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SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 Exam Pattern & PDF

SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 With New Topics

Candidates who had applied for the SSC CGL 2017 now must get their exam syllabus and preparing it. candidates who are participating in the SSC CGL Examination have to face Tier I, Tier II and Tier III exams. They have to qualify all the tests to qualify SSC CGL examination. After this they will get selected for it. Candidates can download their syllabus for each tier and prepare according to it.


Syllabus for SSC CGL examination:

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence
& Reasoning
25 50 75 minutes (Total)

For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
100 minutes

General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200


SSC CGL Syllabus – English Language:

English Language
Priority Set Nature of Questions Topic Weightage (# of Qs) Approach

1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. High Accuracy Possible

4. Time Consuming

Reading Comprehension 5 (1 passage) The passage could be on any topic.

Questions are mostly
fact based &
can be directly picked out
of the passage.
Sometimes vocabulary
questions are asked
on commonly used words.

II. 1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. High Accuracy Possible

4. Quick Solve

Fill in the Blanks 0-5 A mix of grammar and
vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions,
prepositions, tenses,
usage in context,
confusable words




Choose the correctly spelt
word or the misspell word
from different words.
The same word can be
spelt in different ways and
you are asked to select
t the correct spelling.
III. 1. Moderate to High Score Possible

2. Moderately Time Consuming

3. Moderate to High Accuracy Possible

Phrase or Idiom Meaning


0-2 Easy to moderate difficulty level

The meaning of the
phrase or idiom can
be asked in a sentence.

The meaning can
also be asked directly.


Synonyms and Antonyms




One word given with four
options to choose from,
(either synonyms
or antonyms).Rarely the words can
be given in sentences. Prepare a list of commonly
asked words to answer
this part and score full marks.
One Word Substitution 3-5 Substitute one word
for the phrase given. Go through a list of the
one word substitutions
from past papers and solve
questions on
one word substitution.
IV. 1. Moderately Scoring

2. Time Consuming

3. Moderate Accuracy Possible

Replacement/ Sentence
5 A mix of grammar and
vocabulary Based questions. Important Topics:
Subject-Verb Agreement,
Article-Noun Agreement,
Correct Part of Speech,
Correct use of Prepositions,
Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs,
Sentence Construction,
Degree of Comparison,
Correct use of different
parts of speech,
Easily confusable words,
Usage in Context,
Avoid guessing too
much in these questions.
Be aware of
no-improvement questions
Error Spotting 3-5 Grammar based

Important Topics:
Subject-Verb Agreement,
Article-Noun Agreement,
Correct Part of Speech,
Correct use of Prepositions,
Phrasal Verbs,
Sentence Construction,
Degree of Comparison,
Correct use of
different parts of speech.

Avoid guessing too
much in these questions as some questions are tricky.


SSC CGL Syllabus – General Awareness:

General Awareness
Chapter Topic Weightage
(# Qs)
Total Weightage
of Chapter
Static Culture 1-2 14
Indian History 2-3
(Indian + World)
Environment 1-2
Economy 2-3
Polity 2-3
Science Biology 1-2 9
Chemistry 1-2
Physics +Space Science 1-2
Computer &
Mobile Technology
Diseases, pollution 1-2
Nutrition 1-2
Others Current Affairs 0-1 2
Misc. GK- Sports,
People In News,
Dates, Portfolios, Schemes 0-1


SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude:

Quantitative Aptitude
Priority Order Nature of questions Topic Weightage (# Qs) Approach
I. 1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less time consuming

4. More accuracy

Simplification 1-2 Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
Interest 1-2 Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
Percentage 0-1 Calculation oriented
basic Percentage Problems
Ratio and Proportion 1-2 Problems on Simple,
Compound Ratios
and Direct/Indirect Proportions
Average 0-1 Problems on Average
Weight/Height/Marks etc.
Problems on Ages 0-1 Basic Problems on Ages
II. 1. Scoring

2. Easy if proper steps are followed carefully

3. More time consuming

Speed Time And Distance 1-2 Problems on Average/Relative
speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
Profit and Loss 1-2 Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
Number Series 0-1 Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
Number System 1-2 Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers,
Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
Menstruation 2-3 Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
Data Interpretation 0-3 Problems on Bar/Line Graphs,
Pie Charts, Tables etc.
III. 1. Tricky

2. Might take more time than usual

3. Lesser chances of solving correctly

Time and Work 1-2 Problems on Work efficiency,
Wages and Pipes etc.
Mixture problems 0-1 To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
Algebra 2-3 Basic Linear Equations in
one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities are important.
Remember all the identities
Geometry 3-4 Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc.

Remember all the theorems.

Trigonometry 2-3 Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc…

Remember all the
Trigonometric Identities.

  • SSC CGL Syllabus – General Intelligence & Reasoning
General Intelligence & Reasoning
of Qs
Chapters Weightage (# of Qs) Approach
1. Scoring

2. Easy to Solve

3. Less Time Consuming

4. Sometimes a bit Difficult

Classification 2-3 Number, Letter, GK
and Meaningful Words based qs.
Analogy 2-3 Letter, Number,
GK & Meaning based qs.
Coding Decoding 2-3 Questions on Coding by Analogy,
Coding and decoding
by letter shifting
& Coding Letters of a Word. Could also include,
Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
Puzzle 2-3 Number based puzzles
like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575,
then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?or Find the correct
equation type questions Quant based questions
like on age, speed and distance. orSeating arrangement questions.
1. Easy to Solve

2. High Accuracy possible

3. May be time consuming

Matrix 0-1 1 or 2 Matrix of letters
with numbers are given
from which correct set
of numbers for given
word is to find out.
Word formation 1-2 From the given word
find whether the
given option words
can be formed or not.
Arranging words in Meaningful order or Dictionary order 1-2 It can be meaningful
order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule. In dictionary order
words are to be arranged
according to dictionary
sequence in ascending
or descending order.
1. Easy to Solve

2. High Accuracy possible

3. Less Time Consuming

Venn diagram 0-2 Problems based on
Venn Diagram Types of Question:
Represent the relation
between Student,
Teacher and Boys
Directions & Distances 0-1 Simple problems that
can be solved by just
drawing all
information on paper.
1. May be Time Consuming

2. May be tricky

Blood Relations 0-1 Family Tree or
General Blood Relation
Missing Number 1-2 Find the missing number
from the given
matrix or diagram.
Series 2-3 Mainly questions on
Number & Alphabet series.
Question Type:
Complete the given series
abs_ _cbad_bcd_cda
1. Scoring

2. Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Visual imagination is required

Non Verbal Reasoning 3-4 Quest like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image,
Mirror Image,
Hidden Image,
Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/
Classification/Series or
cube based quest may be asked.
1. May be tricky

2. Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Time Consuming

Verbal Reasoning 0-1 Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements
and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions,
Assertion and Reason. Questions on Course of Action & Statements and
Arguments can also be asked.


Syllabus for Tier II

Quantitative Mental Abilities (100 Marks)

General English (200 Marks)

Statistics (200 Marks)




NOTE: candidates who want to know more can visit the official website of SSC.


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