Tier 1

The first tier is of 200 marks and the time allowed for it is three hours. It contains four subjects labelled as part A, B, C and D. The titles of the papers are as follows:

  • Paper A - General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Part B - General Knowledge and Awareness
  • Part C - Quantitative aptitude
  • Part D - English

All parts consist of 50 questions and each question carries one mark. The paper is objective type. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer written by the candidate while questions which are not marked are assigned 0 marks without negative marking.

General Intelligence and Reasoning:

Type of questions: This section contains series based questions (numerical and figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, direction sense test, blood relations, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogism in reasoning and other such questions.

Topics: There are many topics like semantic analogy, symbolic/number analogy, figural analogy, ranking test, semantic classification, symbolic/number classification, figural classification, input-output questions, problem solving, word building, seating arrangement, numerical operations, and symbolic operations and questions on dies, clock, calendar, trends, space orientation, space visualization, Venn diagrams, drawing inferences, folding & unfolding of punched hole/pattern, figural pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, date and city matching, classification of centre codes/roll numbers., small and capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, embedded figures, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, social intelligence and others.

General Knowledge and Awareness:

Tier 1 exam contains questions on current events about India and its neighbouring countries which figure in this part. It also has questions from History. Geography, Economic scene, Culture, General Policy and Scientific Research. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and biology. Also included are questions of current affairs from past six months.

Quantitative Aptitude:

This section contains questions about percentages, ratio and proportion, square and cube roots, surds and indices, LCM and HCF, averages, age problems, simple interest and compound interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Mixture and alligation, Time and distance, Time and Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns, Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances, Divisions and Remainders, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), in-circles and circum-circle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres and Rectangular Parallelepiped are some important topics to be studied for this part.

Also included in this part of Tier 1, are regular right pyramid with triangular or square base, trigonometric ratio, degree and radian Measures, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, standard identities, complementary angles, heights and distances, histogram, frequency polygon, bar diagram and Pie chart.

English Language:

In this section, a candidate's English writing skills, grammar and knowledge of the language are tested. Questions in the form of fill in the Blanks, Idioms and Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement and passages figure in the paper.

Tier 2

The tier 2 of SSC CGL consists of 3 parts which are titled as follows:

  • Paper 1 - Quantitative Ability - 100 questions
  • Paper 2 - English language and comprehension - 200 questions
  • Paper 3 - Statistics - 100 questions

Each paper constitutes 200 marks and the time allotted for each is 2 hours. Tier 2 has a negative marking of 0.50 marks per wrong answer and answers not marked are awarded a zero.

Paper-1: Quantitative Ability:

This paper contains questions based on Number Systems, Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Alligation and Mixture, Average, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, relationship between Numbers, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations, Percentage, Use of Table and Graphs, charts, Time and Distance, Time and work, Trigonometry, Geometry, roots, LCM and HCF, surds and indices. The topics seem similar to quantitative aptitude section in tier 1 but the difficulty level is higher in tier 2.

Paper-2: English Language and Comprehension:

This paper comprises of questions on spotting the errors, filling blanks, synonyms and antonyms, spelling error detection, shuffling of sentence parts, comprehension passages, idioms and phrases, one word substitution, sentence improvement, active and passive voices and narration. It is basic grammar which the candidate has to qualify.

Paper-3: Statistics:

This paper consists of questions on Statistics for Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI, Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis, Correlation and Regression, Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data, Measures of Central Tendency, Measures of Dispersion, Probability Theory, Time Series Analysis, Index Numbers, Random Variable and Probability Distributions, Sampling Theory, Analysis of Variance and Statistical Inferences among other statistics related topics.

Tier 3

There is also a tier 3 which is the interview cum personality test part. It constitutes 100 marks over all.  A Skill Test is conducted for tax assistant posts in Central Excise and Income Tax while CPT is conducted for Assistants in CSS. Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) is also conducted. The speed of data entry has to be 8,000 Key Depression/hour on computer for qualifying the test. This tier does not have a negative marking system.

Making use of the material

With the detailed syllabus in their hands, prospective candidates can prepare with full dedication for the prestigious exam and secure great jobs.

Dividing the course work and studying with an organized schedule in mind is the key to cracking the exam. Last minute preparation is not advisable since it will result in hasty work and besides, the syllabus is too vast to be done at the last moment. Taking care of the topics since the beginning is a good idea since it will help you retain the knowledge for a longer time as well.