SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern in (Hindi/Eng)

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020-21

SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern in (Hindi/Eng):- Check the below table for detailed SSC CGL exam pattern which includes subjects, questions, marks and duration of SSC CGL Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV.

ExamExam mode
SSC CGL Tier 1Online (Objective)
SSC CGL Tier 2Online (Objective)
SSC CGL Tier 3 (Descriptive Paper)Offline (Pen & Paper)
SSC CGL Tier 4 (Skill Test)Document Verification/ Computer Proficiency Test

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2020-21

SSC CGL Tier I is mandatory for all the posts and its marks are added for further process as well. If you do not clear cut-off of Tier I Exam then you will not be eligible for Tier II and III. Below table shows the section-wise break up of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam.

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2020-21

In CGL Tier II two papers will be conducted on the same day. Paper I is Quantitative Aptitude and Paper II is English. In addition, for the posts of JSO and AAO, Paper 3 and Paper 4 are conducted respectively.

Paper IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies
(Finance & Economics)
1002002 Hours


SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2020-21

Exam Scheme
Time DurationExam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)10060 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 MinutesPen & Paper Mode

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2020-21

SSC CGL Tier IV Skill TestMaximum MarksTimefor the Posts of
Data Entry Speed TestQualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)Qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI,

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020-21 Subject Wise

SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus 2020-21

Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning and General intelligence subject can be understood better by designing in a tabular structure.

SSC CGL Verbal Reasoning

General Mental AbilityWeightage
Alphabet Test
Arithmetic Reasoning 1
Blood Relation
Coding decoding2
Distance direction test1
Logical Venn diagram1
Missing Number


SSC CGL Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal ReasoningWeightage
Paper-cutting & folding1
Embedded figures.1
Figure formation & Analysis1
Figure Series
Cube & Dice1
Mirror Image1
Pattern Completion
Counting of figures


SSC CGL GK Syllabus 2020-21 with weightage

SSC CGL syllabus for GK can be further categorised into two sections as we’ve discussed below-

General Awareness TopicsWeightageSub Topics
Current Affairs5-6International Affairs
National Affairs
Economy & Finance2Economics
Features of Indian Economy
Geography3-4Indian Geography
World Geography
Physical Geography
History3-4History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution2-3Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology 5-6Biology
Discoveries & Inventions
Other Information
Space, Defence in India
Static GK5-6Honours & Awards
Important Dates
National & International Organizations
Other Information
Art & Culture
Books & Authors


Important Tip for SSC CGL General Awareness

General awareness is not something you can expect to master in a day but from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude. This section is very important because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 7-8 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well. General Awareness section helps a student in getting a good rank. 


SSC CGL Maths Syllabus 2020-21

We’ve structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple sections below. Now you can see how Quantitative Aptitude syllabus can be divided separately.

SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern in (Hindi/Eng)

SSC CGL Arithmetic Weightage

Boat & Stream 1
Compound & Simple Interest2
Mixture & Alligation1-2 
Pipes & Cistern
Problem on Ages1
Profit loss & Discount2
Ratio Proportion1
Speed, time, and work1
Time work & wages1-2 
Miscellaneous  1-2

SSC CGL Advance Maths Weightage

Advance MathsWeightage
Data Interpretation4
Standard Identities
Complementary angles
Heights and Distances
Algebra 3


The questions in this section are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers. The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th level mathematics. If you have good command over this section, you can score good marks. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy because there is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.


SSC CGL English Syllabus 2020-21

SSC CGL Grammar Weightage

Fill in the blanks2
 Sentence Correction2
Error Spotting2
Active Passive2


SSC CGL Vocabulary Weightage

One-word substitution 2
Idioms & Phrases2
Spelling Errors2


SSC CGL Reading Comprehension Weightage

Reading Comprehensionweight
Cloze test5


Important Tip: English Section is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam.


SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 2020-21

SSC CGL Tier 2 2020-21 exam will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 2 Quantitative Aptitude can be described as-

SSC CGL Tier 2 Maths Syllabus

We have listed all the important topics of quantitative aptitude section in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam below. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier I and Tier II is the same but the difficulty level of SSC CGL Tier II is much higher. You will rarely find any question which is formula based.

ArithmeticWeightageAdvance MathsWeightage
Ration Proportion 2Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.)7-8
LCM & HCF2Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.)7-8
Percentages5Data Interpretation8-10
Boat & Stream1Trigonometry7-8
Speed, time, and distance6-7Height & Distance1-2
CI & SI4-5Coordinate Geometry2
Pipes & Cistern2Miscellaneous 3-4
Problem on Ages2 
Time & Work5-6 
Mixture & Allegation4-5 
Profit loss & Discount7-8 
Miscellaneous 2 


SSC CGL Tier 2 English Language & Comprehension

In SSC CGL Tier II, Paper 2 ( English) is of 200 marks and 200 questions are asked. Direct & Indirect, Active & Passive topics have a good weight-age in the English paper of SSC CGL Tier II.


SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern in (Hindi/Eng)


SSC CGL Tier 2 English Weightage

Reading Comprehension25-30
Para jumbles21-23
Direct/ Indirect Speech23-25
Synonyms/ Antonyms7-8
Idiom & Phrases4-5
Sentence Improvement20-22
Active Passive20-22
Cloze Test20-25
One Word Substitution8-10
Error Spotting20
Correct Spelling3-4
Fill in the Blanks5-6


SSC CGL Exam Details 

(i) Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.

(ii) Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer.

(iii) Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

(iv) Candidates opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer must ensure that they possess the requisite qualification as mentioned above. Commission reserves the right to take appropriate action against applicants who do not possess the requisite eligibility while opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus 2020-21

The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III is much different from previous above. It will be a written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter can be asked. The time duration for the Tier III exam is 60 minutes.



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