SSC CGL Syllabus in Hindi/English and Exam Pattern 2021, Download PDF

SSC CGL Syllabus in Hindi/English and Exam Pattern 2021, Download PDF

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SSC CGL Syllabus 2021

SSC CGL Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020-2021: SSC CGL Syllabus is released by the SSC in its official notification. SSC has already released the SSC CGL tier I exam date 2021 that is to be conducted from 29th May to 7th June 2021. Thus, candidates appearing for the exam must have a good knowledge of the SSC CGL Syllabus as per the latest notification for preparing in a systematic manner.  SSC CGL is one of the prestigious exams that cover all the topics of daily lives. Thus, the basic syllabus for SSC CGL Tier I comprises of the following sections:

There are no changes in the SSC CGL exam pattern as well as the syllabus. So, you can continue your preparation in the same direction without changing your study plan.

Let's understand the SSC CGL exam pattern & syllabus of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 exam along with important topics, questions with weightage, and time duration. Moreover, you can also download SSC CGL syllabus PDF in Hindi & English through the link given at the end.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021: To start SSC CGL 2021 preparation, one should have a deeper understanding of the SSC CGL exam pattern.

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SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021

Check the below table for a detailed SSC CGL exam pattern which includes subjects, questions, marks, and duration of SSC CGL Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, and Tier IV.

ExamExam mode
SSC CGL Tier 1Online (Objective)
SSC CGL Tier 2Online (Objective)
SSC CGL Tier 3 (Descriptive Paper)Offline (Pen & Paper)
SSC CGL Tier 4 (Skill Test, wherever applicable)Document Verification/ Computer Proficiency Test

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2021

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 the cut-off of the Tier I Exam then you will not be eligible for Tier II & III. The below table shows the section-wise break up of questions and marks asked in SSC CGL Tier I exam 2021.

  • SSC CGL tier 1 will have only multiple-choice questions.
  • Each correct answer fetches you 1 mark while an incorrect answer will lead to a penalty of 0.25 mark.
  • The duration of the SSC CGL Tier I exam is 1 hour for a 200 mark paper.
SubjectQuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Duration
General Intelligence & Reasoning255060 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude2550
General English2550
General Awareness2550

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2021

In SSC CGL Tier II 2021 exam, two papers will be conducted on the same day. Paper I is Quantitative Aptitude and Paper II is English. Paper I and II are compulsory for the posts. Paper III is for those who have applied for the post of Junior statistical officer. On the other hand, Paper IV is for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

  • All the questions will be objective in nature.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 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
Paper SubjectQuestionsMaximum
Paper IQuantitative Aptitude1002002 Hours
Paper-IIGeneral English2002002 Hours
Paper IIIStatistics1002002 Hours
Paper IVGeneral Studies
(Finance & Economics)
1002002 Hours

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 2021

Candidates who will qualify SSC CGL paper I and Paper II will be called to appear for the SSC CGL Tier III exam. This exam is compulsory for all the candidates. Th duration of SSC CGL paper III is 100 marks. You can attempt this paper in either English language or Hindi language. 

Exam Scheme

Time DurationExam Mode
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.)10060 Minutes For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand) – 80 MinutesPen & Paper Mode

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2020-21

SSC CGL Tier IV Skill TestMaximum MarksTimefor the Posts of
Data Entry Speed TestQualifying in nature15 MinutesTax Assistant (CBDT & CBEC)
Computer Proficiency Test (Word Processing/ Excel Sheet/ PowerPoint)Qualifying in nature45 MinutesAssistant Section Officer in CSS, MEA, SFIO, GSI,

SSC CGL Tier I Syllabus 2021

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier I had been given here in detail. We have also provided the subject wise weightage here for every subject. 

SSC CGL General Intelligence & Reasoning Syllabus 

The SSC CGL General Intelligence and reasoning syllabus includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning. 

SSC CGL Verbal Reasoning

General Mental Ability


Alphabet Test



Arithmetic Reasoning


Blood Relation



Coding decoding


Distance direction test






Logical Venn diagram


Missing Number

SSC CGL Non-Verbal Reasoning

Non-Verbal Reasoning


Paper-cutting & folding


Embedded figures


Figure formation & Analysis


Figure Series

Cube & Dice


Mirror Image


Pattern Completion

Counting of figures

SSC CGL General Awareness Syllabus 2021 

SSC CGL syllabus for GK can be further categorised into two sections as we've discussed below-

General Awareness Topics


Sub Topics

Current Affairs


International Affairs

National Affairs

Economy & Finance



Features of Indian Economy



Indian Geography

World Geography

Physical Geography



History of India

World History

Indian Polity & Constitution


Indian Polity & Constitution

Science & Technology





Discoveries & Inventions

Other Information


Space, Defence in India

Static GK


Honours & Awards

Important Dates


National & International Organizations

Other Information


Art & Culture

Books & Authors

Important Tip for SSC CGL General Awareness

General awareness is not something you can expect to master in a day but from an exam point of view, if you spend time consistently, you can perform well in relatively less time as compared to Quantitative Aptitude. This section is very important because this is the only section that can be attempted quickly i.e. in 7-8 minutes and at the same time, decent marks can be scored in this section if prepared well. General Awareness section helps a student in getting a good rank. 

SSC CGL Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2021

We've structured the SSC CGL Maths syllabus 2021 in multiple sections below. Now you can see how the Quantitative Aptitude syllabus can be divided separately.

SSC CGL Arithmetic Weightage





Boat & Stream


Compound & Simple Interest



Mixture & Alligation





Pipes & Cistern

Problem on Ages


Profit loss & Discount


Ratio Proportion


Speed, time, and work


Time work & wages




SSC CGL Advanced Maths Weightage

Advance Maths






Data Interpretation




Standard Identities

Complementary angles

Heights and Distances




The questions in this section are designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers. The scope of quantitative ability is clearly defined and is limited to class 10th level mathematics. If you have good command of this section, you can score good marks. All you need to do is attempt the questions with good accuracy because there is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.

SSC CGL English Syllabus 2021

SSC CGL Grammar Weightage



Fill in the blanks


 Sentence Correction


Error Spotting


Active Passive


Para jumble


SSC CGL Vocabulary Weightage



One-word substitution


Idioms & Phrases


Spelling Errors






SSC CGL Reading Comprehension Weightage

Reading Comprehension



Cloze test


Important Tip: English Section is one section that gets mixed responses from candidates depending upon their educational background and preparation level. For some, this is an easy task but for others, this section becomes a nightmare and the biggest hurdle in getting a good score in the exam.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 2021

SSC CGL Tier 2 2021 exam will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 2 Quantitative Aptitude can be described as-

SSC CGL Tier 2 Maths Syllabus

We have listed all the important topics of quantitative aptitude section in SSC CGL Tier-II Exam below. The syllabus of SSC CGL Tier I and Tier II is the same but the difficulty level of SSC CGL Tier II is much higher. You will rarely find any question which is formula based.

ArithmeticWeightageAdvance MathsWeightage
Ration Proportion 2Geometry (Circles, Triangle, Quadrilateral etc.)7-8
LCM & HCF2Mensuration (Cube, Cylinder, Sphere, Pyramid etc.)7-8
Percentages5Data Interpretation8-10
Boat & Stream1Trigonometry7-8
Speed, time, and distance6-7Height & Distance1-2
CI & SI4-5Coordinate Geometry2
Pipes & Cistern2Miscellaneous 3-4
Problem on Ages2- 
Time & Work5-6- 
Mixture & Allegation4-5- 
Profit loss & Discount7-8- 
Miscellaneous 2- 

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Language & Comprehension

In SSC CGL Tier II, Paper 2 ( English) is of 200 marks and 200 questions are asked. Direct & Indirect, Active & Passive topics have a good weight-age in the English paper of SSC CGL Tier II.

SSC CGL Tier 2 English Weightage

Reading Comprehension25-30
Para jumbles21-23
Direct/ Indirect Speech23-25
Synonyms/ Antonyms7-8
Idiom & Phrases4-5
Sentence Improvement20-22
Active Passive20-22
Cloze Test20-25
One Word Substitution8-10
Error Spotting20
Correct Spelling3-4
Fill in the Blanks5-6

SSC CGL Junior Statistical Investigator Syllabus (Paper 3)

Assistant Audit Officer SSC CGL AAO Syllabus (Paper 4)

SSC CGL Exam Details 

(i) Paper-I & II are compulsory for all the categories of posts.

(ii) Paper-III is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer.

(iii) Paper IV is only for those candidates who apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.

(iv) 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.

SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus 2021

The exam syllabus of SSC CGL Tier III 2021 is much different from the one mentioned above. It will be a written examination (offline mode) in which Precis Writing/Essay/Formal Letter/Informal Letter can be asked. The time duration for the SSC CGL Tier 3 exam is 60 minutes.

TopicsTotal marksDuration

Descriptive Paper in
English or Hindi
(Writing of Essay/ Precis/
Letter/ Application etc.)

100 marks

1 Hour

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  • No, National Recruitment Agency (NRA) Common Eligibility Test (CET) will only conduct the preliminary examination or Tier 1. The rest stages which include Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 will be conducted by SSC board only. Therefore, candidates need not to worry about the change in the syllabus of Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 as these will remain the same.

  • There is a subjective difference between the type of questions asked and the difficulty level for both SSC CGL exam and IBPS PO/ Clerk exam. Here are a few major differences:

    General Static/ General Knowledge vs General Awareness: In SSC CGL exam questions are put up majorly from the static part which includes History, Polity, Geography and Science, whereas, in IBPS PO/ Clerk, questions are majorly asked from last 6-8 month current affairs. IBPS PO/ Clerk exam lay more emphasis on the economy subject as well compared to SSC CGL exam.

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA)/ Mathematics: For QA section in IBPS PO/ Clerk exam the most important topics to study are Time and Work, Percentage, Data Interpretation, Interest Rate. While, for SSC CGL exam the most important topics include Trigonometry, Geometry, Profit and Loss and Algebra.

    Reading Comprehension and English Language: The exam pattern for SSC CGL and IBPS PO/ Clerk for the English section is almost similar. Nevertheless, IBPS PO/ Clerk pattern is slightly difficult compared to SSC CGL exam.

    General Intelligence/ Logical Reasoning: For IBPS PO/ Clerk exam more number of questions are put up from puzzles, relationships, input-output, and syllogism part, while in SSC CGL exam more number of questions are asked from a non-verbal and verbal section.

  • Yes, though the exam pattern varies a lot, however, there are many common topics from each section. For the English section, the common topic includes synonym and antonym, active & passive voice, idioms and phrases, reading comprehension, spotting errors, spellings. For Maths/ Quantitative Aptitude section, the common topic involves Trigonometry, Probability, Mixture and Alligation, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, and Average. The common topic for Logical Reasoning consists of Seating Arrangement, Directions, Coding & Decoding, Statement and Conclusions, Statement and Assumption, Analogy and Series questions.

  • No, as per the previous year trends, the syllabus of SSC CGL Tier 2 remains constant every year.

  • Candidates can give numerous exams while preparing for SSC CGL exam. The syllabus of the following exams is almost similar to that of SSC CGL exam: SSC CPO, SSC CHSL, SSC MTS, RRB NTPC, RRB Group D, RRB JE (for prelims only), SSC JE (for prelims only).

  • Though it will be difficult, a candidate can still try by following these tips to crack SSC CGL Exam in 1 month: analyse the SSC CGL Exam Pattern, solve previous year question paper, note what part of the syllabus has been covered by you, prepare a study plan accordingly and solve mocks. To check the complete list of study tips, click here.

  • According to the previous year paper trends, the Arithmetic part has the maximum weightage followed by Data Interpretation and Geometry.

  • A candidate gets 2 hours each to solve Quant and English section for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam.

  • A total of 200 questions from various topics are asked from English section in SSC CGL Tier 2 exam.

  • The weightage of current affairs varies from 25 per cent to 35 per cent in General Awareness section as at least 5 to 6 questions from Current Affairs are asked in SSC CGL Tier 1 exam.

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