SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination

The Staff Selection Commission is an administration association established in 1975. It conducts exams every year to recruit candidates for Group-B and C posts in various organizations of Government of India. This article talks about the SSC CGL exam in India. Combined Graduate Level Examination is one of those exams, which known as SSC CGL Exam, is taken once in a year.

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Posts Name: Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Accounts Officer, Assistant Section Officer, Inspector of Income Tax, Assistant Superintendent, Divisional Accountant, Junior Statistical Officer, Auditor, Tax Assistant, Upper Divisions Clerk, etc.

SSC CGL eligibility criteria vary as per the post applied by the candidate. Be that as it may, given underneath is the essential measures that applicants need to satisfy to meet SSC CGL qualification: 

  1. An applicant must be either a resident of India, an individual of India cause, subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan exile 
  2. An applicant ought to be somewhere in the range of 18 and 30 years in age 
  3. A applicant should finish a four year college education from a perceived college or foundation

The SSC CGL TIER-I 2020 exam was organsied from March 3-9 at different test centres across India. The survey was directed in online mode as a PC based test in three movements for every day. The general trouble level of the primary move of SSC CGL level I 2020 test was anything but difficult to direct. Up-and-comers could endeavor all inquiries in the test without any problem. 

There are different pay scale as per the post and designation for the SSC Examination.

Pay Level
of Posts
Pay Level-8Pay Level-7Pay Level-6Pay Level-5Pay Level-4
PayscaleRs 47600 to 151100Rs 44900 to 142400Rs 35400 to 112400Rs 29200 to 92300Rs 25500 to 81100
Grade Pay48004600420028002400
Basic payRs 47600Rs 44900Rs 35400Rs 29200Rs 25500
HRA (depending on
the city)
X Cities (24%)11,42410,7768,4967,0086,120
Y Cities (16%)7,6167,1845,6644,6724,080
Z Cities (8%)3,8083,5922,8322,3362,040
DA (Current- 17%)8,0927,6336,0184,9644,335
Travel AllowanceCities- 3600, Other Places- 1800
Gross Salary
Range (Approx)
X Cities70,71666,90953,51444,77239,555
Y Cities66,90863,31750,68242,43637,515
Z Cities63,10057,92546,05038,30033,675

To begin your preparation, you have to understand the SSC CGL Tier I, II, and III & IV Syllabus. 

Tier I: Preliminary Exam is General Awareness, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

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 Allegation, 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 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, 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.

English Syllabus

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 neighboring 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.

Tier II: The major sections asked in Mains Exam are Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, General Studies (Finance and Economics). 

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.

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

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 no probability sampling techniques; Sampling distribution (statement only); Sample size decisions.
  9. Statistical Inference –Point estimation and interval estimation, Properties of a good estimator, Methods of estimation, 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 two-way 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 organizations 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 behavior Marshallian 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 sectors Role 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; Liberalization, Privatization, Globalization 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.

Tier-III: It is a part of the exam is a descriptive exam to test the written skills of the candidates in English/Hindi. Tier-III paper is given by specific candidates who are interested only for the post of “Statistical Investigator Grade-II” & “Compiler”.

Tier-IV: This examination comprises of a couple of skill sets required for specific Government Posts all over the country. It based on Data Entry Speed Test and Computer Proficiency Test

1. Tier-I: Objective exam is taken in online mode. Time Duration- 60 mins

2. Tier-II: Objective review (four papers) made in an online way. Time Duration- 120 mins for each paper

3. Tier-III: Subjective exam is taken in offline mode. Time Duration- 60 mins

4. Tier-IV: Computer proficiency test/document verification made in CBT

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