SSC Exam Pattern


Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is an organization under Government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices.
This commission is an attached office of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which consists of Chairman, two Members and a Secretary-cum-Controller of Examinations. His post is equivalent to the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India.

Every year SSC conducts

  • The SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination for recruiting non-gazetted officers to various government jobs.
  • It conducts CHSL (Combined Higher Secondary Level) exam every year.
  • It conducts LDC (Lower Division Clerk) exam every year.
  • It conducts MTS (Multi Tasking Staff) exam every year.
  • And many more other exams.

SSC Recruitments

Staff Selection Commission (SSC) invites applications for the post of Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL), 2017 in different categories of posts in various Ministries/ Departments/ Organisations. Subject to administrative/public exigencies. Apply Online before 16 June 2017. Qualification/eligibility conditions, how to apply & other rules are given below…
Advt No.: 3/4/2016–P&P-I
SSC Job Details :
  • Post Name: Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGL), 2017.
  • No of Vacancy: Not Specified
  • Pay Scale : Rs. 9300-34800/- OR Rs.5200-20200/-

Changes in SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 Tier 1 & 2

  • Now SSC will conduct both Tier I and Tier II exam in online mode.
  • Reduce the time limit for examination of Tier -I from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.
  • SSC CGL Tier II will remain same.
  • Introduce a descriptive paper of 100 marks within 60 minutes in pen and paper mode.
  • No Sectional Cut off.

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

  • Tier -I — Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -II — Online Examination (Objective Multiple Choice Type)
  • Tier -III –Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing)
  • Tier -IV — Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017 for Tier 1, 2, and 3

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern
SSC CGL Tier I is mandatory for all the posts and its marks are added for further process as well. If you do not clear cut-off of Tier I Exam then you will not be eligible for Tier II. Below table shows the section wise breakup of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam.
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550
SSC CGL 2017 Tier II Exam Pattern

In Tier II two papers are conducted on the same day. One is Quantitative Aptitude and the second one is English.

Quantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
General English2002002 Hours
SSC CGL 2017 Tier III Exam Pattern
Descriptive Paper in English /Hindi1001 Hour

SSC CGL 2017 Tier IV Exam Pattern


Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) for post of Assistant Section Officer in CSS & MEA only45 MinutesWord/Excel/ Power Point
Eligibility Criteria:
(A) Age limit will be reckoned as on 1st August 2017
  • For Post for which age limit is 20-27 years
  • For Post for which age limit is 18-27 years
  • For Post for which age limit is 20-30 years
  • For Post for which age limit is upto 30 years
  • Essential Qualifications as on 1st August, 2017:
        • Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer:
    Essential Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute
    Desirable Qualifications: Chartered Accountant or cost & Management Accountant or Company Secretary or Masters I Commerce or Masters in Business Studies or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) or Masters in Business Economics.
    During the period of probation direct recruits shall have to qualify the “ Subordinate Audit Service Examination” in respective branches for confirmation and regular appointment as Assistant Audit Officer/Assistant Accounts Officer.

    Junior Statistical Officer:

    Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University or Institute with at least 60% Marks in Mathematics at 12th standard
    Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with Statistics as one of the subjects at degree level.

    All other Posts

    Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or equivalent.
    The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 1st August 2017.
    For posts of Assistant Section Officer (CSS), Assistant Section Officer (MEA) and Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs, Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines Computer Proficiency Test has also been prescribed as an Essential Qualification.
    As per Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification dated 10.06.2015 published in Gazette of India all the degrees/diplomas/certificates including technical education degrees/diplomas awarded through Open and Distance Learning mode of education by the Universities established by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature, Institutions Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act,1956 and Institutions of National Importance declared under an Act of Parliament stand automatically recognized for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government provided they have been approved by the Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission.
    All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for appearing at the Data Entry Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test will be required to produce the relevant Certificates such as Mark sheets for all the three years of Graduation/ Provisional Certificate/ Certificate of Graduation in original as proof of having acquired the minimum educational qualification on or before the 1st August, 2017, failing which the candidature of such candidates will be cancelled by the Commission. The Candidates who are able to prove, by documentary evidence, that the result of the qualifying examination was declared on or before the cut-off date and he/she has been declared passed, will also be considered to meet the Educational Qualification.

    Syllabus of SSC CGL Reasoning subject can be understood better by designed in the tabular structure.

    Alphabet TestPaper cutting & folding
    AnalogyEmbedded figures.
    Arithmetic ReasoningFigure formation & Analysis
    Blood RelationSeries
    ClassificationCube & Dice
    Coding decodingMirror Image
    Distance direction testWater Image
    MatrixPattern Completion
    Logical venn diagram Counting of figures.
    Missing Number –
    • SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus (Tier I)

      SSC CGL GK syllabus can be further categorized into two sections as we’ve discussed below-
      Current AffairsInternational Affairs
      National Affairs
      Economy & FinanceEconomics
      Features of Indian Economy
      GeographyGeography of India
      World Geography
      Physical Geography
      HistoryHistory of India
      World History
      Indian Polity & ConstitutionIndian Polity & Constitution
      Science & TechnologyBiology
      Discoveries & Inventions
      Other Information
      Space, Defence in India
      Static GKHonours & Awards
      Important Dates
      National & International Organizations
      Other Information
      Art & Culture
      Books & Authors

      SSC CGL Tier I Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

      We’ve structured SSC CGL Maths syllabus in multiple sections below. Now you can see how quants syllabus can be divided separately.
      Boat & StreamMensuration
      CI & SIData Interpretation
      LCM & HCFTrigonometry
      Mixture &Alligation  Degree and Radian Measures, Histogram
      Partnership  Standard Identities
      Percentages Complementary angles
      Pipes & Cistern  Heights and Distances
      Problem on Ages Histogram
      Profit loss & Discount Frequency polygon
      Ration Proportion Bar diagram & Pie chart
      Speed time and work
      Time work & wages

      SSC CGL English Syllabus for Tier I

      Fill in the blanksOne word substitutionPassage
      Error SpottingIdioms & Phrases
      Spelling Errors

      SSC CGL 2017 Exam Syllabus Tier II

      Tier-II of the Combined Graduate Level Examination -2017 will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice and will be conducted over a period of two days.
      Paper-I: Quantitative Ability
      You can refer the above table of Tier I Quantitative Aptitude because syllabus of Tier I and Tier II is same for Quantitative Aptitude.
      Paper-II: English Language & Comprehension
      Two topics are added in English section in tier II which are Active-Passive and cloze test.You can refer the table of SSC CGL 2017 Tier I English syllabus because all those topics are also asked in tier II.
      Paper-III : For Statistics for Investigator Grade-II Post Only
      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.
      Measures of Central Tendency- Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
      Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
      Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; the meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
      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 correlations (For three variables only).
      Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; 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 variables (discrete).
      Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, 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 21 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 one-way classified data and 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.
      Paper IV:
      General Studies (Finance and Economics) for the post of Assistant Audit Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG.
      Finance and Accounts80
      Economics and Governance120

      SSC CGL Syllabus 2017 Tier III

      The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III isn’t much different from previous above. It will be written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter are asked. Time duration for tier III exam is 60 minutes.
      Important Note:
        • Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.
        • aper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr.II& Compiler.
        • Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.
        • Candidates opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer must ensure that they possess the requisite qualification as mentioned above. Commission reserves the right to take appropriate action against applicants who do not possess the requisite eligibility while opting for the post of Compiler and/or Statistical Investigator Gr. II and Assistant Audit Officer.