SSC CGL Syllabus 2020

SSC has published the exam dates for all the SSC exams that will take place in 2020. The preliminary exam of SSC CGL 2020 took place from March 3 to 9 March 2020. The combined Grdauate level exam of Tier II and Tier III is scheduled from June 22 to June 25 2020. Candidates preparing for this exam must go through the last SSC CGL Syllabus to assess their chances for this exam. A good knowledge of the SSC CGL syllabus and the exam pattern for Tier I, Tier II and Tier III exams is necessary to effectively prepare for this exam. Understand the SSC CGL 2020 Tier I, II, III & IV program based on the latest syllabus.


The Preliminary Exam Tier I has 4 sections i.e General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The detailed syllabus & exam pattern for SSC CGL 2020 is discussed below for better understanding:

SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern

S No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks
1General Intelligence and Reasoning2550
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550
  • A cumulative time of 60 minutes is alloted to complete these 4 sections.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

The SSC CGL Tier I  syllabus is given below in detail:

General Intelligence & ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension skills
Symbolic/Number AnalogyHistory- Harappa Civilization, Vedic culture, Medieval India and their important systems; India’s freedom movement and their leadersNumber System ProblemsPercentage.Ratio & Proportion,Square roots,Averages,InterestSynonyms &
Semantic Classification,Symbolic/Number ClassificationGeography- about countries and their geographical details, Famous Seaport and Airport and their location.Profit and Loss,Discount,Mixture,One Word Substitution
Figural Classification,Semantic Series,Number Series,Figural SeriesPolity- Administrative, Legislative and judiciary of our Country, Election, Important constitution bodies like CAG, Symbols of political parties, duties & responsibilities of the major persons in the ParliamentTime and distance,Time & Work,Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds,Graphs of Linear Equations,Grammar Skills,
Problem Solving,Word Building,Coding & decodingEconomy-Budget related information and terminologies, Important persons involved in Economy of the Country and monetary institutionsTriangle and its various kinds of centres,Congruence and similarity of triangles,CirclesSpelling Error
Space Visualization,Venn Diagrams,Drawing inferencesPhysics- Laws, major Inventions and Discoveries.Regular Polygons,Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder,Sphere, Hemispheres,Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base,Comprehension Passages
Indexing,Address matching, Date & city matching,Classification of centre codes/roll numbersChemistry- Characteristics of gases, atoms, moleculesChemistry in everyday life.Complementary angles,Heights and Distances,Histogram,Data analysis
Critical thinking,Emotional Intelligence,Social IntelligenceBiology-Important discoveries, Interesting facts about human body parts, Nutrition in Animals and Plants, Diseases and their causes.
General Knowledge, current affairs

Note : deduction of 0.5 marks for each incorrect answer is there in SSC CGL Tier-I.


Tier II The main exam will take place online and is an objective multiple choice exam. This year, the Tier II and Tier III exams will take place on the same day. The main sections of the main exam are quantitative skills, language and understanding of English, statistics, general studies (finance and economics). Let’s take a look at the main exam syllabus and exam pattern.

SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern

S No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1Quantitative Ability1002002 hours
2English Language and Comprehension2002002 hours
3Statistics1002002 hours
4General Studies (Finance and Economics)1002002 hours

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish Language & ComprehensionStatisticsGeneral Studies- Finance & Economics
Number System Problems
Spot the ErrorData distribution, calculation, a diagrammatic representation of dataFinance-Fundamentals of Finance & Accounting
Ratio & Proportion,
Square roots,
Synonyms /AntonymsMean, mode and medianEconomics-Macro & Micro Economics, Growth & Development
Profit and Loss,
Spelling,Idioms & PhrasesDeviation, dispersionMarket analysis- production, demand, supply,
Time and distance,
Time & Work,
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra
One Word SubstitutionMoments and relationships- skewness, kurtosisIndian Economy,
Triangles, polygons, circles, cylindersImprovement of sentences,Co-relation, regressionEconomic reforms,
Bar graph, histogram, pie chartThe active/ passive voice of verbs,Probability- theories, distributionMoney and banking,
Conversion into Direct/ indirect narrationSampling theory, index numbers, time series analysisRole of Technology in reforming the Economic domain
Shuffling of sentence parts in passages,Variance
Comprehension passage.


  • Paper 4 – According to the SSC CGL Exam pattern, Finance & Economics section has a mark distribution of 80 and 120 summing up to 200 in total.
  • Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper-III will be for candidates applying for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/Paper.
  • Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV, i.e., for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.

SSC CGL Tier-III Syllabus

  • The SSC CGL 2020 Tier III exam is a descriptive exam intended to test the written skills of candidates in English / Hindi.
  • This exam mode is offline (pen and paper mode).
  • The students are required to write essays, precis, applications, letters, etc. .
  • The Tier -III exam carries a total of 100 Marks and the time allotted to it is 60 minutes to complete the exam.
  • The time allocated to candidates belonging to the PWD category is increased to 80 minutes.
  • Tier III exam is given by specific candidates who are only interested in the position of “Grade II statistical Investigator” and “Compiler“.
  • deduction of 0.5 marks for each incorrect answer is there in SSC CGL Tier-III

SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier IV

The SSC CGL Tier IV Exam comprises of certain data entry and computer proficiency 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 Tier IV Skill Test.

The syllabus for the SSC CGL Tier-IV exam is as follows:

DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax),DEST Exam through SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.

CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).

Points to note:

  • Orthopedically Handicapped (OH) candidates for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT need not appear for the skill test
  • OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are required to attend the Skill Test.
  • deduction of 0.5 marks for each incorrect answer is there in SSC CGL Tier-I.

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