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Those candidates who are preparing for SSC CGL must start their preparation after notification. If they prepare well between notification publication and Preliminary exam, then they can easily Qualify.
And if they work harder, then they might get better marks. Every year, this exam is conducted by Staff Selection Commission for filling vacancies in various govt departments / ministries. The selection of eligible candidates is done through four tiers. A large number of graduates appear for this test but only a few are able to qualify all its tiers. The candidates should prepare according to SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2016 given here for better preparation.

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Further elaboration regarding exam scheme had been released. 
Further Elaboration of revised Exam Scheme
SSC CGL 2016 will be a computer based test (online examination). Tier 1 and 2 will be held online. Tier 1 is to be held from 27 August to 11 September 2016. There will be four tiers in this examination. Tier 3 will be descriptive type test.
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SSC CGL New Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Exam pattern 2016 Tier 1
Part Subject No. of Questions Max. Marks Time allowed
A General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 75 minutes

(For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes)
B General Knowledge & Awareness (Syllabus) 25 50
C Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
D English 25 50
Total 100 200

There will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer in Tier-I.
Check Out the official New exam pattern for CGL 2016 from below given image.
SSC CGL New Exam Pattern 2016 page 1
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Candidates have to select one answer out of 4 choices given. 1/4 negative marks will be deducted as penalty if wrong answer given. The written exams are two tier for non interview post while three tier for interview posts. SSC Syllabus of CGL 2016 is provided below for all these tiers.

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2016 New

You will find CGL Exam Analysis i.e. approx. no. of questions asked from various topics in Previous years after the prescribed syllabus of each section.

1. General Intelligence and Reasoning:
This section is based on Questions from  Series (number, figurative), similarities and differences, analogy, space visualization. Spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement. Decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation. Direction sense test, Blood relations, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification. Arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding. Statement conclusion, syllogism in reasoning etc. The topics are Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy. Figural Analogy, Ranking test, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification. Figural Classification, Input-Output, Problem Solving, Word Building, Seating arrangement, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations. Dies, Clock, Calender. Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams. Drawing inferences, folding & un-folding of Punched hole/pattern. 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 etc.
Also know SSC CGL CUT OFF Scores of previous years.
Topic Number of Questions asked
Series 2-3
Analogy 2-3
Classification 2-3
Statement-Conclusion 1-2
Directions 1-2
Puzzle 2-3
Word Formation 1-2
Venn Diagrams 1-2
Missing no. 1-2
Visual Reasoning (Unfolding, Mirror, Counting) 4-5
Word Arrangement 1-2
Coding-Decoding 2-3
Matrix Based 1

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2. English Language:
Through this section, a candidate's ability to understand and correct English etc. would be tested.
The syllabus includes Fill in the Blanks, Idioms & Phrases, Jumbled sentences (ordering), One word substitution. Synonyms, Antonyms, Spellings/Detecting Mis-spelt words, Common errors, sentence improvement, Passage, Cloze test are asked.
Topic Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 1 passage 2-3
Fill in the blanks 2-3
Common Errors 3-4
Spelling errors 2-3
Synonyms / Antonyms 2-4
Sentence Correction 4-5
Idioms / One word substitution 2-3

3. Quantitative Aptitude (Q.A.): 
This section's syllabus have Percentages. Ratio & Proportion. Square and cube roots. Surds and indices. Lcm and hcf, Averages, Age problems. Simple interest and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership. Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Boat and Streams, Pipes and Cisterns. Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Heights and Distances.
Divisions and Remainders, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers. Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangles (centres, congruence, similarity), In circles and circum-circle. Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons. Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone. Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelopiped.
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio. Degree and Radian Measures, Circle and its chords. tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle. common tangents to two or more circles, Standard Identities. Complementary angles, Heights and Distances. Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.
Topic Number of Ques.
Arithmetic 15
Trigonometry 7
Number System 2-5
Algebra 7
Geometry  12-18
Data Interpretation  5-7

4. General Awareness (G.A. Syllabus):
Tier 1 Syllabus of SSC CGL 2016 - General Awareness will have questions on current events, India and its neighbouring countries. Also ques. from History. Geography, Economic Scene,Culture, General Policy & Scientific Research are asked. Scientific research includes physics, chemistry and Biology. Current affairs of Last 6 months are asked.
Topic Number of Questions
Science & Technology 22
Economics 5
Current Affairs 3
History 5
Geography 4
Polity 5
Miscellaneous 6


There are four papers in 2nd Tier. These are:

  • 1: Quantitative Ability
  • 2: English Language & Comprehension
  • 3: Statistics (Only for Statistical Investigator posts)
  • 4: Finance & Accounts (Only for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) in C&AG posts)

Check out the following image for Tier 2 exam structure / pattern for various posts:

Paper I Quantitative Ability - for all posts 200 marks 100 questions 2 hours
Paper II English language & Comprehension - for all posts 200 marks 200 2 hours
Paper III Statistics (only for Statistical Investigator & Compiler posts) 200 marks 100  2 hours
Paper IV General Studies (Finance and Economics) - Only for Assistant Audit Officer Group B posts 200 marks 40 Q. from Finance & Accounts

60 Ques. from Economics & Governance
2 hours

Difficulty Level:
Paper-I would be of 10th Standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and III & IV of graduation level.

Note: For the post of Sub-Inspector in Central Police Organisations, the Examination will consist
of only one paper i.e. English language (shown in above table).

Paper-1 : Quantitative Ability :
The syllabus of this one will have questions based on Number Systems. Computation of Whole Numbers, Decimals and Fractions, Ratio and Proportion. Allegation and Mixture, Average, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount. relationship between Numbers, Fundamental Arithmetical Operations. Percentage, , Use of Table and Graphs, charts, Time and Distance. Time and work, Trigonometry, Geometry, roots, lcm and hcf, surds and indices (most of the topics same as tier 1 but higher difficulty level).

Paper-2 : English Language & Comprehsion :
Complete syllabus of English is below:
Spot the error, questions on filling blanks, synonyms and antonyms, spelling error detection,  shuffling of sentence parts.  Comprehension passages, idioms & phrases, 1 word substitution. Sentence improvement, active & passive voices, Narration.
The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level).

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Paper-3 :
The Detailed Tier 2 Paper 3 syllabus is given below.
Commerce/Mathematics/Statistics/Economics for Investigator Grade-II, for Ministry of Statistics &
Programme Implementation and Compiler for Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Probability, Probability Distributions, Binomial, Poisson, Normal, Exponential.
Compilation, classification, tabulation of Statistical Data, Graphical presentation of data.
Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association and contingency, scatter
diagram, correlation coefficient, rank correlation coefficient and linear regression analysis ( for two or more
variables ) excluding partial correlation coefficients.
Concept of Population, random sample, parameters, statistics, sampling distribution of x properties of
estimators and estimation of confidence intervals.
Principles of sampling, simple random sampling, stratified sampling, systematic sampling etc., Sampling and
non-sampling errors, type-I and type-II errors.
Concepts of Hypothesis – Null and alternate, Testing of hypothesis for large samples as well as small
samples including Chi-square tests ( Z, t, F, 2 tests ).
Index Numbers, Time series analysis – components of variation and their estimation.
1. Demand and Supply Analysis, including Laws and Interaction of Demand and Supply.
2. Production Function and Laws of Returns.
3. Commodity Pricing – Characteristics of various Market Forms and Price Determination under such
Market Forms.
4. Theory of Factor Pricing – Rent, Wage, Interest and Profit.
5. Theory of Employment – Classical and Neo-classical Approach.
6. Keynesian Theory of Employment – Principles of Effective Demand. Meaning and Importance of
Investment, Relation between Saving and Investment, Multiplier Effect and the process of Income
Generation, Post Keynesian Development.
7. Nature and Functions of Money, Value of Money Fluctuations in the value of Money – Inflation and Deflation, Monetary Policy, Index Number.
8. International Trade-Free Trade and Protection, Theories of International Trade.
9. Foreign Exchange – Determination of the rate of Exchange – Purchasing Power Parity theory and
Balance of Payment Theory.
10. Public Finance – Nature. Scope and importance of Public Finance.
11. Taxation – Meaning, Classification and Principles of Taxation, Incidence of Taxation.
12. Deficit Financing.
13. Fiscal Policy.
SSC CGL Exam Sylllabus and pattern

1. Statistical Investigation – Meaning and Planning of Investigation.
2. Collection of data and editing of data.
3. Types of sampling.
4. Schedule and questionnaire.
5. Presentation of data – classification, tabulation, etc.
6. Measures of Central Tendency.
7. National Income and Accounting – Estimation of National Income, Trends in National Income,
Structural changes in the Indian Economy as seen in National Income Data.
8. Agricultural sector – Agricultural Development during Plan Period, Rural Credit, Agricultural Price Policy, Rural Development Co-operation and Panchayati Raj.
9. Industrial Policy and Industrial Development.
10. Problems of Economic Development – Indian Planning – Objectives, Techniques and its evolution, Five
Year Plans and Role of National Development Council.
11. Profile of Human Resources – Population and Economic Development, Demographic Profile of India, Nature of Population Problem – Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment Problem, Labour Problem,
Population Control and Government Policy.
12. New Economic Policy and Welfare Schemes.
13. Indian Public Finance – Indian Revenue, Foreign Aid.
14. Indian Banking and Currency system.

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SSC CGL 2016 Syllabus
Algebra: Algebra of sets, relations and functions, Inverse of a function, equivalence relation.The system of complex numbers, De Moivere’s Theorem and its simple applications. Relation between roots and coefficients of a polynomial equation – Evaluation of symmetric function of roots of cubic and biquadratic equation.
Algebra of Matrices: Determinants, Simple properties of determinants, Multiplication of determinants of orders two and three, Singular and non-singular matrices. Inverse of a matrix, Rank of a matrix and application of matrices to the solution of linear equations ( in three unknowns ).
Convergence of sequences, and series, tests of convergence of series with positive terms,
Ratio, Root and Gauss tests.
Analytic Geometry: Straight lines, Circles, System of circles, parabola, ellipse and hyperbola in standard form and their elementary properties, Classification of curves second degree.
Differential Equation: First order differential equation. Solution of Second and higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients and simple applications.
Differential and Integral Calculus: Limit, continuity and differentiability of functions, successive differentiation, derivatives of standard functions, Rolle’s and Mean-value Theorems, Maclaurins and Taylor’s series ( without proof) and their applications, Maxima and Minima of functions of one and two variables. Tangents and Normals, Curvature, Partial differentiation, Euler’s theorem for homogeneous function, Tracing of curves.
Standard methods of integration, Riemann’s definition of definite integral, fundamental theorem of
integral calculus, quadrature, rectification, volumes and surface area of solids of revolution.
Statistics: Frequency distributions, Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, Skewness and Kurtosis, Random variables and distribution function, Discrete distributions, Binomial and Poisson distribution, continuous distributions, Rectangular, Normal and Exponential distributions, Principles of least squares, correlation and regression, Random Sampling, random numbers, Sampling of attributes, Large Sample tests for mean and proportion, Tests of significance based on t, F and Chi-square distributions.

This one will cover all the subjects of commerce ordinarily taught at the B.Com. or similar degree courses of Indian Universities. Specifically, it will include the following subjects:
Accountancy: Conceptual framework, Income measurement, Final accounts, Accounting for partnership firms,
Hire-purchase accounting, Corporate accounting ( Issue, forfeiture and re-issue of shares ).
Business Organisation: Business objectives, Business environment, Business entrepreneurship ( including location, choice of form of business and growth strategies ),
Business operations including finance, production, marketing and human resource development.
Management: Concept of management, Planning, Organising, Leading and Controlling.
Micro-economics: Price-mechanism, Theory of consumer behaviour, Elasticity of demand, Production function, Theory of costs, Market structures, Price-determination under perfect competition and monopoly.
Indian Economics: Issues involved in planning for economic development, Sectoral analysis of Indian economy including agriculture, industry and foreign trade.
Business Statistics: Analysis of Univariate data involving measurement of Central tendency and
dispersion, correlation and regression analysis, index numbers, analysis of time-series, Theory of probability.
Business Law: Indian Contract Act, 1872, Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Partnership Act, 1932 and Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.
Company Law: Kinds of companies, matters involving incorporation of company, shares and share capital and matters relating to issue and transfers of shares, members of a company, management of a company, meetings and resolutions, winding up of a company.
Cost accounting: Procedures involved in cost accounting, marginal costing, cost-volume profit analysis, Budgetary control, Standard costing.
Auditing: Meaning and objects of auditing, Types of audit, Audit process.
Income Tax: Basic concepts, Residence and tax liability, heads of income. .

IMPORTANT NOTE: The questions in Paper 1 of exam will be of 10th class level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III of graduation level.
Check SSC CGL Exam Analysis Tier 2 to know how much questions had been asked from various topics.
SSC CHSL Syllabus

The marks obtained by the candidates in Tier I & Tier II, together, would determine the eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier III & Tier IV.

SSC CGL SYLLABUS TIER III: Descriptive Type Paper

It will be a descriptive type Pen and Paper mode examination. The Descriptive Paper will be in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Precis/Letter /Application Writing etc. It will be of Total 100 marks and 60 minutes time is given  for it (For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes).
This test has been introduced to assess the writing skills of the candidates which is necessary in Government jobs. It would comprise writing of an Essay / Passage of 250 words and Letter / Application Writing of approximately 150 words. The qualifying marks in Tier-III would be 33 per cent. This will have to be written either in Hindi or in English. Part paper written in Hindi and Part in English will not be evaluated. The questions would be of 10+2 standard.


Marks for Interview cum Personality Test (except non-interview posts)- 100 marks.
Skill Test is conducted for tax assistant posts in Central Excise & Income Tax. CPT is conducted for Assistants in CSS.
Data Entry Speed Test (DEST): speed of data entry must be 8,000 Key Depression/hr. on Computer.
Data Entry Speed Skill Test at 2000 key depressions in 15 min will be tested and candidates will have to qualify it as it will be of qualifying nature.
NOTE: Tier-I examination is for screening the candidates for Tier-II examination for various papers. Marks of Tier 1 will be counted in final selection.

Tips to clear CGL Exam :
1. Do maximum no. of questions but only do those you know well.
2. Always do those question first which you see easy to you.
3. Don't be in a hurry when solving the paper.
4. Use all the shortcuts / concepts you know to solve the paper as quickly as you can. The more questions you solve correctly, the more are the chances of you getting the test quallified.
5. Always do the easy section first and then move on to the tougher one.
6. If a question is found tough, leave it and move on to other question. Dont't stuck on a question.
7. Always wear a watch when in any exam to keep yourself updated with time.
8. Don't do those question in which you seems confused as there is negative marking.


It consists of 4 sections in a single paper. It is conducted for sorting out candidates.
Subject Name-Maximum Marks-Questions
1. General Intelligence and Reasoning
2. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
3. General Awareness (GA)
4. English
All sections carry 50 marks and 25 questions. One mark for each right question and 0.50 negative marks to wrong answer(s). Total time given is 1 hour and 15 minutes (100 minutes extra for VH candidates having Cerebral Palsy).

SSC CGL 2016 Tier II Exam Pattern: 

it consist of 3 papers. Every candidate has to give two out of 3.
Paper 1. Arithmetical Ability (For All posts other than SI in CPOs). 100 questions are asked carrying 200 marks. 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
Paper 2. English Language and comprehension test (All Posts). 200 questions are asked in this section carrying 200 marks. 0.25 marks for each wrong answer given by candidate.
Paper 3. Mathematics/ Statistics/ Economics/ Commerce (for Compiler/ Statistical/ Investigators posts). It has 100 questions carrying 200 marks and 0.50 marks for each wrong answer.
Time allowed for each paper is 2 hours.
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Official Website: is the website where you can check and download SSC CGL SYLLABUS 2016 with PDF and any other exam syllabus with PDF.
The candidates can also join a coaching center for better preparation. That will help them in easily clearing the exam with better marks. Familiarity of Exam Pattern and knowledge of Syllabus is needed if you want to prepare well. It is very important for every candidate to have the syllabus of the exam for better preparation. So if you have planned your preparation of exam, then you need to have SSC CGL Syllabus. 
Please note that SSC may change type of questions asked in CGL 2016 examination if the test is conducted online. We will update you if there is any change.