Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Preparation


What is CGL Exam?

SSC (Staff Selection Commission) is an organisation under Government of India who conducts CGL (Combined Graduate Level) examination for the recruitment of Grade “B” and “C” categories posts in various Government Ministries, Departments and Offices. Every year, around 30-35 lacs applications, are received for CGL Exam. Every year, a huge number of applicants appear in this exam to become the part of this immense recruitment. Take a tour of syllabus and pattern for CGL Preparation with our Best CGL Study material, Ebooks, Video Lectures, Notes etc. and also give a mock test to test yourself.


    Eligibility Criteria

    Educational Qualifications

    SSC CGL Post Educational Qualification
    Assistant Audit Officer Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University. OR Desirable Qualification: CA/CS/MBA/Cost & Management Accountant/ Masters in Commerce/ Masters in Business Studies
    Statistical Investigator Grade – II Post Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with minimum 60% in Mathematics in Class 12th OR Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with Statistics as one of the subjects in graduation
    Compiler Posts Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized University with Economics or Statistics or Mathematics as compulsory or Elective Subject
    All Other Posts Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent.
    Important Note The candidates appearing in the final year of their graduation can also apply, however they must possess Essential qualification on or before 01.08.2018.


    Age Limit For SSC CGL Applications
    ■ Group B
    ▪ Minimum : 18 years
    ▪ Maximum : 27 years
    ■ Group C
    ▪ Minimum : 18 years
    ▪ Maximum : 27 years

    For Other Posts
    SSCL CGL Post Required Age
    Statistical Investigator Grade II Max. 32 years
    Assistant in CSS 20 – 30 years
    Assistant in IB 21 – 30 years
    Assistant Enforcement Officer/SI in CBI/SI in NIA 30 years
    SI in Central Bureau of Narcotics 18 – 27 years

    Examination Pattern

    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
    Note:Marks scored by candidates in Tier-I and Tier-II examinations, if conducted in multiple shifts, will be normalized and such normalized scores will be treated as final and will be used for qualifying the candidates to next stage of examination and to determine final merit.

    Scheme of Tier-I and Tier-II Examinations:

    Tier Subject Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Slotted
    I A. General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50 60 Minutes (Total) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para-5.10 of Notice): 80 Minutes
    B. General Awareness 25 50
    C. Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
    D. English Comprehension 25 50
    II Paper-I: Quantitative Abilities 100 200 120 Minutes (for each Paper) For VH/ OH (afflicted with Cerebral Palsy/ deformity in writing hand- Pl. See para-5.10 of Notice): 160 Minutes
    Paper-II: English Language and Comprehension 100 200
    Paper-III: Statistics 100 200
    Paper-IV: General Studies (Finance and Economics) 100 200
    Note-I: In Tier-I, there will be negative marking of 0.50 for each wrong answer.
    Note-II: In Tier-II, there will be negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer in Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) and of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer in Paper-I, Paper-III and Paper-IV.
    Note-III: In Tier-II, Paper-I and Paper-II are compulsory for all the posts.
    Note-IV: In Tier-II, Paper-III will be for only those candidates who apply for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) and who are shortlisted in Tier-I for this Post/ Paper.
    Note-V: In Tier-II, Paper-IV will be for only those candidates who are shortlisted in Tier-I for Paper-IV i.e. for the posts of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

    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- Pl. See para-5.10 of Notice): 80 Minutes
    Computer Proficiency Test/ Skill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification will also be conducted as per the provisions of the notice of examination.

    CGL Syllabus

    Tier-I of the Examination:

    General Intelligence & Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Comprehension General Awareness
    Analogy computation of whole numbers Reading Comprehension History
    Similarities and differences decimals Cloze Test Culture
    space visualization fractions and relationships between numbers One word substitution Geography
    spatial orientation Percentage Shuffling of Sentences in a passage Economic Scene
    problem solving Ratio & Proportion Fill in the blanks General Policy
    analysis Square roots, Averages Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting Scientific Research.
    judgment Interest Shuffling of Sentence parts
    decision making Profit and Loss, Discount Synonyms/ Homonyms
    visual memory Partnership Business Antonyms
    discrimination Mixture and Alligation Detecting mis-spelt words
    observation Time and distance Idioms & Phrases
    relationship concepts Time & Work One word substitution
    arithmetical reasoning and figural classification Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds Improvement of Sentences
    arithmetic number series Graphs of Linear Equations Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
    non-verbal series Triangle and its various kinds of centres Direct/ Indirect Narration
    coding and decoding Congruence and similarity of triangles
    statement conclusion Circle and its chords
    syllogistic reasoning tangents
    angles subtended by chords of a circle
    common tangents to two or more circles
    Right Circular Cylinder
    Triangle, Quadrilaterals
    Regular Polygons
    Circle
    Right Prism, Right Circular Cone
    Sphere, Hemispheres
    Rectangular Parallelepiped
    Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
    Trigonometric ratio
    Degree and Radian Measures
    Standard Identities
    Complementary angles
    Histogram
    Frequency polygon
    Bar diagram & Pie chart
    Indicative Syllabus for Tier-II of the Examination:
    Paper-III (Statistics) Paper-I (Quantitative Abilities) Paper-II (English Language and Comprehension) Paper-IV (General Studies-Finance and Economics)
    Collection, Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data computation of whole numbers Reading Comprehension Fundamental principles and basic concept of Accounting
    Measures of Central Tendency decimals Cloze Test Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
    Measures of Dispersion fractions and relationships between numbers One word substitution Finance Commission-Role and functions
    Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis Percentage Shuffling of Sentences in a passage Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
    Correlation and Regression Ratio & Proportion Fill in the blanks Theory of Demand and Supply
    Probability Theory Square roots, Averages Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting Theory of Production and cost
    Random Variable and Probability Distributions Interest Shuffling of Sentence parts Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
    Sampling Theory Profit and Loss, Discount Synonyms/ Homonyms Indian Economy
    Statistical Inference Partnership Business Antonyms Economic Reforms in India
    Analysis of Variance Mixture and Alligation Detecting mis-spelt words Money and Banking
    Time Series Analysis Time and distance Idioms & Phrases Role of Information Technology in Governance
    Index Numbers Time & Work One word substitution
    Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds Improvement of Sentences
    Graphs of Linear Equations Active/ Passive Voice of Verbs
    Triangle and its various kinds of centres Direct/ Indirect Narration
    Congruence and similarity of triangles
    Circle and its chords
    tangents
    angles subtended by chords of a circle
    common tangents to two or more circles
    Right Circular Cylinder
    Triangle, Quadrilaterals
    Regular Polygons
    Circle
    Right Prism, Right Circular Cone
    Sphere, Hemispheres
    Rectangular Parallelepiped
    Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base
    Trigonometric ratio
    Degree and Radian Measures
    Standard Identities
    Complementary angles
    Histogram
    Frequency polygon
    Bar diagram & Pie chart
    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.

    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).

    Important Dates

    SSC CGL 2018 Important Dates:

    Events Tentative Dates
    Release of Official Notification 5th May 2018 (Postponed)
    Registration Begins 5th May 2018
    Last Date for Applying 5th June 2018 (Extended)
    Availability of Admit Card for Tier-I Last week of June 2018
    SSC CGL 2018 Tier-I Exam Postponed Indefinitely
    SSC CGL Tier-I Result Declaration September 2018
    Availability of Admit Card for Tier-II October 2018
    SSC CGL 2018 Tier-II Exam To be notified later
    SSC CGL Tier-II Result Declaration December 2018
    Availability of Admit Card for Tier-III January 2018
    SSC CGL Tier-III Exam January 2018 (To be Announced later)
    SSC CGL Tier-III Result Declaration February 2018
    Tier-IV Exam March 2018 (To be announced later)

    How To Apply?

    1. Candidates must apply online through the website www.ssconline.nic.in.

    2. Candidates should read the instructions given in the Notice of Examination carefully before filling up the online one time 'Registration Form'/ Application Form.

    3. After reading the instructions, candidates should move to the Registration Part and fill up the online Registration Form.

    4. In the Registration Part, candidates will have to fill in basic information relating to them like name, father’s name, mother’s name, gender, date of birth, category, permanent address, etc. On submission of details, candidates will be prompted to check the details and make corrections, if any, before submitting the Form.

    5. Candidate should provide all the required details while filling up the Online Registration/ Application Forms. Mandatory fields are marked with * (asterisk) sign.

    6. On submission of the Registration Form, Registration ID and password will be provided. Note down the Registration ID and password and keep them safely. This would be your permanent Registration ID & Password which would be required to apply for this examination as well as any other Recruitment Examination of the Commission.

    7. After submission of the Registration Form, candidate should upload his/ her latest colour photograph and signature. The photograph and signature must be uploaded in jpg format. The digital size of the photograph must be more than 4 KB and less than 20 KB. The digital size of the signature must be more than 1 KB and less than 12 KB. Photo and signature must be clearly visible and photo must be identifiable also. Applications with blurred photo/ signatures will be summarily rejected.

    8. The Registration becomes complete only after the photograph and signature are uploaded by the candidate.

    9. After completion of the Registration Part the candidates should proceed to fill up the Online Application Form.

    10.Candidates already registered can omit instructions given from S No-3 to 9 above and can directly login to the system using their "Registration ID" and "Password" and proceed to fill up the Application Form.

    11.In case, there is any discrepancy in ‘One time registration’ data filled by the candidate, photograph/ signature, etc., ‘One time Registration’ data may be suitably edited before proceeding to fill online application form. The commission allows editing of information like name, father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender and matriculation roll number only once after Registration. Therefore, these fields MUST BE ENTERED/ EDITED VERY CAREFULLY. Other fields in the ‘One Time Registration’ can be edited once before every examination but prior to submission of Application for the Examination. SUCH EDITING IS ALLOWED BEFORE SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION. ONCE THE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, NO CHANGE IN ‘One Time Registration’ and Application data will be allowed.

    12.Except for the post of Junior Statistical Officer (S No-23 at para-2.1), essential educational qualification for all other posts is Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute. Therefore candidature of all candidates will be considered for all posts except JSO. If you have requisite EQ and you wish to apply for this post, you need to state so at S No-13 and 14 in the online application form failing which you will not be considered for this post.

    13.Candidates should read the instructions in the Notice carefully before filling up the Online Application Form. They must satisfy themselves that they are eligible to apply for the posts.

    14.Candidate should thoroughly check all the entries filled in the online application form, before final submission. In case of any discrepancy, relevant entry may be corrected/ edited. After final submission of online application, no change in any particular shall be allowed.

    15.After filling online application, the candidates are required to make fee payment (Candidates who are exempted from fee payment are not required to pay fee). Fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ Mastercard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit card. The facility of submission of online application (including payment of fees through online method) will be available from 05.05.2018 to 04.06.2018 (5.00PM). However, candidates who wish to make the payment through challan of SBI may make the payment to designated branches of SBI within the working hours of bank up to 07.06.2018 provided the challan has been generated by them before 5.00 PM of 04.06.2018.

    16.On successful fee payment, your application will be complete and will be accepted provisionally. You may take printout of this application for your own record but you are not required to submit this printout to the Commission.

    CGL Admit Card

    The admit card for CGL 2018 will be issued to those candidates only who registered successfully. The authority will release the admit card at least 10 days before the commencement of exam. Candidates should bring their admit card while appearing in the examination. The admit card for Mains Exam will be issued to those candidates who qualified the preliminary test with prescribed qualifying marks.

CGL Result

SSC CGL Result is separately released for each of the 3 Tiers. The candidates can access the SSC CGL Result from the official website of SSC. The Commission releases the result in PDF Format. The candidates have to check their result against their Name and roll number. The individual score card will also be uploaded on the official website. The candidates can avail the same using their Registration no./ Roll no. and date of birth. Result

    CGL Selection Procedure

    The stages of SSC CGL Selection Procedure 2018 is as follows:
    ♦ Stage 1: Tier I (Online Examination)
    ♦ Stage 2: Tier II (Online Examination)
    ♦ Stage 3: Tier III (Descriptive Test)
    ♦ Stage 4: Tier IV (Computer Proficiency Test)

    Stage 1: Tier I (Online Examination)
    The Tier-I online test would test the basic understanding of the candidates. The Exam would be conducted in a Computer Based Mode consisting of 200 Multiple Choice Questions. The marks of the scoring candidates would be taken into account for the purpose of ranking. The Tier-I marks would be taken into account for selection of candidates for the subsequent stages

    Stage 2: Tier II (Online Examination)
    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), Paper-IV (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.

    Stage 3: Tier III (Descriptive Test)
    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.

    Stage 4: Tier IV (Computer Proficiency Test)
    Tier 4 test would a Computer Skill Test or a Typing test which will determine the eligibility of the candidates appearing Tier 4.

    Final Merit List
    The final merit list of the candidate would be determined on the basis of scores of a candidate in Tier 1,2,3 and 4 exams.
    SSC would be preparing an All India Merit List to recommend candidates across for various posts.
    Letter of appointment would be on the basis of post preferences and ranks allotted.
    The Tie, in any case, would be resolved by the following means:
    * Total marks in the written Exam
    * Total marks secured in Tier 2 Exam
    * Total marks secured in Tier 1 Exam
    * Date of Birth, the older one given preference
    * Alphabetical order of names of the candidate

    CGL Previous Year Cutoff Marks

    Category CGL Cutoff Tier-1 (2014) CGL Cutoff Tier-1 (2015) CGL Cutoff Tier-1 (2016) CGL Cutoff Tier-1 (2017)
    General 96.50 102.25 137 126.50
    OBC 82 89.50 125 110
    SC 77 80.25 114 98
    ST 69.50 74.25 103 88.50

    How To Prepare?

    Few General Preparation Strategies-
    ♦ Get a proper syllabus over view
    ♦ Overview of exam pattern
    ♦ Focus more on topics which carries highest marks
    ♦ Make proper simplified notes
    ♦ Do not get stick to one topic for long time.
    ♦ Pick up a time when you can concentrate more be it day time or in the night.
    ♦ Keep yourself away from addicted things like mobile phone, social media.
    ♦ Take small 10-15 min breaks after a long hour of study.
    ♦ Do not stress yourself or take any kind of pressure.
    ♦ Solve previous year questions.

    Tips during the Exam:
    ♦ If you find any particular question difficult, make sure that you don’t waste your time trying to solve it. Instead, you should move to the next question and if time permits come back to this question later.
    ♦ One thing that is crucial is that you have to clear the sectional cut off of each section and also the overall cut off.
    ♦ So, if in the Exam, you find any particular section a bit challenging, attempt the minimum number of questions that are required to clear the sectional cut off of that section.
    ♦ Sometimes, the questions can be very tricky. We advise you to read them very carefully before answering. In the Exam, avoid using any shortcut that you are not completely sure about.
    ♦ Avoid Guesswork in the Exam.

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