SSC CGL Previous Year Exam Syllabus for Tier-1 and Tier-2

By | April 14, 2018

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Syllabus- Check What’s New this Year?

If you have applied for SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2018, then this post in worth reading, as in this post, we will share with you the Detailed Syllabus for SSC CGL 2018.However, if you haven’t yet applied for CGL 2018 Exam, then you must first Read the Detailed SSC CGL Notification. As, all of you know, that CGL is one of the highly competitive exams in India, next only to IBPS and SBI Exams. The reason for CGL to be highly competitive is that every year, 2 lakh more students are appearing for this exam. You must read our previous post, in which we have discussed the Cut off for SSC CGL 2018 Exam and you will find how the increasing no. of candidates is making an impact on the Cutoff.

Another reason for high Competition is that this Exam can help you is getting Central Govt Jobs that Offers High Perks and Salaries. Ever Since the SSC had released the Notification for the CGL-2018 exam, aspirants have started to look out for SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus. It is worth mentioning here that SSC CGL goes online and now, you have to appear for the Exam at an online examination center.

In this Post, we will discuss not only the Syllabus but will also share the Detailed section wise syllabus and No. of Questions, asked from each section., thereby giving you the closer idea on the Preparation plan for SSC CGL 2018 Exam.

SSC CGL Syllabus 2018

If you are preparing for SSC CGL 2018 Exam, you must know the Syllabus for both the Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exams.

SSC had announced a Notification, making some Big changes in the CGL 2016 Exam Pattern. Don’t worry the Syllabus remains the same, only changes are in the Pattern, Weightage, and Duration of Exam. However, CGL Tier-2 remains the same. CGL Candidates if you are preparing for CGL 2018 Exam then this page belongs to your cause on this page we share previous year asked questions from all sections.

Tier-1 Syllabus: In the CGL Tier-1, there will be 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ’s) to be asked from 4 Sections viz. English, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness. 

Each section has 25 Questions and Each Question carry 2 marks.

The Total Duration of Tier-1 Exam is 75 minutes.

Moreover, the Exam will be computer-based (Online Exam)

Here is the Revised and New Exam Pattern for SSC CGL 2018 Exam

Penalty: There will be a deduction of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.

Detailed Section wise Syllabus for English Section (Tier-1)

Recently, SSC had replied to an RTI Application, regarding the English syllabus for Tier-1 Examination. The best part in that reply is that, SSC had even given the Topic wise distribution of marks for English syllabus. During the Recent SSC CGL Pattern change, the English section is reduced to 25 Marks only. 

Here is the Reply of the RTI, as given below. 

Tier-2 Syllabus: Those who Pass the Tier-1 exam, can appear for Tier-2 Exam. The Tier-2 Exam will have Sections viz English and Quantitative Aptitude.

1) Quantitative Aptitude: In the Tier-2 Exam, there will be 100 Questions from the Quant section and each Question carry 2 marks. The Duration of this exam will be 2 hours.

2) English: This section is tier-2 Exam, will have 200 Questions, with each Question carrying 1 Mark. The Duration of this Exam is 2 Hours

Note: In tier-2 Exam, there will penalty of 0.50 marks for Quantitative Aptitude Sections, while there will be a penalty for 0.25 marks for English Language and Comprehension.

Descriptive Paper : SSC had introduced a descriptive paper in the CGL 2018 Examination. This paper is only for those, who Qualify the SSC Tier-2 Exam

The Duration of this Paper is 1 hour only and Questions in this paper will be asked from the following sections:

1) Essay Writing

2) Letter Writing

3) Precis Writing etc

Applicants have a choice to appear for Tier-1 Exam is Hindi Or English Language. 

Tier-3 stage carries a weighatge of 100 marks.

Section-wise Analysis for CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exams.

As of now, we have discussed the Syllabus for Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam. Now, in this section, let us discuss the weighatge given to each of the sections in both the exams.

Here is the Detailed Section wise analysis 

What, we can form the above figure, is that Quant and English section carries the equal and maximum weightage. and Reasoning along with GA carries the minimum weight, b
ut remember one thing that All the four Sections are Equally Important and carry similar wightage for Tier-1 Exam.So Due Preparation should be given to all sections, but more focus should be on English and Quant Section from the Tier-2 Perspective.

SSC CGLTier-1 General Awareness Syllabus 

This is high scoring and Time-Saving section in the CGL Tier-1 Exam.

This section has 50 Questions and maximum time limit for this section is 20 mins

This Section has Questions mainly from the Static GK, Sciences and Crap.

1) Static GK Comprises of Questions from Polity, Indian History& Culture, Geography and Economy.

2) In Science Section, the Questions are asked from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Computer Section.

3) The Crap Questions comprises of Questions from Current Affairs, Current GK, Books and Authors, Persons and Place in News, Abbreviations etc.

Here is the topic wise and year wise break up of Questions from the General Awareness Question

2010: SSC CGL GA Questions 

Here is the Break-up of Questions from different Topics

  1. Static GK: 29 Questions
  2. Science: 18 Questions
  3. Crap: 3 Questions

2011: SSC CGL GA Questions 

In 2011, here is the topic wise break up of Questions

  1. Static GK: 29 Questions
  2. Science: 16 Questions
  3. Crap: 5 Questions

2012: SSC CGL GA Questions

Here is the Break up of Questions from various sections

  1. Static GK: 23 Questions
  2. Science: 17 Questions
  3. Crap: 10 Questions

SSC CGL Exam Syllabus 2018



Logical Reasoning

  • Number Series
  • Verbal Classification
  • Analogies
  • Statement & Assumptions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Logical Deductions
  • Statement & Arguments
  • Judgment Making
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes & Dices
  • Venn Diagram
  • Mirror Image
  • Embedded System
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Ranking
  • Inequalities
  • Linear Seating Arrangements
  • Circular Seating Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding

Quantitative Analysis

  • Number Series
  • Missing Numbers
  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Profit Loss
  • Mixture & Allegation
  • Ratio- Proportion
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Time, Speed, Distance
  • Algebra
  • Time & Work
  • Measurement & Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Set Theory
  • Statistic
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Age Problems
  • Simplifications

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Antonyms-Synonyms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Rearrangements
  • Vocabulary Test
  • Grammar Test

Current Affairs

  • Static General Knowledge
  • Geography
  • Polity
  • Economics
  • Environment & Surrounding
  • Miscellaneous
  • Current Affairs
  • International Relations (IR)


Any Queries?

If you have any Queries, regarding the Syllabus for SSC CGL Tier-1 and Tier-2 Exam, Feel free to ask us your doubts/queries related to the above article and post your comments in the comment section below. 

We will take no time in solving your Queries.


SSC had recently announced, that due to the CGL Re-Exam of 27th August 2018 (Only 2nd Shift), the CGL Tier-1 result is delayed and it will now be announced on 8th November. Moreover, along with this Commission had announced the SSC Calendar 2018 that contains the schedule of upcoming SSC Exams in 2018. As per the calendar information, the Notification for CGL 2018 will be announced on 11th Marc, 2018, while the Tier-1 Exam is expected in June / July 2018.

If you are willing to apply for CGL 2018 Exam and then you should start your preparation by following the updated SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus

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