SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern, Selection Process and Syllabus

SSC CGL 2018 Syllabus & Exam Pattern :

With the announcement of SSC CGL 2018 notification by SSC the preparation speed went up for the examination. Many SSC CGL aspirants are looking for SSC CGL 2018 exam pattern, syllabus and selection process. SSC CGL exam pattern is mentioned in the notification and it is bit complex as the exam will be held in 4 phases or Tiers. So go through this article to get clarity on SSC CGL exam pattern & syllabus which will be helpful in your preparation.

SSC’s combined graduate level examination (CGL) 2018 is going to be held very soon. To conduct this recruitment event as soon as possible, Staff Selection Commission is performing final stage’s preparations. Online application process will be closed as per schedule. It is confirmed that dates for all stages’ examinations will be out in few days.

Since no more time is left in SSC CGL 2018 therefore aspirants should know about SSC CGL 2018 examination pattern and syllabus. Knowing the examination pattern along with syllabus will help SSC CGL 2018 aspirants in several ways. So, let’s start without wasting further time.

SSC CGL Exam Pattern

As per SSC CGL 2018 official notification, this year’s combined graduate level examination will be conducted in four tiers as shown below:

  • Tier -I Computer Based Examination
  • Tier –II Computer Based Examination
  • Tier -III Pen and Paper Mode (Descriptive paper)
  • Tier-IV Skill Test/Computer Proficiency Test (wherever applicable)/Document Verification

As per the latest government orders, there will be no interview for any posts. All tiers are explained below in great details:

SSC CGL 2018 Tier –I

It will be a computer based examination of total 60 minutes. There will be total of 100 MCQs and each MCQ will be of 2 marks. So the total marks will be 200. The question paper will be divided into 4 sections: General Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension. Negative marking will be applicable. Candidates will lose 0.50 marks for each incorrect answer. Section-wise details along with indicative syllabus are given below:

Section nameNo. of MCQsMarksSyllabus
General Intelligence Reasoning2550This section will have MCQs of both verbal as well as non-verbal type. MCQs will be on problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, similarities & differences, space visualization, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, spatial orientation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning & figural classification, discrimination, observation, visual memory, analogies, arithmetic number series, syllogistic reasoning etc. MVQs also will be from the following topics semantic analogy, symbolic/number analogy, number series, figural series, problem solving, classification of centre codes/roll numbers, figural analogy, space orientation, space visualization, semantic classification, semantic series, word building, trends, Venn diagrams, drawing inferences, figural pattern – folding & completion, indexing, address matching, date & city matching, decoding & classification, embedded figures, critical thinking, small & capital letters/numbers coding, emotional/social intelligence, other sub-topics, if any.
General Awareness2550MCQs in this section will be designed for testing a candidate’s general awareness/knowledge of the things around him. MCQs will also be designed for testing candidate’s knowledge of current events & things of every day observations. The test will also include MCQs relating to India and its neighboring nations especially pertaining Economic Scene, History, Culture, Geography, Scientific Research & General Policy.
Quantitative Aptitude2550This section may include MCQs on the calculation of whole numbers, decimals, percentage. ratio & proportion, square roots, averages, interest, profit & loss, mixture & alligation, time & work, time and distance, basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, congruence & similarity of triangles, circle & its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, , circle, right prism, right circular cone, regular right pyramid with triangular or square base, triangle, quadrilaterals, regular polygons, trigonometric ratio, degree & radian measures, standard identities, Complementary angles, bar diagram & pie chart etc.
English Comprehension2550This section will have the MCQs for judging candidate’s capability to understand proper English, writing ability & basic comprehension skills.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier –II

It will also a computer based test of total 120 minutes. There will be four different papers in Tier –II examination. Like Tier I, negative marking will be also be in Tier –II examination. In Paper I, III & IV, 0.50 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Whereas, in Paper II 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. Further details are given below:

Paper no.Paper nameNo. of questionsMarksIndicative syllabus
IQuantitative Abilities100200Questions will be based on the following topics: computation of whole numbers, percentage, decimals, fractions & relationships between numbers, profit & loss, discount, averages, interest, mixture & alligation, partnership business, congruence & similarity of triangles, basic algebraic identities of school algebra & elementary surds, graphs of linear equations, triangle & its several types of centres, circle & its chords, common tangents to two or more circles, quadrilaterals, regular polygons, degree & radian measures, heights & distances, standard identities, complementary angles, bar diagram, pie chart, histogram, frequency polygon and so on.
IIEnglish Language & Comprehension200200Questions in this paper will be based on the following topics: improvement of sentences, active/passive voice of verbs, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, spot the error, fill in the blanks, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting mis-spelt words, cloze passage, comprehension passage & shuffling of sentences in a passage
IIIStatistics100200This paper will have the questions from several topics such as collection classification & presentation of statistical data, statistical inference, analysis of variance, time series analysis, index numbers, sampling theory, probability distributions & random variable, probability theory, regression & correlation, Moments, Skewness & Kurtosis, measures of dispersion, measures of central tendency and so on.
IVGeneral Studies (Finance and Economics)100200This paper will have the questions from several important topics like Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting, Comptroller & Auditor General of India, Finance Commission (role & functions), theory of demand & supply, theory of production & cost, Indian economy, money & banking, economic reforms in India and so on.

Tier –II Important Instructions

  • Paper I & II will be for all the categories of posts
  • Paper III will be only for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO)
  • Paper IV will be only for the post of Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO)/Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)

SSC CGL 2018 Tier –III

It will be conducted in pen & paper mode. It will be a descriptive paper in Hindi/English (writing of Essays/Precise/Letter/Applications and so on. Total marks will be 100 and time duration will be 60 minutes. There will be no negative marking in this examination.

SSC CGL 2018 Tier –IV

It will be a skill test/computer proficiency test (wherever applicable)/document verification. The skill test will be conducted by the Commission for the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax). The Skill Test will be of qualifying nature. There will be also a physical test for the post of Inspector (Examiner/Preventive Officer/Central Excise/Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN). Physical test standards and requirements are given in official notification.

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SSC CGL 2018 Selection Process

Candidates have to qualify each stage separately. After conducting each stage’s examination, the commission will prepare a final category-wise merit list. The list will be prepared by taking all stage’s examination into consideration. Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III examinations. SSC will make national level merit list for each category to recommend candidates for various posts.

Later, appointments letters will be given to the shortlisted candidates on the basis of their post preferences and overall rank obtained in SSC CGL 2018s. Selection process of each tier is given below.

Tier –I 

  • It will be of qualifying nature. To be a Tier –II participant, candidates have to qualify Tier –I examination.
  • Marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be considered for ranking
  • Marks obtained by a candidate in this examination will be taken into consideration for further selection for Descriptive Test and Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/Computer Proficiency Tests (CPT)
  • Negative marking is applicable, 0.5 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Tier –II

  • Tier – I qualified candidates will get a change to appear in Tier –II examination.
  • It will be also of qualifying nature. Tier – II qualified candidates will be required to participate for Tier –III examination.
  • Marks obtained by a candidate in Tier –II examination will be used for final selection
  • Negative marking is applicable. For paper II 0.5 marks and for remaining papers 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

Tier –III

  • On the basis of performance in Tier I & II examination, candidates will be shortlisted for Tier III examination
  • Candidates have to obtain at least 33% marks to qualify this examination
  • No negative marking

Tier –IV

  • It will be a Data Entry Skill Test (DEST) /Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) test of qualifying nature
  • A candidate’s marks in Tier I & Tier II examinations will be used for preparing a list of shortlisted candidates for Tier IV subject to qualifying in Tier III. The eligibility of the candidates to appear in Tier IV will depends on marks scored by them in Tier I & II examinations.


In the end, we just want to say that above we have provided latest SSC CGL 2018 examination pattern and syllabus for you guys. To know more regarding the same, you are recommended to go through the SSC CGL 2018 official notification. SSC CGL 2018 official notification will be available on SSC’s official website.

If you will have still any query then feel free to contact us.

We wish you Best of Luck for your SSC CGL 2018.


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