SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 - Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGL) has released the official SSC CGL 2019 syllabus on October 22. The exam of SSC CGL 2019 will be conducted in 4 tiers, therefore, candidates preparing for the exam can go through tier-wise important points, topics and exam pattern of SSC CGL 2019 syllabus. Aspiring candidates should follow the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 and the exam pattern of each tier to form a solid approach and pass CGL with a respectable rank. The SSC CGL 2019 syllabus will help candidates to plan the strategy efficiently. The tier-I exam will be conducted from March 02 to 11, 2020 while the Tier-II (CBE) and Tier-III (Descriptive) will be held from June 22 - 25. The tier- I question paper will comprise of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness,
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Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. This article comprises of the detailed syllabus of SSC CGL 2019 Tier-II, III & IV to make it easy for applicants to find all important information at one place. Read the complete article below.
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Before heading further to the syllabus of SSC CGL 2019, let's have a look at the scheme of the SSC CGL 2019 exam, as prescribed by the authority itself:
Tier - I
TIer - II
Tier - III
Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
TIer - IV
Computer Proficiency Test
Skill Test (Wherever applicable)
The SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus consists of 4 tiers.
In the following table, we are sharing the paper pattern of Tier I, Tier II and Tier III:
As prescribed by SSC, the SSC CGL 2019 syllabus of Tier I covers 4 subjects of 200 marks and has 100 questions. The time duration to complete the Tier I exam is 60 minutes.
Number of Questions
General Intelligence and Reasoning
The SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier II covers 4 subjects of 200 marks each. The time duration to complete the Tier II exam allotted by SSC is 120 minutes for each paper.
Paper 1 - Quantitative Aptitude
120 minutes or 2 hours for each paper
Paper 2 - English Language and Comprehension
Paper 3 - Statistics
Paper 4 - General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Note I: Appearing in Paper 1 and 2 is mandatory for all the posts. Paper 3 is only for those candidates who apply for Junior Statistical Officer (JCO) and who qualify Paper 1. Paper 4 of (Finance and Economics) will only be for the candidates who have applied for Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.
Candidates qualifying the Tier I as well as the Tier II exam are eligible to appear in the Tier III exam. SSC prescribes the Tier III of SSC CGL syllabus 2019, but this tier is conducted in pen and paper mode. This section of the SSC CGL 2019 syllabus is descriptive in nature and covers 100 marks. The time limit is 60 minutes.
Mode of Examination
Syllabus of Examination
Pen and Paper Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi
Note: For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand): 80 Minutes.
In the below table we are sharing all the topics on which the questions of the General Intelligence and Reasoning of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier I will be based on.
General Intelligence and Reasoning:
Verbal and Non-verbal types
Similarities and Differences
Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification
Arithmetic Number Series
Coding And Decoding
Symbolic/ Number Analogy
Symbolic/ Number Classification
Coding & Decoding
Punched Hole/ Pattern- Folding & Unfolding
Figural Pattern- Folding And Completion
Date & City Matching
Classification Of Centre Codes/ Roll Numbers
Small & Capital Letters/ Numbers Coding
Decoding And Classification
Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence
In the following pointers we have shared points on which the questions of the General Awareness of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier I will be based on.
The questions in this section will test candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application on society.
The questions will be designed to test the candidate's knowledge of current events and day-to-day matters.
The questions will also be based on India and its neighbouring countries especially
the History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
The questions of the Quantitative Aptitude of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier I and Tier II will be based on the points mentioned in the table below.
Quantitative Aptitude (For both Tier I and Tier II)
Use of Numbers And Number Sense
Relationships Between Numbers
Ratio & Proportion
Profit And Loss
Time And Distance
Time & Work
Algebra & Elementary Surds
Graphs Of Linear Equations
Triangle And Its
Various Kinds Of Centres
Congruence And Similarity Of Triangles
Circle And Its
Angles Subtended By Chords Of A Circle
Common Tangents To Two Or More Circles
Right Circular Cone
Right Circular Cylinder
Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular Or Square
Degree And Radian Measures
Bar Diagram & Pie Chart
Heights And Distances
SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus for Tier I - English Comprehension:
The following are points on which the questions of the English Comprehension of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier I will be based on.
Candidates’ ability to understand correct English
Testing basic comprehension and writing ability
SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 for Tier II - Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension)
The question of the English Language and Comprehension of the Tier II of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 will be based on the table below, here are the points on which the questions might be focused.
English Language and Comprehension:
Fill In The Blanks
Spelling/ Detecting Misspelled Words
Idioms & Phrases
One Word Substitution
Improvement Of Sentences
Cloze Passage & Comprehension Passage
Conversion Into Direct/ Indirect Narration
Shuffling Of Sentence Parts
Shuffling Of Sentences In A Passage
Active/ Passive Voice Of Verbs
SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 for Tier II - Paper-III (Statistics):
Just like the above-mentioned two subjects, the Paper III (Statistics) of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 will be based on the topics mentioned in the table below.
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
Measures of Central Tendency - Common measures of central tendency -
mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis - Different types of moments and their relationship; the 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; Expectations and Variance of a random variable; Higher
moments of a random variable; Binomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential
distributions; Joint distribution of two random variables (discrete).
Time Series Analysis - Components of time series, Determinations of trend
component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by
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
Analysis of Variance - Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way
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 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.
SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 for Tier II - Paper-IV (General Studies-Finance and Economics):
The CBE-Paper IV of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 is divided into 2 parts. The first part, Part A - Finance and Accounts and Part B Economics and Governance. The questions of these two parts will be based on the topics mentioned below.
Part A: Finance and Accounts - (80 marks):
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
Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure
Valuation of Inventories
Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts
Bills of Exchange
Self Balancing Ledgers
Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts
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 Microeconomics 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 behaviour - Marshallian 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 the 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, 2003
10. Role of Information Technology in Governance
The next stage for candidates to qualify in the SSC CGL Exam is the Tier IV. According to the SSC CGL syllabus 2019 Tier IV, this section contains the skill test and the data entry skill test of the candidates.
Paper pattern of Tier - IV of SSC CGL Exam 2019: Skill Test and Date Entry Skill Test (DEST)
The “Data Entry Speed Test” Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes. This test will be of qualifying nature.
DEST is for (Central Excise & Income Tax): Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.
Note: OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in Skill Test, while the OH candidates opting for the same post in CBEC are not exempted from Skill Test. HH and VH candidates are not eligible for exemption from the Skill Test. VH candidates will be allowed additional compensatory time of 5 (five) minutes in DEST. Only those VH candidates who opt for scribes in the written examination will be provided passage reader at the time of Skill Test.
Negative marking in the SSC CGL 2019 Exam:
Note I: For VH/OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand): 80 Minutes.
Note II: In Tier I, 0.50 marks will be deducted as negative marking.
Note I: For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand): 160 Minutes.
Note II: In Tier I, 0.25 marks will be deducted as negative marking for Paper 2, while 0.50 marks will be deducted for Paper 1,3 and 4.
Paper pattern of Tier - IV of SSC CGL Exam 2019: Computer Proficiency Test (CPT):
The Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) of the SSC CGL syllabus 2019, tests the candidates ability to tackle computer related tests.
The Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprises of three modules –
(i) Word Processing,
(iii) Generation of Slides, for the posts of Assistant Section Officer of CSS, Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines. The CPT will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose. No exemption from CPT is allowed for any category of PwD candidates. CPT will be of qualifying nature.
Detailed instructions regarding CPT will be provided by the Regional/ Sub RegionalOffices of the Commission to eligible candidates declared qualified for appearing in the CPT.
Paper pattern of Tier - IV of SSC CGL Exam 2019: Document Verification (DV)
There is a compulsory DV round at the last. Candidates qualified for DV are required to appear for it and those who fail to appear are not considered for any post during the final selection. During DV round candidates have to submit copies of their documents like -
The relevant documents, if any relaxation is taken, etc.
The documents should be in the original format during the DV. The detailed information about the required documents will be provided by the authority in advance.
After the syllabus of SSC CGL 2019, comes the most important part of the exam; physical standards. As to qualify the exam a candidate must not just pass the written exam but should also match the physical standards prescribed by the Staff Selection Commission.
SSC CGL Exam 2019 - Physical standards for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN:
For Male Candidates:
(i) Physical Standards:
Height 157.5 cm.
Chest 81 cm (fully expanded with a
minimum expansion of 5 cm.)
Height relaxable by 5 cm in the case
of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and
members of Scheduled Tribes.
ii) Physical Test:
Walking: 1600 metres in 15 minutes.
Cycling: 8 Kms. In 30 minutes.
For Female Candidates:
i) Physical standards (Minimum):
Height: 152 cms.
Weight: 48 Kgs.
Height relaxable by 2.5 cms.
Weight relaxable by 2 Kg. for Gorkhas, Garwalis,
Assamese and members of Scheduled Tribes.
Walking: 1 Km. in 20 minutes.
Cycling: 3 Kms. in 25 minutes.
NOTE: Persons opting for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer) and with disabilities will have to meet the prescribed physical standards. However, for orthopedically disabled candidates, the below-mentioned relaxation in the Physical Test is allowed:
(a) Test of “Walking” shall not be insisted in case of OL and OAL categories.
(b) Test of “Cycling” shall not be insisted in case of OA, OL and OAL categories.
SSC CGL Exam 2019 - Physical standards Sub- Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI):
Height For men
Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals
b) Chest :
76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
c) Vision :
Eye-sight (with or without glasses)
6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye
0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in another eye
SSC CGL Exam 2019 - Physical standards for the Post of Sub-Inspector in the National Investigation Agency (NIA):
Height For women
Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals:
The candidate's preference for posts will be taken either online or at the time of Document Verification.
The admit cards for all stages in the SSC CGL 2019 exam will be issued by the exam conducting authority online on their Regional/Sub-Regional Office websites. Candidates are advised to visit the official website from time-to-time for latest updates and notices.
Based on the marks scored by the candidates in Tier-I CBE, he/she will be shortlisted to appear in the Tier-II Exam. Based on the aggregate performance in Tier-I and Tier-II, candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Tier-III (Descriptive Paper).
The candidates who score minimum qualifying marks, as fixed by the Commission, in Tier-III will be eligible to appear in Skill Tests i.e. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Skill Test (DEST). and Document Verification.
As the skill tests are qualifying in nature, if a candidate fails to appear in skill test or fails to qualify in the Skill Test, he/ she will not be eligible for the posts where CPT/ DEST are required.
SSC has the right to fix minimum qualifying marks in each component of the Tier-I Exam or fix minimum qualifying marks in each Paper of Tier-II. SSC also reserves the right to fix separate cut-offs for Paper-III (i.e. for the post of JSO), PaperIV (i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer) and for Paper-I+Paper-II (all other posts).
SSC releases the cut of SSC CGL along with the results. The cut off is released on the official website in PDF format. The SSC CGL cut off 2019 will be declared separately for each category and post. To appear in the selection process, candidates should secure the required cut off marks for each stage. The cut off marks for SSC CGL 2019 Tier I will be determined from maximum 200 marks, while for Tier-II stage the cut off marks will be decided from 400 marks.
Over 15 to 20 lakh candidates appear in SSC CGL exam every year. Therefore, it is a highly competitive exam and candidates should prepare smartly to crack it. Candidates must give proper attention and time to each section and know the section-wise tips and tricks, important topics for the exam, the best books to prepare, section-wise weightage of topics and the importance of mock tests etc.
Dear aspiring candidate there are many books which are available in the market but I am sharing few books below.
Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh, published by KD Campus.
High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin.
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – By Arun Sharma
Lucent's General Knowledge by Dr. Binary Karn
General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
Apart from the books, you should also read the Indian Express, The Times of India and The Hindu newspapers to cover the syllabus of SSC CGL 2019.
Dear SSC CGL aspirant, if you are ready to dedicate 6-7 hours of your daily time for the next 3 months, you are good to go and can cover the entire SSC CGL 2019 syllabus.
In Tier I, 0.50 marks will be deducted as negative marking.
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The eligibility criteria is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree from a recognised board.For junior statistical post a candidate must have studied bachelor's degree with atleast 60% marks in mathematics from a recognised board or must have studied bachelor's degree in any discipline with statistics as one of the subjects. For rest of the posts bachelor's degree is must.
So, yes you are eligible.
Hello dear student,
Both are on entirely different levels but guess what's the plus point is both are government jobs and both have job security with them . It really depends even if you are going to get a job by cracking SSC cgl then yes you are going to have a good place. While it depends at which position you are seeking or joining the job . While upsc is at a very different level and scale . It do have a different position if we look at . I hope this was helpful. While both are prestigious at their own places .
Yes definitely you can apply for ssc cgl 2019 even if you are completing your graduation in 2020. The only eligibility criteria required for the exam is bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university and board. The exam registration has a very long process. So just do submit all the required certificates properly and safely. The exam procedure is too long. Till now, CGL 2016 is about to take place and CGL 2017 is not yet out only. So maybe once you come in 2020 after that only CGL 2019 comes out so you have a high chance to apply.
Best wishes. Thank you.
Yes a student in their final year of graduation can apply for SSC CGL . The student is eligible to give exam in the final year of their degree that's not an issue. Also keep this thing in mind if the student qualifies the exam and at the time of document verification candidate need to show them their degree. I hope this was helpful
I understand your concern but sorry you are not eligible for this year's exam as you are not a final year student. If you would have been in your final year of degree then you only you would have been eligible to give exam . As you have to show represent your degree after getting selected to this exam . I hope it was helpful while you can apply for the exam in 2020 as you will be in your final year and hence eligible for the exam .
Thank you best wishes
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