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 tier-I, tier-II, tier-III and tier-IV. In tier-IV 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 tier-IV there is The Computer Proficiency Test (CPT) which is comprised of DEST, Power Point and Excel for the post of:

  1. Assistants Section Officer (CSS)
  2. Assistant Section Officer (MEA)
  3. Assistant Section Officer (AFHQ)
  4. Assistant in Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) under M/o Corporate affairs
  5. Assistant (GSI) in M/o Mines
  6. Excise Inspector
  7. Preventive Officer
  8. 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 tier-I and tier-II 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 Tier-I & Tier-II) 10th Level
4. English (Tier-I) Graduation Level
5. English (Tier-II) 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.


  • 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, judgement, 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.

Topics of Reasoning

    1. Semantic Analogy
    2. Symbolic/Number Analogy
    3. Figural Analogy
    4. Semantic Classification
    5. Symbolic/Number Classification
    6. Figural Classification
    7. Semantic Series
    8. Number Series
    9. Figural Series
    10. Problem Solving
    11. Word Building
    12. Coding and de-coding
    13. Numerical operations
    14. Symbolic operations
    15. Trends
    16. Space Orientation
    17. Venn Diagrams
    18. Drawing inferences
    19. Punched hole/pattern-folding & unfolding
    20. Figural Pattern – folding and completion
    21. Indexing
    22. Address matching
    23. Date & city matching
    24. Classification of centre codes/roll numbers
    25. Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification
    26. Embedded figures
    27. Critical Thinking
    28. Emotional Intelligence
    29. Social Intelligence
    30. Other sub-topics, if any

The questions will of graduation level.

3. ENGLISH (Both Tier-I & Tier-II)

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:

    1. spot the error
    2. fill in the blanks
    3. synonyms
    4. antonyms
    5. spelling/detecting mis-spelt words
    6. idioms & phrases
    7. one word substitution
    8. sentence improvement
    9. active/passive voice
    10. direct/indirect narration
    11. shuffling of sentence parts
    12. shuffling of sentences in a passage
    13. close passage
    14. comprehension passage

The standard of the questions in Tier-I will be of graduation level. And the standard of the questions in Tier-I will be of 10+2 level.

4. MATHS (Both Tier-I & Tier-II)

Numerical Aptitude
The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of:

  1. Numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals,fractions and relationships between numbers
  2. Percentage
  3. Ratio & Proportion
  4. Square roots
  5. Averages
  6. Interest
  7. Profit and Loss
  8. Discount
  9. Partnership Business
  10. Mixture and Allegation
  11. Time and distance
  12. Time & Work.


  1. Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds
  2. Graphs of Linear Equations.


  1. Triangle and its various kinds of centres
  2. Congruence and similarity of triangles
  3. Circle and its chords
  4. Tangents
  5. Angles subtended by chords of a circle
  6. Common tangents to two or more circles.


  1. Triangle
  2. Quadrilaterals
  3. Regular Polygons
  4. Circle
  5. Right Prism
  6. Right Circular Cone
  7. Right Circular Cylinder
  8. Sphere
  9. Hemispheres
  10. Rectangular Parallelepiped
  11. Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base.


  1. Trigonometric ratio
  2. Degree and Radian Measures
  3. Standard Identities
  4. Complementary angles
  5. Heights and Distances


  1. Histogram
  2. Frequency polygon
  3. Bar diagram
  4. Pie chart

The standard of the questions will be of 10th level both in Tier-I & Tier-II.


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 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.

The questions will be of graduate level.

6. General Studies (Finance and Economics) 

Part A: Finance and Accounts-(80 marks)

Financial Accounting:

  1. Nature and scope
  2. Limitations of Financial Accounting
  3. Basic concepts and Conventions
  4. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Basic concepts of accounting:

  1. Single and double entry
  2. Books of original Entry
  3. Bank Reconciliation
  4. Journal
  5. Ledgers
  6. Trial Balance
  7. Rectification of Errors
  8. Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & loss Appropriation Accounts
  9. Balance Sheet
  10. Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure
  11. Depreciation Accounting
  12. Valuation of Inventories
  13. Non-profit organisations Accounts
  14. Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts
  15. Bills of Exchange
  16. Self Balancing Ledgers

Part B: Economics and Governance-(120 marks)

Comptroller & Auditor General of India

  1. Constitutional provisions
  2. Role and responsibility

Finance Commission

  • Role and functions

Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics 

  1. Definition
  2. scope and nature of Economics
  3. Methods of economic study
  4. Central problems of an economy
  5. Production possibilities curve

Theory of Demand and Supply

  1. Meaning and determinants of demand,
  2. Law of demand and Elasticity of demand,
  3. Price, income and cross elasticity;
  4. Theory of consumer’s behaviour-Marshallian approach and Indifference curve approach,
  5. Meaning and determinants of supply,
  6. Law of supply and Elasticity of Supply.

Theory of Production and cost

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

Forms of Market and price determination in different markets

  1. Various forms of markets-Perfect Competition, Monopoly
  2. Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly ad Price determination in these markets

Indian Economy

  1. Nature of the Indian Economy
  2. Role of different sectors-Role of Agriculture, Industry and Services-their problems and growth
  3. National Income of India-Concepts of national income, Different methods of measuring national income
  4. Population-Its size, rate of growth and its implication on economic growth
  5. Poverty and unemployment- Absolute and relative poverty, types, causes and incidence of unemployment
  6. Infrastructure-Energy, Transportation, Communication

Economic Reforms in India

  1. Economic reforms since 1991
  2. Liberalisation
  3. Privatisation
  4. Globalisation
  5. 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


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.



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.

For the post of Inspector Central Excise, Examiner and Preventive Officer, the following addendum is issued with reference to CBEC‘s letter No. C-18013/23/2013-Ad 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


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

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.

There is no physical test for the post of SI in CBI in SSC.


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

  • 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.

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.

Previous post


Next post


Maha Gupta

Maha Gupta

Founder of and guiding aspirants on SSC exam affairs since 2010 when objective pattern of exams was introduced first in SSC. Also the author of the following books:

1. Maha English Grammar (for Competitive Exams)
2. Maha English Practice Sets (for Competitive Exams)