It is very important for the aspiring candidates to have complete knowledge of SSC CGL 2017 syllabus & exam pattern, so that they can prepare a better and neat time table by covering all the topics as per official syllabus and new pattern. Candidates are advised to prepare strictly according to new exam pattern & selection scheme to crack upcoming SSC CGL 2017 Exam.

Changes in SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017

  • Now SSC will conduct both Tier -I and Tier II exam in online mode.
  • Introduce a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  • Reduce the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 120 minutes to 75 minutes.
  • Tier II will remain same.
  • No Sectional Cut off.

The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

  • Tier -I -Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -II -Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -III -Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing
  • Tier -IV -Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern 2017 for Tier 1, 2, & 3

SSC CGL 2017 Tier I Exam Pattern

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. Below table shows the section wise breakup of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam.
Maximum Marks
Total Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning 
60 minutes
General English
General Awareness

SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Exam Pattern

In Tier II two papers are conducted on the same day. One is Quantitative Aptitude and the second one is English.
Maximum Marks
Time Duration
2 Hours
General English 
2 Hours

SSC CGL 2017 Tier III Exam Pattern

Maximum Marks
Time Duration
Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi
1 Hour

 SSC CGL 2017 Tier IV Exam Pattern

Time Duration
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only
45 Minutes
Word/Excel/ Power Point

Download SSC CGL 2017 Detailed New Syllabus

Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I) Exam 2017: Big Changes

SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus

SSC CGL New Syllabus 2017 - Tier I

1. SSC CGL Reasoning Syllabus & General Intelligence

Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning subject can be understood better by designed in tabular structure.

General Mental Ability
Non-Verbal Reasoning
Alphabet Test
Paper cutting & folding
Embedded figures.
Arithmetic Reasoning
Figure formation & Analysis
Blood Relation
Cube & Dice
Coding decoding
Mirror Image
Distance direction test
Water Image
Pattern Completion
Logical venn diagram
 Counting of figures.
Missing Number

Important Tips for Reasoning Section SSC CGL 2017

  • Reasoning is generally a scoring subject in comparison to the quantitative section, as it takes only thinking ability of a candidate. If the candidate is able to apply it, he can easily score well in this section. Unlike numerical skill in reasoning section you don’t have to learn some formula and solve question by applying that formula. You just have to be very careful while answering these questions. This section can’t be mastered within the given time without proper practice, so you must practice enough to score well in this section.

2. SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus (Tier I)

SSC CGL GK syllabus can be further categorized into two sections as we've discussed below-

General Awareness Topics
Sub Topics
Current Affairs
International Affairs
National Affairs
Economy & Finance
Features of Indian Economy
Geography of India
World Geography
Physical Geography
History of India
World History
Indian Polity & Constitution
Indian Polity & Constitution
Science & Technology
Discoveries & Inventions
Other Information
Space, Defence in India
Static GK
Honours & Awards
Important Dates
National & International Organizations
Other Information
Art & Culture
Books & Authors

Important Tips General Awareness Section SSC CGL 2017

  • 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 it in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning section. This section acquires more importance because this is the only section which can be attempted quickly i.e. in 12-15 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well. GK also contains 25 questions of each 2 marks.

3. SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

We've structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple section below. Now you can see how quants syllabus can be divided separately.
Advance Maths
Boat & Stream
Data Interpretation
Mixture & Alligation
  Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
  Standard Identities
 Complementary angles
Pipes & Cistern
  Heights and Distances
Problem on Ages
Profit loss & Discount
 Frequency polygon
Ration Proportion
 Bar diagram & Pie chart
Speed time and work

Time work & wages

Important Tips Quantitative Aptitude Section SSC CGL 2017

  • The questions in this section are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidates. 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 a good marks. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy. The level of this section is expected to be of moderate.

4. SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

Reading Comprehension
Fill in the blanks
One word substitution
Error Spotting
Idioms & Phrases
Spelling Errors


Important Tips English Comprehension Section SSC CGL 2017 

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.

I would like to say that English section is tough for those who have passed their Intermediate in Hindi Medium, but guys even I am from the same, but your Firm Decision can change things.
  • NOTE-1: Part C (Quantitative Aptitude) of Test booklet for Tier-I and Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) of Tier-II will contain separate set of Questions for VH candidates only, (who have opted for assistance of scribe) which will not have components of Maps, Graphs, Statistical data, Diagram, Figures, Geometrical problems. However, components of other papers will be the same for other candidates.
  • NOTE-2: The Commission shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying standards in each component of the Tier-I Examination taking into consideration among others, category-wise vacancies and category-wise number of candidates. Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut off marks fixed by the Commission, would be required to appear in the Tier –II Examination.
  • NOTE-3: Tier-I examination is used to screen the candidates for appearing in Tier-II examination for various papers which will be specifically required for different groups of posts. Marks of such screened candidates in Tier-I will be taken into account for final ranking of candidates for selecting them for the Computer Proficiency Tests/ Data Entry Skill Test and also for final selection.

Combined Graduate Level (CGL Tier-II) Pattern & Syllabus

Tier-II of the Combined Graduate Level Examination -2017 will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice and will be conducted over a period of two days.

Paper-I : Quantitative Ability:

  • The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be 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 Alligation, 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 20 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.

Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension

  • Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting mis-spelt 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.

Paper-III : Statistics for Investigator Grade-II

  • Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI.
  • 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.
  • Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
  • Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
  • 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 correlation (For three variables only).
  • Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem.
  • 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).
  • Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability 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.
  • Statistical Inference - Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood 21 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.
  • Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data. Time Series Analysis - Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
  • Index Numbers - Meaning of Index Numbers, Problems in the construction of index numbers, Types of index number, Different formulae, Base shifting and splicing of index numbers, Cost of living Index Numbers, Uses of Index Numbers.

Paper IV:

  • General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.

Maximum Marks
Finance and Accounts
Economics and Governance

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)

  • Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting. Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. 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)

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
  • 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 behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
  • Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions 22 and Laws of returns to scale. 7. 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
  • 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
  • Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms sice 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment
  • 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, 2003 11. Role of Information Technology in Governance

Few Important Points to be remember:

  1. Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
  2. Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.
  3. Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

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 Exam is expected to be held in the month of May, 2017. Also this year, the number of applicants are expected to be higher with slightly lower vacancies as compared to last year.

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