SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: Check Tier One Two Three and Four Syllabus

January 15, 2020

Know Details of SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 to strategize your preparation for SSC CGL 2020. Candidates can go through this article to know all the important points regarding SSC CGL Syllabus 2020.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2020

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination in four Tiers namely Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4. While SSC CGL Tier 1 and Tier 2 are conducted in Online Mode on the other hand Tier 3 is conducted in Pen and Paper mode and Tier 4 is Computer Skill Test. Candidates can go through this article for all information about the SSC CGL Syllabus 2020. Candidates must look into the changes made by SSC in the Syllabus and prepare accordingly for SSC CGL 2020. This article also explains each Tiers of SSC CGL.

Let us go through a brief of SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2020: Tiers of Exam

SSC CGL 2020 Comprises of four Tiers. SSC CGL 2020 Exam Pattern is explained below:

TierType of ExaminationMode of examination
Tier 1Objective Multiple ChoiceCBT (Online)
Tier 2Objective Multiple ChoiceCBT (Online)
Tier 3Descriptive Paper in Hindi/ EnglishPen and Paper Mode
Tier 4Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill TestWherever Applicable

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2020

SSC CGL Tier 1 comprises 100 questions in total with maximum marks of 200. SSC CGL Tier 1 is of 60 minutes. SSC CGL Tier I is divided into four sections with 25 questions each and maximum marks of 50.
The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier I Exam are:

  • General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Reasoning
  • English Comprehension

The Topic-wise Syllabus of Tier 1 is given in Table below:

General Intelligence and ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
ClassificationStatic General KnowledgeSimplificationReading Comprehension
AnalogyScienceInterestCloze Test
Coding-DecodingCurrent AffairsAveragesSpellings
Paper Folding MethodSportsPercentagePhrases and Idioms
MatrixBooks and AuthorsRatio and ProportionOne word Substitution
Word FormationImportant SchemesProblem on AgesSentence Correction
Venn DiagramPortfoliosSpeed, Distance and TimeError Spotting
Direction and DistancePeople in the NewsNumber SystemFill in the Blanks
Blood RelationsHistoryMensurationActive/Passive
SeriesGeographyData InterpretationNarrations
Verbal reasoningEconomicTime and Work
Non-Verbal ReasoningAwards and HonorsAlgebra

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 2020

SSC CGL Tier 2 exam will be conducted online comprising of four exams with about 100 or 200(English) questions in each section and with maximum marks of 200. Candidates have to complete each Exam in 2 hours.
The sections asked in SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam are:

  • Quantitative Ability.
  • Statistics.
  • General Studies (Finance & Economics).
  • English Language & Comprehension.

The Topic-wise Syllabus of Tier 2 is given in the table below:

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageStatisticsGeneral Awareness
SimplificationReading ComprehensionCollection and Representation of DataFinance and Accounting
InterestSpellingMeasure of DispersionFundamental Principles
AveragesFill in the BlanksMeasure of Central TendencyFinancial Accounting
PercentagePhrases and IdiomsMoments, Skewness and KurtosisBasic Concepts of Accounting
Ratio and ProportionOne Word SubstitutionCorrelation and RegressionSelf-Balancing Ledger
Speed, Distance and TimeSentence CorrectionRandom VariablesError Spotting and Correction
Number SystemError SpottingRandom Variables
MensurationCloze TestSampling TheoryEconomics and Governance
Data InterpretationPara JumblesAnalysis and VarianceComptroller and Auditor General of India
Time and WorkSynonyms-AntonymsTime Series AnalysisFinance Commission
AlgebraActive-Passive VoiceIndex NumberTheory of Demand and Supply
Data Sufficiency

SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus 2020

SSC has decided to conduct a Descriptive Paper instead of an Interview in SSC CGL for all the candidates who qualify SSC CGL Tier 2 Examination. SSC CGL Tier 3 Descriptive Paper (Pen and Paper Mode) is introduced to test the writing skills of the candidates. The exam is conducted in offline mode (Pen and Paper Mode). The paper is in English/Hindi language and will constitute of 100 marks. Candidates have to complete the entire paper in 60 minutes.


Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay,

Precis, Letter, Application etc.)

100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes
(80 minutes for
PWD catogery)

Note:- Candidates have to score 33 marks (33 per cent) to qualify the Descriptive Paper.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus 2020:

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam is a Computer Skill Test. SSC CGL Tier 4 is conducted in two steps:

  1. Skill Test in Data Entry (DEST) Test and
  2. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) Test.

DEST: Candidates are required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes on a computer in English. This test is conducted to check a candidate’s typing skills. Candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax), DEST Exam through the SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate.
CPT: This test is conducted to check a candidate’s proficiency in Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Generation of Slides are the three areas that are tested by the SSC for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).
Note:- SSC CGL Tier 4 is qualifying in nature, no marks will be rewarded in SSC CGL Tier 4.
Candidates have to score well in all the Tiers i.e., Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 and also qualify in Tier 4 of SSC CGL to get the desired post and location.

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