SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 - Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the SSC CGL 2020 syllabus along with the notification tentatively on September 15, 2020. Candidates preparing for the exam can go through the subject wise important concepts and topics through the syllabus of SSC CGL 2020. With the help of SSC CGL syllabus 2020, students can plan their studies and focus on topics that will require more time and concepts which can be mastered easily. Along with SSC CGL 2020 syllabus, students can also check out the exam pattern and previous year question papers to get an idea about the difficulty level of exam, nature of questions asked and a lot more. Aspirants should follow the SSC CGL syllabus 2020 and CGL exam pattern of each tier to form a solid approach and pass SSC CGL exam with a respectable rank.LATEST: SSC CGL 2020 Syllabus PDF available after notification releases.(Direct Link to Download)
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SSC CGL is a 4-tier examination. According to the SSC CGL syllabus 2020, the tier- I question paper will comprise of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Numerical Aptitude and English Comprehension. The Tier II exam of SSC CGL 2020 will consist of three different papers/subjects and the candidate will be required to appear in one, two or three papers depending upon the category of posts applied for, as the case may be. Candidates qualifying the Tier I and Tier II examination of SSC CGL 2020 can proceed to Tier III which is a descriptive test and simultaneously to Tier IV.
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The detailed syllabus of SSC CGL 2020 papers are listed in the following tables.
The SSC CGL 2020 syllabus of Tier I covers 4 subjects of 200 marks and has 100 questions. SSC CGL Tier 1 exam is conducted for a composite time of 60 minutes duration.
Papers of Tier I
A: General Intelligence & Reasoning
Verbal and Non-verbal AnalogiesSimilarities and DifferencesSpace visualizationSpatial orientationProblem Solving AnalysisJudgmentDecision MakingVisual MemoryDiscriminationObservationRelationship ConceptsArithmetical Reasoning and Figural ClassificationArithmetic number seriesNon-verbal seriesCoding and DecodingStatement ConclusionSyllogistic ReasoningSemantic AnalogySymbolic/ Number AnalogyFigural AnalogySemantic ClassificationSymbolic/ Number ClassificationFigural ClassificationSemantic SeriesNumber SeriesFigural SeriesWord BuildingCoding & decodingNumerical OperationsSymbolic OperationsTrendsSpace OrientationSpace VisualizationVenn DiagramsDrawing InferencesPunched hole/ pattern- folding & unfoldingFigural Pattern- folding and completionIndexingAddress MatchingDate & City matchingClassification of centre codes/roll numbersSmall & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classificationEmbedded FiguresCritical ThinkingEmotional IntelligenceSocial Intelligence
B: General Awareness
HistoryCultureGeographyEconomic SceneGeneral PolityScientific ResearchCurrent events
C: Quantitative Aptitude
Whole numbersDecimalsFractions and relationships between numbersPercentageRatio and ProportionSquare RootsAveragesInterestsProfit and LossDiscountPartnership BusinessMixture and AlligationTime and DistanceTime and WorkBasic algebraic identities of school algebra and elementary surdsGraphs of Linear equationsTriangle and its kinds of centresCongruence and similarity of trianglesCircle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circleCommon tangents to two or more circlesTriangleQuadrilateralsRegular polygonsCircleRight prismRight circular coneRight circular cylinderSphereHemispheresRectangular parallelepipedRegular right pyramid with triangular or square baseTrigonometric ratioDegree and radian MeasuresStandard IdentitiesComplementary anglesHeights and distancesHistogramFrequency polygonBar diagramPie chart
D: English Comprehension
Basic comprehension and writing ability
Questions in Tier I will be objective type multiple choice.
Question paper, according to the prescribed SSC CGL Syllabus 2020, will be set both in English and Hindi language except for the English Comprehension part.
0.50 marks will be cut for every wrong answers marked in SSC CGL 2020.
As per the syllabus of SSC CGL 2020 syllabus, Questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of graduation level and questions in Part-C will be of 10th standard level.
Questions in Tier I of SSC CGL 2020 will be objective type multiple choice.
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Question paper will be set both in English and Hindi language except for the English Comprehension part in the 2020 SSC CGL.
0.50 marks will be cut for every wrong answer marked.
Questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of graduation level and questions in Part-C will be of 10th standard level.
Analytical Reasoning: M. K. Pandey
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning: R. S. Aggarwal
General Knowledge: Dr. Binary Karn /Lucent
General Knowledge: Arihant Publications
Advance maths for General Competitions: Rakesh Yadav/KD Publications
Elementary and Advanced Mathematics: Kiran Prakashan
English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1):Neetu Singh /KD Publications
A mirror of Common Errors: Dr. Ashok Kumar /Academic and test publication
Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis
Competitive General English: Kiran Prakashan
Objective General English: S. P. Bakshi
Tier II of SSC CGL syllabus 2020 covers 4 papers of 200 marks each. Each paper is for a duration of 120 minutes. 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 (Finance and Economics) will only be for the candidates who apply for Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer in SSC CGL 2020.
Papers of Tier II
Paper I: Quantitative Abilities
Fractions and relationships between numbers
Ratio & Proportion
Profit and Loss
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
Right Circular Cone
Right Circular Cylinder
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
Degree and Radian Measures
Heights and Distances
Bar diagram & Pie chart
Paper II: English Language and Comprehension
Spot the error
Fill in the blanks
Spelling/ detecting misspelled words
Idioms & phrases
One word substitution
Improvement of sentences
Active/ passive voice
Conversion into direct/ indirect narration
Shuffling of sentence parts
Shuffling of sentences in a passage
Paper III: Statistics
Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data
Methods of data collection
Tabulation of data
Graphs and charts
Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions
Measures of Central Tendency- mean median and mode
Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles
Measures of 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 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 variableProbability functions
Expectation and Variance of a random variable
Higher moments of a random variableBinomial, Poisson, Normal and Exponential distributions
Joint distribution of two random variables (discrete)
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
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 statistics, 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: Finance and Economics
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
Rectification of Errors
Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts
Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure
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: Definition, scope and nature of Economics
Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve
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 and Laws of returns to scale
Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly and 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 since 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
Role of Information Technology in Governance
Questions in Tier II will be objective type multiple choice in the 2020 SSC CGL.
As per the SSC CGL syllabus 2020, the question paper will be set both in English and Hindi language except for Paper II- English Language and Comprehension.
Paper I and Paper II of SSC CGL 2020 are compulsory for all the posts.
Paper-III of SSC CGL 2020 is for the candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and Statistical Investigator Grade-II in the office of Registrar General, India (M/o Home Affairs) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for these Posts.
Paper-IV is for those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
0.50 marks will be cut for every wrong answer marked in Paper I, III and IV while 0.25 marks will be cut in Paper II.
According to the SSC CGL syllabus 2020, questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.
KD Publications/ Rakesh Yadav: Advance maths for General Competitions
Kiran Prakashan: Elementary and Advanced Mathematics
Neetu Singh /KD Publications: English for General Competitions: from Plinth to Paramount (Volume – 1)
Dr. Ashok Kumar /Academic and test publication: A mirror of Common Errors
Norman Lewis: Word Power Made Easy
Kiran Prakashan: Competitive General English
S. P. Bakshi: Objective General English
Graduate level books on Statistics followed in Universities across India
Higher Secondary and Graduate level books on Economics followed in Indian Universities
Ramesh Singh: Indian Economy
Candidates who have qualified the Tier I and Tier II of SSC CGL 2020 exam are eligible to appear the Tier III exam. SSC prescribes the Tier III of SSC CGL syllabus 2020. This is a descriptive paper conducted offline. The test, as per the SSC CGL syllabus 2020, consists of writing essay, precis, letter, application etc. The composite time limit is 60 minutes.
Tier III: Descriptive Test
Descriptive Paper in English / Hindi
The entire paper in Tier III must be written in a single language, i.e. either in english or hindi.
Tier IV: Skill Test
Data entry speed test- 8,000 key depression per hour on computer
Computer proficiency test- (i) Word Processing, (ii) Spreadsheet and (iii) Generation of Slides
Tier IV exam is qualifying in nature. Candidates are required to pass this computer test. No marks are alloted to the candidates on qualifying SSC CGL 2020 Tier IV exam. This computer test is a two staged process, DEST and CPT.
8,000 key depression per hour on computer for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax)
OH candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in Skill Test
OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are not exempted from Skill Test
HH and VH candidates are not eligible for exemption from the Skill Test.
No exemption from CPT is allowed for any category of PwD candidates in SSC CGL 2020.
Along with the syllabus of SSC CGL, it is equally important to have a clear idea of the exam pattern so that the aspirant can crack SSC CGL exam 2020.
SSC CGL is a 4-tier examination. According to the SSC CGL syllabus 2020, the tier- I question paper will comprise of General Intelligence and Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantative Aptitude and English Comprehension. The Tier II exam of SSC CGL 2020 will consist of three different papers/subjects and the candidate will be required to appear in one, two or three papers depending upon the category of posts applied for, as the case may be. Candidates qualifying the Tier I and Tier II examination of SSC CGL 2020 can proceed to Tier III which is a descriptive test and simultaneously to Tier IV.
The table lists the tiers of SSC CGL, the mode and type of exam.
Mode of Examination
Type of Examination
Multiple Choice Questions
Pen and Paper Mode
Descriptive paper in English/ Hindi(Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc)
Tier - IV
Computer Proficiency Test
Skill Test (Wherever applicable)
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 check SSC CGL syllabus 2020 to 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.
Based on the marks scored by the candidates in Tier-I CBE, he/she will be shortlisted to appear in the Tier-II Exam or for next stage of SSC CGL selection process 2020. Candidates must go through SSC CGL Syllabus 2020, for getting qualified in each stage of CGL 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 for SSC CGL 2020 selection process.
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) for selection process of SSC CGL 2020.
SSC releases the cut off of SSC CGL 2020 along with results. The SSC CGL 2020 cut off is released on the official website in PDF format. The SSC CGL cut off 2020 will be declared separately for each category and post. To appear in the selection process of SSC CGL 2020, candidates should secure the required cut off marks for each stage, by following a timely preparation and checking the syllabus of SSC CGL 2020. The cutoff marks for SSC CGL 2020 Tier I will be determined from maximum 200 marks, while for Tier-II stage the cutoff marks will be decided from 400 marks.
SSC will release the SSC CGL application form 2020 tentatively in September with the notification. Candidates need to apply for the SSC CGL 2020 examination in two parts. In part-I, the basic details like name, address, academic details etc of an aspirant is registered. While in part-II, scanned photograph and signature of the candidate is inserted in the pre-defined format and online payment is made accordingly. The print out of the application form and the payment receipt is to be kept for further reference. Candidates need to check the SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 and other relevant details like eligibility, educational qualification and exam centres as given in the detailed notification before their application.
The admit card of SSC CGL 2020 is released by Staff Selection Commission in online mode at their website - ssc.nic.in. To download the SSC CGL admit card 2020, candidates must use their registration number. The SSC CGL 2020 admit card contains the details related to the candidate and the examination. It is to be noted that only those candidates who have successfully filled the online application for SSC CGL 2020 within the stipulated date will be issued an admit card. Alongwith the SSC CGL 2020 admit card, a candidate must take a valid photo ID proof on the date of examination.
To enhance the problem solving skill, candidates are encouraged to solve the previous year question papers to crack SSC CGL 2020.The syllabus of SSC CGL 2020 also give insights to the nature of questions asked. Solving these definitely increases one’s ability to know the pattern of questions, sources from where the questions are asked and thereby increase the possibility of selection in SSC CGL.
Staff Selection Commission releases the answer key of the exam held so that candidates can get an idea of their score and prepare accordingly for later stages of recruitment in SSC CGL.
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 2020.
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 2020 syllabus.
In Tier I, 0.50 marks will be deducted as negative marking.
The major subjects asked in SSC CGL 2020 Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) required for only the post i.e Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax). It's qualfying test, where aspirants needs to qualify in data entry to get selected in SSC CGL 2020.
No, only overall cut off marks will be considered to select candidates in each stage of SSC CGL 2020 exam.
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Some of the tips which can help you in cracking the exam with shining marks are -
* Know the syllabus thoroughly. The syllabus generally covers reasoning, general awareness, quantitative aptitude and English.
* You should be aware of the exam pattern. The exam is conducted in 3 tier i.e. Pre, mains and interview.
* Solve the previous year questions and have better time management skills
* Give regular mock test and solve sample papers.
Hope it helps :)
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