SSC CGL 2017 Preparation Tips & Syllabus with Age revised Format

Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination, often referred to as SSC CGL is an open- competitive written examination conducted to recruit staff to various posts in ministries, departments and organisations of the Government of India. It is conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for selecting staff for various Group B and Group C posts.  SSC CGL is considered to be one of the biggest exams to be conducted for graduate students.  Every year a great number of candidates appear in this examination.  There are a variety of posts that one can opt for as per one’s preference. Please note that while filing up the application, your preference for a post will be considered as final and any request for change of post will not be entertained later. Whether you get through the post that you applied for or not, will depend on your performance in Tier I and Tier II exams and the Interview/ Computer Proficiency / Skill Test that follows if you successfully clear the Tier I and II exams.

In this post we are providing all the details of SSC CGL Exam for those Aspirants who wants to go for Central Government Jobs.  We have updated this post with all the necessary details such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, exam strategy etc.  We hope this information will be helpful to the candidates for Cracking SSC CGL 2017.

SSC CGL 2017 Preparation Tips & Syllabus

Staff selection commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level(CGL) Exam every year for the recruitment of various A,B and C group officer in various government offices across the country.  Presently there is very tough competition in every field.  Students are facing a lot of problem in grabbing a job and faces many problem related to age issue.  So, SSC has consider the demand of students and issued an official notice regarding the Age limit relaxation in the SSC CGL Exam. Earlier the Age limit of SSC CGL Exam for the post carrying Grade pay of  Rs 4200, Rs 4600 and Rs 4800 was 18- 27 years.  But from 2017 the upper age limit has been changed and it is increased to 30 years.

Below are the name of post and new age limitation as provided by SSC :- 

Name of the Post Grade Pay Ministry/Department Existing Upper age
NEW Upper age
Assistant 4600 Central Vigilance Commission 18-27 years 18-30 years
Assistant 4600 M/o Home Affairs 21-27 years 21-30 years
Assistant 4600 M/o Railways 18-27 years 18-30 years
Assistant 4600 M/o External Affairs 18-27 years 18-30 years
Assistant 4600 M/o Defence 18-27 years 18-30 years
Assistant 4600 Other Ministries 18-27 years 18-30 years
Inspector of Income Tax 4600 D/o Revenue 18-27 years 18-30 years
Inspector (Central Excise)
Inspector (Preventive Officer)
Inspector (Examiner)
Assistant Enforcement Officer
Inspector of Posts 4200 D/o Posts 18-27 years 18-30 years
Divisional Accountant 4200 D/o Expenditure 18-27 years 18-30 years
Inspector 4200 Central Bureau of Narcotics 18-27 years 18-30 years



According to the new SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern, the exam pattern has been changed and the written examination will now be conducted in 4 stages – Tier I (Prelim), Tier II (Main), Tier III (Descriptive), Tier IV (Data Entry Skills Test/ Computer Proficiency Test). The particulars of the new SSC CGL 2016 Exam Pattern are given below.

Tier – I (preliminary exam)

  • The exam has become computer based.
  • There will be a time duration of 75 minutes in which 100 questions will have to be attempted.
  • These questions will be divided into four sections: quantitative aptitude, general intelligence and reasoning, English language and general knowledge.
  • There will be 25 questions of two marks each in all the four sections mentioned above.
  • The time duration is aggregate – section-wise time limits are not applicable.
  • Incorrect answers will be penalised. About 0.50 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Tier – II (main exam)

  • It will also be a computer-based exam.
  • Paper – I (quantitative aptitude) will be of 200 marks. There will be 100 questions of two marks each. Two hours will be allotted for Paper – I.
  • In Paper – I, there will be a negative marking of 0.50 marks for every wrong answer.
  • Paper – II (English language) will be of 200 marks. There will be 200 questions of one mark each. Two hours will be allotted for Paper – II as well.
  • In Paper – II, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • Paper – III (statistics) and Paper – IV (General Studies – finance and economics) applicable to statistical investigator grade – II and group “B” gazetted officer and assistant audit officer positions respectively will be conducted as per the original scheme.

Tier – III (descriptive exam)

  • It will be a one hour paper conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • The paper will include writing tasks such as essay, letter, précis and application.
  • This 100 mark paper will be bilingual; the candidate can choose to attempt it in either English or Hindi.


Tier – IV (DEST/ CPT)

  •  Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) is applicable to Tax Assistant positions in Excise and Income Tax departments. It will only be of qualifying nature.
  • Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) is applicable to Assistant Section Officer position in Central Secretariat Services. It will only be of qualifying nature.



  • The final merit list will be prepared taking into account the aggregate marks scored by a candidate in Tier – I, Tier – II and Tier – III.
  • The candidate has to qualify each of the three tiers separately.
  • There are no sectional cut offs in Tier – I or Tier – II exam.
  • Tier – IV is only qualifying in nature. Marks scored in Tier – IV will not be considered while preparing the merit list.


SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier – I is as follows –

General Intelligence & Reasoning
  • Analogies, Similarities and differences,
  • Space visualization, spatial orientation
  • Problem solving, Analysis
  • Judgment, Decision making
  • Visual memory, Discrimination
  • Observation, relationship concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification,
  • Arithmetic number series, Non-verbal series,
  • Coding and decoding, Statement conclusion
  • Symbolic Operations, Trends
  • Syllogistic reasoning etc
General Awareness
  • History, Culture Geography
  • Economic Scene
  • General policy, Scientific research etc
  • GK Preparation Tips
Numerical Aptitude
  • Time and distance, Averages
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss, Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture, Trigonometry
  • Mensuration
  • Time and work Geometry etc
English Comprehension
  • Synonyms / Homonyms, Antonyms
  • Spellings / Detecting Mis-spelt words
  • Active / Passive Voice
  • Verbs, Idioms & Phrases
  • One word substitution etc
  • English Preparation Tips


SSC CGL Tier-II Syllabus :

The SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam consists of the following subjects :

  1. Quantitative Ability.
  2. English Language & Comprehension.
  3. Statistics ( Investigator Grade-II only).
  4. Commerce ( Investigator Grade-II only).
  5. Economics ( Investigator Grade-II only).
  6. Mathematics ( Investigator Grade-II only).

Quantitative Ability

  • Number Systems.
  • Computation of Whole Numbers.
  • Decimals & Fractions.
  • The relation between Numbers.
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations.
  • Percentage.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Average.
  • Interest.
  • Profit & Loss.
  • Discount.
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Mensuration.
  • Time and Distance.
  • Ratio and Time etc.

English Language & Comprehension

  • Error Recognition.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Spellings.
  • Grammar.
  • Sentence Structure.
  • Synonyms.
  • Antonyms.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Idioms & Phrases.
  • Comprehension Passage etc.


  • Probability.
  • Probability Distributions.
  • Binomial.
  • Poisson.
  • Normal.
  • Exponential.
  • Central Tendency.
  • Rank Correlation Coefficient.
  • Population.
  • Sampling Distribution.
  • Principles of Sampling.
  • Concepts of Hypothesis.
  • Testing of Hypothesis.
  • Chi-square tests.
  • Index Numbers.
  • Time Series Analysis etc.


  • Business Organisation.
  • Accountancy.
  • Management.
  • Micro-economics.
  • Indian Economics.
  • Business Law.
  • Business Statistics.
  • Company Law.
  • Cost accounting.
  • Auditing.
  • Income Tax etc.


  • General Economics.
  • Demand and Supply Analysis.
  • Commodity Pricing.
  • Theory of Factor Pricing.
  • Keynesian Theory of Employment.
  • Functions of Money.
  • International Trade.
  • Foreign Exchange.
  • Taxation.
  • Deficit Financing.
  • Fiscal Policy.
  • Indian Economics & General Statistics.
  • Statistical Investigation.
  • Types of sampling.
  • Presentation of data.
  • National Income and Accounting.
  • Agricultural sector.
  • Industrial Policy and Industrial Development.
  • Human Resources.
  • New Economic Policy and Welfare Schemes.
  • Indian Public Finance.
  • Indian Banking and Currency system etc.


  • Algebra.
  • Algebra of Matrices.
  • Analytic Geometry.
  • Differential Equation.
  • Differential and Integral Calculus.
  • Statistics etc.

How to Prepare for SSC CGLE 2017

You have to make a proper study plan for SSC CGL Exam preparation keeping in mind the limited time provided to attempt all the questions that will be asked in the SSC CGL 2017 Exam.

(I)  Analyze and make study plan – Go through the complete exam pattern and prepare your time table for each subject according to that. Give more time to the subject in which you are weak.

(II) Daily solve a previous year paper or a model test paper and try to do all 200 questions correctly within 2 hrs.

(III)  Note down your score and time taken in each of those papers.

(IV) Take the average of scores of Tier1 and average time taken by you. Do the same for Tier 2 Maths and English papers. Now you know where you are.

(V)  Now find out the cut-offs of Tier1, Tier2 and those of various posts. It will help you know how much effort you need to put in.

(VI) For the section Quantitative Aptitude you must have hold on four major areas i.e  Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.

(VII)  Reasoning is the most scoring section of the exam.  Out here, you must focus on key areas such as: Analogy and classification, non-verbal reasoning, syllogisms, coding-decoding, blood relations, direction test and series.

Within non-verbal reasoning, the major types of questions asked in the exam are: (a) mirror image and water image (b) paper cutting, punching and folding (c) figural series completion (d) embedded figures. Make sure you cover all of them.

When it comes to series and finding the missing number questions, you can expect both number series and semantic series to be there in the exam.

Don’t neglect statement-conclusion & statement-assumption questions from inferential reasoning. Even with limited practice, you can score 2 to 3 marks as these questions are fairly simple.

(VIII) For English Language you must focus on the following topics: one-word substitution, idioms and phrases, synonyms and antonyms, fill in the blanks (sentence completion), sentence errors, reading comprehension, sentence rearrangement, Narration and active voice / passive voice and jumbled-up sentences.

(IX)  For General Knowledge (GK) you must go through past year SSC questions papers, pay attention to the frequently asked questions from science, politics, history and geography. It is quite common for these questions to get repeated in the exam.  Inspite of this, you must surely focus on questions based on (a) the firsts in India (b) common chemical compounds (c) folk dances of India & traditional festivals (d) Indian constitution (e) socio-religious movements of pre-independent India (f) national income & market structure (g) important scientific phenomena (h) medieval & modern Indian history.

Best Books for Preparation of SSC CGLE 2017

Here are the names of some books which you can practise for your SSC CGL Exam preparation.

  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Pre.Examination by arihant Experts
  • SSC CGL PRE practice sets-30 (contains 30 practice sets)
  • Ultimate Guide to SSC CGL by Disha Publication
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Examination For Tier I & II 1st Edition by Upkar Prakashan
  • SSC Graduate Level Tier-I & Tier-II Mathematics (Quantitative Aptitude) Year Wise Solved papers 1999-2013 Set-71
  • Lucent’s General Knowledge
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(English)
  • Quantitative Aptitude – by R.S. Aggarwal(Hindi)
  • Quicker Maths – by M. Tyra
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning – by R.S.Aggarwal
  • Enhance your Vocabulary with Fun – by Lalit Kumar

We hope that the information provided by us will be useful for those aspirants who are going to appear for the SSC CGL Examination 2017.

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