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Staff Selection Commission has successfully conducted the Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2017 (Tier-I) from 5th August 2017 to 23rd August 2017 in 3 different shifts each day. A total of 30,26,599 aspirants have registered for SSC CGL 2017 Exam. The exam was conducted in 43 Batches for 26,63,073 students in which 14,02,331 students have actually given the examination (average attendance 52.66%). Based on your performance of SSC CGL Tier I Exam, you can easily figure out if you will make it to the Tier 2 of SSC CGL exam this year. The SSC CGL Tier II Exam will tentatively take place on 10th & 11th November 2017. So now is the time for you to start preparing for the Tier II exam. Here is the detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Exam 2017.

Now let us take a look at some important things that you should know about the SSC CGL Exam 2017:

  • Paper I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts while paper III & IV are for some specific post.
  • 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 of the CGL exam.
  • The final merit of the successful candidates will depend on the total score obtained by them in Tier I, Tier II and Tier III exams.
  • Tier III paper will comprise questions based on Essay/Passage and Letter/Application writing.
  • Tier IV exam will be of qualifying nature only.
  • Tier-II of the examination consists of 4 papers in total.
  • Duration of each paper is 2 hours.

Let us now go through the SSC CGL syllabus for Tier II Exam paper-by-paper and section-by-section.

Complete SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Exam

Following is the SSC CGL Tier II Exam Pattern:

S. No.
Subject No. of Qs. Marks Negative
Difficulty Level
Paper 1 Quantitative
100 200 0.50
Paper 2 English
200 200 0.25
10+2 level
Paper 3 Statistics 100 200 0.50
Paper 4 Finance &
40 80 0.50
Economics &
= 100 Qs.)
=200 Marks)

#1. Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 1 – Quantitative Aptitude

(1) Simplification

  • Weightage: 3-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: BODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages etc.

(2) Number Series

  • Weightage: 0-2 Questions
  • Scoring, Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Complete the Series, Find the Missing Term, Find the Wrong Term etc.

(3) Number System

  • Weightage: 6-8 Questions
  • Could be tricky, Moderately time Consuming
  • Question Types: Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF.

(4) Algebra

  • Weightage: 5-9 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Concepts Clear and Steps Followed, Could be Tricky, Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Questions on Identities and Functions, Linear Equations in One and Two or more Variables.

(5) Averages

  • Weightage: 5-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money Expenditure, Average Temperature etc. But the concept remains simple. We have to use a single formula i.e. Average = Sum of Quantities/Number of Quantities

(6) Percentages

  • Weightage: 1-4 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Calculation-oriented basic percentage.

(7) Ratio & Proportion

  • Weightage: 1-6 Questions
  • Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Simple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo and Dividendo, Direct & Indirect Proportions.

(8) Interest

  • Weightage: 4-5 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Formulas & Proper Steps Followed, Moderately Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.

(9) Profit & Loss

  • Weightage: 9-14 Questions
  • Scoring, Easy if Proper Steps Followed, Moderately Time Consuming.
  • Question Types: Successive Selling type questions, Partnerships, Discount & MP, Dishonest Dealings, Sales Tax, Mixture Problems.

(10) Time & Work

  • Weightage: 6-7 Questions
  • Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Work Efficiency, Work & Wages, Pipes & Cisterns, etc.

(11) Time, Speed & Distance

  • Weightage: 4-6 Questions
  • Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems on Train, Boat & Stream.

(12) Mensuration

  • Weightage: 10-13 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Area/Volume of Square, Rectangle, Trapezium, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube, Cuboid. Also, Moulding from one shape to another etc.

(13) Geometry

  • Weightage: 12-18 Questions
  • Easy to Difficult, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Lines and Angles, Triangles (Centres, Congruence, Similarity), Circles (Chords, Tangents, Segments), Quadrilaterals, Coordinate Geometry (Graphical representation of straight lines and Applications based on Coordinate Systems)

(14) Trigonometry

  • Weightage: 7-10 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Trigonometric Ratios and Identities, Maximum and Minimum Values of Trigonometric functions, Circular Measures of Angles, Heights and Distances

(15) Data Interpretation

  • Weightage: 5-7 Questions
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy Possible
  • Question Types: Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Miscellaneous Infographics, Missing Data Type Caselets.

(16) Mixtures & Alligations

  • Weightage: 1-4 Questions
  • Tricky, Time Consuming
  • Question Types: Mixture of two or more entities/mixtures, dishonest dealings.

#2. Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 2 – English Language

(1) Reading Comprehension

  • Weightage: 30 Questions (2-4 Passages)
  • Tougher than Tier-I RC, More Time Consuming than Tier-I RC, Moderate Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: The passage will focus on topics like moral stories, economy, business, social issues, etc. Fact and Inference based questions – easy to moderate, Vocab & Theme based questions – easy to moderate.

(2) Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles and/or Sentence Jumbles)

  • Weightage: 20 Questions
  • Easy, Low to Moderately Time Consuming, High Accuracy possible.
  • Question Types: Para Jumbles and/or sentence jumbles.

(3) Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks)

  • Weightage: 12-15 Qs – Phrase replacement, 20 Qs – Error Spotting, 2-3 Qs – Fill in the blanks.
  • Easy to Moderate in Difficulty, Less to Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible.
  • Question Types: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks.
  • Topics Covered: Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Subject Verb Agreement, Parallelism, Degrees of Comparison, Sentence Construction, Phrasal Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs, Non-Finite Verbs, Common Errors etc.

(4) Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Synonym/antonyms, etc.)

  • Weightage: 10-12 Qs – Phrase Replacement, 2-3 Qs – Error Spotting, 3-4 Qs – Fill in the blanks, 6-7Qs – Synonym/antonym, 10 Qs – Phrase/idiom meaning, 3-4 Qs – Spellings, 12 Qs – One Word Substitution
  • Easy to Moderate Difficulty, Quick Solve based on Contextual usage, Moderate to High Accuracy possible.
  • Question Types: Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Cloze Test (single passage with 5-10 questions), Fill in the Blanks (Double Blanks).

(5) Active Passive Voice and Direct Indirect Speech

  • Weightage: 20 Qs – Active Passive Voice, 27-30 Qs – Direct Indirect Speech
  • Easy to moderate, Tricky questions, High Accuracy Possible
  • Question Types: Converting of voice and speech.

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#3. Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 3 – Statistics

You have to appear for Paper 3 only if you have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator (now known as Junior Statistical Officer. The exam will carry 200 marks and comprise 100 questions. Each question would carry two marks and 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer. This paper would be based on graduation level questions from the following topics:

  • Collection and Representation of Data:  Methods of data collection, frequency distributions, etc.
  • Measures of Central Tendency: Common measures – mean, median and mode, Partition Values – quartiles, deciles & percentiles.
  • Measures of Dispersion: Measures of relative dispersion, Common measures – range, quartile deviations, standard deviation & mean deviation.
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis: Meaning and different Measures of skewness and kurtosis; Different types of moments and their relationship.
  • 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).
  • Probability Theory: Meaning and different definitions of Probability, Compound Probability, Conditional Probability, Independent events and Bayes’ Theorem.
  • 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).
  • Sampling Theory: Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistics, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and non-probability 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.
  • 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.
  • Analysis of Variance: Analysis of 0ne way & two way classified data.
  • Time Series Analysis: Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods. 
  • 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.

#3. Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 4 – General Awareness

If you have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/Assistant Accountant Officer then only you have to appear for Paper-4. The paper would comprise two parts: Finance & Accounts, and Economics & Governance. Following are the topics that are covered under SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II General Awareness section.

 SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 4, Part A – Finance and Accounting

  • Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.
  • Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Bank Reconciliation, ledgers, Journal, Books of original Entry, Rectification of Errors, Trial Balance, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Manufacturing, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

 SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II Paper 4, Part B – Economics and Governance

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Roles and responsibilities.
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions.
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics, Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve and Methods of economic study.
  • Theory of Demand and Supply, Elasticity, Price, Income and cross elasticity, Theory of consumer’s behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
  • Theory of Production and cost Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production – Law of variable proportions 22 and Laws of returns to scale.
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets.
  • Indian Economy, Population, Poverty, Unemployment, Growth, Infrastructure, etc.
  • Economic Reforms in India since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.
  • Money and Banking.
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance.

We hope that this detailed SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier II will help you understand the nature and pattern of Tier II exam. If there’s anything that you want to ask, or any topic that you want to add to this syllabus, then please comment below.



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