What is SSC CGL?
SSC CGL is a national-level exam conducted by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to shortlist candidates for Group-B and -C posts in various ministries/departments/organisations of the Government of India. Every year, about 30 lakh candidates fill the SSC CGL application form and about 15 lakh aspirants appear for the exam. SSC CGL notification 2020-21 is scheduled to release on December 29, 2020.
The Staff Selection Commission conducts the exam in four stages called tiers. The first two tiers of the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam are conducted in online mode. The next two tiers of the exam are held in offline mode. Check SSC CGL exam pattern.
With the approval of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) by the Union Cabinet, NRA CET 2020-21 (NRA Common Eligibility Test 2020-21) will be conducted by the agency to replace the tier-I papers of SSC, IBPS and RRB exams. However, the exact details on when the first ever NRA CET will be conducted are yet to be out. For complete information on National Recruitment Agency and NRA CET exam, candidates can click on the above links.
SSC CGL Eligibility 2020
SSC CGL 2020 eligibility criteria vary as per the post applied by the candidate. However, given below is the basic criteria that candidates need to fulfill in order to meet SSC CGL eligibility:
- Nationality/citizenship: A candidate must be either a citizen of India, a person of India origin, subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee
- Age limit: A candidate should be between 18 and 32 years in age
- Educational qualification: A candidate should complete bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or institute
Read complete SSC CGL eligibility 2020
Important SSC CGL Exam Dates 2020-21
SSC CGL notification 2020-21 will be released on December 21. The SSC CGL 2021 exam for tier-I will be held in May and June. Check SSC CGL 2020-21 exam dates below:
|SSC CGL Exam Events||SSC CGL Exam Dates||Salient Features|
|Notification||15-Sep-2020 21-Dec-2020 29-Dec-2020||SSC CGL 2020 recruitment notification will be out on December 29.|
|Application forms||15-Sep-2020 to 15-Oct-2020 29-Dec-2021 to 25-Jan-2021||SSC CGL application process 2020 will commence on December 29 and end on January 25.|
|SSC CGL Tier-I exam||29-May-2021 to 07-Jun-2021||SSC CGL tier-I 2021 exam will be held from May 29 to June 7.|
SSC CGL 2020-21 Notification & Application Form
SSC CGL 2020-21 notification will be released by Staff Selection Commission on December 29. Along with the notification, the Commission will also release SSC CGL application form 2020-21. Candidates will be able to fill the SSC CGL application form latest by January 25. The SSC CGL tier-I 2021 exam will be conducted from May 29-June 7.
How to Fill SSC CGL Application Form 2020-21?
Candidates can fill SSC CGL 2020-21 application form on the official website of the Commission in two parts – registration and application. Candidates follow the quick steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Visit the official website of SSC – ssc.nic.in.
Step 2: Click on the ‘New User? Register Now ‘link.
Step 3: Fill the SSC CGL registration form.
Step 4: Login to the registered account using registration number (generated at the time of registration) and password (set at the time of registration).
Step 5: Fill all details asked in the SSC CGL application form.
Step 6: Upload scanned images of photo and signature and other important documents, if applicable.
Step 7: Review the SSC online form carefully and click on the Final Submit button.
Step 8: Pay SSC CGL application fee of Rs 100 in online or offline mode.
SSC CGL Photo and Signature
Candidates have to upload the scanned images of photo and signature in JPEG/JPG format as per the specifications given below:
|Photo size||20-50 KB|
|Signature size||10-20 KB|
SSC CGL Application Fee
Candidates can pay SSC CGL application fee of Rs 100 in online or offline mode via SBI challan/BHIM UPI/internet banking/credit card/debit card. However, it may be noted that all females and candidates belonging to reserved categories such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PwD) and Ex-Servicemen (ESM) are exempted from the application fee payment.
SSC CGL Vacancies 2020
SSC CGL vacancy list is released by Staff Selection Commission every year. SSC CGL vacancies 2020-21 have not been released by the commission yet. However, for SSC CGL 2019-20, total 9,488 vacancies have been released. Out of these, 8,582 vacancies are for the major 34 Group-B and -C posts.
SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: Tier I
The major sections asked in SSC CGL 2020 Preliminary Exam are General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. The detailed syllabus & exam pattern for SSC CGL 2020 exam are mentioned below:
SSC CGL Tier-I Exam Pattern
|S No.||Sections||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Time Allotted|
|1||General Intelligence and Reasoning||25||50||A cumulative time of 60 minutes|
SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work,Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, Interest, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles.
General Intelligence and Reasoning Syllabus
General Intelligence and Reasoning includes questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.
The topics are, 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 & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.
This section measures Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his/ her basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. This section may include questions on Phrases and Idioms, One word Substitution, Sentence Correction, Error Spotting, Fill in the Blanks, Spellings Correction, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms-Antonyms, Active Passive, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Cloze test etc.
General Awareness Syllabus
Questions in this section will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness (GK+GS) of the environment around him and its application to society. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research. The questions will also be asked from Science, Current Affairs, Books and Authors, Sports, Important Schemes, Important Days, Portfolios,People in News etc.
After the preliminary exam has been conducted, it will be necessary to gear up for Mains Exam of SSC CGL 2020 Exam.
SSC CGL Syllabus 2020: Tier II
The Mains Exam will be conducted online and is an objective multiple choice exam. This year, the Tier-II & Tier-III exam will be conducted on same day. The major sections asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics). Let’s have a look at the SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 Mains Exam Pattern & Syllabus.
SSC CGL Tier-II Exam Pattern
|S No.||Sections||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Time Allotted|
|1||Quantitative Ability||100||200||2 hours|
|2||English Language and Comprehension||200||200||2 hours|
|4||General Studies (Finance and Economics)||100||200||2 hours|
SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus
Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) Syllabus:
The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of 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 centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) Syllabus:
Questions in this section will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in 21 the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences, active/ passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/ indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.
Paper-III (Statistics) Syllabus:
1. 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.
2. Measures of Central Tendency – Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode; Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
3. Measures of Dispersion- Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.
4. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; meaning of skewness and kurtosis; different measures of skewness and kurtosis.
5. 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).
6. Probability Theory – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes‟ theorem.
7. 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).
8. Sampling Theory – Concept of population and sample; Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors; Probability and nonprobability 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.
9. 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.
10. Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and twoway classified data.
11. Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations of trend component by different methods, Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.
12. 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):
Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks):
Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:
1.1 Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
1.2 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):
2.1 Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility.
2.2 Finance Commission-Role and functions.
2.3 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.
2.4 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 behaviourMarshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.
2.5 Theory of Production and cost: Meaning and Factors of production, Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.
2.6 Forms of Market and price determination in different markets: Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets.
2.7 Indian Economy:
2.7.1 Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectorsRole of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth.
2.7.2 National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income.
2.7.3 Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth.
2.7.4 Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment.
2.7.5 Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication.
2.8 Economic Reforms in India: Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment.
2.9 Money and Banking:
2.9.1 Monetary/ Fiscal policy- Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/RRB/Payment Banks.
2.9.2 Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments.
2.9.3 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
2.10 Role of Information Technology in Governance.
Note: Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level.
SSC CGL Tier-III Syllabus
Tier-III of SSC CGL 2020 exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. The mode of examination is offline (Pen and Paper mode) and students are required to write essays, précis, application, letter etc. in this exam. The exam carries 100 marks and the time allotted for the same is 60 minutes. The time allotted for candidates belonging to PWD category is increased to 80 minutes. Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade II” & “Compiler”.
SSC CGL Tier-III Exam Pattern
|Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application etc.)||100 marks||1 hour or 60 minutes|
SSC CGL Tier-IV Syllabus (Skill Test)
Tier-IV examination comprises of couple of skill sets required for certain Government Posts all over the country.
DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): For the post of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax),DEST Exam through SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted to check the typing speed of the candidate. The candidates are given an article in English which they have to type on Computer. A candidate is required to type 2000 words in 15 minutes.
CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): Word Processing, Spread Sheets and Generation of slides are the three modules that are important for this exam and the commission demands a candidate to be proficient in it for the post of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), Inspector (Examiner).
SSC CGL Syllabus: Important Points
Tier-I exam is compulsory for all posts mentioned in the SSC CGL 2020 Notification. Candidates will have to prepare for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exam simultaneously. However, the evaluation of Tier 3 Descriptive exam will be done only if a candidate clears the combined cut off for Tier 1 and Tier 2. So, candidates may appear for both Tier 2 and Tier 3 exams but your Tier 3 answer sheets will be evaluated only if you clear the cut-off. Tier-IV exam is taken by candidates applying specifically for TA, CSS, MEA and Inspector.
Tier-I and Tier-II will consist of Objective Type, Multiple choice questions only. The questions will be set both in English & Hindi except for English Comprehension in Tier-I and Paper-II in Tier-II.
In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
Penalty for wrong answers
Giving a wrong answer to a question will lead to deduction of 0.5 marks in Tier – I exam.
In Tier-II, there will be 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.
Important SSC CGL FAQs
Q: When will the next SSC CGL notification be out?
A: The SSC CGL 2020-21 notification will be released on the official website on December 29, 2020.
Q: When will SSC CGL 2021 exam be conducted?
A: The SSC CGL 2021 exam for tier-I will be conducted from May 29 to June 7.
Q: Is SSC CGL exam held in online mode?
A: The first two tiers of CGL exam are held in online mode and the next two tiers of the exam are conducted in offline mode.
Q: How many stages does SSC CGL exam contain?
A: SSC CGL exam contains four stages – Tier-I (online exam), Tier-II (online exam), Tier-III (offline exam) and Tier-IV (computer proficiency test/skill test/document verification)..
Q: What is the application fee for SSC CGL exam?
A: The SSC CGL application fee is Rs 100. However, women candidates of all categories and reserved category candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.
Q: Is it mandatory to appear for all the tiers of SSC CGL exam?
A: Yes, candidates need to appear for all the tiers of SSC CGL in order to qualify the exam.
Q: Is there any negative marking in SSC CGL exam?
A: Yes, there is negative marking of 0.50 marks in tier-I, tier-III and tier-IV papers. Also, there is negative marking of 0.25 marks in tier-II paper of CGL exam.
Q: What is the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the exam?
A: Candidates should be graduates from a recognised university in order to be eligible for the SSC CGL exam.
Q: How many SSC CGL vacancies are released every year?
A: SSC CGL exam is conducted for about 10,000 vacancies every year. For SSC CGL 2019-20 exam, total 9,488 vacancies have been released by the commission.
Q: For which posts is SSC CGL exam conducted?
A: SSC CGL exam is conducted for various Group-B and -C posts available in different ministries/departments/organisations of the Government of India.
Q: How many times is SSC CGL conducted in a year?
A: Each stage (tier-I, II, III and IV) of SSC CGL exam is conducted once a year.
Q: Is there an age limit to appear for SSC CGL exam?
A: SSC CGL age limit differs as per the post applied. However, candidates should be minimum 18 years in age to apply for any SSC CGL post.