SSC CGL 2020

The SSC conducts exams annually to recruit  candidates in various departments under the government of India. SSC CGL is one of the exams conducted by SSC and applied by lakhs of applicants. So it is important to know the complete pattern and syllabus of this examination. Here, we will provide all the necessary details regarding this.

SSC CGL conducts exam for recruitment to various posts like:

  •  Assistants in Ministries/Departments, Attached and Subordinate office of the Govt. of India.
  • Inspectors of Central Excise & Customs.
  • Inspectors of Income Tax.
  • Preventive Officers in Customs.
  • Examiner in Customs.
  • Sub-Inspectors in Central Bureau of Narcotics & CBI.
  • Assistant Enforcement Officer in Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue.
  • Divisional Accountant, Jr. Accountant, Auditor & UDCs in various offices of Govt. of India.
  • Auditor Offices under C&AG, CGDA, CGA & others.
  • Accountant/ Junior Accountant
  • Tax Assistant in CBDT and CBEC
  •  Compiler in Registrar General of India.

SSC CGL 2020-21 Exam Dates

ActivityImportant Dates
SSC CGL 2020-21 Notification out 15th September 2020
SSC CGL 2020-21 Start of Registration 15th September 2020
SSC CGL 2020-21 Online Application Ends 15th October 2020(5:00PM)
SSC CGL 2020-21 Tier-I Exam DateTo be notified later
SSC CGL Tier-II Exam DateTo be notified later
SSC CGL Tier-III Exam DateTo be notified later
SSC CGL Tier-IV Exam DateTo be notified later

SSC CGL 2020 exam is conducted in 4 tiers:

  • Tier 1 : Computer based
  • Tier 2 : Computer based
  • Tier 3 : Pen paper mode i.e. descriptive
  • Tier 4: Computer proficiency test

All these Tiers have different subjects and marks allotted. The following list provides the required details:

TIERSubjectNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksAllotted Time
Tier 1General intelligence and reasoning255060 minutes in total
General awareness2550
Quantitative aptitude2550
English comprehension2550
Tier 2Paper 1-quantitative abilities100200120 minutes in total
Paper 2-english language and comprehension200200
Paper 3- statistics100200
Paper 4- general studies100200

Tier 3 is a descriptive paper (writing essay) in English/ Hindi in pen paper mode with 100 questions and 60 minutes to complete it.

Detailed analysis of syllabus for Tier 1:

General intelligence and reasoningGeneral awarenessQuantitative aptitudeEnglish comprehension
Symbolic/number analogy,
venn diagrams, number classification etc.
History- ancient, medieval, modern, Geography, general knowledge, current affairs etc.Percentage problems, profit-loss problems, average, square roots, heights and distances etc.Synonyms, antonyms, jumbled sentences, omitting and editing, one word substitution

Negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer

Detailed analysis of syllabus for Tier 2:

Quantitative aptitudeEnglish languagestatisticsGeneral studies- finance and economics
Time and distance problems, time and work, percentage etc.Direct –indirect speech, active-passive voices, comprehension passage etc.Data distribution, calculation,  diagrammatic representation of given data etc.Indian economy, reforms, macro and micro economics, banking concepts

Negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in paper II(English language and comprehension ), 0.5 marks for each wrong answer in paper I,II,III.

Syllabus for Tier 3: this exam includes the essay writing. This is to mainly assess the candidate’s language proficiency and knowledge of the topic. Usually, the topics are daily life related and current affairs based.

Syllabus for Tier 4:

Data entry speed: 8,000 key depressions per hour on the computer. This is for the post of Tax Assistants ( central & excise)

Computer proficiency test : basics of spreadsheet, word processing, generation of slides.

The age limit for the candidates is 18-32 years old (depending upon the different posts). There are certain relaxations for the reserved categories.

Detail Analysis of Eligibility Criteria of SSC CGL 2020

There are 4 important aspects of eligibility which need to be considered before applying SSC CGL 2020.

  1. Citizenship: Candidate must of a citizen of India.
  2. Age Limit: This is the most important parameter in every examinations while in SSC CGL there are different age limits for different posts which are given below in details
Age groupName of postsDepartmentsClassGrade Pay
18-27 yearsAuditorOfficer under C&AG
Group “C”
2800

AuditorOfficer Under CGDA
Group “C”
2800
AuditorOther Ministries/Dept.
Group “C”
2800
Accountant
Officer under C&AG
Group “C”
2800
Accountant / Junior Accountant
Other Ministry/ Dept.
Group “C”
2800
Senior Secretariat Assistant / Upper Division clerks
Central Govt. offices Ministries other than CSCS cadres
Group “C”
2400
Tax Assistant
CBDTGroup “C”
2400
Sub-Inspector
Central Bureau of Narcotics
Group “C”
2400

Upper Division Clerk (UDC)
Dte. General Border Road Organisation (MoD) Only For Male Candidates
Group “C”
2400

18-30 years
Inspector Posts
Department of Post.
Group “B”
4600
AssistantOther ministries / Dept. / Org.
Group “B”
4600

20-27 years
Tax Assistant
CBEC
Group “C”
2400
20-30 years
Assistant Section officer
Central Secretariat Service
Group “B”
4600
Assistant Section officer
Ministry of Railway
Group “B”
4600
Assistant Section officer
Ministry of External Affairs
Group “B”
4600
Assistant Section officer
AFHQ
Group “B”
4600
AssistantOther Ministries / Dept. / Org.
Group “B”
4600
Sub Inspector
Central Bureau of Investigation
Group “B”
4600
Not Exceeding 30 years
Inspector, (Central Excise)
CBECGroup “B”
4600
InspectorCentral Bureau of Narcotics
Group “B”
4600
Assistant
Other ministries / Dept. / Org.
Group “B”
4200
Inspector (Preventive officer)
CBEC
Group “B”
4600
Inspector (Examiner)
CBECGroup “B”
4600
Assistant Audit Officer
Indian Audit & Accounts Department under CAG
Group B Gazetted (Non-Ministerial)
4800
Assistant Section Officer
Intelligence Bureau
Group “B”
4600
Assistant Section Officer
Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations.
Group “B”
4600
Assistant / Superintendent
Other Ministries / Departments/ Organisations
Group “B”
4200
Inspector of Income Tax
CBDTGroup “C”
4600
Divisional Accountant
Officer under CAG
Group “B”
4200
Up to 30 years
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Directorate of Enforcement, Department of Revenue
Group “B”
4600
Sub InspectorNational Investigation Agency (NIA)
Group “B”
4200
Up to 32 yearsJunior Statistical Officer
M/O statistics & Prog. Implementation
Group “B”
4200

2. Age Limit: The Government of India has also provided age relaxations for some categories.

Serial No.CategoryAge relaxations
1.OBC3 years
2.ST/SC5 years
3.PH + Gen10 years
4.PH + OBC13 years
5.PH + SC/ST15 years
6.Ex-Servicemen (Gen)3 years
7.Ex-Servicemen (OBC)6 years
8.Ex-Servicemen (SC/ST)8 years

3. Educational Qualification: The educational qualifications for different posts are different which are discussed below

SSC CGL PostEducational Qualification
Assistant Audit OfficerBachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University
OR
Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost &
Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/
Masters in Business Studies
Statistical Investigator Grade – II PostBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th
OR
Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as
one of the subjects in graduation
Compiler PostsBachelor’s Degree from any recognized University
with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as
compulsory or Elective Subject
All Other PostsBachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a
recognized University or equivalent

4. Physical Fitness : Apart from the above posts, there are certain Physical Standards required for Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).

Books prescribed:

  • English– SP Bakshi, general English by Arihant , Plinth for grammar are a few to surely refer to.
  • Quantitative reasoning: Lucent’s higher mathematics, previous year question papers from any source.
  • General awareness–  NCERTs in history, geography and science, various youtube channels give quite good content on general awareness.
  • Reasoning: Reasoning by Arihant is a good suggestion.

Along with these sources it is always wise to practice previous year question papers thoroughly and keep a time check while you solve them. SSC CGL is an exam mainly testing all the subjects in general ; not necessarily required in detail with a good solving speed.