SSC CGL 2017 Exam: Pattern Tier I,II, II, IV & Syllabus at


SSC CGL Syllabus 2017, CGL Exam Pattern, SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern, SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern, CGL Tier 1 Syllabus, CGL Tier 2 Syllabus, CGL Syllabus PDF, SSC CGL Exam Scheme

SSC CGL 2017 has been announced. The aspirants had been eagerly waiting for the SSC CGL 2017 notification since March. It is time you start preparing really well. The Tier 1 Exam for SSC CGL 2017 will be held in the month of August. This means that Staff Selection Commission is giving you time to work hard. Every detail about the pattern and syllabus of SSC CGL 2017 will be elaborated in the current post. Go through it and get acquainted with the nature of the exam so as to be confident and mentally preparedbefore commencement of SSC CGL 2017

Changes in SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 Tier 1 & 2

Now SSC will conduct both Tier I and Tier II exam in online mode.

Reduce the time limit for examination  of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.

SSC CGL Tier II will remain same.

Introduce  a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes  in pen and paper mode.

No Sectional Cut off.

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

Tier -I — Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)

Tier -II — Online 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 Exam Pattern 2017 for Tier 1, 2, & 3 

SSC CGL 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.

SSC CGL Exam pattern 2017 Tier 1
PartSubjectNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksTime allowed
AGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes

(For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes)

BGeneral Knowledge & Awareness (Syllabus)2550
CQuantitative Aptitude2550

SSC CGL Exam Pattern – Tier II

In Tier II two papers are conducted on the same day. One is Quantitative Aptitude and the second one is English.

SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Quantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
General English2002002 Hours

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 – Tier III

SSC Tier IIIMaximum MarksTime Duration
Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi1001 Hour


SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern – Tier IV

SSC Tier IVTime DurationSyllabus
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only45 MinutesWord/Excel/ Power Point


SSC CGL 2017: Negative Marking

Tier – I·   0.50
Tier – II·   0.50(Paper I)

·   0.25 (Paper II)

·   0.50 (Paper III)

Tier – III·   N/A
Tier – IV·   N/A


 SSC CGL Syllabus

SSC CGL New Syllabus 2017 – Tier I

The syllabus can be seen from the below given image as well as in text with analysis from below.
You will find CGL Exam Analysis i.e. approx. no. of questions asked from various topics in Previous years after the prescribed syllabus of each section.

SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier 1 – SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 Exam Pattern & PDF Tier 1 2 3 4
1. General Intelligence and Reasoning:

Both verbal and non-verbal questions are part of the General Intelligence and Reasoning section. The purpose of this section is to test your logical skills. Another thing that you can check with this section is how easily you can connect dots and reach a conclusion. Here are the types of questions that are expected to come in SSC CPO Paper I.

(1) Analogy – 5 – 7 questions – This subtopic will include various analogy questions such as Semantic Analogy, Symbolic or Number Analogy and Figural Analogy. You can practice these topics by taking our quizzes for Analogy here: Analogy Quiz 1 for SSCAnalogy Quiz 2 for SSC, and Analogy Quiz 3 for SSC 

(2) Classification – 7 – 9 questions – These type of questions will include semantic classification, symbolic classification and figural classification. To practice classification topics, take our quizzes by clicking on the articles below: Classification Quiz 1 for SSC and Classification Quiz 2 for SSC.

(3) Series – 3 – 5 questions – Series questions include semantic, number and figure series. Practice your preparation level by taking the quiz for series here: Series Quiz 1 for SSC and Series Quiz 2 for SSC.

(4) Coding Decoding – 2 -3 questions – Coding-Decoding questions are very important and involve coding by words, analogy and shifting of letters, etc. Read some helpful articles from Testbook blog here: Shortcut to Coding Decoding in Fictitious Language, How to Solve Shifting Problems in Coding Decoding. You can take these quizzes as well: Coding Decoding Quiz 1 for SSC and Coding Decoding Quiz 2 for SSC.

(5) Blood Relations – 1 – 2 questions – Blood Relations questions include Family Trees and Coded Blood Relations. You can have a better understanding of this topic here: General Understanding of Blood Relations and Understanding Complex Blood Relations. Test your knowledge by taking these quizzes also: Blood Relations Quiz 1 for SSC and Blood Relations Quiz 2 for SSC.

(6) Ordering & Ranking – 0 – 2 questions – Ordering & Ranking questions can be practiced here at: Ordering & Ranking Quiz 1 for SSC and Ordering & Ranking Quiz 2 for SSC.

(7) Alphabet or Word Test – 4 – 5 questions – Alphabet or Word Test comprise of Matrix, Jumble Words, Sequence and Word Formation, etc. Try solving the questions yourself: Alphabet or Word Test Quiz 1 for SSC, and Alphabet or Word Test Quiz 2 for SSC

(8) Direction & Distance – 1 – 3 questions – Practice your knowledge here: Direction & Distance Quiz 1 for SSC and Direction & Distance Quiz 2 for SSC.

(9) Venn Diagrams – 4 – 5 questions – This subsection includes syllogisms, logical Venn diagrams, etc. You can test your knowledge by giving these free quizzes here: Venn Diagram Quiz 1, Venn Diagram Quiz 2 and Venn Diagram Quiz 3.

(10) Missing Numbers – 1 – 3 questions – Here you have to solve matrix and diagrams that are number and alphabet based. Try your hand at these quizzes: Missing Number Quiz 1 and Missing Number Quiz 2.

(11) Puzzles – 4 – 6 questions – Puzzle type questions include Seating Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Linear Arrangement, etc. You can give puzzles quiz here: Puzzle Quiz for SSC.

(12) Data Sufficiency – 5 – 7 questions – Arithmetic Operations, Cubes & Dices, etc. are part of the data sufficiency. You can give this quiz if required to practice: Data Suffficiency Quiz.

There are other topics that you can known about in our article on detailed SSC CPO Syllabus by reading the article below:

  1. English Language:Through this section, a candidate’s ability to understand and correct English etc. would be tested.
    The syllabus includes 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. The details are given below:

    i. Comprehension Passage: 5 questions
    Passage can be asked from any topic, Questions includes finding the best answer, meaning, false/true etc. 5 Questions can be asked from 1 passage or 5 questions from 5 passages.
    Level: Lot of time consuming, tricky, Low accuracy

    ii. Fill in the blanks: 3-4 questions
    Fill the blanks in a passage or sentence, involves knowledge of Grammar / vocabulary based questions. Important topics for questions: Verbs, Tense, conjunctions, prepositions
    Level: Easy, takes less time, scoring, if your grammar / vocab is better, then you can perform better with accuracy.

    iii. Phrase or Idiom meaning: 2-3 questions
    Meaning of the phrase or idiom in a sentence
    Level: Scoring, Easy to moderate, takes less time, accuracy.

    iv. Sentence Improvement / Sentence Correction / Phrase replacement: 2-3 questions
    Involves use of grammar, vocab, noun, tenses, verb, preposition, finding improvement in underlined words
    Level: Easy but tricky, your grammar should be better, avoid guessing in these questions, takes less time, scoring, accuracy.

    v. Spelling error: 1-2 qs.
    Finding correctly spelt word among mis-spelt words
    Level: Takes less time, accuracy possible, easy to solve, scoring.

    vi. Common Error / Error Spotting: 3-4 Qs.
    Finding error in a part of a sentence
    Takes less time, accuracy possible, easy to solve, scoring.

    vii. Substitution: 3-4 Qs.
    Find substitution for given word / sentence.
    Level: Takes less time, accuracy possible, easy to solve, scoring.

    viii. Synonyms / Antonyms:2-3 Qs.
    Finding similar or opposite to a word.
    Level: Takes less time, involves knowledge of vocab / grammar, scoring, tricky.



SSC CGL Syllabus of Tier 1 QA is below:
3. Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.): 
This section’s syllabus have 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.

Divisions and Remainders, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers. Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelopiped.

Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio. Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords. tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle. common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities. Complementary angles, Heights and Distances. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

Topic-wise Distribution:
i. Simplification: 1-2 Qs.
Fraction, BODMAS Rule, Surds & Indices, Roots
Level: Quite Easy, Take less time, More accuracy, Scoring.
Square root Trick

ii. Number System: 0-1 Qs.
LCM, HCF, Rational / Irrational Number
Takes a little time, Scoring, If your calculation is fast then you can solve it quickly.
Check LCM of Fractions shortcut Trick

iii. Percentage: 1-2 Qs.
Questions involving increase / decrease etc. percentages
Quite easy, may become more easy if you know some tricks for percentages, More Accuracy, Takes less time to solve.
Learn Percentage shortcut trick

iv. Average: 1-2 Qs.
Finding Average of Numbers, Speed etc.
Level: Quite easy to solve, Scoring topic, bit calculative, takes less time, more accuracy.
Average Problem Easy Method

v. Ratio & Proportion: 1-2 Qs.
Simple & Compound Ratio and Direct / Indirect Proportions
Level: Easy, takes less time, Scoring, more accuracy.
Shortcut formula for Ratio & Proportion Questions

vi. Mixture: 0-1 Qs.
Allegations & Mixture
Easy, Bit calculative, can take less time if shortcut tricks used.
Allegations & Mixture Problems Easy Method

vii. Interest: 1-2 Qs.
Simple & Compound interest, Instalments
Easy to solve, Scoring, bit calculative, takes less time, more accuracy

viii. Age Problems: 1-2 Qs.
Age differences, ratio of ages, Average age
Level: Easy, Scoring, less time taking, more accuracy.
Age problems shortcut

ix. Profit & Loss: 1-2 Qs.
Profit & Loss in Buying selling & its percentages, Partnerships, dishonest / successive dealing, Discount, Gains, Prices.
Level: Easy to moderate, Scoring, takes some time, bit calculative.
Shortcut Formulas for Profit & Loss Problems

x. Time, Speed & Distance: 1-2 Qs.
Average / relative / Uniform speed, Questions on boat & trains.
Level: Easy, Takes some time to solve, Scoring.
Shortcut Tricks for Time & Distance

xi. Time & Work: 1-2 Qs.
Wages, Work Efficiency, questions like Time taken by people in doing work etc.
Level: Easy if basic are remembered, takes less time with shortcut tricks, Scoring.
Quick method for Time & Work Problems

xii. Number Series: 0-1 Qs.
Series Completion, Finding a missing/wrong term.
Easy to moderate, Time taking, bit calculative.

xiii. Arithmetic Progression: 0-1 Qs.
Questions on A.P.
Easy to moderately difficult, takes less time if basics/ formulas are covered.

xiv. Trigonometry: 2-3 Qs.
Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distances etc.
Takes more time, chances of solving correctly are low, questions are tricky to solve, only do these if you can solve them quickly.

xv. Geometry: 2-3 Qs.
Congruency of Triangles, Similarity, Circle tangent, Chords, Co-ordinate geometry etc.
Level: Takes more time, chances of solving correctly are low, questions are tricky to solve, only do these if you can solve them quickly, Remember All Theorems.

xvi. Algebra: 2-4 Qs.
Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities.
Level: Takes more time, chances of solving correctly are low, questions are tricky to solve, only do these if you can solve them quickly.

xvii. Mensuration: 2-3 Qs.
Problems on Sphere, Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cylinder, Cone etc.
Level: Time taking,  questions are tricky to solve, Easy to moderate level.

xviii. Data Interpretation: 3-4 Qs.
Involves questions on Table, Pie chart, Bar / Line Graph etc.
Level: Time consuming, involves calculations, Scoring, Easy to Moderate level.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 Exam Pattern & PDF Tier 1 2 3 4

4. General Awareness (G.A. Syllabus):
General Awareness section is the one that can give you marks in less time. But you have to prepare very hard to have decent marks. General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries. Also ques. 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.

TopicNo. of questions asked
Indian History2-4
Current Affairs1-4
Sports, Books & Author, Important people, Computer and Mobile Technology1-3
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes1-2
Animal / Plant Science, Space Science1-3
Diseases, environmental pollution1-2

 SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2017 Tier II

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

You can refer the above table of Tier I Quantitative Aptitude because syllabus of Tier I and Tier II is same for Quantitative Aptitude.

Paper-II : English Language & Comprehension

Two topics are added in English section in tier II which are Active Passive and cloze test.You can refer the table of SSC CGL 2017 Tier I English syllabus because all those topics are also asked in tier II.

Paper-III : For Statistics for Investigator Grade-II Post Only

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.

SubjectMaximum Marks
Finance and Accounts80
Economics and Governance120

 SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 – Tier III

The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III isn’t much different from previous above. It will be written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter are asked. Time duration for tier III exam is 60 minutes.

Important Note:

(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 Statistical Investigator Gr.II & Compiler.

(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.


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