SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4 in 2021 with Preparation Strategies

By Vijay Gupta

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SSC CGL Syllabus

Hello everyone, if you’re looking for the SSC CGL syllabus for tier 1, 2, 3 & 4, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, you’ll know a complete SSC CGL syllabus for tier 1, 2, 3 & 4 so that you can make the right strategy for it.

First of all, let me tell you that preparing for SSC CGL isn’t an easy task, but it’s not impossible.

I’m saying so because of its multi-levels. It means you’ll have to pass out the total four levels ( Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4 ) to get a job via SSC CGL.

But as people know, success is beyond fear, so keep working hard and surely one day it’ll fall down at your feet.

Hence, without wasting your valuable time, let’s dive into the SSC CGL syllabus for tier 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Know also, the syllabus of SSC CHSL.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4 –

The Combined Graduate Level ( CGL ) exam is conducted every year by Staff Selection Commission ( SSC )

Thousands of candidates are selected by the commission.

However, it’s hard to qualify for the exam on the first attempt.

But, sometimes it has been found that candidates clear this exam on the very first attempt due to their hard work.

As I have already told you that the exam has four sections ( Tier 1, 2, 3 & 4 ) and it’s compulsory to qualify for all tiers.

It means if you’ve decided to prepare for SSC CGL, you will have to work hard.

Finally, take a look at the provided sequence of the complete SSC CGL syllabus for tier 1, 2, 3 & 4.

1. SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 1 –

The vast part of this exam is Tier-l.

It’s a CBT ( Computer Based Test ) and consists of four subjects ( General Awareness, General Intelligence & Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English ).

Every subject in Tier-I has 25 questions or it can be said that the total number of questions is 100 and each question is marked by 2 numbers.

A table is shown below in which you can easily find out how many questions are in each subject and how many marks are allotted for each subject.

S.NSubjectsNo of QuestionsMarks
1.General Awareness2550
2.General Intelligence & Reasoning2550
3. Quantitative Aptitude2550
4. English Comprehension25 50

To solve these 100 questions, there is a definite time interval that is 60 minutes. It means, along with your intelligence, speed is also checked.

1. General Awareness

In this component, questions are related to general awareness, every day observations of candidate and also current events.

See the managed table below.

1.History8.Books & Authors
2.Geography9.Polpulation census
4.Science & Sports11.Computers
5.Current affairs 12.Polity
6.People in news13.Portfolios
7.Important Schemes14.Important days

Best Book – Lucent or Kiran Prakashan

2. General Intelligence & Reasoning ( SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus ) –

General Intelligence & Reasoning that can help you to score more in Tier-I. In this, only your intelligence is tested. Sometimes the questions are a bit tricky, but if you studied it in deep, you can do good score.

General Intelligence & Reasoning can have verbal & non-verbal questions and all the questions will be related from the topics given below.

1.Analogies21.Coding & decoding
2.Similarities & differences22.Social intelligence
3.Problem solving23.Critical thinking
4.Analysis24.Emotional intelligence
5.Judgment25.Embedded figures
6.Spatial orientation 26.Date & city matching
7.Space visualization 27.Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
8.Visual memory28.Venn diagrams
9.Decision making29.Drawing inferences
10.Discrimination30.Folding & un-folding
11.Observation31.Address matching
12.Arithmetical reasoning & figural classification 32.Indexing
13.Relationship concepts33.Word building
14.Arithmetic number series34.Numerical & symbolic operations
15.Non-verbal series 35.Trends
16.Statement conclusion36.Space orientation
17.Syllogistic reasoning37.Figural, semantic & number series
18.Semantic analogy38.Symbolic/number analogy
19.Figural analogy39.Semantic classification
20.Figural classification40.Symbolic/number classification

Best Book – Any of Arihant books

3. Quantitative Aptitude ( SSC CGL Maths Syllabus ) –

Quantitative attitude is for testing ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate.

The questions, which are asked in Quantitative Aptitude are related to these topics given below in the table.

1.Number System18.Circle, Cord & Tangent
2.Fractions & Decimals 19.Applications Of Algebraic Formulas
3.Ratio & Proportion 20.Tabulation
4.Average21.Line- Graph
5.Square & Cube Roots 22.Histogram
6.Percentage 23.Prism & Piramid
7.Interest 24.Volume
8.Profit & Loss25.Area
9.Discount26.Boat & Stream
10.Time & Work27.Train
11.Time & Distance30.Pipe & Cistern
12.Mixer & Alligation31.Age Relation
13.Partnership Business32.HCF & LCM
15.Triangle 34.Indices & Surds
16.Mensuration 35.Trigonometry
17.Bar-Diagram & Pie-Chart36.Graphs Of Linear Equation

Best Book – SD Yadav or RS Agarwal

4. English Comprehension ( SSC CGL English Syllabus ) –

This section takes place to know the candidate’s ability to understand English correctly.

Topics, which are asked in this section, arranged below.

1.Idioms & Phrases7.Spelling test & Spotting errors
2.One word substitution8.Sentence improvement
3.Synonyms9.Sentence completion
4.antonyms10.Reading comprehension

Best Book – Neetu Singh I & II

Read all about SSC such as its full form, salary, qualification etc.

2. SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 2 –

After qualifying Tier-I, you’ll be eligible for Tier-II. Even in the second phase ( Tier-II ) of the exam, you get to find multiple choice questions.

It means, you have to choose one as right answer out of the given four.

Tier-II is conducted online, which comprises four papers. Actually, Paper-l & ll are compulsory for all the posts, but paper-lll & lV are for some special posts.

Moreover, Paper-I, lll & IV have different negative markings from Paper-ll.

In other words, it can be said that Paper-l, lll & IV include 0.50 marks to be deducted for each wrong answer whereas this value is 0.25 marks for Paper-ll.

Well, we told you that time duration is for Tier-ll is 2 hours for every paper, but for visually handicapped candidates, this duration is 2 hours & 40 minutes.

For your convenience, I designed a table related to papers, questions, marks & timing for Tier-ll.

S.NPapersNo Of QuestionsTotal Marks Time Duration
1.Quantitative Ability1002002 Hours
2.English Language & Comprehension2002002 Hours
3.Statistics1002002 Hours
4.General Studies ( Finance & Economics )1002002 Hours

1. Quantitative Ability ( Paper-l )

Here, the questions ( 100 questions ) related to quantitative ability are slightly higher in numbers. All of these topics are as same as Quantitative Aptitude.

A list is given below, which shows all the topics associated with this paper.

1.Number system18.Circle, cord & tangent
2.Fractions & decimals 19.Applications of algebraic formulas
3.Ratio & proportion 20.Tabulation
4.Average21. Line-graph
5.Square & cube roots 22.Histogram
6.Percentage 23.Prism & piramid
7.Interest 24.Volume
8.Profit & loss25.Area
9.Discount26.Boat & stream
10.Time & work27.Train
11.Time & distance28.Pipe & cistern
12.Mixer & alligation29.Age relation
13.Partnership business30.HCF & LCM
15.Triangle 32.Indices & surds
16.Mensuration 33.Trigonometry
17.Bar-diagram & Pie-chart34.Graphs of linear equation

I hope, you must have understood SSC CGL Maths syllabus of second phase.

2. English Language & Comprehension ( Paper-ll )

This paper is taken place to ensure how much knowledge the candidates have about English Grammar. We’ve discussed a list that contains topics which should be studied.

1. Synonyms8.Active/Passive voice
2.Antonyms9.Direct & indirect
3.Spotting errors & Missspelled words10.Shuffling of sentence parts
4.Fill in the blanks11.Shuffling of sentences in a passage
5.Idioms & phrases12.Close passage
6.One word substitution13.Comprehension passage
7.Improvement of sentences14Cloze passage

3. Statistics ( Paper-lll )

As we already told you that Paper-lll is not compulsory for all the candidates, but for getting a particular post of Junior Statistical Officer ( JSO ), it’s compulsory.

The topics related to this paper are also shown in the table below, which you have to study well.

1. Measures of central tendency
2. Measures of dispersion
3. Collection, classification and presentation of statistical data
4. Probability theory
5. Correlation & regression
6. Moments, skewness & kurtosis
7. Statistical inference
8.Sampling theory
9. Index numbers
10.Random variable & probability distributions
11.Analysis of variance
12.Time series analysis

4. General Studies – Finance & Economics ( Paper-IV )

Even Paper-IV isn’t for all the candidates, it’s only for those candidates who want some special posts like Assistant Audit Officer & Assistant Account Officer.

Paper-IV contains two parts ( Part A & Part B ). The questions asked in Part A will be related to Finance & Accounts whereas Part B has those questions, which are related to Economics & Governance.

Both the papers have the total number of questions 100 for 2 hours of time period.

Understand property, see the table below.

Paper SubjectTotal Marks
Part AFinance & Accounts80
Part BEconomics & Governance 120
S.NPart A TopicsPart B Topics
1.Limitations of financial accountingFinance commission
2.Nature & ScopeComptroller & auditor general of India
3. Accounting principlesTheory of demand & supply
4. Basic concept & conventionTheory of production & cost
5. Bank reconciliationBasic concept of economics & introduction to micro economics
6.LedgersForms of market & price determination in different markets
7.Single & double entryIndian economy
8.Books of original entryMoney & Banking
9.JournalRole of information & technology in governance
11.Trial Balance, Globalization
12.Rectification of errorsDisinvestment
13.Bills of exchangeLiberalisation
14.Valuation of inventoriesEconomic reforms in India

There are other left topics in Part A such as Depreciation accounting & Self balancing ledgers etc. Moreover, I’ll say for covering all topics of Part A, you should study all about financial and basic concepts of accounting.

3. SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 3 –

After qualifying Tier-II, you’ll enter Tier-III. Tier-III is a descriptive exam, which is based on 10+2 level. The mode of exam is offline. It means, you’re provided by a pen & paper.

It’s conducted in two languages ( English & Hindi ). As per your chosen language, you’ll proceed in this Tier.

Time duration of Tier-lll is only 60 minutes for 100 questions.

But, if there’s someone who has visual problems or is visually handicapped, it’s given a more time of 20 minutes i.e. such people can have total 80 minutes.


SubjectsTotal MarksTimingQualifying Percentage
Essay writing, Letter, Application, Précis etc.10060 minutes33% at least

4. SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier 4 –

Now, here is the last one ( Tier-IV ), It’s all about skill test for some specific posts and document verification.

If you wanna choose the post of tax assistants ( Central excise & Income tax ), you’ll have to face a typing test, which includes 8,000 key depression per hour or 2,000 key depression for 15 minutes.

Document Verification ( DV ) –

Document verification is the final step of SSC CGL.

Here, you should bring your all the documents related to matriculation/secondary certificates, educational qualification, caste certificate, certificate of relaxation time period if any etc.

That’s it.

How To Prepare for SSC CGL –

SSC CGL Syllabus

After knowing the SSC CGL Syllabus for tier 1, 2, 3 & 4, if you’re thinking of how to prepare for SSC CGL, I’d say stay connected.

Well, there’s no shortcut to crack the exam, but definitely, you can do it with your hard work.

In my opinion, this exam will take a short period of time if you do high efforts regularly up to 7 or 8 months.

This specific time will cover everything needed to qualify for this exam.

Usually, students are a bit confused about time management.

They always think about how to manage time. Now, don’t worry I’m here to explain how to manage it.

Firstly, find out how much the total time you have in a day in which you remain free.

Now, out of the total time, set aside at least seven hours in which no one disturbs you.

Keep one thing in your mind that these seven hours should be the actual seven hours for studying.

In seven hours, you will have to study every subject for 2 hours except Reasoning.

Because, Reasoning is a subject that can be covered by studying only one hour everyday.

You have to continue with this timetable for 7 to 8 months. I’m promising you that when your time is up, you’ll say, yes I did.

This was a quick way to prepare for SSC CGL without any pressure.

Thank you.

Vijay Gupta

Hello everyone, My name is Vijay Gupta and I belong to a very small town that is situated in district Hardoi, which is in Uttar Pradesh. 1. Education – I’ve completed my primary education from a private school that is situated in my hometown and upper primary, matric and higher secondary education have been completed from a government college. Well, I was an average student till class 5th, but I accelerated my preference towards studies from class six. Consequently, I passed out many classes with good positions. Even I passed out 12th with good marks ( 405/500 ) and topped my college. Due to getting good marks, I got a cheque of 500 rupees and was rewarded by the Principal of my college. After completing my 12th, I prepared twice for IIT ( Indian Institute of Technology ) from Aakash institute, but unfortunately, I failed to get selected into the best IIT colleges. But during the preparation, I was being graduated from CSJMU Kanpur. I completed my graduation in 2016 and now I’m pursuing an educational degree ( B.Ed. ). 2. Profession – Although I love teaching, but I also do blogging. Both are my favorite jobs.

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