SSC CGL

COMBINED GRADUATE LEVEL EXAMINATION, 2018 Staff Selection Commission -SSC

Important Dates

Closing Date:04.06.2018

Date of Computer Based Examination (Tier-I): 04.06.2019 to 19.06.2019 (CBE)*

Date of Tier-II: 11.09.2019 to 13.09.2019 (CBE)*

Date of Tier-III (Descriptive): To be notified later Date of Tier-IV (Skill test): 29.12.2019 (DES) ** (MORNING)

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SCHEME OF THE EXAMINATION:

The Examination will be conducted in four tiers as indicated below:

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

Scheme of Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations:

TierSubjectNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allowed
IA. General Intelligence and Reasoning255060  Minutes 
IB. General Awareness255060  Minutes 
IC. Quantitative Aptitude255060  Minutes 
ID. English Comprehension255060  Minutes 
IIPaper-I: Quantitative Abilities100200120 Minutes
IIPaper-II: English Language and Comprehension200200120 Minutes
IIPaper-III: Statistics100200120 Minutes
IIPaper-IV: General Studies ( Finance and Economics )100200120 Minutes

SYLLABUS Tier I

              TIER-I OF THE EXAMNATION :

  1. General Intelligence & Reasoning  :  It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type.  This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgment, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts,   arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/ Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/ Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & decoding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched hole/ pattern- folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern- folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/ roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/ numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.
  • General Awareness :  Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates’ general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society.  Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:  The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, 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 centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right  Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart 
  • English Comprehension :  Candidates’ 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

 SYLLABUS :   TIER-II OF THE EXAMNATION :

Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities): The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Square roots, Averages, 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 centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons, Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart 

Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension):   Questions in this component will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/ detecting misspelled 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-III (Statistics):  

Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data – Primary and Secondary data, Methods of data collection; Tabulation of data; Graphs and charts; Frequency distributions; Diagrammatic presentation of frequency distributions.

Measures of Dispersion– Common measures dispersion – range, quartile deviations, mean deviation and standard deviation; Measures of relative dispersion.

Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis – Different types of moments and their relationship; 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 – Meaning of probability; Different definitions of probability; Conditional probability; Compound probability; Independent events; Bayes’ theorem. 

Random Variable and Probability Distributions – Random variable; Probability functions; 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; Probability and non-probability 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, Basic concept of testing,  Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chi-square and F  statistic,  Confidence intervals.

Analysis of Variance – Analysis of one-way classified data and two-way classified data.

Time Series Analysis – Components of time series, Determinations 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.

Paper-IV (General Studies-Finance and Economics):

Part A: Finance and Accounts – (80 marks):

  1. Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting.

Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original

Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure,

Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers.

Part B: Economics and Governance – (120 marks)

  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
  • Finance Commission-Role and functions
  • Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics

Definition, scope and nature of Economics, Methods of economic study and

Central problems of an economy and Production possibilities curve

  • Theory of Demand and Supply

Meaning and determinants of demand, Law of demand and Elasticity of demand, Price, income and cross elasticity; Theory of consumer’s behaviour – Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach, Meaning and determinants of supply, Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.

  • Theory of Production and cost

Meaning and Factors of production; Laws of production- Law of variable proportions and Laws of returns to scale.

  • Forms of Market and price determination in different markets

Various forms of markets – Perfect Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic

Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets

  • Indian Economy

Nature of the Indian Economy Role of different sectors – Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth;

National Income of India – Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income

Population – Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth 

Poverty and unemployment – Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment

Infrastructure – Energy, Transportation, Communication

  • Economic Reforms in India

Economic reforms since 1991; Liberalisation, Privatisation, Globalisation and Disinvestment

  1. Money and Banking

Monetary/ Fiscal policy – Role and functions of Reserve Bank of India; functions of commercial Banks/ RRB/ Payment Banks

Budget and Fiscal deficits and Balance of payments

Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003

  1. Role of Information Technology in Governance

Note-I:   Questions in Paper-I will be of Matriculation Level, Paper-II of 10+2 Level and in Paper-III and Paper-IV of Graduation Level. 

NOTE-II:  Any representation to answer keys of the examination will be scrutinized with the help of experts, wherever necessary, and evaluation in that case will be done with modified answer key. The decision of the Commission in this regard will be final and no further representation will be entertained.

9.6:   Skill Test: 

9.6.1  Date Entry Skill Test (DEST): For the post of Tax Assistants (Central Excise & Income Tax): Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) at 8,000 (eight thousand) Key Depression per hour on Computer: 

The “Data Entry Speed Test” Skill Test will be conducted for a passage of about 2000 (two thousand) key depressions for a duration of 15 (fifteen) minutes. This test will be of qualifying nature. Computers for the test will be provided by the Commission at the Centre/ venue notified for the purpose. The Skill Test will be held at the Commission’s Regional/ Sub-Regional Offices or at other Centres as may be decided by the commission. Detailed instructions regarding Skill Testwill be sent by the Regional/ Sub Regional Offices of the Commission to eligible candidates declared qualified for appearing in Skill Test. Information about evaluation of Typing Test/ DEST are available on the Commission’s website www.ssc.nic.in (Candidate’s Corner).

The Skill test will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose. 

 Note-I: OH candidates opting for the post of Tax Assistant in CBDT are exempted for appearing in Skill Test. OH candidates opting for post of Tax Assistant in CBEC are not exempted from Skill Test. HH and VH candidates are not eligible for exemption from the Skill Test.Note-II: VH candidates will be allowed additional compensatory time of 5 (five) minutes in DEST. Only those VH candidates who opt for scribes in the written examination will be provided passage reader at the time of Skill Test.  

  • 6.2:   Computer Proficiency Test (CPT): The Commission will hold Computer Proficiency Test (CPT), comprising of three modules – (i) Word Processing, (ii) Spread Sheet and (iii) Generation of Slides, for the posts of Assistant Section Officer of CSS, Assistant Section Officer (MEA), Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Assistant (GSI) in the Ministry of Mines. The CPT will be conducted in the manner decided by the Commission for the purpose. No exemption from CPT is allowed for any category of PwD candidates. CPT will be of qualifying nature.

Detailed instructions regarding CPT will be provided by the Regional/ Sub Regional Offices of the Commission to eligible candidates declared qualified for appearing in the CPT. 

  1. Document Verification (DV):

All the candidates qualified for Document Verification are required to come for Document Verification.  Those who fail to do so will not be considered for any post at the time of final selection.  Candidates will have to submit copies of various documents like Matriculation Certificate, educational qualification, caste certificate, relevant document, if any relaxation is taken, etc. Candidates will be required to produce all documents in original for verification at the time of document verification. Information about the required documents will be provided while calling candidates for DV. Detailed options for posts will be taken either online or at the time of document verification.    

11.1:    Physical standards for the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), Inspector & Sub-Inspector in CBN:  

Male Candidates:

(i)    Physical Standards:

Height 157.5 cm.  Chest 81 cm (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cm.) Height relaxable by 5 cm i n the case  of Garwalis, Assamese, Gorkhas and  members of Scheduled Tribes.  

ii)    Physical Test:

        Walking  : 1600 metres  in 15 minutes.

        Cycling :    8 Kms.  In 30  minutes.

 Female Candidates:

  1. Physical standards (Minimum):
Height:  152 cms. Weight:  48 Kgs. Height relaxable by 2.5 cms.  Weight relaxable by 2 Kg. for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese and members of Scheduled Tribes.
  1. Physical Test:

          Walking:  1 Km. in 20 minutes.

          Cycling:   3 Kms. in 25 minutes.

NOTE: For the post of Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/ Preventive Officer), persons with disabilities will have to meet the physical standards i.e. height, chest and weight as prescribed for the relevant post. However, for orthopedically disabled candidates, the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed: (a) The test of “Walking” shall not be insisted in case of OL and OAL categories. (b) The test of “Cycling” shall not be insisted in case of OA, OL and OAL categories.

11.2:   Physical standards for the Post of Sub- Inspector in Central Bureau of Investigation:

  1. Height

        For men         – 165 cm.         For women – 150 cm.

           Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals : 5 cms.

  • Chest :

76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

  • Vision

        Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

        Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.         Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.

11.3:   Physical standards for the Post of Sub-Inspector in National Investigation Agency:

  1. Height

        For men         – 170 cms.         For women – 150 cms.

           Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribals : 5 cms.      

  • Chest:

76 cm with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)

  • Vision

        Eye-sight (with or without glasses)

        Distant vision: 6/6 in one and 6/9 in the other eye.

        Near vision 0.6 in one eye and 0.8 in other eye.

Scheme of Tier-III Examination:

Tier Mode of Examination Scheme of Examination Maximum Marks Time Allowed
III Pen and Paper mode Descriptive Paper in English or Hindi (Writing of Essay/ Precis/ Letter/ Application etc.) 100 60 Minutes
For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- : 80  Minutes

Mode of Selection:

  1. Mode of Selection:
    1. All candidates whose online applications are found to be in order will be called to appear in the Tier-I Computer Based Examination. Admit Cards for calling candidates to appear in Tier-I as well as all subsequent tiers/ stages of examination will not be sent by post. Admit Cards for all stages of examination will be issued online on the websites of concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional Office of the Commission. Candidates are advised to regularly visit the websites of the Commission Headquarters (i.e. www.ssc.nic.in) and concerned Regional/ Sub-Regional office of the Commission i.e. the website of Regional/ Sub-Regional Office under whose jurisdiction the examination centres opted by the candidate is located (detail at para-8).
  2. Based on the marks scored in Tier-I Computer Based Examination, candidates will be shortlisted, category-wise, to appear in Tier-II Examination. The Commission may fix separate cut-offs for Paper-III (i.e. for the post of JSO), PaperIV (i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer and Assistant Accounts Officer) and for Paper-I+Paper-II (all other posts). The Commission shall have the discretion to fix minimum qualifying marks in each component of the Tier-I Examination.  
  3. Based on the aggregate performance in Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations, candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Tier-III (Descriptive Paper). The Commission may fix minimum qualifying marks in each Paper of Tier-II.
  4. The candidates who score minimum qualifying marks, as fixed by the Commission, in Tier-III Examination will be eligible to appear in Skill Tests and Document Verification. Based on the aggregate performance in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations, candidates will be shortlisted to appear in Document Verification and Skill Tests i.e. Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) and Data Entry Skill Test (DEST). Skill Tests are qualifying in nature. If a candidate does not appear in Skill Test or fails to qualify the Skill Test, he/ she will not be eligible for the posts where CPT/ DEST are required.   
  5. Preference of posts will be taken from the candidates either online or at the time of Document Verification. 
  6. Merit list will be prepared on the basis of overall performance of candidates in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III Examinations. Final selection of candidates, in each category, will be made on the basis of aggregate marks scored by them in Tier-I, Tier-II and Tier-III examinations and preference of posts exercised by them. Once the candidate has been given his/ her first available preference, as per his/ her merit, he/ she will not be considered for any other option. Candidates are, therefore, advised to exercise preference of posts very carefully.The option/ preference once exercised by the candidates will be treated as FINAL and IRREVERSIBLE.  Subsequent request for change of allocation/ service by candidates will not be entertained under any circumstances/ reasons.
  7. SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates, who are selected on their own merit without relaxed standards, will not be adjusted against the reserved share of vacancies. Such candidates will be accommodated against the general/ unreserved vacancies in the post as per their position in the overall merit or vacancies earmarked for their category, whichever is advantageous to them. The reserved vacancies will be filled up separately from amongst the eligible SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidates.
  8. SC, ST, OBC, ExS and PwD candidate who qualifies on the basis of relaxed standards viz. age limit, experience or qualifications, permitted number of chances, extended zone of consideration, etc., irrespective of his/ her merit position, is to be counted against reserved vacancies and not against un-reserved vacancies. Such candidates may also be recommended at the relaxed standards to the extent of number of vacancies reserved for them, to make up for the deficiency in the reserved quota, irrespective of their rank in the order of merit. In so far as cases of exserviceman are concerned, deduction of the military service rendered from the age of ex-servicemen is permissible against the reserved or unreserved posts and such exemption will not be termed as relaxed standards in regard to age. Similarly for PwD candidates, relaxation of 10 years in upper age limit will not be termed as relaxed standards.
  9. A person with disability who is selected on his/ her own merit can be appointed against an unreserved vacancy provided the post is identified suitable for persons with disability of relevant category.
  10. Success in the examination confers no right of appointment unless Government is satisfied after such enquiry as may be considered necessary that the candidate is suitable in all respects of appointment to the service/ post.
  11. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination.  Their admission at all stages of the examination will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If, on verification, at any time before or after the written examination, it is found that they do not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled. 

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