SSC CGL Syllabus 2019
Vikrant.shukla, 05 Nov 2019, #SSC CGL

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:

SSC CGL 2019 Exam will be conducted in 4 stages:

Tier - I

Computer-Based Examination

TIer - II

Computer-Based Examination

Tier - III

Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)

TIer - IV

Computer Proficiency Test

Skill Test (Wherever applicable)

Document Verification

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.

Paper pattern of Tier - I of SSC CGL Exam 2019:

Tier I


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted


General Intelligence and Reasoning



60 minutes


1 hour


General Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




English Comprehension





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 pattern of Tier - II of SSC CGL Exam 2019:

Tier II


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted


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.

Paper pattern of Tier - III of SSC CGL Exam 2019:

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.

Tier III

Mode of Examination

Syllabus of Examination

Maximum Marks

Time Allowed


Pen and Paper Mode

Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi


60 minutes

Note: For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand): 80 Minutes.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 for Tier I Computer-based exam - General Intelligence and Reasoning:

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

Space Visualisation

Spatial orientation




Decision making

Visual memory



Relationship concepts

Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification

Arithmetic Number Series

Non-verbal Series

Coding And Decoding

Statement Conclusion

Syllogistic Reasoning

Semantic Analogy

Symbolic/ Number Analogy

Figural Analogy

Semantic Classification

Symbolic/ Number Classification

Figural Classification

Semantic Series

Number Series

Figural Series

Problem Solving

Word Building

Coding & Decoding

Numerical Operations

Drawing Inferences

Punched Hole/ Pattern- Folding & Unfolding

Figural Pattern- Folding And Completion


Address Matching

Date & City Matching

Classification Of Centre Codes/ Roll Numbers

Small & Capital Letters/ Numbers Coding

Decoding And Classification

Embedded Figures

Critical Thinking

Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence

Symbolic Operations


Space Orientation

Venn Diagrams

SSC CGL Syllabus 2019 for Tier I Computer-based exam - General Awareness

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.

General Awareness:

  • 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.

SSC CGL 2019 Syllabus for Tier I Computer-based exam - Quantitative Aptitude

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

Whole Numbers

Decimals Fractions

Relationships Between Numbers


Ratio & Proportion

Square Roots



Profit And Loss


Partnership Business

Mixture And


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



Regular Polygons


Right Prism

Right Circular Cone

Right Circular Cylinder



Rectangular Parallelepiped

Regular Right Pyramid With Triangular Or Square


Trigonometric Ratio

Degree And Radian Measures

Frequency Polygon

Bar Diagram & Pie Chart

Heights And Distances


Standard Identities

Complementary Angles

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.

English Comprehension:

  • 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:

English Language

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

different methods.

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

classified data.

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


Bank Reconciliation

Journal, ledgers

Trial Balance

Rectification of


Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure

Depreciation Accounting

Valuation of Inventories

Non-profit organisations


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:

Tier I:

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.

Tier II:

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,

(ii) Spreadsheet

(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 -

Matriculation Certificate,

Educational qualification,

Caste certificate,

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.

ii) Physical Test:

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

165 cm

For women

150 cm

Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals

5 cms

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)

Distant vision

6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye

Near vision

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 men

170 cms

Height For women

150 cms

Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals:

5 cms

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)

Distant vision

6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye

Near vision

0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in another eye

The candidate's preference for posts will be taken either online or at the time of Document Verification.

SSC CGL Exam 2019 : Selection process

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.

How to prepare for SSC CGL 2019?

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.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - SSC CGL Syllabus 2019

Question: What are the best books to study for SSC CGL that covers the SSC CGL 2019 syllabus?


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.

Question: How much time will it take to prepare for SSC CGL?


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.

Question: What is the negative marking of SSC CGL Tier I?


In Tier I, 0.50 marks will be deducted as negative marking.

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sir, i selected in ssc cgl application form others option for educationa qualification instead of graduation (bsc). Can i eligible for document verification. kindly notify me...

Ashish pal Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

Hello dear aspirant.

If you are selected in SSC CGL application then you should go for document verification. You are always advised to check your application form while filling it . As you know it's matter of your own career. But as you have committed a mistake, now no other option to face it. Yes others is unspecified you go for document verification and tell them the situation sometimes matter gets solved by affidavit or sometime by some other ways . Hope you are getting me.

Good luck


which grade should I select in ssc cgl if Im pursuing final year student

Aman Raj Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

Hello Naveena

There are no Grade A jobs under SSC recruitment. All the Grade A officers for central govt. are recruited through UPSC. SSC recruits Grade B and Grade C officers. Though there is a Gazetted post (under SSC) like AAO, but it is also Grade B. For Grade A you must prepare for UPSC exams like civil services, defence exams (CDS, OTA, assistant commandant etc). I hope it helped you.


i have been facing problem in selecting the Economically weaker section column in the ssc cgl application its not getting selected as yes or as no also

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019


see if you are from general category then only you may choose for economically weaker section. if you already belongs to any other category like obc, st or sc etc than you can not choose ews category. if you are from general category and still facing the issues then try after some time and also checks the internet connection.


Iam purusing my final year.Am I eligible for the SSC CGL 2020 exam?? 23rd Nov, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that yes you are eligible for SSC CGL 2020 exam. Students pursuing their graduation and are in their final year of study are eligible to appear for SSC CGL 2020 exam.

I am sharing a link with you. You can refer to this link and can apply for SSC CGL from here

I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.


I am filling SSC CGL form 2019. I see only two options . Post of Junior statistical officer and post of statistical investigator grade || .. what about other posts? does it mean if i fill no for both of these . rest all posts are open to me to choose later?

Rehan Alam Student Expert 23rd Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

These are additional posts and required additional qualification on your part. For junior statistical officer your age must be between 30-32 and for statistical investigator grade II, you have to have statistics as a subject in your graduation.

If you comply with these qualification, fill them, otherwise, you are eligible for all the posts other than these two.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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