Detailed Subject Wise Syllabus for SSC CGL Recruitment 2021

Preparation starts with awareness of the complete syllabus for the exam. That’s why we jot down topics & chapters to revise for the upcoming SSC CGL EXAM 2021. Hopefully, you have applied for the exam & not rushing for the last date i.e. 31st January 2021.

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Let us peep into the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2021 before reading the detailed syllabus.

Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Recruitment 2021 – Exam Pattern

The Aspiring candidates undergo with four-stage selection process i.e.

Tier I – Computer Based Test

Tier II – Computer Based Test

Tier III – Descriptive Test

Tier IV – Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test

 Tier I – Computer Based Test (Objective Type Paper)

CBT Exam Date  29th May 2021 to 07th June 2021  
Mode of ExaminationOnline  
CBT SyllabusEnglish Comprehension (50 marks)  Quantitative Aptitude (50 marks)General Intelligence & Reasoning (50 marks)General Awareness (50 marks)
No. Of Question100 Questions (25 each subject)  
Duration60 minutes (For normal candidates)  80 minutes (For Candidates eligible for Scribe)
Marking1 marks for each correct answer.0.50 marks deduction for each wrong answer.
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Subject Wise Syllabus

Following is the subject wise syllabus of Computer Based Test (CBT) Tier I, candidates read thoroughly;

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral Intelligence & ReasoningGeneral AwarenessEnglish Comprehension
Simplification  ClassificationStatic General KnowledgeReading Comprehension
Interest  AnalogyCurrent AffairsCloze Test
Averages  Coding-DecodingSportsSpelling
Percentage  Paper Folding MethodAward & HonorsIdioms & Phrases
Ratio & Proportion  MatrixImportant SchemesOne Word Substitution
Speed, Distance & Time  Word FormationPortfoliosSentence Correction
Number System  Venn DiagramPeople in the newsError Spotting
Mensuration  Direction & DistanceAncient History, Medieval History, Modern History  Fill in the blank
Data Interpretation  Blood RelationsGeography: India and Neighbouring Countries, Solar System, Famous Sea Port, Rivers, Important Institution.Active / Passive
Time & Work  SeriesEconomicsNarrations
Algebra  Verbal ReasoningBooks & Authors 
Trigonometry  Non-Verbal ReasoningBasic Facts About Computers, Recent Developments in Technology 
Geometry  Critical ThinkingPhysics:   SI Unit, Light & Reflection, Electricity, Wave Optics, Motion 
Data Sufficiency  Decision MakingChemistry: Properties of substances, Chemical Reaction, Properties of Gases, Chemistry in Day to Day Life.   
Height & Distance  Emotional & Social IntelligenceBiology: The Plant Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Human Body and Diseases, Environmental Studies 
Profit & Loss  Order & RankingPolity: Indian Constitutions, Duties and Facts Related To President, Chief Minister, Prime Minister, CAG, Panchayati Raj System & Indian Parliament. 
Graphs of Linear Equations  Syllogism Reasoning  
Discounts  Statement & Arugment  
Partnership Business  Cubes & Dices  
Circle & its chord  Embedded Figures  
Right Circular Cone  Counting Figures  
Triangle & its propertiesFigural Pattern- folding and completion  
Bar Diagram & Pie ChartDate & city matching  
Frequency Polygon  Space Visualization  
Trigonometric ratio     

Tier II – Computer Based Test (Objective Type Paper)

There are four subjects in Tier-II i.e.

Paper I – Quantitative Aptitude (COMPULSORY FOR ALL)

Paper II – English Language & Comprehension (COMPULSORY FOR ALL)


Paper IV – General Studies (Economics & Finance) (ONLY FOR ASSISTANT AUDIT / ACCOUNT OFFICER)

SubjectMaximum MarksNo. Of Questions
Quantitative Aptitude200100
English Language & Comprehension200200
General Studies (Economics & Finance)200100


2 hours for each paper (For normal candidates).

2 hours & 40 minutes for each paper (For Candidates eligible for Scribe).


0.25 marks deduction for each wrong answer in English Language & Comprehension exam.

0.50 marks deduction for each wrong answer for Paper I, Paper III & Paper IV.

Detailed Syllabus with Topics and Sub-Topics

SSC CGL Syllabus 2021 for Tier II Computer Based Test (CBT)

Quantitative Aptitude

For mathematics, candidates assumed to know the maths till 10th standard to test calculative skills. The topics & chapters that need to be covered mentioned below:

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Number SystemComputation of Whole Number
Decimal & Fractions
 Relationship between Numbers
Fundamental Arithmetical OperationsPercentages  
Ratio & Proportion  
Square Roots
 SI & CI  
Profit & Loss  
Partnership Business  
Mixture & Allegation  
Time & Distance  
Time & Work  
AlgebraBasic Algebraic Identities of Algebra & Elementary Surds  
Graphs of Linear Equations
GeometryTriangles & its kinds of Centres  
Congruence & Similarity of Triangles  
Circle & its Chords  
Angle subtended by Chords of a Circle
Common Tangents to two or more circles 
Regular Polygons
Right Prism  
Right Circular Cone
Right Circular Cylinder
Rectangular Parallelepiped  
Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
Trigonometry  Trigonometry  
Trigonometric ratios
Complementary Angles
Height & Distance
Standard Identities
Statistical ChartsUse of Table & Graphs  
Frequency Polygon  
Bar Diagram  
Pie Chart

General English

Following is the list of topics to be covered under this exam.

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VocabularySynonyms & Antonyms  
Cloze Test  
Fill in the Blanks
Phrase & Idioms  
One Word Substitution
Improvement of Sentences  
Spellings or Mis-Spelt Words
GrammarActive / Passive voices of verbs
Conversion into Direct or Indirect Narration 
Error Spotting  
Multiple Meaning  
Rearrangement of SentencesPara Jumbles  
Paragraph Completion
Shuffling of sentences parts  
Shuffling of sentences in a paragraph
ComprehensionReading Comprehension
Cloze Passage


Cover up the following list of topic for the exam:

Collection, Classification, and Presentation of Statistical DataPrimary and Secondary data,
Methods of data collection,
Tabulation of data,
Graphs and charts,
Frequency distributions,
Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions  
Measures of Central TendencyMean
Partition values- quartiles,
deciles, percentiles.  
Measures of DispersionRange, quartile deviations, mean deviation, and standard deviation
Measures of relative dispersion  
Moments, Skewness, and KurtosisDifferent types of moments and their relationship
Meaning of skewness and kurtosis
Different measures of skewness and kurtosis.  
Correlation and RegressionScatter diagram;
Simple correlation coefficient;
Simple regression lines;
Spearman’s rank correlation;
Measures of association of attributes;
Multiple regression;
Multiple and partial correlations  
Probability TheoryMeaning of probability;
Different definitions of probability;
Conditional probability;
Compound probability;
Independent events;
Bayes’ theorem.  
Random Variable and Probability DistributionsRandom 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 variables (discrete).  
Sampling TheoryConcept of population and sample;
Parameter and statistic, Sampling and non-sampling errors;
Probability and nonprobability sampling techniques (simple random sampling, stratified sampling, multistage sampling, multiphase sampling, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, purposive sampling, convenience sampling, and quota sampling);
Sampling distribution (statement only);
Sample size decisions.  
Statistical InferencePoint estimation and interval estimation,
Properties of a good estimator,
Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method),
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  
Analysis of VarianceAnalysis of one-way classified data and two way classified data  
Time Series AnalysisComponents of time series,
Determinations of trend component by different methods,
Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods.  
Index NumbersMeaning of Index Numbers,
Problems in the construction of index numbers,
Types of an index number,
Different formulae,
Base shifting and splicing of index numbers,
Cost of living Index Numbers,
Uses of Index Numbers

General Studies (Finance & Economics)

This subject is further divided into two-part:

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Part A Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting – (80 Marks)

Financial AccountingNature and scope
Limitations of Financial Accounting
Basic concepts and Conventions Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Basic concepts of accountingSingle 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)

Comptroller & Auditor General of IndiaConstitutional provisions  

Role and responsibility
Finance CommissionRole and functions  
Basic Concept of Economics and Introduction to Micro Economics Definition, scope, and nature of Economics
Methods of economic study
Central problems of an economy
Production possibilities curve
Theory of Demand and SupplyMeaning 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.
Theory of Production and costMeaning and Factors of production;  
Laws of production  
Law of variable proportions
Laws of returns to scale  
Forms of Market and price determination in different marketsVarious forms of markets:
Perfect Competition,
Monopolistic Competition,
Oligopoly ad
Price determination in these markets  
Indian EconomyNature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors role of Agriculture, Industry and Services – their 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.  
Economic Reforms in IndiaEconomic reforms since 1991;
Liberalisation, Privatisation,
Globalisation and Disinvestment.  
Money and BankingMonetary/ Fiscal policy – Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks.
Budget, Fiscal deficits, and Balance of payments.
Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003  

Tier III – Descriptive Test

Mode of ExaminationScheme of ExaminationMaximum MarksDuration
Pen & Paper modeDescriptive Paper in Hindi & English i.e.   Writing of Essay, Precis, Letter, Application, etc.marks1 hour (For normal candidates)  
1 hour & 20 minutes (For Candidates eligible for Scribe)

Tier IV – Skill Test

SSC CGL Data Entry Skill Test

  • 8000 key Depression per hour on the computer ( for Tax Assistants post)
  • “ Data Entry Speed Test ” Skill test means 2000 key depressions in 15 minutes.

SSC CGL Computer Proficiency Test

  • Word Processing
  • Spread Sheet
  • Generation of Slides

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