SSC CGL Syllabus For Tier I and Tier II 2024- Latest Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2024

SSC CGL is one of the most famous government exams in India. Today in this article we’ll discuss the complete syllabus for the whole exam. We’ll also see the examination pattern and mode of the SSC CGL. SSC CGL is conducted on an annual basis to fill the Group B and C vacancies in the central government. Lakhs for students sit in this exam every year to get the job that they desire. 3 years back SSC changed the exam pattern and in this article we will discuss that new pattern only. So let’s have a look at SSC CGL Syllabus and Exam pattern 2024.




Tier Type Mode
Tier – I Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based (online)
Tier – II (Paper I, II, III) Paper I (Compulsory for all posts), 

Paper II for candidates who apply for the posts of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and 

Paper III for candidates who apply for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Objective Type, Multiple choice questions, except for Module-II of Section-III of Paper-I

Computer-Based (online)


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SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for Tier 1 Exam

The Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL often known as preliminary exam is the first exam that a candidate needs to clear in order to be eligible to sit in the next exam. Below we have discussed the complete pattern and syllabus of the Tier 1 exam of SSC CGL.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern

Below we have discussed the complete examination pattern of the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam . The exam consists of force action between 25 questions each and the total time given for the tier 1  exam is 60 minutes. This also involves a negative marking of 0.5 marks for every wrong question.

Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2024
SNo. Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Allotted
1 General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 A cumulative time of 60 minutes

(1 hour)

2 General Awareness 25 50
3 Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4 English Comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200


SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for Quantitative Aptitude

The quantitative aptitude is another favourite section of the SSC CGL aspirant. Below is the detailed syllabus of the Quantitative aptitude for SSC CGL tier 1 exam. 

SSC CGL Tier-I Syllabus- Quantitative Aptitude
  1. Computation of whole numbers
  2. Decimals
  3. Fractions
  4. Relationships between numbers
  5. Profit and Loss
  6. Discount
  7. Partnership Business
  8. Mixture and Alligation
  9. Time and distance
  10. Time & Work
  11. Percentage
  12. Ratio & Proportion
  13. Square roots
  14. Averages
  15. Interest
  16. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  17. Graphs of Linear Equations
  18. Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  19. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  20. Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
  21. Triangle
  22. Quadrilaterals
  23. Regular Polygons
  24. Right Prism
  25. Right Circular Cone
  26. Right Circular Cylinder
  27. Sphere
  28. Heights and Distances
  29. Histogram
  30. Frequency polygon
  31. Bar diagram & Pie chart
  32. Hemispheres
  33. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  34. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  35. Trigonometric ratio
  36. Degree and Radian Measures
  37. Standard Identities
  38. Complementary angles


SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for General Intelligence and Reasoning 

Below is the complete syllabus for the Reasoning section of the SSC CGL exam. It might be scoring depending upon the paper Pattern of that year.

SSC CGL Tier-I Syllabus- General Intelligence and Reasoning 
  1. Analogies
  2. Similarities and differences
  3. Space visualization
  4. Spatial orientation
  5. Problem-solving
  6. Analysis
  7. Judgment
  8. Blood Relations
  9. Decision making
  10. Visual memory
  11. Discrimination
  12. Observation
  13. Relationship concepts
  14. Arithmetical reasoning
  15. Figural classification
  16. Arithmetic number series
  17. Non-verbal series
  18. Coding and decoding
  19. Statement conclusion
  20. Syllogistic reasoning


SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for the English Language

English is a high scoring subject for both tier 1 and 2 of SSC CGL exam. Below is the detailed syllabus for the SSC CGL English section in Tier 1. 

SSC CGL Tier-I Syllabus- English Language
  1. Idioms and Phrases
  2. One word Substitution
  3. Sentence Correction
  4. Error Spotting
  5. Fill in the Blanks
  6. Spellings Correction
  7. Reading Comprehension
  8. Synonyms-Antonyms
  9. Active Passive
  10. Sentence Rearrangement
  11. Sentence Improvement
  12. Cloze test


SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for General Awareness

This is one of the hardest sections of the SSC CGL tier 1 exams. General Awareness is the part where often candidates fail. Eve. Though this section contains general questions about the country and society, the vastness of the syllabus is what makes it difficult. Below is the complete list of subtopics for the SSC CGL Tier 1 General Awareness 

General Awareness Syllabus
  1. India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research
  2. Science
  3. Current Affairs
  4. Books and Authors
  5. Sports
  6. Important Schemes
  7. Important Days
  8. Portfolio
  9. People in News
  10. Static GK



SSC CGL Syllabus 2024 for Tier 2

Once you are able to clear the preliminary exam the SSC CGL tier 1 exam will be eligible to sit  in the tier  2  exam of SSC CGL. Same as tier 1 the tier 2 exam will also be conducted in online mode and will be of MCQ format with negative marking. Below we have discussed the complete pattern and the syllabus for tier 2 of SSC CGL exam.



SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern

Below you’ll find the complete pattern for the SSC CGL tier 2 exam. All the papers are not compulsory however it is advised to read the official notification in order to get the complete picture.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 1 Exam Pattern
Sections Module Subject No. of Questions Marks Weightage
Section I Module-I Mathematical Abilities 30 60*3 = 180 23%
Module-II Reasoning and General Intelligence 30 23%
Section II Module-I English Language and Comprehension 45 70*3 = 210 35%
Module-II General Awareness 25 19%
Section III Module-I Computer Knowledge Test 20 20*3 = 60 Qualifying
Module-II Data Entry Speed Test  One Data Entry Task Qualifying
SSC CGL Tier 2 Paper 2 & 3 Exam Pattern
Paper Section No. of question Maximum Marks Duration
Paper II Statistics 100 200 2 hours
Paper III General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200 2 hours


Module-I of Session-I of Paper-I (Mathematical Abilities):

Quantitative aptitude is sometimes the most important subject and sometimes the hardest subject in the SSC CGL exam. The concepts asked in the mathematical ability section of the SSC CGL are up to the class 10th or 12th. In the table below you’ll find the detailed maths syllabus for SSC CGL.

Topics Sub-topics
Number Systems
  1. Computation of Whole Number
  2. Decimal and Fractions
  3. Relationship between numbers
Fundamental arithmetical operations
  1. Percentages
  2. Ratio and Proportion
  3. Square roots
  4. Averages
  5. Interest (Simple and Compound)
  6. Profit and Loss
  7. Discount
  8. Partnership Business
  9. Mixture and Alligation
  10. Time and distance
  11. Time and work
  1. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra and Elementary surds (simple problems)
  2. Graphs of Linear Equations
  1. Similarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  2. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  3. Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
  1. Triangle
  2. Quadrilaterals
  3. Regular Polygons
  4. Circle
  5. Right Prism
  6. Right Circular Cone
  7. Right Circular Cylinder
  8. Sphere
  9. Hemispheres
  10. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  11. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square Base.
  1. Trigonometry
  2. Trigonometric ratios
  3. Complementary angles
  4. Height and distances (simple problems only)
  5. Standard Identities
  1. Use of Tables and Graphs: Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar-diagram, Pie-chart
  2. Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode, standard deviation
  3. Calculation of simple probabilities


Module-II of Section-I of Paper-I (Reasoning and General Intelligence):

Reasoning the most important part and also the tricky section of the paper one of the SSC CGL. We have given the complete details of the syllabus of reasoning in the SSC CGL exams.

Module-II of Section-I of Paper-I (Reasoning and General Intelligence)
  1. Semantic Analogy
  2. Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends
  3. Figural Analogy
  4. Space Orientation
  5. Semantic Classification
  6. Venn Diagrams
  7. Symbolic/ Number
  8. Classification
  9. Drawing inferences
  10. Figural Classification
  11. Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
  12. Semantic Series
  13. Figural Patternfolding and completion
  14. Number Series
  15. Embedded figures
  16. Figural Series
  17. Critical Thinking
  18. Problem-Solving
  19. Emotional Intelligence
  20. Word Building
  21. Social Intelligence
  22. Coding and de-coding
  23. Numerical operations
  24. Other sub-topics, if any.


Module-I of Section-II of Paper-I (English Language And Comprehension):

English part of both tier  1 and tier  2 of SSC CGL exam. It is one of the most scoring subjects in both of the exams. The exam tries to test  the fluency and basic knowledge of English of the candidates based on the general vocabulary and grammar. Blue is the complete details of the syllabus of English in SSC CGL tier 2 exam.

Module-I of Section-II of Paper-I (English Language And Comprehension)
  1. Vocabulary
  2. English Grammar
  3. Sentence structure
  4. Spot the Error
  5. Fill in the Blanks,
  6. Synonyms/Homonyms
  7. Antonyms
  8. Spellings/ Detecting misspelt words
  9. Idioms & Phrases
  10. One word substitution
  11. Improvement of Sentences,
  12. Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
  13. Conversion into Direct/ Indirect narration
  14. Shuffling of Sentence parts
  15. Shuffling of Sentences in a passage,
  16. Cloze Passage
  17. Comprehension Passage- To test comprehension, three or more paragraphs will be given and questions based on those will be asked. At least one paragraph should be a simple one based on a book or a story and the other two paragraphs should be on current affairs, based on a report or an editorial.


Module-II of Section-II of Paper-I (General Awareness):

General awareness in current affairs is one of the most important subjects of the SSC CGL exam. This section of the people is designed to test the knowledge of candidates related to the society and his  surroundings . Below we have provided the complete syllabus for general awareness part of the SSC CGL.

Module-II of Section-II of Paper-I (General Awareness)
  1. India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining to History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research
  2. Science
  3. Current Affairs
  4. Books and Authors
  5. Sports
  6. Important Schemes
  7. Important Days & Dates
  8. Portfolio
  9. People in News


Module-I of Section-III of Paper-I (Computer Proficiency):

Topics Sub-Topics
Computer Basics
  1. Organization of a computer
  2. Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  3. Input/ output devices
  4. Computer memory
  5. Memory organization
  6. Back-up devices
  7. PORTs
  8. Windows Explorer
  9. Keyboard shortcuts
Software Windows Operating system including basics of Microsoft Office like MS word, MS Excel and Power Point etc
Working with the Internet and e-mails Web Browsing & Searching, Downloading & Uploading, Managing an E-mail Account, e-Banking
Basics of networking and cyber security Networking devices and protocols, Network and information security threats (like hacking, virus, worms, Trojan etc.) and preventive measures



SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus- Paper 2 (Statistics)

The Paper 2 of Tier 2 of SSC CGL is statistics. This paper is not compulsory for all the posts but for some specific posts only mentioned in the official notification. The statistics part of the SSC CGL might be difficult however with good basic understanding and regular practice this paper can easily be cleared. Below is the detailed syllabus of SSC CGL Tier-2 Statistics paper.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus- Paper 2 (Statistics)
Subject Topics
1. 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.
2. Measures of Central Tendency  Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
3. Measures of Dispersion- Common measures of Dispersion range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
5. 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).
6. Probability Theory Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes‟ theorem.
7. 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).
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Analysis of Variance Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.
11. Time Series Analysis Components of time series, Determination of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
12. 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.


SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus- Paper 3(General Studies-Finance and Economics)

For tier 2 paper 3 of SSC CGL General Studies Finance and Economics. The syllabus is divided into two distinct path finance and accounts and economics and governance. The table below we have listed all this sub topics related to these two parts of the paper.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus- Paper 3(General Studies-Finance and Economics)
Part Subject Topics
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks) Financial Accounting
  1. Nature and scope
  2. Limitations of Financial Accounting
  3. Basic concepts and Conventions
  4. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Basic concepts of accounting
  1. Single and double entry
  2. Books of Original Entry
  3. Bank Reconciliation
  4. Journal, ledgers
  5. Trial Balance
  6. Rectification of Errors
  7. Manufacturing
  8. Trading
  9. Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts
  10. Balance Sheet
  11. Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure
  12. Depreciation Accounting
  13. Valuation of Inventories
  14. Non-profit organisations Accounts
  15. Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts
  16. Bills of Exchange
  17. Self Balancing Ledgers
Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks) Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
Finance Commission-Role and functions
Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
  1. Definition
  2. Scope and nature of Economics
  3. Methods of economic study
  4. Central problems of an economy
  5. Production possibilities curve
Theory of Demand and Supply
  1. Meaning and determinants of demand
  2. Law of demand and Elasticity of demand
  3. Price
  4. Income and cross elasticity
  5. Theory of consumer‟s behaviour
  6. Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach
  7. Meaning and determinants of supply
  8. Law of supply
  9. The elasticity of Supply
Theory of Production and cost
  1. Meaning and Factors of production
  2. Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
  1. Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition
  2. Monopoly
  3. Monopolistic Competition
  4. Oligopoly
  5. Price determination in these markets.
Indian Economy
  1. Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors, Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth.
  2. National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income.
  3. Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth.
  4. Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.
  5. Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.
Economic Reforms in India
  1. Economic reforms since 1991
  2. Liberalisation
  3. Privatisation
  4. Globalisation
  5. Disinvestment
Money and Banking
  1. Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.
  2. Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments.
  3. Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
Role of Information Technology in Governance




Penalty for wrong answers

There is also the provision of negative marking for all the wrong answers that you will put in the tier  1 and tier 2 exams. For the wrong answers in the tier 1 exams there is a deduction of 0.5 marks. Wrong answer in the paper 1, 2 and 3 the negative  marking will be of 1 mark.

So this was all about the examination pattern and syllabus for SSC CGL. If you want to prepare for it then you should thoroughly go through this syllabus and pattern and start preparing for SSC CGL 2024 exam.


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