SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) SYLLABUS
SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) SYLLABUS
SSC conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam every year now; for aspirants who are graduate. The process of the exam completes in four stages; namely tierI, tierII, tierIII and tierIV. In tierIV there will be Data Entry Speed Test (DEST) for the post of Tax Assistant (TA) in CBDT and CBIC/CBEC. This test is qualifying in nature i.e. marks secured in it are not added to the total.
In tierIV there is The Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) which is comprised of DEST, Power Point and Excel for the post of:
 Assistants Section Officer (CSS)
 Assistant Section Officer (MEA)
 Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ)
 Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs
 Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines
 Excise Inspector
 Preventive Officer
 Examiner
Apart form this there is a PHYSICAL TEST for the following posts of the CGL:
Examiner, Preventive Officer, GST/Excise Inspector, Inspector CBN, SI CBN, SI CBI, SI NIA; not for any other posts.
Here is the syllabus of each subject of tierI and tierII of the combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE). The level of questions of each of these subjects is given below:
1.  General Knowledge  Graduation Level 
2.  Reasoning  Graduation Level 
3.  Mathematics (Both TierI & TierII)  10th Level 
4.  English (TierI)  Graduation Level 
5.  English (TierII)  12th Level 
6.  Statistics  Graduation Level 
7.  General Studies (Finance & Economics ( for AAO)  Graduation Level 
The requirements of the skill tests i.e. DEST and CPT are given below. Also the subject matter of the physical test (PET) for CBEC, CBI, NIA, CBN is given ahead. There is no physical tests in other departments except above.
SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam (CGLE) SYLLABUS
1. GK
 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 neighboring countries especially pertaining to Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Polity, Indian Constitution & Scientific Research.
The questions will of graduation level.
2. REASONING
 General Intelligence & Reasoning : It would include questions of both verbal and nonverbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, nonverbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc.
Topics of Reasoning

 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 and decoding
 Numerical operations
 Symbolic operations
 Trends
 Space Orientation
 Venn Diagrams
 Drawing inferences
 Punched hole/patternfolding & unfolding
 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 subtopics, if any
The questions will of graduation level.
3. ENGLISH (Both TierI & TierII)
English Language & Comprehension : Questions in this components 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 misspelt words
 idioms & phrases
 one word substitution
 sentence improvement
 active/passive voice
 direct/indirect narration
 shuffling of sentence parts
 shuffling of sentences in a passage
 close passage
 comprehension passage
The standard of the questions in TierI will be of graduation level. And the standard of the questions in TierI will be of 10+2 level.
4. MATHS (Both TierI & TierII)
Numerical 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 Allegation
 Time and distance
 Time & Work.
ALGEBRA
 Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
 Graphs of Linear Equations.
GEOMETRY
 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.
MENSURATION
 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.
TRIGONOMETRY
 Trigonometric ratio
 Degree and Radian Measures
 Standard Identities
 Complementary angles
 Heights and Distances
DATA INTERPRETATION
 Histogram
 Frequency polygon
 Bar diagram
 Pie chart
The standard of the questions will be of 10th level both in TierI & TierII.
5. 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 Central Tendency Common measures of central tendency
 mean median and mode; Partition values quartiles, deciles, percentiles.
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 nonsampling errors; 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, Basic concept of testing, Small sample and large sample tests, Tests based on Z, t, Chisquare and F statistic, Confidence intervals.
Analysis of Variance
 Analysis of oneway classified data and twoway 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.
The questions will be of graduate level.
6. General Studies (Finance and Economics)
Part A: Finance and Accounts(80 marks)
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
 Nonprofit 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
 Central problems of an economy
 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 behaviourMarshallian 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 marketsPerfect Competition, Monopoly
 Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets
Indian Economy
 Nature of the Indian Economy
 Role of different sectorsRole of Agriculture, Industry and Servicestheir problems and growth
 National Income of IndiaConcepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income
 PopulationIts size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
 Poverty and unemployment Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment
 InfrastructureEnergy, Transportation, Communication
Economic Reforms in India
 Economic reforms since 1991
 Liberalisation
 Privatisation
 Globalisation
 Disinvestment
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
Role of Information Technology in Governance
7. DESCRIPTIVE PAPER
Descriptive Paper of English/Hindi. The candidates will have the option to choose any one medium.
 Writing of Essay/Passage of 250 words
 Letter/Application of 150 words
The standard of the questions will be of 10+2 level.
PHYSICAL STANDARDS/PET for Different Posts of SSC CGL
(A) PHYSICAL STANDARDS/PET for FOR THE POST OF INSPECTOR (CENTRAL EXCISE / EXAMINER / PREVENTIVE OFFICER) & INSPECTOR/SI IN CBN
Male Candidates
i) Physical standards (Minimum)
 Height 157.5 cms.
 Chest 81 cms. (fully expanded with a minimum expansion of 5 cms.)
 Height relaxable by 5 cms. In 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
i) Physical standards (Minimum)
 Height 152 cms.
 Weight 48 Kgs.
 Height relaxable by 2.5 cms and weight by 2 Kgs. for Gorkhas, Garwalis, Assamese and members of Scheduled Tribes
ii) Physical Test
 Walking : 1 Km. in 20 minutes.
 Cycling : 3 Kms in 25 minutes.
NOTE:
For the post of Inspector Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer, the following addendum is issued with reference to CBEC‘s letter No. C18013/23/2013Ad II B dated 20.11.2013.
Persons with disabilities will have to meet the physical standards i.e. Height, Chest and Weight prescribed for the post of Inspectors, Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer in CBEC. However, for orthopedically disabled candidates the following relaxation in Physical Test is allowed:
 The test of walking shall not be insisted in case of One Leg (OL) and One Arm & One Leg (OAL) categories.
 The test of cycling shall not be insisted in case of One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and One Arm & One Leg (OAL) categories
(B) PHYSICAL STANDARDS/PET for FOR THE POST OF SUBINSPECTOR IN C.B.I.
a) Height
 For men – 165 cms.
 For women – 150 cms.
 Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribal : 5 cms.
b) Chest
 76 cms with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
c) Vision
Eyesight (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.
There is no physical test for the post of SI in CBI in SSC.
(C) PHYSICAL STANDARDS/PET for FOR THE POST OF SUBINSPECTOR IN NATIONAL INVESTIGATION AGENCY (NIA)
a) Height
 For men – 170 cms.
 For women – 150 cms.
 Height relaxable for Hillsmen and Tribal : 5 cms.
b) Chest
 76 cms with expansion (There shall be no such requirement in case of female candidates)
c) Vision
 Eyesight (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.
There is no physical test for the post of SI in NIA.
NOTE: Candidates are advised to make sure before opting for any category of post that they fulfill the requirements for that category. The physical measurements (including vision test) for candidates will be conducted by the concerned indenting departments and only those candidates who fulfill the specified physical measurements will be eligible for the respective posts. No request from candidates for allotting to any other service/category of post will be entertained by the Commission if the nominated candidates fail to meet the physical requirements. THUS, THE ONUS OF FULFILLING THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA WILL EXCLUSIVELY BE ON THE CANDIDATES OPTING FOR SUCH POSTS.S.