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SSC CGL Syllabus 2023 and Exam Pattern

The Staff Selection Commission conducts a Graduate level examination (SSC CGL) for recruitment to different central civil posts—Assistant/Inspector/SI/Divisional Accountant/Statistical Officer/Auditor/Accountant/Junior Accountant/UDC/Tax Assistant/Complier—for which graduation from a recognised university is the maximum educational qualification required.

The recruitment for these posts is done in the departments of Central Secretariat Service, Central Vigilance Commission, Intelligence Bureau, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence, CBI and a few other Ministries/Departments/Organizations of the Central Government.

SSC CGL Syllabus and Exam Pattern 

Let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Sylabus and Exam Pattern in detail given below:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 

According to the most recent SSC CGL notification, the SSC CGL selection procedure is divided into two stages: Tier I and Tier II. All candidates must pass all stages and will be chosen based on their performance across all tiers. The SSC CGL examination will be conducted in two tiers as given below:

  1. Tier 1: Objective Type – Computer Based Examination(CBT)
  2. Tier 2: Objective Type – Computer Based Examination(CBT)

SSC CGL  Tier-1 Exam Pattern 

Here are some important key points about the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam pattern:

  • The examination will be of the MCQ type and will be conducted in an online mode.
  • The questions will be set in both English and Hindi, except for English Comprehension.
  • The question paper will be divided into 4 sections: General Intelligence & Reasoning; General Awareness/GK; Quantitative Aptitude; and English Comprehension.
  • There will be a total of 100 questions (each section with 25 questions) for a total of 200 marks. The duration of the examination will be 60 minutes.
  • There will be a 0.50 mark penalty for each incorrect answer.

Candidates may check the table below to know about the scheme of the SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern:

  Tier              Papers  No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time allowed
    1General Intelligence and Reasoning   25 50    60 minutes
General Awareness   25 50
Quantitative Aptitude   25 50
English Comprehension   25 50
 Total 100 200


SSC CGL  Tier 2 Exam Pattern 

Here are some important key points about the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam pattern:

  • The SSC CGL Tier-2 will consist of objective type,multiple choice questions except for the DEST test.
  • The SSC CGL Tier-2 exam will be conducted in 3 phases: Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3.
  • Paper-I is compulsory for all the posts.
  • Paper-II will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme
  • Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • The questions will be set in both English and Hindi, except for English Comprehension.
  • There will be a 1 mark penalty for each incorrect answer in Paper-I, and a 0.50 mark penalty for each incorrect answer in Paper-II and Paper-III.

Candidates may check the table below to know about the scheme of the SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern:

      SL. No.                         Papers    Duration
      1Paper-I: (Compulsory for all posts)    2 hours 30 minutes
      2Paper-II: Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)    2 hours
      3Paper-III: Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer    2 hours


Detailed Scheme of SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern:

TierPaperSessionSubjectNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
  2    ISession-I
(2 hours
and 15
Module-I: Mathematical
Module-II: Reasoning
and General Intelligence.
Total = 60
= 180
1 hour
(for each section)
Module-I: English
Language and
Module-II: General
Total = 70
= 210
Module-I: Computer
Knowledge Module
= 60
15 Minutes
(for each module)
Module-II: Data Entry
Speed Test Module
One Data
Entry Task
= 200
2 hours
(for each Paper)
Paper-IIIGeneral Studies (Finance
and Economics
= 200


SSC CGL Syllabus 

Let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Syllabus in detail given below:

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 

SSC CGL Syllabus for tier 1 in detail given below:

SSC CGL tier 1 Syllabus
  • General Intelligence & Reasoning
  1. Analogies,
  2. problem solving,
  3. analysis,
  4. similarities and differences,
  5. space visualization, spatial orientation,
  6. judgment,
  7. observation,
  8. relationship concepts,
  9. arithmetical
  10. decision making,
  11. visual memory,
  12. discrimination,
  13. coding and decoding,
  14. statement conclusion,
  15. syllogistic reasoning
  16. reasoning and figural classification,
  17. arithmetic number series,
  18. non-verbal series,
  19. Semantic Analogy,
  20. Symbolic/Number Analogy,
  21. Figural Analogy,
  22. Semantic Classification,
  23. Symbolic/Number
  24. Problem Solving,
  25. Word Building,
  26. Coding & de-coding,
  27. Numerical Operations,
  28. Classification,
  29. Figural Classification,
  30. Semantic Series,
  31. Number Series,
  32. Figural Series,
  33. Drawing inferences,
  34. Punched hole/pattern- folding& un-folding,
  35. Figural Pattern-folding and completion,Indexing,
  36. Address matching,
  37. symbolic Operations,
  38. Trends,
  39. Space Orientation,
  40. Space Visualization,
  41. Venn Diagrams,
  42. Date & city matching,
  43. Embedded Figures,
  44. Critical thinking,
  45. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers,
  46. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding,decoding and classification,
  47. Emotional Intelligence,
  48. Social Intelligence etc.
  • General Awareness
  1. History,
  2. Geography,
  3. Culture
  4. Polity
  5. Economy
  6. General Science(Physics,Chemisty,Biology)

  7. General Policy
  8. Famous Days & Dates
  9. Science – Inventions & Discoveries
  10. Science & Technology
  11. Sports
  12. Books and Authors
  13. Awards and Honors
  14. Budget and Five Year Plans
  15. States & Capitals of India
  16. International & National Organizations
  17. General Science
  18. Famous Places in India
  19. Abbreviations
  20. Countries & Capitals
  21. Heritage
  22. Environmental Issues
  23. Indian Parliament
  24. Rivers Lakes and Seas
  25. Current Affairs – National & International
  26. Indian Politics
  27. Artists
  28. Civics, etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  1. computation of whole numbers,
  2. decimals,
  3. fractions and relationships between numbers,
  4. Discount,
  5. Partnership Business,
  6. Mixture and Alligation,
  7. Percentage.
  8. Ratio &
  9. Square roots,
  10. Averages,
  11. Interest,
  12. Profit and Loss,
  13. Triangle and its various kinds of centres,
  14. Congruence and similarity of triangles,
  15. Circle and its chords, tangents,
  16. Time and distance,
  17. Time &Work,
  18. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds,
  19. Graphs of Linear Equations,
  20. angles subtended by chords of a circle,
  21. common tangents to two or more circles,
  22. Hemispheres,
  23. Rectangular Parallelepiped,
  24. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,
  25. Triangle,
  26. Quadrilaterals,
  27. Regular Polygons,
  28. Circle,
  29. Right Prism,
  30. Right Circular Cone,
  31. Right Circular Cylinder,
  32. Sphere,
  33. Trigonometric ratio,
  34. Degree and Radian Measures,
  35. Frequency polygon,
  36. Bar diagram & Pie chart
  37. Standard Identities,
  38. Complementary angles,
  39. Heights and Distances,
  40. Histogram etc.
  • English Comprehension

  1. Spellings Correction
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Synonyms-Antonyms
  4. Sentence Correction
  5. Error Spotting
  6. Fill in the Blanks
  7. Cloze test
  8. Idioms & Phrases
  9. Active Passive
  10. Sentence Rearrangement
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. One Word Substitution, etc.


SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 

SSC CGL Syllabus for tier 2 in detail given below:

SSC CGL tier 2 Paper-I Syllabus
  • Module-I of Session-I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities):
  1. Number Systems: Decimal and
    Fractions,Computation of Whole Number, Relationship between numbers.
  2. Fundamental arithmetical operations:Square roots, Averages, Interest (Simple and Compound),Percentages, Ratio and
    Proportion,Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time and work
  3. Algebra: surds (simple problems) and Graphs of Linear Equations.Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary
  4. Geometry: Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of
    triangles,Familiarity with elementary geometric figures and facts:tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle,Circle and its chords, common tangents to two or more circles.
  5. Mensuration: Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere,Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle,
    Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
  6. Trigonometry:Trigonometric ratios, Complementary angles,Trigonometry, Height and distances (simple problems only) Standard
    Identities like sin2� + cos2�=1 etc.
  7. Statistics and probability: Use of Tables and Graphs:Bar-diagram,Histogram,
    Frequency polygon,Pie-chart; Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation; calculation of
    simple probabilities etc.
  • Module-II of Section-I of Paper-I (Reasoning and General
Questions of both verbal and non-verbal type:


  1. Trends,
  2. Figural Analogy,
  3. Semantic Analogy,
  4. Symbolic operations,
  5. Symbolic/Number Analogy,
  6. Drawing inferences,
  7. Figural Classification,
  8. Punchedhole/ pattern-folding & unfolding,
  9. Semantic Series,
  10. Space Orientation,
  11. Semantic Classification,
  12. Venn Diagrams,
  13. Symbolic/ Number
  14. Classification,
  15. Critical Thinking,
  16. Problem Solving,
  17. Figural Patternfolding and completion,
  18. Number Series,
  19. Embedded figures,
  20. FiguralSeries,
  21. Emotional Intelligence,
  22. Coding and de-coding,
  23. Numerical operations
  24. Word Building,
  25. Social Intelligence etc.
  • Module-I of Section-II of Paper-I (English Language And
  1. Vocabulary,
  2. grammar,
  3. sentence structure,
  4. Spellings/ Detecting mis-spelt words,
  5. Idioms& Phrases,
  6. synonyms, antonyms and their correct usage;
  7. Spot the Error,
  8. Fill in the Blanks,
  9. Synonyms/Homonyms, Antonyms,
  10. One word substitution,
  11. Shuffling of Sentences in a passage,
  12. Improvement of Sentences,
  13. Active/Passive Voice of Verbs,
  14. Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration,
  15. Shuffling of Sentence parts,
  16. ClozePassage,
  17. Comprehension Passage etc.
  • Module-II of Section-II of Paper-I (General Awareness):
  1. History,
  2. Geography,
  3. Famous Days & Dates
  4. Books and Authors
  5. Awards and Honors
  6. Polity
  7. Economy
  8. General Science(Physics,Chemisty,Biology)

  9. General Policy
  10. Culture
  11. Abbreviations
  12. Countries & Capitals
  13. Heritage
  14. Budget and Five Year Plans
  15. States & Capitals of India
  16. International & National Organizations
  17. Science – Inventions & Discoveries
  18. Science & Technology
  19. Sports
  20. Famous Places in India
  21. Indian Politics
  22. Environmental Issues
  23. Indian Parliament
  24. Rivers Lakes and Seas
  25. General Science
  26. Artists
  27. Civics,
  28. Current Affairs – National & International etc.
  • Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I (Computer Proficiency):
  1. Computer Basics:Central Processing Unit (CPU), Organization of a computer,input/ output devices,back- up devices,computer memory, memory organization,PORTs,Windows Explorer. Keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Software: Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS Excel, MS Word and Power Point etc..
  3. Working with Internet and e-mails: Managing an E-mail Account, e-Banking.Web  Downloading & Uploading,Browsing & Searching
  4. Basics of networking and cyber security:Network and information security threats (Networking devices and
    protocols,like hacking,virus, worms, Trojan etc.) and preventive measures etc.


SSC CGL tier 2 Paper-II Syllabus
  • Paper-II (Statistics):
  1. Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data –
    Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions;Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection;Diagrammatic
    presentation of frequency distributions.
  2. Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency –Partition values- quartiles,deciles, percentiles.mean median and mode;
  3. Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion –mean deviation and standard deviation;range,quartile deviations,Measures of relative dispersion.
  4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – meaning of skewness and kurtosis;Different types of moments and their relationship;different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
  5. Correlation and Regression –simple regression lines; Spearman’s rank correlation;Scatter diagram; simple correlation coefficient;Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only),Measures of association of attributes; Multiple regression.
  6. Probability Theory – Conditional probability; Compound probability;Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability;Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
  7. Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random
    variable;Higher moments of a random variable; Binomial,Probability functions; Expectation and Variance of a random variable;Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions; Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete).
  8.  Sampling Theory –Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and nonprobability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified
    sampling, multistage sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling and quota sampling); Sampling distribution(statement
    only); Sample size decisions,Concept of population and sample; Parameter
    and statistic,
  9. Statistical Inference –Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method),Point estimation and interval estimation,Properties of a good estimator,Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F statistic,Testing of hypothesis, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests,Confidence intervals.
  10.  Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and twoway classified data.
  11. Time Series Analysis –Measurement of seasonal
    variation by different methods,Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods
  12. Index Numbers – Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers,Cost of living Index Numbers,Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers ,Uses of Index Numbers etc.


SSC CGL tier 2 Paper-III Syllabus
  • Paper-III (General Studies-Finance and Economics):
            Part A: Finance and Accounts

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


          Part B: Economics and Governance

  1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India –Role and responsibility,Constitutional
  2.  Finance Commission-Role and functions.
  3. Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro
    Economics: Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve,Definition, scope and nature of Economics,
  4. Theory of Demand and Supply: Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price,income and cross elasticity;Meaning and determinants of
    demand,Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply,Theory of consumer’s behaviourMarshallian approach and Indifference curve approach,
  5. Theory of Production and cost:Laws of production- Law of variable proportions
    and Laws of returns to scale,Meaning and Factors of production;
  6. Forms of Market and price determination in different
    markets: Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly and Price determination in these markets,Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition,
  7. Indian Economy:National Income of India-Concepts of national income,Different methods of measuring national income,Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectorsRole of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems
    and growth;Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication oneconomic growth.                Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relativepoverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.                                  Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.
  8. Economic Reforms in India:
    Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment,Economic reforms since 1991,
  9. Money and Banking:functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of ReserveBank of India;Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments. Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
  10. Role of Information Technology in Governance etc.






Q1. Where can I find the SSC CGL syllabus and Exam Pattern?

Ans. The SSC CGL syllabus and exam pattern is available in PDF format above.

Q2. Is the SSC CGL exam bilingual?
Ans: The tests, except for the Test of English and Hindi Language, will be available bilingually, i.e., in English and Hindi.

Q3. Will the SSC CGL written tests be conducted in offline or online mode?
Ans: The SSC CGL written test will be conducted in online mode.

Q4. Is there an interview for all SSC CGL positions?
Ans. Yes. After qualifying for the written examination, the candidate will be called for the interview round.

Q5. In 2023, will there be an offline or online SSC CGL exam?
Ans. The SSC CGL Examination will be conducted online in three phases.

Q6. Does SSC CGL have negative marking?
Ans. In the SSC CGL Exam 2023, there is negative marking in every question.

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