SSC CGL Subjects (Tier-wise)

SSC CGL notification 2022 is expected to be out in the month of January. It is very important for candidates preparing for this examination to be aware of the syllabus of the examination and subjects to focus on. SSC CGL Subjects for Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV are discussed in this article.

SSC CGL Exam 2022 Subjects -Tier-I

SSC CGL Tier-1 is conducted online and consists of four important subjects or sections with about 100 questions in total and with maximum marks of 200. The pattern of Tier-I is given below.

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 100

Tier-I – General Intelligence And Reasoning

General Intelligence And Reasoning is the most scoring subject/section among all the 4 subjects. It includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Topics mentioned under General Intelligence And Reasoning in the syllabus are given in the below table

Analogies Similarities and differences  Space visualization
spatial orientation Problem solving Analysis
Judgment Decision making Visual memory
Discrimination Observation Relationship concepts
Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification Arithmetic number series Non-verbal series
Coding and decoding Statement conclusion Syllogistic reasoning etc. 
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 & de-coding
Numerical Operations symbolic Operations Trends
Space Orientation Space Visualization Venn Diagrams
Drawing inferences Punched hole/ pattern- folding & un-folding Figural Pattern-folding and completion
Indexing 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.

SSC CGL General Intelligence And Reasoning Exam Pattern

No. of questions 25
Total marks 50
Marks per correct answer 2
Negative marking for an incorrect answer  0.5
Question type MCQs

Tier-I – General Awareness 

This section is aimed at testing the candidates’ knowledge about General awareness and its applications to society. The subjects to be covered while preparing for General awareness are given below:

Current Events  History Culture
Geography Economic Scene General Policy
Scientific Research

Scoring in General Awareness gives an extra edge over others in the examination. The following books are recommended for this exam

  • NCERTs from 6th to 12th standards
  • Any current affairs material that suits the SSC CGL exam standard
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • India Yearbook
  • MCQs on General Awareness subjects
  • MCQs on Current Affairs

Tier-I – Quantitative Aptitude

This subject/section is designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The topics mentioned under Quantitative Aptitude In the SSC CGL syllabus are given below:

Whole Numbers Decimals Fractions and Relationships between numbers
Percentage Ratio & Proportion Square Roots
Averages Interest Profit and Loss
Discount Partnership Business 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 Triangle Quadrilaterals
Regular Polygons Circle Right Prism
Right Circular Cone Right Circular Cylinder Sphere
Hemispheres Rectangular Parallelepiped Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
Trigonometric Ratio Degree and Radian Measures Standard Identities
Complementary Angles Heights and Distances Histogram
Frequency Polygon Bar diagram & Pie chart

The candidates are advised to study the following books to study the above-mentioned subjects for SSC CGL

Name of the book Author
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
Quantitative Abilities Arithmetic Ability Kiran Prakashan
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma
Quicker Maths M Tyra
Arithmetic for General Competition Vol 1& 2 Neetu Singh

To know more about the books to study for the preparation of SSC CGL, read the linked article SSC CGL books

English Comprehension

This subject/section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. Questions in this section are usually asked from topics like Phrases and Idioms, One word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings Correction, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active Passive, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Cloze test etc.

Some important books like Quick Learning Objective General English by RS Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal, High School English Grammar and Composition(Wren & Martin) and Objective General English by SP Bakshi are recommended while preparing for the exam.

SSC CGL Exam 2022 Subjects – Tier-II

SSC CGL Tier-2 comprises 4 papers of 500 MCQs, and each paper is to be completed in 120 minutes. Details of Tier-2 are given below:

Papers No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability 100 200 2 hours
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200 2 hours
Paper-III: Statistics 100 200 2 hours
Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours

Tier-II – Paper-I 

Paper-I of SSC CGL Tier-II comprises only one subject, i.e., Quantitative Abilities. The topics to be covered under this subject are the same as the Quantitative Aptitude section under Tier-I. But the difficulty of questions asked will be of a higher level than tier-I.

Tier-II – Paper-II

Paper-II deals with English Language and Comprehension. Topics to be covered under this section are spot the error, fill in 21 the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/ passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/ indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage. 

Tier-II – Paper-III

Paper-III deals with Statistics. The topics and sub-topics mentioned in the syllabus of SSC CGL notification are given below:

Topics Sub-topics
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
  • 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 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 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.

Tier-II – Paper-IV

Paper-IV deals with the subject of General Studies-Finance and Economics. This subject is divided into 2 parts.

Parts Subjects 
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Basic concepts of accounting
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)
  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India
  • Finance Commission
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and cost
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
  • Indian Economy
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Money and Banking
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance

SSC CGL 2022 Subjects – Tier-III

  • Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only in the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade-II” & “Compiler”
  • This exam is conducted in offline mode. 
  • The candidates are required to write essays, précis, application letters etc. in this exam.

SSC CGL 2022 Subjects – Tier- IV

The SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam comprises skill tests that are required for certain government posts. Candidates who secure at least the minimum qualifying marks in the examination (Tier I, II, III) can appear in the Skill Test.

The subjects and pattern for the SSC CGL Tier-IV exam are as follows:

Subject Posts Pattern
Data Entry Speed Test Tax Assistants (Central & Excise)
  • 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer.
  • Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes.
Computer Proficiency Test
  • Assistant Section Officer of Central Secretariat Service (CSS),
  • Assistant Section Officer (MEA),
  • Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines.
  • Word Processing
  • Spread Sheet
  • Generation of Slides

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