Thursday, 11 May 2017

What Is SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus and Exam Pattern?

SSC CGL 2017 official notification is out and has sure thrown many of the aspirants into a frenzy. Learn what is SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus and Exam Pattern for SSC CGL Tier I, II, III, & IV before you jump in and start preparing for it.

SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus
SSC CGL is one of the most reputed and sought-after recruitment exam conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) of India. Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam is conducted to recruit the Group B-level gazetted, as well as non-gazetted officers to serve in central government and its various departments. This exam is conducted annually and it has been seen that over 15 lakh candidates from across the country appear for it. With a little over 3800 vacancies across all departments, this is one of the most competitive exams held in India.

How To Prepare For SSC CGL 2017

While preparing for any exam, knowing the syllabus is the first and the foremost thing. It provides you with not only an overview but also an insight on successful planning.

SSC CGL 2017 Exam Pattern

SSC CGL is conducted in four tiers as indicated below:
  • 1st Tier: Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • 2nd Tier: Main Written Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • 3rd Tier: Descriptive Paper (Offline)
  • 4th Tier: Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) / Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) (not compulsory for all)

SSC CGL Tier I Exam

The combined graduate level exam would be common for all categories of posts and will be held in one session.
SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus
A. General Intelligence & Reasoning: This component would include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, spatial visualisation, spatial orientation, problem-solving analysis, judgement, 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.

B. General Awareness: Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates' general awareness, and knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Scientific Research etc.

C. Numerical Aptitude: The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals and fractions and relationships between numbers. It will test the sense of order among numbers, ability to translate from one name to another, sense or order of magnitude, estimation or prediction of the outcome of computation, selection of an appropriate operation for the solution of real life problems and knowledge of alternative computation procedures to find answers.

D. English Comprehension: Candidates' ability to understand English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

SSC CGL Tier II Exam

Tier I will be used to screen the candidates for appearing in Tier II for various papers which will be specifically required for different groups of posts. However, marks of such screened candidates in Tier I will be taken into account for final ranking of candidates for selecting them for the interview and also the final selection.
SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus
Paper I : Arithmetic Ability: This paper will include questions on problems relating to Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions and relationship between numbers, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Average, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Use of Table and Graphs, Mensuration, Time and Distance, Ratio and Time etc.

Paper II: English Language & Comprehension: Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidates' understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on error recognition, fill in the blanks (using verbs, preposition, articles etc), vocabulary, spellings, grammar, sentence structure, synonyms, antonyms, sentence completion, phrases and idiomatic use of words, etc. There will be a question on passages and comprehension as well.

Paper III: Commerce/Mathematics/Statistics/Economics for Investigator Grade-II, for Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation and Compiler for Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

i. Probability, Probability Distributions, Binomial, Poisson, Normal, Exponential.
ii. Compilation, classification, tabulation of Statistical Data, Graphical presentation of data.
iii. Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association and contingency, scatter diagram, correlation coefficient, rank correlation coefficient and linear regression analysis. 
iv. Concept of population, random sample, parameters, statistics, sampling distribution of x properties of estimators and estimation of confidence intervals.
v. Principles of sampling, simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling etc.
vi. Concepts of Hypothesis, testing of hypothesis for large samples as well as small samples.
vii. Index Numbers, Time series analysis – components of variation and their estimation.


i. Demand and Supply Analysis, including Laws and Interaction of Demand and Supply.
ii. Production Function and Laws of Returns.
iii. Commodity Pricing – Characteristics of various Market Forms and Price Determination under such Market Forms.
iv. Theory of Factor Pricing – Rent, Wage, Interest and Profit.
v. Theory of Employment – Classical and Neo-classical Approach.
vi. Keynesian Theory of Employment – Principles of Effective Demand. Meaning and Importance of Investment, Relation between Saving and Investment, Multiplier Effect and the process of Income Generation, Post Keynesian Development.
vii. Nature and Functions of Money, Value of Money, Fluctuations in the value of Money – Inflation and Deflation, Monetary Policy, Index Number.
vii. International Trade-Free Trade and Protection, Theories of International Trade.
ix. Foreign Exchange – Determination of the rate of Exchange, Purchasing Power Parity Theory and Balance of Payment Theory.
x. Public Finance – Nature, Scope and Importance of Public Finance.
xi. Taxation – Meaning, Classification and Principles of Taxation, Incidence of Taxation.
xii. Deficit Financing
xiii. Fiscal Policy

i. Statistical Investigation – Meaning and Planning of Investigation.
ii. Collection of data and editing of data.
iii. Types of sampling.
iv. Schedule and questionnaire.
v. Presentation of data – classification, tabulation, etc.
vi. Measures of Central Tendency.
vii. National Income and Accounting – Estimation of National Income, Trends in National Income, Structural changes in the Indian Economy as seen in National Income Data.
viii. Agricultural sector – Agricultural Development during Plan Period, Rural Credit, Agricultural Price Policy, Rural Development Cooperation and Panchayati Raj.
ix. Industrial Policy and Industrial Development.
x. Problems of Economic Development – Indian Planning – Objectives, Techniques and its evolution, Five Year Plans and Role of National Development Council.
xi. Profile of Human Resources – Population and Economic Development, Demographic Profile of India, Nature of Population Problem – Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment Problem, Labour Problem, Population Control and Government Policy.
xii. New Economic Policy and Welfare Schemes.
xiii. Indian Public Finance – Indian Revenue, Foreign Aid.
xiv. Indian Banking and Currency system.

i. Algebra: Algebra of sets, relations and functions, Inverse of a function, equivalence relation. System of complex numbers, De Moivere’s Theorem and its simple applications. Relation between roots and coefficients of a polynomial equation – Evaluation of symmetric function of roots of cubic and biquadratic equation.
ii. Algebra of Matrices: Determinants, Simple properties of determinants, Multiplication of determinants of orders two and three, Singular and non-singular matrices. Inverse of a matrix, Rank of a matrix and application of matrices to the solution of linear equations. Convergence of sequences and series, tests of convergence of series with positive terms, Ratio, Root and Gauss tests.
iii. Analytic Geometry: Straight lines, Circles, System of circles, parabola, ellipse and hyperbola in standard form and their elementary properties, Classification of curves.
iv. Differential Equation: First order differential equation. Solution of second and higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients and simple applications.
v. Differential and Integral Calculus: Limit, continuity and differentiability of functions, successive differentiation, derivatives of standard functions, Rolle’s and Mean value Theorems, Maclaurins and Taylor’s series, Maxima and Minima of functions of one and two variables. Tangents and Normals, Curvature, Partial differentiation, Euler’s theorem for homogeneous function, Tracing of curves. Methods of integration, Riemann’s definition of the definite integral, fundamental theorem of integral calculus, quadrature, rectification, volumes and surface area of solids of revolution.
vi. Statistics: Frequency distributions, Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, Skewness and Kurtosis, Random variables and distribution function, Discrete distributions, Binomial and Poisson distribution, continuous distributions, Rectangular, Normal and Exponential distributions, Principles of least squares, correlation and regression, Random Sampling, random numbers, Sampling of attributes, Large Sample tests for mean and proportion.

i. Accountancy: Conceptual framework, Income measurement, Final accounts, Accounting for partnership firms, Hire-purchase accounting, Corporate accounting.
ii. Business Organisation: Business objectives, Business environment, Business entrepreneurship, Business operations including finance, production, marketing and human resource development.
iii. Management: Concept of management, Planning, Organising, Leading and Controlling.
iv. Micro-economics: Price-mechanism, Theory of consumer behaviour, Elasticity of demand, Production function, Theory of costs, Market structures, Price determination under perfect competition and monopoly.
v. Indian Economics: Issues involved in planning for economic development, Sectoral analysis of Indian economy including agriculture, industry and foreign trade.
vi. Business Statistics: Analysis of Univariate data involving measurement of Central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression analysis, index numbers, analysis of time-series, Theory of probability.
vii. Business Law: Indian Contract Act, 1872, Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Partnership Act, 1932 and Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.
viii. Company Law: Kinds of companies, matters involving incorporation of company, shares and share capital and matters relating to issue and transfers of shares, members of a company, management of a company, meetings and resolutions, winding up of a company.
ix. Cost accounting: Procedures involved in cost accounting, marginal costing, cost-volume profit analysis, Budgetary control, Standard costing.
x. Auditing: Meaning and objects of auditing, Types of audit, Audit process.
xi. Income Tax: Basic concepts, Residence and tax liability, heads of income.

SSC CGL Tier III Exam (Offline)
SSC CGL 2017 Syllabus

This Tier has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which are necessary for Government jobs. 

The Paper would comprise of:
i. Essay Writing
ii. Passage Writing of 250 words
iii.Letter Writing
iv. Application Writing of approximately 150 words

The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV. The qualifying marks in Tier III would be 33%. The paper will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. The questions in this paper would be of 10+2 standard.

SSC CGL Tier IV Exam

This Tier is not compulsory for all and is qualifying in nature.

DEST Exam: Only for Tax Assistant post. DEST would require the candidate to have the data entry speed of 8000 key depressions per hour. The Data Entry Speed Skill Test at 2000 key depressions will be conducted for a duration of 15 minutes.

CPT Exam: Only for Asst. Section Officer in CSS post.
CPT is conducted in three modules:

  1. Word Processing
  2. Spread Sheet
  3. Generation of slides

With the syllabus in mind, ensure you get enough practice since you have just a little over three months left to prepare.

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