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SSC CGL 2020 Syllabus of Tier-I, Tier-II & Tier-III

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Sep 19, 2020

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The SSC CGL syllabus and exam pattern for Combined Graduate Level Examination is set by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). The Combined Graduate Level Tier-II Examination is scheduled from 2nd November to 5th November 2020 and & Tier-III will be held on November 22, 2020. ​Check Latest Sarkari Jobs, Govt Job alerts, Sarkari Result & Vacancies 2020

In SSC CGL questions are asked from the subjects including General Intelligence and reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Mathematics, Reasoning and English Comprehension. Getting through with the exam syllabus can fetch you more marks. But it is generally observed that candidates don’t have much idea about the SSC CGL syllabus and SSC CGL Exam Pattern and thus they aren’t able to attempt such questions. Here we have brought the complete syllabus for SSC CGL 2020.

SSC CGL Syllabus Tier-I: General Intelligence & Reasoning

It includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component includes questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.

The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-I: General Awareness

Questions in this component are aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions are designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test include questions relating to India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-I: Quantitative Aptitude

The questions are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test is computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-I: English Comprehension

This section measures Candidates' ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. This section may include questions on Phrases and Idioms, One-word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings Correction, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active Passive, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Cloze test etc.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-II: Quantitative Ability (Paper I)

The questions are set to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test is the computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Allegation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations

Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-II: English Language & Comprehension (Paper II)

Questions in this components are designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and are based on the spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting misspelt words, idioms & phrases, one-word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-II: Statistics Syllabus (Paper III)

1.Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic 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 dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; 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 variable; 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 variable (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, Determinations 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 an index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier-II: General Studies (Paper IV)

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks): Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:

1 Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

2 Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, Ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks):

1. Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.

2. Finance Commission-Role and functions.

3. Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics: Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve.

4. Theory of Demand and Supply: Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer‟s behaviourMarshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.

5. Theory of Production and cost: Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.

6. Forms of Market and price determination in different markets: Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets.

7. Indian Economy: Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors, role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth, National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income, Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth, Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment,  Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication. 

​8. Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.

9. Money and Banking: Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks, Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act. 

10. Role of Information Technology in Governance.

SSC CGL Skill Test

SSC CGL Skill Test 2020 is conducted for the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), DEST Exam through SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes. Given below are some important factors about SSC CGL Skill Test

  • The computer system is provided by the Commission at the Centre/venue notified for the purpose
  • Candidates are not allowed to bring their own Keyboard
  • The SSC CGL Skill Test 2020 is conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose
  • The candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the SSC CGL 2020 written examination are eligible to appear in the SSC CGL Skill Test
  • The Skill Test of SSC CGL is held at the Commission’s Regional/Sub Regional Offices or at other Centers as decided by the Commission
  • OH (Orthopedically Handicapped) candidates who opts for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in Skill Test of SSC CGL
  • OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are not exempted from SSC CGL Skill Test
  • HH (Hearing Handicapped) and VH (Visually Handicapped) candidates are not eligible for exemption from the SSC CGL Skill Test
  • Detailed instructions regarding SSC CGL Skill Test is sent to eligible candidates by the Regional /Sub Regional Offices of the Commission
  • VH candidates are allowed compensatory time of 20 minutes in DEST at par with typing test
  • Only those VH candidates who opt for scribes in the SSC CGL Examination are provided passage reader at the time of SSC CGL Skill Test
  • The Skill Test of SSC CGL 2020 is of qualifying nature

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

The Commission holds Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) that comprises of 3 modules namely- Word Processing, Spread Sheet and Generation of Slides. Detailed instructions on SSC CGL Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) and SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test are available on the Commission’s website.

Given below are some important points every candidate must know about SSC CGL CPT 2020

  • SSC CGL CPT is only for applicants who applies for the post of Assistant Section Officer of CSS.
  • The SSC CGL CPT is conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose.
  • Computer Proficiency Test of SSC CGL is of qualifying nature.
  • Scheme of DOPT for the post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS does not ensure exemption from SSC CGL CPT for any category of PH candidates. Detailed instructions regarding Computer Proficiency Test are sent to those candidates who are declared qualified to appear in SSC CGL 2020 CPT by the Regional/Sub-Regional Offices of the Commission.

The tier-I exam is compulsory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2020 Notification. Candidates will have to prepare for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam simultaneously. However, the evaluation of Tier 3 Descriptive exam will be done only if a candidate clears the combined cut off for Tier 1 and Tier 2. So, candidates may appear for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exams but your Tier 3 answer sheets will be evaluated only if you clear the cut-off. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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