SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Examination 2018 is approaching soon this month. Now students have little more time for preparation, as the exam dates for the Tier  I level SSC CGL Exam has been postponed which was earlier scheduled to be conducted from 25^{th} July to 20^{th} August 2018.
For cracking all the phases of SSC CGL 2018 Exam students must start the preparation with a concrete study plan. The important ingredients for creating a good study plan are: the latest exam pattern and detailed syllabus of the respective phase of the exam. So, we have compiled the detailed syllabus of SSC CGL 2018 Exam including Tier – I, Tier – II, Tier – III and Tier – IV with latest exam pattern which will help you in preparing for the exam in a systematic manner.
The Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam conducted annually by Staff Selection Commission (SSC) consists of four phases, where each phase needs to be cleared depending upon the requirement of different posts. SSC CGL 2018 Exam will be conducted in four tiers, i.e., Tier – I, Tier – II, Tier – III and Tier – IV as shown below in the table:
Tier 
Type of Exam 
Mode of Exam 
Tier – I 
Objective Multiple Choice 
Computer Based (Online) 
Tier – II 
Objective Multiple Choice 
Computer Based (Online) 
Tier – III 
Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi 
Pen and Paper mode (Offline) 
Tier – IV 
Skill Test: Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) 
Wherever Applicable (Not necessary for all the post) 
Document Verification 
Applicable for all 
In the past few years, SSC has made some changes in the exam pattern. Students must make note of changes in exam pattern and syllabus before beginning the SSC CGL exam preparation. Below are some important points to take note of:
After thoroughly going through the exam pattern of SSC CGL, next step is to understand the detailed syllabus of various phases of the exam. Since the SSC CGL is comprised of 4 different tiers, it is imperative to understand their syllabus independently.
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SSC CGL 2018 TierI exam is an objective exam which will be conducted online. The exam comprises of four sections having 100 questions (25 questions in each section) which will account for a total of 200 marks (maximum 50 marks in each section). The time duration of Tier1 exam will be 60 minutes.
The section wise details of the exam are shown in the table given below:
Section 
Questions 
Marks 
Time 
General Intelligence & Reasoning 
25 
50 
60 minutes (Total) 
General Awareness 
25 
50 

Quantitative Aptitude 
25 
50 

English Language and Comprehension 
25 
50 

TOTAL 
100 
200 
Points to remember:
The abovementioned syllabus was just a brief of SSC CGL TierI Exam. Students must go through the detailed syllabus of all the sections and frame a study plan which will be helpful to identify and focus on their weakest topics.
General Intelligence and Reasoning 
General Awareness 
Quantitative Aptitude 
English Language & Comprehension 
Classification 
Static General Knowledge (Indian History, Culture, etc.) 
Simplification 
Reading Comprehension 
Analogy 
Science 
Interest 
Fill in the Blanks 
CodingDecoding 
Current Affairs 
Averages 
Spellings 
Puzzle 
Sports 
Percentage 
Phrases and Idioms 
Matrix 
Books and Authors 
Ratio and Proportion 
One word Substitution 
Word Formation 
Important Schemes 
Problem on Ages 
Sentence Correction 
Venn Diagram 
Portfolios 
Speed, Distance and Time 
Error Spotting 
Direction and Distance 
People in News 
Number System 
Synonyms 
Blood Relations 
Computers 
Mensuration 
Antonyms 
Series 
Awards and their importance 
Data Interpretation 
Idioms & Phrases 
Verbal reasoning 
Geography 
Time and Work 

NonVerbal Reasoning 
Economy 
Algebra 

Critical Thinking 
Polity 
Trigonometry 

Emotional & Social Intelligence 
Population Census 
Geometry 
Let’s look at the detailed syllabus of SSC CGL TierI sections onebyone:
General Intelligence & Reasoning: This section tests the candidates’ ability to think and problem solving skills. The questions asked in this question are mainly the brain teasers and sometimes can be quite tricky to answer. The questions will be of both verbal and nonverbal type out of the following chapters:
General Intelligence & Reasoning Topics 

S. No. 
Topics 
S. No. 
Topics 
1 
Analogies 
21 
Figural Classification 
2 
Similarities and Differences 
22 
Semantic Series 
3 
Space visualization 
23 
Number Series 
4 
Spatial orientation 
24 
Figural Series 
5 
Problem solving & Analysis 
25 
Problem Solving 
6 
Judgment & Decision making 
26 
Word Building 
7 
Visual memory 
27 
Numerical Operations 
8 
Discrimination & observation 
28 
Symbolic Operations 
9 
Relationship concepts 
29 
Embedded Figures 
10 
Arithmetical Reasoning and figural classification 
30 
Space Orientation & Visualization 
11 
Arithmetic Number Series 
31 
Venn Diagrams 
12 
Nonverbal series 
32 
Drawing inferences 
13 
Coding and Decoding 
33 
Punched hole/ pattern–folding & Unfolding 
14 
Statement conclusion 
34 
Figural pattern–folding and completion 
15 
Syllogistic reasoning 
35 
Critical thinking 
16 
Semantic Analogy 
36 
Address matching 
17 
Symbolic/ Number Analogy 
37 
Date & city matching 
18 
Figural Analogy 
38 
Classification of center codes/ roll numbers 
19 
Semantic Classification 
39 
Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding 
20 
Symbolic/Number Classification 
40 
Decoding and classification 
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General Awareness: This section is considered to be one of the high scoring sections of SSC CGL Exam. It aims at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him/her and its application to society. Questions from current affairs taking place around the world and in India will also be a part of this section. Below are the major topics covered in SSC CGL TierI exam under the General Awareness Section:
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Quantitative Aptitude: This section will test the candidates’ mathematical skills and how good he/she is with numbers. For developing proficiency in this section, candidates are required to develop great command over the general mathematical concepts, methods and their applicability. The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. Below are the major topics covered in SSC CGL TierI exam under the Quantitative Aptitude Section:
Quantitative Aptitude Topics 

S. No. 
Topics 
S. No. 
Topics 
1 
Number System 
20 
Congruence and similarity of triangles 
2 
Fractions and Decimals 
21 
Circle and its chords, tangents 
3 
Percentage 
22 
Angles subtended by chords of a circle 
4 
Ratio & Proportion 
23 
Common tangents to two or more circles 
5 
Square roots 
24 
Triangle 
6 
Averages 
25 
Quadrilaterals 
7 
Interest 
26 
Regular Polygons 
8 
Profit and Loss 
27 
Right Prism 
9 
Discount 
28 
Right Circular Cone 
10 
Partnership Business 
29 
Right Circular Cylinder 
11 
Mixture and Alligation 
30 
Sphere & Hemispheres 
12 
Time and distance 
31 
Rectangular Parallelepiped 
13 
Time & Work 
32 
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base 
14 
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds 
33 
Degree and Radian Measures 
15 
Graphs of Linear Equations 
34 
Standard Identities 
16 
Trigonometry 
35 
Complementary Angles 
17 
Bar diagram & Pie chart 
36 
Heights and Distances 
18 
Geometry and Mensuration 
37 
Histogram 
19 
Triangle and its various kinds of centers 
38 
Frequency polygon 
Getting a good score in this section demands indepth knowledge of all the formulas and the pattern of question asked. Therefore, rigorous practice is required for acing this section. This section is important in both TierI and TierII level of SSC CGL 2018 Exam.
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English Language and Comprehension: This section tests the candidates’ ability to understand correct grammar usage, vocabulary usage and basic comprehension skills.
Here is the list of topics covered in English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC CGL TierI Exam:
Normally, questions asked in this section are direct and quite easy. Therefore, candidates can score really well in this section. This section is important in both, TierI and TierII, levels of SSC CGL 2018 Exam.
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SSC CGL 2018 TierII exam is an objective exam which will be conducted online. The exam comprises of four Papers  Quantitative Abilities, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics and General Studies (Finance & Economics). The time duration for each Paper is 2 Hours.
The section wise details of the exam are shown in the table given below:
Paper 
Subject 
No. of Questions 
Max Marks 
Exam Duration 
I 
Quantitative Abilities 
100 
200 
2 Hours 
II 
English Language and Comprehension 
200 
200 
2 Hours 
III 
Statistics 
100 
200 
2 Hours 
IV 
General Studies (Finance & Economics) 
100 
200 
2 Hours 
Points to remember:
The abovementioned syllabus was just a brief of SSC CGL TierII Exam. Students must go through the detailed syllabus of all the papers and build a proper strategy to score well in the respective subjects.
Quantitative Aptitude 
English Language & Comprehension 
Statistics 
General Studies: Finance and Economics 
Simplification 
Reading Comprehension 
Collection and Representation of Data 
Finance and Accounting 
Interest 
Spelling 
Measure of Dispersion 
Fundamental Principles 
Averages 
Fill in the Blanks 
Measure of Central Tendency 
Financial Accounting 
Percentage 
Phrases and Idioms 
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis 
Basic Concepts of Accounting 
Ratio and Proportion 
One Word Substitution 
Correlation and Regression 
SelfBalancing Ledger 
Speed, Distance and Time 
Sentence Correction 
Random Variables 
Forms of Market and price determination in different markets 
Number System 
Error Spotting 
Random Variables 
Theory of Production and cost 
Mensuration 
Cloze Test 
Sampling Theory 
Economics and Governance 
Data Interpretation 
Para Jumbles 
Analysis and Variance 
Comptroller and Auditor General of India 
Time and Work 
SynonymsAntonyms 
Time Series Analysis 
Finance Commission 
Algebra 
ActivePassive Voice 
Index Number 
Theory of Demand and Supply 
Trigonometry 
DirectIndirect Speech 

Geometry 

Data Sufficiency 
Let’s look at the detailed syllabus SSC CGL TierII papers onebyone:
This paper has exactly the same syllabus which was earlier stated for Quantitative Aptitude Section of SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam.
Below are the major topics covered in SSC CGL TierII exam under Paper I  Quantitative Abilities:
Paper1: Quantitative Abilities Topics 

S. No. 
Topics 
S. No. 
Topics 
1 
Number System 
20 
Congruence and similarity of triangles 
2 
Fractions and Decimals 
21 
Circle and its chords, tangents 
3 
Percentage 
22 
Angles subtended by chords of a circle 
4 
Ratio & Proportion 
23 
Common tangents to two or more circles 
5 
Square roots 
24 
Triangle 
6 
Averages 
25 
Quadrilaterals 
7 
Interest 
26 
Regular Polygons 
8 
Profit and Loss 
27 
Right Prism 
9 
Discount 
28 
Right Circular Cone 
10 
Partnership Business 
29 
Right Circular Cylinder 
11 
Mixture and Alligation 
30 
Sphere & Hemispheres 
12 
Time and distance 
31 
Rectangular Parallelepiped 
13 
Time & Work 
32 
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base 
14 
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds 
33 
Degree and Radian Measures 
15 
Graphs of Linear Equations 
34 
Standard Identities 
16 
Trigonometry 
35 
Complementary Angles 
17 
Bar diagram & Pie chart 
36 
Heights and Distances 
18 
Geometry and Mensuration 
37 
Histogram 
19 
Triangle and its various kinds of centers 
38 
Frequency polygon 
Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate‘s understanding and knowledge of English Language.
Here is the list of topics covered in Paper II  English Language and Comprehension Section of SSC CGL TierII Exam:
PaperIII will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in TierI for this Post/Paper.
S. No. 
Paper III Statistics Topics 
1 
Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data 
2 
Measures of Central Tendency 
3 
Measures of Dispersion 
4 
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis 
5 
Correlation and Regression 
6 
Probability Theory 
7 
Random Variable and Probability Distributions 
8 
Sampling Theory 
9 
Statistical Inference 
10 
Analysis of Variance 
11 
Time Series Analysis 
12 
Index Numbers 
Here is the detailed list of topics covered in Statistics PaperIII of SSC CGL TierII Exam:
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PaperIV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in TierI for PaperIV, i.e., for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.
Paper 
Subject 
No of Questions 
Max Marks 
Exam Duration 
Part  A 
Finance and Accounts 
100 
80 
2 Hours 
Part  B 
Economics and Governance 
120 
Let’s look in detail the syllabus for PaperIV  General Studies (Finance and Economics):
Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting:
 Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors  Role of Agriculture, Industry and Servicestheir problems and growth;
 National Income of India  Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income
 Population  Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
 Poverty and unemployment  Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment
 Infrastructure  Energy, Transportation, Communication
 Monetary/ Fiscal policy  Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks
 Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments
 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003
SSC CGL Tier  III Exam is a descriptive paper which will be taken offline via pen and paper mode. In this exam, candidates’ language proficiency, grammar knowledge, vocabulary usage and writing skills will be tested in English/Hindi. Candidates are required to write essays, précis, application, letter, etc. in 60 minutes.
Mode of Examination 
Subject 
Maximum Marks 
Time 
Pen and Paper Mode 
Descriptive Type Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Précis/ Letter/ Application etc.) 
100 
60 Minutes 
Points to remember:
The best way to prepare for this tier is to read lots of articles from various newspapers. Apart from this, you need to be well aware of the pattern of Letter and Application.
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The SSC CGL Tier  IV Exam comprises of a couple of skill tests which are required for certain government posts and document verification procedure:
The last step to the final selection would be Document Verification. Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates will be required to produce all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification.
After going through the above mentioned detailed syllabus of SSC CGL 2018 Exam, the next step is to create a study plan and start working on it. For instance, start your practice by solving some previous year question papers and analyse your strong & weak points. Regular practice will help in achieving accuracy and high score in the exam.
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