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SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

The article describes the Ssc Cgl 2018 syllabus in great detail. Candidates can also discover the CGL 2018 entrance exam through this article. SSC CGL 2018 (Tier I) examination is expected to be held in the 2nd week of June 2018. SSC CGL 2018 official notification is expected to release in March 2018. For greater detail on SSC CGL 2018, follow the link

List of Contents

  1. Tier I Syllabus.
  2. Tier II Syllabus (Paper I & II).
  3. Tier II Syllabus (Paper III).
  4. Tier II Syllabus (Paper IV).
  5. Tier III.
  6. Tier IV.
  7. Recommended Books.
  8. Official Syllabus.

SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

Tier I

SSC CGL 2018 Tier I examination will be 1-hour long examination with a total of 200 marks. The whole question paper will be divided into 4 sections:

S.No. Section Name No. Of Questions Maximum Marks
1. General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50
2. General Awareness 25 50
3. Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
4. English Comprehension 25 50
  • The Tier I of SSC CGL 2018 will be a computer-based test (CBT).
  • Negative Marking: 1/2 (0.50) marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

Tier I of SSC CGL 2018 syllabus will consist of the following major topics.

  • Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy.
  • Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification.
  • Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series.
  • Problem Solving.
  • Word Building.
  • Coding & decoding.
  • Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations.
  • Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization.
  • Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences.
  • Punched hole/pattern –folding & unfolding.
  • Figural Pattern – folding and completion.
  • Indexing.
  • Address matching.
  • Date & city matching.
  • Classification of center codes/roll numbers.
  • Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding, and classification.
  • Embedded Figures.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Emotional Intelligence.
  • Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.
General Awareness
  • Current events/affairs.
  • History.
  • Culture.
  • Geography.
  • Economic Scene.
  • General Policy.
  • Scientific Research.

Questions on above topics are asked with respect to India and The World. However, more preference is given to India.

Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers.
  • Percentage.
  • Ratio & Proportion.
  • Square roots.
  • Averages.
  • Interest.
  • Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business.
  • Mixture and Alligation.
  • Time and distance.
  • Time & Work.
  • Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds.
  • Graphs of Linear Equations.
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centers, Congruence, and similarity of triangles.
  • Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles.
  • Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons.
  • Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with a triangular or square base.
  • Trigonometric ratio.
  • Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles.
  • Heights and Distances.
  • Histogram.
  • Frequency polygon.
  • Bar diagram & Pie chart.
English Comprehension

Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension, and writing ability, etc. would be tested.

Tier II

Candidates who will qualify the Tier I of SSC CGL exam, can appear for the Tier II exam.

Tier II of SSC CGL 2018 will also be a Computer-based test, similar to Tier I. The Exam is divided into 4 papers, where:

  • The paper I and Paper II are Compulsory for all posts.
  • Paper III is meant only for the post of Statistical Investigation.
  • Paper IV is meant for the post of Assistant Audit Officer.
Subjects Number of Questions Marks
Paper-I: Quantitative Ability 100 200
Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 200 200

A deduction of ¼ marks is made in the case of Paper II for wrong answers, while it is ½ marks in case of Paper I.

Optional Papers
Subjects Number of Questions Marks
Paper III: Statistics 100 200
Paper IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200

Paper I: Quantitative Ability (QA)

Same as SSC CGL 2018 (Tier I) QA.

Paper II: English Language & Comprehension
  • Spot the error,
  • fill in the blanks,
  • synonyms, antonyms,
  • spelling/detecting misspelled words,
  • idioms & phrases,
  • one word substitution,
  • improvement of sentences,
  • active/passive voice of verbs,
  • conversion into the direct/indirect narration,
  • shuffling of sentence parts,
  • shuffling of sentences in a passage,
  • cloze passage & comprehension passage.
Paper III: Statistics for Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  • Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation.
  • Collection 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-  mean median and mode.
  • Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
  • Measures of 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 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/Assistant Accounts Officer in Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG

Part A: Finance and Accounts (80 marks)

Fundamental principles and the 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, Books of Original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions.
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve.
  • Theory of Demand and Supply Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, 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 and Laws of returns to scale.
  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly and Price Determination in these markets.
  • Indian Economy Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth; National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.
  • Economic Reforms in India Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation, and Disinvestment.
  • Money and Banking Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance

Tier III

Candidates who successfully clear Tier I and Tier II of SSC CGL 2018 can appear for Tier III.

The tier III exam will be a 1-hour long descriptive test in Pen/paper mode wherein candidate will be asked to write an Essay or letter or Precise in English or Hindi.

Tier IV (Only for the post of Tax Assistant)

The tier IV of SSC CGL 2018 will be a computer proficiency test wherein the candidates will be tested for typing speed.

The exam is also called Data Entry Skill Test (DEST).


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SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus (Official) 

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