SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus and Pattern

SSC CGL EXAM: Syllabus and Pattern (SSC CGL TIER 1)

The Examination will be conducted in three tiers as indicated below:

  • Tier -I — Written Examination (Computer Based Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -II — Written Examination (Computer Based Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -III — Descriptive Test

Duration: 75 minutes

    Negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in Tier-I

    Combined Graduate Level (Tier-I) Examination:

    Tier –I of the Combined Graduate level Examination will be Computer Based Objective Type Multiple Choice and common for all categories of posts.

    Tier-II of the SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination -2016 will be of Computer Based Objective Type Multiple Choice.

    Tier-III of the SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination -2016 will be of Descriptive Type.

    Here in this article, we will discuss about Tier 1 Exam

    SSC CGL Tier 1: Pattern

    Paper Subject Max Marks No. of Questions Duration & Timings for General candidates Duration & Timings for VH and Cerebral Palsy candidates







    General Intelligence & Reasoning

    General Awareness

    Quantitative Aptitude

    English Comprehension















    75 minutes  Some Extra time other than 75 minutes
    Total 200 100

    SSC CGL Tier 1: Syllabus

    General Intelligence & Reasoning :

    It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on 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. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic 17 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 & unfolding, 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, Other sub-topics, if any.

    General Awareness:

    Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day 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 History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

    Quantitative 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 computation of 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

    English Comprehension:

    Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10th standard level.

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    SSC CGL Tier 1:Some Important Points to Note:

    NOTE-1: Part C (Quantitative Aptitude) of Test booklet for SSC CGL Tier 1 and Paper-I of Tier 2(Quantitative Abilities) will contain separate set of Questions for VH candidates only, (who have opted for assistance of scribe) which will not have components of Maps, Graphs, Statistical data, Diagram, Figures, Geometrical problems. However, components of other papers will be the same for other candidates.

    NOTE-2: The Commission shall have the discretion to fix different minimum qualifying standards in each component of the SSC CGL Tier 1 Examination taking into consideration among others, category-wise vacancies and category-wise number of candidates. Only those candidates, who have scored above the cut off marks fixed by the Commission, would be required to appear in the Tier –II Examination.

    NOTE-3: SSC CGL Tier 1 examination is used to screen the candidates for appearing in Tier-II examination for various papers which will be specifically required for different groups of posts. Marks of such screened candidates in Tier-I will be taken into account for final ranking of candidates for selecting them for the Computer Proficiency Tests/ Data Entry Skill Test and also for final selection.
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  • shankar

    negative marks for wrong ans in Tier 1 is not 0.25 it is 0.5.


      Yes Shankar, What you are saying is correct. It is 0.25 times the marks allotted to that question.
      And as the question is of 2 marks, it comes out to be 0.5

      • himu

        general awareness questions are only of 25 marks now..should one change his approach towards general awareness paper? or we should continue studying as we are?

        • Roshan

          Dear Himu…all 4 sections are having 25 question with 50 marks….pls read notification and post carefully…

          • himu

            ya i meant 25 questns, it was typing error.

          • virus

            dear roshan,i want to ask if there is need to change approach towards the preparation for general awareness or because syllabus for GA is vast as compare to other .

  • palak

    Will there be sectional cut off ??




    Need some clarification ….is Tire 1 just qualifying or marks scored will be taken into account ?


      Marks will be taken into account

      • Aditya


    • Aditya

      tier-1 is not only Qualifying..

  • Rajat Yadav

    as in the recent notifications of ssc cgl 2016 tier -I is written as of qualifying nature only so i think that the final merit will be according to marks of tierII + tierIII? or it is as of tierI + tierII + tierIII? correct me if i am wrong?


      The final merit will be prepared on overall performance in Tier-I, Tier-II

      and Tier-III. However, the candidate will need to qualify all the tiers i.e. Tier-I,

      Tier-II and Tier-III separately. There will be no sectional cut-off.

  • Nikhil

    Sir I haven’t got the Result of 8th Semester till now.
    And as per CGL notification We should get Result by 1st August.
    So what to do now??
    Am I eligible for Final Selection or not??
    Please guide me Sir.

  • Poulomi roy

    Sir can you please tell me the exam procedure of ssc cgl statical investigator and assistant audit officer????
    I’m pursuing master degree in economics.