and rectifying grammatical errors in sentences.
Error Spotting Locating and correcting errors in sentences.
Fill in the Blanks Completing sentences by filling in missing words or phrases.
Spellings Correction Correcting the spelling of words in a given context.
Reading Comprehension Understanding and interpreting passages of text.
Synonyms-Antonyms Identifying words with similar or opposite meanings.
Active Passive Transforming sentences from active voice to passive voice.
Sentence Rearrangement Rearranging words or sentences to form coherent paragraphs.
Sentence Improvement Enhancing the structure, clarity, or correctness of sentences.
Cloze Test Fill in the blanks within a passage to create a coherent text.

SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus

The syllabus of SSC CGL General Awareness is not something that can be mastered in a day. Still, from an exam point of view, if consistently spent time, a candidate can perform well in relatively less time than with Quantitative aptitude.

Topic Brief Explanation
India and its Neighbouring Countries Knowledge about India’s and its neighbours’ history, culture, geography, economy, general policy, and scientific research.
Science Understanding of basic scientific principles and developments.
Current Affairs Awareness of recent events and developments locally and globally.
Books and Authors Familiarity with notable literary works and their creators.
Sports Knowledge of current and historical sports events and achievements.
Important Schemes Understanding key government initiatives and programs.
Important Days Awareness of significant national and international observances.
Portfolio Understanding roles and responsibilities of key government officials.
People in News Knowledge about prominent personalities in the news.

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SSC CGL Syllabus For Tier 2

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will be conducted online comprising 3 papers-

  1. Paper I (Compulsory for all posts),
  2. Paper II for candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and
  3. Paper III for candidates applying for the Assistant Audit Officer/Accounts Officer posts.
    Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I

Module-1 of Session-1 of Paper-1 (SSC CGL Mathematical Abilities Syllabus):

  1. Computation of whole numbers
  2. Decimals
  3. Fractions
  4. Relationships between numbers
  5. Percentage
  6. Ratio & Proportion
  7. Square roots
  8. Averages
  9. Interest
  10. Profit and Loss
  11. Discount
  12. Partnership Business
  13. Mixture and Alligation
  14. Time and distance
  15. Time & Work
  16. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  17. Graphs of Linear Equations
  18. Triangle and its various kinds of centers
  19. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  20. Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
  21. Triangle
  22. Quadrilaterals
  23. Regular Polygons
  24. Right Prism
  25. Right Circular Cone
  26. Right Circular Cylinder
  27. Sphere
  28. Hemispheres
  29. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  30. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  31. Trigonometric ratio
  32. Degree and Radian Measures
  33. Standard Identities
  34. Complementary angles
  35. Mensuration
  36. Heights and Distances
  37. Histogram
  38. Frequency polygon
  39. Bar diagram
  40. Pie chart

Module 2 of Section-1 of Paper-1 (SSC CGL Reasoning and General Intelligence Syllabus)

  1. Questions of both verbal and non-verbal types.
  2. Semantic Analogy
  3. Symbolic operations
  4. Symbolic/Number Analogy
  5. Trends
  6. Figural Analogy
  7. Space Orientation
    Semantic Classification
  8. Venn Diagrams
  9. Symbolic/ Number Classification
  10. Drawing inferences
  11. Figural Classification
  12. Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
  13. Semantic Series
  14. Figural Patternfolding and completion
  15. Number Series
  16. Embedded figures
  17. Figural Series
  18. Critical Thinking
  19. Problem-Solving
  20. Emotional Intelligence
  21. Word Building
  22. Social Intelligence
  23. Coding and de-coding
  24. Numerical operations

Module-1 of Section-2 of Paper-1 (SSC CGL English Language And Comprehension Syllabus):

  1. Spot the error
  2. Fill in the blanks
  3. Synonyms
  4. Antonyms
  5. Spelling/ detecting misspelled words
  6. Idioms & phrases
  7. One-word substitution
  8. Improvement of sentences
  9. Active/ passive voice of verbs
  10. Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
  11. Shuffling of sentence parts
  12. Shuffling of sentences in a passage
  13. Cloze passage
  14. Comprehension passage

Three or more paragraphs will be given to test comprehension, and questions based on those will be asked. At least one paragraph should be a simple one based on a book or a story and the other two paragraphs should be on current affairs, based on a report or an editorial.

Module II of Section II of Paper-I (SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus)

  1. India and its neighboring countries especially about History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research
  2. Science
  3. Current Affairs
  4. Books and Authors
  5. Sports
  6. Important Schemes
  7. Important Days
  8. Portfolio
  9. People in News

Module-I of Section III of Paper-I (SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Syllabus)

Computer Basics: Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), Input/ Output devices, computer memory, memory organization, backup devices, PORTs, Windows Explorer. Keyboard shortcuts.
Software: Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS Word, MS Excel, and PowerPoint, etc.
Working with the Internet and e-mails: Web Browsing and searching, Downloading and uploading, Managing an E-mail Account, e-banking

The basics of networking and cyber security include networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, viruses, worms, Trojans, etc.), and preventive measures.

Paper II (Statistics)

1. Collection, Classification, and Presentation of Statistical Data –Primary and Secondary data, collection methods; data tabulation; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; and diagram presentation of frequency distributions.

2. Measures of Central Tendency – Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.

3. Measures of Dispersion – Common measures of dispersion are range, quartile deviations, mean deviation, and standard deviation, as well as measures of relative dispersion.

4. Moments, Skewness, and Kurtosis – This section covers the different types of moments and their relationship, the meaning of skewness and kurtosis, and the different measures of skewness and kurtosis.

5. 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).

6. Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes‟ theorem.

7. Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variables; 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).

8. Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling 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.

9. 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.

10. Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.

11. Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determination of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.

12. Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the Construction of Index Numbers, Types of Index Numbers, Different Formulae, Base Shifting and Splicing of Index Numbers, Cost of Living Index Numbers, and Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper-III (SSC CGL General Studies-Finance and Economics Syllabus)

This section of the SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus is divided into 2 parts Finance & Accounts and Economics & Governance for which the sub-topics are detailed below-

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

1.1 Financial Accounting

  1. Nature and scope
  2. Limitations of Financial Accounting
  3. Basic Concepts and Conventions
  4. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

1.2 Basic Concepts of Accounting

  1. Single and double-entry
  2. Books of Original Entry
  3. Bank Reconciliation
  4. Journal, ledgers
  5. Trial Balance
  6. Rectification of Errors
  7. Manufacturing
  8. Trading
  9. Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts
  10. Balance Sheet
  11. The distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure
  12. Depreciation Accounting
  13. Valuation of Inventories
  14. Non-profit organization’s Accounts
  15. Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts
  16. Bills of Exchange
  17. Self Balancing Ledgers

Part B: SSC CGL Economics and Governance Syllabus-(120 marks):

2.1 Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional Provisions, Role, and Responsibility.

2.2 Finance Commission-Role and functions.

2.3 Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Micro Economics

  1. Definition
  2. Scope and Nature of Economics
  3. Methods of economic study
  4. Central problems of an economy
  5. Production possibilities curve

2.4 Theory of Demand and Supply

  1. Meaning and determinants of demand
  2. Law of Demand and Elasticity of Demand
  3. Price
  4. Income and cross-elasticity
  5. Theory of consumer behaviour
  6. Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach
  7. Meaning and determinants of supply
  8. Law of supply
  9. The elasticity of Supply

2.5 Theory of Production and Cost

  1. Meaning and Factors of Production
  2. Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and of returns to scale.

2.6 Forms of Market and price determination in different markets

  1. Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition
  2. Monopoly
  3. Monopolistic Competition
  4. Oligopoly
  5. Price determination in these markets.

2.7 Indian Economy:

2.7.1 The nature of the Indian Economy: the Role of different sectors, the Role of Agriculture, Industry, and Services, problems, and growth.

2.7.2 National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different Methods of measuring national income.

2.7.3 Population size, rate of growth, and its implication on economic growth.

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

2.7.5 Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.

2.8 Economic Reforms in India

  1. Economic reforms since 1991
  2. Liberalization
  3. Privatization
  4. Globalization
  5. Disinvestment

2.9 Money and Banking:

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

2.9.2 Budget and Fiscal Deficits and Balance of Payments.

2.9.3 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.

2.10 Role of Information Technology in Governance.

Note: Questions in Module-I of Section- I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities) will be of Matriculation Level, in Module-I of Section- II of Paper-I (English Language and Comprehension) of 10+2 Level and in Paper-II and
Paper-III of Graduation Level.

Module II of Section III of Paper-I (SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Syllabus)

DEST – Module II of Section III of Paper-I will include conducting a 15-minute Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) in Session II on the same day.
The “Data Entry Speed Test” (DEST) Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for 15 (fifteen) minutes. Detailed instructions regarding the Skill Test will
be provided by the Regional Offices of the Commission.

Candidates are required to type 2000 words in English in 15 minutes on a computer. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s typing skills. Candidates are given an article in English that they must type on the Computer. For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), the DEST Exam through the SSC CGL 2022 exam is conducted to check the candidate’s typing speed.

DEST will be mandatory for all posts. However, it will be qualifying in nature.

SSC CGL Syllabus PDF Download

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Books to Prepare for the SSC CGL Exam

Preparing for SSC CGL requires a strategic approach encompassing subjects such as Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and General Studies. A combination of comprehensive textbooks, practice sets, and current affairs resources can contribute to a well-rounded preparation strategy. Here are some highly recommended books for your SSC CGL journey.

Subject Books
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude” by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic” by Rajesh Verma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations” by Abhijit Guha
English Language
  • Objective General English” by S.P. Bakshi,
  • Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis
  • High School English Grammar and Composition” by Wren & Martin
Reasoning Ability
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning” by R.S. Aggarwal
  • “Analytical Reasoning” by M.K. Pandey, “Logical and Analytical Reasoning” by A.K. Gupta
General Awareness
  • “Manorama Yearbook” for current affairs and general knowledge
  • “Lucent’s General Knowledge” by Dr. Binay Karna and Manwendra Mukul
  • Newspapers like “The Hindu” for staying updated on current events
General Studies
  • NCERT books” for classes 8th to 10th (History, Geography, Economics, Polity, and Science)
  • “Indian Polity” by M. Laxmikanth
  • “Indian Economy” by Ramesh Singh
  • “Certificate Physical and Human Geography” by Goh Cheng Leong
Practice Sets and Previous Year Papers
  • “SSC CGL Tier-I Solved Papers” by Disha Experts
  • “SSC Mathematics Chapter-wise Solved Papers” by Kiran Prakashan
  • “SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Goalpost Solved Papers” by DT Editorial Services

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