CGL Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Selection Process – Check SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

By | October 21, 2017

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process: Staff Selection Commission has released SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018 which candidates should keep in mind and prepare for the Combined Graduate Level exam, according to that. The SSC CGL Syllabus 2018 would remain same as before. In a recent notification, SSC has also mentioned the SSC CGL Selection Process 2017. Here we are updating you with the SSC CGL Selection Scheme 2018 in this article. Candidates should note down that SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam 2018 date release soon here.

SSC CGL Exam 2018 Scheme: Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Selection Process

SSC CGL Syllabus Exam Pattern Selection 2017From 2016, SSC CGL Exam has taken a different shape. Still, applicants have approx one and a half month to prepare well according to the SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern. Go through this article on SSC CGL Exam 2017 to know more about the SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Selection Scheme.

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern

The whole process of selection includes 4 rounds or you can say – 4 Tiers instead of only two (as before). Another major change in the SSC CGL Exam is that from now on it’d be an online computer based exam instead of offline.

***There is no sectional cut off provision in the exam.

  • SSC CGL Tier – 1: Written Test (Objective type)
  • SSC CGL Tier – 2: Written Exam (Objective Type)
  • SSC CGL Tier – 3: Descriptive paper in Hindi/English (Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application writing) 
  • SSC CGL Tier – 4: Data Entry Skill Test/ Computer Proficiency Test (whichever applicable according to the post)/ Document verification

SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam Pattern 2018: It’d be a computer based online test of 75 minutes including 100 questions of 200 marks. SSC CGL Tier 1 Exam has been scheduled.

***Negative Marking: For each wrong answer: 0.50

Tier Mode of Exam Scheme of Exam No. of Questions (100) Marks (200) Time
I Computer-based (online) General Intelligence & Reasoning 25 50 75 minutes (Total)
General Awareness 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
English Comprehension 25 50

***Exam time For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam Pattern 2018: SSC CGl Tier 2 exam pattern that it’d also be conducted online.

Paper Mode of Exam Subject No. of Questions Max. Marks Time
I Computer Based (online) Quantitative Abilities 100 200 2 hours
II English Language & Comprehension 200 200 2 hours

***Exam time For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 2 hours, 40 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier 3 Exam Pattern 208: This descriptive paper would be a bilingual pen and paper exam of 1 hour, carrying 100 marks. Candidates will have the option to choose the language in which they want to take the exam.

Tier Mode of Exam Scheme of Exam Total Marks Time
3 Pen and Paper Descriptive Paper in English/Hindi (writing of Essay/Letter/Precis/Application Writing etc. 100 60 minutes

***Exam time For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 80 Minutes

SSC CGL Tier 4 Exam Pattern 2018: Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/ Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), whichever applicable, would be conducted for the shortlisted candidates.

It’d be just a qualifying test.

Tier Mode of Exam Scheme of Exam Total Marks Time
4 Data Entry Skill Test (DEST)/ , or 2000 key depressions Qualifying 15 minutes
Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)  (whichever applicable) Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Generation of Slides Refer the official notification

SSC CG 2018-19 Exam Pattern: Big Changes

Subject No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
General Intelligence 25 50 75 Minutes


General Awareness 25 50
English Language 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50

SSC CGL Syllabus 2018, Tier 1 & Tier 2 Exam

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus 2018: Questions will be asked from:

General Intelligence & Reasoning

  • Analogies
  • Analysis
  • Discrimination
  • Similarities and differences
  • Problem solving
  • Space visualization
  • Spatial orientation
  • Judgment
  • Decision making
  • Visual memory
  • Observation
  • Relationship concepts
  • Arithmetical reasoning and figural classification
  • Arithmetic number series
  • Non-verbal series
  • Coding and decoding statement conclusion
  • Syllogistic reasoning etc.

General Awareness 

India and its neighboring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus for SSC CGL Exam

  • Whole numbers
  • Decimals
  • Fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Square roots
  • Averages Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Basic algebraic identities
  • Triangle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Regular Polygons etc.

English Comprehension Syllabus for SSC CGL Exam 2018

Applicants’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension, and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Parts A, B, & D will be of a level commensurate with the essential qualification viz. Graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10th standard level.

SSC CGL Tier 2 Syllabus 2018: Questions will be asked as:

Paper -1: Quantitative Ability

  • Averages
  • Whole numbers
  • Decimals
  • Fractions and relationships between numbers
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Square roots
  • Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discount
  • Partnership Business
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Time and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  • Graphs of Linear Equations
  • Triangle and its various kinds of centers
  • Congruence and similarity of triangles
  • Circle and its chords etc.

Paper -2: English Language & Comprehension

  • Spot the error
  • Fill in the blank
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spelling/detecting mis-spelt words
  • Idioms & phrases
  • One word substitution
  • Improvement of sentences
  • Active/passive voice of verbs
  • Conversion into direct/indirect narration
  • Shuffling of sentence parts
  • Shuffling of sentences in a passage
  • cloze passage & comprehension passage

Paper -3: Statistics for Invisilator Grade-II

  • Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Dispersion
  • Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
  • Correlation and Regression
  • Probability Theory
  • Sampling Theory
  • Random Variable and Probability Distributions
  • Statistical Inference


SSC CGL Tier 3 Syllabus 2018: Essay writing, Letter writing, Application writing, Precis writing.

SSC CGL Tier 4 Syllabus 2018: As given in the above table of exam pattern.

Note: For detailed information and subject wise topics, visit – SSC CGL 2018 Official Exam Syllabus

SSC CGL 2018 Selection Process

  1. Tier – 1: Candidates who have applied for the SSC CGL 2017 would be called for Tier-1 online exam.
  2. Tier – 2: The candidates who qualify the cut off (as per their category) would be called for SSC CGL Tier-2 Exam. Cut off would be decided by the Staff Selection Commission itself.
  3. Tier – 3: Then candidates will have to take the SSC CGL Tier-3 exam – descriptive paper.

Note: SSC CGL Merit List 2018 would be prepared for candidates who qualify Tier – 1, 2 and 3 successfully.

  1. Tier – 4: After that candidates would be called for DEST/CPT (whichever applicable).
  2. Document Verification: Candidates who qualify Tier – 1, 2, 3, 4, they would be called for document verification and if they are found eligible on the basis of their documents, final selection would be made.

SSC CGL 2018 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Selection Process: SSC has released the whole structure of SSC CGL Exam 2017. Candidates should hurry in implementing the SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2018 while preparing. There is no change in SSC CGL Syllabus 2018 but SSC CGL Selection Process 2018 is including a new phase – Tier – 3 (descriptive paper), for which applicants should start from now to get selected in the SSC CGL 2018.

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