Staff Selection Commission (SSC) Exam Syllabus

The Staff Selection Commission exam, established and followed by the Govt. of India is conducted for the recruitment of grade officers for the various posts under the ministerial wing. A highly competitive exam, the syllabus is structured as 3 different tiers to test the candidate’s exposure and credibility to handle managerial tasks at the government level. A candidate has to pass through all the 3 tiers to successfully clear the interview and land with a SSC post with the government of India.

Let us take a look at each tier and their syllabus in a brief manner.

Tier I – Reasoning, Intelligence, Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension

The syllabus for the first prelims in the SSC exam deals with 4 sections that covers topics related to test the overall calibre of a candidate. Basic understanding of terminologies, verbal usage, lateral thinking, and knowledge about current affairs, visual skills, and simple arithmetic tasks are evaluated for a total of 200 marks. The candidate should be well versed in English to comprehend and solve the paper in a span of 2 hours. It is a more like a quick challenge fire, with multiple choices and covers different subjects to assess the candidate’s educational background. Questionnaires related to problem solving, visual capacity, understanding of various study patterns and ideologies are some of the common themes to be found in the syllabus for tier I.

Tier II – Quantitative Ability and English Comprehension

The secondary prelims of the SSC exam, has a syllabus that is more oriented towards testing the candidate’s communicative skills and arithmetic logical reasoning power. This tier deals with 2 different papers for 4 hours for a score of 400. Analytical reasoning, algebraic sums, ratio and compound interest, simple tax calculations and decimal fractions are all a part of quantitative ability. The other paper is to test the candidate’s efficiency in English, both verbal and non-verbal. Questionnaires on comprehension, summary, pronunciation, foundation grammar, idioms and phrases follow up for the English skill section. It is mandatory, that the candidate be fluent in speaking and writing English as the final tier sets the stage for selecting a successful candidate.

Tier III – Personality and interview Test

The final tier is about the personality and interview round, where the candidate is evaluated based on their curricular activities, interpersonal skill sets and communication. It is followed up by the interview, where they are put before a panel of eminent judges to shortlist them for SSC posts. On clearing the tier III, they are eligible to appear for the various ministerial decks and to work under them.
The syllabus for the SSC exam is structured based on these 3 tiers and each tier has various sections, awarded with a score of 200 for 2 hours. They are multiple choice questions, while others need a brief explanation and worked out steps for arithmetic problems. With the number of candidates appearing for the SSC exam, the government has toughened its rules and procedures and also the syllabus.

If you are intent on a job in one of the Ministries of India or the Government of India departments, you must be well-versed with the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exams. The SSC CGL (Combined Graduate Level) exams are held every year and applicants have to clear all three tiers in the exam. Tier 1 of the SSC CGL exams involves answering multiple choice questions on subjects like Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and General English.

After you pass the Tier 1, you will have one month of preparation time to attempt the Tier 2 exams. The Tier 2 exams also have a multiple choice question format. However, the syllabus and subjects for Tier 2 are different.
Quantitative Abilities – 200 marks/100 questions (compulsory for all)
English Language & Comprehension – 200 marks/200 questions (compulsory for all)
Statistics – 200 marks/100 questions (only for candidates who wish to apply for the post of Statistical Investigator Gr. II & Compiler)

All these examinations are held over a 2 hour time period. Let’s have a look at what each of these subjects entail:

Designed to test the number sense of each candidate, the multiple choice questions in this paper will focus on the ability to use numbers in the right manner. Primarily, the application of computation with respect to whole numbers, fractions and decimals will be tested. Other questions will be based on percentage ratio and proportion, square roots, profit and interest, averages, discounts, partnership business, time and distance/work and mixture and allegation. You will be tested on basic algebraic identities of school algebra as well as geometry and trigonometry. There will be a section on bar diagrams and pie charts as well.

The knowledge of the English language will be tested in this paper. These questions are designed to put applicants through the hoops when it comes to understanding English and answering basic types of spot error, fill in the blanks, synonym/antonym, idioms and phrases types of questions. Applicants will also have a comprehension section wherein they will have to answer questions pertaining to close passage and comprehension passage, shuffling of sentence parts/sentences in passage and conversion into direct and indirect narration. Furthermore, applicants will be tested on grammar with questions like active/passive voice of verbs, and improvement of sentences.

This paper is compulsory only for those hoping to apply for jobs like Investigator Grade-II, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation & Compiler in RGI. In this paper, applicants will be tested on specific segments like collection, classification and presentation of statistical data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, moments, skewness and kurtosis, correlation and regression, probability theory, sampling theory, random variable and probability distributions, statistical inferences, and more. It is important to note that Paper 1 (Quantitative Abilities) will be based on 10th standard level, Paper 2 (English) will be based on 10+2 level while Paper 3 (Statistics) will test students at Graduation level.
After Tier 2, the next and last level of your journey is Tier 3, which includes a personal interview and skill test. Study hard and prepare well!