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  • Last Updated : 29 Oct, 2022
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What is SSC CGL Exam?

SSC CGL is one of the Government Recruitment Exams administered by the Staff Selection Commission of India. The purpose of the exam is to recruit Group B and C officers to various positions in different ministries, departments, and organizations of the Government of India. Every year, around 10 Lakh graduates appear in the hopes of acing the exam and making it into the departmental ranks to serve the country, while the total number of applications usually crosses over the mark of 20 Lakh.

The Full Form of the SSC CGL Exam

The full form of SSC CGL is Staff Selection Commission Combined Graduate Level Exam.

More Info About the SSC CGL 2022-23 Exam

  • Selection Process: It’s a Four-Tier examination. Tier-1 and Tier-2 are held online, while the remaining two are held offline. Tier-3 is a written descriptive exam and Tier-4 is a Computer Proficiency exam.
  • Eligibility: Anyone with Indian citizenship and a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field can apply for SSC CGL 2022-23.
  • Application Fee: The application fee has been INR 100, traditionally, with an exemption for Women, SC, ST, PwD, and ESM.
  • Age Limit: In general, is 18 – 32. Though, it varies based on the position one applies for.  Age relaxation is applicable for various categories, however.
  • Age Relaxation: Reserved categories, physically handicapped candidates, ex-Serviceman. Central Government Civilian Employees (at least 3 years of regular service), Defense Personnel and Jammu & Kashmir Candidates.
  • Tentative Vacancy: Official information has been released for SSC CGL 2022, And, the total tentative vacancies for SSC CGL 2021 – 2022 will be 20,000.

SSC CGL 2022-23 Exam Dates

SSC CGL 2022-23 Dates for Tier-1 are as follows:

  • Date for Submission of Online Application: 17th Sep 2022 to 8th October 2022
  • Tentative Schedule for Tier 1 Exam: December 2022
  • Tentative Schedule for Tier 2 Exam: To be announced soon

This implies candidates interested in the SSC CGL 2022-23 will be able to apply from 17th September 2022 to 8th October 2022. The SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier-1 Exam will be held in the month of December 2022. It will be a Computer-based Exam (CBE).

Dates for the remaining Tiers are yet to be announced.

SSC CGL 2022 Pattern

Let’s take an in-depth look into the pattern of the SSC CGL 2022 exam as per the different tiers it consists of –

Tier-I Objective Multiple Choice Computer-Based Examination (online)
Tier-IIObjective Multiple ChoiceComputer-Based Examination (online)
Tier-IIIDescriptive Paper in English/HindiPen and Paper Mode (Letter/Application Writing, Essay
Tier-IVSkill Test/Computer Proficiency TestWherever Applicable (Speed Typing Test)

Tier-1 and Tier-2 are Computer Based Online Exam with an MCQ-type question paper. Tier-3 is a Pen and Paper mode descriptive exam, while Tier-4 is a skill-based exam that measures the candidates’ typing speed. There is a 0.50 Negative Marking in SSC CGL Exam, specifically, in the first two tiers which are Tier-1 and Tier-2. More information on this follows below.

SSC CGL 2022-23 Syllabus

SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier-1 Syllabus

The pattern for Tier-1 consists of questions from the following 4 sections of academics-

  • General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Comprehension

Tier-1 implements a negative marking system of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer and 2 marks for each correct answer. The total number of questions is 100 and the time limit for the same is 60 minutes. The standard of questions here will be of (10+2) level.

Sr. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Allotted
1General Intelligence and
2550A cumulative time of 60 minutes (1 hour)
2General Awareness2550
3Quantitative Aptitude2550
4English Comprehension2550

Syllabus for General Intelligence and Reasoning:

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

Syllabus for English Language:

Syllabus for General Awareness:

SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier-2 Syllabus

The pattern for Tier 2 consists of 3 phases – Paper 1, Paper 2 and Paper 3. Paper 1 is compulsory for all the Posts/Ranks while Paper 2 is compulsory only for Junior Statistical Officers and Paper 3 is compulsory only for the Post of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Account Officers. And the timing for these Papers is given below – 

  • Paper 1 – Compulsory for all the Posts – Time allotted 2 hours 30 mins
  • Paper 2 – Junior Statistical Officers – Time allotted 2 hours
  • Paper 3 – Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Account Officers – Time allotted 2 hours

Tier 2 also implements a negative marking system, though, slightly different from the Tier-1 Exam. Here, a negative marking of 1 mark will be implemented for each wrong answer in all the sections of the Paper 1 exam. The other Paper 2 and Paper 3 will have 0.50 negative markings for each wrong answer. The total number of questions is 150 in Paper 1 and the time limit for the same is 2 hours 30 min for the four sections.


                                   SSC CGL Tier 2 – Paper 1 Exam Pattern  (Compulsory for all Posts) 

SectionsSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarksTime AllottedWeightage
Section 1Reasoning and General Intelligence 30901 hour23%
Quantitative Aptitude309023%
Section 2English Language and Comprehension451351 hour35%
General Awareness257519%
Section 3Computer Knowledge Test206015 min.Qualifying
 Data Entry Test        Data Entry task15 min.Qualifying


                             SSC CGL Tier 2 – Paper 2 Exam Pattern ( For Junior Statistical Officers)                         

PaperSectionNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Allotted
Paper 2Statistics1002002 hours

SSC CGL Tier 2 – Paper 3 Exam Pattern ( For Assistant Audit Officers and Assistant Account Officers )

PaperSectionNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Allotted
Paper 3General Studies (Finance & Economics)1002002 hours

Reasoning and General Intelligence:

  • Semantic Analogy
  • Symbolic operations, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Trends
  • Figural Analogy
  • Space Orientation
  • Semantic Classification
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Symbolic/ Number
  • Classification
  • Drawing inferences
  • Figural Classification
  • Punched hole/ pattern-folding & unfolding
  • Semantic Series
  • Figural Patternfolding and completion
  • Number Series
  • Embedded figures
  • Figural Series
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Word Building
  • Social Intelligence
  • Coding and decoding
  • Numerical operations
  • Other sub-topics, if any.

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

  1. Computation of whole numbers
  2. Decimals
  3. Fractions
  4. Relationships between numbers
  5. Percentage
  6. Ratio & Proportion
  7. Square roots
  8. Averages
  9. Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  10. Profit and Loss
  11. Discount
  12. Partnership Business
  13. Mixture and Alligation
  14. Time and distance
  15. Time & Work
  16. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  17. Graphs of Linear Equations
  18. Similarity with elementary geometric figures and facts: Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  19. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  20. Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles
  21. Mensuration
  22. Triangle
  23. Quadrilaterals
  24. Regular Polygons
  25. Right Prism
  26. Right Circular Cone
  27. Right Circular Cylinder
  28. Sphere
  29. Hemispheres
  30. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  31. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
  32. Trigonometry
  33. Trigonometric ratio
  34. Standard Identities
  35. Complementary angles
  36. Heights and Distances
  37. Statistics and probability
  38. Histogram
  39. Frequency polygon
  40. Bar diagram
  41. Pie chart

Syllabus for English Language and Comprehension:

  1. Vocabulary
  2. English Grammar
  3. Sentence structure
  4. Spot the error
  5. Fill in the blanks
  6. Synonyms
  7. Antonyms
  8. Spelling/ detecting misspelled words
  9. Idioms & phrases
  10. One word substitution
  11. Improvement of sentences
  12. Active/ passive voice of verbs
  13. Conversion into Direct/Indirect narration
  14. Shuffling of sentence parts
  15. Shuffling of sentences in a passage
  16. Cloze passage
  17. Comprehension passage

General Awareness:

Computer Proficiency:

Syllabus for Statistics:

  • Classification, Collection, and Presentation of Statistical Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency
    • Common measures of central tendency – mean median and mode
    • Partition values- quartiles, deciles, percentiles
  • Measures of Dispersion – Common measures of Dispersion
    • Range, quartile deviations, mean deviation, and standard deviation
    • Measures of relative dispersion
  • Moments, Skewness, and Kurtosis
    • Different types of moments and their relationship
    • The meaning of skewness and kurtosis
    • Different measures of skewness and kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
    • Scatter diagram
    • Simple correlation coefficient
    • Simple regression lines
    • Spearman’s rank correlation
    • Measures of association of attributes
    • Multiple regression
    • Multiple and partial correlation (For three variables only)
  • Probability Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
    • Random variable
    • Probability Distribution Function
    • Expectation and Variance of a random variable
    • Higher moments of a random variable
    • Binomial, Poisson, Normal, and Exponential distributions
    • Joint distribution of two random variable (discrete)
  • Sampling Theory
    • Concept of population and sample
    • Parameter and statistic
    • Sampling and non-sampling errors
    • Methods of Sampling
    • 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 Inference
    • Point estimation and interval estimation
    • Properties of a good estimator
    • Methods of estimation (Moments method, Maximum likelihood method, Least squares method)
    • Testing of hypothesis
    • Hypothesis Testing Formula
    • Basic concept of testing
    • Small-sample and large-sample tests
    • Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square, and F statistics
    • Confidence intervals
  • Analysis of Variance
    • Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data
  • Time Series Analysis
    • Components of time series
    • Determination of trend component by different methods
    • Measurement of seasonal variation by different methods
  • Index Numbers
    • Meaning of Index Numbers
    • Problems in the construction of index numbers
    • Types of index number
    • Different formulae
    • Base shifting and splicing of index numbers
    • Cost of living Index Numbers
    • Uses of Index Numbers

Syllabus for General Studies (Finance and Economics):

This section is further divided into two parts:

  1. Finance and Accounts 
  2. Economics and Governance 

SSC CGL Finance and Accounts syllabus is as follows:

SSC CGL Economics and Governance Syllabus is as follows:

SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier-3 Syllabus

This is a descriptive exam consisting of having to write essays, applications, letters, etc. The tier-3 exam is only attended by candidates interested in the positions of ‘Statistical Investigator Grade-II’ & ‘Compiler’. There is no specific syllabus, but candidates must brush up their writing skills in order to be able to present thoughts in an organized manner within 60 minutes.

Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay, Précis, Letter, Application, etc.)100 marks1 hour or 60 minutes

SSC CGL 2022-23 Tier-4 Syllabus

SSC CGL Tier-4 stage tests the candidates’ typing and digital information presentation skills. It can be split into DEST and CPT.

  • DEST (Data Entry Speed Test): The candidate will have to type 2000 words from a given article within 15 minutes to further advance for the position of Tax Assistant (Central Excise and Income Tax).
  • CPT (Computer Proficiency Test): If interested in the positions of CSS, MEA, Inspector (Central Excise), Inspector (Preventive Officer), or Inspector (Examiner) the candidate will have to have expertise in spreadsheet management, word processing, and digital slides creation.

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