SSC CGL 2018 comprises 4 levels (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4). There is a set syllabus for the entrance which the candidates need to follow thoroughly. SSC CGL 2018 Tier-1 is likely to be held between August 1, 2018- August 10, 2018, Tier-2 by November 10, 2018, CGL Tier-3 by December 12, 2018 (tentatively)
SSC CGL 2018 exam will be conducted in both online and offline modes. Few important highlights for SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern are:
SSC CGL syllabus increases after every level of exam. The difficulty level also increases. Tier IV is the final round for cracking the exam. No interviews are to be conducted as notified from the year 2016. Candidates can prepare from important books mentioned in the article below.
SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern is different for every exam. Marking scheme and syllabus differs from exam to exam.
As per latest notifications by SSC, SSC CGL exam now has four level of exams.
SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern is given in details for the convenience of the aspiring candidates.
|Number of Papers||1|
|Total Number of Questions||200|
|Sections||General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness/ General knowledge
|Total Time||75 Minutes|
|Number of Papers||4|
|Subjects||Paper- 1: Quantitative Ability Paper-2: English Language and Comprehension Paper-3: Statistics (only for post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler Paper-4: General Studies (Finance and Economics) (Only for the post of Assistant Audit Officer)|
|Total Marks||800 (200 in each paper)|
|Total Time||2 hours for each paper|
|Number of Papers||1|
|Total Marks||Qualifying in Nature|
|Time Duration||15 minutes|
|Tests||Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)|
|Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)||Only for candidates applying for post of Tax assistants (in Central Excise and Income Tax)
Criteria: 8000 key depression per hour
|Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)||Only for candidates applying for post of Assistant Section Officer
Three modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slides
SSC CGL 2018 have both online and offline based tests. While Tier 1, 2 and 4 are online computer based exam, Tier 3 is descriptive written pen and paper examination. Tier 4 is the final qualifying round where document verification is also done. No personal interviews will be conducted in SSC CGL from 2016.
|SSC CGL Exam Tiers||Sections||Total Marks||Marking Scheme||Negative Marking|
|Tier 1||General Intelligence and Reasoning
General Awareness/ General knowledge
|200 marks||Each question carries 1 mark||-0.50 for each wrong answer|
|Tier 2||Paper 1: Quantitative Ability
Paper 2: English Language and Comprehension
Paper 3: Statistics
Paper 4: General Studies (Finance and Economics)
|Paper 1: 100
Paper 2: 200
Paper 3: 200
Paper 4: 200
|Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: Each question carries 2 marks
Paper 2: Each question carries 1 mark
|Paper 1, Paper 3, Paper 4: -0.50 for each wrong answer
Paper 2: -0.25 for each wrong answer
|Tier 3||Essay, Application, Passage Writing||100 marks||Minimum qualifying marks 33%|
|Tier 4||Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (whichever applicable)||Qualifying in nature|
Syllabus for every tier in SSC CGL is different. The tables below give an idea about the syllabus in every paper under this exam.
|General Intelligence and Reasoning:||
This section is based on Questions from Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation. Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification.
|English Language||Questions on Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test are asked.|
|Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.)||
This section is based on questions on Percentages. Ratio & Proportion. Square and cube roots. Surds and indices. Lcm and hcf, Averages, Age problems. Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership. Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns. Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances.
|General Awareness (G.A. Syllabus)||General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries. Also questions from History. Geography, Economic Scene,Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research are asked. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and Biology. Current affairs of Last 6 months are asked.|
|Paper-1 (Quantitative Abilities)||Same as in Tier 1|
|Paper 2 (English Language & Comprehension)||Same as in Tier 1 English syllabus plus Active Passive and cloze test|
|Paper 3 (Statistics)||Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion-Common measures dispersion
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
Correlation and Regression
Random Variable and Probability Distributions
Analysis of Variance
|Paper 4 (General Studies (Finance and Economics)||Finance and Accounts, Economics and Governance|
|Written Descriptive English Test||Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter/Application/Passage Writing|
|Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test||DEST test requires 8000 key depressions per hour whereas CPT test requires computer knowledge|
Listed below are few important books that a candidate can prepare from for all the 4 tiers of SSC CGL 2018:
|English||English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1)||Neetu Singh (KD Publications)|
|English||English for General Competitions: (Volume – 2)||Neetu Singh (KD Publications)|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Advance maths for General Competitions||Rakesh Yadav (KD Publications)|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Arithmetic for General Competitions||Neetu Singh (KD Publications)|
|Reasoning||A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal||BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali (Arihant)|
|General Awareness||India Year Book||Various Authors|
|All Subjects||Kiran’s SSC CGL Combined Graduate Level Exams Question bank 1999-2016||Kiran Publications|
|Tier 1 Comprehensive Guide||Master Guide SSC Combined Graduate Level Tier-I Examination||Arihnat Experts|
|Tier 2 Comprehensive Guide||SSC CGL Staff Selection Commission Combined TIER-II Exam Practice Work Book Including Solved Papers||Kiran Publication|
Following instructions should be kept in mind while preparing for SSC CGL 2018:
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.