EXAM PATTERN AND SYLLABUS FOR SSC CGL 2017

The SSC CGL Tier I Exam 2017, is scheduled to take place from 1st August  to 20th August 2017. This is the time for you to Amp up  and start preparing for the SSC CGL Tier I 2017. Here is the detailed SSC CGL syllabus for Tier I exam. There a total of 4733 vacancies that will be filled in 2017 This Detailed SSC CGL Syllabus tells you the weightage (mark-distribution) of various topics, priority order, importance, number of questions you can expect from each topic and types of questions.

SSC CGL 2017 – Official Recruitment Notification

The following detailed SSC CGL syllabus for Tier I exam will also give you a section-wise preparation strategy along with an overall look for all topics in the syllabus. It will tell you the mark distribution so that you can decide which topics to prepare first and how much time to devote to them.



There are four sections, namely, General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension consisting of 25 questions each. All sections, except the English Comprehension section are available bilingual i.e. in both Hindi and English medium. Every correct answer will fetch 2 marks and 0.50 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.
The pattern of the test is as follows:

SSC CGL Tier I Exam Pattern

Subject Questions Marks Time
General Intelligence
& Reasoning
25 50 60 minutes (Total)

For VH & Candidates
suffering from
Cerebral Palsy:
80 minutes

General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Language 25 50
TOTAL 100 200

Now let us first know how many question asked previous year from different topic , previous year cuttoff.


Previous year Tier I Cut-offs (Out of 200 Marks)

For All Posts

UR (General) OBC SC ST
137 125.5 114 103

 

General Intelligence and Reasoning
The level of difficulty of this section was easy-moderate.
The break-down of the section is as follows

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Analogy 2 Moderate- difficult
Blood relation 1 Easy
Coding-decoding 2 Easy-Moderate
Cubes/dices 1 Easy
Directions 1 Easy
Matrix based 1 Easy
Meaningful order 1 Easy
Missing number 2 Moderate-difficult
Odd one out 4 Moderate-difficult
Series 3 Easy
Statement-conclusion 1 Easy
Venn diagram 1 Moderate
Visual Reasoning (Mirror Image, Embedded Figure, Paper Folding & Number of Squares) 4 Moderate
Word formation 1 Easy

 

General Awareness
This section was moderate to difficult. The paper was dominated by science and economics questions.




The split-up of questions, section wise, is as follows:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
History 3 Easy-Moderate
Geography 2 Moderate- Difficult
Polity 2 Easy-Moderate
Economics 4 Easy-Moderate
Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 7 Difficult
Computer 1 Moderate- Difficult
Ecology/Environment 2 Difficult
Miscellaneous GK /Current Affairs 4 Easy

 

Quantitative Aptitude
The section comprised questions from a variety of topics. This section was dominated by Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry and DI.

The details of the section are as given below

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number System 1 Easy
Percentages 1 Easy
SI/CI 1 Easy
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy
Averages 1 Easy
Work & Time, Pipes & Cisterns 1 Easy
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Easy
Geometry/ Mensuration 4 Easy-Moderate
Trigonometry 3 Easy-Moderate
Algebra 6 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) 4 Easy

 

English Comprehension
A majority of the questions in this section can be categorised under Vocabulary and Grammar. There was 1 Reading Comprehension Passage with 5 questions.

The details of the section are as given below

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Synonyms/Antonyms 4 Easy
One Word Substitution 3 Easy
Error Spotting 3 Easy
Sentence Improvement 3 Easy
Sentence Completion (Fill in the Blanks) 3 Easy
Idiom/Phrase Replacement 3 Easy
Reading Comprehension 5 Easy-Moderate
Spellings 1 Easy

 

 


Expected Tier I Cut-offs for 2017 (Out of 200 Marks)

Since the total time has been reduced and it is expected the level of exam would be be little more difficult to last year(  it can be say that because of  SSC was conducting cgl on CBT basis for the best time last year) it may be possible that level would remain same what lower than previous year but at the same time due to increasing competition cut-off  could be same or little bit high , so keeping in mind these things it can only be predicted cut-off would be somewhat like given in table below:

we will give more clear result after registration process and exam.





For All Posts

UR (General) OBC SC ST
133-139 123-129  

112-118

101-107

 

General Intelligence and Reasoning
Question distribution this year can be distributed as given in table below
The break-down of the section is as follows

Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
Analogy 2 Moderate- difficult
Blood relation 1 Easy
Coding-decoding 2 Easy-Moderate
Cubes/dices 1 Easy
Directions 1 Easy
Matrix based 1 Easy
Meaningful order 1 Easy
Missing number 2 Moderate-difficult
Odd one out 4 Moderate-difficult
Series 3 Easy
Statement-conclusion/syllogism 1 Easy
Venn diagram 1 Moderate
Visual Reasoning (Mirror Image, Embedded Figure, Paper Folding & Number of Squares/triangles one Question for each topic) 4 Moderate
Word formation 1 Easy

 

General Awareness
Question distribution this year can be distributed as given in table below

The split-up of questions, section wise, is as follows:

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
History 5 Easy-Moderate
Geography 2 Moderate- Difficult
Polity 2 Easy-Moderate
Economics 4 Easy-Moderate
Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 6 Difficult
Computer 1 Moderate- Difficult
Ecology/Environment 2 Difficult
Miscellaneous GK /Current Affairs 4 Easy

 

Quantitative Aptitude
Question distribution this year can be distributed as given in table below

The details of the section are as given below

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Number System 1 Easy
Percentages 1 Easy
SI/CI 1 Easy
Profit, Loss and Discount 1 Easy
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy
Averages 1 Easy
Work & Time, Pipes & Cisterns 1 Easy
Time, Speed and Distance 1 Easy
Geometry/ Mensuration 4 Easy-Moderate
Trigonometry 3 Easy-Moderate
Algebra 4-5 Easy-Moderate
Data Interpretation (Pie Chart) 5 Easy

 

English Comprehension
Question distribution this year can be distributed as given in table below





The details of the section are as given below

Topic Number of Questions Level of Difficulty
Synonyms/Antonyms 3-4 Easy
One Word Substitution 3 Easy
Error Spotting 3 Easy
Sentence Improvement 3 Easy
Sentence Completion (Fill in the Blanks) 3 Easy
Idiom/Phrase Replacement 3 Easy
Reading Comprehension 5 Easy-Moderate
Spellings 1 Easy

 SSC CGL Syllabus – English Language

1. Reading Comprehension

  • Types: Passages based on any topic. Questions are mostly fact based & can be directly picked out of the passage. Sometimes vocabulary questions are asked on commonly used words.
  • Level:  Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Time Consuming

2. Fill in the Blanks

  • Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary based questions. Important topics: Phrasal verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, tenses, usage in context, confusable words
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve

3. Spellings

  • Types: Choose the correctly spelt word or the misspelled word from different words. The same word can be
    spelt in different ways and you are asked to select the correct spelling.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, High Accuracy Possible, Quick Solve

4. Phrase or Idiom Meaning

  • Types: The meaning of the phrase or idiom can be asked in a sentence. The meaning can also be asked directly. Generally  previous year questions are asked so go through a list of the idioms from past papers and solve questions on idioms.
  • Level :Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible
  • Important Links Idioms & Phrases

5. One Word Substitution




  • Types: Substitute one word for the phrase given.Go through a list of the one word substitutions from past papers and solve questions on one word substitution.
  • Level :Moderate to High Score Possible, Moderately Time Consuming, Moderate to High Accuracy Possible
  • Important LinksOne Word Substitution Quiz

6. Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction

  • Types: A mix of grammar and vocabulary Based questions.Important Topics: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech, Easily confusable words, Usage in Context, Avoid guessing too much in these questions. Be aware of no-improvement questions
  • Level :Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible
  • Important Links: 100 golden rules for spotting error

7. Error Spotting

  • Types: Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Article-Noun Agreement, Correct Part of Speech, Correct use of Prepositions, Parallelism, Phrasal Verbs, Sentence Construction, Degree of Comparison, Correct use of different parts of speech.
  • Level :Moderately Scoring, Time Consuming, Moderate Accuracy Possible
  • Important Links: 100 golden rules for spotting errors

 

 

Recommended English books for ssc cgl 2017

Mirrors of common errors

MB publication

Objective general English s.p bakshi

Paramount English by Neetu Singh

 

SSC CGL Syllabus – General Awareness

Indian History (weightage 5-6)

  • Ancient History
  • Early medieval, medieval & later medieval
  • Modern history

Geography  

  • Physical geography
  • Indian geography
  • Static data

 Economy

  • Indian economy

Polity 

  • Historical background
  • President
  • Fundamental rights and duties
  • Lower house, upper house of centre and state
  • Panchaytiraj

Environment & ecology 

 Science

#3. Others

  • Types: Current Affairs, Sports, People in News, Books & Authors, Important Dates, Schemes, Portfolios.
  • Weightage: 2 Qs
  • Important LinksCurrent Affairs 

 

Recommended book-  ( click on the book to download for free)

 

SSC CGL Syllabus – Quantitative Aptitude

1. Simplification

  • Types:Questions on BODMAS Rule, Fractions, , Surds and Indices etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links: simplification

2. Interest

  • Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Interests and Installments
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links:  SI/CI

3. Percentage

  • Types: Calculation oriented basic Percentage ProblemsLevel :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links :  Percentage 

4. Ratio and Proportion

  • Types: Problems on Simple, Compound Ratios and Direct/Indirect Proportions
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links : Ratio & Proportion Quiz 2

5. Average

  • Types: Problems on Average, Weight/Height/Marks etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links :Average 

6. Problems on Ages

  • Types: Basic Problems on Ages
  • Level :Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less time consuming, More accuracy
  • Important Links :   AGES

7. Speed Time And Distance

  • Types: Problems on Average/Relative speeds, Boats, Trains etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links :Speed Time & Distance Quiz

8. Profit and Loss


  • Types: Problems on Profit/Loss, Dishonest/Successive dealings, Partnerships etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links :Profit & Loss 

9. Number Series

  • Types: Moderate to difficult problems on Completing the series, Finding Missing/Wrong Term
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links :Number Series 

10. Number System

  • Types: Moderate problems on LCM & HCF, Irrational or Rational Numbers, Proper steps should be followed to solve irrational to rational numbers
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links :Number System Quiz

11. Mensuration

  • Types: Problems on Plane Figures such as Square, Rectangle, Circles, Cone, Cylinder etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links : Mensuration 

12. Data Interpretation

  • Types:Problems on Bar/Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.
  • Level :Scoring, Easy if proper steps are followed carefully, More time consuming
  • Important Links :Data Interpretation

13. Time and Work

  • Types:Problems on Work efficiency, Wages and Pipes etc.
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
  • Important Links :Time & Work 

14. Mixture problems

  • Types: To Make A Mixture From Two Or More Entities/Mixtures
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

15. Algebra

  • Types: Basic Linear Equations in one or two variables, Quadratic & Algebraic Identities are important. Remember all the identities
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

16. Geometry

  • Types: Problems related to Triangles congruency, Similarity theorems, Circle chords & tangent theorems, Co-ordinate geometry etc. Remember all the theorems.
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly

17. Trigonometry

  • Types:Problems based on Trigonometric ratios and Identities, Height and Distance etc.
  • Level :Tricky, Might take more time than usual, Lesser chances of solving correctly
  • Important Links  TRIGONOMETRY

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

SSC CGL Syllabus – General Intelligence & Reasoning

1. Classification

  • Types:Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
  • Important Links CLASSIFICATION

2. Analogy

  • Types:Number, Letter, GK and Meaningful Words based qs.
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

3. Coding Decoding

  • Types: Questions on Coding by Analogy, Coding and decoding by letter shifting & Coding Letters of a Word. Could also include, Coding and decoding in fictitious language.
  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult
  • Important Links :Coding Decoding Quiz

4. Puzzle

  • Types: Number based puzzles like 7 × 5 × 6 × 5 = 6575, then 8 × 7 × 4 × 6 = ?or Find the correct equation type questions or Quant based questions like on age, speed and distance or Seating arrangement questions.

  • Level : Scoring, Easy to Solve, Less Time Consuming, Sometimes a bit Difficult

5. Matrix

  • Types: 1 or 2 Matrix of letters with numbers are given from which correct set of numbers for given word is to find out.
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

6. Word formation

  • Types: From the given word find whether the given option words can be formed or not.
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

7. Arranging words in Meaningful order or Dictionary order

  • Types: It can be meaningful order of doing a certain task, or following a certain rule.In dictionary order words are to be arranged according to dictionary sequence in ascending or descending order.
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, May be time consuming

8. Venn diagram

  • Types: Problems based on Venn Diagram Types of Question: Represent the relation between Student, Teacher and Boys
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming

9. Directions & Distances

  • Types: Simple problems that can be solved by just drawing all information on paper.
  • Level : Easy to Solve, High Accuracy possible, Less Time Consuming
  • Important Links :Tips to Analyze Direction & Distance

10. Blood Relations

  • Types: Family Tree or General Blood Relation Problems.
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky
  • Important Links :Blood Relations

11. Missing Number


  • Types: Find the missing number from the given matrix or diagram.
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky

11. Series

  • Types: Mainly questions on Number & Alphabet series. Question Type: Complete the given series a_bc_ _cbad_bcd_cda
  • Level : May be Time Consuming, May be tricky
  • Important Links :Series Quiz 

12. Non Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Ques like Complete the pattern, Assemble Image, Mirror Image, Hidden Image, Counting Figures. Figure based Analogy/Classification/Series or cube based ques may be asked.
  • Level : Scoring, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Visual imagination is required
  • Important Links :Non Verbal Reasoning Quiz 

12. Verbal Reasoning

  • Types: Questions on Statements and Conclusions, Statements and Inferences, Statements and Assumptions, Assertion and Reason. Questions on Course of Action & Statements and Arguments can also be asked.
  • Level : May be tricky, Sometimes a bit Difficult, Time Consuming
  • Important Links :Verbal Reasoning 

Recommended book ( click on the book to download for free)

 

How to Use this SSC CGL Syllabus as a Guide

  1. While prepping for the exam, keep the weightages and breadth of topic in mind.
  2. Work from top to bottom of the list in each section of SSC CGL Syllabus while preparing.
  3. In Round 1 of your preparation, distribute time according to the weightage while studying for each topic.
  4. In Round 2 of your preparation, distribute time according to order in which the topics are listed.
  5. Follow a proper study guide for every subject.

For more study material of SSC CGL exam you can refer to following articles:

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