SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern are great resources for SSC GD exam preparation. From these articles, candidates will learn about the latest revised SSC GD syllabus and exam pattern in detail.

SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2023


SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern: The SSC GD, or Staff Selection Commission General Duty, is a recruiting body that conducts a national-level exam to recruit qualified 10th-pass candidates for the positions of rifleman (general duty) and constable (general duty) in the following forces:

  • Forces for Recruitment of Constables (General Duty)
  1. Border Security Force (BSF)
  2. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
  3. National Investigation Agency (NIA)
  4. Secretariat Security Force (SSF)
  5. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
  6. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
  7. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
  • Forces for Recruitment of Rifleman (General Duty)
  1. Sepoy in Narcotics Control Bureau
  2. Assam Rifles

SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern 

Let’s have a look at the SSC GD Syllabus and Exam Pattern in detail given below.

SSC GD Exam Pattern 

The most recent SSC GD notification states that the SSC GD Constable 2023 examination is mainly divided into four stages. All of the stages of the exam are compulsory. You will no longer be eligible for the SSC GD position if you fail at any stage. The following are the four stages:

  1. Computer-Based Examination (CBE),
  2. Physical Efficiency Test (PET),
  3. Physical Standard Test (PST),
  4. Detailed Medical Examination (DME) and Document Verification

The exam format for each of the four stages has been described below.

Computer Based Examination (CBE) 

The SSC GD exam begins with the computer-based exam (CBE). A computer with the SSC GD Constable exam question paper is provided to the candidate at the examination center for the CBE exam, and the candidate must answer on the same computer.

The SSC GD CBE Exam Pattern Contains the Following Key Points:

  • The exam will be online and consist of multiple-choice questions.
  • The questions themselves will be written in both Hindi and English (bilangual).
  • There will be four sections on the exam paper: General Intelligence & Reasoning; General Knowledge and General Awareness; Elementary Mathematics; and English/Hindi.
  • There will be a total of 80 questions (each section with 20 questions) for a total of 160 marks (each section with 40 marks and each question carrying 2 marks ). The duration of the examination will be 60 minutes.
  • There will be a 0.50 mark penalty for each incorrect answer.
  • The questions asked in the online examination will be about high school (10th level).
  • The candidates who pass this stage will be selected for the PET and PST.

Candidates may check the table below to know about the scheme of the SSC GD CBE Exam Pattern:

  Part  SubjectMaximum QuestionsMaximum
Time Allowed
  Part-AGeneral Intelligence and Reasoning204060 minutes
  Part-BGeneral Knowledge and General Awareness2040
  Part-CElementary Mathematics2040
  Part-DEnglish/ Hindi2040


Physical Efficiency Test (PET) 

This test assesses the candidate’s physical fitness on the basis of height parameters, and he/she needs to undergo PET (Race), which is followed by a biometric/technology-aided identification test. Candidates have to clear the race within the following time limits:

Race5 Kms in 24 minutes.1.6 Kms in 8 ½ minutesFor candidates other than those belonging to Ladakh Region.
1.6 Kms in 6 ½ minutes800 metres in 4 minutesFor candidates of Ladakh Region.


  • If a woman candidate is found to be pregnant at least 12 weeks along, she will be temporarily disqualified, and her appointment will be held in abeyance until the baby is born. The position for which a woman candidate was chosen will remain hers alone. Subject to the production of a medical certificate of fitness from a registered medical practitioner, she will be retested for the Physical Efficiency Test (PET) six weeks after her delivery. In accordance with the government’s instructions, as amended from time to time, she may be appointed to the position kept reserved for her and granted seniority.

Physical Standard Test (PST)

This test evaluates the physical standard of the candidates on the basis of three factors: height, chest, and weight. Physical standards for the posts are as follows:

Height (for General/OBC & SC)170157
Height (for ST)162.5150
Chest Size (for general/OBC & SC)80/5N/A
Chest Size (for ST)76/5N/A


Weight: Proportionate to height and age as per medical standards

Detailed Medical Examination (DME) 

The candidate will be called for a medical examination after passing the PET and PST. The objective of medical standards is to ensure that only medically fit candidates will be selected for the paramilitary force. The medical examination is based on the following criteria:

  • Your eyes should be 6/6.
  • You must learn to recognise colours (no colour blindness).
  • Laser surgery is not permitted.
  • If you put on glasses,you are rejected.
  • There should be no difficulty in hearing.
  • Your weight should be according to your length and age.

SSC GD Syllabus 

Here is a look at the detailed syllabus for SSC GD given below:

General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus

  • Analogies
  • Similarities and differences
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification
  • Arithmetic number series
  • Non-verbal series
  • Coding and decoding,
  • Spatial visualization
  • Spatial orientation
  • Visual memory
  • Discrimination
  • Observation etc.

General Knowledge and General Awareness Syllabus

  • Geography
  • India and its neighboring countries
  • Sports
  • History
  • Culture
  • Economic Scene
  • General Polity
  • Indian Constitution
  • scientific Research
  • Current Affairs – National & International etc.

Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

  • Percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Distance
  • Ratio and Time
  • Time and Work
  • Number Systems
  • Computation of Whole Numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions and relationship between Numbers
  • Fundamental arithmetical operations etc.

English/ Hindi Syllabus

Candidates’ ability to understand basic English/ Hindi and his basic comprehension would be tested

  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Phrase replacements
  • Cloze test
  • Reading comprehension
  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Phrase and idioms meaning
  • One Word Substitution
  • Spellings etc.


Q.1: Where can I find the SSC GD syllabus and exam?

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

Q2. Is the SSC GD 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 GD written tests be conducted in offline or online mode?
Ans. The SSC GD written test will be conducted in online mode.

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

Q5. Does SSC GD have negative marking?
Ans. In the SSC GD Exam 2023, there is negative marking in every question.

Q6. Is the SSC GD exam tough?

Ans. Most of the time, the SSC GD CBT exam is easy to moderate in difficulty. However, in order to pass the exam, candidates must also pass the medical and fitness tests.

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